Finding routines…

Photo by Polina Zimmerman on Pexels.com I think something that has been helping my mental health so much lately has been a matter of routine. Getting up and going to bed at around the same time every day has really helped with that. Usually, my first alarm goes off at 0640-hrs, with me normally out … Continue reading Finding routines…

A blank page…

Photo by cottonbro on Pexels.com Today is the first day of a new year, a blank page in a fresh chapter of life. What will be accomplished this year? What highs will elevate us beyond our highest expectations? What lows will challenge us to the edge of our ability to cope? Regardless of our expectations … Continue reading A blank page…

Learning, Quickly…

Photo by Soubhagya Maharana on Pexels.com It is that time of year again where time seems to have little meaning; that twilight zone between Christmas and New Year's where the days just seem to bleed together. While Lynn is taking some much needed time off -she closed the store from Dec. 24 until just after … Continue reading Learning, Quickly…

Pleasant surprises…

Photo by Vladislav Murashko on Pexels.com Sometimes I succeed in surprising myself. I woke up to my Communications exam marks in my email box first thing Saturday morning, with pleasantly surprising results. Due to the few questions in the exam that I was drawing a complete blank on I was expecting a mark somewhere in … Continue reading Pleasant surprises…

Time flies…

It has been a minute since I've been able to come up for air long enough to write. To say the last couple of weeks have been busy is an understatement. Work has been keeping me busy. It has definitely been more hours than I was expecting, but I am not complaining. The work is … Continue reading Time flies…

Contemplating life’s pathways…

Photo by Eva Elijas on Pexels.com As another week draws to an end, I find myself in a contemplative mood. I'm feeling better than I have in I don't know how long. I'm feeling stronger. Calmer. At peace. Yet, this fall has been brutal. I've lost friends to cancer and friends to COVID. Regardless, I've … Continue reading Contemplating life’s pathways…

Grateful for the journey…

Photo by Craig Adderley on Pexels.com How the hell did it get to be the end of November already? Suffice it to say, the month of November has been an extremely busy one. I admit, I am enjoying my new role with the paper, though the transition maybe hasn't been quite as smooth as I … Continue reading Grateful for the journey…

Closing in on the end…

Well, the end is in sight for another of my courses. I completed the seventh module -of eight- of my Communications 201 course yesterday morning. Which it complete, and still around six weeks left of my contract, I am in good shape to complete the course by the Dec. 31, 2021, deadline. With the module … Continue reading Closing in on the end…

Well, October has been a train wreck…but it’s not all bad

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com It has been a minute since I've had the opportunity to write. First off, let me apologize for my absence. It's been over two weeks since my last blog post, and that is not right. That said, life has been busy. Secondly, October 2021 can suck it. It has been … Continue reading Well, October has been a train wreck…but it’s not all bad

Growth in challenge…

Photo by David Selbert on Pexels.com Unfortunately, I've had a little bit of a reality check lately. I got my second assignment done for my Prose class, as well as the first course for my Communications. The assignment for the Communications course was okay, however the Prose I am finding challenging. I ended up with … Continue reading Growth in challenge…

Shining through…

Today was definitely productive. It honestly wouldn't have been anywhere near as productive if it hadn't of been for Lynn. Fortunately she was able to get someone to cover the store today, so I could settle into the office and catch up on some work. And catch up I did. I still have a couple … Continue reading Shining through…

Feeling fortunate…

This has turned into a crazy week... Aside from a doctor's appointment on Monday, the day was pretty light. I got some reading done for school, and got my first assignment done and submitted for my communications course. Tuesday is where all hell broke loose. I had a pair of meetings on Tuesday, as well … Continue reading Feeling fortunate…

Crazy…

Photo by Bich Tran on Pexels.com How did we get past the middle of June already? The last few weeks have absolutely flown by. When I have weeks like I've had this week, that is not hard. This week has gone from zero to stupid in a heartbeat. Just because of how the calendar fell … Continue reading Crazy…

Finding growth in challenge…

Photo by Olya Kobruseva on Pexels.com As usual, this last week has been steady, if not overly busy, at least compared to some weeks. Work has slowed down some, which has had me focusing my efforts on my next, and final, twentieth century history assignment for the current course I am working on. The assignment … Continue reading Finding growth in challenge…

Building on successes…an update

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com I love productive days. In honour of the long weekend I let myself sleep in a bit this morning. After I finally got up, I spent some time playing Star Trek Online, a free-to-play game I have downloaded on my PS4. I've had the game for years, however I haven't … Continue reading Building on successes…an update

A walk through history…

I'm on a whirlwind trip to Saskatchewan. Travelling out here on Monday, I'm here to drive Lynn's mom to a couple of appointments in Regina today, before I head home on Friday. Yesterday was a pretty low-key day, covering a council meeting remotely...or at least trying to. I was having some tech issues yesterday morning … Continue reading A walk through history…

Play your ball where the monkey drops it…

During the sermon in church yesterday, the pastor spoke about the rules at a golf club in India. One particular rule he discussed was "play your ball where the monkey drops it." According to the pastor, monkey's are problematic at this particular golf course, with them having a habit of chasing after balls. Sometimes they … Continue reading Play your ball where the monkey drops it…

Insight…

Photo by Anna Tarazevich on Pexels.com I have received one comment from medical professionals too many times to count during my journey with mental illness. The comment is words to the effect of "you have a level of insight not normally seen in those dealing with mental illness." While not wrong, the comment is frustrating … Continue reading Insight…

Back at it…

After a too long absence, I finally got out shooting again last night. I think the last time I took a deliberate drive to stop and take some nature photos of the region was back in January. Honestly, the weather last night could not have been better for it. The main purpose for the expedition … Continue reading Back at it…

Getting back into the groove…

The Village of Halkirk, with the sunset behind. April 14,2021. Kevin J Sabo photo. Well, it's been a day. The bad news? Two back to back meetings, both of which went longer than normal to cover for the paper. The good news? I did manage to get out for a walk with the dogs for … Continue reading Getting back into the groove…

Recognizing and adjusting…

Photo by Liza Summer on Pexels.com Mentally and emotionally, I feel hung over. The last couple of weeks have been challenging, but I feel like I am finally making good progress in my climb out of the valley of depression. Getting my sleep figured out has definitely been helping. The last couple of days especially, … Continue reading Recognizing and adjusting…

Laying low…

Old man winter had one more swing in him. We woke this morning to a major spring storm. Though we didn't get a lot of accumulation of the white stuff, the drifts were next level. We had a three-foot snow drift directly outside our back door which I had to force through just to put … Continue reading Laying low…

Figuring out what to master…

This has been turning into quite the week. I was covering council meetings for the local paper both Monday night and Tuesday morning. The Monday night meeting was fairly light so only ended up getting one story out of it. The Tuesday morning meeting had more substance to it and I ended up generating three … Continue reading Figuring out what to master…

Crosses…

I live in a rural community. To facilitate travel, the area I live in is criss-crossed with highways. They are just like highways you will find anywhere in the prairies. Long. Straight. Dotted with crosses on the side of the highway, signifying where someone somebody loved came to a tragic ending. This cross is all … Continue reading Crosses…

Trauma…

Trauma affects everyone differently. Some people are able to push through the trauma, leaving them relatively unscathed. Some may crawl into the bottle while others may turn to self-harm. Generally speaking, people affected by trauma can have problems with their self-esteem and their self-identity. They can lose track of who they are. While my mental … Continue reading Trauma…