Over sharpening a blade…

Photo by Los Muertos Crew on Pexels.com My first week officially working full time is drawing to a close. Truth be told, there hasn't been much change from previous weeks aside from the security that it is full time, and in fact my workload has decreased a bit with no longer having as many regional … Continue reading Over sharpening a blade…

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…

Changes afoot…

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com It's official, sports fans. My permanent part-time position is transitioning to a permanent full-time position effective next Monday, with my new position as the new multi-media journalist for Stettler and Castor. The only real changes between what I am doing now and the position is that the new position will … Continue reading Changes afoot…

Finding positive stress…

Photo by Pedro Figueras on Pexels.com It's hard to describe, but this week has been equally frustratingly busy and agonizingly slow. This was was my first week doing layout for both papers, which was definitely some added challenge. Still, being so early in the new year, combined with cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 … Continue reading Finding positive stress…

Feeling Driven…

Photo by Ivan Samkov on Pexels.com Today was a sharp contrast compared to the day off I took yesterday. Unfortunately, we said goodbye to Lynn's mom early this morning. With cold and snowy weather moving into the region again starting tomorrow, she decided to take off a couple days earlier than planned. After she left, … Continue reading Feeling Driven…

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…

Another Christmas done…

Some birds in our backyard, Christmas Day, 2021 Another Christmas is done with. I actually turned my alarms off and let myself wake up when I woke up, which was just after 9 a.m., definitely late for me. It was nice being able to not have to worry about getting up. When I did eventually … Continue reading Another Christmas done…

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…

CMNS 201: Reflective BLOG

Photo by Tracy Le Blanc on Pexels.com Through eight modules, at least twice that many readings, and five months worth of studying, I'm on to the final assignment of a journey started on July first. Re-reading my some of my blogs from August, when my journey through the course was still in its infancy, I … Continue reading CMNS 201: Reflective BLOG

R.I.P. Wolf Man… You will be missed.

Photo by Ryutaro Tsukata on Pexels.com My heart is heavy this morning. I got word last night that a friend had passed away. The Wolf Man was around two decades older than I, but we were kindred souls. We shared a lot of interests, and a lot of the same political views. Unfortunately, this is … Continue reading R.I.P. Wolf Man… You will be missed.

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…

Looking forward to next steps…

Photo by Ben Mack on Pexels.com I'm nervous, yet excited at the same tomorrow. Tomorrow, I embark on the next step of a journey that I started four years ago, when I start writing as a freelancer for my local paper. Tomorrow, after four years, I officially join the publication as a staff writer. I … Continue reading Looking forward to next steps…

Bouncing Back…

An old country cemetery near home with the old church overlooking it. Oct. 11, 2021. Kevin J. Sabo Photo. The last few days have been busy, but a much slower pace than previous weeks. I managed to get caught up with work, and focus some on school, catching up on some English reading and working … Continue reading Bouncing Back…

Controlling the variables…

Photo by Emiliano Arano on Pexels.com I'm not going to mince words. I've been struggling over the last couple of weeks. This time of year is never good for me. Add in how busy I've been with work and school, and medication tweak, and the deaths of three friends in the community in the last … Continue reading Controlling the variables…

A year out of hospital…an update…

Photo by Anna Nekrashevich on Pexels.com I've fallen into a fairly steady rhythm with work and school over the last couple weeks. The days have definitely been full, chasing stories for several papers and working through my two university level courses. Still, slow as it may be, I am making definite forward progress. As far … Continue reading A year out of hospital…an update…

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…

Holding onto the feeling…

Photo by Leon Ardho on Pexels.com With work slowing down a bit this week, I have turned towards my studies. I am approaching the half way mark on both my Communications and my Prose Forms classes. All told, I probably have about another ten to twelve weeks of work to get through for each course, … Continue reading Holding onto the feeling…

Learning to make adjustments…

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com The last few days I have fallen into a fairly easy rhythm. After getting knocked off track for a few days, I've gotten back in to the groove of my workout routine, the reading is for my coursework is going well, and work has slowed down enough so as to … Continue reading Learning to make adjustments…

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…

Road Trip…

An eight hour drive is long enough when you have company. It's even longer when you're doing the trip solo. I spent yesterday on the road to the mother-in-law's house, where I am spending a week or two helping her out after her surgery tomorrow. I was debating on leaving yesterday or today, but considering … Continue reading Road Trip…

Needing a recharge…

Well, this stupid busy week is drawing to a close. Between work meetings and errands to run, this week has kept me hopping. I still have a couple of stories to finish writing, but thankfully the end is in sight. I just keep reminding myself that I have got this. And, I do. The fact … Continue reading Needing a recharge…