On Leaving Fido

  So, you know the carefree, happy-go-lucky, come-and-go-as-you-please image that the word 'retirement' often conjures up? Enter Fido (or Spot, or Fluffy…or in this case, Cody) and that rose-coloured vision is instantly smashed to bits! Living in the land of retirees, we are completely surrounded by snowbirds, and other vacationers, heading off to California, Arizona, …

Retirement Guilt: The Art of Not ‘Shoulding’ Upon Yourself

My husband and I took a mid-week, overnight trip, about a two-hour drive away from our home. It was a last minute decision to explore another part of Vancouver Island. We had a great two days away and really enjoyed ourselves. During the drive home, my husband mentioned that he just couldn’t shake the feeling …

A Love Letter

“In life it is not where you go—it’s who you travel with.” Charles M. Schultz Today is my sixteenth wedding anniversary. As the number of years does not adequately speak to my depth of emotion, or the lifetime of adventures that my husband and I have shared, I almost didn’t include it. The main reason …