The Power of Good Neighbours

dog on ttcI took this photo years ago riding the Dundas Street Car.

My new neighbours are going to be Wolves, Coyotes, Bears and more. I am not too certain on how to live in close proximately to any of them but I am slowly learning. I think with a little understanding we will be good neighbours.

Heres is a little something to read about wolves – B.C. Wolves!

I appreciate the ability of Change.org  to give our voices more strength.

Chris and Justin

heart - c&jJust celebrated their 5th wedding anniversary. I was Chris’s best man at their wedding. Last night we had our holiday dinner and drinks together. They are two of my most favourite people and hopefully soon will be a family of 3.

Day of Thanks for December 15

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Leo Jul 23 | Aug 22: The Arctic Monkeys are British rockers who have produced five studio albums, which together have sold almost five million copies. Rolling Stone magazine called their first album, released in 2006, the 30th greatest debut of all time. Yet when they first formed in 2002, none of them could play a musical instrument. I see the current era of your life, Leo, as having a similar potential. How might you start from scratch to create something great?

Oh Rob. You just keep making me smile from ear to ear. The more I research design, the more I am becoming convinced that the Ginger Shack is going to be stunning.

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Just Broken In – The Tent

I began looking at yurts online and discovered that they are really expensive. Thankfully, I stumbled upon a great Canadian company called Deluxe Wall Tents and bought myself the most beautiful 168 square foot glamping tent out there! I added on the wood burning stove and upgraded to their deluxe model so mine is equipped with a front and back door as well as two windows. If you like the look and size of my tent it is 12 x 14 x 5 wall x 8.5 peak.  jbi-bday19Everything in the tent (except the bed, pillows, sheets and duvet cover) is second hand or donated by my neighbours. I like the look of objects with a story worn into them plus I am super clumsy so it hurts less when you add a nick to something that already has a few.

jbi-bday22View from the front door

jbi-bday12Check out this company – Cordaroys. The bed is super comfy!

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My closet area and indoor toilet in case of emergencies (ie bear outside your door)jbi-bday14

Kitchen area/dining room/work table.

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My nightstand is all about my family.jbi-bday27

The stove area which at that point was yet to be assembled. It had to be cooked for about 5 hours. Cooking a stove involves getting a huge fire going inside of it to burn off the fumes and seal in the paint. This was done the following weekend with some friend.

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The tent total cost: $2600.00

Everything in the tent: $700.00 (roughly) with the bed being the biggest purchase.

Every Canadian Counts

The value a society places on each of its members is a reflection of the intelligence of that society.

I was out with a coworker yesterday and the topic of Aboriginal women came up. I told her that they did not receive the right to vote in Canada until 1960. She did not believe me but she should have because unfortunately, I am correct.

GETHOMESAFELately our Aboriginal woman have been front and centre in the media and I wish it was for something better than the sad reality that they are more likely to be harmed than any other group of woman in Canada. The story of Rinelle Harper is heartbreaking and wonderful in the same moment.

Today is the 2 year anniversary of the Idle No More Movement, a grassroots female lead initiative to move Aboriginal rights forward and take a stance against Stephen Harper.

INM4I am a huge fan of indigenous cultures, in Canada and around the world. I am a huge fan of human rights. I am very embarrassed that this is my what is going on in my country.

 

Day of Thanks for December 7

GA - TELL IT LIKELeo Jul 23 | Aug 22: What feelings or subjects have you been wanting to talk about, but have not yet been able to? Are there messages you are aching to convey to certain people, but can’t summon the courage to be as candid as you need to be? Can you think of any secrets you’ve been keeping for reasons that used to be good but aren’t good any more? The time has come to relieve at least some of that tension, Leo. I suggest you smash your excuses, break down barriers, and let the revelations flow. If you do, you will unleash unforeseen blessings.

 

For the past 10 years I have been going to see a naturopath/therapist. On my first visit he told me I was the most segmented person he had ever met. This was not a positive trait nor a negative, just his opinion. At that time I did not agree or disagree but there was definitely some validity to that statement. At the beginning of my relationship with Marty, I simply went in and talked, having no real idea what it was that I needed to work on, I just knew that I was in a state of discomfort with my person. He is really amazing at his job and after an hour of conversation he can pull out 5 sentences and ask , “Do you think this might be what you mean?” Sometimes in the beginning I would be annoyed with him because truthfully… ignorance is bliss. Once you start to become aware of yourself, it becomes really hard to hide from yourself.

Two years ago, I told him some random childhood stories about feeling like a boy and being mistaken for a boy. By today’s standards, I think people would have wondered if I was going to be transgendered but back then I was just a real “tomboy.” Had I known about the word lesbian sooner, I think that there would have been a much shorter ‘boy’ phase in my life. I have always been driven my emotions, never really do a lot of research before making a decision so everything I felt, when reflected back by the world I lived in, indicated that I should have been born male. Couple that with the most brilliant, ahead of their time, open minded parents and you get 14 years of ‘living in the wrong body.’ I have never really thought much about this part of my life because it has alway simply been my childhood, and it was an awesome one.

After that conversation, Marty changed up my remedy to work on my gender issues. That change has slowly been transforming my life and it has been a really strange and sometimes painful roller coaster ride. Its a beautiful thing to begin to feel more comfortable in your own skin but for me those moments have been ringed with anger, frustration and sadness. I wonder what type of woman I would be today if I was born in a time when homosexuality was not a taboo topic. I go through moments were I want to be more feminine, more ‘woman’ (an imagine that I have created in my head to define what that is). I don’t regret my childhood, I like looking like a woman and thinking like a man, because that is a powerful combination. I think I regret my drunken 20s where everything about being female and gay was painful and hard.

After I have my moments of  anger, frustration and sadness, I have a laugh because I know if it was not my gender and sexuality, then it would have been some other topic. Maybe for many of us, the 20s are just about growing into yourself. Either way for the first time ever, I know exactly what I want to talk about at my next session.

GA-YOU BE YOUAnd on a lovely note … This past Saturday I was at my good friend’s place for dinner. It was her, her boyfriend and his son, who up until about 6 months ago was his 14 year old daughter. I find it amazing that 25 years ago I was afraid to be gay and now kids my age are redefining their gender. Mind blowing progress Canada!

Just Broken In For June 7

SOLDjbi-1jbi-jun7.13Just Broken In. This is about to happen to my land and it is about to happen to me.

I bought 23 acres of land last October. I fell so incredibly in love that it blew my mind.   I am going to build a retreat for people to come and sit and be quiet and thoughtful. Your quiet is your call.

Hump Day for June 4

TIGGER!I have been spending this day concentrating on learning about Harper but at this point I think I have had enough. I am going to start paying attention to other politicians so instead of being able to tell you what I don’t like about leadership in my country I will be able to tell you what I love and am inspired by in the leaders in my country.

Today is about to get hopeful and refined, thank you very much.

 

Medicine Man for May 23

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I went survey on my land. This translates to drinking a few beer while walking in the best driveway path with a couple of good friends. I should have a driveway done by mid June. Exciting summer ahead!!

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