I’ve started to read a new book…well new to me anyway, “Quiet,”by Susan Cain. It is about introverts in a world of extroverts. It is not shocking news for me or for anyone who knows me, that I am an introvert par excellence. I’ve learned over the years how to, “behave,” like an extrovert when necessary even becoming quite a good public speaker. It took years to develop the skills to fake it, but it has proved to be necessary sometimes.

Claire and Bernice are introverts too…Claire much like me, her mother. I’m sure there are times in our home that people would think no one was living there, never mind awake and breathing. We are not exactly party animals…in fact even our pets are introverts.

Oh well, extroverts may run the world but maybe the introverts will save it.

God Bless, Julia



Getting Ready for Spring

I am aware that where I live spring is still a few months away, but I got an e-mail from my favourite seed company today and well…I got all excited. I really want to grow as much of our food as I can this summer, and given our limited space, I’m going to have to be creative.

I’m hoping to share this little experience with you all, and look forward to any suggestions and advice you all have.

This pick is my backyard today…like I said still a few months away.


Shoot Me

So I have just spent the better part of my Sunday amid screaming teenagers at the Biggest Mall in the world. Sadly my city is the proud owner of West Edmonton Mall…the mall referenced above. Why would I torture myself like this? Two eleven year olds in love with the band, One Direction.

If you are unaware of this band don’t feel bad…you are older that 14, or don’t have a preteen girl in your life. I try to remind myself how my friends felt about the BeeGees…I never had a band crush. I crushed on Wonder woman and the Bionic Woman though…guess that was the first clue that I’m gay, lol.

I have to get my hearing checked now, I think there is some football game going on today too…lol

God Bless, Julia


I suffer sometimes…I suffer from depression. It’s been so long that I forget when it started really. I know that after my first child, twenty-three years ago, I suffered from postpartum. After my second it was worse…they recommended I not have any other children. Those of you who read my blog regularly know that I have four children…two are technically step-children.

My mother suffered from postpartum after having me, and was incapacitated for the first four years of my life. I’m sure that heredity factors into all this…my grandmother suffered as did her father…he drank the family fortune away., so the story goes. I’m luckier my ancestors…better living through pharmaceuticals.


Winter Colds


Living in Northern Canada can be a challenge sometimes…for instance tomorrows high, with the wind chill factored in, is suppose to be -36. When you get down that low the Fahrenheit and Celcius temps are the same. You don’t go out unless absolutely necessary…like you cut off a limb, and only if you can’t possibly sew it back on yourself.

In this house we have two people sick with a cold, two pets, that are going squirrelly because their stuck inside, and me. The one you need to feel bad for is me…because I’m stuck inside with all of this. I don’t dare go anywhere, the car will freeze solid in the time it takes to get a litre of milk.

Looking forward to a break in the weather…they say sometime around April, lol

God Bless, Julia