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Susan with Chace in the garden

Here, I will talk about topics I am passionate about: art, painting, mini Aussies, gardening, baking (everyone loves my muffins), and the musings of a creative life.

I hope you find these talks informative, educational, and entertaining.

Finding Your Own Style
Trust the Process


Whenever I teach a class, one of my students will undoubtedly comment that they want to learn how to paint like me. This comment always takes me aback, as I don’t know how to teach them that.

I can teach them composition, techniques, what to do, what not to do and how to improve a painting. I can teach them about art supplies and how to use them efficiently. But I can not teach them how to...

Me and My Dad
thanks Dad


With Father’s Day just around the corner, I am flooded with memories of my dad.

My dad wasn’t the kind of guy who would tell you he loved you but he showed me in other ways.

I needed a car to get around when I was heading to the big city of Regina after graduation. Dad took us to a car auction. I immediately spotted a hot red sports car. Please, Dad, “Bid on that one’. He didn’t...

2024-03-01 Last Updated on: 2024-04-18

Growing up on the farm shaped my passion for gardening.

I’ve never thought much about it, but as I get older, I can see how growing up on the farm shaped my childhood and inspired me to continue farming in my adult life.

I can still see my mother sitting at the kitchen table after all the dishes were done, leafing through seed catalogues. She would draw out maps for her flower and vegetable...

Our Grand Adventure
Visiting the Grand Canyon

2023-11-01 Last Updated on: 2024-04-18

For more years then I can remember I have dreamed of visiting the Grand Canyon in Arizona USA.

Finally in October 2023, we were able to make it happen. And it did not disappoint.

It started with a whole bunch of travel plans. Once we had a dog sitter in place, we were good to go.
WestJet safely got us to and from Phoenix Arizona, with nor a hiccup. One of the first things we did was drive up...

There's a Change in the Air
Can you feel it?

2023-09-06 Last Updated on: 2024-04-18

The warmer days, have turned into cooler morning with plants covered in dew. There is a nip in the morning that speaks of fall. We have already had the fire place on first thing, making it cozy for our morning coffee.

Fall is knocking on our front door. I change my attire several times a day. The long pants and sweat shirts are on first thing in the morning as Chace and I greet the day in the...

Back to School
Lazy Days of Summer
Farm Life

2023-09-01 Last Updated on: 2024-04-17

Summer holidays! Yippy! How I use to long for those lazy days of summer, staying up late and watching old black and white movies and then sleeping until noon. I would spend the summer reading Nancy Drew mystery novels, suntanning using baby oil and driving my one speed bike over to my friends house for a dip in their field pond. But by mid August I was yearning to go back to school, hang out...

How does one person’s perception change from another?

2023-08-01 Last Updated on: 2024-04-17

Perception is described as a way of regarding, understanding or interpreting something, a mental impression. How does one person’s perception change from another?

Chace and I recently had a run-in with a neighbour’s dog. This huge dog came barrelling across from his yard and into ours, barking like a maniac while making a b-line towards my little boy. My perception of this was an absolute...

2023-07-01 Last Updated on: 2024-04-25

This is not original to me, but I think it has value and I wanted to share it with my readers.

I asked a friend who has crossed 70 & is heading towards 80 what sort of changes she is feeling in herself? This was her advise.

After loving my parents, my siblings, my spouse, my children and my friends, I have now started loving myself.

I have realized that I am not “Atlas”. The world does not...