Monday, October 20, 2014

New Trails to Explore

I have wandered, explored, and traveled many paths that took me in many different directions.  All these were steps for my healing journey and leading me towards my goals that I wanted to reach.  I have been wanting to move away from the city, and get back to the woodlands , closer to nature…and it seems I have been able to have that opportunity now with the thanks to a good friend of mine.

I made a promise to myself, after my cancer scare that I would live life on the edge, and more of being in the moment…to really be alive and live life to the fullest.  It seems I used to live life on other peoples terms rather than my own…now I am being more selfish for myself and staying true to myself.  I have a gypsy spirit, and I love that I explore adventures with life, that takes me on paths that I have only dreamed about, before…and now I have a friend, who is willing to be my mentor and share his knowledge with me so I can explore and live in the bush.

I am finally creating my gypsy wagon, have gathered the building supplies, and have the land to create, build and live on with the opportunity of more.  This is a huge blessing in my life, and one that unless risks are taken, never would have come my way…but I saw a window of opportunity, and stepped away from my city life and thought it was my time to really take a chance for myself.

I am feeling good, I am feeling like my life is being stretched in a ways that will only enhance my goals and dreams which are becoming reality.  I struggle, but it is a good struggle, as I am learning new things every day, and this is putting me on a new path, a new trail and making things real with hands on experiences.

Time to risk , step away from your comfortable life, and spread your wings so you can embrace your freedom!

Celtic Gypsy Woman

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

New Adventures Begin

Well one big step forward as I have now put my stuff into storage ... after some serious downsizing again...wow I am amazed at how much "stuff " I collected over the past couple of years while I was living in a room regaining my health.  Way too many books, and collectibles , so with the help of some neighbors we put on a large yard sale and I was able to downsize considerably :)

Now I have most of my stuff that I have kept in two different places for easy access once winter season arrives and will be changing some of my traveling gear...and I have a dear friend who is storing my Tea Supplies and Tea China until the New year so I can travel and finish my courses that I need to get done.

I am excited for this new adventure.... I have sorted out my camping equipment and making my list of things to still purchase and starting my food supply stash for traveling.

I have made arrangements for layover/ stopovers with friends and will be heading out within the next two weeks to register for my Tea Courses and begin my Tea Pilgrimage :) I am thankful that I have a house sitting gig for now so can fuel up and gather supplies near some awesome stores... this has given me the time and space to prepare for this next adventure.

Will post as I have access to public internet.

Blessings
 Celtic Gypsy Woman

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Sharing Adventure Stories

Well a year of medical tests, bed rest, taking time for healing and getting my feet back on the ground and healthy self care time, I am now ready for adventures that Travel and Tea bring forth...

I have been fortunate to be hearing adventures stories while my oldest traveled this past year, ...last summer she traveled to Austrailia and had the most amazing trip and came back with new found friends and goals to contiue her career path.... and this summer she traveled to Asia and had fun exploring the shores and while over there received her Scuba Diving Certificaton which was very exciting!

Now I hope to be doing some traveling, a little closer to home and working towards my Tea Specialist Certification and then work towards having a mobile Tea Business.... been in the works for awhile, and had started my training, but got side tracked with health issues that needed to be resolved before continuing with my studies....now putting stuff in storage, getting the travel backpack ready and hitting the open road and traveling around Ontario while taking tea classes and exploring new places and meeting new folks along the way.

Hope everyone is having a great summer and look forward to sharing adventure stories around the campfire !

Blessings
 Celtic Gypsy Woman

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Busy Life at the Moment

Wow life has been so very busy  lately especially the past month, with taking short term contract jobs, some being quite awesome !  I had a week up at a church camp doing some childcare, so got a mixture of kidlet time , walking in the woodlands, relaxing and swimming in a lake, and good foods.  Definitely a good week up there! Been also doing a fair bit of kidlet time here in the neighborhood, and did some outreach work for the church that I had a contract position with earlier in the year. All in all , it has been busy, yet in a good way!

Then spent some time on a short road trip with a good friend in Barrie, for couple of days which was perfect..we have not had as much time lately to spend together, so extra special to have some down time and just hanging out with my friend.... and now am busy working at a Carnival, for the next three weeks,  selling tickets!  Definitely a new experience for me, but loving it so far...and it is only for three weeks and part time so a perfect fit...will be taking some time to relax a bit when this contract job is done, and somewhere quiet.

I am also working with a business coach to create and start up a Tea Business!..eventually will make it a mobile Tea Party business, but for now will be selling tea both online and through direct sales :)  A good business to get into !

Anyway big news, my oldest daughter is going to be traveling back to Austrailia , which I think is so amazing.  She did manage to get there for a initial visit this summer and made some really good contacts , and now continuied friendships :)

Well just wanted to touch base and let folks know I am doing okay :)
Blessings,
 Celtic Gypsy Woman

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Sunny Morning

Well the sun is shining this morning...my weekend has been pretty good...and I am looking forward to visiting at my friend's place tonight, with a homecooked meal. Hopefully I will feel like eating a bit more and it will not be too heavy.

I am learning to pace myself, take one day at a time, relax when I need to and enjoy living in the moment. A much better way to live , for me :)

Hope everyone is having a good weekend!

Celtic Gypsy Woman

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Writing Again

I am finally getting back into my writing, which I fully admit has been put on the back burner while I was recovering from my health issues. I had thought I was well enough to travel again, and then had a relapse,so stayed with some friends within intentional community while I took the proper time for healing and getting back on my feet.  I admit I did get to a few friends outside of the city, and had some amazing walks and short day hikes.

Now I am feeling so much healthier again, been eating better and even incorporated some vegetarian and vegan meals into my diet...guess that is what comes with hanging out with adventurous foodies.  Been an interesting exploring of life through food...got some new amazing recipes that I have enjoyed and will be adding them to my blog.

So Summer Season is here, and with that of course for me comes with camping and getting back with nature.  I am getting myself ready for camping for the month of July, heading up towards Barrie, Ontario and plan on spending as much time outdoors as possible...especially enjoying the wonderful weather we have been having.  I have a very good friend who lives up there, and so plan on spending time with her and hopefully getting some part time work.

I have had some wonderful adventures here in Toronto, spent some time helping with a local church and doing some outreach work through community gardens and Drop In meals...it was a great experience .  Certainly filled my social quota and then some!

For those that have been following updates regarding my daughters, my youngest graduated from her College program and earned her certificated in Early Childcare work so now she can work in daycares !!!  This was awesome for her, and has been quite the educational adventures.  I am so proud of her.

My oldest daughter recently took a trip to Australia and had such an amazing trip that she is planning now on going as an exchange student with her nursing program at university....and is planning on moving there when she completes her degree!  She has also adopted quite the inner gypsy spirit with short trips to Las Vegas, and last year took a trip to Mexico...I am so glad that she is taking the time for travel adventures in between her studies!

I am going to miss living near the lake here in Toronto, it has been amazing  to be able to head to the lake at a moments notice especially during the night when not able to sleep...I love watching the sailboats at night as the water shimmers off the side of the boats .... very soothing and peaceful .  Yet I am looking forward to some camping and getting connected to nature and getting out of the large city...I am definitely more of a small town, country spirit rather than city gal...I keep finding parks and trees, yet just not enough.

I finally got myself a new laptop as my old one crashed, so now will try to learn some new computer skills and get caught up on emails and connecting through cyber world.

So my friends, what are you up to these days and where has your adventures taken you on your life journey?

blessings
 Celtic Gypsy Woman


Thursday, October 13, 2011

Checking In

I had not realized just how long it has been since I have made a blog entry...WOW

So much has happened the past few months. Finally I am done my medical stuff, well enough for now that I am back to traveling on the road again, and that feels absolutely wonderful!

Currently back in Ontario, and both my girls came for a visit and we traveled to Niagara Falls for a family holiday, and had a great time there...and then we went about and spent time with friends that the girls had not seen since they were little, and spent time cooking and just hanging with each other . Oh and spent a wonderful time by the lake with a hula-hoop. It was great fun.

I also took a trip for about ten days to Montreal, Quebec and that was a good experience...I had never been there before and of course my high school french that I learned was pretty limited, but managed to have a great time, meet new people who enjoy the nomadic lifestyle that I like, and discovered some fabulous coffee shops along the way.

Then spent a few days at my sisters place in the back woods, and got spoiled with good homecooking...and now...back in Toronto for awhile.

Back staying with friends who live near the lake, so able to wander down to the lake and enjoy the water and quiet personal space...I can stay here for the Winter Season, and they would very much like me to design a community garden space here for the upcoming Spring...not sure what to do, I have the wandering travel spirit within me stirring, now that I am healthy enough again to be on the road.

After spending Canadian Thanksgiving apart, my girls are hinting pretty strongly they want me to come for a visit out West again...they are both in school, my oldest in university , and my youngest in College..both doing well, just struggling with what it means to be back in school full time and not have mom nearby to have tea visits, and care packages shared with them :) ( read home baking in this one)

Money of course is a factor, while out West I had financial assistance covered while dealing with medical issues, but if I stay in Ontario, or wander, that is no longer in place...and not ready for any full time work, and not sure if I can manage on just short term contract work...so am in process of figuring out financial expenses and how to have income flowing enough to cover my simple needs.

Anyway will try to post some pics...I did not have a camera as it broke, and no money to replace it at the moment, but my daughters took some pics so will try to get them posted on here :)

Happy Autumn Season Everyone and would love to hear your comments and what / where you are up to these days!

Blessings
Kylie

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Feeling Good Today


Ahh thank goodness it is Saturday, as by the weekend, I am usually feeling okay.

Yesterday while out and about with my daughter, I got some beautiful yellow flowers, and put them in my room, that way there is some sunshiny brightness even with the dull weather happening.

It feels good to have life around me, I look out my window and can see trees growing, and flowers blooming, and green life...and it is good!

Really makes me look forward to another month and a bit when I can get back on the open road, and surround myself with nature again.

I have been invited by a few friends to travel back east , and spend time there again :)

and I am now saving up for my trip to Ireland with my oldest daughter...gave her some money yesterday and boy oh boy did that feel good.

So I am still managing to stay focused on positive things in my life, even when I have my rough days each week...it feels good that I now have the end in sight with this treatment, and have made goals for the end of the summer for travel plans....helps keep me going!

Looking forward to reaching that rainbow, and feeling the good energy of community again!

Hope everyone has a good weekend.

blessings
 Celtic Gypsy Woman

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Gratitude Journal










This morning I woke up and was feeling grateful that it is not raining outside...there is actually some sun trying to peer through the clouds. One of my first thoughts, was thank goodness, I now can get out for a bit of a walk today, and not get soaking wet like the other day :)

Then I went and got some leftover BBQ chicken from supper last night, and a bit of potato salad and again, was feeling really good, that I was able to enjoy food today. I had three days this week where having food was a bit of a challenge, but now I am thoroughly enjoying food again, or at least eating what I have here :)

I was able to connect with a couple of good friends the past two days through Facebook, and we had a chance to chat and really catch up with one another, and it was great...it is good to stay connected to friends who live far away, and although there are days where I get really frustrated with FB, then comes days like yesterday where I really appreciate FB and the ability to connect with friends that you do not see very often!

I feel very grateful, for the ability to have dreams and work towards goals...I know not everyone is in a place in their lives where that can unfold, but I feel very lucky, that I have good friends, and family members who have supported me on this healing journey and with all the ups and downs...now I am coming into the finishing weeks and I am almost done treatment, and can get back to living life and working towards my goals again. It is very inspiring, and really helps keeps my spirits up :)

and I feel blessed, that I am at a point, where I can actually enjoy coffee again!!!! This morning I made a fresh pot, of my favorite blend, and have been thoroughly enjoying my morning java :)

Hope everyone has a great weekend.

 Celtic Gypsy Woman

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Been Awhile







Good Day Mates :)

Been awhile since I have posted...really not much to say, and getting tired of saying I was sick and tired figuring folks had heard enough of that !

Health wise, I am doing better. My doc has put me on some added new meds to help with my low hemoglobin and that seems to be helping, so have been feeling a little more energy to get up and do stuff, and get outside. Thank Goodness...one can only deal with cabin fever for so long, before they get restless, and you know with my gypsy spirit, I tend to get restless pretty easily.

I have been really grateful to both my daughters who have been very supportive in coming to help me out each week, by taking me out for tea, helping with groceries or just coming to socialize. It has been my saving grace this past while!

It has been easier, now that I moved to another friends...much less quieter and I have my own space...and although I miss being outside, this is a much better arrangement . Close to all stores that I need, and groceries, and also fast food restaurants, and also on the subway line.

So I have been embracing the quietness, rediscovering my passion for reading novels, and got reconnected with internet and have been catching up on television shows. I have made more of an effort to do quick check ins on facebook for those that are on there, just letting folks know I am doing okay.

Now I am starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel, with only 8 more weeks of treatment I am now looking forward to planning my next road trip! So have been enjoying discovering new camping websites, and starting to catch up on reading travel blogs again.

With feeling better , comes being awake more and not sleeping quite as much, so this planning stage has been wonderful...especially now that I have access to cooking again, I have begun to cook meals...simple ones and easy to prepare as I still do not have tons of energy, but I am definitely eating better :)

Anyway with feeling better, thought I better post a blog and check in and let you know I am doing okay. Thanks again for your continued support, prayers and emails...they have been greatly appreciated.

Hugs
 Celtic Gypsy Woman

Friday, April 15, 2011

Twitter

I decided to explore the world of Twitter, and see what it is all about, at a suggestions of friends...

If you would like to network and connect feel free to add me

http://twitter.com/kyliehawk

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Social Networks

Social Networks are wonderful opportunities with connecting with folks across the miles...sharing info and knowledge from co-workers both present and past.

So I am exploring social networks that my online friends and tribe members make use of...

Any good social networks out there that you recommend?

Blessings
 Celtic Gypsy Woman

Winter Wonderland

Oh My Gosh,

There is a winter wonderland out there this morning...we got so much snow, I guess this means that Winter is here for awhile longer...which is too bad, as the past couple days it looked and felt like Spring Season was on the way and it made me happy.

But guess I will keep in hibernation state for awhile...will keep reading books, watching movies, and drinking tea...

I am glad that I got to spend a bit of time outside the past few days, got some sunrays, and enjoyed the time getting a small glimpse of nature and dreaming of being outdoors .

So returning to planning and dreaming again until reality can set in.

Blessings
 Celtic Gypsy Woman

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Almost half way point

Finally getting a chance to check in here...and let folks know that I am doing a happy dance as I am almost at the half way point in my medical treatments.

For the most part they have been okay, certainly been some rough days, but now friends have gotten used to my weekly schedule and have learned that the best days to connect with me are on a Monday or Tuesday...and that I am just not able to commit to making plans , usually last minute works better as I have a better sense of energy level.

I have also learned a great lesson through all of this, and that it is perfectly okay to be selfish and take care of yourself first. I have been needing alot more personal time alone, and I have been taking it without apology. It has been pretty wonderful....taking time to rest, read, work on a homestudy course , watch movies and spend some quiet times drinking afternoon tea and with my two daughters.

Thanks to all that have continued to send messages and continue to support me as I go through this journey...and now that the sun is shining more I am dreaming of when I am able to be back on the road again...will not be for awhile yet, but it is so nice to now have the possibility of dreaming of it again.

I love the sunshine, I was sitting outside this morning, on a bench, in my friends front yard, just soaking in the sunrays, and enjoying being alive.

Hope everyone has a great week,

Blessings
 Celtic GypsyWoman

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Sunny Morning

Well the sun is shining this morning...my weekend has been pretty good...and I am looking forward to visiting at my daughters place tonight, with a homecooked meal. Hopefully I will feel like eating a bit more and it will not be too heavy.

I am learning to pace myself, take one day at a time, relax when I need to and enjoy living in the moment. A much better way to live , for me :)

Hope everyone is having a good weekend!

Celtic Gypsy woman

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Wonderful Love sent by Mail

It felt so good, to open the mailbox and discover an envelope package addressed for me from my Sisterhood friends in Ontario....wonderful Organic White Tea that we used to share in the afternoons , or often take a thermos down to the lakeshore for a walks.

Yes I miss those times, and will thoroughly enjoy the love and tea sent through the mail with all the good wishes.

I feel truly blessed to have such good friends,

Hugs
CGW

Friday, March 11, 2011

Not Sleeping Tonight

Well not getting much sleep tonight...guess my midnight snack of veggies and ranch dip with some hot tea was not a wise choice...should have had herbal tea rather than the black Earl Grey tea.

Oh well, I have been enjoying catching up on reading my vandwellers friends blogs, and realizing I have been missing out on updates and adventures...just so you know , I am slowly making my way through them and have been thoroughly enjoying sharing the stories! Makes me wish I had more exciting news to share with you.

For now, I am enjoying being at my friends D and L and they have been awesome, and we chatted tonight earlier and did a check in, and they are enjoying having me here also...thank goodness...I am also enjoying being around kidlets, and getting to reconnect with my inner child again...even did a coloring with crayons earlier today.

I am most definitely looking forward to some warmer weather, and hopefully getting outside more so...and I hear one of my vandweller friends will be passing through Ontario during the summer so would love to get back there and connect with Katie if possible.

Hope everyone has a good weekend!

Good night , heading off to bed to try to get some sleep.
CGW

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Popping in to say hello

Hey folks,

Yes it has been awhile since I have been posting blogs...my energy has been pretty low and I have been mainly sleeping and dealing with my health issues.

Just wanted to let you know that I am doing okay, my friends that I am staying with have been awesome, and I feel very blessed with all the prayers and emails and Facebook messages you have been sending to me...thank you so much!

My connection with my daughters have been great, my youngest has been coming to visit me twice a week, and we have been hanging out catching up on old television shows online...it has been good...and we have discovered we like alot of similiar tea flavors :)

Anyway just wanted to connect and say hi, let you know I am doing okay, but will not be online as much for the next while due to medical treatments and lack of energy.

Hope you all are doing well, and I will be taking time over the next few weeks to try to catch up on my reading of blogs and updates!

Hugs
CGW

Monday, February 21, 2011

Urban Homesteading Solidarity


I am an Nomadic, Gypsy Spirit Urban Homesteader... and today I stand in solidarity and participate as an activist in the Urban Homesteading Action Day!
Homesteading is in my spirit and in my blood and can NOT be trademarked!!!!!

For many years, I have taken jobs that involved community gardening, community development projects that shared knowledge for women to become more self sufficient...when in the city I try to garden in containers and work hard on cooking from scratch when possible.

These are skills that have been handed down through generations of families and friends, and the knowledge has been passed along so that we create community to work together and share in the goodness that comes from living closer to the land.

I have worked hard to make my life more simple, less chaotic, and live frugally, so that I can be independent and become self sufficient.

I still have alot to learn and a long way to go in becoming self sufficient...but am now taking steps to become an Urban Homesteader and combine it with my passion for Nomadic Living...

I do not believe that anyone can trademark the lifestyle of Urban Homesteading, after all I enjoy reading Mother Earth News Magazine and there are many articles on Homesteading and they have been around for many years... and so, I write this blog in solidarity with the Homesteading community in standing in solidarity and protest against recent events. To learn more , check out the Facebook group Take Back Urban Home-steading(s).

Blessings
 Celtic Gypsy Woman

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Herbalist and Naturalist info

Hi folks,

I am on the lookout for some good herbalist and naturalist books and websites...if you have some good links , can you please leave suggestions in the comments section.

Thanks and much appreciated.

CGW

Monday, January 31, 2011

Reflections of Today

I had apretty good day today, spent indoors at my friends house, as it is pretty darn cold outside...too cold for my wee bones to be wandering about.

Todays food intake consisted of : Breakfast was pancakes and banana with maple syrup, and coffee, and my lunch was a roast beef sandwich on a dinner roll, and for supper I had roast beef and potatos. ... and I had a salad just half hour ago...for tonight snack I have a Hershey chocolate bar which will be yummy.

I have been catching up with an online friend and we have been discussing ways of healing for ourselves, and today we got to discussing Mandalas...which is a healing creative process of drawing circular pictures with healing symbols within the circle.

Here are some links that I use ona regular basis:

Claire Goodwin Mandala This is an excellent website definitely worth exploring...it also has alot of links to other pages and websites that share ideas for creating Mandalas.

I would love to hear from others that have creative outlets for healing.

Blessings
CGW

Anima Sanctuary

I am very excited to have the opportunity to be working with Kiva Rose from Anima Sanctuary.

It looks like an amazing opportunity for some herbalism learning and having Kiva Rose share her teachings about nature and her life there is an amazing opportunity for me, and fits with right where I am on my life path at this point.

I feel it will help me continue to work towards my goals and continue on my path of personal growth and stretching knowledge into practical living .

Will let you know when my courses arrive.

Celtic Gypsy Woman

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Creative Ways to Reach a Goal

As some of you know, I do not always work conventionally in life...I often will barter my time to reach my goals..even small goals.

I do not have any special skills, or university degrees, but I have an open mind to working hard and trying new things...and of course helping others in need.

Right now, I am without an income, yet I am still working towards my goals...and to do this, means I am working creative jobs to make ends meet.

For example, I am bartering my skills and services and of course my time, by helping a friend out with childcare, in exchange for the use of her backyard shed and some food....but there are many other ways to barter your time in exchange for some items that you many need.

Other ways that might work for you:

- bartering helping out on a farm in exchange for some fresh grown produce.
- helping out cleaning our a garage or warehouse for possible items for yourself or to sell
- helping out a senior with writng out a family history in exchange for some travel money
- catering an event in exchange for some good
- helping out a friend do some repairs or construction in exchange for some supplies
- helping out a friend with car repairs in exchange for some knowledge sharing and use of tools

there are so many ways to help out others, and share knowledge and resources with each other...not all jobs have to involve the use of exchanging money to meet your goals or needs.

Many times I help out friends for getting fed a meal, meets both of our needs.

Just wanted to share these ideas for those that are struggling with have little income and struggling...if you have a desire to work hard, and be creative, there are always ways to work towards your goals.

Blessings
 Celtic Gypsy Woman

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Slept in HIbernation


I bundled up my blankets last night, and slept so peacefully through the night until the sun rays shone through the skylight this morning. I feel very well rested, and am delighted that my new Tiny Home is working so well.

The temperatures got down to minues 15 last night, but with my space heater, and the pile of blankets I stayed very warm indeed...so this is a good test for my Vandwelling experience that will be coming in the near future.

This morning I am having my morning coffee with a melted cheese sandwich inside at my friends house..My friend is sleeping in while I am watching the kidlets so she gets a bit of a break.

Off to the new Farmers Market tomorrow and I am really excited about exploring that...I had been to the farmers market at the old location but have not been to the new location, and I also have a facebook friend who is going to be there , who has a Pen to Paper Journalling business , so will be great to meet up with her.

Take care everyone and hope you have a fabulous weekend.

Hugs
Celtic Gypsy Woman

Friday, January 28, 2011

Making Progress on Reaching Goals










So many positive things have been happening for me this past week. I have been helping a friend who is a foster parent and sharing my plans and goals of becoming a Van Dweller...she has a small house, but did have a shed out in her backyard...so this week we have cleaned it out, and turned it into my new Tiny Home...taking steps to becoming a mimimalist and working towards my goals. The photo above is a similar one to the shed that I am moving into this weekend!

My friend is very supportive of my dreams, and has helped me turn the shed into a living space with putting up boards along the walls, and putting some insulation in it. She has also helped me gather some camping supplies, and new blankets and carpet that I can transfer into my van when I get one.

I am feeling very good, and glad that life is starting to take a more positive path.

Will update over the next couple of weeks, as I work and make progress.

Blessings
Celtic Gypsy Woman

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Inner Child

I have been having alot of fun helping out a friend with some childcare...she is a foster mom, and has not been feeling 100% the past week, so I have been coming to hang out with her and play with the kids.

It has been wonderful, spending time outdoors, exploring nature and experiencing it from a child's perspective again, all brand new and exciting. We have also spend time exploring our imagination with driving trucks and climbing hills and just being kids.

It has been very good for my inner child to come out and play for awhile and have some fun.

Hope everyone is having a good week.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Quiet Weekend









WOW, this has been a whirlwind of a week, and I am very happy to have some quiet time to hibernate and relax this weekend.

Too many hoops to be jumping through to deal with the government red tape just to get some financial assistance to deal with medical issues...and I know have a much better appreciation for what my former clients had to go through that I used to work with. It takes a lot of patience and self determination to deal with the process of what officials make you go through...I have done the intake , now need to sit and wait for the assessment process which will take a couple of weeks for my next appointment. So much for getting rent paid for February 1, so will just continue to couch surf with friends for the next three weeks until finances get settled.

Too bad it is winter outside, as I would just love to take a tent and camp outside, in the backwoods...that would suit me so much better. Yet alas, I have returned to the Alberta mountains, so Winter Season will stay here for awhile longer.

I am finding that I have alot more patience within me, or maybe it is a inner resolve to just deal with the health issues so that I can get back to traveling the back roads and exploring life...so since I tend to hibernate in Winter Season ( much like a mamma bear) I will focus on health, and taking care of myself , while living within the four walls of a house again for awhile. Thank goodness for friends who understand this need, and are willing to let me rent a room, or stay a few nights on their couch in exchange for some homecooked meals :)

Guess my talents of running a catering business years ago has paid off, as I still enjoy cooking , although I would much prefer to be cooking outdoors, but for now will take full advantage of cooking on a standard stove and making homemade goodies like muffins, and casseroles...rather than stove top stews, and soups.

It is good to be in the present, and live in the season of what you need to do in your life. I have had great opportunities of travel and work, and enjoyed those times...now am living in the season of healing health, and using this time to catch up on reading books, research on the internet for homesteading internships for when I feel better, and reconnecting with friends that I do not always have a chance to keep in touch with when traveling.

Oh and of course, I am taking full advantage of having this time with my girls also...chatting on the phone, having get togethers, and just having a closeness again...my oldest is doing so well, she just finished her exams and looking forward to her next semester...and with these goals met, she will be able to move into full time university for her nursing program in the Fall Season.

My youngest has now gotten a stable place with friends, and is hoping to do some correspondance courses as she finds that she works better independantly. Hopefully things come together for her.

Anyway just wanted you to know that I am getting grounded again, refocused my priorities and taking time for healing in many areas of my life...then making plans for next Spring or Summer for hopefully doing a bit more traveling again and getting a chance to living outdoors in the warm sunshine.

For now , I will enjoy my hibernation mode, and take time for journaling, writing blogs, and reading and just using this time to re-energize myself.

Hope everyone is having a good weekend.

Blessings
Kylie aka Celtic Gypsy Woman

Monday, January 17, 2011

New Year Beginnings








Well it is the start to a New Year...and with it, comes new beginnings and a fresh start.

Change is good for me, in so many ways...and this is the best time for me to be exploring new beginnings . My Contract job finished in Ontario in December and I had taken on a new contract job here in Alberta...but the new one did not work out. So I had to do some quick change of plans and seeking shelter with friends for awhile while I got back on my feet, as this time I had not arranged a back up plan as I thought for sure this new contract would work out, and it had also involved housing with it.

Yet I have some very good friends, and I am to be a hermit for a few weeks while I arrange for a new plan to come together. I am now going to rent a room with a friend who has a house, and that will give me some time to make longer term plans. It is funny, in a way, as the room is quite small and my friend was a bit concerned, but I said..hey no problem, I am practising to be a Van Dweller so this is perfect, as it helps me stay on track with being organized !

I have a daybed, and am able to keep my plastic storage boxes with my clothes underneath it...just like I plan to do when I get my van...and then I bought a plastic set of drawers which I now keep my scrapbook and creative art supplies in it, and it fits nicely beside my daybed.

For now I have put my kitchen supplies duffel bag into the crawl space in her house so that it is out of the way....I have been collecting kitchen supplies and came across my pie iron again, so got busy planning some campfire gatherings so that I can make use of it . ( I personally think it would make a great winter night hot snack sitting around the campfire making hot sandwiches)

So while I am here in Calgary, I will be taking care of some medical issues that have flared up and I need to be close to the clinic where my doctor works, so I will be spending the next six months here to go through the process of getting my medical situation back on track. If I am lucky I will be able to make weekend get-away- plans for some recreational fun, but my homebase will be Calgary again.

Which is okay for now, I get to spend more time with my girls, and reconnect with friends...maybe do a bit of casual temp work depending on how well my medical situation gets taken care of. Not liking that I will be on medical welfare again, as it has been almost ten years since I have had to go that route...but at least it will provide an income to pay rent for the room where I am staying so that is okay.

Anyway just wanted to catch up with you, let you know I have landed on my feet again, and am moving forward. I just had to take a leap of faith, and make decisions and believe that in time things would work out okay. It was very difficult, but a very necessary step that I needed to take. In the end, things are coming together slowly, in a different way, but that is okay too...and I will take this time to focus on getting my health back on track and resting for the next few months while I take care of me first for a change.

I hope everyone is having a good start to the New Year and want to thank everyone who has been sending supportive messages, and emails. It has helped a great deal to get me through the rough patches.

Blessings
Kylie

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Happy Holidays








Happy Holidays !!!!!

For any holiday that you are participating in this Season, I wish you wonderful times filled with family and friends, and surrounding yourself with lots of comfort and rest, and good holiday spirits!

Many blessings wished for the New Year !

Kylie

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Transitions








Sorry I have not been blogging much lately, I have been really struggling with life in the past while. I stepped into a messy situation by attempting to help someone in need, and in the end it has cost me dearly.

I am feeling at a crossroads in my life right now, and trying to figure out a way to make some decisions that will help move me forward ... and for now just taking one day at a time.

Thank you for your continuing support, it has meant a great deal to me to know I have some folks who care enough to stay connected even while I tend to go into hermit mode.

In the meantime, if you can say a prayer and continue to send positive energy through the holidays, and am wishing everyone a holiday filled with many blessings.

Kylie

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Landed Safely








I spread my wings
and landed safely,
now surrounded
by Sisterhood.

Feeling blessed
and pampered
enjoying afternoon tea.

Embracing new opportunities
wondering what comes next
in this journey called life .

Reconnecting with old friends
and greeting new ones
all intertwined together
to form new networks.

All is good in my world!

blessings
Kylie

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Whirlwind Week







Sorry I have not been online much recently but this his has been a busy week...first off there has been some challenging community issues that needed to be dealt with this week, and I am now feeling relieved that I am free to travel.

There has been some gatherings happening, which of course means lots of socializing, cooking and eating good foods, and sharing stories. It has been a good week for connecting with friends new and old.

Now I am moving forward and preparing for my trip which starts in the early morning on Tuesday. I am looking forward to seeing my girls, and exploring what new career opportunities may unfold. It feels good!

I am so looking forward to being on the road again, and have been busy doing some shopping with my travel foods that I like to have with me as snacks.

I will have some time this weekend to connect again before heading off.

Hope everyone is having a good week, and I will be catching up on emails and group postings.

Blessings
Kylie

Friday, October 22, 2010

Freedom With No Schedule








Well the sun is shining through my window and it feels good. I am curled up on my bed , working on my laptop and just enjoying the quietness of the morning.
I know that once I get up and head to the coffeemaker, there will be folks arising and starting the day and the quietness of the first morning light will be gone.

Not sure what my plans for the day are...I do not have any really as I was suppose to be gone from here and on my road trip. The reasons I had to delay have been put to rest for this week, although there are appointments to keep for next week, but for the next three days, I am without plans...

So what to do?

Lots of thoughts swirling around in my head...

- I could write some letters and continue on my mission of the Lost Art of Letter Writing

- I could make a trek down to the lake and collect some more rocks, and sit and meditate

- I could do some baking since there are supplies available

- I could write some blogs after researching some themes for Van Steading

- I could continue to explore education opportunites for Agriculture Internships

- I could get out two of my novels and spend some time reading

- I could create some more new bottles of cleaning products

- I could get out my new fabric and sew up a hoodie this weekend

So many ideas, and three days to explore having some fun and quiet time for myself...wow I cannot remember when I have had this much time and no schedule, it is a wonderful feeling to know I have the freedom to have fun and take some TLC time for me!!!!

Hope everyone has a great weekend, and let me know what you are all up to this weekend and if you are taking some time for yourself.

Blessings
Kylie

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Winter and Tea








Winter is certainly on its way...the weather is colder and I am finding myself wanting to get out my winter crafts and supplies for starting projects. This year there are other folks that are staying here and we have been buying fabric to make our own hooded scarves etc. I am really looking forward to making one for myself, and was delighted to find a fabric that was heavy and also to find some fleece that coordinates colors really nicely together.

I know that I am also thinking of making a quilt this year, or quilted place mats. I have always been interested in quilting, but am not ready to undertake a huge project such as a blanket...but I think smaller ones will be good. I would also like to create a Seasons of Life quilted tote bag for nomadic living.

I have now found someone that is also very interested in sewing, and quilting, so we will be starting some small projects together. In amongst my traveling back and forth, I will now have some good projects to be working on with a sewing buddy to help keep motivated!

Also I have been noticing my taste buds have been wanting Chai Tea lately, and I know that I always drink more of that in the winter time than any other time of the year! Now please note I do drink tea pretty regularly, in fact I tend to drink tea far more than coffee. But there are just some seasons that have specific tea blends for me, and I find that Winter Season brings me spicy Chai Tea.

If you have never had Chai Tea, here is a recipe that I found on the internet:

and here is the link to the website that has other Tea Blends if you are interested in making your own.


Chai Tea Blend

1/2 cup black tea leaves

3 crushed cinnamon sticks

12 crushed black peppercorns

5 crushed cloves

6 crushed cardamom seeds

1 teaspoon crushed cumin seeds

4 whole crushed allspice

1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

To make heat milk and water together in equal proportions and add 1 tablespoon per cup of mixture, let stand for 10 minutes strain and serve.








Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Long Day






Wow, sure has been a long day for me...and the day is still not over as I have a community meeting tonight. Fortunately there is apple cobbler going to be served at the meeting as a treat, so that will be good.

I am struggling this week. A big part of the reason is because I had planned so much on being on the road right now, and still being here is a challenge for me. Yet I know there is still things that need to be taken care of here before I can head off , and explore the open road and career possibilities . So here I sit, and reflect on what I can do to change my attitude, and be more open to being in the present here, rather than dreaming of being on the open road!

I am not sure why I am feeling so put out, after all it is only two extra weeks...and today , I went to the dollar store and got some more road trip foods, which is good. Also was able to organize some more books that I want to take with me, and those that I am passing on to friends. So I am still being productive.

Well off to get some supper together before the meeting. I hope everyone is having a good week, and would be great to hear what good things are happening to you this week!

Blessings
Kylie

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

New Projects








Hey folks,

Sorry I have been away from blogging...have been doing some self care, as I was sick and I really needed some time to just recooperate and rest alot so I could get better.

Fortunately I have some amazing housemates, and neighbors who have been taking good care of me, and making sure I am eating well, and drinking tons of tea and juices. I am feeling so much better now.

Still not feeling 100 % but am definitely feeling restless which is a good sign that I am feeling pretty close to normal again. I had to make some minor changes in my road trip...it is delayed by two weeks, now my departure date is November 2nd...I called ahead and let my daughter know, so she would not be concerned when I did not arrive as planned.


So today I was out and about going for a walk, and went to the fabric store and got some fabric and my house mate is going to help me make a hooded scarf, with some heavy fabric and some fleece lining so it will help keep me extra warm :)

And I am so excited , as we also went to the natural health store and got some Dr. Bronner's Castile Soap so we can create our own homemade shampoo, and house cleaner, and also we are going to try making our own laundry soap. It is becoming our new community project!

We also purchased some tea tree oil and we will be experimenting with adding it, so will let you know how it works out :)

I have also been exploring and researching on the internet some Vansteading Crafts and will start to share some links with resources and information with you.

Hope everyone is having a great week.

blessings
Kylie

Friday, October 15, 2010

Rounding the Corner







Well I am definitely on the mend and rounding the corner to recovery...my voice is still not 100 % but at least I have a voice now...just cannot talk for long or I end up in coughing fits. So short discussions :)

I have been busy working on a proposal most of the day today, and then found out half hour ago that I had an extension until Monday which is wonderful! I was feeling pretty stressed out over it as I had lost almost four days of work time due to feeling so sick.

Now I can relax and breathe and have some time to fine tune it .

I enjoyed my energy and took a walk down by the lake today, which ended up being a long walk, as I had missed being outside this week and had felt really cooped up...so today was great. I also was able to clear out the cobwebs in my brain and come back and did some serious writing :)

Anyway this will be a weekend of writing, so will also be on the internet alot and will be posting some blog entries for Vansteading, as I have been really enjoying reading Heidi's and Katies blogs and sharing ideas. Thanks for the inspirations ladies!

Hope everyone has a great night.

Sweet Dreams

Kylie

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Curled up under Blankets








Sorry folks for not posting much and keeping up with the VanSteaders topics , I have been sick in bed for the past three days. I finally went to the hospital yesterday at the insistence of my housemates, but they could not find anything wrong other than a really bad cold.

I have lost my voice, curled up under my warm blankets and have been sleeping oh so much...which on one hand is wonderful to just sleep all day and night, only getting up for bathroom breaks and juice breaks...well last night it was for a soup break ( I have wonderful housemates that made a wonderful pot of homemade chicken soup ) ...

I figure eventually my body will want to stop sleeping so much and then my brain will kick back into active thinking mode :) and then will share my thoughts on the updated VanSteaders topics.

Will be back online in a couple of days hopefully.

blessings
Kylie

Monday, October 11, 2010

Monday Musings








Well it is a holiday Monday here in Canada...Thanksgiving. A time to share with family and friends, and this has been a good weekend. Sharing good food, good company and I also have had time to spend in quiet for self care.

I sometimes get so busy, with work commitments, and other people needing my time and energy that I forget to take care of me . i try to get time to walk by the lake and spend my nights reading or connecting with my online community friends. I made a commitment this weekend to take more time for me over the next upcoming days while I prepare for my road trips.

I am going on Wednesday to spend some time with a very good friend of mine, up in the country where we can take backroad drives and travel up the Blue Mountain and watch the wildlife. I wish I had more time with my friend CM as we spend great times together just hanging out, and it is a great getaway.

I have enjoyed doing some research online today, exploring woodstoves and ways to become a Vansteader...and realistic ways to make it happen. It is definitely something that is evolving for me, as my passion has always been living in the woods and homesteading, and yet traveling is also a great passion for me. There now seems to be a way to embrace both and have the best of both worlds.

blessings
Kylie

Monday, October 4, 2010

The Art of Letter Writing






I had a wonderful conversation with a friend, last night for over an hour...and if you know me, you know I do not like to talk long on the phone, but I was out on the front porch and was just sitting drinking my tea, when my phone rang and my friend was calling me from work. She works as security and she had just finished making her rounds and called, so we got to talk for an hour .

We rarely get a chance for long conversations due to both of our schedules, and it was so wonderful to take the time to really connect and share thoughts, and so we got to realizing that with my new schedule of my consulting job and with traveling, we both needed to get better with rediscovering the old art of letter writing.

I admit I have gotten away from the hobby of letter writing, lost the art of it, where as in years past, I would write letters all the time and send them off to friends sharing details of my adventures, but with modern technology I lost the art of letter writing.

but now I am excited to be getting back into the art of it, and am looking forward to putting my thoughts on paper again and sharing photos and poetry, and personal writing that just does not come from sending emails, or text from your cell phone.

So lets celebrate the art of letter writing and stay connected with our friends while sharing adventures with them. After all everyone loves getting surprises from friends in their mail box, especially if it is not a bill :)

My friend CM is very excited to be looking forward to getting letters and packages in her mailbox!

blessings
Kylie

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Swiss Room Box

Wow I received this information from the Tiny House Living Newsletter about a new product that is really like a Swiss Army Knife for Vandwellers/Car Campers.

Here is the website for the SwissRoomBox for information.

http://www.swissroombox.com/swissRoomBox-home.html

and the video that shows how easy it is to put together .


Saturday, October 2, 2010

Feeling Excited







I woke up this morning, and am feeling well rested, and excited about my new plans that are in the works...

I am creating a life that works for me , and that feels good. Combining my passions of traveling, community, and being able to focus more on me which is what I have been working towards.

It takes a lot of hard work to get to a place in your life where you can feel happy with your choices and see the reflections of all the personal development changes that have evolved over the past while come together. It feels really good to be able to share with my friends that I am now happy and not so stressed anymore, and this is a result of not needing to work full time, just working part time and living a more simple lifestyle.

I sent an email to my daughter and let her know I was travelling westbound and we are going to be able to have a visit and she suggested taking a drive up through the mountains together :) I am really happy about this, as it will give us lots of good quality time together just with us.

I have found that moving away from my girls has really brought some positive changes to our relationship and that feels awesome. We have evolved into a more "friendship" relationship as adults now, and able to share more personal stories with one another. At first this was an adjustment but now feels good, as I have seen the definite improvements this change in our relationship has brought us!

I am slowly getting ready to gather my traveling supplies together again, as I get ready for my road trip. It feels good to be sponsored and have some of my traveling expenses covered for a change, rather than having to cover them all myself. It makes life a bit easier on me to be able to stretch my limited finances further.

I have realized this will change things a great deal for me, but you know ...I feel ready for the changes, and it is time to move forward! I am ready for some road adventures again. I have been here settled for almost a year, well ten months as of today...a few short term road trips in that time period, but for the most part, I have stayed settled here. Mind you , I have also thoroughly enjoyed being by a lake and being able to take late night walks along the lakeshore, and I admit I will greatly miss that.

I hope everyone is having a good weekend, and taking some time to relax for yourself.

Blessings
Kylie

Friday, October 1, 2010

Interesting New Blog

I have just found the new blog called "VanSteaders" which is found at http://vansteaders.blogspot.com/ I have thoroughly enjoyed reading. It combines both of my passions with Vandwelling and Homesteading...so it makes sense to do some.

I have enjoyed working on farms during my travels and nomadic lifestyle and thought that I would share a list of places with you that would help those who are interested in farm training opportunities. It would also go really well with the lifestyle of being a vandweller if you wanted to explore some of these opportunities.

I found a list from the website Planet Friendly Net for Volunteer Opportunities for working on Farms. One of my favorite organizations is called Willing Workers on Organic Farms, and it is an organization that helps farms network and connect with people who are wanting some experience working on farms. it is a wonderful resource to have, and works really well with the vandweller's lifestyle.


Wednesday, September 29, 2010

New Job

Wow, I have had the most amazing opportunity be presented to me, and I am very excited!

This will combine my passion for traveling with my consulting work, and also Community Outreach...all rolled into one amazing job.

I have also been networking and have been invited to be a guest speaker at a National Conference being held next Spring 2011. This is a huge accomplishment and recognition for the work that I have been doing for the past few years, and also represents the huge personal development that I have worked hard for.

Huge changes on the horizon, and great opportunities for more traveling.

Stayed for updates!

Blessings, Kylie

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Autumn Season





Wow so many changes happening in nature, and it is reflecting the changes in my life at this point. I am loving the changes.
Summer has had me far too quiet, which really has been for good reasons, as I have been Coordinator of a Community House of Hospitality and it has been a very good learning curve for me.

But now I have three others to help run the house, and the finances have been turned over to someone who is far more capable that I am, so this helps to free me up to do more outreach and wander.

Meaning I am ready for some road trips. Starting this coming week, I will be going on a road trip up to Blue Mountain Country, and exploring back country roads with a good friend of mine.

Going to be gone for a whole week which will be wonderful as I am feeling a little burnt out after so much work that has been done lately. Sometimes I turn into such a workaholic but it has all been for a good cause indeed!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

HAPPY BIRTHDAY "C.C"

Well it is my oldest daughters birthday today....celebrating 21 years old!

WOW !!!!

Who would have thought that time would fly by so quickly , as it still seems like yesterday that she was riding her little trike and climbing up into the top bunk to read her comic books.

Thinking of you today CC and wishing I was there to celebrate your special day, but from the sounds of it you have a very full weekend of celebrations planned.

Happy Birthday and hope you enjoy your special day!

Love Mom

Thursday, August 26, 2010

So much work, So little Time

Lately it seems there is just so much work to be done, and not nearly enough time during the day to get it all done.

Working as a Coordinator for a Community House has been very fulfilling, but has gotten me back into workaholic mode and this is so not good for me, definitely time to bring on some others to help out.

Time to make some more changes, as Autumn Season nears and that is always the time for new opportunities to be explored. Years past, it has always been a time when my girls started their new year of schooling, but those times are gone...well for my involvement anyway. My oldest has registered for her pre-nursing courses again, and with this year she will be able to finish them and then go into university full time for nursing next year!

My youngest finished her highschool and I am so proud of her, as it was a long time goal she has been working to acheive. Now on a break while she figures out her next step in life and goals to work towards.

Hopefully she will figure out something that works well for her.

Now to figure out what works for me and find some new goals to explore...feeling a little restless, definitely time to have a few days off and wander out into the back woods!

blessings
Kylie

Sunday, August 15, 2010

New Treasures

I am back for a visit to Calgary, and am staying at my daughter's place and also connecting with some of my good friends.
I had a fabulous time today with my friend Louise as we went garage sale shopping and found some wonderful treasures!
I found some great cookbooks, some brand new scrapbook supplies, and a picnic basket with full picnic dish set :)

Louise found some great furniture for her house, lamps, coffee table, and some office supplies!

We hit the motherload and had a blast exploring various garage sales. There were some that you could tell do this for a business.

Definitely worth taking the time on weekends to go exploring again for more!

blessings
Kylie

Sunday, August 8, 2010

August Already

Oh My Gosh,

We are already almost half through August, and I am wondering where the time has gone. I have been busy with the community house, and also doing some part time administrative work for a friend of mine, but that is slowly coming to an end at the end of this month.

Now we have a possibility of a new family moving into the house, and they are friends of mine...also a possibility of having some part time babysitting job starting in September, which would be alot of fun. I am looking forward to that hopefully working out.

The weather has been pretty good, I am adjusting to the humidity here in Ontario as opposed to the dry climate in Alberta...I think it is good, although when too warm a bit hard to sleep at night.

I am enjoying making new connections here and networking through the community...it has been interesting to expand my people circle. It has been good for me, as I tend to easily slip into the mode of being a hermit, which sometimes works out really well for me..but too much solitude is something that can be a not so good part of my life....I like a balance and if given the choice I always tend to spend too much time by myself. It is sometimes hard to get back into being able to carry on conversations with new people that I meet along the way. But part of my role as Coordinator is being able to network, so am making more of an effort to do this...so far it is a good thing.

blessings
Kylie

Friday, July 30, 2010

Busy Month

July has been a very busy month, I have changed roles in the community I am living with, and am now in the role of Coordinator of the Community House. With it comes alot of responsibility but it is very good. Not what I was expecting, but it is growing on me...and I am learning to balance my work and private time...and enjoying the networking aspect of my new role. It will take some time to fully adjust and find my niche and what works for me, but in the meantime I am enjoying exploring and making what the new coordinator role mans for me.

I have also been enjoying taking walks by the lake, and sitting there at night and watching the sailboats...very soothing for me.

Hope everyone else is having a good month, sorry I have not been keeping up with my blog, but there just has been so much work with this new transition, hoping I find more of a balance between writing and working.

Blessings
Kylie

Friday, July 2, 2010

Happy Canada Day!!!

Well this has been a pretty good few weeks. I now have a part time job, and I have been enjoying it a great deal. Not difficult work at all, more time consuming than anything. I am doing some Consulting work and some administrative work two days a week. It provides a bit of income and good for Tim Horton's coffee runs!

The weather has been so nice, that BBQ season has been fantastic, and I am taking full advantage of it. With being in the community, there is always folks to share food with, and this makes for wonderful potluck dinners and gathering around the BBQ. Good company and good food, what more could a girl want :)

Here we have been fully celebrating Canada Day and enjoying being by the lake. Earlier tonight there were fireworks happening and my housemates and I went down to the lake and enjoyed the celebration. A very good evening indeed.

The one thing that has been getting to me a bit, is with all this nice weather, I sure wish I was camping out and traveling...but have realized this is the season for staying put, having my roots grow with the community, and help out around here this year. There will be other seasons for traveling again.

Hope everyone is having a wonderful celebration with both July 1st for my Canadian friends and also July 4th for my American friends.

Blessings
Kylie

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Time Flies

It seems this week has been very busy...well maybe on purpose for me.

After my visit with my friend, I felt a need to be busy, and feeling productive. I have worked hard to create a good life for myself. A life with some meaning, and some purpose for me personally. Life has been filled with challenges over the years, and I do not have any regrets really. Maybe reflections that some decisions would have been different if I had , had the knowledge that I do now...but let's face it, if we all had the knowledge now, some of our youth years would certainly have been different.

Yet , I feel good about where I am at these days. I have worked really hard on personal growth, and maintaining my health so that I can be active. I learned how to take better care of myself, and with a proper diet, most days...I feel good.

I like that I am in a place in my life where I can work part time, and do not feel the need to work full time. I like that I can keep a balance between self care with activities of walking by the lake and surrounding myself with bits of nature.

I like that I am now back living in community, and have some social connections again. For a while I really thought that being a hermit was a good thing for me, and for some time, yes it was. I am a person that needs alot of personal space. I work , and function in life much better.

This past week was busy, and I am feeling today, a little bit too busy...so this week, I am going to take a step back, spend some time by myself, and be a hermit for the weekend. I think it is needed...at least until Sunday night when there is a BBQ at a neighbors house :)

Hope everyone has a good weekend.

Blessings
Kylie

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Difficult Past Days

I have been struggling the past three days.

I got a call Monday from a very good friend who I have known since I was a teen....requesting my help.

Reflections of dealing with demons from a difficult past, a journey through life that has been very very hard on her, and she is at a point where she is struggling immensely.

Some of that journey through life was shared with me, I have also had challenging moments along the way in my life, and since we have known each other for so many years, of course we shared many memories of times that we both were challenged.

It is hard to figure out why some people can move forward and others get stuck in a memory from their past. Hard to explain to folks how I have moved forward ...but just by taking one step at a time, it is indeed possible.

I am now back home, safe and secure in my own space. Took a walk by the lake last night and it was wonderful to sit by the water.

Hopefully the peacefulness returns the next few days.

Kylie

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Busy Life These Days

Well life sure does bring many changes, when you least expect it...the community house where I am staying these days is going through many transitions and with them, I have not been made Coordinator of the Community House.

Not at all what I was expecting when I came here, but I feel it is a position I can do well, and so here I am ...staying put for awhile.

Other plans such as trip to the States has now been put on hold for awhile. My friends surgery was delayed while she got her health stabilized, so I did not need to go there to help with her recovery.

I also have a part time administrative job helping out a friend, that will provide some added income for awhile, which is good. It will be two days a week, which is great for me...I was certainly not looking for a full time gig in any form.

So instead of traveling this summer, building up my income, and helping out with the community house for now. It feels like the right thing for me, it is kind of like a caretaking position, so that works for me.

Also getting time to spend with some friends and reconnect again.

Blessings
Kylie

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Life is good

I am feeling blessed!

Blessed that I have two daughters who have a inner strength within them , and a passion for life, that will carry them far!

Blessed that I have a connection with them , as they move from girls to young woman and a bond that continues to grow with us as a family.

I feel gratitude!

Grateful that I have had this opportunity of time to spend with them, and connect with them as they are now.

Grateful that I have friends who have taken care of me during this trip, and helped keep me grounded.

I feel loved!

I feel the caring support of all my vandweller's family, and feel very lucky to have you all in my life!

I feel grounded!

I feel very grounded on the life path that I traveling on at this point in my journey, as I explore new opportunities and adventures.

I feel grounded, knowing I have a community to live in, and a strong Sisterhood to connect with.

Life is good at this point. My life journey has taken me many twists and turns along the way, as I faced challenges and conquered mountains. But my path has made me strong as a woman, as an individual and I know that all that has evolved, as made me the person I am today.

One day at a time, no looking back, focusing on my future and knowing that I am in a good place!

Blessings
Kylie

Monday, May 17, 2010

Birthday Blessings!

I feel truly blessed, by all the birthday greetings shared by my vandweller's family. Thank you everyone.

I had a wonderful birthday weekend, which started on Friday with going out for lunch with my friend Wayne. We went out for Fish and Chips, and I had the best fish that I have tried in a very long time. They had an amazing dip that was dill and lemon, and it tasted soooo good. I only ate about half of the french fries as they gave a large amount. I am not used to eating so much in one sitting any more.

Saturday was spent relaxing, enjoying a bubble bath, and reading a novel that my daughter had gotten for me from the library. It was wonderful to just pamper myself :)

Sunday was spent outdoors with my youngest daughter. We had fun, coloring, enjoying the sunshine, and then went out for supper and had a chicken and rice dish with steamed veggies. Very filling!

Monday , I am going out with my oldest daughter for afternoon tea after she gets off work...it will be our last visit for awhile, as Tuesday I am off again on a road trip and heading back East!

This has been a great visit, here in Calgary..getting a chance to see my girls again, and catch up on events in their lives!

I made the mistake of having some coffee in the evening and now am not able to sleep much tonight..so have been spending time on the internet catching up on emails and Facebook!

Hope everyone else had a good weekend.

Hugs
Kylie

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Spring Road Trip

Well looks like I am about to embark on a spontaneous road trip, this time I am off to see the girls out West. My oldest is feeling a little overwhelmed with working and school and managing my youngest daughter life adventures. So off to do some TLC mommy style!

Leaving on Wednesday night and hope to arrive in Calgary by the weekend.

Sorry will be out of internet access while I am on the road, but will touch back on the weekend and update.

Kylie aka Celtic Gypsy Woman

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Vegetarian Chili

So yesterday as I mentioned I made a huge pot of vegetarian chili which was very simple to make so thought I would share it here:

In large pot ,

saute onions, garlic, add green pepper and mushrooms
Add canned tomatos
Add beans of your choice ( we had black beans and kidney beans)
Cut up slices carrots and celery and add to pot,

For spices, I added, cumin, cinnamon, onion soup mix, curry, and oregano, and chili powder for flavoring

I also added a cup of water to this as about an hour before serving I also added brown rice to the pot to make it more filling ( and as you know, adding rice as it cooks will soak up the juices and liquid)

Note: The cinnamon is a spice that my daughter taught me to use in chili and I really like it, adds good flavor.

Let simmer for a few hours and then you have food for a feast of guests and yourself!

Kylie aka Celtic Gypsy Woman

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Sun Shining

The past few days have been wonderful with the weather...have actually really enjoyed being outside, and loved having impromptu picnic lunches on the front porch of my friends Jo J o and Claire as we have been busy the past three weeks renovating their new home. Getting ready for them to move into!

Today is moving day, and we have managed to work out a pretty good schedule with all the folks helping out. This morning I was up early to create a wonderful pot of vegetarian chili so folks would have food to sustain themselves throughout the day!

All in all I think about twenty folks showed up to help, which was such a blessing...there were guys who carried over the heavy stuff and then reassembled the shelves and loft bed, while the rest of us carried the boxes of books ( I think there were about 30 boxes full of books as both are avid readers) and then someone set up the kitchen for them.

We took a break at about 1:00 pm and someone supplied four cases of beer and some juice, someone else brought bread, and then the cookies...wow what a party!

I am feeling very tired, but great, as had a very productive day.

Tomorrow will be a day of rest comparatively as I am babysitting in the afternoon to make a bit of cash :) Well actually will be getting paid to have play time really!

Kylie aka Celtic Gypsy Woman

Friday, April 23, 2010

Where are you from?

Someone asked on the Vandwellers Group where folks are from and so I had to think, and this is the answer I came up with as I am from all over the map but mainly in Canada.

"I am from Canada...that in the broadest sense of the word...as I tend to travel
the country ...I was recently in Alberta up until Christmas and am now in
Ontario ( not sure how long since the weather is nicer , the sun is shining, and
the gypsy spirit in me is calling out to me for another road trip)

Places I have lived in for varying lengths of time, are British Columbia ( both
in the city of Vancouver which has some great alternative minded folks) up
Northern BC off the Alaskan highway in a small town called Burns Lake.

Lived in Alberta for almost ten years, and traveled through to Banff, Edmonton,
Lethbridge, and other smaller towns.

and in Ontario, well have lived in many places...Belleville, Peterborough ( a
great town for alternative minded folks), Owen Sound, Collingwood, Toronto,
Mississauga, North Bay, Timmins, and have visited many smaller places along the
way.

Before the more stricter rules of having a passport, I have also traveled
throughout the USA and lived in both Washington and Oregon for several
months...and have taken the Greyhound bus at least three times through the
states traveling :)

As you can see, I have a gypsy spirit within me and do enjoy traveling...I keep
saying I am going to get myself a van someday, but not having one has not slowed
me down too much from exploring the open roads and life to the fullest. :)

I will get a van,as I want to get a piece of land someday, to have somewhat of a
home base, and grown a garden and actually benefit from it during the Fall
Season... "

Kylie aka Celtic Gypsy Woman

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Impromptu Picnics

I have been loving the sunny weather these past few days...which of course have led to several impromptu picnics...mainly with Jo Jo and Claire, but there have been a few other folks who have gathered with us as we ate our lunches out on the front porch .

White tea has become my new favorite tea to drink, as I discovered it in the cupboard of JJ and C as they both drink it often, although Claire likes mint tea also as much.

Have been loving the vegetarian meals, all kinds of things go on cheese melts I have discovered , and the pesto and cheese sandwiches, and hummus with veggies have been simply amazing. We have been eating huge meals, have not eaten this much in so long....I told JJ and C that they have been over feeding me as there have been somedays, that I just could not finish my meal..but of course it made for a great snack in the evenings.

We had a delicious roti from the place near the hardware store last night for supper...had spinach, potato and chickpeas in it...oh man was it good, and so big I had enough for supper last night and then finished off the rest for breakfast today.

Yes indeed, good eatings to be had when doing renovations for friends!

Kylie aka Celtic Gypsy Woman

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Avacados

Well I have been enjoying new foods, or maybe new ways of eating new foods...such as Avacados!

I have usually just eaten avacados in guacamole but my friend Jo Jo loves to have avacados in her sandwiches...so I have been trying this new experiment, and it adds such creaminess to your sandwiches..and oh so delicious with some salsa added as well.

Yummy indeed, some good eatings this week.

Sandwich Idea:

Whole Wheat Bread
Avacado slices
Cheese ( we have used both mozerella and cheddar)
Tomato slices
Onion Slices
Green Pepper Slices
and mayonaise , salasa or hummus for flavor

Delicious ideas!!!!

and oh yeah very yummy and filling!

Kylie aka Celtic Gypsy Woman