A voice for #suicideprevention

I learned from my very aware friends at Write Tribe that today is World Suicide Prevention Day. With the tragic death of Robin Williams still achingly fresh in our minds, the observation of such a day seems rather timely, doesn't it? ...more

Tangled Tuesday No. 19

Slowly, slowly, I'm getting back into the tangling groove after coming to a near standstill due to a bout of tangle fatigue. ...more

#MicroblogMondays 2 - My Name Is

My name is Laurel. Yes, my name is a little bit different, somewhat uncommon... and I love it. One small problem, though, is that my name is enough like other, more familiar names - Laura, Laurie, Lauren - that it's often mistaken, misspelled, and sometimes even completely mangled. You might be surprised at just how many different ways you can spell some approximation of Laurel, but this week's visit to Starbucks gave me an entirely new variation to add to my collection. ...more

Today's Gratitude List - Linkup No. 45

You're probably going to laugh, but at the top of today's gratitude list at this moment in time is the fact that the skin condition that's been bothering me for months now appears to be pretty much cured! Within a day or two of discontinuing use of the beeswax lip balm that I discovered was triggering an allergic reaction, the skin around my mouth cooperated by clearing up and ceasing to torment me. I can't tell you how nice it is to be back to my usual self again! ...more

Easy-Peasy Recipe: Chocolate Puddle Cake

Mmmm, Puddle Cake. I always seem to forget about this recipe, despite the fact that it is quite possibly one of the easiest cakes ever to make, calls for ingredients that are readily on hand in your basic pantry (no eggs or milk required), and doesn't even dirty the mixer. ...more

Photo Friday: Nightfall

As I scrolled through my archives in search of inspiration for today's Photo Friday prompt, I realized that I take a LOT of sunset pictures! I also realized that each one, no matter how well it may have turned out, ended up being a pale imitation of the actual sight I saw. I don't feel too bad about that, though, as I'm not entirely sure it's even possible for the depths of those vibrant colours to be captured accurately anywhere but in our memories! ...more

100 Words: For #InternetFriendDay

A note to my "imaginary" friends... some things I want you to know: I appreciate you for your kindness, your caring... for the way you step up and give and share and love with such willing generosity. I appreciate you for your sense of humour, your openness to fun... for sharing laughs and silliness and seeing the comical side of things, even (particularly?) in the midst of tension. I appreciate you for your opinions, your perspective... for encouraging me to think outside the parameters of my reality. I appreciate you, so much more than you can know. You are loved. ...more

My "harmless" addiction

I am addicted. There's some on my desk and in my bag. There's more in the top drawers of both the nightstand beside my bed and the little end table next to my spot on the couch. (There would be some in the glove compartment of our car, if I didn't think the heat would be a problem.) And of course there's always, without fail, a substantial backup stash purchased in advance and tucked away, ready and waiting to replenish the depleted stores. ...more

20 Things I Love About Working from Home

Almost three years ago now (I truly can't believe it's been so long!), Peter and I moved to Windsor, Ontario, and I started working from home (part-time) for my employer in Victoria, BC. Though I'd never really seen myself as the work-from-home-type prior to giving it a try, I quickly discovered that it actually fits me well—and that furthermore, I absolutely love it. ...more
Velvet S. All the best - I hope something happens for you soon!more

#MicroblogMondays 1 - Just a day late!

I know what you're thinking. "What? Two posts in the same day from her? And the second one has Monday in its title? When it's actually TUESDAY? Has she gone mad?!" Please don't be confused, dear readers - it's definitely Tuesday today, but since I missed the boat yesterday on Melissa Ford's fabulous new MicroblogMondays idea I'm quickly jumping in now, even though I'm a little late to the party. ...more