Birds of My Acquaintance

American avocet

American avocet

Written in late spring, about 10 years ago. My, how I would love to see an American avocet again!

Birds of My Acquaintance

The other day I rode my bike three miles north, taking me through my favourite stretch of road downhill through the woods. [Read more…]

Razzle Dazzle Rose

a name tag made by a friend years ago

a name tag made by a friend years ago

What’s in a name? Quite a lot, if you’re the only one you know with that name. The only “Willena” I knew when I was growing up was my mother. I never saw my name in print, never knew a character with that name on TV, and no one ever wrote a song about me. So when I was 9 years old and heard the song, “Ramblin’ Rose”, by Nat King Cole, I was dumbfounded. I could not believe I was hearing a song with my name in it! [Read more…]

What Happened at Rockwood

Old Woman to Cool Dudette

heron“Willena! Are you just gonna stand there all day or what?” At fourteen, my baby sister already towered over me by several inches.

“Shhhhh! Look up in the pine tree just ahead… it’s a scarlet tanager!”

Laura’s glance followed my finger. “What are you talking about? I can’t see anything!” She flounced ahead of me on the rocky woodland path. [Read more…]

A Big Day

Willena & Jim - December 1955

Willena & Jim – December 1955

June 20, 2015…

It’s been an emotional day of spending time with my husband’s family, and also thinking of my own family.

4000 km away, in Barrie ON, my brother celebrated his 60th birthday.

I’ve told the story before of how I was the firstborn, and born on Mother’s Day. Jim, the first son, was born two years later, on Father’s Day!



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Blast from the Past



First, something written by an author unknown to me. Even this is outdated, because I found it several years ago… [Read more…]

Timothy the Acrobat

Timothy#1 (10)This is a story about Timothy, a little boy who did a little TOO well at something and got a lot more than he bargained for! He’s not a little boy any more, but he still gets adventurous sometimes. Hence “Timothy’s cane”, which happened earlier this year.

This particular story happened… oh, about eleven years ago. [Read more…]

Humble Pie

Apple PieI don’t know what humble pie looks like, but I am eating it tonight. I learned something from someone that opened my eyes in a new way to the fact that I am my own worst enemy. [Read more…]

Rabbit Trails and Time Capsules

Basic RGBRabbit Trails

I don’t know how I do it. I’m checking emails, and two hours later I wake up to find myself lost on some website, having no clue how I got there, or why I’m even there. [Read more…]

Hanabi Rei

Hanabi ReiOkay, I admit it. I am proud of my daughter, Raewyn. She is preparing to go Japan during November and December, as a short-term missionary. “Hanabi Rei” is her chosen Japanese name.

There is so much I could say, but I’ll let her speak for herself. [Read more…]

First Dream

skunkI woke up crying.

HOW could Mommy have been so mean? Sending me to the store in bare feet when there was snow on the ground! And there was a huge skunk following me! [Read more…]