Category Archives: Senior (55+) life

Consciousness and love and patience…

“Vulnerability is having the courage to show up when you can’t control the outcome.” Brené Brown I notice I am so changed this visit over last. I am full of love and compassion, even to the dogs. I used to fear and despise dogs as messy, drooly, stupid creatures; now … [read]

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Van Life #4 – Update & working remotely from the road

​I am in Calgary now. The cats are adjusting well and seem content. They’ve made a little cubbyhole for themselves under the bed for if they need to get away but often they’ll sit up top, checking out the scenery. I stop regularly to just sit with them for awhile, … [read]

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Van Life – Day 3

​April 22, 2019 Advantage to living in a van: Different scenery every morning. Disadvantage to living in a van: Litterbox stink bombs seem much more potent. I find my waking hours have shifted a little bit. We go to bed earlier and we are up earlier in the morning – … [read]

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The Van Plan – Day 2

April 21, 2019 ​​​This is day two of sleeping in my van. Yesterday I did the walk-through of my apartment and we worked out how much of my damage deposit I’ll be getting back. I left all the cleaning to them because the cats and I were stressed, so I … [read]

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Dawn Ann’s Van Plan

April 20, 2019 So, I am starting a new experiment. Yesterday Isaac came and helped me move all my stuff into storage and last night the kittens and I slept in the van. It was cold. Everything hurt from moving. We all had a rough time sleeping last night. But … [read]

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This scares me a little

I have known my Aunt Fern’s phone number since I was a girl. My mom used to call her sister regularly and I remember clearly how she would dial ‘0’ to contact the operator. Then she would say, “I’d like to make a long-distance call to area code 403, 299…” … [read]

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The evolution of a plan

I am having a lot of fun hanging out with my children and grandchildren down in the Greater Vancouver Area of BC. We had a fantastic birthday party yesterday and today I am catching up on a few things. Plans have evolved a bit since my previous posts. My husband … [read]

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Inspiring people

While I’m on the road, here’s a little something to inspire you. I have started a folder of bookmarks called “Inspire.” It is full of people doing incredible things, often against all odds, many of them older than I am. For instance, there is the 83-year-old supermodel Carmen Dell’Orefice, still … [read]

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Buying stuff to define ourselves

I read somewhere recently that we will often start buying “things” after or during a major life change. For instance, if we start college or get a divorce or lose a loved one, we will start making what seem to be random purchases for no good reason. A friend of … [read]

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Making myself over (or not)

Hitting my fifties, gaining more independence, and a recent health scare have started the wheels of change in motion for me. Before this point, I had always taken care of others. From the time I was six years old, helping to toilet train my baby sister, through raising my own … [read]

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