About me

After thirty-two years of living in rural Alberta, raising our family and teaching school, my husband and I retired and spent a year teaching conversational English in Japan and traveling in Asia.  We returned home in March of 2009. While I originally started this blog to share our Asian experience with friends and family, I have enjoyed writing it so much that I intend to keep it going indefinitely.

I am the mother of three grown children and grandmother of eight. I love reading, writing, dancing, golfing, traveling, camping, hiking, kayaking, keeping fit and participating in community theatre. I believe in living life to the fullest and I’m always ready to try something new.

I am a committed follower of Christ and I’m married to my best friend, Richard. Together, we spent the summer of 2011 on the island of Saipan as short term missionaries and the first half of 2013 teaching English at Liaoning Normal University in Dalian on the northeast coast of China.IMG_5508

Shortly after returning home from China, I was diagnosed with cancer and a new journey began. In spite of the fact that my cancer is incurable, treatment has been effective and my health is currently stable. Though I’ve been using the blog to share this experience with friends and family, I continue to write about many other issues as well. In March 2016, I introduced a weekly feature known as Fashion Friday.

Thank you for being here!



19 thoughts on “About me

  1. Okay no more Sob Sob from me…just a great big have a blast, we are looking forward to your trip. It will very cool to experience Japan through the eyes of dear friends. Deborah

  2. i was doing a powerpoint for my classroom when this nice pic of saipan appeared on my images search…..happy to hear about your experience in saipan and i hope you’ll find time to come back…helen ann is a co teacher at Kagman Elem. School….i guess that’s the same H.A. that met you at the airport.

  3. Just found your blog from unefemme.net/5-steps-travel-friendly-wardrobe.html
    Post. You look great, you’ve found your fashion style. Going to read your back posts and follow you.

    • Hello Heather! Yes, I was first diagnosed with neuroendocrine cancer in August 2013. Neuroendocrine cancer (NETS) is incurable, but treatment has been successful in stopping it’s growth. Exactly 7 months after the first diagnosis, an acinic cell tumour was discovered in my left parotid (salivary) gland. It was only detected because it showed up on some scans I had for the original cancer. It was removed surgically followed by 30 radiation treatments. At this point, there’s been no recurrence. Then, more recently, I was diagnosed with papillary thyroid cancer. It’s a slow growing cancer and so far we’ve just been monitoring it. If it shows signs of growing, it will be removed surgically. Though these are 3 entirely unrelated cancers, it’s my understanding that it’s not extremely rare for NETS patients to be diagnosed with secondary cancers. If you are interested in knowing more about my cancer journey, click on Cancer in the Categories section in the right hand margin and if you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

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