Deep Midwinter

Here’s one of my favourite pics of my little home, taken just a few days ago after the second big snow storm, of three, in a week.

It makes it look so cosy and I love the contrast with the white of the snow against the rusted patina and teal roof.

Thankfully, it’s easy to keep a home this size warm with my Cubic mini stove, plus the southerly exposure means even 20 minutes of winter sun warms the place nicely.

Propane tanks and regulators keep freezing so the hot water has been very sparse, but otherwise it’s been rather lovely

Snow

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Not in the seven years I’ve lived on Galiano, have we had this much snow in one go!

Certainly not where I am, which is virtually sea level right in Sturdies Bay. But last night there was 6-8 inches by 7:30pm, so I dug my snow shoes out of storage, and went out.

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We didn’t go far but Willow, who needed her nightly constitutional, was waist deep, although VERY eager and tugging me up the hill; gleefully scooping mouthfuls of white stuff as she went, and grinning from ear to ear (wish I’d gotten a picture of that)!

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So we walked down past Studies Bay Bakery, which looked so warm and inviting, (coulda used a hot cocoa!), to the elegant and beautifully lit Galiano Oceanfront Inn and Spa, and back again. The gardens outside the Inn provided some lovely photo opportunities and produced some interesting results.

 

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My Happy Place

There are few things that bring me more joy than being able to spend some time (or even eat!) ‘al fresco’.

Today, I’m dog-sitting too, so that’s an added treat, and although exhausted after a couple of hours, my canine companion is continuing to enjoy the ambience on my behalf!

Tough Decisions

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Tough decisions today. The Community Nurse and I submitted my application for off-island Assisted-Living Accommodation; something I once believed wouldn’t be a consideration until much later in life.

Trying to manage with severe health issues for the last three years has been really hard. I’ve been mostly housebound, and spend a large amount of that time bed-bound. Starting Home-care recently made a big difference, but since January, I’ve been having a substantial increase in seizures like epsiodes.

It was just partial episodes to begin with; starting back in 2015, and I didn’t even know they were a kind of seizures until January this year, but now I am having full episodes, with a significant increase in severity, and frequency. It’s been really challenging to manage those alone, especially with no family close by. Home-care has really helped, but it’s not enough.

Galiano is literally paradise on earth, and eminently suited to Small Living, and the Tiny House lifestyle, except if you have chronic, life-changing, health issues. Then the lack of infrastructures, and amount of effort you are physically spending just to have firewood for warmth, or water to bathe, or drink; or emptying the composting toilet and you realize that your so called healthy, ecological, lifestyle is actually exacerbating the health issues, and making you sicker. Then, no matter how much your heart is breaking, or how loudly your soul shouts, “NO!”, you have to make changes….

This island has become one of my greatest Loves! The community here supported me from the moment I stepped foot on this sacred ground (I defy you to argue with me on that one!), with an astonishing amount of love, generosity and compassion. It has really meant EVERYTHING to have that support, and feel that generosity, and compassion of spirit. I have not always shown my appreciation as much as I should or in the right ways, mostly due to being too sick, and overwhelmed to follow up with everyone in the way I’d have wanted. I’m sorry for that, and for anyone who felt their support wasn’t appreciated. It was, and is.

My choices for where to go in Assisted Living include: Salt Spring Island, Victoria area, and Chemainus on the one side, and Steveston, Richmond, South Vancouver, and West Vancouver for the other.

As for the Tiny House? I’m not sure! My deepest hope is to be able to keep my home here, and return for holidays and retreats; as my health allows. However, I’m also open to selling to the right person, or a co-ownership set up; which would allow me to return and remain connected to my home, friends, and community, here on Galiano.

It will be a few months before I get somewhere off island, maybe longer, so in the meantime, I will still be in my little home, savouring every last moment and detail of being here. Hoping to see all my island friends in person to say ‘Thank You’ before I go.

With gratitude to the Creator, and Nahanni, for bringing me here, and to this entire community for the laughs, the Love, and the lessons!

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Galindar 2018

A few years ago, I started making a calendar every year with some of my photographs, as gifts for the family at Christmas. That slowly grew and by 2014, I was producing enough to sell at my old store, Flotsam & Jetsam.

After my health got really bad, I had to stop for a couple of years, but I celebrated 5 years on Galiano September 13th, 2017, so decided to do a FIFTH ANNIVERSARY EDITION with photographs from the last five years.

The GALINDAR, as I like to call it, costs $25.00 CAD, measures 11″ x 17″ and is printed in full colour, on high quality cardstock, with a high gloss finish for vibrancy of colour.

The item can be ordered and shipped to anywhere across Canada or further afield. Please contact me for a shipping quote before you order, in that case.

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Living Small

Revamped things a little bit lately and changed the tagline to what in essence, I’m really doing:

Living Small!

In a Tiny House, on a Tiny Island, living a lfestyle with an intentionally small footprint, and hoping to enourage others who are differently abled or otherwise marginalized, not to allow those disabilities, to get in the way of pursuing your dreams, and following an intentional lifestyle.

In fact by living small, I found that life grows in so many ways, and by incorporating the principals of Permaculuture, one is able to achieve much more, in less time, with less resources, even with quite severe disabilities.

It’s really quite surprising what one can accomplish even while housebound for weeks at a time. That’s not to say it’s not bloody hard work, or play down the adjustments, nor am I trying to make myself out to be any kind of expert. I’m learning as I go and making lots of mistakes, which is great because it means I’m learning lots!

Anyways, I’m going to try to post more regularly and hopefully, there’s something useful in it.