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An Unexpected Newfie Gift

IMG_2371 I am a big believer that it’s not always about the destination, but about the journey, whether it involves getting on a plane or learning something new closer to home. And, sometimes it’s the detours along the way that prove the most interesting.

I’ve just returned from a trip to Newfoundland and had done all my homework in advance. I’d found hikes, restaurants, etc. and hoping I would be able to hit at least a few that were special. I’m our travel agent, tour guide and navigator leaving the driving to my husband especially overseas when it involves roundabouts and driving on the left side of the road.

The weather was better than I had expected. We were able to do all the hiking we wanted and I was able to get some great photos. The fog even cooperated by clearing just enough every so often that I could take a few shots with a foghorn sounding in the background. The perfect atmosphere for a mystery writer.

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The rain was so heavy one day that we decided to try a museum in one the small towns known as “outports”. There wasn’t a car in sight and we wondered if it was even open. We walked into a small lobby with a gift store off to the side. A large room was visible through the doors behind the desk, manned by two women looking hopeful at the prospect of having visitors. They were so friendly that although we wondered if it was actually worth $7.00 to walk through the one room museum, we went ahead and paid our fee. It was worth it and more.

The exhibits were few and far between, but what made it come alive was our guide. She’d grown up in the area and described what it was like growing up. The fishermen and their families had a hard time of it. She talked about what a treat it was as a teenager to go into St. John’s and how each spring she looked forward to seal meat coming in. Something she still looks forward to every spring.

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Our luck continued with our rainy day excursions to museums and heritage sights in the outports where these wonderful women so generously shared their perspectives and memories with us. One guide put the kettle on and we sat and had tea as she explained how households were run day to day. Another guide walked with us out to the puffin site to make sure that we were able to spot them while explaining their wintering habits and how they raised their young.

Things that were supposed to be a way to pass time on a rainy day turned into our favorite times leaving us with special memories of Newfoundland and the Newfies who live there.

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Comfort Zones and Boot Laces

Welcome to my new website. I’m really excited about the redesign. A fresh start for a new year. I had the opportunity to work with some really talented people and it made me realize what a pleasure it is to work with someone that enjoys what they’re doing and how lucky I’ve been to run into people like that, sometimes in unexpected ways, taking me down unexpected paths.

My website designer, Mike Parra, produced a design so clean that it convinced me to meet with a photographer for an all out photo shoot. This is from a woman that hates to have her picture taken.

To say that I was cringing with anticipation, is an understatement. Then I worked with Jason Acton, the photographer. He turned a stomach-churning activity into something fun.

Sometimes it’s not about going outside my comfort zone, as invigorating as that may be. It’s something useful and practical. One time that stands out in my mind is when I was recently buying a new pair of hiking boots for a trip to Sedona and the salesman taught me how to tie my shoes in a new way. We were chatting about hiking and I was talking about how irritating it is when I’m hiking to have to keep retying my laces.

His next words changed my hiking experience forever.

He told me that when I first cross my laces to put the left lace under the right lace. The opposite of the granny knot I had learned and that I had taught my kids. Doing this turns it into a square knot.

I tried it out and it worked. I hiked and hiked and those boot laces stayed put like I’d coated them in Super Glue. Of course I had to call my kids right away and tell them that Mom had a new way to tie their shoes. They took it well and didn’t even joke about me finally losing it.

It’s a gift to meet someone that enjoys what they’re doing and enjoys sharing their knowledge with you. I’m going to be sharing what I learn along the way and things that just tickle my sense of humor.

I’m hoping that you’ll do the same!