Ballad of the Pirate Bard

I am a pirate and I do not sleep!

I thief night jewels for me to keep.

My Lady with her treasures bold

is generous when the wee hours wax old.

The words upon her golden tongue

are by the midnight spirits sung.

I catch the songs in my jolly heart,

then bursting full I do depart,

‘n sail away to the break of day

to spread her tales far and away!

I am a pirate and I do not sleep,

my treasure is the tears you weep,

my prize is the laughter in your eyes,

for Insomnia’s bedfellow is a pirate wise.

🌴This silly song was brought to you care of
sleep deprivation and my pirate pjs! 🌴

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    The peanut gallery strikes again

    It’s been a while since I shared some words from my littles…the first two quotes are from three years ago…but at last, here they are!

    Mind Reader

    One Saturday I was unsuccessfully trying to indulge in a few moments alone to read my book from the library (I actually got one for me–hurrah!). Of course, despite sitting quietly  on the far corner of my bed with the door closed, I was soon detected by the mommy radars and joined by several munchkins.

    5 year old daughter: What are you doing, Mummy?

    Me: Reading my book.

    Her: But you’re being quiet. Do you hear it inside your head?

    Me: Yes.

    Her: Leaning her forehead against mine and staring at me seriously with her giant blue eyes, “If I come really close, can I hear it, too?”

    Self-Knowledge

    One late afternoon I was cuddling my 5 year old and being goofy (by that time of day my few remaining braincells have usually lost any remaining ability to function normally).

    Me: Fancy meeting you here! Do I know you?

    Her: Yes, I’m me.

    Me: Hi, Me…oh, I thought I was me?

    Her: No, you’re you!

    And one more from just the other day…

     Aliens Among Us

    My four year old: Mom, how big does people get? Six?

    Me: Six feet tall, you mean?

    Him: Maaahm, that would be an alien, with six feet!

    Dry Bones Blooming

    They look like a bowl of dried bones,

    cold and lifeless–

    a tragic ode to time lost

    and utterly incapable of change–

    but look more closely!

    Within their crinkled-shut hearts,

    clenched in the knuckles of their bony hands,

    are tiny gems

    bursting with possibility!

    When the sun’s warm gaze melts

    the unfeeling snow

    into lovely spring water,

    blooms will unfurl

    from these dusty bones.

    After winter’s grimness,

    we’ll see the world in colour again,

    and the flowers will laugh

    that we thought them dead.

    10 Reasons I love rereading the Anne of Green Gables Books!

    If you’re like me and grew up reading LM Montgomery’s classic Anne of Green Gables series, you may also find that rereading them gives all the comforting feeling of coming home again after a long journey, to find that “God’s in his heaven, and all is right with the world.”

    No matter what you’re going through, the wisdom, beauty and humour of Anne’s stories can’t help but bring a little more romance and hope to your life. I’ve read or reread them when home sick from school as a kid, on lazy summer afternoons and in the hospital after having a baby. I’ve been binge rereading them last week while my husband was away, but why am I enjoying them so much?

    Here are 10 reasons, cause I’ve got to stop somewhere! 😉

    1. Anne is so dauntlessly hopeful. She refuses to give up on anyone, no matter how prickly on the outside. She truly believes that everyone has a story worth knowing.
    2. There are no boring characters. There are eccentric ones, stubborn ones, gossipy ones, vain ones, humble ones, brilliant ones and hilarious ones, but even one portrayed as boring or dull-witted is so cleverly described that they are amusing!
    3. Gilbert. Gilbert. Gilbert. Ok, if that seems silly to you because you haven’t met him yet, stop wasting your time and get reading! ‘Boy next store’ par excellence. Honest, kind, loyal, generous, funny, devoted and willing to sacrifice for Anne. And of course, super cute, and torturously in love with Anne for years before she clues in! I got the Kevin Sullivan Anne films for my daughter’s 13th birthday recently, and she loved them. “But mom,” she lamented after, “I don’t think they’re very realistic. No boy could ever be that nice!” Don’t give up yet honey!
    4. Every time I read one of the books I learn something new about life. These books, so full of crazy characters are also so full of life, and brimming with wisdom, but it’s shown by example, rather than preached at length. In living, loving, rejoicing and suffering with Anne, I learn along with her as well.
    5. Anne’s zest for life is so attractive. She finds beauty everywhere she goes, and joyfully shares it with everyone, helping them see the world shine through her eyes.
    6. Because in these pages I find my life…like Anne I moved a lot, have “auburn” hair and a matching tongue and temper, went to college, love writing, married my first love, had a big family, lost a little baby girl, am passionately attached to my friends, find God’s presence most strongly in his creation, and can’t quite give up in the romance of believing in fairies.
    7. Because Montgomery’s writing has all the interest of lively fiction combined with the delicious beauty of poetry.
    8. What better escape that lovey old Prince Edward Island…a little sand-swept gem, with red roads winding down blossom-laden lanes, covered in little apple orchards and rolling farms, and sweet houses bedecked with flowers.
    9. Because Anne shows that with passion and determination, humour and joy, anything is possible, even if you started out a skinny little orphan like her.
    10. Because they’re simply the best. And there are so many to keep you company. So there.

    As an extra bonus, I discovered a Montgomery novel I didn’t own yet while treasure hunting at a used bookstore with the kids last week. I didn’t know any more existed! “Kilmeny of the Orchard” is a lovely, surprising tale of a beautiful mute musician who discovers love and the power to speak.

    I also highly recommend Montgomery’s last book, which she delivered to the published the day she died, though it wasn’t published in its unabridged form till years laster. “The Blythes are Quoted” is full of poignant poetry by Anne and her (by then deceased) son Walter, and also short stories, some of them with a darker flair than usual. It’s a bittersweet testament to the later years of Anne and Gilbert’s marriage, written during World War II, and the sorrow of loss runs through it. Beautiful, mature and challenging…a must read!

    Kindred Spirit

    It’s been a year since I came to visit you.

    It feels far too long,

    but I can’t afford to fly to Saskatoon

    every time I want to see you

    (which is kinda always).

    So thank God for the telephone

    because speaking with you

    gives my spirit wings.

    Over my morning coffee,

    and your morning tea,

    (though several provinces apart)

    we share, ponder and discuss

    problems and triumphs,

    and celebrate our awesome things.

    God in all his wild and tender beauty,

    feels closer to these little bits of his creation

    –two busy moms laughing in their kitchens–

    when we are together.

    So bosom friend,

    enriched by your wisdom and humour,

    your sense of adventure and joyful openness to others,

    I have treasure enough to fly around the world!

    Christmas Sing-Along

    For all the parents out there getting ready for Christmas despite being sick or having sick kids…know you’re not alone! 🙂

    ‘Tis the season to be slimy

    Fa la la la la, la la la la

    Pass the Kleenex and quit whining

    Fa la la la la, la la la la

    Don we now our striped pyjamas

    Fa la la la la, la la la la

    Blow your nose and snort like llamas

    Fa la la la la, la la la la

    See the baby drool before us

    Fa la la la la, la la la la

    Say it’s bedtime–they’ll ignore us

    Fa la la la la, la la la la

    Children will not sleep with pleasure

    Fa la la la la, la la la la

    But it’s quiet time I treasure

    Fa la la la la, la la la la

    Fast away, the evening passes

    Fa la la la la, la la la la

    Mom and dad, find the wine glasses

    Fa la la la la, la la la la

    Not too late for midnight shopping

    Fa la la la la, la la la la

    Amazon–there is no stopping

    Fa la la la la, la la la la


    Fa la la la la, la la la la

    Fa la la la la, la la la la

    Baby’s New Talents

    One year olds are always bursting with curiosity and zest for life, and acquiring new talents daily. There are so many ways to make your family laugh, cry and generally go crazy when you’re one! 😉

    Here are a few of my son’s new “skills:”

    1. Climbing the stairs. Often. Like every time I turn around. And standing there triumphantly half way up and telling me all about it with a huge grin.

    2. Standing up in his high chair. Also every time I turn around, and grinning again. This time covered in sticky sauces and waving a spoon.

    3. Splashing his older siblings in the bath. Like a tiny happy water beast. And also cleaning the bathtub with the scrubbing brush.

    4. Singing along with his siblings, especially to the Beatles’ song “She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah!” Just the “yeah, yeah” part, but with gusto!

    5. Climbing on the bathroom stool and stealing his siblings’ toothbrushes to eagerly brush his few teeth. Very concerned about dental hygiene…sort of…

    6. Blowing kisses. Pretty charming, and nice addition to “Baaa-byeee!”

    7. Patting my back when I rock him on my shoulder– sigh!

    8. Turning on the cd player and dancing. Head bopping and butt wiggling to the beat!

    9. Enjoying books and pointing at the pictures. He is delighted when his big sisters or visiting relatives read to him.

    10. Taking a few steps. After months of delightful ape-like skootching, he has discovered the conventional crawl and also braved a few steps on his two little feet as well.

    To anyone concerned about their general fitness and heath I recommend always having a one year old around…It’s like having built in personal trainer 24/7, who is charmingly adorable and constantly in danger…such constant rescuing keeps you on your toes! But when all’s said and done there’s nothing like a snuggle with such a critter to fill your heart to the brim!