Monday, February 16, 2015

Enjoying a Winter Storm...Once Again!

Over the last 36 hours or so, we have received over 80 cm of snow. This time, the storm was accompanied by powerful winds gusting between 90 and 130 km/h; it was brutal at some moments. 

Everything was cancelled today; the whole province was paralyzed. Snow and winds still persisted during most of today, so the roads are still packed with snow and ice all over the province. The picture below is our street at 5:30 pm. Where is the road?

McGill Avenue, Charlottetown, PEI - February 16, 2015 @ 5:30 pm

The fun part about a winter storm is once it's over, you MUST try to enjoy the snow!

Of course, some snow shoveling is necessary, but once you are out the house, the fun begins. Take a look at the pictures and video below and see how we embraced winter in Prince Edward Island today!

My husband, son and friends across the street - February 16, 2015 @ 5:30 pm



Saturday, February 7, 2015

What is the Meaning of Dreams?

Photo obtained from http://time.com/health/
Sigmund Freud believed that dreams are a window into our unconscious, and some studies indicate that he may have been onto something. Ever since he published his controversial theories about the meaning of dreams in 1900, humans have been fascinated with the jumble of experiences we seem to live through while we slumber. 

But, What is a Dream?

Dreams are usually described are images and imagery, thoughts, sounds and voices, and subjective sensations experienced when we sleep. This can include people you know, people you've never met, places you've been, and places you've never even heard of. Sometimes, dreams are as simple and obvious as recalling events that happened earlier in the day. But, dreams can also be your deepest and darkest fears and secrets, and most private fantasies.

I don't know you, but I believe that dreams allows to connect with certain parts of our brains that are only accessible when unconscious or asleep. Although it is not clear what role dreams play in our lives, most dream researchers believe, that dreams are random expressions of emotion or devoid of some intellectual meaning. So, it is always interesting, and perhaps helpful to try decode our dreams.

A Strange Dream

I had a strange dream a couple of nights ago. The dream that I had Friday morning was scary, but I also had a feeling of being in control of the situation. I mean that, although the situation that I was dreaming about was scary and stressful, I was not as nervous as anyone should normally be in a similar situation. It was like things were under control, or that somehow I knew that it was better to stay calm because things will be just fine.

In my dream, I was driving a school bus or some sort of bus and because of roads condition, I lost control of the bus. The bus was first going at high speed, and then it started to turn. The bus was turning and turning, and it was obvious that a collision or accident was imminent. Somehow, I knew that I had to stay calm. Somehow, I decided that it was better to observe the situation, and see where we, the bus, would end. We ended in the water. I clearly saw the bus or us going down and deep in the water - clear water, like ocean or seawater. But, the interesting thing is that even at that point, I still felt that things were under control.

Right after the bus went into the water, we came back afloat or were standing right at the surface of the water. Then, I realize that we were next to a grassy area. We were not in the ocean or sea, we were in a sort of stream or a very small river. We came out of the bus, and walked on the green grass and went into a house. We did not even touch the water; we did not get wet at all. Our hearts were beating very fast, but we were all fine. No blood, no cuts, no nothing. We were all fine, just a little scared. My feelings were intense because I knew that I had directed the whole operation and that we were all fine; it felt very good. It was a tricky experience, but we were all fine at the end. I woke up after this because I heard my son calling me from his bedroom.

What is the meaning of my dream?
 What is it (my brain) trying to tell me about myself?

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

When you look in the mirror, what do you see?


Today, I came across this quote:


When you look in the mirror, what do you see? Do you see the real you, or what you have been conditioned to believe is you? The two are so, so different. One is an infinite consciousness capable of being and creating whatever it chooses, the other is an illusion imprisoned by its own perceived and programmed limitations.

~ David Icke ~

My answer to these questions:

When I look in the mirror, I see me. I see an almost 50 years old woman who loves life and who is extremely grateful for all that life has given to her. 

Each life experience, good or bad, has thought me something about myself. Some life experiences have helped me develop my character, others have allowed me to connect with people, and get to know them. Some life experiences have made me cry while others have brought immense joy to my life.

Of course, there are many things that I may want to change regarding my external appearance; I would love to be taller and have blue eyes! But, I am who I am, and I am very happy with who I am inside. So, when I look in the mirror, I usually like what I see!



What about you, what do you see when you look in the mirror? Do you like what you see?








Tuesday, February 3, 2015

A Wonderful Snow Day: Embracing Winter



If you live in a place where snowfall is a welcome event, then a winter storm might be something you wait all year. This is certainly the case in Prince Edward Island, Canada. 

Over the last seven days, we have had 3 winter storms. The last one (less than 24 hours ago) brought over 60 cm of snow accompanied by very strong winds. The whole city was paralyzed: no school, no work, no much going on. Now, you may think that this is actually not good, but the reality is that it is what we all wanted. Snow, snow and more snow!

It was a great opportunity to enjoy the day, relax and embrace winter. Staying in pajamas for most of the day, it was certainly essential! Having a late breakfast and watching movies during the day was certainly well appreciated.


Of course, we had to shovel snow (actually, my husband did practically all the shoveling!), but after the storm had passed the day was so beautiful. My husband had the chance to make a snowman and ice slides for our children.



It was a great day that we all enjoyed!

Journaling with Day One

In my previous post, I mentioned that I wanted to start journaling. Well, I did it...I have started my journal!

Contrary to my previous attempts, however, I have decided that this time, I will start an online journal instead of the traditional paper/notebook journal. Why? 

I realize that if I really wanted this "journaling" attempt to work, I had to face and accept the current realities of my life. In other words, I need to recognize that:

(1) I only have limited time to write,
(2) I need to have access to my journal whenever I go, or wherever I am (I may have a few free minutes here and there, why not to use them to write!)
(3) I type faster that I can write words!

Online Articles about Best Journaling Apps for the iPad

Since I didn't know much about online journal options, I decided to conduct a little search. Let me tell you that there is a lot of information about this issue in the web. Numerous websites provide very specific, and useful information regarding online journal options, especially apps for the iPad or iPhone. Many of these apps or software are free or relatively inexpensive.

These are some of the sites that I found the most useful, particularly for journal options that can be used with the iPad.

Journaling Apps for the iPad
Top 5 Free iPad Journals/Diaries

Of course, this is not an exhaustive list. There are plenty of websites and blogs discussing this issue, but these were those sites that I found useful and helped me make a decision.


My Choice: Day One app for iPad


I came to the conclusion that the most recommended option for someone who wants  to use the iPad for journaling is the app "Day One".

Have you ever heard about it? Well, I did not know much about Day One until a couple of days ago.

Although there are many other online journals or journaling apps that can be used with the iPad and other electronic devices, it is clear that the one with the best reputation is Day One. I am not certain if it is because it's a software/app that works for Mac devices, but Day One is the software that most people recommend for online journaling.

Here is a something that I read at the Sweet Setup that describes very well what most people seem to think about Day One:


"Day One exploits all the technological advantages you would expect in a digital journal: I can use my Mac, iPhone, or iPad to log pictures, notes, and locations. I can know what the weather was like that day, I can know where I was when I wrote that entry, I can know how many miles I walked at the time of the entry, and I can export my entire journal as a Plain Text file or PDF that will be readable 20 years from now."


After reading this, of course, I was convinced that Day One was what I needed. 
My iPad will be my main device for journaling in my case, so I made the decision to purchase Day One. The app for the iPad is not very expensive, and it's really easy to use. 

Let's see what happens now with my journal!