Never give up!

Hi folks! Well, it’s been more than a minute since I’ve seen this screen and typed anything more than hello. I almost didn’t remember how to find my blog page but here we are and hopefully back for some more inspirational, creative and adventurous posts.  I had been away from the blog for most of this spring due to my mega studying schedule related to writing an exam to become a Certified Diabetes Educator at the end of May. I am happy and proud to say I got the official paperwork just today and it is official- I PASSED!!!   I can’t believe it!! There were quite a few questions on the exam that I wasn’t sure about but there were many I was sure about so I’m glad the sure ones were the important ones!   Besides the other certification I hold from the American College of Sports Medicine which I got in 2009, this was one of the hardest things I had done that required so much determination and focus and memory- not easy for this old brain. My family and colleagues were a great support and I couldn’t have gotten through this winter and spring without them. I did have to sacrifice being on social media, putting my creative efforts to the side and neglecting a lot of things ( like my house and my weight )  but I am glad I did it. It is something that has been on my goal list for the past 5 years.

I want this to be an encouragement to you that if you have a dream or a goal, sometimes you have to seize the right moment and make it happen because no one else is going to do it for you.You have to believe in yourself and your ability.  I am thankful that even despite my tendency to  see the glass half empty or to think on the negative side at first, I do have a spirit of determination and competitiveness and a fear of failure. I think it is partly my first born nature that gives me the drive to improve, set goals and achieve them but it is also the hope of Christ that keeps me going on days I don’t want to do the hard things. We just keep pressing on toward that mark that God has called us to.

My spirit of determination started at a young age. This little girl and her dad had to have some heart to heart talks when this old body cast came off. This little girl was stubborn and did not want to learn to use her crutches at first. Somehow something sparked and off she went to her first day of school with her crutches, lunch pail and school bag. She hasn’t stopped  dreaming and moving forward since then!

I think that time in my early life really did help me start off with that sense of accomplishment and success that would help me throughout my life when other challenges came along. I remember the time when I started swimming lessons soon after this and didn’t pass the 1st level-  I didn’t give up and ended up teaching swimming lessons throughout high school and university. It took me at least 2 times to pass my National LIfeguard exam but I eventually got it and ended up working at Magic Mountain and Fundy Park. Thankfully the only person I ever had to rescue was my nephew in a river in New Hampshire a few years ago.

My other big accomplishment I felt the most proud of was getting in to physio school. Back in 1991 when I applied, you only needed 1 year of a Science degree to apply but you had to have good marks and they only took I think 18 students from New Brunswick. When I heard other students losing their scholarships in the 1st year of unversity which I had not been successful at earning , I was determined to get in to physio school and I did ( even while dating my new boyfriend who became my husband- he was a good motivator 🙂 ) .

Doing this exam and and having other milestones happen this spring- like 25 years of service at the hospital and 25 years of marriage, has just made me reflect on all that a person can accomplish in a lifetime when they are consistent and work hard with the Lord’s help and guidance along the way as well.  Here’s to many more milestones ahead with dreams and goals to pursue. I say it to my patients and I encourage us all to never give up!! You never know what you can accomplish. I hope you’ll stick around this summer as we get more posts  up and going to inspire you to dream and create as well.

Love,

Sheila

Contentment and creativity

It is a pleasure to welcome my insightful, smart, and talented husband back to the blog as a guest contributor today. Please make him feel welcome and enjoy his thoughts on creativity and being ok with just doing things for yourself but also being willing to share it with the world as well.

Hi, recently my amazing wife Sheila celebrated her first anniversary of sharing with you this blog, ‘The Road to Waterside’.  It is her musings, interests, and her creativity inspired by the region we live in with a focus on the areas surrounding Waterside, New Brunswick.  Hopefully, you all have a ‘Road to Waterside’. That place where your heart both beats faster and rests more easily. A place where you gravitate to, at least in your mind.  Both Sheila and I draw inspiration from our such place, and I expect you do too when you visit yours. Sheila has shared many projects resulting from her inspiration this week I am sharing some thoughts on creativity and inspiration. This is certainly a different kind of post.  But I hope you can draw some things from it that will help you with your creativeness.

Day at the beach

I like the feelings and childhood memories it evokes of visits to the Fundy shore.  I like how the car looks old and how the image is de-saturated. But I’ve never shared this image because it seemed too busy.  It is not singular enough to be as strong as it could have been.

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The Art of Glass

What a pleasure it is feature this next business and artist to you.  When asked how he would describe what he does, Curtis Dionne identifies himself as an artist first. He has been honing his skill of blown glass for the last 15+ years including the 5 years he spent as an apprentice learning and practising his trade out west. Curtis has lived all over Canada but has settled with his partner Charlotte and kids in the beautiful Albert County countryside by the coast in New Horton. It is fitting that Curtis’ property borders one of the Nature Conservancy sites we featured last week on the blog at Two Rivers. This is where his studio shop is located which houses the handmade furnace he built brick by brick over a 3 year span.

If you travel down the 915, you will find Curtis’  property with a unique building on it that you can see from this photo. It is called an octahedrone.

Source- Facebook

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1 year Anniversary!

You guys and gals are awesome!! When I started on this journey a year ago I didn’t know where I would land or what the road would look like. I want to thank you for following along.It is 1 year today that I published the 1st post. I love it when I think no one is reading or reacting and then I get a random person saying they look forward to where we are going each week. It keeps me motivated to keep looking for places and opportunities to explore on the Road to Waterside and beyond. As a special thank you and to show I love you all on this Valentine’s day, I have put together a small gift basket I would like to give someone. It includes a tote bag with our blog name on it, a photo mounted print of Waterside, a valentine craft with a print from Craftberry Bush, some truffles from Adorable chocolate, Grand Manan soap and an Eclair Lips lip balm.

To be eligible you have to be able to pick up the basket or have someone pick it up for you. This is not associated with any other promotion or company like Facebook,etc. A couple items I got from local suppliers and would like to pass them along, some things are made by myself.  In order to get a ballot , a sign up to be on my e-mail list is all that is needed. A random winner will be selected. We will not use your personal information for anything other than to send you notification of new blog posts, new information on the local area and attractions, and maybe even a random free gift once in a while. Please see our privacy policy at the bottom of this page. 

If you would like to participate and be on my contact list just go to the side bar and enter your e-mail address.  I will be choosing a winner by Monday, February 18,2019. 

Thank you so much and much love to you all. I hope you all had a wonderful Valentine’s day! Happy heart day!   May we have more lovely posts to touch your heart in the days to come. 

The Italian neighbour

I hope you enjoyed our last post from the German bakery in Hillsborough and that you got to enjoy his baking even more!  This week we are jumping across the street from the bakery to the new Italian offering in Hillsborough called Rocco’s Cucina ! Rocco’s opened late November to a warm welcome from the community. Going to Rocco’s is not only a feast for the taste buds but experiencing Rocco’s enthusiasm and personal service makes your visit even more memorable.

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Albert County Gives

It’s that time of year when so many are feeling left out or in need. It’s a hard time of year for people when they feel like they can’t even meet their basic needs such as food let alone think about all the extras that we think about and take for granted at Christmastime. Many communities are doing their part in making sure the less fortunate get an extra dose of love this year.

Since 1991, Sue Stultz and her team have been collecting turkeys for Christmas that go to the Food Depot Alimentaire in Moncton which then distributes food to the food banks throughout Southeastern NB. They exceeded their goal this year again by collecting 4292 turkeys! You can read about the history of the drive and updates on their website here.  The Albert County Food Bank is one of our local organizations that benefits from the turkey drive. For the last 30 years, food boxes have been put together and hand delivered by local drivers, Lions Club and Kiwanis members, local firefighters and others. Debbie Flewelling has been the coordinator of the Albert County Christmas Aid project for the last number of years. I had a chance to speak to her about the history of the project and what it entails. The project started when pastors in Riverview received requests for families in need at Christmas and the project was initiated. With help of donations from local churches, businesses, Lions and Lioness clubs, private sponsors and from the Albert County Action Committee an action plan is put into place when the Aid Committee gets together the 1st of November. Phone lines open for 2-3 weeks for people to register for a box. It serves all of Albert County from Alma to the Salisbury town line and Elgin. In the past they have served up to 350 boxes.

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Down Memory Lane Part 2

The last time I shared some memories of the Fundy area we ended at my teenage years. When I was getting ready to graduate from high school, I had a moment of feeling depressed because I was sad about all my activities ending and that I felt my life would be changing forever. The summer I graduated was when I met Mark and well, I was no longer depressed after that 🙂 .  A lot of our dates  were spent in Fundy park and the Fundy area.  I was even able to work as a lifeguard at the Fundy pool for a couple summers in university which was fine with us, more time in Fundy! The Fundy region is special to us because of the memories we’ve had at different times in our lives and this time was extra special.

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Blogging reflections

 

I attended my first blogging conference this past weekend called Blog Jam Atlantic. It was the 4th year for the event and I took the opportunity to go since it was in Moncton this year. Since I am new to blogging I figured the $100 wasn’t too much to find out more about the blogging community and if it is really something I want to continue. I was ready to quit last week after having technology challenges with Facebook and feeling very inadequate in the technology arena. Even though I have a husband in IT and very smart in all thinks tech related and I have a son doing a Computer Science degree I still feel overwhelmed at everything one can do with their blog. I do have a vision for how I want the blog to look and am looking at what opportunities I can do with it and the community in the future but getting there sometimes feels very daunting.

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The beautiful Fundy Trail and a dedication

Before we get to the beautiful Fundy Trail Parkway which we visited this past weekend, I want to dedicate this post to my dear Aunt Diane Page who we  lost this past week to cancer. We celebrated her life on Monday in Quispamsis where she and her family have lived since the early 70s. She was a lover of family and photos. One of the last times I saw her she was still trying to get on her tablet and show me her most recent photos of her family. Her family had her albums out to view during the visitation time. I came across a couple of her and my uncle on the suspension bridge and with their vehicle crossing the Big Salmon River back in the day when all there was was a rough dirt road to get there. She also had some of her grand kids down to St. Martin’s  this summer so I knew she liked getting down to this area. It’s an easy quick trip from Saint John to get there and enjoy the day by the sea and in another couple years it will be an even easier trip from Alma to access this beautiful area. Right now it takes about 45 minutes from Saint John or  1.5 hours from Moncton to get to St. Martin’s and the start of the Fundy Trail Parkway.

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Pumpkin obsession

Hello! I have missed the last couple of weeks because we were busy with a fun fall giveaway and lots of DIY projects and crafts on my Facebook page plus we’ve had family visiting all this week. Be sure to stop by our page to see all the projects and like our page to stay in the know for future posts. Since we just had Thanksgiving, I wanted to share a few pictures of our week and some pumpkin inspired recipes and projects.

This is our front step decked out for fall with a few pumpkins :

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