Saturday, December 31, 2011


What can I say about the last 365 days?

It was full of hope, love, growth, happiness, sadness, rallying, tears and loss....

My children grew another year older, 8, 7 and 3.... I've watched them change in some pretty amazing ways, and everyday they surprise me by what they say and do; their little personalities come shining through their every move.... Liam, the joker; he's taken on Mommy and Daddy's crazy sense of humour; he is the protector of his younger brother and sister.... and at times, the antagonist.... Marek, the creator; he is our lover of all things art; who's personal expressionism is evident in his tens of thousands of finished pictures that range in size from a regular 8.5x11 inch sheet of paper to a minuscule scrap of memo note pad and can be found in every nook and cranny of our house; he admires his older brother and loves his baby sister so much that she often feels smothered by him.... Camryn, the puzzle queen; she mastered the art of the puzzle before she was 2 and hasn't stopped, quite often every square inch of open floor space in my living room will be covered by in-progress and finished puzzles, she loves me 'more than cereal' and I have to say that I love her just as much and more....

My husband, Craig, and I both turned 40, on the same day, one month apart.... I'm happy to say that his birthday is before mine, and that when he was 40, I was still in my thirties (at least for one month, it's something to hang onto, right?).... We celebrated our 11th wedding anniversary, and also saw 21 years together come and go.... We laughed a lot, we talked a lot, we held hands and stole kisses and squeezes whenever we could, which was also, a lot.... We love each other fully, and our children 'to the moon and back'....

We took our first family camping trip to Killbear Provincial Park.... and just as the name suggests, there were bears.... on our site.... every. single. night.   By the last night, I was a little more comfortable with there being just a thin layer of fabric between my family and the man eaters.... I can't wait to go back!  Seriously.

In September of 2010, I committed to walking the September 2011, 2-day, 60km walk to help find a cure for cancer.... I trained and trained, and walked more than 400km leading up to the weekend.  My inspiration for joining this amazing movement was my dear friend Becky, who's personal battle with cancer, sparked a fire inside me and compelled me to do something.  Myself and my teammates raised over $9,000 to support the cause; we collected bottles, we held a rummage sale, we hosted an amazing tea and silent auction and so much more.... and through it all, the amazing people we encountered were supportive and thankful of our journey.... and through it all, Becky was there, cheering us on and encouraging our efforts....

Sadly, her health took a turn for the worse, and on July 10, at home, with her husband at her side and her children nestled in their beds, she lost her 3 year battle....  Our worlds came crashing down around us, and lives were changed forever.... She was a stellar human being who's caring heart was open to everyone she knew.... She was an amazing mother and wife; a daughter to be proud of; a friend who made her friends feel like family....  Our lives will never be the same.... but we will carry her many admirable qualities with us and try to live as she did....

We celebrated the life of our Becky at an amazing get together masterminded by my amazingly talented friend, Kim.... The celebration saw Becky everywhere.... in pictures, in family, in friends, in tears, in laughter, in hope.... in her children; little mirror images of her....

The walk itself, was an AMAZING experience.... to see the hope, the tears, the togetherness.... To walk; and challenge my mind and body in a way that I never thought I could.... To know the pride that my friend would be feeling if she could have been there at the finish line.... And seeing my family there, cheering on the route and at the end.... And seeing Peter, Becky's dad, at the finish line, and hearing him say "Becky would be proud".... and walking with my amazingly strong teammates and kindred friends, Crystal and Louise.... it made the whole year worth all of the effort, all of the work, all of the stress....

Thanksgiving, Halloween and Christmas have all past.... and they were spent surrounded by the love of my little family and my wonderful circle of friends....

I pushed myself to limits I didn't know I could reach; my heart was torn by the loss of an admirable soul and mended by the joy that is my family, my children, my husband.... So, while it was a challenging year, with great sadness, there were also many, many blissful moments.... I cherish them all.  My view of this life has been changed.... I will never take for granted the time I have in this life.... If I learned anything from these last 365 days, it's this: live every single day with joy in your heart; tell those who are closest to you how much you love them and what they mean to you; don't sweat the small stuff because it's not worth it; and don't ever, ever hang onto the baggage....

So, tonight, I raise my glass to the year that passed; I raise my glass to Becky and the astounding woman she was; I raise my glass to living a life full of family, friends, love and joy.... Happy 2012 everyone....  I can't thank you enough for your friendship here in this space....

Cheers!  To the prospect of a fantastic and fruitful 2012.... all the best to you....

xxoo   ;)

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Been and gone....

Christmas has come and gone for another year.... I'm happy to report, that this year's was one of THE most relaxing Christmas's we've ever enjoyed.

We stayed home ALL. CHRISTMAS. DAY.

The kids opened their gifts.... and love all of them.... and were able to stay in their jammies and play the day away.  Mommy and Daddy, and Gran and Gramps also had a lovely day just being with one another.

It's amazing how rejuvenating a day at home can be.  No expectations except for turkey dinner.  I'm up for this kinda Christmas every year.

I hope you all enjoyed or are still enjoying a little relaxing family time too....

We'll be getting back to our regular schedule on the blog sometime in the new year.  Until then, I'll be popping by sporadically to say 'hi!'....

If I don't hear from you, have a safe and happy new year's eve!

;)   xo

Saturday, December 24, 2011


Yes.... there is technically this last day to shop....

I'm hoping with all hopes that you've finished the day before and that today, you're mad dash will be used to do any last minute wrapping, baking, visiting or just plain old relaxing....

You deserve it.

Have a fantastically fun family-and-friends kinda day, full of hope, wonder, joy and peace.... take this time to make memories and be home with those you love the most....

Friday, December 23, 2011

Christmas Friday Night Video 2011

Here's a classic Canadian Christmas Song....
Bob and Doug Mackenzie's 12 Days of Christmas....

Merry Christmas, EH?!


Only one shopping day left!!!!

Ok.... I haven't lost it, I do know how to count, and I do realize that technically, there is still one more shopping day left after today.... we'll get to that tomorrow  :)

Please, just humour me for today....  Look at today like it is your last shopping day.  Use it wisely to do any last-minute store shopping; driving here, there and everywhere; and impatiently standing in line with others just like you....

I have no gift ideas for today, other than to give of yourself and maybe pay-it-forward.  Treat someone to a coffee, a perfect stranger.... give up your spot in line to someone who's arms are overflowing, because when it comes down to it, you've left everything to the last minute, it can't get any worse....  Keep your emotions in check, and remember what the season is all about....  Spread the holiday cheer by wearing a smile even if you don't feel like smiling; say Happy Holidays or Merry Christmas to everyone you make eye contact with.... You'll be amazed at just how happy you'll be just by simply spreading the love....

For me, Christmas is not about the presents.... it's about time.

 The time we spend with our friends and family.  Times past that we reflect upon.


We think we have so much of it, but we do very little of actually enjoying it.  So, finish your shopping, as quick as possible with that cheer-filled smile plastered on your face.... then when all is said and done, go and be with the ones you love....  There's no greater gift you can give someone than the gift of your time....

Tomorrow is another day, but spend your time wisely.... stay tuned  ;)

Thursday, December 22, 2011


TWO, 2, TWO shopping days left!

The malls are packed, wal-mart is something akin to apocalyptic.... you're in a frenzy now!

What will you do?

Give a card.  Card stores are filled with funny, creative, cute and heartfelt words.... already written for us!  Or, if you're feeling extra creative and verbose.... go for a blank card with a nice picture on the cover and write what you feel.... or, if you're extra crafty, make your own....

Words and feelings are things we tend to keep to ourselves, especially in times of hustle and bustle.  I love getting a card that was picked just for me.  I think about the time it took the person to open up just one, or several cards, to find that single sentiment that expresses exactly what feelings the giver has in their heart for you.

I have a box full of cards that I just can't seem to let go of.... and when I finally can part with them, I usually cut them in half and use the cover as a gift tag....

A hand written card is a very special gift to give to those you love.... give it a try.

Have a fun-tastic day  ;)

Wednesday, December 21, 2011



3 shopping days left!

By now, you're really feeling the stress, maybe work is getting in the way of the finishing touches of that long list of people to buy for.... don't let it get you down.  You still have options.

Gift cards! 

Yes, I agree, they can seem not well thought out.... impersonal, even.  Not true.  Get creative.  Find your nearest centre that sells a variety of different gift cards for retail outlets or attractions that aren't in your area.  For us, around here, Shoppers Drug Mart and Rexall are THE best places to find amazing gifts!

You can seriously pick up any retailer or major restaurant chain gift card at either of these drug stores.  And that's not it!

Last year, in a quest to find a great adventure trip for my husband, zip-lining (so. much. fun.), I came to find out that the place I wanted to take him had gift card adventure packages available for purchase at my local Shoppers Drug Mart.  SCORE!  It ended up being his main gift.  WIN-WIN!

So, in short, don't underestimate the power of a gift card  :P

Have a great day!  ;)

Tuesday, December 20, 2011


4 shopping days left!!!!

We're getting down to the wire, and I am pleased to say that I am 99.9% complete.... just a couple of last minute stocking stuffers.... and of course, the groceries....

So, with just 4 shopping days left, what is an easy, do-it-yourself gift that's sure to please?

Homemade Foot Scrub! 

After being on your feet for those long and hectic shopping days, what could be more inviting than a warm soak and relaxing scrub?  Sounds like heaven to me!

Here's a recipe for a foot scrub that uses ingredients you probably already have in your cupboards....

1/4 cup oatmeal (ground or not)
1/4 cup cornmeal
2 tablespoons brown sugar or course sea salt
a couple drops of essential oil (your choice)

Mix together all ingredients and place them into a nice jar or container.
Add a tag with instructions: add enough water to make a semi-thick paste, soak feet in warm water for 5 minutes then apply paste to feet and massage for 10 minutes each foot; rinse with warm water; dry feet then apply a thick lotion; wear socks to help with absorption of lotion.

A nice little treat for your feet!

Have a great day!  Happy Shopping  ;)

Monday, December 19, 2011


F-I-V-E, FIVE!  5 shopping days left!

The excitement is building, and the stress levels are rising.... oh no, oh no, you still have a few people to buy for, what will you do?

How about one of the easiest, most personalized gifts ever?  What could it be, you ask?  Well, I'll tell you....

Make personalized labels for a few of your recipients favourite things.  For example, if you were going to do an inexpensive bath and body basket, you would buy soap or body wash, some bath fizzies, a body puff (or if you're a man a soap activator, as my husband calls them), and maybe a bottle of lotion.

Remove all of the commercial labeling (if possible), take some pretty paper (or plain) and create your own labels that are personal to your recipient.... give the soap an update with a nice wrapper, slip the bath fizzies into a clear plastic treat bag and attach a matching hang tag, also use a hang tag to attach to the body puff, and create a new label to slip over the commercial lotion bottle label.

What could be easier?

It's personal.  You know the recipient already likes the products.  It can be relatively inexpensive.  A-and!  It was made by you.... sort of....

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a lovely day  ;)

Sunday, December 18, 2011


6 shopping days left!  You heard me, SIX!!

I love crocheting, betcha knew that though.... Aaaanyway, if you know a few basic crochet stitches, you can make some quick, easy, and useful gifts....

It's ba-ack!  The POT SCRUBBIE!  Yes, people, the pot scrubbie.

When you first look at it, you wonder, Is this thing really going to revolutionize my dish washing experience?  Honestly, no.  But, they are very eco friendly, they last for-ever, and can be made in some pretty fun and funky colours.... Doesn't everyone need a little colour to brighten up the mundane job of scrubbing pots?  I think so.

Anyhow, the basic pot scrubbie is simply two circular, single crocheted coasters sewn together.  That's it.  Revolutionary?... Again, no.

If you aren't into giving pot scrubbies as gifts, give them (single thickness) as coasters.  And, if you don't know how to crochet, you can make coasters using just about any kind of cloth you can get your hands on, hand stitch or use your sewing machine to sew together sandwiched fabrics; or use 4" x 4"  tiles and mod podge pretty scrapbook paper to them, then attach little cork or felt pads to the bottoms.... Super simple!

Give it a try!  Your gift recipient will love them!

Have a super day  ;)

Saturday, December 17, 2011


Only 7 shopping da-ays left til Chri-istmas....  
Sorry, that's my attempt at singing in the tune of Twelve Day of Christmas  :P

Give the gift of memories in the form of a family photo....
but, not just any family photo....
How about a fantastic photo throwback?  What do I mean by throwback?

Well.... check out these fantastic retro-style photos....

The fifties family.... found on Pinterest

TOTALLY 80's.... Pinterest

60's couple found at My Retrospace

50's milkman and pregnant housewife, via Pinterest

Wouldn't it be so fun to do a hilarious retro-style family photo shoot?  
Dress up, snap some shots, print the pictures and pop them into vintage thrift store frames!
Then gift them to Grans and Gramps everywhere!

This is SO happening next year!

Have fun photo-shooting!

Friday, December 16, 2011


Only EIGHT.... count 'em, EIGHT, shopping days left! 1-2-3-4-5-6-7.... ummmm, 8!

For the young people in your life...  There's nothing better than rolling, squishing, and molding play dough.  It's a fantastic material that sparks creativity in children and adults alike.... AND!  Bonus.... is so very simple to make big batches yourself!

Another project pulled from 3 monkeys archives....

Snowflake Play Dough,
first posted here in winter 2009....

Sorry for the poor quality photo; but, it's hard to capture sparkles :P
In a large bowl combine:
2 cups white flour
1 cup table salt
2 tablespoons cream of tartar (what else do you use this strange stuff for????)
1 tube of white, pink or light blue opalescent glitter (I used about a 1/4 of a cup, but certainly use your own discretion for this part)

In another bowl/measuring cup/or some sort of liquid holding vessel, combine:
2 cups boiling water
1 tablespoon of oil

Add liquid to dry ingredients and mix well. Depending on what it feels like after all of your ingredients are mixed, you may need to add more flour if too smushy or more oil of too dry. Once it has cooled enough to hold, kneed it together until it feels smooth. Then package it in freezer bags or wrap it in plastic wrap. VOILA! Pretty sparkly "Snowflake" Play Dough.

Alternatively; you can omit the glitter(or not) and add liquid food colouring (with the liquids, of course), or two packages of kool-aid (for colour) to the dry ingredients. I use neon liquid food colouring and it makes very vibrant coloured play dough (and hands while making it)... the kool-aid makes nice pastelly colours with a great smell. For very intense colours, you can try sourcing out powdered food colouring. If there is a cake decorator in your area, they may be able to hook you up with powdered/paste food colouring sources.

Package this together with a short, thick dowel that can be used as a rolling pin, a bunch of fun cookie cutters and wooden craft sticks to use as knives to cut the dough.

Super easy gift that is sure to please!

Have a lovely day....   ;)

Thursday, December 15, 2011


Nine days left til Christmas!

Baking!  Baking!  Baking!

Bake your recipient their favourite treat.  It's personal.  It's delicious.  And you know it will be very much appreciated.

Here's a quick little recipe for shortbread.... quick little story:  I had never made shortbread before last week.  For some reason, I always thought it was too finicky to make.  But, in my pursuit to please my guy, I decided to dive in.... and now I'm left feeling rather silly for thinking it was so difficult.  Seriously, 5 ingredients and you have one of the lightest cookies with just the perfect hint of sweetness and buttery-ness (yeah... it's a word)....

You'll need:

1 cup unsalted butter, room temp
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup extra fine sugar (you can use regular granulated, you may just get a little crunch)
1 egg yolk
1 tsp vanilla or almond extract

Whip the butter for 5-10 minutes, yes, that long... please use a hand blender or a stand mixer and save your arms....  Whip, whip, whip!

Add the sugar.... mix, mix, mix for 5-10 minutes more....

Add your yolk and extract.... whip for another 5-10.... oh, my aching arm!

Then do 3 to 4 additions of the flour, using your trusty hand blender for a few minutes between each addition.  By this time, your arm should feel like it's suffered some kind of ancient body stretching torture.... that's when you know you've beaten it enough!

No need to complicate things here, roll into 1 inch balls, throw them onto a parchment lined cookie sheet and squish them down with a fork, bottom of a glass or anything close by.  You're looking to flatten them to about 1/4" thickness.... Bake in a preheated 325 degree oven til the edges are just getting lightly browned.  Again, people, I cannot give you an exact time as ALL ovens vary.... mine runs a little on the hot side, so my cookies are generally finished 4-6 minutes before suggested bake times.  For example, these cookies for me, are ready to take out around 8 to 9 minutes.  Use your judgement, and keep a close eye :)

When all is said and done.... package these little morsels of melt-y marvellous-ness in a unique way.... the thought and effort will be welcomed and enjoyed!

Have a fantastic Thursday folks!  ;)

Wednesday, December 14, 2011


Only ten shopping days left til the big man appears!

We'll be counting down from today until the 24th by sharing some simple, quick and heartfelt last-minute gift giving ideas....


From 3 monkeys archives, the I LOVE YOU JAR.

A super simple little gift that tells someone exactly how you feel about them.  A project that for me, takes the place of and is more doable than scrapbooking.  Whenever I see my children do something new, or funny, or we create another special family memory.... I jot it down and slip it into the jar.... easy-peasy!

All you need is a jar (I love vintage canning jars), pretty scrapbook papers, assorted markers, scissors and your favourite memories, feelings and thoughts about the recipient.

You could also adapt this to create smile jars (jokes), inspiration jars (uplifting quotes).... the possibilities are limitless.... give it a try.... a simple, from the heart gift that will be cherished for a lifetime.

Have a great day everyone.... HO-HO-HO!  ;)

Sunday, December 11, 2011

FAMILY DAYS: craft show

While daddy is working away keeping people safe, the monkeys and I will be going to a 'Giant Craft Show' in our little town. 

We've never been before, so it should be fun.... I have one monkey (the oldest) who really doesn't want to go; however, once he gets there I'm sure I'll be hearing a lot of "can you buy this for me?".... the middle monkey, is just like me, he loves anything crafty-artsy-handmade (that's how I know we were meant to be).... and well, the monkey-babe, she just tags along and will undoubtedly be 'hands-on' with EVERYTHING....

One thing's for sure, it will be an adventure - and one that I am happy to share with three out of four of the peeps I love most in this world....

Have a happy, happy family day my lovelies  ;)

Monday, December 5, 2011

HOW-TO-TUESDAY: dryer balls

Yesterday, I decided to try my hand at making homemade dryer balls, there are numerous tutorials all over the Internet.... For those of you who don't know what they are, they are exactly what they say they are; balls that go into the dryer.... Oh, you mean WHATare they for... GOTCHA!

Homemade wool dryer balls are felted wool balls that you use in your dryer (with your laundry) to help eliminate static, speed up drying time (almost by half!) and soften your clothes without the use of chemicals.  I know, they sound too good to be true, don't they?

Well, they do in fact work!  And, AND!  You can make them yourself.... A-and!  I'm going to show you how!

Here's what you'll need to get started:
100% wool yarn
(scraps, new, coloured, non-coloured, but definitely cheap and NOT washable.... washable does not felt)
crochet hook or tapestry needle
socks or nylons
cotton or acrylic yarn or thread

Step one:   Start winding the core of your dryer ball around your fingers like so.... Oh, and I used the jar to keep my scrap yarn from rolling away from me, this also works great for when you're knitting or crocheting....

Step two:  Start winding the yarn across your first few strands, very tightly, like this....

Step three:  Wind, wind, wind.... keep winding....

Step four:  Keep winding, then tuck in your end, til you end up with a nice firm-ish inner core of wool.... Size, you ask?  Whatever size you like....  mine pictured below were about 2 inches across....

Step five:  Take your wool yarn (for the outer portion of this ball I used wool roving, it felts very quickly and easily) and start winding....  For this step, I try not to wind the outer wool quite as tight.... it's still tight, just not loose-y-goose-y....

Step six:  Wind, wind, wind, until you've reached your a little larger than your desired size, remember this ball will shrink.... then tuck in your end....

Step seven:  Here's where the socks or nylons come in.... I used some old baby socks, and slipped them over my yarn balls....

Step eight:  Then took my NON-WOOL, NON-FELTING yarn and tied them into cute little packages like so....  Threw them into the washer with my whites, which I washed using hot water.... then dried, still in the socks....

Step nine:  Finito!  Here are your felted dryer balls.... If you feel they need another wash, go right ahead, it doesn't hurt to run them through the wash more than once just to ensure you don't end up with a matted mess in your dryer....

Now, go enjoy drying your laundry in a very eco-friendly way!

These also make a fantastic housewarming gift to give with some great eco-friendly detergent.... or make them in a rainbow of colours and give them to some lucky baby to play with....

Have a great day folks  ;)

THRIFTY MONDAY: more pyrex love....

I found both of these little pretties at Value Village....  

This pattern is Spring Blossom, first introduced by Pyrex in 1972 to accompany Corelle's Spring Blossom dish set (1970).  Spring Blossom was also relaunched in 1979, no longer in avocado green; it featured a scaled down pattern size and available in lime green and dark green.  The dish in my collection (pictured above) is from the original introduction in 1972, and I'm happy to report that it has been lovingly cared for and shows virtually no signs of use... YAY me!

This pretty turquoise Butterprint dish, is quite possibly the oldest in my meager little collection.  This pattern (Butterprint) was introduced in 1957 and produced until 1968.  Orange and pink versions of this pattern were also printed but discontinued in the early 1960's.  You know I've talked previously about wanting (needing) pink Pyrex....  well, now that I know there are also orange pieces tucked away in someones cupboard, believe me, my want for this colour almost overshadows my need for pink :(    Aaaanyway, this pretty mixing bowl is beautiful on the printed side with one or two little (teeny-tiny, really) scratches; however, the inside looks like it's made a few cakes in it's time.... it's all good though, I still love it completely!

I've come to realize that finding Pyrex in pristine condition, like the first few pieces I purchased, is not so easy.  And I've also realized that since finding those few pristine pieces, that I cannot settle for pieces that are, well,  less than.... It's pretty clear when pieces are washed in a dishwasher, the pattern become etched and faded.... you can imagine just how sad this makes me.  I've found my coveted pink Pyrex, several times, in several locations; sadly, they've all been abused by the dreaded dishwasher one to many times.... I just can't bring myself to adding something so terribly cared for to my collection of gleaming superstars.... is that me just being prejudiced?

Anyhow, there's your Pyrex history lesson for today.  Have a happy, thrifty Monday  ;)

Saturday, December 3, 2011


The tree is up.... but still naked.... Arg!  The lights don't work!  Thankfully, I made sure to test them all before stringing them onto the tree.... So, first thing this morning, I'll be rushing out to Canadian Tire for some new ones.

The lights we have are the old, not-so-energy-efficient kind.  While I love saving energy where I can, I am not a lover of the new LED lights.... I really don't like the harsh glow of them.  My mother assures me that they've come a long way since they were first introduced.... She tells me there are softer glowing LED's that look similar to my old ones.  Nevertheless, I am stuck buying these new, less desirable type regardless of whether I like them or not.... there are no longer any other options in lighting.

I know they'll grow on me.... and I also know that what it really comes down to is this.... my tree will be getting dressed by my little family while we listen to Christmas songs and drink eggnog.... and make more wonderful family memories.... The colour and glow of the lights is really an insignificant thing when you look at the bigger picture....

my birdhouse all dressed for the season

We'll be together, and that's what matters most.... I'm very thankful for that....

Have a fantastic Sunday everyone  ;)


Truer words were never spoken  :D

Friday, December 2, 2011


Otis Redding - Try a Little Tenderness

Love this song....

RANDOMNESS: admiration

While sharing family pizza night with a friend and his three children, my friend told me how he wanted to make something extra special for his children to honour their mothers memory.... He wants to make memory quilts for each of them, made from her clothing....

I've seen these quilts before, they've been around for years.... I'm just so moved with emotion that he wants to do this himself.  What a beautiful way to work through the loss of someone who meant the world to you.... and what an equally amazing thing to gift to your children - something you made with your own two hands that represents the love you have for your wife and the love you both have for your children....

The admiration I have for her since I've known her extends to every single one of her family members.... I can't say how I would react if I were in his shoes - I can only hope that I could be one tenth as strong....

Reluctance by Robert Frost

Out through the fields and the woods
And over the walls I have wended;
I have climbed the hills of view
And looked at the world and descended;
I have come by the highway home,
And lo, it is ended.

The leaves are all dead on the ground,
Save those that the oak is keeping
To ravel them one by one
And let them go scraping and creeping
Out over the crusted snow,
When others are sleeping.

And the dead leaves lie huddled and still,
No longer blown hither and thither;
The last lone aster is gone;
The flowers of the witch-hazel wither;
The heart is still aching to seek,
But the feet question 'Whither?'

Ah, when to the heart of man
Was it ever less than a treason
To go with the drift of things,
To yield with a grace to reason,
And bow and accept the end
Of a love or a season?

Yielding with grace, and holding on to memories.... could never be treasonous. It's admirable, and what's needed to move forward....