Monthly Archives: May 2014

T is the first letter in the word Thank U


T is the first letter in the word Thank you ~ I had my artist walk today at the damn in Nanaimo with the pups. It’s a daily excursion rain or shine for a minimum of an hour. The only variable is the location.

Walking half way through the trails I came across these logs laying on the ground and noticed the shape of the “T”. My immediate thought was T is the first letter in the word Thank you. I decided to look for the rest of the letters to spell out the word Thank you between the time I first spotted the letter “T” and by the end of the walk.

Initially I thought I would look for the letters perhaps randomly however I guess my logical brain took over and decided that in order would make the most sense. Probably for the purposes of posting the letters on facebook.

I was successful in finding all the letters although I had no idea of course when I began my little game how or where I would find the necessary counterparts.

The rest of the letters will follow below as separate images. I’m thankful for all things in my life. Each and everyday i wake up, each and every day I have the use of all six of my senses completely in tact. How fortunate am I!

My morning pages I’ve committed to in writing to complete each and everyday of which I’ve successfully We’re in week two however I’m still reviewing chapter one based on when I picked up my book and grateful to have time to sit back, take in and absorb the greater opportunity at hand while reading, studying and surrounding myself with like minded strong and curious women who are seeking, searching and affirming their own inner strengths, powers and possibilities.

This week I won’t be at the check in time together although I will have completed my assignments as due and energetically I will hold the space for each of my tribal sisters to share from their hearts.

A sense of optimism and play is what we’re to uncover in week 1 and I recognize that the area of “PLAY” is most certainly a place in which I’d like to spend more time creatively.

Perhaps over the past couple of years with challenges as they’ve unfolded for various reasons my sense of play has been tucked away a little bit more than in the past. I have lots of play within me and it’s one of my desires is to play in fun, to play in silliness, to play in laughter and adventure.

when I was married to my second husband, my favorite husband in so many ways, I was always attracted to his sense of play. One of the gifts I recognized and realized in the numerous years since our divorce is my sense of play is not attached to the definition of who he is.

I’m a playful person in my own right and while i can enjoy play while alone there is another beautiful dimension and reality to play in the presence of others who add to the excitement of the play.

I play with my dogs and I love the silliness that they bring to my life. A sense of optimism includes for me that play will always be a part of my life, my future plans and endeavors and that it will equally be spontaneous as well as planned out.

My future desires include having play in my life along with that special someone when the right special someone is destined to be in the right spot at the right time for the right reasons.

Regardless of that special someone or not, my sense of play is all about me and I AM a playful person of which I’m deeply appreciative of and who I LOVE as I AM. Nancy Battye I AM, I AM Nancy Battye all about play! H


Tuesday the 13th in Mexico – Focus on Mexico

It is indeed May 13th, I’ve been back almost two weeks and yes, I do have some additional content, links and pictures to upload before I can fully turn my full attention to my NOB life.  Just to keep up the momentum I supported this on my Facebook feed today and decided to post it.

Love cultural trivia!

A Slight Backtrack to Last Week in Mexico!

Being a long term snowbird/temporary resident is a funny thing vis a vis the perception of time. When I first arrive, immediately after I heave a huge sigh of relief and getting through all the security cheques and border control counters to get here is my feeling that with a five month stay booked I have ALL the time in the world to do absolutely everything I want to do and see in the area. So the days, weeks and months unfold until I get to what might be termed the ‘tipping point’ or the midway mark that this year happened mid February.

And then, with the dawning realization that the time that seemed expansive upon arriving is in fact, finite and on the downhill slide putting things on the calendar seems just a bit more important, but still subject to change, revision or outright ignoring, of course. Retirement is not and should not be a J O B and it is certainly not necessary to be busy, busy, busy every waking moment of every day. Afterall, it IS Mexico! Why come here if you are going to continue your overscheduled, multi tasking overwrought NOB lifestyle? If anything, I want to bring my more relaxed, less scheduled joyful snowbird  pace of life in my overweight maletas!

What I decided this year to do was pack up the casita and head into Centro to spend my last day/night IN the heart of the city IN Centro.

Tacos for Meatless Monday…or any other day!

Today I went to Costco here in Nanaimo and you guessed it I immediately gravitated towards the avocados and Mexican food. I didn’t get to cooking school this year but I still am interested in ‘from scratch’ simple to prepare Mexican meals and since I don’t (and haven’t been) eating meat for every meal I’m collecting and posting tasty


vegetarian or even vegan alternatives!

Buen provecho!