Monthly Archives: December 2014

NYE Thoughts…

Some random thoughts on New Year’s Eve…as 2014 ends and 2015 begins.

Happy New Year

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2014 was a great year…for the first time I choose a word to think about for the year.  I chose “create” or “creativity”.  During 2014 I worked to embrace my creative side again, learned how to quilt (still need to finish said quilt but it’s coming along quite nicely).  I also learned how to make seal skin and leather mittens. I sewed a few children’s capes and knitted a few baby sweaters for friend’s new babies and older siblings to enjoy.  What prompted me to pick a word for 2014 was my involvement in ‘A Bright Project’. Each month I was paired up with a different woman to exchange a snail mail letter or package…also interacting with each other via Instagram!  It was quite a fun way to branch out and be social and meet some wonderful woman from around the world!

2014 brought a change in my work in May…to a new position, still based in Pangnirtung…but allowed me to travel and renew my love of Nunavut.  It was great to visit so many different communities over the 2nd half of the year.  (Yes, sometimes I got stuck…and didn’t spend much time at home….but honestly, I loved every second of it…except the paperwork aspect! But if you know me papers have never been my strong suit!)

I arrived this morning in Melbourne, Australia and am I’m travelling overseas for the month of January also visiting the Philippines before coming home to Canada. I’m so uber excited about this trip…the tickets have been booked for 6 months and it’s FINALLY here!

I wrote this post on December 28th before I started my trek to Melbourne. I know my blog has been a bit silent in the last 8 weeks or so. It’s hard to believe that it is almost my 6th year anniversary of starting to blog. I never thought when I started in 2009 that this would be something I would be still doing so many years later. I blog because it is a creative outlet, I like sharing photos and stories and snippets of my life. It’s become a happy place..and I enjoy the process and the people I’ve met through my blog. But when life gets crazy, blogging is the first ball that is dropped. To be honest the past 8 weeks or so, I just needed a break…life and work has been so crazy hectic…blogging became another thing that was on the MUST do list, rather than the ‘oh this is fun let’s just share’ list. But don’t you worry, I’m not giving up blogging. I look at it as just unplugging for a bit…and taking a bit time for me to recharge and refill my batteries.

Don’t worry, 2015 is going to be a steller year I can feel it already and  I can’t wait to share with you some of the adventures I’m going to have. But you might have to be a wee bit patient with me, as I’m not going to be blogging from the road. But can’t wait to share with your my adventures when I’m back home in February!

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ― H. Jackson Brown Jr., P.S. I Love You

I’m looking forward to 2015…are you?

A Visit to Sanikiluaq, Nunavut

Earlier this month I had a trip to Sanikiluaq.  It was my last work trip for 2014.  (While on the trip I was crazy, busy so didn’t have time to blog…then jumped into holiday mode and visited with friends and family like one should do when they are on holidays so I didn’t get around to blogging.  However, I do want to share my photos from my trip to Sanikiluaq so here it goes!

My trip started with me getting to Iqaluit…I was a bit delayed because of weather and flights, but did make it in time to see Santa as he visited Iqaluit for their parade! (Yes, it was -23C with the wind, and people still lined the streets to see Santa and get candy canes!)

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I guess I should first explain how one gets to Sanikiluaq…it is located in Hudson’s Bay close to Quebec.  There are no direct flights from Iqaluit to Sanikiluaq–unless there’s a charter flight.  But to get there on scheduled flights you have to route via Montreal, then fly back north via Kuujjuarapik. Below is the map of Nunavut so you can see where Sanikiluaq (or Sani for short) is located.

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Ahh the joy of airports…luggage and travel!  Seems like a theme from my fall of 2014… montrealHere are a few maps of Nunavik (northern Quebec) which show where Kuujjuarapik and Sani are located! This was my 2nd visit to Nunavik—because I visited Kuujjuaq in October. 

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Can you see a bit better where Sanikiluaq is located? (Latitude 56° 32’ N,  Longitude 79° 15’ W)

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Flights are always unpredictable…I had an hour flight from Montreal, only to turn back because the GPS wasn’t working on the plane–so we had to change planes and re-try.  Yahoo for delays eh? Then we had to stop in La Grande River to refuel before we went on to Kuujjuarapik…yahoo for more delays.

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Sanikiluaq Trip004Sanikiluaq Trip005After a brief stop in Kuujjuarapik…we continued on to Sanikiluaq…only a few hours behind schedule.

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Flying over ice on Hudson’s Bay… Sanikiluaq Trip009

 

Yahoo we arrived…I breathed a sigh of relief.  (The week before Sani had 2 blizzard days…the wind was pretty steady when we arrived as well, but we landed safe and sound!) Sanikiluaq Trip010

 

You could see evidence of the snow and blizzard days the community had the week before.  SNOW EVERYWHERE! I couldn’t believe it…they had so much snow…compared to Pang… Sanikiluaq Trip016

 

Sanikiluaq – ᓂᑭᓗᐊᖅ – ‘Home of Sandy Kiluaq’

Sanikiluaq is Nunavut’s southernmost community, located in the Belcher Islands of southeastern Hudson Bay about 150 kilometres (93 miles) off the coast of Québec. It is the only permanent settlement in this entire archipelago, which is a group of 1,500 islands spread over 3,000 square kilometres (1,158 square miles). Many of the smaller islands provide special breeding grounds for numerous species of migratory seabirds, ducks and geese. The coastal waters contain an abundance of seals, walruses and beluga whales. Expert hunting and fishing is a traditional lifestyle here, as is sea kayaking and soapstone carving. Sanikiluaq is famous for the incredible, unique handicrafts made by its women, including dolls made of fish skin and parkas made of eider ducks. The hamlet is named after a legendary Inuk person who once lived here named Sandy Kiluaq. He was an adopted little boy who lived in hard times, but he grew up to become the best hunter and best provider in the region, a hero to his community, so they named it after him. {Source}

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This was a little bridge I walked over on my way from the hotel to the spots I had to visit in town.  And the other shows a fence…I’m pretty sure it’s a snow fence and it’s crazy blocked by snow already–doing it’s job stopping some of it from coming into town. Sanikiluaq Trip014

 

The second day I was there…the wind started to pick up.  Sanikiluaq Trip017

The morning of the third day—it was quite windy! Sanikiluaq Trip019

Which made walking fun—I was glad for my warm winter gear! I almost didn’t bring my snow pants—but so glad that I did bring them… Sanikiluaq Trip020

I was really worried that my flight might not land… especially when I saw the winds were 43Km/hr… Sanikiluaq Trip023

The community didn’t shut down because of the winds though…everyone kept working, since it wasn’t a ‘blizzard’ with whiteouts yet. Sanikiluaq Trip024

 

The airport called to let us know we had to go earlier to catch our flight.  Then started the great waiting game.  Our flight did land, and take off for Kuujjuarapik.  While we were sitting on the plane waiting for the fuel bill to be signed by the pilots…the WHOLE plane was ROCKING.  Made me wish I had gravol–because it was making me queasy.  (I get motion sickness–but normally only in cars or boats!) Don’t worry I was fine. Sanikiluaq Trip021We we landed in Kuujjuarapik…all of our bags are taken off the aircraft….so they can go through a security screening so we can con’t on to Montreal.  (When you fly in the Arctic you only go through security if you fly SOUTH…not if you fly from Community to Community.)

While waiting in the secured area…we found out that weather was developing in most of eastern Canada—including Montreal.  We were going to make a stop for extra fuel in Val-dor we continued on our way.  We did manage to land in Montreal…but were delayed with the crazy amounts of snow everywhere…it took about 45mins to get into the gate.  Then our bags were delayed…and I missed the cut-off to check in for my air Canada flight to Ottawa.  So after sorting out everything about when I’d be re-booked, finding a hotel room… I left the airport around midnight for a hotel.  Then headed back to the airport for 6:30am to catch my flight to Ottawa.

It was a bit of drama–but really in the grand scheme of things, it was good drama to experience!

 

 

 

 

Christmas Happenings…

Christmas Day was a fabulous day! It was so fun being with my family this year..after spending last year with my Northern Family in Nunavut.  Merry Christmas_2014008

My nephews did the big job of delivering the presents to everyone.  We decided to deliver all the gifts to everyone, then go from youngest to oldest opening one present at a time.  It was a great way to do the gift opening…but did take a bit more time than we thought! Merry Christmas_2014011 Merry Christmas_2014017

I can’t believe how BIG my nephews have gotten…at 8 1/2 and 6 1/2…they aren’t little babies/ little kids anymore–when did they grow up!? Merry Christmas_2014025 Merry Christmas_2014041

There were a few awesome surprises that were opened!  Some were ‘gag’ gifts…and others were just really cool and thoughtful gifts. (I *might* have gifted a HUGE metal star to John and Kat…because they just ‘love’ them, and think that every house in Lindsay needs one.  There were discussions that said Blue Metal Star would have to rotate around the family…having a minimum of a 3month stay at each family members house before it is ‘re-gifted’!) Ahhhh i love starting new fun family traditions!
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Santa brought everyone PJs…matching ones for my sis-in-laws and I! Merry Christmas_2014043

Another really cool gift was a ’12 days of Christmas’ gift…with 24 different Christmas movies (one kid & one adult movie for each day)…to enjoy as a family over the next days of the Christmas season.

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After the presents were opened there was some serious lego building…and looking at the Photo Books I made for Mum and John & Kat of our trips we did together this year. Merry Christmas_2014054

I have a love-hate relationship with my mum’s kitchen…it’s just so small, limited work surfaces… I stuffed the turkey and got it in the oven..so my kitchen duty was early, and it was just me in there.  Then Jamie & Dana and John and sometimes my mum… joined in for doing the sides!  There was some serious fun going on in there—but also some seriously awesome cooking… but I haven’t heard my brothers laughing like that in years, kind of fun.  I returned to the kitchen on dish duty with Kat!
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Yes, this is my crazy family…but love them to bits, even though sometimes we have differences of opinions…I wouldn’t trade anyone for another in this crazy bunch! Merry Christmas_2014059
I was introduced to a new grace at dinner…but really didn’t feel like putting up my ‘shark’ fin. Merry Christmas_2014062 Merry Christmas_2014064

I’ve always said I’m not a dog person at all. But I do love other peoples dogs (just don’t think I’ll ever get one of my own..) Gus is John and Kat’s baby… and was dressed up in a new Christmas sweater when he arrived! So cute.
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Yesterday, my mum and I went to my Gramma and Bart’s house to bring them some Christmas gifts from our family.  (They spent Christmas day with my Aunt and Uncle!) It was great visiting with them…and catching up!  I didn’t take many photos…but have these of the gift John and Kat gave to them, it’s a pretty cool photo collage!
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So that wraps up my Christmas happenings with my family…other than sleeping in and watching Christmas movies…all in all it’s been a fabulous Christmas!  I hope you all have had a fabulous time surrounded by those you love…doing the things you love to do.

Merry Christmas!

May you have
the spirit of Christmas
which is Peace,
the gladness of Christmas
which is Hope,
and the Heart of Christmas
which is Love.

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Everything’s set at my mum’s house…just waiting for the rest of the family to join, then it will be present craziness for awhile!

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Love, joy and peace are the ingredients for a wonderful Christmas.
Hope you find them all this Christmas.
Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New year!
Luv,  Sarah

Happy Birthday Kat!!!

Happy Birthday to you…
HaPpY BiRtHdAy to YoU!
Happy Birthday Dear Kat…
Happy Birthday to you!

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…chilling in Pangnirtung (July 2014)

Calling you a sister-in-law doesn’t really do our relationship justice.
You are more like a great friend and the sister that I never had!
Thanks for being you!

Kat and I

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Enjoy your Birthday weekend…and the adventures you have planned!
Can’t wait to see you in a week’s time!
Sending you heaps of luv from Nunavut. 🙂 Sarah

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