Hi Katie's people!!! I thrilled to be guest posting today on Mishaps and Mayhem and gotta say, I am very much looking forward to meeting Katie some day, she is a great blogging friend! I am super intrigued to learn more about Long Island and where Katie is from...in fact, I have a Long Island cutting board sitting on my counter, courtesy of Katie. Some day I hope to visit her world.
My name is Deena and like Katie, I am a Catholic educator. I teach High School French and Christian Ethics in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, a city of 225,000. I live in the middle of the prairies in a province whose population is only one million, but the size of our province is twice the size of Texas. We are blanketed in many feet of snow in our cold winters and in the summer we are surrounded by the golden fields of canola and purple fields of flax. Our skies reach from one horizon to the other. Saskatchewan is truly a beautiful place.I will always remember what Valerie, a friend from Belgium, living in Sask for a summer said on her visit. She was so amazed by the sky; she said she had never seen the sky so panoramic and so alive. That's one of the biggest draws to me: the space, the sky, the simple beauty. While I have lived in many places in my little life: Prince Albert, where I was born and raised, Montreal, where I did an exchange in high school, Regina and Quebec City, where I went to University, finally it is in Saskatoon where Dan and I decided to set up shop. I am proud to call Saskatoon my home. I love that Saskatoon is still a "big" city, by Sask standards, but still small city enough that it only takes me 30 minutes to drive across the city to bring Willis to school. And we live 10 minutes out of town. I am proud to be a Canadian Prairie Girl. I love that we're kinda in the middle of everywhere so we can visit coast to coast for travel. I love that I can have good shopping and great restaurants and that they are never crazy crowded. I love going away and visiting other cities and every single time I'm about to come home I get so excited to be back to the incredible skylines and fresh air of Saskatchewan. I love where I live. And really, the only way you could get me to move is by packing up my friends and family too. And the sky and the northern lights and the lakes and the geese and the moose and the snowdrifts and the sunsets. I think it's important to love where you live, don't you? What makes you proud of your home?