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9 Years!

Party At El Guapo With Optimus Prime

I started Small Town Social 9 years ago today! What a special day today is. It’s been an interesting experience, writing for a blog like this. When I started STS it was because I found there to be a lack of communication between local businesses and the public. Bands would come and go and I would usually miss it. I had to read Fernie Fix religiously, and even they can’t list everything that’s happening, especially if it’s planned after the issue goes to print. I tried to fill a gap and to have fun with it. Now it’s hardly needed because of Facebook, Instagram and all the other online resources this town has, yet, I’m still writing.

I’ve tried to quit a few times and I failed at that. I keep coming back to it. It’s nice to have a place to put your thoughts when you want to share them. I don’t like sharing thoughts on Facebook but I like sharing thoughts here. Maybe, I feel like this is my space and no one else’s. I have more control and, perhaps, I enjoy not getting responses and encouragement – not to say you can’t encourage me. I don’t want to put value in my posts based on the amount of comments or likes I get.

My life isn’t that important and special. I know that! But having a blog doesn’t mean you’re any of those things. Blogging is just about sharing and I find sharing meaningful, just like painting.

So, thank you for reading my blog!



100 Follows In Just 8.5 years!

Small Town Social 100 Followers Celebration

Wow. I’ve made it to 100 followers! In just 8.5 years! Thanks everyone, including the spammers and computer generated Gravatars, I couldn’t have done it without you.


We’re 7 Years old today!


Small Town Social : Shhhhh Don’t Worry

small town social - taking a slow down break

I’m excited to show you what I’ll be up to…but patience is in order. The fun still needs to happen. I’ll have a few posts ready for you though, I don’t want to leave you high and dry.

It’s good to slow down and smell the coffee once in a while.

Two Years Later

brina - cottage tree drawing

What has happened over the past two years, you ask? Wow. What a good question. Let me think. I’ll cover a few of the big ones.

1. We had a boy, who is now 1 and a half years old. His name is Roman. He has been the most charming little boy I’ve ever met. I know, I’m his mom, I must say this, but I’m being very serious when I say Roman will be a funny guy. He is already making us laugh and he’s not even talking yet.

Phoenix is now three and a quarter. She’s attending preschool, she loves drawing happy faces, puzzling, singing (but not at preschool), spelling her name and she’s a beautiful person. I’m so happy to have her in my life.

While I’m talking about my children, I should mention my appreciation for local kid’s programs. It took me a while to warm up to the idea of going to these “mommy groups” but then I realized how awesome they are! And they’re not mommy groups at all, or not how I pictured them in my head. The programs provide fun environments for children and their parents, or whoever is caring for them, to play. They play with new toys, new kids (although, a lot of the same people attend the programs, which is great too), plus, they get snacks! It’s fantastic!

I strongly recommend:
Strong Start at Isabella Dicken Elementary School. Monday-Friday 9-12pm but you can come and go at any time.
Parent Tot Fun Times at Knox United Church – 201 2nd Ave. Mondays 9:30-12pm but you can come and go at any time.
Little Sprouts at Fernie’s Community Garden – in the summer. One of my favorite summer programs.

2. I’m creative again. After I got pregnant with Phoenix I lost a lot of my passion for painting and all things creative (a big reason as to why I took an STS break) and I put it to the side for a while. I was just about to get back into making things when I got pregnant with Roman but this time I didn’t completely lose my creative drive. Now, with Roman and Phoenix a bit older, I’m really enjoying it once again. Rod is a star and made me a large canvas to paint on, the biggest one I’ve ever worked on, and I’ve been taking my time with it. New drawing pens were bought, new hobbies taken up and new plans in the works. It’s all a little too exciting for me.

3. I miss blogging. This, in fact, isn’t 100% true. I miss blogging about Fernie. That’s true. I did start another secret blog after I ended STS…but that’s another story.

4. Also, I’ve gained a bit of weight, enjoyed some really good books, participated in the dumpster painting project, helped plan the lantern festival, carved a few awesome stamps, learned to sew (am still learning to sew), attended a few great author readings put on by the people of Booked! Fernie Writers’ Series and I’m trying to get into winter. I’m happy!

It’s A Secret…

learning to skate on fernie pond

I’m back…in a small, small, small way. I’m going to start posting some stuff to the blog. It’s going to be very casual. Three or four posts a day are not going to happen, like the good old days, but I have to say, I miss Small Town Social a little. I’m excited!

Just When I Thought You Couldn’t Get Any Better Than Gold…

then you find out there is Platinum!

small town social - gold for best in business 2011 - kootenay business
Thanks, Kootenay Business and all those who voted!! I had no idea we were that cool.

Next year I’m aiming for Coolest Website IN THE WORLD!!

wish me luck!