We are Delena and Lucy and we are happy to be here sharing this blog with you!
A love of the natural world and a desire to simplify my life has shaped a deep interest in natural health over my entire life. I am an energetic and enthusiastic woman with many hobbies and interests, all of which are related in some way to natural living. My passions include hiking, cross country skiing, canoeing, observing and photographing wildlife, eating a local diet, making do, renovating, crafting, organic gardening, foraging for wild plants and fungi, cooking, baking, preserving, flea market finds, reading, writing, and sharing my life with my dog Lucy.
A lifelong learner, I have a Bachelor of Science degree (biology major, art and design minor), Bachelor of Education degree, a certificate in cabinetmaking (NAIT), and a Master of Education degree (Educational Policy Studies specializing in Indigenous Peoples Education). As a Metis (born in the Pas, MB), Indigenous core values and perspectives infuse my beliefs and are expressed in the way I live my daily life. Living out in the wilderness makes it easier for me to study local wild plants and fungi and learn about the medicines of my Ancestors. That is my current passion and focus of study.
Lucy and I found each other through NASAP (Northern Alberta Society for Animal Protection). I had lived in the cabin for 3 months and was ready to welcome a companion into my life. I saw many adorable pictures on the NASAP website and a few dogs caught my eye. However, something about Lucy’s picture drew me back time and time again. I finally made the call and went to meet her. She was already a year and a half and beautiful! I sensed a quiet kindred spirit in her and after spending an hour together, I asked her if she would like to go home with me. This was December 23, 2010, two days before Christmas.
Since then, Lucy and I have become inseparable and we are, indeed, kindred spirits. We both need a lot of exercise, we like to go to bed early and get up early, we like our quiet time away from the world, we both love long car rides and digging in the dirt, and we are both redheads. She is a loyal companion and a daily source of unconditional love and deep belly laughs!
Introducing our newest member, Chayton Skye Danser. Born July 28th, 2013 at five pounds and 17 inches long. Since his arrival, Chayton has been the source of light and love in our lives, as well as the sweet little muse for many new ideas and inspirations; some of which will be shared here while most of which will be posted on a new sister blog (or shall I say ‘brother blog’) called cabinorganic~bellybabe&child. Becoming a mother has encouraged me to continue live a life fully committed to simple, natural and healthy living. Not only does this free up more quality time to spend with my son, but I know that our quality of life will be greatly enhanced because of it.