We’ve spent the past three days packing up all of the Christmas stuff and putting the boxes and totes away in the basement. It is indeed amazing how bare the house looks when the Christmas things are gone. It will be a bit better after we do a big clean on Monday and then bring… Continue reading Good bye Christmas
I’ve seen a lot of people posting retrospectives of 2023 this week. I guess it is the natural things to do as one year grinds to an end and a new one comes closer. Grinds seems to be an apt word for 2023. Yes, I’d like a less grindy year for 2024. I’m not normally… Continue reading Goodbye 2023
I’m not sure why this is the case but the second we lay the tree skirt under the tree one of the cats makes himself cozy. Sometimes both together. This happens without fail every single year. It doesn’t matter if they are new to the household some feline genetic wiring tells them to claim this… Continue reading Cats under the tree
Our neighbours tell us that we should expect about 30 children on the 31st. Not quite the same as the 100 + we would get back in Ontario but we live in a much smaller subdivision tucked behind a WalMart – not exactly a prime trick or treating area. We took advantage of the last… Continue reading Getting ready for Halloween
It’s difficult to believe that it has been a year since you passed from this world. A year since I held your hand. The year of ‘firsts’ is over. While I am happy that you are free from pain and not suffering, I wasn’t prepared for the way I’d miss you every day. Not a… Continue reading 1 year
I tend to read mostly e-books these days but I still can’t resist the allure of a print book – particularly if I am at an independent bookstore. I have a rule there – I must buy a minimum of three books to support the business! I confess that the books do pile up on… Continue reading I fear this will be me . . .
One of the things we have discovered about this area is that there is always something going on . . . In fact, sometimes there is TOO much going on and one must make choices. Today started at Mission Creek Regional Park for the Kikinee Festival. Kikinee AKA Kokanee are a type of salmon but… Continue reading Salmon, art, pizza and pie
I’ve spent a lot of time on hold over the past few months what with selling and moving across the country . . . anyone else feel like this is reality?
We’ve been home for just over a week and the McDougall Creek fire is still burning out of control. The two fires it spawned across the lake are considered ‘held’ and everyone has returned to their homes (unless they were the ten homes that were destroyed by the inferno). On this side of the lake… Continue reading Still here, fire is still burning
We were in Toronto last week for ETFO’s 25th anniversary celebration. It was a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with former colleagues. When I retired during COVID I didn’t really have an opportunity to say proper goodbyes. Last week I did. Oddly one of the questions that everyone asked was ‘are you impacted by the fires’.… Continue reading The McDougall Creek wildfire