Sightseeing, shopping snacking and more: Celebrating a mini vacation

Posted Mar 22 2019 in , , ,

English Rose had a school holiday earlier this month so we spent a long weekend in Ottawa, Canada’s capital city, forty-five minutes by car from where we live.  Although we visit Ottawa every few months, it’s usually for medical appointments, brunch with family, or to visit a specific store. And then we go home again, […]

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Celebrating grandmothers

Posted Mar 8 2019 in , , , , , ,

Earlier this week, English Rose bounced into the house with the kind of teenage excitement usually reserved for a meme, ‘tea’ (gossip between friends), or afternoon at the mall.  “Look what Grandma J gave me,” she said, gesturing to the colourful bracelet on her wrist. “It’s from her trip. She brought back presents for all […]

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My life in laundry

Posted Feb 22 2019 in , , , ,

As you may have seen on Twitter, Tech Guy and I got a new washing machine last week. Not only did it mark a milestone in my complicated relationship with laundry but, and in a clear indication of advancing middle age, few things in recent years have brought me so much excitement. The wringer washer  […]

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Why do I write?

Posted Feb 8 2019 in , , ,

In a Facebook group this week, another writer asked: “Why do you write?”  While the answer is different for each writer, the question made me think about the constants from when I first started my writing journey—enthusiastic and starry eyed—through to now—still enthusiastic but more realistic.  Making sense of the world  Making sense of the […]

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Hunkering down for winter

Posted Jan 25 2019 in , , ,

I grew up in a Canadian city (profiled in a documentary “Colder Than Mars”) that is either celebrated, or depending on your perspective, reviled for the harshness of its winter weather. Now I live near a place that this week garnered the dubious distinction as the world’s coldest capital city. Yet, despite proximity to this […]

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A year to cultivate

Posted Jan 11 2019 in , , , ,

In the past few weeks, my social media feeds have been dotted with posts from those who have chosen a particular word to guide them through 2019. I’ve chosen a ‘word for the year’ since 2014 (read more here), and because I don’t usually make resolutions (and never in January), choosing a special word to […]

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A world of kindness

Posted Dec 21 2018 in , , , , , , , ,

Several weeks ago, and to celebrate the first birthday of Back Home at Firefly Lake, I offered a giveaway on my Facebook author page. For a chance to win a signed paperback and holiday ornament, I asked my readers to leave a comment about a random act of kindness they’d either given or received. With […]

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New hope and Colouring The World Orange

Posted Nov 9 2018 in , , , ,

Orange is not my colour. At best, it makes me look sallow. At worst, ill. Yet, this month (dubbed NERVember by the International Pain Foundation), I’m taking pride in wearing orange to raise awareness of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS, also known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystorphy, RSD), and support those, including English Rose, battling this […]

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Quilts for a cause

Posted Oct 26 2018 in , , ,

I don’t sew, knit, crochet, embroider or do any of the other handicrafts at which women on both sides of my family tree excelled. In junior high home economics, sewing was painful for both me and my long-suffering mother. Mom made many of her own clothes and was renowned for her knitting, but she’d been […]

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Disconnected from a connected world

Posted Oct 12 2018 in , , , ,

If you follow me on social media, you know that I was unexpectedly offline for most of last week when work to lay underground fiber optic cables cut existing cables that deliver landline phone and internet service to my home. As someone who is almost always connected to the wider world, I was all of […]

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