Moving adventures

Posted Mar 5 2021 in , , , , , ,

From 2015 until now, much of my life has been spent in some form of transit—moving from England to Canada, several moves related to my elderly cousin both before and after her passing, and moving things from my late mother’s home across Canada. Tech Guy has moved too—following English Rose and I from England to […]

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Laughter is indeed good medicine

Posted Nov 13 2020 in , , , ,

When I was a child, my grandparents had a subscription to Reader’s Digest magazine and, once they finished with each issue, it came to my house to be read and enjoyed again. Back then, a favourite column was “Laughter is the Best Medicine!” and as an adult, it’s one I always turn to whenever I spot […]

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Why writing is like kayaking

Posted Aug 21 2020 in , , , , ,

As many of you know, I was on holiday last week. For me, a highlight of that time at a lakeside cottage was kayaking, previously new-to-me but something I enjoyed and want to do more often. And as I paddled on a tranquil lake near Canada’s famed Algonquin Park, a place that has inspired artists, writers […]

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Meet guest author Anita Kushwaha & celebrate her new book, Secret Lives of Mothers & Daughters

Posted Feb 7 2020 in , , ,

I don’t often host guest authors on my blog, but this week I’m happy to be celebrating with a dear author friend, Anita Kushwaha, whose new women’s fiction novel, Secret Lives of Mothers & Daughters is now out in Canada before releasing on February 18th in the US, UK, Australia & New Zealand. Like me, Anita is […]

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“Death and taxes”

Posted May 3 2019 in , , ,

Here in Canada, taxes were due on April 30 this year. As such, the phrase “death and taxes” (usually attributed to a 1789 letter by Benjamin Franklin in which he said they were the only two things certain in life), has been much on my mind.  Multiple currencies and tax years As someone who both […]

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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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Prayers for Humboldt

Posted Apr 13 2018 in , , , , , , , , ,

A week ago, on a remote Saskatchewan highway, sixteen people were killed and thirteen others injured in a crash between a semi-trailer truck and a bus carrying players, coaches, a trainer, a local radio announcer and others associated with a Canadian junior (ice) hockey team, the Humboldt Broncos.   Before then, Humboldt was a small […]

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Springing forward

Posted Mar 2 2018 in , , , , , ,

When February slips into March and, irrespective of whether the new month comes in like a lion (as it has for my friends in the UK), or a lamb (here in the Rideau Valley), it’s the time of year when my thoughts always turn to my life in England. Although there are many things I […]

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