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Hot as Heck on the Deck

July 24, 2013

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I’m basted in an exotic marinade of sunscreen and mosquito spray; I’m nearly crispy in a couple of places; I’m cooked to medium-well without a rotisserie in sight. With temperatures of late in the 30-degree Celsius range, I am already done with the heat wave, so done. It’s too darned hot during the daytime for kids to play, […]

A 50th Anniversary is Special in Many Ways

May 29, 2013

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A 50th anniversary of anything is a big deal, whether that be a wedding anniversary, the duration of a business, a birthday, a career, a bottle of fine Scotch or a vintage vinyl recording. Heck, I’m amazed that the Rolling Stones are still on tour after that long! This week marks a special anniversary for my […]

Showing Signs of Rust

May 15, 2013

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(I have been in “stealth mode” the last couple of weeks, dealing with a few “smoldering fires” on the personal front. I can say that sometimes having an unscheduled break in the routine causes some reflection of the routine as a whole, the future.  I am happy to say that the Cubbyholewriter is back at the computer […]

Spring is Riz – and This is How the Garden Iz

April 2, 2013

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“There is a way that nature speaks, that land speaks. Most of the time we are simply not patient enough, quiet enough, to pay attention to the story.” – Linda Hogan Alleluia, the waiting seems to finally be over! Not only has Easter been a celebration of joy and rebirth, but Spring has also arrived […]

A Painted Lady Comes to Live With Me

September 24, 2012

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How often do you find a western painted turtle soaking up some warmth on your driveway? Or a turtle of any kind. In the 14 years that we have lived in the Okanagan, we have never seen one in our neighbourhood. Sure, we had seen them a few times on ponds away from the city, “soaking […]

And This Little Piggie says “Aaaahhh …”

August 22, 2012

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One of my summertime treats is to spend an afternoon at my favourite spa and have my tootsies pampered with a pedicure and foot massage. My feet work hard out in the garden, and they deserve a break now and then. This salon is not one of those quickie “in-and-out” places with foot stations regimentally lined up […]

Teensy Weensy Vampires

July 17, 2012

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There’s blood-sucking little vampires cruising around my back yard in the early morning coolness and the relief of twilight. No, I’m not proposing a “Twilight” saga with midgets (although that idea would be hilarious); I’m referring to a recent boom of mosquitos in my area. After having weeks of torrential rain throughout June, now there’s a stretch of […]