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Confessions of a Bookstore Junkie

March 14, 2013

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I discovered a valid gift card to Chapters Indigo the other day, and I can’t wait to get there and poke around the aisles of books. I admit I’m a bookstore junkie by association. I’m blaming my obsession on my mother. I know that may sound like a cheap shot considering she is peacefully departed and […]

Laundry Day Sing-along

February 14, 2013

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Many of my gal friends with retired partners absolutely relish any solo time they can snatch when their spouses are out-of-town, whether that’s a few hours or a couple of days. Apparently, absence, in those cases, doesn’t make the heart fonder, it’s the glue that keeps the union intact. I count myself lucky to have Hubby […]

A Marmalade Christmas Present

December 22, 2012

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This is not a traditional story of Santa’s workshop with elves busily wrapping up toys while snow softly falls outside on a perfect winter’s night. No, I’m going to share with you an unusual true Christmas tale of a fierce lion on the Serengeti Plains who gets his Christmas wish. At least that’s how our (now departed) marmalade […]

The Rudolph Syndrome

December 10, 2012

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It seems the Red Hat Society may have some competition at this time of year. If dressing up in purple and red attire and hats wasn’t enough for you older gals, I would like to mention a strange phenomenon called the “Rudolph Syndrome” that shows up around Christmas time and always coincides with the annual luncheon for […]

Bagpipes, Oatcakes and Scotches – Oh My!

December 4, 2012

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Regrettably, I have been influenced by the dark side yet again – the dark amber side. In the aftermath of hosting our inaugural Scotch nosing and tasting soiree the other evening, I sheepishly admit I was wrong about Scotch drinkers being “just manly men with a longing for the aroma of burning peat bogs”. Along with five other gals, I […]

Keeping Afloat During the Holidays

November 26, 2012

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This week, I feel a kinship to one of the ducks swimming in our backyard pond. On the surface, it looks like he’s content enough with the day’s affairs, enjoying a refreshing slurp of water before checking out the goings-on around the bird feeder. What you don’t see is the mad paddling of webbed feet beneath the […]

The Highlands are A-callin’ Ye

October 24, 2012

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First of all, let me say that I’m genuinely happy for all Scotch lovers. With some Scottish heritage myself, it seems appropriate to embrace the time-honoured spirit with gusto and respect. I, however, can’t seem to make peace with the liquor no matter how I try. While I conjure up dramatic images of feudal Scotsmen doing […]