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The Rudolph Syndrome

December 10, 2012


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


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


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


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 […]

The Real Beach is Calling – Bring Your Bucket

August 1, 2012


Living where we do, I have a 70-mile long stretch of lake that’s minutes away, Okanagan Lake, which we are fond of and appreciate for its striking natural beauty. The sandy beach areas, however, are few and very crowded with tourists during these hot summer days. Smells that waft through the air down at the lake range from […]

Is it Time for the Home Party Circuit – Again?

July 11, 2012


I have a revolving-door policy in my kitchen when it comes to food storage containers. The leftovers from our large family dinners get crammed into various containers, labelled for each appropriate household, and then shipped out with them as they leave to go home. Usually on their next visit, the empty tub is returned all clean and ready […]

I’d Rather be Retro than Vintage

July 3, 2012


Recently, my Hubby and I were invited to a good friend’s 60th birthday bash, a retro-themed, costumed event in the neighbourhood. While I pondered whether I had really squirreled away a much-loved maxi dress from the 70’s to wear for the party (or just reminisced about it), Hubby was content to leave his costume selection in my […]

The Feminine Leg – Uncovered

May 2, 2012


I grew up in a household of oozing estrogen (five sisters), where laundry days were filled with a multitude of various sized bras, panties, girdles, garter belts, and a few stockings. For easier sorting, each of us girls were assigned a particular colour code, a tiny, discreet embroidered marking in a waistband. It certainly helped relieve […]

Good Advice I Wished I Had Years Ago

April 20, 2012


Not long ago, I rediscovered an old printed email that I had received from a friend and stashed away in my file of inspirational and wise quotes. I couldn’t actually find the author of the piece, but I was impressed that even after gathering dust for a few years, the advice given was still appropriate […]

Waiting for Little Hands – Again

March 15, 2012


When I first became a grandma a little over a year ago, my daydreams frequently were filled with sweet scenarios of playing with our grand-baby, hauling out and enriching her with a few treasured keepsake toys and books from her mother’s infancy. Back then I figured it was my motherly right to squirrel away a few favourite toys […]