Browsing All posts tagged under »humor«

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 […]

Raise a Stink – Or not

November 14, 2012


I know that despite some memory problems and achy joints, my parts are intact and my ol’ sniffer is still in fine working order. Hopefully, I’m not resembling a bloodhound in the looks department, but I can smell blue cheese breath at 20 feet away. I can sniff out a poopy diaper a room away. Call it a […]

The Queen’s English Indeed

November 1, 2012


It’s hard enough trying to keep up and understand the text “shorthand” that comes along with text messaging my grown kids, but then there’s the verbal jargon that comes into play with ordinary conversations. At the risk of falling behind with the modern jargon that filters its way to me, I have found that far […]

Boot-Scootin’ My Way to a Humbler Me

October 17, 2012


Every now and then, God likes to present something in my life for His amusement – and to teach me humility.  That’s not to say that I don’t mind a certain amount of challenge in my routine, but I’m not eagerly seeking to look like an idiot either. This week, I accepted an invitation to attend […]

A Painted Lady Comes to Live With Me

September 24, 2012


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 […]

Worrying My Way to a Vacation

September 17, 2012


The art of worrying comes with being a mother and lasts as long as you remain one. When it comes to getting away on a bonafide vacation, not just for a long weekend, it’s all about checklists, post-it notes and reminders – and still something will undoubtedly get missed. I envy people who can plan a vacation […]

Have Another Zucchini – Please!

September 5, 2012


The time has come to rally the troops in the kitchen and brainstorm about how to handle the seasonal dilemma of the Great Exploding Zucchini crop. It’s a predicament that regularly, and sometimes literally, lands on our doorstep (by friends and neighbours depositing them after dark or before the morning paper). You know what I’m talking about […]

And This Little Piggie says “Aaaahhh …”

August 22, 2012


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 […]

Twelve Nasty Things I Love About Being a Grandma

August 12, 2012


Having regular babysitting time with our little grand-daughter has caused me to reflect upon some of the talents needed in child-minding, as well as some of the gross things that mothers have to handle on a daily basis. Motherhood is about the toughest job out there – but the most rewarding. When you “sign on” […]

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 […]