Category Archives: Family

On This Day

Sixty-one years ago today a 32-year-old immigrant from Holland gave birth to a baby girl – her 4th child. It was almost a tragic day, for the child was strangled during birth by the umbilical cord. There were several frantic, … Continue reading

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Some Like It Hot

Gilles and I were running errands together yesterday and decided to head out to the west end near the airport to check out a restaurant that a recent article suggested had the best samosas in the city. We like to occasionally … Continue reading

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When Love Surprises

Earlier today I exchanged comments with Diana at Myths Of The Mirror and Bridget at The Happy Quitter about our life partners who are … shall we say … somewhat less than romantic. I had described my husband of 33 years as Mr Practical, not someone … Continue reading

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An Unusual January Roadtrip

It was a rare date with my sister.  After days of heavy snow squall warnings that cancelled our attempt to get together after the New Year, the weather finally cleared enough for me to venture north to spend a day with … Continue reading

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Where Is Home?

When I was still quite young, living with my parents, I asked my mom if she missed her home. You see, my mother was a war bride from the Netherlands who came to Canada in 1946 after marrying my father. … Continue reading

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More Monkey Business

The Year of the Monkey continues on its disruptive path through my life. Not content with wrecking my Big 60 travel plans, costing me literally thousands of dollars in repairs and replacements of various failed devices this year, and tripping my … Continue reading

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It’s the Best of Times

Just in case you should start to think that this year has been all doom and gloom for me, I need to balance the scales … for there has also been great joy. On Thanksgiving Weekend, our oldest son Jordan and his … Continue reading

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Musings On A Rainy Day

So far, this year has been full of various trips, falls, misses, and failures – some of them figurative, many of them literal.  A few of them I’ve talked about here, but most of them I haven’t. There has been one … Continue reading

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No, It’s Not Important

It’s Thanksgiving Weekend in Canada.  Like our American cousins, this is a time when we should be reflecting on all the things in our life for which we are grateful.  The markets are exploding with the abundance of nature’s harvest and … Continue reading

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Changing Seasons: The Lost Month Of July

This year continues to fly by and we are already at the end of July.  I had such big plans and high expectations for this month but none of it was to be.  I’m still somewhat entrenched in my pity party, feeling unmotivated and … Continue reading

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