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Mary organized the first Christmas . . .

Friday, December 18, 2009      9 comments

and of course that First Christmas involved labour and delivery in a stable. After a long journey. Those of us who've ever done labour and delivery, even without the preliminary donkey ride, are prepared to concede: that's an element... Read more

Downward to Darkness

Sunday, December 13, 2009      9 comments

"Downward to darkness/On extended wing" This phrase, from a poem by Wallace Stevens called "Sunday Morning", is one I often think of on Sundays at this time of the year as the days get shorter. It describes a couple who seem to be on that ... Read more

RE-ENTRY AFTER VACATION

Saturday, December 05, 2009      8 comments

Is it worth it to take a holiday? Hmmmm. Scramble to clear the desk before you go. Avalance upon return. Some good times, some good memories, a week of non-stop parties. Beautiful family wedding. Plus a bit of a peek at that curious... Read more

MAKING THE CASE FOR YOURSELF

Saturday, November 21, 2009      9 comments

That's the title of the very best diet book I've ever read. Over this past week -- just to refresh my motivation and my weight loss maintenance techniques -- I 've been rereading it once again. And I still think it's a great read for p... Read more

AKRASIA -- a crazy, uh?

Saturday, November 14, 2009      10 comments

A recent blog by LADYBUG7157 about how hard it is to make herself do what she wants to do really hit a nerve with me. And it made me think about AKRASIA again -- that is, it made me think about AKRASIA again consciously, because akrasia has a... Read more

MAGENTA VELVET

Sunday, November 08, 2009      15 comments

Every weekend (or oftener if I run out) I make a big pot of fresh soup and keep it in the fridge for midweek suppers. When I walk in the door from work, my self-discipline is generally at its lowest ebb for the day. I'm always insanely ... Read more

Dancing Queen AND King

Saturday, October 31, 2009      7 comments

My Friday night Latin American dance class with my husband is really turning into a highlight of my week. It's such a great break from the intense "left brain" stuff which is our work (we do work together-- which doesn't necessarily mean ... Read more

Calling All Texas Wedding Belle Fashionistas

Sunday, October 25, 2009      7 comments

I am attending a family wedding in Austin, Texas in November and I don't have very much information about it. So here I am, requesting a bit of advice/insight about "local norms" and wedding dos and don'ts as they may differ from those practi... Read more

The Iron-y! Part Two.

Saturday, October 17, 2009      10 comments

Today I was ironing an "emergency" shirt for our son. He can iron, he does iron, but he was running late to get to work -- and I was prepared to show a little mercy! Our iron worked fine long enough to get the shirt done for him, thank... Read more

Holiday Feast-Making: Pre-Fab, Less Flab!!

Saturday, October 10, 2009      10 comments

Don't read a word of this if you have the Martha Stewart gene: it's a shocking revelation! But I don't -- not even the Betty Crocker variant -- and here in Canada we're celebrating Thanksgiving this weekend. So as I was running around th... Read more

October

Sunday, October 04, 2009      7 comments

October is my second favourite month of the year (a close second behind that bright green fuzzy new leaves period in May!). I never want to go on holidays somewhere else during either October or May; the change of seasons is best here, at ho... Read more

Lovely weekend

Sunday, September 27, 2009      6 comments

What a lovely mix of activities this past weekend! Our ballroom class met for the first time Friday night: my husand and I aren't very good, but it's a lot of fun and a great way to spend time together. Rumba (we'ver forgotten so much) a... Read more

Shopping in My Closet Part Two: Frivolity Frolic! (Not About World Peace)

Saturday, September 19, 2009      11 comments

It's been sunny but getting chilly and over the past couple of weeks I've been shifting the pastel/flowery/sleeveless summer cottons and linens out of my closet, slowly moving the fall stuff in. One last wearing for the tan cotton suit -- bye b... Read more

Charlie Care

Friday, September 11, 2009      9 comments

Charlie (my golden retriever) was pretty muddy this morning. He had been for a long walk with our son yesterday, with a swim, and although completely dried off his long, magnificent coat was tangled and matted a little, especially on his chest ... Read more

Stuff I Love or At Least Really Really Like

Saturday, September 05, 2009      10 comments

1. Husband -- 30 years later, what I still know for sure is that the smartest, luckiest thing I ever did was marrying Mike. 2. Kids -- works in progress (as all we are) but both terrific human beings who make me proud. And of course num... Read more


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