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A Different Kind of Church Service
Saturday, June 08, 2013      5 comments

This afternoon I went to Orillia (about 1 1/4 hours north of us) with our priest, Dana, and her husband Stewart to attend Fam-Jam at St. David's Anglican Church. Fam-Jam is a 2-hour service combining an opportunity for young people in the commu... Read more
Trying a New Tactic
Wednesday, June 05, 2013      7 comments

I've been reading Pixie-Licious's blogs for a while now, and have decided to try her tactic of counting the days I stay on track... streaking. I need to try something new, because I've really lost my Spark. It isn't the program that's at... Read more
When a Garden Perennial Becomes a Perennial Nuisance!
Tuesday, June 04, 2013      6 comments

Why can't plants stay where I put them??? I spent 3 hours in the garden so far today (taking a supper break now), and most of the time I was pulling out plants that keep spreading and spreading. The shasta daisy wants to grow where I put the So... Read more
Iris... the story I promised "for another day"
Sunday, June 02, 2013      10 comments

Picture a frail, stooped woman leaning on her cane. Her hair is reddish blonde, perhaps close to the shade it was when she was young. She is in her mid-80's, and a stroke a few years ago has taken most of her speech and slowed her gait. ... Read more
What is happening to the young people in our town?
Saturday, June 01, 2013      10 comments

Our town has a population of 11,500 people, and the whole township (including a large aricultural area) has a total poplation of less than 20,000. The town was founded about 200 years ago, with a mill on the local creek. For a while passenger ... Read more
11 Years
Saturday, May 18, 2013      8 comments

Today is my 11th wedding anniversary. Although Peter and I are sometimes considered the "Odd Couple", I can honestly say our marriage gets better, and stronger, each year. Last year we celebrated our 10th anniversary by renewing our weddin... Read more
When is a lawn not a lawn?
Tuesday, May 14, 2013      9 comments

When there are more weeds than grass. I swear we have one of the worst lawns on the street! We live on a corner, and part of the problem, at least, is that the topsoil was probably very thin. Back yard, inside the fence, is a little bit bette... Read more
Telling Myself it's Just A Number
Monday, May 06, 2013      11 comments

Which looks better - size 12 pants with a muffin top, or size 14 with a baggy seat? That seems to be my choice for the spring. I've been getting out my summer clothes and putting away winter things. I've been watching "What Not to Wear" s... Read more
Garden Mysteries
Thursday, May 02, 2013      7 comments

My back has requested that I take a couple of ibuprofen and give it a little rest, so it seems like a good time to write about my garden mysteries. I must admit that I'm not a very organized person. I have a garden journal... but it isn'... Read more
Garden Mums
Tuesday, April 30, 2013      7 comments

Hi everyone - I have a question for my gardening friends. Several years ago, I planted some garden mums along the side of our house, alternating them with some hostas and some clematis that are growing on vines against the garage and garden she... Read more
Family Games Night at Church
Friday, April 19, 2013      6 comments

Remember when going to church was "the thing to do"? Most people of a certain age, whether or not they attend church now, will remember going as a child. Stores weren't open on Sundays and children didn't play organized sports on Sundays. Not... Read more
Remembering Rita MacNeil
Thursday, April 18, 2013      7 comments

I first saw Rita MacNeil in concert at Ontario Place back in the late 80's... remember when you sat on bences or on the grass around the rotating stage? She was in the early part of her career then, and performed mostly in her bare feet. ... Read more
Washington Trip
Wednesday, April 17, 2013      11 comments

I had never been to Washington DC, although my son lived there for about 9 months many years ago. When we saw the ad for a 5-day trip to the Cherry Blossom Parade, it seemed like a good chance to see the city while "testing" to see whether we w... Read more
"Off Days" are fewer and farther between
Tuesday, April 09, 2013      11 comments

Last week I had a cold. I spent the week-end helping my daughter and son-in-law get ready to move. Yesterday I met a friend in Toronto for lunch at the Mandarin. As you can probably guess, I ate too much and didn't exercise enough. But... th... Read more
Very Mixed Feelings
Friday, April 05, 2013      9 comments

My eldest daughter (my first baby) and her family are moving to Calgary at the end of May. It's a wonderful promotion for DD, and I'm happy and proud of her, but am so sorry to see them move so far away. We live 2-3 hours apart now and don't ... Read more

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