• Family
  • Friday, May 26, 2017

    “There is no pleasure in having nothing to do; the fun is having lots to do and not doing it.” ~ Andrew Jackson I am Skyping with my granddaughter; she is quizzing me from a list questions she compiled. (Really, what did grandmothers do before telephones and Skype when their grandchildren lived far away? I shudder […]

  • Fun
  • Saturday, May 6, 2017

    “It is frightfully difficult to know much about the fairies, and almost the only thing for certain is that there are fairies wherever there are children.” ~ J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens These tiny wild flowers, each blossom a half-inch in length at best, look like lanterns in a fairy garden, don’t you […]

  • Fun
  • Saturday, April 8, 2017

    “I have reached an age when, if someone tells me to wear socks, I don’t have to.” ~ Albert Einstein One of the great gifts aging gave me a number of years ago was an acceptance–a celebration even!–of the woman I am and a letting go of a desire to conform. The other day when […]

  • Fun
  • Ice Balls

    A few years ago, when we were still living in the Pacific Northwest, I saw this cool idea somewhere. Fill balloons with coloured water, freeze them, and place the resulting coloured orbs of ice along a snowy sidewalk. I thought it was such a neat idea and tucked it away in the back of my […]

  • 1930s
  • Grasshopper Lessons

    It seems like almost every day there is some story, some photograph, or some other supposed truth circulating on social media that seems hard to believe. Yet many of these things go viral and intelligent people end up believing the stories to be true.  A by-product of the twenty-first century and the lightening-fast speed with which we […]

  • Fun
  • The Unfamiliar Becoming Familiar Again

    It’s been a banner day today. After three trips to the insurance broker I finally have BC insurance and plates on my car. Cha-ching! (We insured two vehicles in Washington for the cost of one vehicle here in BC, but that’s a story for another day.) It only took two trips to Service BC to get […]

  • A "Grand" Life!
  • Time Out

    Gerry and I have been on vacation for the past eight days. We traveled back to Canada at the beginning of our time off to spend some time with kids and one special granddaughter. Good company, good weather, and great food: my son is an awesome cook and feeds us well when we visit. On our […]

  • A "Grand" Life!
  • MIA

    Well, I’m not really missing in action but I’ve fallen off of my regular posting schedule due to two things: my trip to Cleveland to present at the American Adoption Congress conference and, after being home only two days, a trip to the happiest place on earth for me, to visit my grandchildren. I’ll resume […]