Photo: iStock. Anyone who was born in December knows that December Birthdays often get usurped by the BIG HOLIDAY. Like the time when I was turning sixteen and had to spend the entire day helping my mother clean the kitchen cupboards because those cupboards just had to be cleaned before Christmas. Or the time that … Continue reading Closing Out December Birthday Season
Time continues to fly by at a pace that astounds me. I first started writing while in my forties, dabbling with children's literature that I created with JT in mind. Sending him and our dog Freckles on far-fetched adventures. That was before I realized that I shouldn't write for a market that I couldn't relate … Continue reading Writer’s Block
After watching senior members of my family age without a plan, I keep swearing that I will have a plan. I have good intentions. This plan of mine has three separate facets: 1. future living arrangements, 2. my physical health, and 3. becoming more socially active, which is necessary for my mental health. These have … Continue reading A Home For Aging Introverts
Now I have been using personal computers since the 80's, and I consider myself a reasonably intelligent woman. I have also been recognizing and trashing phishing emails for at least 15 years. At least. Emails that look like they come from banks, some from banks that aren't my bank. Those ones are obvious. And emails … Continue reading Holy Crap, I Was Almost Scammed!
Three hours of chopping, cooking and processing, plus enough dirty dishes to fill the dishwasher, has left me with three, not very large jars, of salsa and a deep appreciation of the many women who have come before me. These would be our great grandmothers and all the pioneer women before them. I just can't … Continue reading I Would Never Have Survived As A Pioneer Woman
Photo by Sam Carter on Unsplash. A couple of weeks ago I attended a very lovely wedding wearing a twenty-year-old dress. A dress I also thought was very lovely and had last worn at a wedding in 1999. It still fit, just not the same way it fit twenty years ago. In 1999, it hung … Continue reading Now Is A Good Time Not To Be A Fashion Sheep
Photo credit: iStock With another Federal Election looming large here in Canada, I can't help but worry about the complacency that exists in North American countries when it comes to voting. None of us ever thought that an out-of-control narcissist / bully / chauvinist / wannabe dictator could become President of the United States. The … Continue reading Do we want another out-of-control narcissist / bully / chauvinist / wannabe dictator in charge?
The sound of generators fills the air as we push the kayaks into the calm lake. It has been a few days since Hurricane Dorian made landfall in Nova Scotia, and the power is still out in our neighbourhood. It has been off long enough for the cold packs in our cooler to warm up … Continue reading Aftermath
I have them all fooled, you know. All those people who think I work hard at my garden. They go on about my work and I let them because, why not, I have an ego and they are stroking it. But I don't work hard in my garden. I don't like to work hard. Mother … Continue reading There Are 15 Billion Weeds In My Garden
There was a pain in my neck. Some people would consider this karma since I have been a pain in the neck to many in my lifetime. But I don't believe in karma, so I had to attribute it to poor posture, a tight shoulder muscle and the constant stabbing sensation that was residing in … Continue reading Wimpy Bitch Gets Fit
Last week The Doc and I spent several days in Nanny and Grandpa mode. This is what happens when our granddaughters come to visit. Especially when they come to visit without their parents. Parents can put a real damper on Nanny and Grandpa mode because kids act totally different when their parents are around. There … Continue reading Nanny Mode – Lessons from Grandma T
Although screaming and trying to understand what was happening, none of us were born bitchy. Or should I say none of us women were born bitchy because, as we all know, bitchy is a term used to describe females. I could go on about this, but this is ancient history and I refuse to beat … Continue reading Let’s redefine bitchy, shall we…