In these times of heightened concerns about scams and identity theft, I would like to know who’s brilliant (read this with a sarcastic tone) idea it was to take my name and address and print it over and over again on ugly personal labels in an attempt to entice me to donate to a cause. … Continue reading How Dare You Use My Personal Info
I'm asking. Do I? Do I really look like someone who needs advice? I must because I seem to get a disproportionate amount of free advice from people. Maybe it is because I appear younger than I am. Or at least I used to. I was a late bloomer who, for years, looked younger than … Continue reading Do I look Like I Need Advice?
It sounds idyllic doesn't it? Moving out of the city or even out of the suburbs to the country where nature surrounds you, where the grey of cement is replaced by the green of trees and the sounds of birds are more prevalent than the sounds of vehicles. It is idyllic, it really is for … Continue reading Don’t Move To The Countryside If…
Please don't be one of those people who, somewhere between the age of 80 and 90, look at themselves and say: I never thought I would get this way. What did you think was going to happen? Why would you think you are different from everyone else? Everyone alive eventually gets that way. Everyone alive … Continue reading Please Don’t Be One Of Those People
Those of us who live on the east coast are used to the wind. We get plenty of it. Sometimes blowing in off the ocean in the form of tropical storms and the occasional hurricane, toppling trees or just taking their tops off. Sometimes coming from the other direction as infamous Nor'Easters that can bring … Continue reading Where’s That Damn Wind When You Need It?
Photo Jenn Stone. If you think an extended period at home results in me having a cleaner house, think again. Oh I know people who are scrubbing walls and taking this time to do a regular old-fashioned spring cleaning, but I am not one of them. This is something I have relegated to the past, … Continue reading The Fine Art Of Pandemic Housecleaning Procrastination
Photo by Jenn Stone Twice a year, in the fall, usually in October, and in the spring, usually in April, my sinuses decide to prove to me that they can make my life miserable. They get congested and drip down my throat, resulting in a constant thickness that can make my voice sound like it … Continue reading Sinuses? …Or That Other Thing?
Photo by Jude Beck on Unsplash It's February. The month when couples have fourteen days to try to find the perfect way to express their undying love for each other. I guarantee most people will still be figuring it out on the 13th. If nothing else, they will buy a card. Who's idea was all … Continue reading Skip The Card… Buy The Wine
Photo: Jenn Stone. Before takeout became so convenient and easy; and before takeout containers started to pile up in landfills and destroy the planet, people cooked weekday dinners. They had no choice. There wasn't takeout joints on every corner or Uber Eats to bring food straight to our door. Pizza was one of the … Continue reading The Lost Art Of Cooking Weekday Dinners
Photo by Cristina Zaragoza on Unsplash. Is this Narcissistic? A question I ask myself every time I publish a blog post. Every time I throw my thoughts and feelings out into the world for others to read and occasionally comment on. At the rate of one post per week for the past while, I have … Continue reading Is This Narcissistic?
Photo by Egor Lyfar on Unsplash Now that we have passed Black Friday and Cyber Monday, do you still believe that Christmas is for kids? Have you looked at a flyer lately? Say your favourite big-box hardware or electronics store, or home decor outlet. How about your inbox or social media feeds? Christmas is not … Continue reading Who Is Christmas Really For?
Photo by Nicole Geri on Unsplash. When I was in my early teens, my oldest brother gave me a wall banner that said, I think I'm allergic to morning. The words above a picture of Snoopy on top of his doghouse trying to wake up. Snoopy was tired, with heavy eyelids. He looked grumpy and … Continue reading I Am Not Lazy… I Am Retired!
Photo by Lucien Kolly on Unsplash. You can't imagine how thrilled I was to see the turnout and international response to Greta Thunberg's Climate Change Strike. What an amazing young lady. I only wish I had had that much confidence at 16 years of age. I don't think I have that much confidence now, at … Continue reading Consumers Need To Take More Responsibility For Climate Change
With September came rain and relief after weeks of dry weather. I always feel relief when the rain arrives. I am very conscious of how dry this summer was and how low the water tables dropped. I can see it in the lake, which is down several feet, causing rocks that are normally submerged to … Continue reading Water Conscious
A few months ago we had to buy a new clothes dryer. Our old almond-coloured one had resided in our house longer than we had. By April of this year, it had reached the ripe old age of thirty-two. It was one of those well-trusted, generic department-store brands that just about every family owned when … Continue reading The Diva In My Laundry Room