This is Halloween!

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Trick or Treat, Smell my Feet, Over the years, we (my family and I) have tried to visit every pumpkin patch in the lower mainland. And there are many! We have headed out to different locations in Pitt Meadows, Langley and Aldergrove, Chilliwack, Ladner, Richmond and Southlands. They were all appropriately decorated and offered various distractions from corn mazes and ‘haunted’ forest walks to hayrides and animal petting corrals plus we always came away with some cute pictures and an impressive assortment of pumpkins for carving. If I am honest though, in recent years, we ended up just heading to the Superstore pumpkin patch because unfortunately, the over-arching commonality with all these festively, frightening farms, is the mud – so…

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Are We Back?

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Back to school…sort of. I gotta hand it to the VSB pulling this new iteration of school out of their butts after a summer of vacation. I am just thrilled that my kids understand the cryptic schedules they have been given because they are devoid of the most basic information you think a student would need in order to get to school on time. I still don’t know how you figure out what time you need to actually be at school. One daughter has classes in blocks three and four listed on her timetable but I think there are only two blocks a day; morning and afternoon so how that works is a mystery to me. Anyway, after this crazy…

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Say Cheese!

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Here’s a little earworm for you. You’re welcome. If you’re coughing and you know it, hold the phone If you’re sickly and you know it, rest alone If you’re aching and your shaking, and your head is close to baking Then you prob’ly got the Covid, Stay at Home! Think it will catch on in Kindergarten classes this Fall? Just remember, ya heard it here first folks! Yes, I am still coming to you live from semi-quarantine. I wrote that little ditty during one of many 10 minute ‘breaks’ from work. It is weird (for me) sitting in front of the computer all day. While it’s true my job is pretty evenly divided between ‘field work’ and paperwork, these days…

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Is It Summer Yet?

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Here’s a fun fact about me. I talk about the weather a lot. Yes, I do. Lately it has come to my attention that I actually notice, consider and discuss the weather an excessive amount of time. I check the forecast daily and throughout the day (as if the actual conditions I am standing in aren’t accurate enough), I look up the temperatures in other parts of the world, I even study the historical record to compare the current climate to dates in the past. As Vancouverites, we all seem to prattle on about the weather and I wonder sometimes if people in other places in the world discuss the vagaries of sunshine and showers like we do here. I…

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A Covid Romance!

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How do I love thee, let me count the ways; 1. Netflix 2. Instagram 3. You Tube 4. Pinterest 5. Disney Plus 6. Gem TV…. OK, we all know that I am not normally a fan of social media or technology in general but I am here today to confess that; I am an i-pad junkie. It started innocently enough. I got one of those portable tablets to access MLS when I was on the road because, I just can’t read anything on my phone anymore due to my geriatric eye-sight. Then one fateful day at a client’s home I was reminded about the Pinterest app while looking for a unique way to stage an awkward corner in their home…

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Maybe May?

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So, here we are, still keeping a safe distance from everyone and hoping life will return to normal one day in the not to distant future. I must say, once I got over the initial adjustment to having the kids home – always and then figuring out the stupid ‘video conference’ platform for the 200% increase in sales meetings that my office has opted to torture us with, I have now comfortably settled into this brave new world where I have the time now to appreciate the incredibly fascinating anthropological case study that is currently unfolding right before our eyes. Think about it, we all proclaim to be individuals and each of our experiences is unique and special and worthy…

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Out Like a Bomb!

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I bet you didn’t think when we moved the clocks forward a couple weeks ago that we’d be entering the Twilight Zone! Just a few short weeks since my last newsletter and life has changed quite dramatically in that time. First and foremost, I hope you are all well, healthy and have enough soap. Second, I figure you are all pretty much saturated with the news reports and the daily restrictions imposed on life and work not to mention the sobering reality that school is now officially a fond memory with Spring Break over and the kids still fast asleep in their beds at… noon! All I can say regarding the promise of on-line school is…HURRY UP! But, this newsletter…

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In Like a Lion!

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What a month already! I was getting ready to tell you all about my daughter’s imminent school trip to France and how I did the same trip when I was her age and how it was a transformative experience and then find some humorous way to tie the two events together but the Vancouver School Board, in their wisdom and probably liability concern has cancelled all school trips abroad until further notice due, of course, to the Covid-19 virus. Needless to say there is thoroughly warranted disappointment and in this case, compounded by teen angst so one hundred-fold more devastating – alas! We are hopeful the trip can be re-scheduled. Because for my part, I have been re-living my France…

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