2020 – Year of Vision

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Did you get out and party on New Year’s Eve? The age-appropriate activities and shenanigans I’ve enjoyed over the years have evolved with the passing of time and I was reminiscing recently about my favorite decade for these celebrations. In my 20’s I was working my way through college by bar-tending so I mainly worked on NYE which actually wasn’t all that bad. I mean you get all the party thrills and merrymaking without the expense of venue tickets and booze cause we all ended up drinking on the owner’s dime. Also, if anyone out there has ever worked in the industry, you know exactly what kind of ‘party favors’ were doing the rounds so whether you were working or…

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Ho Ho Ho!

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Another December is upon us and I am baking up a mountain of cookies for the holidays. Everybody has their favorite and I do my best to make enough for the family and our friends. I have been making the same core selection for several years now so I am pretty confident about technique and yield. Or am I? …this year, I adopted a friend’s brilliant cookie baking idea where she prepares all the cookie dough on one day and then bakes everything the next or an alternate day. This eliminates raw ingredients spilling on fresh baked goods, all the space needed for prepping and cooling cookies simultaneously and it actually speeds the process of making dough by just mixing…

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November Nostalgia

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I think I was 10 when I started watching the Donny and Marie show and I thought they were so funny and talented and Marie was so ah-mah-zing and Donny was….eeeww boys! So, this month I get to see them live as they are ending their 11 year run in Vegas at the end of November.  I am taking my girls and have been making them watch You Tube re-runs of their 70’s variety show by way of an introduction.  Incredibly, they can still engage this generation with their corny comedy and covers of current pop music.  What I remember most about this duo and what I suspect keeps them so entertaining, is their chemistry.  They always seemed to me…

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Halloween Howdy!

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Oh yeah baby…it’s that time of year again. The other day, my kids and I were recalling some of the fun costumes they have worn over the years and then just for kicks, I tried to remember what get-ups I had cobbled together as an enthusiastic but poorly organised youth. I was surprised to find that my creative endeavors were anything but! I am embarrassed to admit I deferred to the ‘hobo/home-less’ person option on more than one occasion. Now before you all lose your s**t crying, ‘cultural appropriation!’ let me explain that my obvious socio-economic insensitivity was clearly a result of my generation being less-enlightened about political correctness… or not, here’s a thought, maybe I didn’t think anything of…

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Simply September

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*** News Flash – I’m having a Hot Flash *** Super fun… And this is the latest in a long line of recent developments in my life. I understand I am going through ‘the change’ so some new and stupefying things are plaguing my already less than desirable aging process. I refer of course to the extreme highs and lows of my internal temperature settings. You know when you have an LED light bulb that is starting to go (side note: I thought these things were supposed to last 25 years ?!) and you can watch it warm up and get brighter and more intense. That’s what I feel like – inside my body. At first, I just thought I…

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Sizzle in Summer!

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Is it my imagination or did there used to be old train locomotives that featured in several public playgrounds across the province.  They seem to have disappeared from the inventory of suitable play items.  As my kids have grown, I have noticed that playgrounds have become a hotbed of safety concerns.  I don’t know why…generations of kids managed to live through metal monkey bars, seesaws, those nutty, vomit-inducing merry-go-round rides and a host of other hard, unforgiving, sun-scorched surfaces for the sake of good fun.  I will admit some of the new play-structures are incredibly exciting looking.  But if a spider web of bouncy rubber is less dangerous than a metal grid of aluminum pipe, I call foul, you can still…

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Berry July!

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When the kids were little, one of the first official events of the summer was to go strawberry picking. We tried many different farms and finally settled on the Bob Featherstone berry patch in Richmond mainly because when I asked if it was OK if the kids came in to pick and whether it was also OK if they ate a few while picking, the owners remarked, ‘well how can you pick these beautiful, delicious strawberries and NOT try a few?’ This sentiment was not shared by all the farmers let me tell you. Anyway, this family has had our business ever since and we only need a happy hour or so to gather enough pails to enjoy fresh strawberry…

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June Too Soon!

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It’s that time of year again when we must batten down the hatches and prepare for summer and the onslaught of free time and how to fill it. Not for me of course but for the young’uns. And seriously, who am I kidding, they are perfectly willing to sleep til noon, roll out of bed onto the couch and remain clicking through endless memes and Youtube videos for the better part of an afternoon. Ah the blissful days of youth. I too have many great memories of summer days spent roaming through the neighbourhoods with a back pack full of snacks and no plans. Calling in at a friend’s house and checking their fridge for better snacks and loitering around…

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