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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Love a Dub Dub!

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Remember those old time Valentine card craft books? You had to cut your own cards out and then paste together the envelopes. They had cute drawings with awful love puns and no matter how careful I was, they always turned out crooked, torn and sort of pathetic looking. And remember when you used to be able to bring cards only for the people you liked! I guess some time in the 80’s ‘they’ started making you bring cards for everyone so no one would feel left out. You may think it was cruel for some kids to over-look other kids and deny them the fun of receiving badly crafted art but I say maybe it was a character building lesson…

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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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