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March Memories

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Well, here we are a year later from the month things went decidedly different. I think the general consensus is ‘Isn’t it over yet?’ but unfortunately, we are at the mercy of the virus, the medical experts and the powers that be… (sigh) So, my latest unproductive, time-sucking obsession has been watching endless compilations of 70’s and 80’s TV commercials. (I know…sorry) There exists an unbelievably comprehensive data bank out there with volumes and volumes of advertising collections; Christmas, kid’s toys, cereal, cleaning products, cars, K-Tel … Anyway, the biggest take-away is that they were mainly very badly lit and they all came with ‘jingles’. Pardon me, but when did those little songs go out of fashion? I was so…

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Covid Romance – Part II

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Hello, Hello, Hello ! I love candy. But mainly, I – LOVE – sour candies. I like the squishy ones, the crunchy ones the ones shaped like tablets, the ones that look like lemons or watermelon slices, anything covered in that mouth-puckering, zingy, sprinkly, citric-acid-y, powder and ALL ‘sour’ version of jelly bellies, gummy bears, jujubes and/or licorice. Favorite brands include; SweeTART in Extreme Sour Chewy and Original, Lovehearts, Sour Patch Kids, classic ‘Sours’, Tart’n’Tinys, Lotsa Fizz, and Sour Warheads. Oh – so – delicious…mmmmmm Ultimately though, I am an equal opportunity dessert-a-holic, I generally won’t say no to any flavour of cookie, piece of cake, chocolate or syrup-slicked slice of baked-good at any time of day or night. Interestingly,…

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December Dreamin’

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Oh my gosh, what a year we have had, where should I start?! Of course it must be said what a treasure the time spent at our vacation home in the Maldives has been…what with the crazy schedule we have had to keep up with, school at home and rolling out of bed mere minutes before the Zoom class is about to start, my goodness we have had some close calls maintaining our perfect attendance! And all the canceled soccer practices and games has had us dragging our feet with exhaustion. Alex is a trouper though, putting on her uniform every weekend to watch TV, I am so proud of her dedication and boundless energy to keep pushing through the…

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Not Normal November.

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Nothing about this year has been typical amiright?! And in keeping with this ‘theme’, I decided to get things rolling early in the way of Christmas preparations. Basically from the moment the last Halloween decoration was packed up (November 1), we started hanging snowflakes, light strings and ‘swagging’ every surface and doorway with the broken pine boughs I pilfer from the park when I am out and about (don’t worry, I only take the ones that are already on the ground and yes, I am only in the park to scavenge for free evergreens). I finished putting up the exterior lights last weekend and so far one of two indoor trees is erected and awaiting the final touches of either…

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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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