Category Archives: Life stories

On Canada Day, why I love Canada

July 1 is Canada Day – every year.  It’s the birthday of Confederation, the date in 1867 on which Canada ceased to be a British colony and become a country in its own right.  On July 1, 1867 this new … Continue reading

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For quilt-lovers: quilting season finale

For some reason, quilting feels like a fall-winter activity to me.  Well, plus early spring, which in our neck of the woods is really the tail-end of winter, often lasting until mid-May. Fortunately, I finished the last components of my … Continue reading

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February’s going to be Decluttering Challenge month at our house. Care to give it a try?!

I know, this title doesn’t sound like me, does it?  Even those of you who only know me through my blog posts wouldn’t be expecting a post about decluttering, would you?  But, what the heck.  A post a fellow blogger … Continue reading

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Today is for Introverts. Finally.

This was the header of a promo email I received the other day: ‘Today is for Introverts. Finally.’  As the member of a family that includes many proud introverts (including me), I couldn’t help but be intrigued.  It turns out … Continue reading

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Keeping track of what’s really important in life

I was one of the lucky ones.  I ended up in a job I truly loved, through serendipity one might say.  I worked hard, including many/most evenings and weekends, because there was always more than enough to do to keep … Continue reading

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Being thankful in Rome … virtually

I did it! This Canadian Thanksgiving weekend I completed the Conqueror Challenge called St. Francis Way, virtually travelling from Florence to Rome.  I last posted about this personal quest in March, so it’s taken me quite a while, but it’s … Continue reading

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Visiting grandma and grandpa

Like so many other seniors who haven’t seen their kids or grandkids since the pandemic started so long ago, we are living the dream of having visits from our families this summer.  Face to face instead of screen to screen.  … Continue reading

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Family: parenting versus grandparenting

We’ve had a big milestone in our house this week.  We’ve been parents for 50 years now.  Yes, that’s right, our first born turned the big 5-0. When you think about it, it’s a little surprising that there are no … Continue reading

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