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Footloose

Footloose

While the cold dark rain of this past October socked into Manitoba, our annoying friends were sending us pictures of their hiking and cycling adventures in sunny Arizona. Pictures of painted toe nails foreshadowed by a campground swimming pool contrasted with my aching joints. At a Halloween party, Mary Poppins herself said “we’re going next […]

My Mother’s Journal of the West Coast Trail circa late 1970’s

My Mother’s Journal of the West Coast Trail circa late 1970’s

I found a treasure yesterday. My Mother’s ashes are on the West Coast Trail, because I knew she’d hiked the trail not long before her death and loved it.  Ray was paging through a book yesterday and out fell a collection of small notes. Turns out it is an incomplete, and rather inaccurate journal that […]

Global Climate Strike

Global Climate Strike

When I heard about it, I knew I had to be there. An earnest young man at the Harvest Moon Festival last weekend handed me a tiny flyer and said, “we need old people to support us. Please come.”  We old people have not been good stewards of our planet. This kid was right, the […]

Wellness Check

Wellness Check

Woke up this morning in a cottage in the rain forest. True to its reputation, its pouring rain outside and the room has cooled overnight. I got up in the dark to re-start the fire in the wood stove. Marshmallow, my beloved grand dog who’s been snoring quietly on the couch beside me all night […]

Winnipeg Folk Fest 2019

Winnipeg Folk Fest 2019

Before my busy life moves onto the next thing, I must reflect on the zen I’ve come home with from another successful Folk Fest weekend. Despite intense heat, late nights and blue biffies, I’ve arrived feeling refreshed, recharged and optimistic. The music, the main event obviously was as usual exciting and fabulous. When Toubab Krewe, […]

Love it or List it Victoria – Chapter 2

Love it or List it Victoria – Chapter 2

Like an obligation we needed to see through to its end, we arrived last fall for our “Love it or List” it year in Victoria. Visions of expensive and irretrievable renovations to our Pinawa home were in our minds. The profit from this condo will go a long way. We would persevere a full winter […]

Basic Kayaking Certification

Basic Kayaking Certification

After years of paddling my kayak in the Winnipeg River and Pinawa Channel, sometimes alone I have finally learned how to do it. It has occasionally occurred to me when I’m out in our beautiful Manitoba wilderness in my little plastic kayak that maybe I should learn some basic skills. Ray and I discovered the […]

Beautiful Bellas

Beautiful Bellas

Caio Bellas, the email began. I’ve been invited to a gathering of fine friends and food here in Victoria. I met Sheena on the street, our little dogs stopped to sniff each other. The connection around the table of beautiful bellas rings familiar with my own, chance meetings in the park, a bed and breakfast […]

New Subscriber List – Update

New Subscriber List – Update

After finding and configuring a new subscriber service, importing all of you into it and configuring it or days, the first live test was a dismal failure. I don’t know which of you got an email and who didn’t, but Ray didn’t. The server balked at having to do some extra work. I’ve gone back […]

Downsizing Christmas

Downsizing Christmas

Year two of our downsizing experiment. Can Donna and Ray move (happily) from a 1300 sq.ft. home with a double garage and large yard into an 850 sq. ft. condo? My environmental brain sure wants to. Our energy bill for this month will be about $40. We have a walk score of 80 here. We […]

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