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Vintage recipes

Andrew’s Mom, Shirley, passed away a couple of weeks ago, so it has been a sad time, as well as a time to share memories about her. In the course of spending time with family, my sister in law gave me Shirley’s recipe collection, a box stuffed with clippings and hand-written recipes. I love old recipes – they always make me wonder about all the stories behind them- and so I...

Yearend Ramblings

This post – likely my last for the year – will be a mish-mash of thoughts I’ve had: (1) If you can’t see the impact of what you are doing, your efforts will diminish. Since the late summer I haven’t been able to see the trends in who reads my posts, or the number of people who do. The analytics are definitely there, they are just “somewhere new” that I...

Great! It’s not snowing!

I’m working at home today and the view from my window is of a very rainy Wednesday in Toronto. I need a yellow raincoat like that! I chuckled last night when the news described what was coming today as a “severe fall storm”. It’s rain, people! A severe storm is when you can’t see the fence for the blowing snow, the drifts on the road need to be plowed out by the...

Falling close to the tree

There are pros and cons to being the youngest child in a large family. The biggest advantage is that by the time you come along, your parents have basically had enough of the discipline thing. My oldest brother is fond of saying that we were raised by two different sets of parents, and based on stories of the strict rules John had to follow, I’d have to agree. Princess Jeannie? Oh yeah! The...

Turkey dinner culture

On Sunday we had all four kids for turkey dinner and a testament to their appetites were the minimal leftovers from a 19 pound bird.  We also got our 3rd annual Andrew-special family-photo-on-a-timer…. On the topic of turkey dinners, Tom, our eldest and an electrician in Calgary, was treated to a “fantastic” one last Thursday. Shaw Court, a good-sized building in downtown...

The Flintstones, Meet the Flintstones…

I’ve never been very attached to television. Growing up with four siblings, we had one tv and one phone, so access to both devices was limited and as well, Saskatoon had two channels: 3 and 8. I don’t know what happened to Channels 1, 2 and 4 through 7 but they never made it to our house. This of course was well before cable tv. The one show I watched a lot was the Flintstones, only...

Millennials

Last week Andrew and I made a quick trip to Calgary to see our sons, Tom and Ted, ages 21 and 19. They left Saturday with their dad for two weeks in Spain so I wanted to see them before their trip.  We also have David and Rebecca, ages 21 and 16. The  four  of them are each very different from each other  and although I know they are a small subset of the population, I also have the benefit of...

24 Hour Rule

I don’t know why I am even writing about something as obvious as the 24 hour rule because chances are extremely high every reader of this blog knows about the 24 hour rule. Oh yeah, I know why! Because we all know this rule and without exception fail to follow it at least once a year. The 24 hour rule is deceptively simple: when mad and upset, don’t email, don’t call...

Expectations

Andrew and I will be celebrating our 5th wedding anniversary in July and for the past few months I’ve been thinking how great it would be to celebrate the occasion with all four of the children. In one place. But as I  write this, Tom (20) is a 2nd year electrical apprentice in Calgary, David (20) is in 2nd year architecture in McGill, Ted (19) is in 2nd year Business in Acadia, and Rebecca...

No diplomatic hand grenades

One way or another, every mistake I have ever made has been related to: (1) not listening to my intuition, (2) rushing to make a decision, or (3) avoiding a difficult conversation. The last point  includes “not letting people go, who should be let go” – and more on that huge topic in the next post. Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most by Douglas Stone, Bruce...

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