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Election 2020

Four years ago, I wrote about how I was spending an embarrassing amount of time watching news about the American Presidential election. I have apparently made very little progress in my life as now four years later I am doing the same thing. Last time they had an election in the States, the host of one of Toronto’s big parties ordered dozens of cupcakes with custom sugar toppers, half with...

Icing: eat it with a spoon

For a full year from around August 2009 to the fall of 2010, I made a lot of cupcakes and a lot of icing. I’d go to the store and buy 4 pounds of butter at a time because good icing needs a lot of butter. I also bought a lot of cookbooks because although I had baked cupcakes and made icings for years, it is one thing to whip up a batch for family and friends, and another to sell them. Creating...

Pandemic Progress

I haven’t thought about back-to-school for elementary and secondary students for awhile. Rebecca, our youngest child, graduated from Grade 12 in 2016 . Here’s a post from 2014 in which I mention the four of them   But this year, the Year of the Pandemic, back-to-school for children and teenagers is on all of our minds…another example of the many unusual side effects of a pandemic. Another...

The Power of Small

Early on in the pandemic, I listened to a podcast that asked, When this is all over, what do you want to have accomplished? I’m always up for a good self-development challenge, so I made a list of what I wanted to achieve in the pandemic: Keep my business afloat Eat more fruits and veggies Get a good start on the book I want to write about starting and running a business In making my little list...

Half Baked Harvest

One of many unexpected joys in the pandemic has been finding a few new bloggers, perhaps the best of which has been Tieghan Gerard of Half Baked Harvest. Her Sunday emails of her 9 favorite things from the week before, has been a bright spot in many a pandemic Sunday when Andrew and I have been doing our best to create a weekend out of air. I found Tieghan when I read about her 2nd cookbook...

#BS #teamevents

I’ve attended, mostly unwillingly, a vast array of team building exercises, events and rituals. So has Andrew and Marilyn and every other employee on the planet. The evening sleigh ride event when I was the bank, Andrew’s afternoon of horseback riding in the Rockies, and Marilyn’s recent team painting class come to mind as just a few examples. Do you know what I remember about that sleigh ride...

I Can See Clearly Now

Until this year, I’ve spent my life taking my eyes for granted. In my thirties I had laser surgery to go from Coke-bottle glasses to no glasses. I had both eyes done at the same time. After promising the receptionist that I was on my way home to rest, I returned to the office and watched with amazement as I saw further and further into the Prairie vista as the day went on. (That was in the...

The Truman Show

The Truman Show was a 1998 movie starring Jim Carrey who plays Truman Burbank, an ordinary happy guy who grew up living an ordinary life until he discovers he has been on tv his whole life with everyone else populated by actors for a television show about him. In the last  week or so, I feel a little like Truman. In the pandemic’s early weeks and months, we all were at home making DIY cat toys...

Using my words

A patient parent with a toddler rolling around on the floor, screaming for ice cream, will sometimes say, “Use your words, sweetie”. I am usually pretty good with words and there is much I want to tell you – but I feel like that toddler right now. Last Wednesday, I had a Zoom call with the whole PGB team and shared the news that we would not be re-opening in Markham, in the...

Bread Baskets

One thing I miss right now is bread baskets. Yes, I do have one in my cupboard somewhere and I could pull it out, line it with a napkin, and stick bread in there. Put it on the table at dinner. I could even put in good bread, there are some good bread bakeries open here in Toronto. That’s not my point. What’s missing is the element of surprise and delight that a breadbasket holds, I see now. Like...

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