Hearts of Paper—Getting Crafty for Valentine’s Day

Memories of childhood in February: cutting out Valentine’s cards or paper hearts; creating fancy envelopes with many folds and much glue; choosing candy hearts with sentiments like “B Mine”; decorating boxes during art class to collect treasured Valentines. To this day, Valentine’s triggers my urge to make handmade sentiments. Last year I crocheted heart-shaped banners,…

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A Memorable Hotel Stay in the Heart of Kamloops

Hubby’s new job entails travel here and there across the province. When possible, I tag along. Depending on how far we travel out of town, we might need to stay overnight in a hotel or motel. Since I actually enjoy online research, I hunt for budget-friendly accommodations with decent reviews, either through Expedia or Trip…

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Let There Be Lights in the Darkest of Nights

December and January—two months of darkness in my part of the world. Lights on display add colour and sparkle through the long, dark wintry nights. Deck the halls, the walls, the decks, the roofs! String bulbs, festoon with garlands, glitter and gloss! Celebrate a season of light through the darkest of nights. That was the…

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Baking Gingerbread: A Feast for the Eyes

Baking is certainly not my passion. I do it, on occasion, just to savour the aroma and taste of homemade bread, for example. If I have lots of fruit on hand I will bake a pie or a crisp. Because I am undisciplined around squares and cookies, I try to avoid baking them because I…

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Rain (drops) Keep Falling on My Head

Rain, raindrops, showers, sprinkles, mist, drizzle, downpour, torrent, deluge, drencher, soaked—nuances of living at the Wet West Coast. It’s all coming back to me now. Grey skies, puddles, windshield wipers clicking madly back and forth, vehicles splashing pedestrians, fighting with a wonky umbrella, drips running down my neck, pants soaked from the knee down. I spent…

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The “Five C’s” Steps to Fitness

“I think I would like to take steps to join a gym,” I pondered during a conversation with Hubby. His eyebrows shot up, he looked at me askance and said, “Who ARE you??” He had every right to be confused. I tried working out at the gym for about six months several years ago. I…

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My New Neighbourhood: Pondering the Letter P

How best to express the journey of moving and encountering a new neighbourhood? I tried writing a summary, but could not convey my feelings adequately. Discarding the Post I’d laboured over, I tried my hand at a Poem, with Photos as inspiration. unPacking Boxes piled high, disarray and clutter, “This move takes a toll” I…

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Featured Artists Times Two

Late last fall this blog featured two artists, who also happen to be my brother Heinz and sister-in-law Lois. In the intervening months since these feature stories, both artists became especially focused in their respective disciplines. The reason? A combined exhibit at the O’Connor Group Art Gallery in Chilliwack. It’s not too late to visit…

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We’ve Only Just Begun: A Moving Theme

The catchy tune, “We’ve Only Just Begun” has become my theme song over the last weeks. It all began when I started to pack for our move. I looked at the small stack of boxes lining one wall and realized with a hint of despair, “I’ve only just begun”. This statement proved to be true…

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Muffin Musings and a Recipe

I baked muffins today. Due to years of practice, I am a fairly confident cook. I am not too intimidated by very many recipes, yet muffins give me pause. Every time I make an attempt to bake muffins, I recall the voice of my high school Home Economics teacher. She announced, “These muffins have TUNNELS!”…

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