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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A Sign That It’s Time to Lighten Up

A sign that life has become too serious is when I go through my days with my head down, focused on completing the tasks at hand. Not everything has to be so serious, I remind myself. In fact, I might miss seeing something fun or quirky or absurd if I don’t look up now and…

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Little Free Library: A Neighbourhood Gem

Nothing pleases an avid reader more than access to an abundance of books. Personal collections, book stores, thrift shops, garage sales, libraries, even e-books — all are welcome sources to those afflicted with ‘book-itis’. This time of year, a stack of paperbacks and a shady outdoor spot to read without interruption is the ultimate summertime…

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Over the Top Tourist Trap: The Log Barn

Tourist trap. What comes to mind? Garish, tacky, and generally unappealing. Yet in the effort to see from ‘the eyes of a child’, a tourist trap could offer a rich and surprising diversion while road tripping. Childhood Road Trips Recalling road trips as a child, I held little sway over my parents. “We don’t have…

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Wildlife Encounters in the City

Growing up in the very urban city of Vancouver, the closest I ever came to encountering wild animals were the feral cats that roamed the back alleys of my neighbourhood. So it continues to surprise me to encounter wildlife in any urban or suburban setting. Yet, wildlife are adapting to our cities in increasing numbers…

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But the Smoke Gets in My Eyes

After a lovely vacation in recent weeks, I hoped to share stories and photos of our adventures. I may yet do so, but at the moment I cannot focus. The smoke is getting in my eyes. It’s summer in the Okanagan, and the inevitable happened: smoke filled skies from wildfires. I assumed that our particularly…

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