And the Stockings Were Hung

This fall I had the joy of crocheting Christmas stockings for my young friend’s family. I love to crochet, especially when someone requests a specific item. This Ravelry pattern was easy to follow and well written. By alternating the starting yarn, I adjusted the pattern slightly each time, resulting in four distinct stockings. If I had to…

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Mercy Tech Makes a Significant Impact

Six years ago, Rick Cogbill had no idea his life was about to make a significant shift. Yet in 2010, three separate events in close succession altered the path of his life. Significant Event Number One When Rick’s daughter made plans to visit her cousin, a nurse, in Africa, Rick decided to accompany her on her…

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Typo Tales

It may be a little known fact to casual acquaintances, however close friends and family know me well: I am a bit fanatical about typos. I don’t deliberately seek them out. Yet for some reason, a subconscious part of my brain registers “WRONG – WRONG” when a typo appears within my field of vision. The…

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Unfinished: a Reflection and a Tribute

Three years ago today my father-in-law passed away. We flew across the country to be at his side. He was at home, surrounded by family, just as he had wanted. Processing the loss of a loved one takes many forms. In this Guest Post, Hubby shares some reflections on his Dad. I conclude with a Tribute Poem. Unfinished: Guest…

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Quick Tricks to Bring Beauty Back to our Photos

Even though I have taken dozens of photos of fall scenes and leaves over the years, I still scour the hills and vales, camera slung around my neck, attempting to capture the beauty of fall. The bursts of colour, the warm golds, oranges and reds — every vista before my eyes is transformed into a…

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Sunflowers are for the Birds

Our back yard became a bird magnet this fall, quite by accident. It all began a few summers ago when our neighbours decided to remove the hedge adjoining our back yards. This hedge provided privacy between our yards, and was quite decorative with white blossoms in the spring and red berries in the fall. The…

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Meal Planning: The Next Level

I like to eat. Especially on a regular basis. After moving out on my own during university, I decided I needed to learn how to cook. When I lived at home I never really paid attention to meal preparation. I figured that when the time came, I’d learn. I knew how to assemble craft projects…

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Vancouver Island Juan de Fuca Marine Trail

I was curious about the Juan de Fuca Trail which meanders along the southern coastline of Vancouver Island, BC. I was also intimidated by it. Poring over the map, I wondered how I would navigate any portion of the 47 km trail. The scheduled hiking day arrived. Even though we were already on Vancouver Island; we’d…

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Happy Birthday, Eyes of a Child Blog

Wow, can it already be an entire year since Eyes of a Child Blog was born? Happy Birthday little blog! However did we get here? You came into my mind as the whisper of an idea: find a new way to be creative (I had been laid off from my job designing newspaper ads); find…

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English Style Eats: Vancouver Island Travels

“It’s the best place to eat in the area!” our B&B hosts enthused. “Plus it’s nestled in the country and is fashioned after an old style English pub.” We were sold. After a few sketchy details from our hosts we drove off. The country roads wound back and forth, with each turn more confusing than the…

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