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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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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Blooming Iris: Featured Flower

An iris clump seems to grow at lightning speed once the rains abate and the sun comes out. Within days the buds open wide to reveal their hidden secrets. These hardy flowers are a favourite of mine, as they meet my gardening criteria: they are pretty; they bloom every spring; they need next to no…

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Where Did the Time Go?

How is it possible? Where did the time go? Hubby reminded me this week that it’s already been a YEAR since we journeyed to Europe! Those two weeks, filled with amazing memories and experiences, are still so vivid in our minds, that it doesn’t seem possible that a year has gone by. Reminiscing, we reflected…

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Lessons in Decluttering Stuff

Searching for simplicity versus the accumulation of stuff is striking a chord in our culture. Identifying a new and improved way to live our lives and how to handle our resources has taken hold. No longer are we enamoured by excess. Rather, the opposite is true. Shedding our overstuffed spaces for a simpler way of life…

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Spelling Bees and Typos

Remember “Spelling Bees”? I could never figure out what a bee had to do with it (though I googled it just now to satisfy my curiosity). My elementary school held spelling competitions, known as “bees” weekly. Perhaps the competition was an effort to inspire or frighten us into learning our assigned words. In any case,…

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And Then They Were Three!

A little poem to mark the occasion of the girls’ third birthday — how quickly three years go by! And Then They Were Three! We travelled the highways and byways to be there, Just missing the forecast snowfall in the air. Then the party day dawned, roads covered in snow. Would friends travel there; the guests…

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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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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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Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer

Summer as an adult: working, shopping, cooking, cleaning, driving, scheduling, planning, worrying, paying, gardening, mowing, pruning, canning. Summer as a child: playing, digging, swimming, snorkelling, laughing, eating, running, singing.   I remember those childhood lazy days of summer, though some of the memories are hazy. I especially remember the catchy tune of Nat King Cole’s…

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