A Bird’s Eye View

When life gets chaotic, and pressures increase, my natural inclination is to keep my head down, my actions on auto-pilot, and my brain on standby. I get going and get ‘er done, just to keep from falling to pieces. If I pause to think, I will be undone. This season has brought a wave of…

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June is the Very Best Month of the Year

June is my absolute favourite month out of all the months of the year. I love to celebrate June, as it contains both spring and summer, the very best seasons in the whole year. Birthdays are celebrated with great frequency throughout my extended family in June. In fact, my own birthday falls in this most…

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When the Waters Rise

I live in the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia. An unusually wet spring, coupled with a higher than normal snowpack resulted in an excess of water flowing into our streams and lakes. Unfortunately, many low lying areas along the lake are affected. Homes are flooded, beaches have disappeared and the lake is filled with debris from…

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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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Der Spring is Sprung

Spring is my absolute, most favourite, longed-for season. Unfortunately, it has been elusive this year. For some reason, winter has stretched and lingered and seemed interminable. Though temperatures began to creep up haltingly in the last weeks, grey days and rain showers have been the norm. On occasion, the sun ventures to shine, and my…

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Life Saving Handmade Creativity

Have you ever had an ‘aha’ moment light up your mind — the startling realization that a series of seemingly random events in your life click into place? That happened to me today. It was shades of “Inside Out”. I could almost sense a little animated figure dancing around inside my head, chortling with glee. “Excellent!”…

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Getting Creative for Valentine’s Day

Ever since Grade 6 when classmate Phillip Louie gave me a heart-shaped box of chocolates on Valentine’s Day, I’ve approached this annual celebration with some trepidation. Don’t get me wrong, I love chocolates. However, as an awkward pre-teen, with absolutely no interest in this particular boy, it was highly embarrassing to be singled out with…

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An Ode to the Light

Here in the Northern Hemisphere we are in the thick of the season of darkness and lack of light. December marched ever closer to the winter solstice, marking the shortest day of the year. Hubby counted down the days to the 21st, and then we had a mini celebration on the 22nd, the reversal day…

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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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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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