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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Canada 150 Mosaic Project Comes to Town

Canada’s 150th Birthday celebrations are taking place throughout the country this year. Communities from coast to coast are commemorating this milestone, called a “sesquicentennial”, by many unique and varied events in unique and varied locations. One event that captured my attention is the Canada 150 Mosaic Project. Painting tiles to form a mosaic sounded intriguing,…

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Hooked on Rug Hooking

Never one to remain idle for long, my friend Laura Harris embraced early retirement with gusto. Volunteering in our community took precedence, as did baking and hosting meals for friends and family. Then I learned that she’d taken up rug hooking. First of all, what exactly did she mean by rug hooking? My only experience…

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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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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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Having a Bad Day? Good News / Bad News Story

A road trip gone bad can result in a no good, very bad day. A routine trip which we’ve traversed dozens of times over the years turned into a journey of epic proportions a couple of weeks ago. Our truck’s recent repairs (new transmission, radiator and sundry other mechanical parts) should have given us a…

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Decluttering Challenge: 40 Bags in 40 Days

Decluttering seems to be on everyone’s radar these days. One couple that I happen to know quite well — my daughter Laura and her husband Aaron — joined the “40 Bags in 40 Days” decluttering challenge they’d read about on social media. Of course I was curious to hear the details, now that the 40 days…

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