An Uplifting Mother’s Day…

The past year has been hard for many of us...so much loss, sacrifice and suffering.  For me, it meant losing both my mom and my precious little dog, Chloe.  Although time eases the sadness, when special occasions or holidays come along, the heartstrings are tugged on once again...   Not only is it Mother's Day… Continue reading An Uplifting Mother’s Day…

More boxwood…

The retailer in me is always hopeful that local businesses are doing well.  Last summer, I'd ask employees at my favourite garden centres how business was, and at first, I was surprised at how well they were doing, in light of what the media reported daily about how devastating the impact of the pandemic had… Continue reading More boxwood…

Another reason to drink wine by the box…

The Rose House opened at my favourite greenhouse last weekend, where roses of every colour and variety are lined up on benches tempting any rose lover to buy everything in sight.  So many roses, so little space!   This is a photo of Bunny Guinness.  I am hooked on her YouTube channel...my only regret is… Continue reading Another reason to drink wine by the box…

Impatience is NOT a virtue…

    Should we know better by now?  YES! Just when we get excited about Spring, a freak winter storm blows in and reminds us (once again) that we are not in charge! Photo left: when the storm was at an almost white-out stage, April 10 Photos below:  the morning after...     I had… Continue reading Impatience is NOT a virtue…

Hemingway…

  Ernest Miller Hemingway was a "rock star" before rock and roll!  Handsome and charismatic, a gifted storyteller, he dominated any room he entered. Whether you admire his talent or object to the way he lived his life, you will agree it was a colourful life...lived to the fullest.       My fascination with… Continue reading Hemingway…

Another “Zoom” Holiday…

  Who would have ever thought we would be celebrating another Easter in the midst of the pandemic?  Although we are so much further ahead in understanding the virus that has gripped the world, most of us are in some stage of lockdown or restriction. Some are lucky enough to have been vaccinated, but so… Continue reading Another “Zoom” Holiday…

Spring-ish…

    In the northern hemisphere, Spring officially arrived on March 20, along with the promise of longer daylight hours and warmer temperatures. Other signs that Spring is on the way; the geese are back, the birds are singing, and the squirrels are scampering about having a heyday. And after a long, dark winter often… Continue reading Spring-ish…

Sunday Dinner…

    Looking ahead, not too far into the future, we will once again start socializing with friends and family.  I rarely host dinner parties, but I love having my family home for Sunday dinner or celebrating special occasions. Unlike many of you, I have not been honing my cooking skills during the pandemic.  That… Continue reading Sunday Dinner…

Keep Calm and Carry On…

    The slogan, "Keep Calm and Carry On", was one of three messages created in 1939 as part of British wartime propaganda to offer the public reassurance in the event of the war.  Of the three posters issued, the "Keep Calm and Carry On" message was rarely seen during WWII.  In 2000, an original… Continue reading Keep Calm and Carry On…