Jennifer

And Now It’s Time for the Vinyl Cafe Story Exchange

Stuart_McLean

It has to be a true story, and it has to be a short story. After that, it can be anything at all. After that, it’s up to you. Dear Stuart,  They say “No News is Good News,” but when this past September came and went without an update on your health or statement on the possibility (or lack thereof) ... Read More »

How to Not Get Stranded on a Road Trip

PRACTICE (1)

Picture this. You’re driving home from a week at the In-Law’s place. It’s New Year’s Eve day, and you’re on the highway, still an hour away from home when your vehicle starts to shake and make a terrible clunking sound. You pull safely over to the shoulder of the road and stop. The next exit is in view; it’s 500 ... Read More »

To Pick or Not to Pick: That is the Question

Lilacs and blue sky

If you read what I wrote yesterday, or happened upon this post I wrote two years ago about the Lilac Festival at the Royal Botanical Gardens here in Hamilton, you’ll know that I heart lilacs. They have a special place in my memories. I also really miss being able to walk down the street and clip and armful of blooms to ... Read More »

Mother’s Day Traditions

Royal Botanical Gardens Lilacs

When you live two hours away from your mom, and Toronto is in between the two of you, you don’t get together maybe as often as you might like. We don’t do Sunday Dinners together, and we can’t do Mother’s Day together unless she comes here for the weekend or we go there for the whole day or weekend.  However, ... Read More »

The Best Kind of Book Club (And No, You Can’t Join!)

The WINE

It’s World Book Day today and as I was thinking about what I should write about, I realized that a post on my book club – the Best Book Club in the World – is long over due.   Six years ago I sat in the lunch room with three of my co-workers commiserating about our respective book clubs. We ... Read More »

T Minus 15 Days Until Gainful Employment

I’ve been a little quiet on the blog for the last month, mostly since I found out that I got a job that I had applied for and would be starting said job on December 1st.  As you know, last spring my husband was accepted to Grad School, something that set off a chain reaction of pretty big events in ... Read More »

Keep on the Sunny Side: I have so much to be thankful for!

Thankful for mom!!

I noticed the other day that when someone asked me about our rental house and how we’re liking it, inspite of the many positive things that I could have said about it, I zeroed in on the many features of the house and property that weren’t quite meeting our needs and expectations. When I thought about it, I realized that ... Read More »

Striking a Balance in Life – Something’s Gotta Give

featured balance

I have a really hard time fitting everything into a day. There are so many things that I want to do, so many things that I need to do. There are the regular immediate household needs, like loading and unloading the dishwashers, clearing off the counter tops, tossing a load of laundry into the washer or dryer, and sweeping the crumbs ... Read More »

A blogger sat down to write a simple blog post. What happens next will make your jaw drop!

When you find out what these kids are jumping into, your jaw will drop! (Spoiler: it’s a swimming pool.) She found this cardboard box, but when she rips it open, I’m speechless. (Spoiler: it’s puppies.) She put her toilet brush under the seat. Why? It’s Genius! (Spoiler: it can drip-dry before being put away.) This guy did the coolest, most illegal, DIY ... Read More »