Going Away ‘Mom-guilt’ Baking

‘What are your plans for the day?’ I work part-time so there are days in the week when I’m off. Sometimes, on these days, when my hard-working husband asks that question about my day, my back goes right up. I’m not sure why I get offended by it, as most of the time he’s just asking out…

Delays on the Journey

I like to be moving forward. When we lived in England I liked to travel on the trains. I would rather find a train that was running and jump on it even if it took me on a longer route than wait for a delayed train. When there’s a destination to get to I’m going to…

Sewing Lessons

I’m making another dress. I’m not the fastest dressmaker. If it’s a costume to be worn once or twice I can improvise and make-do something fast, but a proper item of clothing to be worn not as part of a performance or any kind of joke takes a bit more time and care. I read and…

Family Stories

This February marks living in Canada for seven years and my son’s twenty-first birthday. Around these celebrations and anniversaries many conversations round the dinner table start, ‘Do you remember when…’ We recount the memories surrounding previous birthdays and the stories surrounding our move to Canada. In fact, all year round we do this. ‘Do you remember…’ is…

Frozen Opportunities

Winter is driving me crazy by the time we get to February. We’ve had snow on the ground since November – there’s still a couple of months of winter to go quite possibly. Those who can escape south for a week or two. Those who can’t (us among them) endure the cold and dream of summer. Meanwhile,…

F is for…Freedom

Goodbye January. Hello February. When I was cleaning the house and thinking what to do with my blog this month I started coming up with ‘F’ words to go with February – good ones, honestly. Some were to do with the weather here like frost and flippin’ freezing, but no one wants to concentrate on…

Goodbye My Pest

She had many nicknames –  Roogie, Naan, the brown one, poo, Noodle, among others. I called her ‘Pest’. Roxie the dog. For ten years she was ours. It took a while for the whole family to persuade me to get a dog. It was after some good friends got a labrador and then I’d spent a…

Let the socks fall

It’s only the third week of the year and in some respects I feel like I’ve already fallen behind. People are posting their achievements on social media – whether it’s to do with their job, a new project, their studies, fitness, or whatever – already! Meanwhile I’m just thinking about getting started, and not sure with…

Slip or Grip in 2017

Just a few days ago I got stuck in a stranger’s driveway. I was dropping one of the girls off at a friend’s house a way out of town. It was dark and by the time we spotted the house number we’d passed it. I decided to turn around in the next drive which was on…

Christmas Quiet

Most of this month I’ve been strung out like a string of Christmas lights with a bulb that’s on the flicker – threatening to blow a fuse at any moment. I love Christmas, but the stuff that we’ve built around it can become overwhelming. It becomes an all consuming thing – the shopping particularly. My…

Day One – Snow – and ‘Why all that Dried Fruit?’

We’ve been waiting for the snow and then bing, bam, boom, it’s here – just in time for the beginning of December. It’s almost unheard of to have two school snow days in a row, especially this side of Christmas (well, in our short history in Canada), and that is what we’ve had. Well those…

Hope for the World

In an hour period listening to the radio this morning while I did some housework and then loaded up our advent calendar with chocolate, I heard of disillusionment with big business, loss of faith in governments, threats of increased world unemployment, worries about tyrannical leaders, breakdown of treaties between countries and fear of world war in…