Not So Perfect

This is not a book review. I finished reading My (not so) Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella a couple of days ago. Occasionally when I’m reading I like a bit of chick lit, as I often go for quite serious historical fiction. It’s a bit of light relief. Anyway, I’m not going to tell you…

Nineteen Years and…still learning

This week we celebrated my son’s nineteenth birthday, my nineteenth year as a mother, our nineteenth year as parents. Amazing. Time flies. I thought I was pretty prepared all those years ago, though I’m not sure I’d thought beyond the baby stage. Nothing can fully prepare any first time parent for what is to come – although…

A Recipe for Real Love

Some years I have dreaded Valentine’s Day. Trying to choose a card with mushy words that I don’t mean and I don’t feel at the time. Painful. On the day a poor excuse, ‘I thought I’d save money this year,’ when really I thought giving one would be dishonest. I feel ashamed to write those…

Surprised by justice

There’s nothing I like more than a surprise party, but I am a terrible person to surprise – just ask my husband. Before a birthday I’ll try to work out every scenario that may have been planned, let my imagination take flight and end up disappointed with what actually does happen. It’s a flaw in my character….

Valentine’s Day Musings

So the good news is that it is Valentine’s Day and half way through February. Bliss. ‘It feels like spring,’ my youngest says, looking hopeful. ‘Is it spring?’ Definitely not. This is how I know we’ve become more acclimatized to New Brunswick weather. Temperatures around zero make us shed layers of clothing after the harsh -30°c…