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LOTSA Snow!!
Tuesday, February 26, 2019      24 comments

Incredibly snowy and blowy here yesterday -- we probably shoulda stayed home (our staff did, except for one who lives very close by the office). We navigated a short patch of "white out" successfully (glad that it wasn't me driving) but hi... Read more
Scarlet Ibis at Caroni Swamp
Monday, February 25, 2019      29 comments

www.youtube.com/watch?v=
SF7o6u1K4Og No, the video absolutely does not do justice to this amazing experience! Our last tour on our last day was to Trinidad's Caroni Swamp at dusk, with thousands of scarlet ibis comi... Read more
Back After a Great Break!!
Sunday, February 24, 2019      28 comments

It was brief but fun -- birding first at Canopy Tower in Panama for four days, then four more at Asa Wright in Trinidad. Both places I have wanted to visit for a long time. And both truly even better than I could have hoped!! Excellent o... Read more
Happy Valentine's Day to Sparkie Friends!!
Thursday, February 14, 2019      33 comments

What a loving and kind community this is. Wishing each and every one of you a Happy Valentine's Day!! Taking a bit of a Spark break, back soon.... Read more
MY Soup is Better!!
Tuesday, February 12, 2019      32 comments

OK, it's official. Because the reno has basically closed down my cooking, I bought some jarred soup at the grocery store on Saturday and tried a bowl of the chicken quinoa last night for supper. Warmed in the microwave. It looked OK... Read more
XC Skiing Interrupted
Monday, February 11, 2019      22 comments

We are still waiting for our first cross country skiing this winter!! Very very late. First there was the extreeeeeeeeme cold (skiing below -10C is pretty unpleasant, especially when it's blowy). And now, although the temperatures ha... Read more
It Has To Get Worse . . .
Friday, February 08, 2019      35 comments

It has to get worse before it gets better. Right? And: with respect to the worse, I'm referencing the reno. We've had a couple nights now with no power in the kitchen for microwave or toaster oven or dishwasher and no heat eithe... Read more
Million Dollar Vegan
Thursday, February 07, 2019      18 comments

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n-to-go-vegan-for-lent The Pope has been offered a $1M donation to a charity of his choice if he will agree to go vegan for Lent. ... Read more
A Wreath of Flowers
Wednesday, February 06, 2019      30 comments

This painting by William Brymner is at the National Gallery in Ottawa. He was a Montreal artist who studied in Paris for some seven or eight yea... Read more
Stretching
Tuesday, February 05, 2019      25 comments

What a great group of comments on my "addicted to the approval of me" blog. Wise people here -- no kidding. And with your help, I can just about feel myself stretching ethically and psychologically and spiritually. Letting it go. M... Read more
Addicted to the Approval of ME?
Sunday, February 03, 2019      33 comments

Hmmm. I often think about Steve Siebold's Key Idea: that "addiction to the approval of others is the most insidious form of addiction of all". (Yes yes yes: worse than potato chips -- although of course when I don't GET the approval of ot... Read more
Saturday!!
Saturday, February 02, 2019      24 comments

The reno guys will be here -- and so I've whomped through the laundry after work Friday. And am heading out the door to the gym. Then: a haircut -- postponed from Thursday because the weather was too bad for my hairdresser guy to travel. ... Read more
Warmth and Calm
Friday, February 01, 2019      24 comments

Warmth and calm are what matter most to me in my physical environment. (And: kindness of course in my psychic environment!) We've been living in cold and chaos. But: my DH has continued to be extraordinarily kind and funny -- for example,... Read more
Once in a Lifetime?
Wednesday, January 30, 2019      25 comments

No more Bohemian waxwings yesterday. And, since I've never seen them before, I could not help but wonder: was that a "once in a lifetime" experience? Their delightful companionability, clustered together and sharing a feast in the storm wi... Read more
Carrots
Tuesday, January 29, 2019      25 comments

I'd thrown out a bag of carrots . . . unusually for me, but they were pretty grotty, I think had been frozen before I purchased them at the grocery store. And after seeing the rabbit yesterday on our back deck, I retrieved them from the garbage... Read more

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