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Alexander McCall Smith: Fave Author AND Terrific Human Being!!
Friday, November 13, 2015      22 comments

What a great evening! We always hope that someone we read assiduously will come across as the same person in real life. And AMS was so much fun! He is irrepressibly warm and generous -- with his time during the presentation, and a... Read more
Alexander McCall Smith: Fave Author
Thursday, November 12, 2015      23 comments

www.alexandermccallsmith
.co.uk/ I know I've mentioned this great writer before here: he's a retired professor of medical law at the University of Edinburgh and an absolutely prolific writer of warm and perceptive "seria... Read more
Remembrance Day
Wednesday, November 11, 2015      22 comments

November 11 is Remembrance Day in Canada. I'll be wearing my poppy of course. And remembering my dad who was in the Royal Canadian Air Force, flying as a radio operator in the tail of the planes, stationed primarily in the Azores. ... Read more
Ella sings it out . . .
Tuesday, November 10, 2015      12 comments

www.youtube.com/watch?v=
hQjVP-Hl0Rg I'm not sure it's acceptable any more to refer to "Indian Summer": but this is such a lovely song that quite perfectly reflects my weather (exterior and interior!) I always meant... Read more
Sunny days, sunny ways
Monday, November 09, 2015      19 comments

Our new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is advocating "sunny ways" and optimism as a principle of government. And we've had some amazingly sunny weather starting November 4 when he was sworn in and continuing up until today. The sun is p... Read more
De-Grump 2!!
Sunday, November 08, 2015      26 comments

OK, followed the de-grump plan. Work out + nature. As follows: First off, stopped on the way to the Y to pick up some shoes, brand new navy pumps, which I had dropped off 6 weeks (SIX WEEKS!!!) earlier -- they needed heel grips. And ... Read more
Grumpy!!
Saturday, November 07, 2015      28 comments

I am not generally a grumpy person. But: yesterday was VERY stressful at work and I'm still feeling yucky and the stress continues (by email, even though I'm not "at work") and . . . Best method of dealing with stress is work out. ... Read more
Weekend coming . . .
Friday, November 06, 2015      23 comments

. . . and (rather uncharacteristically for me) I'm pretty eager. Love my work. AND: love my weekend routines too of course. But haven't been able to shake the flu -- will spare you all the graphic symptoms but suffice it to say, l... Read more
Pileated Woodpecker
Thursday, November 05, 2015      21 comments

www.youtube.com/watch?v=
f_2VrLINP3Y NOT my video -- but I was absolutely astonished to see a pileated woodpecker right outside my window this morning on my deck trying to feed from MY bird feeder. This is one HUGE ... Read more
Just a bit flu-ish!
Wednesday, November 04, 2015      28 comments

Yuck. I'd like to get a flu shot, as soon as possible. But: can't get a flu shot when you're flu-ish. Flu for me can escalate into bronchial pneumonia pretty rapidly -- and that's why I've had a flu shot every fall for as long as ... Read more
Bill Eddy Three
Tuesday, November 03, 2015      21 comments

Think flexibly. Manage emotions Moderate behaviors. (I wrote about this May 15) If I think flexibly, I can better manage my emotions which will help me moderate my behaviours. It's a great way of dealing with high conflict personalit... Read more
Simmer Strategy: Lessons from the Soup Pot!
Sunday, November 01, 2015      23 comments

OK then, did not make soup yesterday as I generally do on Saturdays for the next week's supper. Using up slightly wilted veggies, thinking about a different ethnic spicing . . . something I enjoy a lot (my ONLY area of domestic creativity I su... Read more
Survived!!
Saturday, October 31, 2015      32 comments

Yup, I did: and thanks for the support, Spark peeps!! One (fixable) mistake -- but even though I hate hate hate to make any mistakes ever, I can't hold myself to a standard of perfection and stay sane. So yeah. I'll fix that. D... Read more
Bracing Myself
Friday, October 30, 2015      29 comments

Tough week at work . . . and another tough day to go. Oh well oh well oh well. So good to have DH here to bounce stuff off of. I'm not alone, not at all. My other work colleagues are also marvelous. There would be none of the wor... Read more
Life Returns to Normal . . . .
Wednesday, October 28, 2015      29 comments

Oh yeah, normal feels good. Really it does. DH home again, arriving late last night to lots of wags and tail thumps! Just love the routines: the sliced-up orange (one segment for Charlie, more tail thumps, and one for me . . . ) and the p... Read more

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