The Stress of Buying a new TV

A couple of days ago we decided to break the daily routine of cottage life and drive to a nearby town to buy a new television set for the cottage living room. We had discussed replacing the tiny ten-year-old flat screen model when we did our annual budget for cottage repairs and replacements.  This was […]

Retirement Happiness — Designing my Summer

Hurray — summer has arrived! This is the time to delight in every moment, take advantage of the long days, break out the beach umbrellas, serve flavoured ciders on ice, and barbecue every day. Because it’s so easy to let this precious season pass without paying attention, I’m taking the advice of Gretchen Rubin, my […]

Celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday

Hurray — On July 1, Canada celebrates its 150th birthday! All Canadians should celebrate.  Just for fun, I’ll list my 150 reasons for celebration. A great place to live.  I would not choose another country to call home. Indigenous heritage.  Canada has a horrible history with indigenous peoples yet, I believe that most indigenous peoples […]

Are you having fun yet?

The Urban dictionary describes the phrase ‘are we having fun yet?’ as “an annoying phrase used by dipshits at convenience stores, offices, or pretty much any place of business”.  Too bad that I didn’t understand this during my days at the office where I heard the phrase too often! Since retirement I’ve heard this term […]

Why is Food a Hot Topic?

Twenty or thirty years ago, who would have guessed that food would become a hot topic, perhaps even an obsession? It’s difficult to pick up a magazine, have a conversation, or open a computer/tablet without finding a reference to food. Pictures of food dominate many social media sites, specialty television channels feature cooking programs, websites […]