Monday, 2 January 2017

Let's Go!

The tree's down and put away

The holidays are over for another year

Not a moment too soon

Let's get on with it

Shall we? 

Happy new year everyone!   

Thursday, 8 December 2016

It's Snowing

big, fat flakes are falling outside my window

our first snow

 I'm grateful to have nowhere to be

if you have to be out there today

be safe

and keep warm

Monday, 5 December 2016

A Christmas Treat

I love fruitcake.

luscious batter

There, I said it.

But it's hard to find one with the rich, dense, brownie-like consistency I love, so every year I bake myself one. The recipe I use calls for coffee and cocoa and and ground hazelnuts - YUM!

It bakes for 2 hours at a low temperature with a pan of water on the oven floor - that's what makes it so moist; the water bath.

I wish you could smell my house right now!

ready for the oven

When it's done I'll douse it with spiced rum and store it away.  This is the hard part ... I never quite make it to the end.


It's that good.

doused and ready to store

What's your favourite Christmas treat?

Friday, 21 October 2016

Exciting News

I entered a writing contest a couple of weeks ago ... and won!

Aspiring writers of literary fiction and/or short stories were invited to submit manuscripts for discussion and feedback. 

The prize is a 1 hour one-on-one meeting with the Writer in Residence at the Toronto Public Library, Kim Echlin.

Kim Echlin is an award-winning author, translator, editor, documentary-maker and teacher. Her books include The Disappeared, which was shortlisted for the Giller Prize, winner of the Barnes & Noble Discover Award, and was translated into 17 languages.

Well, you can imagine my excitement. I'm scheduled to meet with her next month - how will I ever be able to wait this long?

Saturday, 15 October 2016


I'm back!  Did ya miss me?

I've been on a little writing adventure.  Met some nice people, improved my writing a little bit, and now I'm back!  It really wasn't a triditional writing class, more like a critique group with payments, lol!

We were all new writers, but we muddled through and managed to have a good time.  It was fun, and I don't regret a minute of it, but it was time to move on.

After all, the only way to improve any skill is to practice, pratice, pratice and I can do that on my own for free.

What have you been up to?

Sunday, 5 June 2016

Thoughts On Blogging

I remember when blogging was about pretty pictures of my most recent renovation, or my latest Goodwill find, or attending 'parties' in the relentless pursuit of more and more followers.

My first blog, circa 2010

I remember lying awake at night stressing over my next post.  Would it be pictures of the garden, yet another DIY project, a recipe?  This went on for years until one day I just ran out of steam or interest, or both.

Goodwill find 2012

Today my posts are few and far between.  I'm more interested in living my life than I am in posting about it, and the only thing keeping me up at night is the occasional bout of insomnia.

Do you remember those good old, bad old days?  Has blogging changed for you?

Wednesday, 25 May 2016


Next to fall, spring is my favourite season.  Both are mellow and easy going ...

I think that if you could 'hear' Spring, it would sound like jazz ...