Tag Archives: friends

The Versatile Blogger Award

I am new to the blogging world (I have been writing for a grand total of seven months). Aside from figuring out things like widgets and how to post videos, I have met some new friends. Although it remains mysterious to me that we can connect with … Continue reading

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The Pimm’s Cup

The first time I had a Pimm’s was with my husband’s high school teacher, Mr. B. We had stopped by for a visit on the way to Nova Scotia one year and sat out on his back deck overlooking the … Continue reading

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Catnip memories and slow-cooked stevia

When my husband and I were first married, he was working at the family pet store. Along with many other pet products (they didn’t sell actual pets) they sold dried catnip that they prepared and packaged themselves. I remember going out … Continue reading

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Love the ones you’re with

Stirling—who was also Moe to some and grandpa to others—liked a good meal. His end of the table was always quiet at Christmas dinner as he settled into a heaping plateful of food that included the turkey neck that had been … Continue reading

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The Great Tomato Mystery: solved!

At the beginning of the summer, I wrote a post about my mystery plant. I wasn’t exactly sure what it was. It was supposed to be a tomato, but didn’t look like one. So I adopted two of them out … Continue reading

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Salmon with golden beets and baby fennel

I never liked beets. Every year my husband would pickle half a dozen jars of red ones in brine. They look beautiful with their deep crimson colour, but they always tasted too strong and too sour for me. The first golden beets I ever ate were from a … Continue reading

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I’m not going to move to Elliot Lake

This morning I was reading about how great it is to leave Toronto and retire to Elliot Lake in Northern Ontario, several hours’ drive away. It’s cheap, the article said, and showed pictures of happy, healthy people riding bicycles and walking their dogs. There is lots … Continue reading

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I served my first amuse-bouche

I susbscribe to a daily email from A.Word.A.Day. Every day I receive a miniature newsletter that includes a new word and its definition, plus quotes and linguistic history. I’m sure it sounds dorky, but I really like it. I’m not the only one, … Continue reading

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Friendship, with gratitude

Until I was ten years old, I lived in a house on Pelmo Crescent and walked to Pelmo Park Public School every day. I had a robust circle of friends: Andrea, Shelly, Nanette, Guy, Julie, Cynthia, Danny and many others who played … Continue reading

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Are professionally designed gardens better?

Last Saturday a friend and I went on the Toronto Botanical Garden’s fundraising garden tour, “Through the Garden Gate” in Swansea. The weather was perfect, the company engaging and the gardens absolutely stunning. I was quite taken aback, however, by how … Continue reading

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