Category: Special Occasions

When You Go Home

  When I go home I’m lucky to be able to visit a place that hasn’t changed significantly since my childhood. Until recently, that same house even contained my grandparents’ wood burning stove from their homestead. The stove dated back to probably the mid-1940s and when all that […]

Massage Assumptions

Being manipulated by a man never felt so right. About five years ago now I threw a 70th birthday party for my dad. For the first time, I’d created a huge power point presentation – more like a movie than a slideshow. As a result of the work […]

Springtime in Alberta

  It’s springtime in my neck of the woods. The water is running in the rivers and the frogs are croaking. The willows that border the sloughs are getting ready to leaf out.   We had the chance to visit Banff, Alberta this April. I’ve been to Banff […]

Chalky White and Whining

Have you ever started a project, got far enough into that there was no turning back, and thought, “What the hell was I thinking?” Have you ever wanted to turn back time? Change your mind? Reverse your direction? Have you ever considered, “For the sake of all that’s […]

Resolve If You Want To

  I don’t bother with New Year’s resolutions. There are so many wonderful and varied ways to set myself up for failure that I don’t need to add New Year’s resolutions to the pile. Perhaps some of you have benefited from New Year’s resolutions. Maybe these made-to-self promises […]

On Turning Fifty

Someone recently told me, “Women often feel embarrassed about their age. You seem proud.” Darn right. I’m proud and happy. A Very Strange Idea Even though I grew up in this culture, it remains a very strange idea to me that anyone should feel ashamed of living long. […]

The Gift of Home

This is my 12th Christmas season spent living in Grandma’s house. In March of 2005 – 9 years after her passing – I had the opportunity to buy this rundown little bungalow and make it new again. My grandparents, my dad’s folks, built this place the year after […]

Nothing Better

Is there anything better than butter and sugar melting together in a heavy pot? I don’t think so. Of course, this is subjective. Some of you are thinking that there is something better! But for me, these days, nothing is better than butter and sugar together. I love […]