Never Say Never

A couple weeks ago I woke up to sunshine blasting through the bedroom blinds and said to my husband, “It never rains in this city.” The words had scarcely left my lips before the city thunder-rumbled in reply, “Oh, you silly newcomer. You have no idea what I am capable of. Hold my beer.” I… Continue reading Never Say Never

Grateful for My Garden

Today I am feeling grateful for my garden; and pea seed to be specific. For over 50 years I have marched the wrinkled orbs down a double row on either side of a trellis, the same as I did this morning. When I was small my mother would get me to walk down the line… Continue reading Grateful for My Garden

Spring Snow!

Yesterday the grass was greening up, crocuses were blooming and leaf buds were swelling. Then this morning we awoke to this… I had planned on a long walk across the park to meet up with my husband and catch a ride back to our house in the early afternoon. You can’t blame me for hesitating,… Continue reading Spring Snow!

Public Bird Feeders

Last spring Calgary was named as an official Bird Friendly City, complete with certification from Nature Canada. There is no doubt that Calgarians love their birds. And birds love Calgary. Last winter I came across some baskets of seed in Sandy Beach Park, that were wired to tree branches and continuously replenished by an anonymous… Continue reading Public Bird Feeders

April Kindness

For the last three April fool days no one in our family has even attempted a joke. So much of what we used to tell each other centred around disasters – small and large. For years I was catapulted out of bed by my husband yelling that something was on fire, flooded or in immediate… Continue reading April Kindness

A Most Exquisite Tree

Whenever my father was presented with a gift and he wasn’t quite sure of its purpose, he would jokingly exclaim, “Most exquisite! What in the dickens is it?” This catchphrase comes to mind every time I come across a small dead tree heavily decorated with socks and ornaments. I am not sure what it symbolizes… Continue reading A Most Exquisite Tree


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