Monthly Archives: February 2013

Grown-ups can play piano, too

There are few things that say home like the sound of a kid playing piano. The sound of stilted scales drifting through open windows and into the spring or summer air, the floating notes representing what the kid wished her spirit could do while she had to stay inside, practicing. I didn’t understand that feeling, […]

When Toy Story makes for a freaky Friday

Today I walked out the front door of the house with my lunchbox in hand. My daughter had skipped out before me. She spied a friend of hers and her mother walking up the street. When she can, she dumps me and the car ride to school in favour of a leisurely walk, and today’s […]

Escape from a frozen lake

Walking on water – that’s what we joked we were doing. We were on Stoney Lake, near Lakefield, Ontario, with the water frozen deeply enough so snowmobiles could drive across it. Riders had cooperated to keep everyone safe – orange stakes pounded into the ice marked a safe route across the snow-covered ice. A highway […]

Building rage: When bylaws make poor neighbours

Apparently leftover laminate flooring and big staples are acceptable building materials in the city of Toronto. Am I sounding sarcastic? Probably. It’s a sign of my frustration with the city and its bylaws – or at least its bylaw officers. Here’s why: About a month ago our neighbours put up this addition on the front […]

So long pennies; my two cents’ worth

So long, penny. Here in Canada, the government has decided to put you out of production – you cost 1.6 cents to make and so you just don’t make economic sense. As of Feb. 4, 2013, the Royal Canadian Mint has stopped making you. Even though you clog up my purse, I’ll miss you. You […]

Finding my lost Kobo – and inspiration

Since writing this blog entry in October I’ve found my Kobo – and a renewed appreciation for my wall of bookshelves. My bookshelves are, once again, spilling over. *** I can’t find my Kobo. It’s not the end of the world – the dozens of books I’ve got stored on it are also stored on my computer. But […]

Reindeer and penguins and dogs, oh my

If you ever want to lift the spirits of an overworked, slightly cynical bunch, bring an animal to work, the more exotic the better. Putting concerns over allergies, fears and hygiene aside, the unexpected arrival of exotic beasts into our workplace  brought everyone together and left us relaxed and smiling. Santa brought a reindeer to […]

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