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Planning a Capsule Travel Wardrobe
I have kicked into full blown planning mode this week. Our trip to South America looms. And I am researching climate details and sketching out lists of activities with an eye to planning my trip wardrobe. We haven't been on an adventure this extensive for y...
We leave for South American in a few weeks... and I am in full blown planning mode. What to wear? What to pack? So much work to do yet.
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Of Underwear and Outerwear
  I've been shopping for underwear lately. No... not that kind of underwear. Sporty underwear. Base layers, bottoms and tops, to wear under pants and under a fleece. Light but warm layers suitable for skiing and cool weather hiking. And for travelling. I al...
How do you feel about wearing underwear as outerwear?
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Ethical Shopping Report Card
I've been thinking about my wardrobe a lot lately. Now, now... don't laugh. I do have periods, brief though they may be, when I am NOT thinking about clothes. But, January is not one of those times.  In January, I usually start thinking about which of my fa...
I'm seeing how I stack up as an "ethical shopper." And giving myself a grade for 2016.
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2016 Book Roundup... Looking Backward and Forward
Hellooooo. Happy New Year. Long time no see. I've been on a bit of an unscheduled blog break. I intended to take a week off, but it morphed into two.  In the meantime we've been doing a lot of this. Rising before dawn to get on the road early. The drive to ...
My 2016 book roundup. What I read and liked, and what you read and liked.
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Resisting the Siren Call of the Couch... The Battle to Stay Fit After Fifty
It's winter. And it's snowing, or raining, or freezing raining depending on where you live. And cold. So, what should you do when, like the song says, "the weather outside is frightful... and the fire is so delightful?" You may not want to hear this... but....
How do you resist the call of the couch when the weather outside is frightful?
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If Wishes Were Dresses ... Festive Dressing Decision Time
So... the other day, when it was still November, I was on my exercise bike pedaling my butt off (not to mention other body parts that have grown in girth lately.) And I was flipping through magazines and Pinterest , and dreaming of wearing something like th...
If wishes were dresses I know what I'd find in my closet. But they're not. So I had to go shopping.
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Anyone Need a Good Role Model?
One sunny morning a couple of months ago, I was driving down the highway headed to the mall. To start my Christmas shopping, I think. And I listened to an interview, on CBC radio, with Chrystia Freeland, then Minister of International Trade in the Canadian ...
Think there aren't any positive role models for young women out there? Well, think again.
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Reality Bites... At 60
Have you ever noticed that the passage of time isn't smooth? That days, weeks, months... even years... can unfold but time seems to be standing still? We seem to be standing still? And then all of a sudden, we lurch forward. We're catapulted from one clearl...
How do you see the passage of time in your life? Me... I stay the same for years until reality bites, and I catapult into a new chunk of my life.
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Ethical Shopping Report Card
I've been thinking about my wardrobe a lot lately. Now, now... don't laugh. I do have periods, brief though they may be, when I am NOT thinking about clothes, you know. But, January is not one of those times.  In January, I usually start thinking about whic...
I'm seeing how I stack up as an "ethical shopper." And giving myself a grade for 2016.
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Home for the Holidays
It's been party central around here lately, folks. Probably the same where you are. Festive pot-luck buffet dinner. Hockey gang party. Girls' dress-up night; we did a small sit down dinner for eight this year. Good friends, good food, wine, and much laughte...
We're heading home for the holidays this year. And hoping there will be no glitches.
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Just sayin'. Thoughts About Grief.
You know, normally I'm not at a loss for words. On the blog or otherwise. But this week. Meh. Not so chatty. You see, the young son of a good friend just died. He was fourteen. And we're all kind of gobsmacked.  His mum is a good friend of mine. She's much ...
You know, normally I'm not at a loss for words. On the blog or otherwise. But this week. Meh. Not so chatty. You see, the young son of a good friend just died. He was fourteen. And we're all kind of gobsmacked. His mum i...
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Family Dynamics... Fictional or Otherwise
I come from a big family. Well, big enough. A brother, two sisters, and a step-brother, with whom I grew up. And a half brother with whom I didn't. Three sets of grandparents. Lots of uncles and aunts. And cousins. Numerous great aunts and uncles, in Mum's ...
Families..can't live with them..can't live without them. And they make good fodder for fiction and for memoir.
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On The Road Again... In Search of Spring Etc.
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This is what 5:30 AM looks like from my sun room window. I took this shot a couple of weeks ago when, uncharacteristically, I was awake that

Sometimes You Just Really, Really Need A Good Laugh.
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When life gets stressful, sometimes you just really, really need a good laugh. Seriously.

How I Wear My: Spring Jacket
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Adrienne of The Rich Life (on a budget). The temperature is starting to rise but so are air-conditioner settings inside buildings which mean

Up, Up, Up... On the Trail of the Tour De France
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Remember the opening line of the "Friendly Giant," that lovely children's television show from the sixties? "Look up.... look wa-ay up?" Wel

Crafty Dreams
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I'm dreaming about crafts these days. I've been inspired.... by my long time friend Bev and her beautiful handcrafted quilts. And they are b

In Praise of the Humble White Tee Shirt
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My friend E. collects white shirts. She used to have a closet full. And I used to tease her because we'd go shopping and she'd try on beauti

Fall Camping...Far From The Madding Crowd
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October. Fall. Temperature dropping. Sweater weather. Most people are putting their gardens to bed and packing away lawn chairs and beach to

Eirinn go Brach
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I'm a binge reader. If I find an author I like or become interested in an era or a place, I will read everything I can get my hands on writt

Lost in Downton...
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I don't know if any of you caught the miniseries Lost in Austen that was on TV a few years ago. I watched it, loved it, bought the DVD for m

Orange is the New Black... or Pink ...or Whatever
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Why, oh why are we so sick of winter so early this year? We have three more weeks left in February...and all of March and probably most of A

Bogie and Hepburn Reprised
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Amid the snow and freezing temperatures of a Canadian winter, we are planning our summer. Well, our summer camping trips, at least. My husba

In Search of the Perfect Spring Coat...or...What King Lear Taught Me Abo...
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I really need a new spring coat. Well, maybe 'really need' is a bit strong. And... well, need is not necessarily true either. But I really w

Gone But Not Forgotten
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Mavis Gallant died Tuesday. For those of you who have never heard of her, she was a renowned Canadian writer of superb short stories. I list

Saving Money on the Spring Trends...Shopping My Own Closet!
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I've been noticing a few things this past week as I pedal my exercise bike and peruse the looks for spring in the ongoing search for my perf

Words... They're Just Words... Aren't They?
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Photo by Pierre Metivier on Flickr. I have to admit that I am obsessive about many things... my hair, of course, good tea, bad style... to n

Weekends and Couple Time . . .
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One of our most enjoyable habits as a couple, something that has only developed in the last 15 or so years, is that I read to Paul during ro