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having a word with 2018

We’re picking a word for the year again – to ponder, spend time with, remember about, and maybe a way to act or be.

I think I have two words. One to inspire and one to guide. To inspire I choose read. I have gotten quite completely out of the habit of reading. Does that ring true with any of you? Our shorter attention span, stress-up lives, a new iPad and perhaps a little Netflix affliction have taken my attention away from focusing on words and storylines and new ideas.

My other work to guide is joy. A recent post circulating on Facebook asked friends to post a word that started with their name. There were probably some other instructions but I’ve forgotten them…but I did post joy. And I thought that would be a nice word to  carry around this year. CJR

And I chose the word explore. I want to see and do and discover. I have launched my kids, I have volunteered, I have worked. Now I want to explore! As for a word that starts with the same letter as my name…can I chose a few? Happy, healthy, hilarious. HAR

Happy New Year




late summer list

I was walking the dog last night after work. Summer has returned to Ontario in that perfect way that only happens near the end of the season. Warm, sunny days and almost duvet nights.

As I coaxed the dog along with a steady supply of liver treats, I was thinking about how much I love this time of year.  I was making a list in my head and thought I’d share them here.

  • the bugs are done
  • my brown-eyed susan patch adds more brightness to the shortening days
  • butterflies are scurrying around to fill up on energy from the butterfly bush
  • the first time you need to put a sweater on as evening falls
  • shifting meal ideas to soups and stews and roasts
  • dusting off my knitting that sat quietly in the corner all summer
  • canning tomatoes and beets, and freezing endless cobs of corn

Enjoy the waning summer days, wherever you are.






a brush with fame

I initially thought we would spend the night in Burlington, VT on our way to Quebec City but after looking at a map we decided on Manoir Hovey in the Eastern Townships of Quebec for one night to break up the driving. If you are a Louise Penny fan you will know about the Inn from reading A Rule Against Murder. Louise lives very near Manoir Hovey and the Inn offers a Vive Gamache! Getaway Package.

A few days before we left, my mom forwarded me an article from a Toronto paper that said Hillary Clinton was a fan of Louise Penny and Hillary, Bill and Chelsea had been invited to Manoir Hovey as guests of Louise Penny. Our dates overlapped. You see where this is going, right?!

The secret service tried to be discreet, dressing in polo shirts and shorts, but those curly wires coming out of their ear were a dead giveaway. The front desk staff were also discreet but confirmed that special guests were on site.

We went for a walk and decided to have a drink on the patio overlooking the lake.

And there they were. Hillary, Bill and Louise! Enjoying the same view of Lake Massawippi that we were. They stopped to chat with guests as they left. I told Hillary I voted for her. I told Bill I voted for him too. He said “bless you.”


Our brush with fame!