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Prune first, prosper later

Prune first, prosper later

I peered down at the pair scrabbling about on their knees in our raspberry patch, hacking at the stalks. Without mercy, or so it seemed. When we had first considered buying our home four years prior, the raspberry patch had topped my list of “favourite things about the place.” To my delight, it grew an […]

When the man’s away…

When the man’s away…

I’ve lived alone almost a month now. The Preacher flew to Hamilton, where the football team wears yellow and black and the fans shout “Oskee Wee Wee…” He was raised there and most of his family members live there. In the almost thirty-nine years of our marriage, the Preacher and I have had short periods […]

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Headlights inside the house?

  “I heard a huge crash,” my nephew Jeremy told me. “The house shook. Then I heard the sound of glass breaking. That seemed to go on forever. Then I watched the attic hatch flap jump up and come back down again. Sideways! I had no idea what had happened. A tree falling, maybe?”  God […]

Time to trash your rut?

Time to trash your rut?

The old Saskatchewan winter has flipped over to a new Saskatchewan spring. One Friday, when sweet weather made it almost impossible to stick to my writing routine, I complained to my friends on Facebook: ” Outside my garden doors, the birds beckon. Also out there, I notice a (lately) rare combination of sunshine, warmth, and […]

Shoppin’ with Mom on my mind…

Shoppin’ with Mom on my mind…

My mother loved a sweet old antique hymn; one that reminds me why I couldn’t get into a buying mood during my favourite kind of shopping trip awhile back. Friends and I spent the day poking about the shops in the old village of Merickville, Ontario. Every crack in its gazillion bricks oozes Victorian charm. […]

Keep away from children?

Keep away from children?

The tag on my blow dryer’s cord reads: KEEP AWAY FROM CHILDREN. I burst out laughing when I noticed it. …Seventeen months of life behind her. About knee high. Little Lois greeted me at the door of her home this morning, both arms raised. Still in her jammies, runny nose, cereal schmucked all over her […]

Connections

I started a list today. A list of acquaintances whose face and voice I know, and who know mine as well.  The list includes, in bold letters, the names of my husband and family. But John’s there too – he stops regularly by my office. So are Gladys and Shirley and a few others from […]

Thanks a heap!

Payday’s comin’!

“Payday’s comin,’” people often say, when crossed. But what goes around doesn’t always come around quickly. Not even when what went around was a kindness, great or small. Too often, we (myself included) accept those without bothering to pay even a little gratitude back. As though we deserve them. A few weeks ago someone passed […]