A Salad So Good, I Ate The Bowl

Don't read this and think. "Oh sure, she's eating a salad again," because here's the cold, hard truth. I'm snacking. A lot. I also seem to have a sudden affection for all things made with dough: biscuits, dumplings, pasta. And then there's the baking. I don't bake! Now I'm baking. I blame the pandemic, but... Continue Reading →

Bacon From Tradition

With apologies for the corny headline,  I'm at the point in this self isolation that I need a break from the same-old-same-old when it comes to making lunch. Sandwiches get boring, even a good old BLT (bacon, lettuce and tomato). We are isolating at home, and there isn't a restaurant close enough to deliver something... Continue Reading →

COVID-19 and Eczema

  So, you probably glanced at that headline and said.... “what?” There have been many excellent articles and posts about staying healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic - from cleaning your house regularly, to getting exercise and eating properly. And of course it’s also important to look after mental health. Hand washing is our most important... Continue Reading →

The lighter side of self-isolation

This self-isolation thing actually isn’t that bad. After returning home from Mexico, we were obligated to enter a 14-day isolation period. That meant staying home, not shopping, not driving around, not even going for a walk. Sounds dreary and sad, but in the grand scheme of things, it's really not the most difficult thing in... Continue Reading →

The Human Spirit

We are living in strange times, indeed. Who would have guessed that people would stockpile toilet paper in response to a respiratory illness? Not Kleenex, or cold medications, but toilet paper. And excessive amounts of it. Crowd behaviour such as that is fascinating for sociologists; it’s mind boggling for many of us. And yet somebody... Continue Reading →

The Rules Have Changed

The rules have changed. Or maybe it’s better to realize there no longer are rules. What we thought was the way of the world even two short weeks ago is no longer reality. Who would have guessed that we could be in lockdown, asked to stay apart, and directed not go to work? Who would... Continue Reading →

Reflections

Traveling home in the midst of the pandemic was very eerie. For one, I felt more anxiety than was necessary, worrying whether we would make it home. Only a few days earlier, we wondered whether we should even head home. Getting on the plane to travel from Mexico to Canada was a relief. I was... Continue Reading →

Because I Can

“I move because I can.” I remind myself of this when I’m out for an enjoyable walk, or sweating through a not-so-enjoyable workout. It’s my mantra when I go for a run, or have to carry heavy groceries, or do yard work, or vacuum. It’s a good reminder to be grateful for a body that... Continue Reading →

Feeling Powerless

We had an interesting experience last week. A massive storm nearby, which fortunately didn’t impact our community directly, knocked out power to a large area. That impact did include our community and surrounding area. When it first went out in the evening, we expected it back on quickly, as usually happens. Not this time. It... Continue Reading →

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