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236 Things That Make Me Happy


For several years now I’ve maintained my own personal Happy List, first to acknowledge and affirm and then to remind myself of life’s beauty, richness, and blessings. I hope that by sharing some of the items on my list I will inspire you to slow down for a few minutes and think about the things [click to continue…]


Photo Friday: Sunlight

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I know I’ve shared this photo before, but hopefully there are at least a few of you who haven’t seen it yet – as when I learned that today’s Photo Friday prompt was “Sunlight” I knew this was the picture I wanted to share! It’s a favourite of mine, made even more so by the fact that I [click to continue…]


Words have Power

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Some more reminiscing…

In the long-ago summer of 1986 I was 19 years young, had just squeaked through my first year of university, and was back in what I considered to be my hometown to look for a job. [click to continue…]


Beauty in the Eye of the Beholder



It all started with four simple words from the soft-spoken young cashier at the grocery store as she rang through the eclectic assortment of foodstuffs I’d chosen to carry my husband and I [click to continue…]


Tangled Tuesday No. 9: Canada Day Edition!

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Happy Canada Day to my fellow Canadians! It was rather nice that the holiday fell on a Tuesday this year, combining with my usual Monday off to give me a whole bunch of free time – a four day weekend, if you please! – to ease myself back into tangling after a break to prepare for and [click to continue…]


Photo A Day Challenge – June 17-30, 2014


The June Photo A Day Challenge is now complete! I’ve had great fun as always, but the cherry on top of my picture taking this month was having my June 21st photo (Here I am) chosen as one of the “Awesome 18″ on the FMS Photo A Day Facebook Group. That totally made my day! :) [click to continue…]


Today’s Gratitude List – Linkup No. 36


Today, nature fills me with gratitude… because the day lilies in our back alley have blossomed, and they’re gorgeous! Just as ivy can beautify an abandoned wreck of a building, these cheerful lilies provide an unexpected pop of colour and loveliness in an otherwise utilitarian [click to continue…]


Celebrating a Decade of Blogging


Just a few months ago I celebrated my Ten Year Blogiversary – an entire decade (can you believe it?!) of sharing my life and thoughts online via a series of blogs that eventually brought me to this corner of the internet – Alphabet Salad, my beloved online home.
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Photo Friday: Green

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The other day while my houseguests and I were touring the neighbourhood, we spent some time taking photos of a gorgeous ivy-covered landmark – the old Walker Power Plant – not far from my house. When I saw today’s Photo Friday prompt – “Green” – I knew right away which [click to continue…]


Where is YOUR place?

Smooth Pebbles

When I lived in Victoria, the pull to connect with nature invariably drew me to the oceanfront, where breathing in the crispness of the salty, seaweed-scented air and watching the sun come alive in scattered sparkles on the tips of the waves was refreshing, renewing.
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Wordless Wednesday: The Sisters Edition


Photo by Bonnie

NaBloPoMo June 2014


Tangled Tuesday No. 8

A to Z Tangle Sampler - April, 2014

Well… I mentioned in my previous Tangled Tuesday post that “taking a bit of a break” to enjoy visiting with our houseguests was my sole tangling goal for the week, and I most certainly fulfilled it! So today’s Tangled Tuesday post will be a little more sparse than usual, but please [click to continue…]


Eating breakfast for dinner


I‘m guessing I was not all that different from most kids in this regard, but the first words from my mouth when I bounded into the house after school were usually, “What’s for dinner?”

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Today’s Gratitude List – Linkup No. 35


This week has been a roller coaster of emotions ranging from anxiety about getting the house ready for company in the midst of concerns about Grisabella’s worsening health, to joy at seeing and being able to spend many days with my sister and friend, to heartbreak over the loss of our [click to continue…]


Goodbye, Grisabella

I am sad to tell you that we had to say goodbye to our beloved mama cat Grisabella after she took a sharp turn for the worse this past week. We know we made the right decision to free her from suffering, but our hearts and home are a little emptier and we miss her beautiful self.


NaBloPoMo June 2014


Photo Friday: Simplicity

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Today’s Photo Friday picture was taken last summer when Peter and I visited Point Pelee National Park, a gorgeous spot at the very southernmost point of Canada, for the first time. It’s only about an hour’s drive from our home in Windsor, so I hope we’ll get to visit again soon! [click to continue…]


So, why the typewriters?


If you’ve taken a look at my blog’s layout, you might have noticed that I have a bit of a “thing” for vintage typewriters (as an aside, I suppose it’s valid to say that all typewriters are vintage, right?!).

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Would you want a do-over?

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If you were given the opportunity for a “do-over” – that is, the chance to go back in time and make different decisions, different choices, and thereby change your life and the person you have become – would you accept it?
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Tangled Tuesday No. 7

A to Z Tangle Sampler - April, 2014

This was a slightly more productive week in my corner of the tangling world than the one I wrote about in my previous Tangled Tuesday post – but only slightly, as we were still getting ready for our houseguests (who are scheduled to arrive TODAY!) and so I wasn’t able to take much time [click to continue…]


Photo A Day Challenge – June 1-16, 2014

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We’re midway through June (yes, already!), so I thought I’d share my month-in-progress for the June Photo A Day Challenge.

I’ve been sharing my photos on Instagram, Twitter, Flickr, [click to continue…]