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Date Night


You know, it really doesn’t have to be fancy. It needn’t involve classy restaurants or expensive tickets or getting dressed up to the nines. And it doesn’t necessarily require a lot of pre-planning or sweating the details.
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Photo Friday: Black and White

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There were several pictures I could have used for today’s Photo Friday “Black and White” prompt – after all, we are blessed with two gorgeous black and white cats (who happen to be VERY photogenic)! In the end, though, I decided to go a different route and share bit of whimsical poetry, created [click to continue…]


I should have been a Millennial

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Inspired by NaBloPoMo writing prompt for Thursday, July 10, 2014:

Do you think you were born in the “right” decade, or do you feel like you belong to a different time period? [click to continue…]


The dreaded elevator pitch


So, what do you blog about?”

You know, for “nicheless” life blogs such as Alphabet Salad written by non-specialist bloggers like yours truly, that can be a rather daunting question! When your blog has no specific theme or [click to continue…]


Tangled Tuesday No. 10

A to Z Tangle Sampler - April, 2014

Although I’ve done a decent amount of tangling this week, I’m afraid I’m approaching today’s Tangled Tuesday post from a place of slight discouragement. Oh, I’m still deeply in love with tangling… but lately I’ve found myself becoming “stuck” more and more – stuck for ideas, stuck for inspiration, [click to continue…]


My 1970s childhood memories

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Inspired by NaBloPoMo writing prompt for Monday, July 7, 2014:

Which former decade do you wish you could time travel and visit? Why?
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Today’s Gratitude List – Linkup No. 37


Over the past couple of months we’ve been financially stretched due to a whole bunch of extraordinary expenses – some planned, some unexpected… some good, some bad… some fabulous, some terrible. From a large-ish (for us) household investment in a new barbecue and outdoor patio set, to vet bills [click to continue…]


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?

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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


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NaBloPoMo June 2014


Tangled Tuesday No. 8

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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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