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Still Dreaming of a White Christmas…

In the weeks leading up to Christmas, I was dreaming, and dreaming, of a white Christmas. Of course, I had that famous song in my head, like every year. And of course, I was hoping for lots of snow and …

life

Fit After Fifty: It’s All in the Numbers

Yesterday Hubby and I went cross-country skiing for the first time this season. The weather was gorgeous… sunny and -5 Celsius. Perfect skiing weather. The river looked beautiful in the sunshine. I’ve been sick with a cold and sinus infection this week, …

fashion

A Seventies State of Mind

I’m in a very seventies state of mind these days, feeling nostalgic. Especially when I’m perusing the pages of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. Of course, for a while this fall, everything made me feel nostalgic. That’s because I attended my …

life

Memories of the Past…a

We had friends over for dinner on Friday night. I made my homemade pasta…. from scratch. It’s my thing… pasta. And by that I mean, it’s the one thing I do well in the kitchen. Or at least the one …

books

A Mind For Murder: Saying Good-bye to P.D. James

P.D. James died last week, “peacefully at home in Oxford,” at age ninety four. But I’m sure you know this already. She was one of a kind. A seemingly gentle, charming and erudite woman who loved to talk and wonder and …

life

A Fashionista’s Winter Survival Guide

Oh yeah. Winter is coming whether we want to admit it or not. And every fashionista needs a plan to survive winter. To that end, here is my “Winter Survival Guide” … for fashionistas and non-fashionistas alike. Step 1: Say no …

fashion

Confessions of a Scarf Challenged Woman

I’ve come to the conclusion that I am scarf challenged. That’s a shame because I love the look of scarves on other women. And I actually own quite a few scarves…. one might even say more than a few scarves. And most …

travel

Our Top 5 Tiny, Quirky Travel Destinations

It’s snowing today. And it’s still only November. Sigh. Just like last year. So this morning… as snow wafts down past the window of my den, Hubby is out chopping wood for the fireplace, and I’m sipping tea and leafing …

travel

Remembering Our Remembrance Day … In Australia

Since I was a kid, I’ve always thought that Remembrance Day was an important day. And never more so than when I was a teacher at John McCrae Secondary School, named for the Canadian doctor who wrote the iconic poem …

life

Very Vintage-y

I’m a very vintage-y kind of girl. I love vintage clothing, and vintage jewellry, and, most particularly, vintage hats. Like these on Michelle Dockery who plays Lady Mary Crawley on Downton Abbey. Doesn’t she look divine in a hat? And aren’t …

books

Love, Sex, Pain and The Whole Damned Thing… or October Book Club

On a dark and windy (but not stormy) night, just before Halloween, my book club gathered at the beautiful home of one our members, to eat and drink and talk about war. More specifically about books on World War I. …

life

Fit After Fifty … The Saga Continues

At the beginning of September I wrote a post about staying fit after fifty, and after retirement. Battling what I call “slippage.”  I was writing about my own life, the difficulty of keeping fit over time and the changes wrought by …

fashion

Style in Six Words

I’m listening to my favourite radio show this morning while I write this post. “Q,” hosted by Jian Ghomeshi, can be heard on CBC radio every morning. Today Jian interviewed Canadian icon Neil Young, much loved by all Canadians, but especially by …

books

Illuminating The Luminaries…

Everyone it seems loved The Lunminaries. Everyone but me.

fashion

Reunion 2014 …. Hellos, Good-byes, and What I Wore

The fall always makes me nostalgic… but even more so this year. You see I travelled home to the east coast this September for my 40th high school reunion. For a whole weekend of nothing but nostalgia. Things have changed …