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A Walk in the Woods… or… Algonquin Bound Without a Canoe

This week Hubby and I went for a walk in the woods. A couple of walks, actually. Along the trails in Algonquin Park.             Usually when we walk in these particular woods, we have three or four …

fashion

Fall Rotation One Point Five: Vince and Me

Fall 2015 is shaping up to be wonderful. Brilliant sunshine. And cool enough temperatures to turn my fall fashion inspiration into reality. And now I’m not just dreaming about the outfits… I’m wearing them. Remember this shot from Vince.com? Well, …

life

Sometimes You Just Really, Really Need A Good Laugh.

So. Things have been pretty fraught around the old homestead lately. Pretty tense. I’d say we’re living in an atmosphere of anticipation and dread in equal proportions. You see Hubby had a bad fall last spring playing hockey. He hurt …

fashion

Fall Rotation… Round One

Finally. We noticed on our morning power walk earlier this week…. a slight chill in the air. A distinct chill. At last, the daytime temperature has dipped enough (at least here in eastern Canada) to be considering fall fashion. I …

books

Book, Book, Books … So Many Books

One of the things I loved about teaching was the energy required to keep a class attentive, on task, and not bored. And the reciprocal energizing thrill of watching them catch on fire. Because a room full of teenagers who are engaged …

fashion

Exploring My Fall Essentials

So the other day, I’m minding my own business… doing some of my fall ‘research’ … reading some of my favourite fashion blogs. And I came across this post on Habitually Chic, in which Heather Clawson says she stumbled across this …

books

Dreaming of Oz

I’ve been dreaming of Australia this past week. I’m listening to Arthur Upfield’s novel The Widows of Broome on my i-pod. So, as I did housework, or pedaled my exercise bike, I listened to the lovely, gravelly tones of Peter Hosking …

fashion

Slipping Into Fall… and… Back to School. Not.

The first day of September is a portentous date isn’t it? Heralding the end of care-free summer days, and the beginning of school. And when I was growing up in Fredericton, New Brunswick, the event we kids waited for all summer, …

fashion

Consider the Blouse

  Considering that it’s August, I should be thinking about fall. And fall fashion. ‘Tis the season, or soon will be. And after my post last week about the blue shirt vs the white shirt, I’ve been considering tops. Blouses …

fashion

Is a Blue Shirt the New White Shirt?

Is there any fashion item that’s more lauded than the simple white shirt? Probably not. It’s on every “must-have list” of “wardrobe staples” I’ve ever read. You know, those fashion items we’re told every girl or woman needs in their …

books

Reading Round the Subject.

One of the great things about retirement is having time to read. And time to explore those “rabbit holes” that crop up when you’re reading a great book. Like when a book mentions a specific place or historical character and, instead of …

fashion

Turning Purple… And Grey. Fall Shopping Adventures in July.

Okay, so I’m not really turning purple. But I am turning to purple. Or burgundy, to be more precise, and to grey. After finding myself some sweet deals at Nordstrom’s July “Anniversary Sale,” burgundy and grey, it seems, will be my …

life

All Alone. And Loving It.

The house is quiet this morning. Really quiet. Except for a few creaks. The birds chirping in the backyard. A lawnmower starting somewhere over the river. And the sounds of my keyboard clicking. Hubby is away all week canoeing and fishing in …

fashion

Blogging My Way To Stress Free Dressing

Summer is here. Big time. It’s been hot, hot, hot. I’m not complaining, mind you. We’re back from camping and planning to spend the rest of the summer at home. And while home is not exactly in the city, I’ll …

fashion

Looking for Fall Fashion Love

For a week or so I’ve been singing (in my head) a country song from the 1980’s… from that truly awful movie, Urban Cowboy, staring John Travolta and Debra Winger.   That was definitely one terrible movie. So cheesy. But, with songs by …