Our lives have been turned upside down and we don’t know what’s normal anymore. In fact, we are all having to adapt to a new normal. In December 2019, Covid -19 and coronavirus were words bandied about in reference to what was going on in China. For many of us, it was a news story … Continue reading NORMAL IS CHANGING
Have you ever filled in a survey or a form that says 'check all boxes that apply'? I know I have, especially in filling out medical forms - yes, I'm a non-smoker (does that one cigar in Cuba count?), no bed-wetting (fully toilet trained since I was a year old), excessive worry ( OMG... one highlight, two … Continue reading Ticking All The Boxes
Four thousands of years, dogs have played an integral role in the day to day lives of man. They were working dogs who pulled, carried, herded, hunted and protected, constantly assisting their human companions. Countless songs have been sung and books have been written about 'Man's Best Friend'-even Elvis with 'Old Shep' and John Steinbeck … Continue reading A Worry-ous Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time
It's hard to believe how time slips by; the future becomes the past in the blink of an eye.
I am still gallivanting my way about Europe and Canada, soaking in every moment.
All in all, home is a sacred space.
Like many Canadians who escape the cold months (fondly known as Snowbirds), I longed to be travelling south to a warmer climate for 6 months or the arrival of spring on the Avalon Peninsula - whichever came first.
I longed for the authentic sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the world of my dreams. I'd close my eyes and breathe deeply, wondering what was wrong with me.
Early this morning, I made my way down the stairs and looked out the back windows. I could see nothing beyond the terrace railings. Heavy fog blanketed the whole valley, reaching its fingers over the roof and around the stone walls of the cottage. The whiteness rested quietly and completely. I opened up the doors and stepped out. No … Continue reading Saturday Mourning in Paris
The Italian saga continues...
Planning, waiting and the anticipation... (Part One)
I must be missing food from home - I figure if I'm dreaming about it, I should write about it.
Way back, I saw a movie (on TV) called The Italian Job (1969), starring Michael Caine. Touted as a British caper, the storyline went something like this - a guy (Caine) just released from prison, finds himself embroiled in yet another illegal escapade: this time outwitting the Mafia to steal a large amount of gold in the Italian city of Turin. Funny, fast paced and … Continue reading Fiats and Vespas and Goats – Oh My!
"So, whats it like in Italy?" Countless people have asked this question in the two months I've been here. It's a perfectly normal question, but I can hardly begin to answer it. Italy is such a vast country with many different regions and local cultures - seas, mountains, lakes, inland, cities, villages, north, south, … Continue reading Italy – Tell Me What It’s Like (In A Nutshell)
For years, my daughters boyfriend (and partner in crime) has been throwing around two Italian phrases at the drop of a hat - "Basta!" and "Ci Vediamo", spoken with as much Italian accent as he could muster and always with the appropriate throwing out or up of the hands, overly embracing the Italian way of … Continue reading Basta!