The Old General Store

Time passes differently with a puzzle piece in your hand. It’s true. I lose total track of time while puzzling. That’s what I call it when I work on a puzzle. Every Christmas I receive a puzzle as a present. I must’ve have been a very good person last year because Santa gifted me with… Continue reading The Old General Store

Most Loved Photo of 2020!

Have you ever experienced a feeling of anxiety so intense you felt it in the pit of your stomach? This happened to me the other day when I realized I did something not too bright at all! And feared there may be serious repercussions. I was about to run an errand for my daughter. This… Continue reading Most Loved Photo of 2020!

🎶(Staying) Home for the Holidays!🎶😷

I didn’t feel like decorating for Christmas this year. Usually, I’m gung-ho about it and have our home festive by early December to fully enjoy the season. But this year it just seemed like too much effort. Too much hassle for no visitors to enjoy. The premier of Ontario told us to stick to our… Continue reading 🎶(Staying) Home for the Holidays!🎶😷

Thousand Word Thursdays #200

I’ve been combing Mom’s recipe collection to print out recipes for my two daughters for Christmas. What a surprise to find a recipe Gramma submitted to the local paper and won as Recipe of the Week! Here is the recipe (saved for too many years to remember) complete with spelling errors. Plus, a bonus photo!… Continue reading Thousand Word Thursdays #200

Daisy Days!

You might say I had it coming. I was warned, after all. Ten days ago, my neighbour told me, “Rita, you have a little time but not much. It’s going to get cold, very cold! Just you wait and see! All of the leaves are going to drop.” He’d been doing yard work on a… Continue reading Daisy Days!

Pandemic Pumpkin Project!

I’ve heard it said you should set a goal that makes you want to jump out of bed in the morning. A goal needs to excite you, and some say intimidate you a bit. If a goal is easy to achieve, it’s not a challenge, right? My planned pandemic/retirement project looked simple at first. My… Continue reading Pandemic Pumpkin Project!

Remembering Dad

Grief has no timeline. You can feel like you’ve moved on from grieving the loss of a loved one and then grief hits you hard, tugging—no, yanking!—at your heartstrings. Holidays and anniversaries of the loved one’s passing intensify this feeling.  For our family, it’s a double whammy. Dad passed away around the time of Thanksgiving… Continue reading Remembering Dad

Lover of Clover!

It was the beginning of June. I hadn’t visited my out-of-town daughter and her husband since March because of the pandemic. I pulled into their driveway and paused. I just had to stop and take a picture of something I noticed. I had waited almost three months to visit them. What was another few minutes?… Continue reading Lover of Clover!

First Jobs!

Work is work! We often hear these words, usually spoken by disgruntled employees. Yet we can learn something from every job, can’t we? Let me tell you about two jobs from my youth. My first job was as a papergirl delivering The Wallaceburg Daily News. I was 10 at the time I applied for the… Continue reading First Jobs!

For You, Dad!

I’ve lived in my home for over twenty years but rarely spotted a cardinal in our yard. Things changed nearly four years ago . . . after Dad passed away. The day after Dad’s death, I could hear the sweet chirping of a bird as I mowed the backyard. It was louder than the noise… Continue reading For You, Dad!