Summer 2014

The Larisa Grove back yard in full bloom It was a very hectic spring at our home. On May 1, the Ontario government tabled its 2014-15 Budget, and on May 2, one of the opposition parties said they would not support it. The Opposition Party, the Conservatives, didn’t support any government bill, so that meant that a vote on the Budget would result in the fall of the government. This was not unexpected. On Friday…

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Christmas 2013

Christmas Holidays 2013 The 2013-14 Christmas Holiday Season is now officially in the history books. Over the January 11-12 weekend, we carefully dismantled the decorations and adornments in the house, labelled everything in its box, stored it back downstairs, and then cleaned and vacuumed. All traces of Christmas 2013 are now in storage. As always, the Christmas tree was last to go, its lights signalling the festive season until the very last minute as the…

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Winter 13-14

A harsh start to the winter of 2013-14 We were all looking forward to a relaxing Christmas this year. Bob had a very long autumn sitting at Queen’s Park, with more than the usual amount of travel and committee work. My EduNational business picked up smartly toward the end of the year, and it finished on a high note. Bob’s big personal thrill of the year came when he was not only the starting goaltender…

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Happy Thanksgiving

Fond goodbye to warm weather Our autumn greeters have been at the door since the third week of September. There is a distinct chill in the air as daylight settles into darkness a few minutes earlier each day. The pussycats come in at dusk earlier and earlier. And in September, Bebe came eyeball to eyeball with one of the young raccoons that lives in the neighbourhood. It was just past dusk, and the screen door…

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Kitchen Garden 2013

Trying a new web site theme When Bob helped me first set this web site up, not many themes were available for tablet and handheld devices. Nowadays, perhaps the majority of web views are not coming to users on their laptops or their desktop computers, but on such handheld devices as tablets and cell phones. This is a new “look-and-feel” of my web site. It should render properly on a handheld phone, or on a…

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Our July storm bubble

A rain storm for the ages Anyone following the news reports from the Greater Toronto Area knows about the torrential rain and flooding that happened all across southern Ontario, as slow-moving thunderstorm fronts emptied more rain in two hours on the Toronto area than normally falls in a month. However, just as nearly everyone else was getting rained on in biblical quantity, our neighbourhood seemed to be in a dry bubble. We were outside trying…

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Christmas 2012

Up go the 2012 Christmas decorations! As we begin to drag the boxes of Christmas decorations, ornaments and paraphernalia out of the basement, we remember the full-day task of getting them down way back in January. It always brings out the child in everyone to start decorating the house for Christmas time. Now that everything outside has been packed away and made ready for winter, we can turn our attention to the festive time of…

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Good things grow

In our Ontario garden Bob prompted this blog. He wolfed down three helpings of our cucumber salad (see recipe on this web site), and asked me, “Are these our cucumbers?” I said they were, and that I had not bought cucumbers from the grocery store in weeks. With our assiduous watering, the garden has both blossomed in flowers, and borne us a bountiful crop of veggies this summer. Aside from being part of the cucumber…

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