100 of my favourite things.

Several months ago a friend wrote a post about 100 things she loves. I loved the idea and the post. This time of the year encourages more focus on the good. So, in no particular order, and with some repetition from the About page on this blog, here goes:...more

Chicken Pox Times Eight

Imagine this scene.Eight children sprawl limply on chairs, a Chesterfield and on the rug surrounded by pillows,comforters and favourite stuffed toys. Every one is moaning on and off with fever, lethargy, and itchy spots that are driving them crazy. I dole out acetaminophen, rotate who gets an oatmeal bath (that brings temporary relief), continue the never-ending task of dabbing calamine lotion on chicken pox spots and in between these nursing chores, I scramble to fetch drinks and light snacks from the kitchen....more
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Day 21: "Oh, The Poor Didn’t Want This One "

 Remember that line in the Sound of Music, when the Captain Von Trappe asks Maria about the ugly dress she is wearing? She answers,“Oh, the poor didn’t want this one!”Well that my friends describes most of our fridges, I repeat that line often at our house,” Oh that sink..well, yes, the poor didn’t want that one.”...more

The Day I Was Asked By My Son's Teacher to Talk to Her Class about My Blog

The front door swung open, and there was my rumpled and gangly seventh grader, tossing his backpack onto the floor. "Guess what, Mom?" "What?" I called from upstairs.  He tipped his head up to look at me. "We are blogging in my Language Arts class, and I told my teacher that you are a blogger.  Check your blog, Mom.  My whole class was on it today.  All of her classes were.  You probably had a lot of hits on it.  Check your stats!" ...more
I love this!  Very similar to an experience I had talking to a local high school class.  We have ...more

How to open a pomegranate.*

Let’s get the serious business out of the way.My apologies if the following video blog (I just can’t use the word vlog with a straight face.) embarrasses Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi. They visited the Chatelaine kitchen several weeks ago and while making a salad, opened a pomegranate in a blink or two of an eye. With a few deft smacks of a wooden spoon Tamimi emptied the pomegranate and my world was rocked. Not to put an ûber-dramatic spin on things….but WOW. I still can’t believe how much time I used to waste fighting with this fruit....more

The top-secret math equation behind aging nobody talks about.

The thing about aging is that it’s 3 parts cool stuff and 1 part sucks ass....more

Our Quirky House

 Welcome to our house.We love kids, animals and plants but watch out!Do not trip over the dog laying in the hallway and please,edge around that blanket fort;  it took an hour to make yesterday!...more

The misadventures of a boot camp newbie.

I have a boot camp injury because of course I do.Turns out you can sprain a finger while lowering yourself to the ground for a fun session of a move best described as a soles of the feet together, butt off the ground tilt & lift the likes of which was last seen as the baby you were growing launched out of your nether regions, and that targets those lower abs that refuse to show themselves no matter how many times you kindly (tragically) refuse the cupcakes that people will keep pushing on you.Sigh....more

How I became a zombie.

This is the tale of a woman who has never ever ever in the history of ever suffered from allergies. She’s a bit smug. She eats reasonably healthy foods if you don’t count the lack of control around pastries and cake and chocolate. But who’s counting? She takes her vitamins. She spends lots of time outdoors....more

And then I fell down laughing

So, this happened yesterday.↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓ ...more