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Twist and shout!

Jul 26, 2008 / 5:00 am

She says: Do you know what last Saturday was? It was the date of the third annual Fabulous 50’s Car Show and Sock Hop in Wauconda! For those of you who are regular readers, that will likely bring back memories of the column we wrote on our visit there last year – it was our favourite weekend from l

Life is a bowl of cherries

Jul 19, 2008 / 8:37 am

She says: Today was a family day and we enjoyed it “to the max”, as we used to say when I was a kid. At one point I looked out the kitchen window and thought, “You can’t ask for much more than this – to be happy and healthy and enjoy some quality time with loved ones”. I might be sounding a bit idy

How time flies

Jul 14, 2008 / 4:30 am

She says: My stepdaughter is having her fifteenth birthday party in Vancouver today. She chose a French theme, complete with wire mannequins stuffed with fresh flowers to give that stylish effect. When I talked to her on the phone she was talking about finding a beret to wear with the dress she had

The Yukons are in town

Jul 5, 2008 / 5:00 am

He says: I don’t know if you have noticed, but the Yukons have arrived! Now before I start let me tell you, I make part of my living serving the Yukons, Escalades and Hummers. Yes I am referring to the nice people of Alberta who come and spend their well-earned oil money here in our beautiful Okana

I am...happy

Jun 28, 2008 / 11:15 am

In recent years we seem to have transcended the stereotype that paints Canadians as almost-like Americans but with a colder climate and a funny accent, thanks in no small part to those beer ads that advertise all the passions Canadians have. All the wonderful pastimes we enjoy are certainly part of

Cool Dads like it hot!

Jun 13, 2008 / 4:30 am

She says: With Father’s Day this weekend, it seemed the perfect thing to write an ode to the barbecue. Certainly in this part of the world anyway, Dads are generally the ones who own the grill in most houses. I know my Dad was the grill master when I was growing up, and Martin has taken things to

The wisdom of Pooh

Jun 7, 2008 / 5:00 am

She says: Isn’t it funny how some things keep coming back to you throughout your life? I have a good friend who says that life keeps presenting lessons to us until we learn from them as much as sometimes I wish I wouldn’t remember her words, they are true. Times when you do that silly thing you kn

Lazy Days of Summer?

May 31, 2008 / 7:35 pm

She Says: I was fortunate this week to have a day off that was pleasant and so I took to the garden to do some general upkeep. Having moved to a new place, we have lots of work to do to make it our own, and even just to clean it up from the general neglect it suffered in past years. I don’t think o

Elephant’s footprints

May 24, 2008 / 5:00 am

She says: I know that news in general is not a pleasant thing, but do we have to listen to seemingly endless variations on a theme of doom and gloom? I think that is why reality shows are so popular – people want to say that they are not escaping from reality, but they don’t really want to look at

Are you my Mother?

May 10, 2008 / 5:00 am

With Mother’s Day approaching this Sunday, I was remembering times with my Mom and thinking of all the things I loved. I will admit here that I was most fortunate as my Mom loved being a Mom and she was able to stay home while my brother and I were small so we got lots of quality time with her. One

Cook often and be happy

Apr 26, 2008 / 5:00 am

She says:   Every day, we are constantly being pushed and pulled by influences in our lives and all of those influences change how our lives go and how long they last. The quality of life you have is not only about where in the world you live, but how you live. If you “super-size” your meals too oft

My coffee has aftertaste

Apr 19, 2008 / 9:37 am

She says: We talked last week about the idea of food snobs and how the youth of today might be spoiled with all the exotic fusion fare and specialty artisanal products. It seemed that perhaps we were just experiencing an evolution. That got me to thinking about the difference between hip undergroun

Are you a food snob?

Apr 12, 2008 / 5:00 am

She says: I read an article this week in the New York Times that mentioned university students are now checking out the quality of the cafeteria as another way to decide which campus to attend. I know I am getting older when I read that and remember that my favourite cafeteria food at university wa

Have""s and have-not""s

Apr 5, 2008 / 5:00 am

She Says: The past week has been full of the simple pleasures of life: quality time with the family. We had my Mom come out to share her birthday and then came Martin’s daughter (my stepdaughter and good friend). We had time to show off with the dogs too – my pup and I finished obedience classes wi

Foolish food

Mar 29, 2008 / 5:00 am

She says: April Fool’s Day is coming up this week, and so I thought I would use that as inspiration to be a bit goofy. Perhaps that is in part due to spring seeming to be ahead of itself this year, what with Easter so early and the weather being so topsy-turvy – snow in the morning and warm sun in

Chicks, bunnies and tulips

Mar 22, 2008 / 5:00 am

She says: Well, here we are, already at Easter. I feel better knowing that the date this year is almost as early as Easter can be (March 22 being the earliest, the first day after the Spring Equinox – if it falls on a Sunday after the spring full moon.) It won’t be this early again until 2160. We h

One hour extra

Mar 15, 2008 / 5:00 am

She says: “Springing forward” is a great thing once you’ve done it but man, I always feel like I was robbed of that hour of sleep on the Monday afterwards! Once I got home on Monday night however, and went outside to train the puppy in the continuing daylight, that was when it made me smile. It bri

Okanagan Restaurant insight

Mar 8, 2008 / 5:00 am

I am proud to be living in the beautiful Okanagan and this area is often talked about by the media and business real estate world as a place of major economic growth. Yes, we are growing super fast and it is often seen by many as the land of opportunities where you can just open your doors and your

Why does food taste better on holidays?

Mar 1, 2008 / 5:00 am

They say that February is the toughest month of the year to get through, what with winter blues and the lack of holidays to create so much as a long weekend. Apparently there is some scientific proof now that the lower levels of sunlight through the winter do reduce the levels of melatonin and serot

Food in the headlines

Feb 23, 2008 / 5:00 am

She says: Nowadays you can see all kinds of things advertised, and food is certainly something that we talk about often. For some reason this week it struck me just how bizarre our culture can be, and how what gets our attention is not always a flattering reflection on our intelligence but perhaps
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