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Friday, January 24, 2020

Happy Lunar New Year!

The Year of the Rat begins on January 24.

According to the Chinese New Year horoscope for my sign, I will be travelling a lot this year. Unfortunately, no, this isn't true. But I do enjoy looking at travel photos, both my own and other people's. It also says I will have good health this year. And that is the best news, because if you have health you have everything you need. M's horoscope also says he'll have good health, so we're all set.




A live artist installation painting in my local mall. 
The two artists aren't credited.


Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Looking Back, Looking Forward: Happy 2020!

For the first time in many years, we had a quiet New Year's Eve at home.

Our friends didn't have their usual party. That's okay. Schlepping out in potentially dicey weather on slippery sidewalks isn't for us anymore. So we ordered pizza (a new tradition) and had my chocolate pots de creme (our old tradition).

2020 starts a new decade (although there are people who think it starts next year).



Here are some things I accomplished in the past decade.

- sold our house

- moved to a condo and decorated it

- sold a piano after much angst, and got a poem out of the experience



- gave away too many books before moving

- rebought a lot of those books

- turned a closet into a hidden bookcase

- helped Echo live his senior doggy years waggingly in a one-level home before he passed away in 2016



- attended two writing workshops and learned lots

- wrote and self-published a poetry book, which involved hiring a proofreader, choosing a logo, choosing a cover design, learning how to format, and starting a business


- moderated a writers' forum (Verla Kay/SCBWI)

- had nine wonderful healthy years with my husband

- went to Holland with him to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary



- spent one year supporting him through some health challenges

- had a humorous article published in The Toronto Star

- improved my fitness (bought a Fitbit which motivated me to exercise regularly, eat better and lose some weight)


Wishing you a Happy, Healthy New Year!



Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Rhyming Poetry Challenge

A friend wished me
Happy Hanukkah
and joked that the reason
there are so few Hanukkah songs
is that nothing rhymes with "menorah."

She's right. But I couldn't resist the challenge.


Hanukkah means bupkas
A blip in the Torah.

If it weren't for Christmas
We might just ignorah.

So spin that dreidel
Light that menorah.

Eat latkas and chocolate
And dance the horah.











Saturday, December 14, 2019

Rules for Snow

You are a snowflake, thinking of visiting my city.



Here are The Rules for Snow.




1. No significant snow before December 24.

2. Light flaking that melts on contact is permissible.

3. Snow may fall from December 24 to December 26 only. This is your big opportunity. Have at it.

4. All snow must melt by December 27.

5. For the new year, see Rule #1.





Thursday, October 31, 2019

Recipe for Octo-BOO!










Combine a little leaf magic































one magic leaf dog












and a little spooky stuff



















Monday, September 23, 2019

Signs of the Times

Happy Equinox!









A nearby synagogue often catches my eye


with its witty billboards.




Back in January 2015 the sign read


Je Suis Charlie

Ani Charlie





During our rainy July it read


I'll change the sign

as soon as it

stops raining





Now just before Jewish New Year it reads


Rosh Hoshana will start soon.

What will you have to SHOFAR it?



Now that's effective advertising!


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Stevie Wonder sings in "As"





























 "the seasons know exactly when to change."




The temperatures may still be summery (not that I'm complaining)


but this tree is showing its true colours


exactly on schedule.





Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Is it the flu or a cold?

That's what I've been pondering for the last few days. I think I've decided it's a cold.
































Here's a comparative list of symptoms:


https://www.cdc.gov/flu/symptoms/coldflu.htm


Whatever it is, I'm keeping my distance from M. One sick person at a time per household:  that's the rule!