Old Folks

C’EST LA VIE SAY THE OLD FOLKS

Old folks can be pretty cool. But I never thought I’d actually BE one of them! I was watching a 36-year-old movie recently (Victory), starring Michael Caine and noticed how young and handsome he looked,…Read more

vincent van gogh painting

THE CHILDFREE LIFE

Battle of the Bands will return on May 15. This was inspired by Sid Balachandran’s post, “So, You Want Kids?” He has wholeheartedly embraced the role of “Stay-at-home Dad”, but laments that society refuses to…Read more

swampy backyard, January Blues and Blahs

JANUARY BLUES AND BLAHS

You’d think after taking all that time off these past few weeks, I’d be excited about returning to the Blogosphere. Truth be told, the January doldrums have set in. This part of the world gets…Read more

The party's over, #MONDAYMUSINGS, The Doglady's Den

RAVES AND RANTS – #MONDAYMUSINGS

HAPPY 2017, EVERYONE! It’s been difficult getting back into the swing of things post-holidays, so I’m keeping it simple, to start. This is a short list of raves and rants, originally published last year, with a…Read more

red christmas tree

THE HOLIDAY SEASON IS UPON US!

♫♫♫♫♫♫ ‘Tis the season to be busy Fa La La La La, La, La, La, La Hither, yon and in a tizzy Fa La La La La, La, La, La, La ♫♫♫♫♫♫ Much as I…Read more

#FlashbackFriday, WHERE WERE YOU IN 1965?

THE POWER OF GRATITUDE | #FlashbackFriday

Welcome to FLASHBACK FRIDAY, where old posts are given new life! Flashback Friday, introduced by Michael G. D’Agostino of A Life Examined and hosted by Jemima Pett, is a monthly blogfest, occurring on the last Friday. Michael’s directive:…Read more

Choice | The narcissist hates to be ignored

YOUR CHOICE, MY CHOICE

Life is too short to suffer fools gladly… Take me or leave me, the choice is yours Annoy me or aid me, the choice is yours Defend me, attack me, the choice is yours Befriend…Read more

#FlashbackFriday, WHERE WERE YOU IN 1965?

A CAUTIONARY TALE | #FlashbackFriday

Welcome to FLASHBACK FRIDAY, where old posts are given new life! Flashback Friday, introduced by Michael G. D’Agostino of A Life Examined and hosted by Jemima Pett, is a monthly blogfest, occurring on the last Friday. Michael’s directive:…Read more

dying old woman

AS SHE LAY DYING

THE “SHE” CHRONICLES EPISODE FOUR Does your life really flash before your eyes when you’re on the brink of death? As she lay dying, the old woman’s hazy thoughts drifted back to a time and…Read more

HAPPENINGS AND HOLIDAYS

♫ I’m baaaack! ♫ (Well, sort of. It’s summer; busy season for the dog business and road trip time in between.) Have you ever experienced “Blogger Burnout”? This was me, big time!

Dead Tree in the Middle of the Yard

DEAD TREE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE YARD

There’s a dead maple tree right in the middle of our otherwise lovely backyard. Not being arborists, we didn’t heed the signs and now it’s too late. 🙁

TMI: 26 THINGS ABOUT ME #BLOGFEST

Remember the game “20 Questions”? How about 26? Yes, it’s another A to Z quiz! (Do I hear groaning? 😉 ) I was tagged by Guilie Castillo on Facebook to answer “TMI: 26 Things About…Read more

#LostnFound2016

LOVE AND BREAD | #LostnFound2016 + #BOTB

It’s February already and, just in time for Valentine’s Day, we have a “twofer”. First, a true love story, followed by a related song for Battle of the Bands. Here we go!

Sleep Study Follow up

SLEEP STUDY FOLLOW-UP

Last March, I wrote about undergoing a sleep study to find the root cause for my chronic insomnia. This has plagued me since childhood and I was literally sick and tired! Read more HERE. It took…Read more

embrace your uniqueness - almost cut my hair

ALMOST CUT MY HAIR!

PERISH THE THOUGHT! Like many women (and men too), I’ve always been vain about my hair. It’s the one feature that still gets compliments in this youth-oriented society. Worn long since puberty, it gives me…Read more

Be nice to old people!

BE NICE TO OLD PEOPLE!

The draft for this was written last week and since then, I’ve been hit with a bad case of “internet fatigue”, exacerbated by the recent horrific events in Paris, Beirut and Baghdad. Add in a…Read more

B.I.T.C.H.

BITCHES, BABES AND BROADS

[This topic was inspired by a discussion with some female friends. Thanks, Linda, Shelly, Mary, Vickie, Jody, Zhak, Barra et al!] Some women take offense to these terms, but not me. In fact, I embrace…Read more

Doglady's Den

TEN QUESTION TAG

A few months ago, blogging buddy Elly Stornebrink of “Xpress Your Essence” tagged me to answer several questions for an ongoing blog relay. You can read her original post HERE. With apologies for the long…Read more

time to unplug

TIME FOR A SHORT BREAK. SEE YOU SOON!

The signs are all there. Internet fatigue has set in and I need a little break from social media and the Blogosphere. It started with my personal Facebook account, but then I realized I was bereft…Read more

make some memories to savour! the doglady's den

SAVOUR THE MEMORIES

♫♫ Take one fresh and tender kiss / Add one stolen night of bliss / One girl, one boy Some grief, some joy / Memories are made of this ♫♫ My husband turns 65 years old this month. Typing…Read more

sleep studies for insomnia. 2015 Retrospective

MY SLEEP STUDY EXPERIENCE

As I may have mentioned a time or two, chronic insomnia has plagued me for many years. Also well-known is the fact that I’m a dedicated night person whose creativity is at its peak when most…Read more

photo friday, Civilization

HOME – PHOTO FRIDAY

Welcome to another edition of Photo Friday. ♦♦♦♦♦ HOME: According to the old saying, “Home is where you hang your hat”. My hat has hung in many places, but these are the ones with the…Read more

The Love Boat closed - end of an era!

MOURNING THE END OF AN ERA

It’s true that everything comes to an end. Sad when it’s something that has been part of your life for many years. Hubby and I just got back from an overnight stay in Niagara Falls.…Read more

gravity leads to saggy boobs

GRAVITY! AN ODE TO AGEING

SUNG TO THE TUNE OF THE BEE GEES’ “TRAGEDY.” Here’s the original, to give you the melody. ♫♫♫ GRAVITY ♫♫♫ Here I am At the mirror, slowly looking down What is this? Such a…Read more

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ACCOLADES AND REVELATIONS; THE LIEBSTER AWARD!

It’s my honour to announce that fellow blogger and dog lover, Carol Graham, has nominated me for a LIEBSTER AWARD! The word “Liebster”, loosely translated from German means “Beloved”, so it’s all good. Thank you, Carol!…Read more

Xenia

#AtoZChallenge: “X” is for XENIA

Welcome everyone, to the #AtoZChallenge Blogging Extravaganza, where hundreds of bloggers publish 26 posts in 26 days – one for each letter of the alphabet – covering a myriad of topics! “Travel & Culture” is…Read more

Toronto Skyline

#AtoZChallenge: “T” is for TORONTO

Welcome everyone, to the #AtoZChallenge Blogging Extravaganza, where hundreds of bloggers publish 26 posts in 26 days – one for each letter of the alphabet – covering a myriad of topics! “Travel & Culture” is…Read more

toilet

#AtoZChallenge: “J” is for JOHN

Welcome everyone, to the #AtoZChallenge Blogging Extravaganza, where hundreds of bloggers publish 26 posts in 26 days – one for each letter of the alphabet – covering a myriad of topics! “Travel & Culture” is…Read more

Greek gold at Delphi

#AtoZChallenge: “G” is for GREEK GOLD

Welcome everyone, to the #AtoZChallenge Blogging Extravaganza, where hundreds of bloggers publish 26 posts in 26 days – one for each letter of the alphabet – covering a myriad of topics! “Travel & Culture” is…Read more

Happy New Year 2014

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

  Looking back at last year’s New Year’s post, I can’t help thinking how ironic it is, that for the first time EVER, we will NOT be celebrating the occasion with friends. Instead, we and…Read more

2014

REFLECTIONS OF 2013

Time passes so quickly and soon, 2013 will be just a memory. What a memory though; one of the best years ever, (so far)! Filled with music and travel, two of my favourite things. The…Read more

duck pond expanded

HOME AGAIN AFTER 41 YEARS!

One of the highlights of our European vacation was going back to Soest, my birthplace in Germany, for the first time in decades. On the way, we stopped overnight at my mother’s hometown of Bochum, where…Read more

garnet ring 200px

ROUGH START TO DREAM TRIP

August 30th had finally arrived and we were bubbling over with excitement. This was the beginning of our dream trip; a month in Europe! What could possibly go wrong? Well, let me tell…Read more

True Love, DAY AFTER DAY | #AtoZChallenge

HOW TO SUSTAIN A LOVE RELATIONSHIP

This is written from personal experience, as a woman who will be celebrating her 40th wedding anniversary in a few days. Although I’m no expert, the knowledge gained over so many years may be helpful…Read more