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05 Jul

Transplanting Grandpa John

In the late afternoon, on the chaotic day that my father-in-law died, this fig tree came into our lives offering joy, laughter, and friendship. Although my father-in-law had suffered several previous heart attacks, on the day before he passed away he was happily dispensing pharmaceuticals in our family drugstore. He told my hus...  Continue Reading

04 Jun

The Autograph Project

The Autograph Project was introduced in November of 2018 when I enthusiastically donated 30 autograph books to a class of grade four students. I have been welcomed into this classroom several times this school year.   We began the project by researching antique autograph books from my collection. One book belonged to my mothe...  Continue Reading

13 May

Tea for Two or Just for You

I smile every time I walk past a display of tea-for-ones. They sit proudly, wherever they are placed, their double handles making them look a bit impatient. They are sometimes called tea butlers, but I prefer the term tea-for-one. I also enjoy tea for two or tea for a group, but a pot of tea, just for me, will always refresh and...  Continue Reading

11 Feb

The Trouble With Getting High

Not so long ago, I experienced two cooking disasters in one week! How is that possible for a veteran cook like me? It happened while I was vacationing in the mountains. I know altitude can change baking results, but I had forgotten the lessons my mother shared with me as we travelled across Canada, in our funny home-made trailer...  Continue Reading

21 Nov

Breakfast Tea

I remember, vividly, being thirteen. Gord, the boy, Haddock had given me an ID bracelet for my thirteenth birthday. It had my name on it but opened to a photo of him. It was awesome.  I was in the habit of meeting him before school in the morning. Preparing to look great at school was more important than eating breakfast. One ...  Continue Reading

20 Sep

Small Town Treasures

Almost everyone we meet, at home or away, knows someone we know, and it only takes a short conversation to discover the connection. Saskatchewan people have the reputation of being particularly friendly, and I hope that never changes.   I met my hair stylist, and his wife, in 2007, and, by the fall of 2013, I started to write...  Continue Reading

03 May

Clues for Solving the Great Hosiery Mystery

The word hosiery refers to stockings, tights, and socks, collectively. I use the word tights when I am speaking about opaque or semi-opaque hosiery. I enjoy wearing an expanded offering of tights in the winter. The choices in colour, texture, and fibres add spice to a winter wardrobe and enhance the look of boots. In spring, I ...  Continue Reading

06 Apr

Controversial Names for Vintage Recipes

I have changed the name of my husband’s favourite cookies since a British friend informed me that Nig Nog Cookies might be offensive. I was saddened to hear this and did some research. Nig nog is thought to be the shortened version of nigmenog, a late 17thcentury word meaning very silly person. The original word is not offens...  Continue Reading

14 Mar

Honouring Saskatchewan Artisans

I have a small collection of handmade fashion pieces, and each item has a story. Creative people with amazing hands have made these treasures. Some are heirlooms already, and the rest will take their place in our family history, eventually. I often carry my late mother’s tiny clutch bag, which was made by my great uncle in the...  Continue Reading

05 Mar

Ink is the Link

Meet Amanda and Rob Soulodre, busy Saskatchewan entrepreneurs.    I am thrilled to be writing a food column for Prairies North, the magazine of Saskatchewan. My first article appears in the March 1, 2018, issue. I have subscribed to this colourful Saskatchewan publication for twenty years, and I consider it to be a celebrati...  Continue Reading

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