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27 Feb

Happy Leap Day, 2020

Each Leap Year has an extra day added to the calendar to synchronize it with the seasons. Babies born on February 29th are considered Leaplings. The 29th, a bonus day, is often referred to as a Leap Day.   February 29th of 2020 marks the first Leap Day since 1980 that I haven’t planned a just-for-fun girls-ask-guys-o...  Continue Reading

26 Nov

Conquering My Bully, Revisited

I published this story about conquering my bully, a few years ago, but I titled it The Night Our House Caught Fire. These two events remain tightly bound in my memory and have provided me with hours of reflection. Every November, as the furnace begins to cut in more frequently, I think about the faulty heating system that ...  Continue Reading

29 Oct

Halloween - Over the Decades

Halloween is here, again, and my brain seems haunted by past Octobers…MUAHAHA!  I remember going out to collect Halloween treats as a seven-year-old and having my candy stolen by older kids; I was devastated. As an eleven-year-old, I remember receiving a bottle of pop from our town mayor. I couldn’t believe my good fortu...  Continue Reading

05 Sep

Remembering Romance Comics

In the early sixties, I often walked home from school with Gordie, the boy I married a few years later. We would part ways at his family drug store, and I would continue on my way.  Sometimes, I stopped to watch him wash the store windows, just so our conversation could continue.   Gord had worked in the pharmacy from an ear...  Continue Reading

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

16 Apr

Celebrating with my Subscribers

Six years ago, today, I posted the introduction to my From the Cookie Jar blog. After all these years, I still enjoy writing about memories, ideas, and recipes.  My recipes are vintage and come from my personal collection of frequently prepared favourites. The recipe section of my blog has evolved a great deal since I began...  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

25 Jul

Before Google, there was The Universal Handbook

This leather-bound book, published in 1938, was always on the coffee table in my mother-in-law’s home. Towards the end of her 98 years on the planet, the covers were held together with lengths of duct tape, and the pages were tattered and curled. It looked like a bible, but the family referred to it as her dictionary. Had I re...  Continue Reading

13 Feb

A Leather Postcard Romance

I began collecting postcards in fourth grade when my mother, finally, allowed me to participate in a chain letter. The invitation chain letter promised that I would receive hundreds of postcards but would only have to mail four letters. Over the following weeks, I received a mere dozen cards from around the world. As disappointi...  Continue Reading

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