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The Tragedy of Alzheimer’s

My mother used to be so much fun to have around. That was long ago. She was quick-witted. She kept a clean house. She was a good cook. She was very successful in real-estate.

Her personal life was the shits. She was widowed from husband number 1, divorced from husband number 2 and split from long time lover. I noticed her deterioration most after her split from her boyfriend. By now she was in her late sixties and this would be the first time in her life that she would be alone. Read more…

January 22nd, 2007 Posted by | Musings | no comments

I Won Another One

I am so thrilled, I can hardly stand it. I’ve won another ribbon. This time it was second prize in the Beginners Creative. The competition is real stiff in the Beginner’s category because most people are beginners. There were 160 entries. Of those 110 were Beginners.

I heard most people prefer to stay in Beginners because they’re afraid of the competition in Intermediate. I want to get into Intermediate as soon as possible.

January 20th, 2007 Posted by | Outings, Photography | no comments

Winter has come at last

Up until mid January, here in the greater Toronto area, we have had spring-like temperatures. In fact, the trees were budding and the crocuses were, in places, six inches high. It was very troubling.

Finally, the temperatures dropped. The cold weather came from the south – go figure. North of us, they’ve had heavy snow. The ski resorts have reopened, people are finally buying snow shovels and snow blowers, brushes and windshield scrapers. Hurray! It’s about time. Life is back to normal. People are bitching about the weather again and all is right with the world.

Well, not really but that’s another topic for another day.

January 18th, 2007 Posted by | Climate Change | no comments

Writer’s Block

Ever happen to you? Your brain is in neutral. You couldn’t have a good idea if your life depended on it.

I’m having one of those days.

I am in the process of writing down my recipes for all sorts of dishes. I love to cook. I like for things to taste nice. I don’t like complicated instructions. So, I am catering for the person in his/her first apartment/house. The shopping list as I would have it. Maybe I’m complicating things – the very thing I want to avoid. Maybe I should just forget the shopping list. Let them figure it out themselves. Let them load up on junk food and frozen dinners. When they’re sick of that they’ll want to learn to prepare their own food.

I only do any real cooking once a month. Then I choose a nice crappy weekend and I spend the entire weekend cooking and freezing. Get all the mess out of the way at once. But you need a freezer for that lifestyle. That and lots of plastic containers for the meals.

The biggest problem I have right now is getting the blog designed properly. I want a cooking-type template but I can’t find one I like, to save my life.

Did I say I had writer’s block? Well, I’m not writing anything worth reading, am I?

January 13th, 2007 Posted by | Musings, Personal Opinions | no comments