Category Archives: Family & Community

A Dress Up Box for the Grandkids

little girl dressed as gypsyEven before I was in grade school, my father used to scour thrift stores and garage sales for clothes that we could use to play dress up. He found things like a feather boa, a fancy feathered hat, a fez, a fireman’s hat, a Chinese embroidered silk purse, a Japanese kimono, rhinestone necklaces, many-layered petticoats, chandelier screwback earrings, slips with lace trim, beautiful old men’s ties, an embroidered fringed shawl, and many flowered scarves.… Read more

Container Herb and Vegetable Garden

I want to grow herbs and vegetables on my windowsills and deck. I don’t have a yard at present, so I’m going to try container gardening. I can sit pots and boxes on the sills and deck. I can also attach rows of containers to the deck railings, sit pots on shallow shelves,  and make bottle towers out of stacked 1-liter soda bottles (minus the bottoms) filled with soil.… Read more

Recipe: Thanksgiving Stars

One personal adjustment I had not anticipated having to make when I moved from the US to Canada was Thanksgiving. In Canada, we celebrate Thanksgiving in October. Somewhat ironically, considering the part Native Americans play in the American myth of Thanksgiving and the role Columbus had in the ultimate destruction of that culture, in Canada we celebrate the gratitude holiday on the same weekend that Columbus Day is observed in the US.… Read more

Time to Downsize: Selling the Family Home

downsizing the family home

Not my house, but you get the idea.

The arc of the American Dream: go to school, graduate, get a job, work hard so you can buy a house, pay the mortgage for years and years while you raise your children, retire and realize the house is too big or you want to live somewhere else, sell the house and buy your dream retirement home.… Read more

Toys You Can Make: Playdough and More


How to entertain the grandkids? The age-old problem. My lifestyle has moved on a bit from the toddler stage, and there are only so many age-appropriate toys I can keep for them year-to-year. So how about making some toys?

Playdough comes immediately to mind.… Read more