Bypass the drones

Last summer (sometime in July 2006) I completed the forms required to re-register for our provincial MCP (medical care plan). At that time, I couldn’t find Katherine’s MCP card. In fact, I’m not sure she ever actually had one. I know she had a hospital card (got one when she was born) and was registered…

Sanity possibly returning

The portion of my sanity which is in some way affiliated with having had enough sleep has been granted a temporary reprieve. Thanks to Mom, who came over Friday morning and played with Katherine so that I could sleep AND who brought supper. We ate better and survived. Thanks to Heather, Bob, Jean and Eleanor…

The amazing insomniac lawyer gives up sleeping for Lent

Actually, since last Lent. We’re well beyond 40 days now. For the past year or so, John has only slept in three-hour spates.  Sometimes he sits bolt upright in a panic, fearing being late for work or forgetting something. Sometimes he wakes up and raises himself slowly to loom over me so that he could…

A (Not So Good) Legacy of my Grandma

My Grandma passed along many gifts to me. Some were wonderful (my artistic ability and some of the training to use it) and some were less than fabulous. Among the latter is her concept of a thing, lost, lying in some perfectly reasonable location and laughing at your inability to find it. If there is…

oh the pain.

After burning the entire inside of your your mouth, your tongue and your lips rather badly and finally managing to get the agony to subside enough to finish some portion your lunch (but not before inadvertently whacking yourself on the head three times with two cupboard doors and a chair), the very last thing you…

The knitting diet

I’m working on my forth pair of socks since New Year’s and have lost 13 pounds. Yes, friends, there is a correlation. I discovered that one of the things that results in my eating too much is wanting something to do with my hands that isn’t work-work in the evening. Popcorn helps, but it’s still…

The Curse of the Cervical Pillow

It was a dark and stormy day. All the earth was shrouded in clouds of snow and battered by gusting winds. The Fearless Lawyer bravely fought his way home from the office, his briefcase clutched in his sweaty palm as though it were a talisman against the forces of nature. Suddenly, he was beset by…

Add to your medicine cabinet…

… Second Skin. Yesterday, while I was taking bread out of the bread machine, I chanced to rest my forearm against one of the metal portions of the unit. The resulting burn took off several layers of skin in a 1.5″ x 3/4″ strip. Not pleasant. After cooling it in water for some time, I…

Weird weekend – warning: lots of whining

Right, so we’re down to a month until everything for the show has to be completed and two days before photography for the invites has to be done. Not everything need be ready for photographing, but I do need a good selection of pieces available and they should be representative of what the show will…

Two feet and a heartbeat

Finding extra time in our lives these days is difficult on a good day. What with John’s job, my work (and the extra stress of the upcoming show and Christmas season), Katherine, three dogs, two tanks full of fish and a half an acre of weeds, not to mention family and household stuff, time is…

Back on my feet again

In recent years, I’ve developed seasonal allergies. When I was around twenty, I got a horrendous rash after kneeling in what looked to me to be ordinary, countryside turf. In subsequent years, my feet and lower legs have been made to suffer during late July and early August because of some unknown substance.At first I…