The Legend of the HMS Bathtub

I found this photo in my camera roll the other day and thought that maybe it was time to share the story that goes with it. Every family has a few colourful characters and some families have more than their fair share, either in terms of quantity or quality. One of the latter such was…

Broken-broken

John: We’re heading to the office now. Going to print off Katherine’s project and glue it to the project board. Me: Okay. I’m going to tidy up and do some cooking. John: Sounds good. Oh! I turned the dishwasher on and it made a weird noise, so I turned it back off again. Me: Right….

A Hard Day’s Night

We’re driving home. “Other Side” comes on the radio. Me: I need to put more Aerosmith on my ipod. John: And that’s Thing #482 of “Things You Don’t Expect Your Wife To Say She Wants To Do” List. Me: We’ve been together for almost 20 years. How do you NOT know this about me? And…

The trouble with…. zombies?

Our peaceful and pleasant Sunday afternoon walk through the woods and autumn foliage sparked the following conversation: Katherine: Hey Mom, remember that ad on the radio about the zombie thing? How they gave you a map and let you run through the woods at night being chased by zombies? Doesn’t that sound AWESOME? Me: Uh,…

Scents and Sensibility

Saturday morning trip to the supermarket, culminating in a stop at the deodorant wall. (Previous forays into shampoo noted here and here.) Me: There are too many. I am not “Wild Freesia”. John: You could be “Summer Citrus”. Me: Nah. “Fruity Melon” is right out. John: Here’s you! “Radiantly Fresh”. Me: I’m “Radiantly Fresh”? Have…

Little Blue Men

Katherine wanders out into the kitchen at 7:10. John and I have been up since 5:50, but we let her sleep. K: I’m snoozy. And stretchy. And a lot hungry. Me: The eggs are in the pan over there. Help yourself! John: Those sound like Smurfs. Me: What? Eggs? John: No, Snoozy, Stretchy and Hungry….

It still works

“You’re mocking me again.” It’s a familiar breakfast refrain in our house. I used to wonder why he married me, until I realized that I am a source of constant entertainment and bemusement to him. “Only you would make a game out of cleaning up, ” was his retort. “I’m a mother. THAT’S WHAT WE…

Sometimes you do the best you can.

  We somehow ended up in Heart’s Content (among other places) on Saturday. I’m still not precisely sure how that happened, but given our relatively high levels of stress lately and given that Katherine was out-of-town, a road trip was just the ticket. There was a problem when we came to the lighthouse, though. We…

New Page: The Lighthouse Pyramids

Hello, my name is Vicky and I make Lighthouse Pyramids. Or more accurately, I orchestrate them and shoot the results. All families have traditions. Some of those traditions make sense only to the people in the family; viewed from outside, many traditions appear silly or plainly incomprehensible. These are, we feel, the very best sorts…

Oh, the people you’ll meet!

I love Newfoundland, not only for the scenery, which is gobsmackingly beautiful, but also for the people you find here. The other evening it was beautiful and warm. This may be one of the few things of which I am not particularly fond in this marvelous place; the weather. It was 20ºC (which is about…

Interesting discoveries

The weather prediction was that today would be a snow day. Preparatory to this, I made sure there was chocolate and wine and other Good Things to eat in the house. Last night we had a glass of wine, ate some chocolate and watched a movie. It was quite nice. Afterwards, I very carefully put…

Once upon a time….

… there was a little girl who loved sheep. One day she asked her mom for a sheep birthday cake and her mom was stumped. You see, she had already made sheep cakes in the past and she was running out of ideas. The mom was looking on The Internet for ideas one day when…