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To everything, there is a season

Posted by Marlinee on Oct 11, 2015 in Houses, Middle Age

So now we begin our forced march towards winter. There is no choice but to put one foot in front of the other and soldier on into certain peril. November’s gloom looms on the horizon and March won’t enter the frame until six months from now. It’s almost time to pack up the cans and [...]

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Birds of a feather

Posted by Marlinee on Aug 14, 2015 in Houses

I have always been fascinated with flamingos. Really, who can resist something that pink? Something that is real but looks fake. Kind of like what Donald Trump claims about his hair. But I digress. Maybe the reason fake flamingos are so popular is because flamingos are so inherently bogus themselves. And speaking of fake flamingos, [...]

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Your mama don’t dance

Posted by Marlinee on Feb 22, 2015 in Houses

It was a simpler time back in the early 1970s. Or maybe that’s not true. Maybe it was just a different time. And in many ways it couldn’t have been a more different time than today. At least by then we were ‘allowed’ to wear pants to school, the boys having long moved on to [...]

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Breakin’ dishes

Posted by Marlinee on Nov 23, 2014 in Houses

The one true way to figure out you have too much stuff is to pack up to move. All of those things stuck way in the back of the kitchen cupboards, in that place over the fridge or in the blind corner cabinet were probably never very useful to begin with, otherwise they wouldn’t be [...]

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Homeward Bound

Posted by Marlinee on Nov 9, 2014 in Houses

I have not rented anything since about 1987, until now that is. I have discovered that re-entering the rental market in 2014 is kind of like re-entering the dating market if you have been off the shelf for a few decades. In fact there are many similarities. 1. The photos (or lack thereof). As you [...]

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Four in the morning

Posted by Marlinee on Sep 7, 2014 in Houses

There is something about four in the morning for my cat, especially when he is at the cottage. His internal clock says, no matter how comfortable his sleep on my bed and no matter how dark it is outside, it’s time to go out and roust out the creatures of the forest. Earlier in the [...]

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Please Mr. Postman

Posted by Marlinee on Feb 17, 2014 in Houses, Middle Age

You probably know that Canada Post has decided to phase out the remaining bastions of door-to-door delivery. This would include me (the knowing part, as well as the soon to be without delivery part). The decline of mail delivery has been going on for a long time, so I am mildly amused with those who [...]

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Run away, run away

Posted by Marlinee on Nov 10, 2013 in Houses

This may be an unfortunate way to start, but my inspiration this week is that an 81 year old man in Toronto just got arrested for murdering his roommate in his downtown nursing home. There are many things wrong with this (starting with the murder thing) but perhaps the most important is that he had [...]

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It’s on the list

Posted by Marlinee on Sep 26, 2013 in Houses

Those who know me know that I am not a procrastinator. In fact I am the opposite of a procrastinator although I don’t know what the word for that would be. Oh wait, Mr. Google could probably tell me. One moment pleaseā€¦ The answer is proactive. I don’t understand how both words can begin with [...]

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Colours of my mind

Posted by Marlinee on Aug 27, 2013 in Houses, Middle Age

In case you didn’t know this, Pantone, the people who invented the paint colour chart, are also in charge of annual colour trend predictions for fashion. This fall expect to see lots of Acai, Samba and Turbulence (the latter of which inexplicably is a kind of a blue colour – I would have expected turbulence [...]

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