Sunday, February 26, 2017


For the record, this is not my footprint. It belongs to someone I was following on the beach who's feet are not nearly as ugly as mine. 

But we were here. 

In Punta Cana, walking the beaches with thousands of other souls in so many different shapes and sizes.

We listened to the waves wash in with a gentle swoosh as they gave the sand a sloppy wet kiss.

We were treated like royalty at the Riu Palace Bavaro, where the staff went out of the way to meet all your wants and needs.

I ate a lot of seafood: Lobster Risotto

Sea bass, cod and Sushi!


The desserts were nothing to sneeze at either!

I spent most of my time by the pool, reading and swimming. Much to my surprise, I usually had the pool to myself - seems most everyone just wanted to dip in for a minute to cool off before they headed back to their lounger and cerveza. Me, I was doing laps: back stroke, breast stroke, side stroke, dives, somersaults. When I get the chance to swim, I'm gonna take it!

We landed back in Canada early Saturday morning around 4:00 am. I thought Lulu was going to pee on the floor she was so excited to see us! 

The opportunity to take such a luxurious holiday only magnified my sense of gratefulness. Not just for going on the trip but for all I have waiting for me at home. Everything from my bed and the big chair in the front room, to the clarity of Canadian light, and for doing the simple things, like walking the dog and baking banana bread. 

So I'm sending up a big prayer of thanks for enjoying adventures in far off exotic lands and for the comforts of home. 

Thanks for letting me be here. 

Sunday, February 19, 2017


This past week was Valentine's Day so to show the love I made some treats for my peeps at the office.

 Strawberry and raspberry tarts 

And cookies: ginger and some white chocolate vanilla! Because I'm all about putting others first you know....


I have to be honest..this is not a blog about thinking of others first. If that's what you want, this is not the blog you are looking for..

Cause to be honest, right now I'm here..

Doing this:

And looking at these!

Having a wonderful time, wish you were all here!

Sunday, February 12, 2017


If I were a betting woman, I would guess you usually have some sort of music floating around in your head. Something you heard on the radio or a catchy commercial ditty. Or, something from your own music collection. 

I know I do. Follows me around while I carry out my morning ablutions, while I'm walking the dog, working, eating- my own personal musical just going on in my head. The song changes up when another ear worm invades and takes over my head space. 

"Ear worm, or brain worm" is described as "stuck song syndrome, a catchy piece of music that continually repeats through a person's mind after it is no longer playing." Well, some of them are catchy, some are just plain annoying!

I love music. All kinds (except Country....sorry. Just can't do it).  

Some I love because of the memories they bring. Memories of loved ones or a beautiful moment I can somehow relive while the song is playing. Led Zeppelin always reminds me of my sister Heidi. 

The musician in me will fall in love with the bass or drum line or a gut wrenching solo. The guitar solo in Elvin Bishop's "Fooled around and Fell in Love" nails it.  

Some I love cause they are great work out songs - hats off to the awesome funk of Earth Wind and Fire and Bruno Mars! 

Some, are so beautifully engineered they are works of art in themselves. John Mayer that's some team you got working for you!

I have classic rock, funk, inspirational, classical, jazz, pop, alternative all hanging around on my music collection and in my head space.  

You have yours too - quite likely there's some country in there. hey - to each his own. What happens in your Musical, stays in your Musical.  I won't judge you by your iPod!

Sunday, February 5, 2017


On Friday, I was chatting with a coworker about our weekend plans. 

I was pretty excited! Friday night included getting groceries and then home for sushi and opening a new bottle of spanish wine!! AND as a bonus, I didn't even have to pick up the sushi!


My how things have changed...Friday night used to mean heading out on the town for a good time!

This is myself (in the middle) with friends Brenda and Lisa on New Years Eve. I'm 19 at the time...maybe 20. The pic is a little fuzzy cause it's old. Like me -  fuzzy and old.

My favourite food was home made chocolate chip cookies. 

Now it's homemade Granola! A girl at work calls it "white man's crack!"

Front walkovers and cigarettes are definitely out. Pilates and water with lemon are in. Where have I gone?? What the heck happened?? Even scarier....what will I be like in another 25 years, well into my 70s??

But wait....some things have not changed....I still Love Godzilla!

It was on TV last night. A 2014 version and still awesome! I remember back in the 1970s on Saturday afternoons I would watch Monster Movie! Loved the cheesy Godzilla back then, still love it today! You can bet I will be rockin' the rocking chair at 75 watching Godzilla stomping and blowing blue flames.

So take heart all you young things growing up, having babies and adapting your lifestyle. Inevitably, things will change. 

But Godzilla will still be as Badass as ever!