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    Suddenly It’s May

    Dear Amanda, How did it suddenly turn into May? Tomorrow Gavin turns 15. I can’t believe he’s going to start learning to drive already! May the 4th be with us all as he gets behind the driver’s wheel. He’s grown several inches since you last saw him. I guess that’s the nature of teenage boys. […]

  • It’s April… Spring Again… And we Continue…

    Dear Stephanie, It’s been a while. Things seem never-ending during the pandemic that never ends. Currently, Canada is not vaccinating people anywhere near my age, so we continue with another lock-down and stay-at-home order. People are burnt out and tired of it all. I have never been this long without traveling and seeing other people […]

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    How Am I Staying Busy?

    Dear Amanda, Holy smokes did life dial up to 10. How am I staying busy? I dunno I might be slowly losing my mind. I went back to work and am now working from home. My cat is stalking me. He looks cute in this photo. He’s lying. I know, I know. He looks super […]

  • So how are you keeping busy?

    Dear Stephanie… It is that time of year once again. It is starting to get cold in Canada and this is generally the time I would be getting ready to head south or elsewhere where the leaves never leave the trees. I really don’t like Canadian winters. With the world being as crazy as it […]

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    Dear Amanda – Greetings from the Beach

    Dear Amanda, I saw this rainbow this morning while walking the beach and thought of you. I also miss our travels and our old life. I’m thankful I have this amazing beach basically at my doorstep – I just wish you were here with us! This mad, mad world is just crazy town. Never have […]

  • Dear Stephanie… There are two types of people in Quarantine …

      Never before have a seen an image that is more you and me. ? I miss you guys. I miss travel. I miss the old life ….But my cooking skills have improved dramatically ? Almost every day I’m cooking something new. Breads, soups, meats, smokers, different world cuisines. I’ve tried making kefir this week. […]

  • Dear Amanda….

    Life is crazy. I don’t even know where to begin. But we’re all healthy and doing well. My biggest and most exciting news it that I HAVE NEW KNOBS FOR MY STOVETOP. Remember how all the crappy plastic knobs were broken? Yeah, I’ve got these sparkling, new, 100% metal knobs my dad made for me. […]

  • Dear Amanda

    Dear Amanda, I woke up to the news that the airline taking our family to Italy next month abruptly stopped operation. Our flights are *poof* gone. New flights are waaaay outside the budget. Airline¬†says they’re going to refund our money…..but who knows? I’m so, so, so thankful we bought travel insurance. While they won’t buy […]

  • Flight time….

      Dear Stephanie, Once again…. I made the flight. I fly stand by and that means I never know when I’m getting on a flight. I always have to do this juggle of time, loads, days. I never know if I’m getting on the flight to just moments before. It means I get middle rows. […]

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    Dear Amanda – It Was a Mimosa Morning

    Dear Amanda, I’m sorry you’re still sick. If you were here, I’d make you some homemade chicken noodle soup. Today was our monthly neighborhood mimosa morning. On days like today I love my stay-at-home, suburban lifestyle. It was a gorgeous, sunny 78 F today. You’d have loved it. I hope you make it back to […]

  • Dear Stephanie.. I’m still Sick…

      I’ve noticed that at about the 4 months of non-stop travel mark.. I get sick. Very sick. Sick that comes and just stays. I am currently going on week 2+ of a flu that has lived and evolved in my lungs to a level that should not happen. Stay away. I am tired. I […]

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