Books: The best gift ever!

Your blogger had a very successful day this week selling my three books at an arts and crafts show at Riverwood Golf Club in Port Charlotte, Florida. It was lovely to be back in the saddle after being so constricted in our social lives by COVID for more than two years. Amidst tables of creative artwork, jewelry, paintings, sewing, Christmas decorations, woodwork, and other amazing…

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Stop with the celebrity gossip already!

Over the last few years, I’ve managed to whittle my magazine subscription addiction down from eighteen magazines per month to a mere three and they’re all Canadian publications. Much as I would love to support print publications, the contents of most no longer meet my needs or stimulate my imagination. There was a time when I thought I would like to be reincarnated as a…

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How are baby boomers adapting to the rising cost of living?

Our Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland recently made some wise suggestions on how Canadians can save money during these challenging economic times. In her own household, she took the brave step of canceling her children’s Disney+ streaming service, suggesting her children are too old for it anyway, which helps soften the blow. That Marie-Antoinette-inspired gesture alone saved her $13.99 per month. As seniors…

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His and Hers: The key to a happy marriage!

Bette Davis once commented that having separate bathrooms was the key to marital happiness. While I appreciate where she’s coming from, not everyone can afford real estate with His and Hers privies. Most of us, however, can afford other everyday conveniences that are used separately by couples who are cohabiting. I was reminded of this just today when I reached into the kitchen drawer to get my can opener…

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The challenges of aging are mounting and so is my level of frustration

Do childproof caps sometimes defeat you or is it just me? It’s one thing to not understand how to operate all our electronic devices but when childproof tops become insurmountable we could have a problem. It happened to me this week when I tried to clean my toilet. I’ve had this problem before and usually manage to eventually figure things out but not this time….

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Double your pleasure; double your fun with two great books about buying a rural home in France

Have you ever dreamed of buying an old farmhouse in France and spending your summers there? Many people have done just that but no one describes the experience as wonderfully and with as much humour as Mark Greenside in his book I’ll Never Be French (no matter what I do. The book was published in 2008 and written when French currency was in francs but…

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