Timmie, I love you and I’m sorry

My loyalty to Tim Hortons has never been an issue. Ever since they came out with "steeped" tea (I'm not a coffee drinker) I've been a card-carrying member of the club, eagerly pulling up to the drive-thru to get my large or extra-large steeped tea with milk. It's served so hot I can't drink it for at least 20 minutes. Then I slowly start sipping to test the waters. I can make a cup last about two or three hours and by then I'm madly looking for a washroom. However,…

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An invention waiting for an inventor

In her book about menopause called The Sexy Years, Suzanne Somers recommends a magic elixir of so-called natural biodentical hormones to relieve the symptoms. She describes the Seven Dwarfs of Menopause as Itchy, Bitchy, Sweaty, Sleeping, Bloated, Forgetful, and All-Dried-Up. This part is true. And taking hormones does relieve the symptoms. But doctors are reluctant to prescribe hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for a prolonged length of time because of concerns about the unknown long-term potential health consequences. The fact remains that HRT makes you feel once again like a normal…

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Trip to Italy Tripped

The critics and I don't agree on this one. Steve Coogan's new movie entitled The Trip to Italy costarring Rob Brydon has been hailed as excellent but I found it a bit of a disappointment. For the $9.50 admission fee (I'm a senior) I was expecting a culinary and visual feast of amazing food and stunning scenery of the wonderful sights including the Amalfi coast. What I saw was protracted intellectual conversation drawn out in various restaurants while the pair enjoyed assorted courses of Italian food. Beginning in the north…

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I’ve come a long way baby!

In previous posts I've described my susceptibility to being taken in by advertising for the latest and greatest cosmetics and personal care products. There's a cupboard in my basement with enough toiletries, shampoo and cosmetics to stock my own Shoppers Drug Mart or at least supply our whole neighbourhood until the end of (my) time, or in the event of a nuclear attack. The situation became so out of hand that I decided we needed a new vanity in our bathroom. The one that came with the house and installed…

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Tea baggers have now gone too far!

Everywhere we look on our pantry shelves these days our food items are shrinking—literally. Manufacturers obviously think we're all idiots and won't notice if they reduce a box of cereal from 250 grams to 200 grams then to 185 grams without changing the price. It's their sneaky way of upping the unit cost to us without upping the price and frankly I'm getting really fed up. The issue has been covered on the consumer reports portion of the news on TV and we're all aware of the trend. My morning box…

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It Wasn’t Pretty was pretty good

Celebrities and movie stars are not my thing. I do not watch ET or read People Magazine (except the free copy while I'm getting a mani-pedi), and I get impatient with the disproportionate amount of media coverage they get for their contribution to life in general. While I enjoy going to the movies and have a passing interest in the industry behind it, I'm not generally a fan. Except when it comes to a few women and one of those women is Diane Keaton. I fell in love with her style…

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