2020 Wrap Up

I was intending to write this posting, along with the other two I posted earlier today, last evening after I finished watching the World Juniors Canada vs. Finland game on Zoom with my friends, Cath and Mel. Except that we had so much fun watching that game that we continued on Zoom to watch the […] →Read more

Goals for 2020 – The Final Check In

Let’s see how I did on my goals for 2020, remembering that the only meaningful goal for 2020 end up being to survive. Anything beyond that is gravy! The ones I accomplished! I’ve KonMari’ed all the bathroom stuff (including toiletries, make-up, and towels). I’ve KonMari’ed all the kitchen stuff.  6. I’ve made 20 new foods and/or beverages that I’ve […] →Read more

Goal Crushed: Made 60+ New Foods/Drinks in 2020

Given that cooking was a common pandemic activity, I completely crushed my goal of making 20 foods or drinks that I had never made before. Instead of just 20, I made 62 new foods/drinks this year! Because of this, this blog post is ridiculously long (I’ve been working on it for a week!). You may […] →Read more

All The Books I Read in 2020

My goal for 2020 was to read 20 books. I didn’t managed to do that, but it’s 2020 so all bets are off. I read 15 books and I am entirely fine with that. Also, although I read fewer books this year than last year (I read 20 in 2019), I read more pages (4,069 […] →Read more

Home Improvements

2020 was a year for home renos for many people. For those who were lucky enough to keep their jobs and who usually spend a bunch of money on travelling, sprucing up the old homestead seemed like a good way to spend the money that would otherwise have gone to flights and hotels. Plus people […] →Read more

Crick Update

Speaking of medical mysteries, I just realized that I haven’t given an update on how my sweet baby Crick is doing in quite awhile. When last I blogged about her, she was recovering from surgery to remove (most of) the giant lump in her neck. We weaned her off of prednisone, and her lump has […] →Read more

Stabbing Myself For Science!

So I signed up to be in a study where you send a blood sample in the mail and they test your blood for antibodies to COVID-19. I signed up for it eleventy billion years ago, but there were delays in actually sending the kits because supply chain. Honestly, I did not expect that supply […] →Read more

Low Key Christmas

Christmas this year, like everything else this year, was different. Typically, I would go spent a couple of weeks at my sister’s place in Ontario over the holidays, but given the public health recommendation that we don’t travel outside our local community, and that you can’t have anyone from outside your household in your home, […] →Read more

On the twelfth day of donating…

A global pandemic is a scary and chaotic time. Between job losses, worries about loved ones contracting the disease (especially elders and friends and family who work in health care and in other front line, essential work), worries about loved one being isolated, dealing with isolation oneself, people having to balance working from home while […] →Read more

On the eleventh day of donating…

Of all [the Food Bank’s] clients, 24% are children and youth, 58% are adults, and 18% are seniors. Source: https://foodbank.bc.ca/about-us/ The Greater Vancouver Food Bank provides assistance to nearly 8,500 people directly and tens of thousands more people through their Community Agency Partners every week! That’s a lot of people. And that’s just to support […] →Read more