Blogging like I used to: bra and panties fiasco at Winners

For the remaining few months I remain here at WordPress.com I will blog like I used to; with storytelling.

To read about my first mishap that day, check out at the gas pump story.

After my latte at Starbucks I browsed Indigo, the huge book store probably resembling a Barnes and Noble, and sat down at one of the tables. It was empty, which was a surprise; all the tables in the coffee shop were taken but no one was reading in the bookshop?

As I began to sip my coffee I glanced at my phone, but I just couldn’t concentrate. I looked up and realized why: Prince Harry was staring at me from all the surrounding bookshelves.

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Blogging like I used to: at the gas pump

For the remaining few months I remain here at WordPress.com I will blog like I used to; with storytelling. 

Most cars I’ve owned, co-owner or driven were Hondas, Toyotas, Hyundais. They all have their fuel gas filler hole thingy (what is that thing called?) on the left, aka driver’s side.

I drive a GM-made car now, my dad’s 20-year old Saturn. The fuel gas filler hole thingy on this car is on the right.

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I bid you adieu (but not until May)

Today I discovered that my auto-renewal of my Premium plan with WordPress is on May 23 of this year.

I mean, I knew it was coming up sometime in the spring but I didn’t remember the exact date.

Now I know. And I’m glad I checked, because I made a decision: as of May 23, I will no longer pay for this WP site. I turned off the auto-renewal.

I think I’ve evolved beyond this blog.

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The infamous journey of If Not Now, When (part 2)

This post is a taking stock of the journey so far, which began when I turned 50 and continues now, four years later, with more gusto and fervor and, hopefully, lessons learned and applied. To keep things manageable, I decided to turn this into a short, multi-part series. Part 1 is here. Thank you for your readership and follow – it means the world to me to be able to share my insights with so many of you.

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The infamous journey of If Not Now, When (part 1)

This post is about taking stock of the If Not Now When journey so far. It all began the year I turned 50, a time of reflection, resolutions, urgency and determination. My adventure is far from over and continues now, four years later, with more gusto and fervor and, hopefully, lessons learned and applied, so hang on to your hat (as I hang on to mine).

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Pairing wine with the zodiac

A slight detour from the tarot cards: astrology and wine

As is customary for end of old year/beginning of new year activities, the world of astrology is all aflutter with excitement come January. You see a myriad of horoscopes, predictions and future analysis appear across every media platform, and people are more than happy to gobble up every last shred of hope, happiness and possibility matched to their zodiac sun signs.

One morning between Christmas and New Year I sat in my usual spot in the living room where mom and I consume our morning coffees. On the little glass table before me was a cutout clipping from a newspaper she gets delivered every day. (The Toronto Star)

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Circulating fresh air

As far back as I can remember, bedroom windows were opened as soon as their sleepy inhabitants rose. In winter, a warm housecoat would be put on first, and in summer, a thinner one (or none). The point is, the windows were opened to circulate fresh air through the room.

Some of you know I grew up in Switzerland. My grandmother and my mom both opened windows in all the bedrooms while simultaneously uncovering the beds. It was standard practice and called “airing out the room”. Sometimes, the duvet or blankets would stay on the ledge of the open window, reminding me of a folk tale called Frau Holle. When Frau Holle shook out her duvet, the landscape around her became covered in snowflakes.

source: wikipedia
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A little weather drama just in time for the holidays

After much hype and anticipation, the weather bomb cyclone hit my region on Friday morning. I woke up at the standard time of about 5:30 am. Two things popped into my head immediately:

  1. There’s no reason to get up and cook breakfast for anybody as there was no school or hockey practice, and
  2. my head hurt in a way that was very unfamiliar.
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A glimpse into the life of Tucker the Beagle

Yesterday I was in the city house with the family. I was helping out with some chores before I returned to the suburbs, like laundry and cooking.

At one point, I thought I was alone. Everyone was either not home or busy someplace in the basement. Even Tucker was quiet…

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