Author Archives: Mermaid

Uncle George, We Will All Miss You

When I first met my husband’s Uncle George, I knew I liked him right away. He arrived for a long weekend at the cottage with raspberry pies. These weren’t just any raspberry pies, these were the most delicious pies that I had ever tasted. I was surrounded by healthy food and healthy eaters and a […]

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Halloween Is Finally Over At Our House!

This probably only makes sense if you saw the picture shown below from December. Now that Halloween is finally, officially over at our house. Makes me a little sad and a little happy at the same time. I sure got my money’s worth out of that balloon, wouldn’t you say?    December 2008 

Mom, I’m The Kicker

Birk was getting in the shower. Her 7 year old body jumping up and down and squiggling out of her clothes. She looked at me with a big smile and joyfully said with a jump to punctuate her point, “Mom, I was the kicker!” We had talked about many things that evening. I tried to […]

Setting Your Kid On Fire

Just had to mention the first exciting event for our kids of 2009: Birk setting herself on fire. George took the kids outside to light sparklers–which is a real treat as sparklers are not allowed in California. It was sub zero weather, so we bundled up everyone. Hats, mitts, gloves, snowpants, neckwarmers, you name it, […]

Why Mommy Doesn’t Sew

My daughter begins her first sewing class this Saturday. The instructions were simple: show up with an easy pajama pattern, fabric and notions.  Ruth and I headed to our local fabric store and spent a good hour and a half picking out a pattern and cute fabric. We asked many newbie questions, as the last […]

Free to Hope

We were lucky today to be able to take our kids to the local one screen theater to watch President Obama’s inauguration. Young and old clapped and cheered. Just like if we were on the plaza: we stood when you were supposed to stand, bowed our heads to pray and sang along with our hands […]

Big City Sliders–Infomercials Through the Eyes of a Child

I was doing some kind of Saturday afternoon thing.  It could have been laundry or unloading the dishwasher, I can’t remember, I just know that Birk pulled me reluctantly away from my duties and dragged me to the t.v.  That girl is pretty strong for 7, so I let myself be dragged. There on the […]

3rd Child Syndrome: Nothing Comes Between a Seven Year Old and Her Cell Phone

Birk was having one of those days.  You know, the kind of day when you want to lock yourself in the bathroom, lie down on the floor and cry your eyes out.  Except, when you are seven, you really do this.   It all started when she booked a playdate.  When you are the third […]

Baileys and Electricity

A storm came through.  It was nestled in between Christmas and New Years.  The winds whistled and whipped through the landscape at racetrack speed.  Trees toppled and power failed.   Thousands of people suffered the outage in Ontario.  Driving through the powerless countryside, we noticed countless poles with orange flags.  Not only were the power […]

The Winter Canadian Chronicles: My Winter Vacation, Wish You Were Here!

8:45 am: the wind is howling across the lake. Roof timbers are shaking–it’s like the wind is moving through the house. Yet the sun shines bright on the snow.
9:00 am: Birk decides that waffles sound like a good idea. I pull out homemade breakfast sausage from the butcher. We mix and pour.
9:10:the lights flicker and fail.