20 Years From Now...

"20 YEARS FROM NOW," Mark Twain said, “you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than the ones you did.”THIS online journal is dedicated to our next 20 years!

Thursday, 11 June 2020

Spring Has Sprung!

It boggles the mind (well, at least it boggles mine) that another month of staying at home, social distancing, obsessive hand washing and donning face masks to go to the grocery store have passed since my last blog post. 

In some ways those four weeks feel like an eternity, in others they passed as quickly as a blink of an eye at hyper speed. Yet, it's the subtle day-to-day changes that have made the biggest impact upon me this year and pandemic aside, the transition from spring to not-quite-summer has been spectacular. 

Wednesday, 13 May 2020

10 Weeks into the "New Normal"

The past few months have been a game changer and like everyone else we've been staying at home, social distancing, obsessive hand washing and donning homemade face masks to go to the grocery store. 

Wednesday, 26 February 2020

5-Day Housesit With Our REAL Grand-Fur Babies!

Of the many housesits we’ve completed during the past ten years the one we just completed today is extra special for a number of reasons. One, it's the first sit we’ve done for our daughter and son-in-law who live in Massachusetts and two, we spent the past five days with our real grand fur babies, Doug and Walter!

L to R: Walter, Doug

Saturday, 8 February 2020


Since changing our eating habits in early 2019 John's been on the lookout for recipes that complement this new way of life. One of our favourites is a sweet treat named Clafoutis. 

Wednesday, 5 February 2020

Winterlude: Ice Sculpture Competition

It's Winterlude in Ottawa (January 31 - February 17) and the Ice Sculpture competition took place on Sparks Street this past weekend. It drew contestants from around the world and throngs of onlookers. Sadly, we didn't make it downtown until today and as the temperature has hovered around and above the zero Celsius mark the past few days some melting has taken place. Nonetheless, we were thoroughly impressed by the creations.