The Zombies Ate My Brains

Rescuing what might remain of the grey matter.

An Acquired Taste: Petits Pois à la Paysanne

I grew up in Waterloo Region, in southern Ontario. The area is known for its Mennonite and German culture. That cultural background and a need to economize explains the “eccentric” items that were served up at dinner time in our 1960’s household. Beef liver Pigtails roasted in sauerkraut Ham hocks, ditto Sweet breads Pickled tongue Sure we had hotdogs, and Campbell’s tomato soup, and Velveeta. Remember Velveeta? And now and […]

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A Prayer

I’d crow. To the rafters. To the world. I’m sorry. I love you. Forgive me. Please. Guide me. Inspired by Daily Post If you could wake up tomorrow and be fluent in any language you don’t currently speak, which would it be? Why? What’s the first thing you do with your new linguistic skills? Photographers, artists, poets: show us TONGUE. Lead Photo from http://hisdarknostalgia.tumblr.com/

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Kitchen Cupboards – a Nutritional Remodel

The folks at Daily Prompt invited us to write about kitchen magic – tools or ingredients we can’t do without. Lately, in our household, it’s been more about what we MUST do without. The kitchen cupboard is undergoing a remodel, in terms of what is on the shelves.  As a matter of fact, as time goes on, the inventory of pantry items dwindles as the list of food sensitivities and […]

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Good Fences Do Make Good Neighbours – Eventually

As you may have read elsewhere, my current address is my seventeenth. That many moves in forty years does not allow time to build lasting relationships with neighbours. At every stop, I did manage to become acquainted with the households on either side of mine. Some good, some not so good, and one or two have morphed into friendships for life. Turns out seventeen is a lucky number. For about […]

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See What I mean?

See what I mean? Indulge me please, in a wee rant. Look at this advertisement from December 1916. Just look at it! There are so many things wrong with this, I don’t know where to begin. A picture is worth a thousand words. Which is good, because I’m speechless. OK, not speechless any more: That contraption? It’s an IRON!? What the hell were they thinking when they built that bad […]

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Heart Health

I’ve been granted magical engineering skills, but I can only use them to build one gadget or machine. What do I build? That’s easy: a bullshit detector. But not just your common or garden variety BSD. No sir! This sucker can do it all! It not only detects, but it translates and reveals the hidden messages, the lies, the prevarications and political propaganda. The detector is an inoculation, a potion, […]

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It’s a Chore

I don’t mind most housework, mostly because I don’t DO housework.  Not to the degree that my mom used to do. Jean maintained a rigid schedule. Dishes done after EVERY meal. Beds made EVERY morning. Friday nights the main floor vacuumed and dusted. Saturday was laundry-day and upstairs clean-up, including the bathroom. (Don’t forget, this is before we had dish-washers and automatic clothes washers and dryers.) The rest of the […]

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