It’s so cold that…

Everyone is coming up with their worst-case scenario stories this week as temps drop well below -30. But there are fun things about the cold, too! People are posting videos of boiling water tossed up to freeze in mid-air and pictures of eyelashes turned to frosty fringes as they collect freezing breath over a scarf. I found this interesting object d’art just a few steps down our back alley. Slightly warm air exhausted from a garage was working hard to create its own ice tower.

Thinking of escaping -32?

Some Canadian to-see places for 2020. An interesting list of possibilities to ponder over your morning coffee while Alexa decribes this week’s forecast. I got my start in Tofino, and now basking in the balmy temps–warming up to -35 today in Saskatoon (both locales on the list!)



Just ahead of story assignments for the Spring issue, the Saskatoon HOME and Prairies North gang gathered as guests of intrepid publishers Amanda and Rob Soulodre. Wonderful to get together with fellow writers, editors and photographers at the Soulodre home. Even Mr. Pickles got into the holiday spirit, sorta. Following the appies, we all loaded into a limo to tour the mesmerizing Enchanted Forest at the Forestry Farm. On until January 6th; you should go! Still plenty of time to get 2020 subscriptions to these magazines, a great holiday gift that keeps on giving all year around!

65 years later

It all began in Seattle. My parents, Fred and Doris Melberg, were married in 1954 in a quiet little ceremony. Folk singer Walt Robertson was Dad’s best man. Walt’s girlfriend Liz Ritzau stood up for Mom. Also attending Grandma Melberg, and Mom’s Auntie Sal and Uncle Merrill Musgrave (interesting family factoid: he was the engineer who invented the machine to crack the outer shell of the macadamia nut). Fast forward 65 years to Saskatoon. On December 3rd, Mom and Dad had another quiet celebration to mark the milestone. We delivered a stack of well wishes from family, friends, and a few notables like Mayor Charlie, the premier, the lietenant governor, the Governor General, the Prime Minister, and even the Queen! Mingus, the neighbour’s cat, came by with a congratulatory cuddle. Thanks to Heather for the cupcakes, which Jim guarded carefully.

Holiday spirit

Always so much fun to attend Anthony Bidulka and Herb McFaull’s holiday opener. I had the pleasure of interviewing Tony (yet again) about the beautiful Bella Vista renovation at their home. You can read it in the Summer 2019 Saskatoon HOME issue. My date Heather Fritz and I had a wonderful time, so thank you Tony and Herb for sharing your special launch of the festive season. The Harry Potter tree was my favourite; the mandrake was adorable! If you could just have a jumbo shrimp tree just for me next year…

HOME is here

Amanda and Rob at Farmhouse Communications are delighted to present the Winter issue of Saskatoon HOME magazine. For this issue, I was happy to spend an afternoon with businessperson and philanthropist Colleen Mah, and an evening with perfumer Palma Cafolla (needless to say, I smell really nice these days.) I also enjoyed talking with ice architect Don Greer; if you’re a Frozen fan (or if you just can’t get those songs out of your head), wait until you see what he’s cooking up for his front yard! Don’t forget to subscribe; HOME is going to subscription distribution so don’t miss out. Here’s what we’ve packed into this issue:
Cover story: a bold and dramatic home on Sask Crescent
 Ice sculpture magic with Don Greer
Farmhouse modern: a couple’s journey to feeling grounded
The history of wartime housing
Authentic perfumer Palma Cafolla (the beautiful Irish Italian artist at work, bottom right–photo Jaclyn Heinrichs)
Q&A with Colleen Mah (that’s me with Colleen, bottom left–photo Lillian Lane)
 Pochero, a classic Filipino dish
Home automation: high tech innovations


Read online or pull up a cozy chair and read the hard copy magazine, available with a subscription for guaranteed delivery to you at home.


Our friends’ son loves to shovel snow. He has Asperger’s and doesn’t always feel comfortable connecting with people. He prefers snow shoveling as a solitary activity, so he has come up with a great solution to the pressure of too much interaction when he’s on the job.