A glass of sunshine

If we could only reach! I thought I’d post this just to remind myself I was wearing flip-flops just a couple of weeks ago. Just outside our hotel room in Gilroy, California. I think other people helped themselves to OJ for breakfast before Jim and I thought of it.



A little illustrating project

Since I’ve been immersed in an all-consuming writing project lately, along with HOME magazine demands, I haven’t been doing much drawing. That suddenly changed over the last couple of days. I was asked to do some work for a friend in Alberta who needed illustrations for a marketing presentation. Another friend in Lumsden asked for a memorial portrait of their faithful dog Pal to cheer up the granddaughters. And this biggie, illustrations to accompany a little project our grandson Alexander and I have been working on. Shh, it’s a secret!

It felt good to get the old dusty pencil crayons out again and limber up the old drawing muscles.

Nice, ice, Canada

Canadians Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir are now the most decorated figure skaters in Olympic history. I dare you to watch them without tears in your eyes.


Oh. And we’re pretty good on snow, too. Canada’s Cassie Sharpe dominates women’s freestyle skiing halfpipe for GOLD.


Going with the Flow

I enjoyed the opportunity to meet this magazine man during the YMCA Caribou Classic on New Year’s Day. Paul Miazga is the editor and publishing force behind Flow magazine in Saskatoon, a magazine that keeps readers up on everything happening around the eclectic and historic Riversdale neighbourhood, and throughout the city. You can pick up a copy almost anywhere in this vibrant part of town, and you can read it online. Evidently there are no rules about an editor’s height in the magazine business.

Karin and Paul

1949 revisited

This summer, we managed to snag four beautiful solid fir doors with original hardware from our neighbours who did a reno on their 1920s home. Interior doors, two must have been closet doors since they had heavy bevelled glass panes. Sadly, one broke but behind it we discovered a fascinating surprise. May 17 and 18, 1949 editions of the Star Phoenix were used for padding behind the glass. I was able to extract the paper mostly intact after donning goggles and taking a hammer to the last of the glass. The ads are quaint, and news items are often blunt, and housewives sure had plenty of ads presented to them with ideas for pleasing their husbands. I love finding this sort of stuff! In the Fall 2017 issue of Saskatoon HOME magazine, we featured a story about other interesting artifacts people discover hidden in their homes. The doors have gone off to a friend’s son in Alberta, a woodworker, who plans to restore them to their former glory. If anyone has a suggestion about where to donate the newspapers, let me know. The City Archives has everything on microfiche, but maybe there’s a Star Phoenix collector out there?