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First day of May! This is usually my favourite month of the year. Trees in bloom, temperatures rising, tulips, daffodils ...

Well this April hasn't turned out to be my favourite month. Stricter Covid rules mean we cannot get together with anybody outside our household (i.e. in our case, me and Ted) until May 20th. With the exception of getting together outdoors with one other person...

Highlight of the week was getting the first dose of the Covid vaccine on Tuesday - our lives have gotten basic at best. While I'm relieved to get the process started, I'm eager for everyone else to get their shots too. I want everyone to...

Mother Nature decided to skip spring and move right into summer if this week in Ottawa is anything to go by. She'll get no complaint from me. I've been taking a hard copy of my manuscript outside to edit in the warm sunshine. Combined with...

Happy Easter weekend! We're having a pretty nice spring all in all as Ottawa settles back into lockdown as of Friday midnight. Luckily, the snow is gone and the temperatures are warm enough that we can spend lots of time outdoors. Now, if we could...

Well this was a productive week. I finished my manuscript (1st draft anyway) and am fully immersed in the first edit. Giving the book a read from start to finish will determine if the plot holds together sufficiently or if I need to make major...

Happy first day of spring! The weather is warming, the sun is shining, the cardinals are singing ...

Good Saturday morning. Our clocks spring forward tonight so the change of seasons is underway. We had two 12 degree days this past week (before the snow yesterday) and we managed some outdoor social distancing with the neighbours. Things are looking up :-) So my Melissa...

Well, a more promising week as a fourth vaccine is approved and we're told the vaccination schedule is moving up. The hope now is that we'll have our first dose by the start of summer. My fingers and toes are crossed. I had a good interview...

The last weekend of February as we head pell mell toward spring. It's also almost a year since we went into Covid isolation. Odd how we've become used to this altered state of living although we're all eager to get back to pre-Covid days when...

A snowy Saturday in Ottawa but that's okay. We have nowhere to go and the Scotties are on tv! Ted and I are hunkered down, cheering for our daughter Lisa from afar. I interviewed Mary Jane Maffini yesterday as one of the series of Youtube videos...

Good Saturday morning! Those of you following my Facebook account know the little bit of serendipity that came our way this week. Ted and I were sitting in my office and I suggested that the room could use a paint. Ted said he'd read in the...

Another week. Another week hanging out at home. So I put out a call on Facebook for photos of one of my books in an interesting location with your thoughts summed up in a line or your favourite line from the book. Last week, Grace Johnston...

The last few days of January coming to a close. In some ways this is the quickest year ever and in other ways the slowest. I don't know about you, but now when someone asks me what's new, I have a hard time coming up...

The world had a seismic change this past week. Trump has lost his hold on Washington and the U.S. has its first woman sworn in as Vice President. And not just any woman - a woman of mixed race. In addition, here in Canada, our...

Today's the day of the big snow in Ottawa. Twenty-five centimetres possible. Our first real blizzard this winter, which coincides with another 'stay at home' order. A good day to put a fire in the grate and curl up with a good book. On top of...

Happy New Year, everyone. I have to say that 2021 is starting off with a great deal of drama as we watch events unfold in Washington and Georgia. Biden told us to 'buckle up' after the two Democrats won Senate seats in Georgia so I...

Good Saturday morning. We've got a snow/freezing rain event going on in the Ottawa Valley all day today and into tomorrow as we near the half-way point in December. It's been quite a decent month to date so far though so I won't complain. A couple...

It's been a busy week. I recorded another Zoom interview on Wednesday morning, this week with Ottawa author Madona Skaff. Her interview will be posted no the Crime Writers of Canada Youtube site this coming Thursday. You can watch my interview with Barry Finlay, which...

Good Saturday morning. Another busy week just zipped by. We're into the last week of November, which is a bit mind-blowing. Three weeks until Christmas, such as it will be this year. I buckled down this week and got working on my manuscript, clocking in at...