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It is Christmas Eve eve and all the creatures are stirring -- even the mice. Winter Solstice happened a few days ago and we've turned the corner, adding a few more minutes of daylight each day.  This is a time of anticipation as kids wait...

Eight days until Christmas Eve, not to freak anybody out :-) My husband thought Christmas was this coming Monday, so imagine his relief ...

Good morning! Today from noon to 2:00 p.m., I'll be at Coles Billing Bridge with fellow author Barbara Fradkin as part of a Crime Writers of Canada event. This is my last event of 2023, so stop by and say hi if you're in the mall. Happy...

And we awake in a snow globe this morning! Yesterday, I was in the yard raking up pine cones and leaves, and today, we'll be shovelling the driveway. Life in Canada never gets boring. It was a writing kind of week. I spent more time in...

It's a crispy day out there. I've had my buddy Trooper all week so out walking early this morning before he heads home. Looking after/owning a dog gets one outdoors in all kinds of weather. Two engagements this past week. The signing last Saturday at Coles...

Good morning! Today, I'll be at Coles in the Carlingwood mall from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Come by and say hi and perhaps get a signed copy of one of my books for yourself or as a Christmas gift. We're about six weeks away,...

Good morning on this chilly Remembrance Day. It's a day to remember and to give thanks to all those who've served to keep us free and safe through the years. It's so tragic to have wars still going on - inconceivable what people are capable...

Fall back night for all those on daylight saving time. We gain an hour of sleep but the trade off is darkness settles in around five o'clock. Not my favourite month. Since I last blogged, I've visited two book clubs and met some lovely people. Last...

Can it really be the end of October already? I'm not ready for November, a month I usually have to work to stay positive during - grey skies, chilly temps and snow being the norm. I'm not sure what to expect this year after this...

Another stellar week here in the Ottawa Valley. The leaves are only now reaching their peak, a late start this year thanks to our changing climate. This is such a beautiful season. My big news this week was interviewing Kathy Reichs at the Ottawa International Writers...

Some fun events coming up this week, but first, let me tell you about the fun last week! Oddly enough, we have the same anniversary date as our friends across the street, so this year, the four of us planned a road trip to celebrate. We...

Thanksgiving weekend always feels like one of hope as we gather around the dinner table with family and friends and share a meal made from autumn bounty. For our family, we've rarely had a Thanksgiving supper with our entire family since both girls curled competitively...

Good Saturday morning! Already the end of September and the first week of October in Ottawa promises to be a sunny, warm one. The leaves have barely begun turning and looks like we'll have to wait another week. Okay, full confession - I've slacked off on...

Happy official first day of turning leaves. So far this month, we in the Ottawa Valley have been blessed with brilliant blue skies, warm days and crisp nights although that old sun is shining for fewer and fewer minutes each day. I've had a quiet yet...

And another Saturday morning coming down. I feel as if I'm on holidays now that the first draft of my manuscript is in the hands of beta readers. I actually received feedback from one (always on pins and needles while I await the verdict) and the...

Hello everyone! I hope you've had a lovely summer and managed some relaxing days and nights. I thoroughly enjoyed the summer months, spending a week in Thunder Bay at the start of June visiting family and a few trips to friends' cottages after that. Ottawa...

So tomorrow is the day! The When Last Seen launch is from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 30th at Irene's Pub (5th and Bank). We'll start 'the talk' and reading around 3:30 with a special guest appearing closer to 4:00. I hope you...

We're barreling toward the end of April and my summer break from this blog. I will still be posting on 7 Criminal Minds blogspot every other Monday - here is my post for this week, thanking some folks who helped me along the way. I'll be...

We've had one fabulous week weather-wise in Ottawa. A real taste of summer after a rather devastating ice storm. The swing in temperatures is sometimes quite astonishing. We hit over 30 degrees C on Thursday, a record for that day, and everyone's spirits lifted along...