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Postcards from St. John’s

Almost halfway through our Newfoundland trip and so much to tell you!  It’s amazing to be here, and we’ve been trying to make the most of every day we’re here.  I won’t have time to tell you everything, but I’ll try to share the highlights.  There’s so much to see and do here!!!

First up – St. John’s!

St. John’s is a surprisingly old city, argued by some to be the oldest city in North America. …

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With love, from Butterfly-On-The-Road.

We celebrated Canada Day this year by flying over half the country.  We arrived in St. John’s, Newfoundland at 4 PM local time on Tuesday.  Boo and Lou were super excited!  It was a huge day of firsts – first airplane ride, first visit to Newfoundland, first time with that many blood-relations in the same room, first time seeing the ocean.

They still haven’t dipped their tootsies in yet.  It’s…

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Mr. Blabby-Mouth, Rex Murphy, and How I Can Learn a Lot From Kids (Plus Some Notes for Concert Go-ers)

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Yesterday was the musical.  I may get over it.  Eventually.  We’ll see.

It wasn’t my best day ever.  Not even close, actually.

Some days, the pressure just builds and builds.

Some days, the pressure just builds and builds.

In the more than 35 years now since I started playing the piano I have learned a few things.  One of these things is that successful musicians and actors operate in a peculiar zone betweentouchy narcissism and the happily…

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The Mystery of the Disappearing Yellow Raincoat

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It has been a rainy week in Ottawa.  All week-long I have been sending Booba – who often declines to wear it in the morning – to school with his yellow raincoat in his backpack.  Most days he doesn’t even take it out of his bag, but – if he’s caught in a sudden downpour – at least it’ll be there.

Yesterday was no exception.  I put yellow raincoat in bag in morning.  All day long my son did not…

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Toasters and Mikeys and Wi-Fi-Linked Beasties and Things That Go “Beep!” in the Kitchen

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Everything makes a noise nowadays, or so it seems.  From the dishwasher in the kitchen to the dryer in the basement, it feels like everything in our house has a message it desperately wants to talk (or beep!) at us.

  • Beep!  “You are now pressing a button!”
  • Beep!  “Please add Rinse Aid!”
  • Beep, beep, BEEP!!!  “Are you sure that’s what you want?”
  • Beep!  “Okay!”
  • Beep!  Beep!  “Cycle complete!”
  • Beep, c…

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B’Up-Date Pt.II: Transformation

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Transformation.  That’s a great word.  There’s something magical about it that makes me think of a butterfly’s metamorphosis from caterpillar or Professor McGonagalll’s Transfiguration classes in Harry Potter.  Or maybe somebody you know who’s overweight and single, then you don’t see them for a while and meet up one day and find out now they’re a Personal Trainer and dating a movie star.

Transfo…

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A Quick B’Up Date, Part I: My New Garden

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[B’Up-Date Part II to follow.  Couldn’t stop talking about my garden today!  Btw, B’Up-Date = Butterfly Up-Date!]

Arrrrgghh!  Where did the month of May go?  Time seems to be jumping ahead in chunks lately!  I have to apologize to all the nice folks who have patiently continued to stop by, even though there’s been nothing new to read here lately.  Real life has suddenly been keeping me quite…

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On Friendship, Routine, and the Joys of Re-use

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Well, 2014  is zipping by so far.  Already it’s May.  Warm weather has finally arrived in Ottawa.  And yesterday was Mother’s Day – Happy Mother’s Day all you Moms out there!   Hope it was a day full of pleasure and love for you all and for the people who love you too.  Sending a special “Happy Mother’s Day!” to MY Mom – I’ll call soon!!!

As my friend Dawn pointed out yesterday morning on…

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A Homecoming of Sorts

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Tuesday.  I am a day behind on blogging.  Well, I am a day behind on Monday blogging.  Let’s not talk about Thursday for now (I missed it again, didn’t I?).

I just swallowed my last antibiotic horse pill (for the pneumonia that kept me in bed over Easter).  The pills were huge and the kind that assaulted your nostrils with the stench of the medicine inside them as soon as you opened the bottle. …

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Love is a Rose

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So it turns out that I do have pneunomia.  I’ve been spending the past few days at home yet again.  I am also missing a wonderful opportunity tonight  – I should have been turning the pages for a piano trio (piano, cello, and violin) in Gatineau.  They are playing Beethoven.

So, sadly, I am letting down my friends.  I feel unreliable.  And I am missing the concert.  Missing the Beethoven.  I love…

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