Wednesday, July 30, 2014


I've wanted to obtain graduate studies since I received my BEd many years ago. I looked back at the sea of graduate and doctorate candidates and knew then that I couldn't stop learning. In fact, at that moment I realized I didn't know much of anything.

Most USA schools require the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) where students are tested in reading, writing and arithmetic. The test is not difficult but it is tricky and requires preparation. I'm dedicated the months of August-October to prepare and write this test.

You may ask what graduate program I want to pursue. Fair question. To which, I cannot reply. I'm looking at several. Obviously at my age, this isn't going to be a career move. It's an open road with many options.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Floating Down the Bow

Ingredients for a perfect summer evening:

1 raft
6 friends
6 paddles
6 lifejackets

Set into the Bow River at Baker Park in Bowness at 6:30 p.m.

Don't overpaddle.

Look at the osprey nest. Enjoy kibitzing with the sunbathers along the way.

When you hit the white water - don't laugh there is a little - hit it straight on.

Pull out at Prince's Island just after the Peace Bridge.

Carry the raft through the park with all its awkwardness.

Meet 2 more friends who help and join for a bite to eat at Eau Claire.

Serve with ice cream cream.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Party in Your Mouth

I completely ignored heirloom tomatoes at the farmer's market last season.  The odd shaped fruit with irregular colour often paled to the hothouse tomatoes.  This week, a farmer offered me a taste. He cut off a wedge and passed it to me. Juice dripped down his hand and mine. I popped the whole thing into my mouth.  It was sweet,  juicy and not acidic,  I don't know how they are for cooking. I never have any leftover.  Some fresh bread, sliced tomatoes, pepper and salt and voila, super relish. 

Speaking of bread, I made some yesterday. My new friend TC came over to show me the tricks of whole wheat bread making.