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I have dark hair and I’m dark complected.  My brother has blond hair and is very fair.  In the summer, I tan very easily.  I always have.  My brother does not like to be in the sun much.

A few weeks ago, I stopped by his place and he looked at me and said “Have you been tanning?”, as if almost disgusted.

I replied “No.”

He said, accusingly, “Then why are you so dark??”

I replied “I’m always this dark you freakin’ albino!!”


Here we are in Cape Breton as wee ones.  He blends right into his white hair.















Iced Coffee….and Go!

It’s that time of year again – the sun is shining bright and hot and we’re all sitting around sipping on iced coffees.

Ahhh….Iced coffee.  It can be so decadent – and often so healthy.  It can be refreshing and glamorous at the same time.

Ice Coffee

And, thanks to Dollar Days at places like McDonald’s and Tim Horton’s (although Tim Horton’s is gross!), you can sip often and only spend your spare change.  Sipping at places like Starbucks or local artisan coffee shops can be a true indulgence (there is no Starbucks locally for me), but it’s also an indulgence on your bank account.

So many of us attempt to make our iced coffee at home.  I have been attempting to master my brew for a few years, but I have yet to perfect my home brew.


I have blended with skim milk and coconut cream and sweetened condensed milk (not at the same time, of course), but never can get my taste buds to accept it as just right.  I have blended black with sweetener, I’ve tried flavor shots (ehmmm, no), but my iced coffee, although good, just hasn’t been as good as my local Central Perk.

So, all you Iced Coffee lovers out there….hit me up with your favorite iced coffee recipe.


A to Z Challenge (Z)

Z- Zealous


I live my life with zeal.  At least I try to.  Sometimes I can be overzealous.  I fully admit this.  And really, there’s nothing wrong with that.  But, often my overzealousness can be a little too much for others to handle.  I’m still a work in progress.


A to Z Challenge (Y)

Y – Yellow


My favorite color is yellow.  And I always try to live as the brightest yellow.  Yellow is a happy color.  People gravitate to yellow.  I am trying.  I am shining as brightly as I can.



A to Z Challenge (X)

X – Xylitol


I keep hearing about Xylitol in place of sugar.  But that’s a weird name, right?  Doesn’t it sound mediciney?


A to Z Challenge (W)

W – Weekend


Oh what a weekend.  As I mentioned in my last post, this weekend is the Annual Apple Blossom Festival in my neck of the woods.  And, I can attest, it has been a fantastic weekend.


A to Z Challenge (V)

V – Valley

AZ Book

I live in the Annapolis VALLEY and this weekend is the 87th Annual Apple Blossom Festival.  Which means, there are fireworks and a parade, and a fair, and tons of bands and dances and music and food and drink.  And lots of people.  Lots and lots of people.  It’s basically a homecoming for us.  I’m excited.

Apple Blossom

Apple Blossom from days gone by


A to Z Challenge (U)

U – Unique


In a world full of sheep, be unique.


It’s okay to not go with the flow.  It’s okay to shine and to sparkle.  Smile.  Stand out.  It’s okay to go against the norm.  And with a little glisten and glitter in your eyes.


A to Z Challenge (T)

T – Throwing Darts


Sometimes, people throw darts (metaphorically) to see what they hit.  Whether it’s for a potential relationship, or job interest, or gossip, or whatever.  The darts get thrown to see what gets hit.  If you’re throwing the darts, be careful of your aim.  Sometimes, those darts hit hard.


A to Z Challenge (S)

S – Sparkles


One of my colleagues refers to me as “Sparkles”.  I have a sparkly personality, I’m told.  Although, I do try my darnedest to keep things light and sparkly and fun.  Although, it seems this last month or so some of my sparkle has faded.  But, it’s coming back.