Category Archives: Episodes 21-30

#30 – A Patrick Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Day – a day to spend with family and friends, for giving thanks for the companionship and spiritual nourishment of our loved ones, who have crossed oceans to spend time with us in our homes. Why they can’t stay … Continue reading

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#29 – Raising the roof

Jack’s got his head under a sofa cushion again. He’s been doing this a lot these past few days, ever since two men turned up and announced that they were going to take our old roof off and put a … Continue reading

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#28 – Alfred the Great

“Elspeth?” Maggie echoes. “Elspeth Wojcik? What on earth possessed you to see her? She used to be the school nurse at the high school here.  One of Sara’s friends broke her arm in gym, and that woman stuck a Band-Aid on … Continue reading

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#27 – A trip to Doctor Death

“I estimate you’re about 11 weeks. If that’s the case, you should have come to see me long before now. But it’s difficult to tell, until you have the sonogram.” She glares at me accusingly, and chucks a latex glove in … Continue reading

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#26 – Coffee break at the village water cooler

“He’ll be fine with Patsy here,” Maggie says. “Take no notice. He’ll stop the minute you walk out of the door.” I look back at Jack, who’s wriggling and yelling in the preschool teacher’s arms. “Mummeeee! Don’t goooo!” Tears run … Continue reading

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#25 – Advice from the young at heart

It was much better in the days when only women got pregnant. Oliver is strutting around the place, looking all pleased with himself and cock-a-hoop — pardon the pun — and if I hadn’t told him not to announce the … Continue reading

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#24 – The storm after the storm

“We’re what?” Oliver says. I stare at the scuff marks on the toes of my shoes, not wanting to meet Oliver’s gaze. These shoes should have been thrown away long ago, but if there’s one thing I hate, it’s shoe shopping. … Continue reading

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#23 – Love my neighbour

I’ve got a new friend. This morning, I was pulling up some weeds in the front garden, when this eccentric-looking lady came wandering across the road towards me. She wore a 1970s maxi dress and short hennaed hair with too … Continue reading

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#22 – Champion the Wonder Dog

Back to earth again. No more homemade pancakes, no more working from Starbucks for Oliver, and certainly no more honeymoon antics for either of us, because Oliver is in Vancouver. He might be up to antics of his own there, of … Continue reading

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#21 – Buffalo, boats, and a B&B

We should have been home over a week ago. Instead, we are in a fabulous bed and breakfast place near Buffalo, New York, eating homemade pancakes for breakfast. Because of Hurricane Irene’s antics, our holiday has been extended, and at … Continue reading

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