Month: September 2012

Yes, And…

It’s the first rule of improv and the key to performing with another person.  Whatever they do, wherever they go, say “yes, and” not “no, but”.   …

Ms. Fix-It

Having just recently repaired small holes in a wall and rolled on a fresh coat of paint I was amused by a list I found of everyday items you can substitute for specialty products, like wall filler.  …

A Mouse in the House

We had to leave the bathroom window open during the recent resurfacing job. The technician removed the screen and we just left it like that overnight. I had a fleeting thought that a bird could fly right in but dismissed it as silly.  …

Style and Substance with a Made-in-Canada Label – House Proud, Sun Media

When people say they don’t have any style or décor sense I say, nonsense, you just haven’t found your décor guru yet.  Thank goodness for the leaders in the field who present an array of options for us to accept or reject and, often unwittingly, define our own style.  In an era when it just makes economic sense to shop at home, a Canadian manufacturer is celebrating its success and its star power as it marks 40 years of manufacturing without ever leaving the country.  …

Full Service

Yesterday I tweeted about the kid at the gas station who filled up my tank.  He was chatty and it turns out that he is a fan of Free-FM. No one disputed that – our station is terrific – but there was some humour regarding the full service gas station.  …

My Phone the iPhone

I still hate my iPhone. Oh I love a lot of things it can do or I wouldn’t have it but I despise the keyboard. I’ve been an iPhone gal for a few years now and I’m still not used to the onscreen keyboard and I make a lot of mistakes I never made with the Blackberry.  Touching actual buttons makes the difference. But I can’t give up its other features so here I am, the reluctant iPhone user.  …

Miracle Method Part II

Yesterday I showed you the “before” from our main floor bathroom.  Today, the project begins.  Scott from Miracle Method was hard at work when we got home around noon on Thursday.  They need two consecutive half-days in order to do the work.  We had Thursday morning and Friday afternoon, when we would conveniently be on a road trip to Hamilton.  …

Miracle Method Part I

This is the story of our bathroom makeover. We considered everything from ripping out the countertop, tub and surround to Bath Fitter to what-have-you in order to deal with the ugly and worn-out state of the home’s original, main-floor bathroom. The cultured marble counter was still in good shape but it was wearing away around the sink stopper and its colour matched the original fixtures: 1960’s almond.  …

The Secret to Writing a Book

The Naked Truth is my second book and it’s actually about half the length of my first, Celebrity Tantrums: The Official Dirt.  So people often ask me how I managed to get so much writing done with such a busy life.  Where did I find the time?  What’s the secret?  Whether you’re a prolific and successful writer like Stephen King or a little self-published hopeful like moi, the secret is exactly the same. I’m happy to share it now.  …

Only Once A Year

London’s annual Western Fair is on.  It’s a 10-day extravaganza much like the CNE but appropriately sized for this area. For us, it’s huge.  And every year they offer a different deep-fried delight and Derek and I believe it is our duty to try it.   …