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About westlakemusings

In 2013 my husband and I retired. We bought an old pre-confederation house out in the country. This blog is about our new world in the country as we explore all of life's possibilities.

Late Summer Garden


I’m like a cricket among  brittle grass pushing aside seed heads and husk Cicadas  hum or is it hydro lines? Startled grasshoppers spring  and purple asters watch butterflies dance overhead Advertisements

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Spreading the Magic


In the world of rug hooking, Deanne Fitzpatrick is a rock star. She is the Jamie Oliver of cooking shows; the Sarah Richardson of home decor. Deanne Fitzpatrick is renowned worldwide for her stunning hooked rugs and patterns. Her work … Continue reading

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Boogie Nights with Frank


We cruised west for some time, Frank behind the wheel, Kiki Dee chirping on the radio. I was relaxed, looking out into the dark. The cast glow of overhead street lights and store fronts flickered past, marking passage like a … Continue reading

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Memories of Cannabis


Most Saturday nights you could find us congregated around a coffee table in someone’s rec room or campus dorm. Tethered to our rum and cokes or vodka and orange and always within reach of the ash tray; we would just … Continue reading

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I Want to Write Something So Simply


  Mary Oliver is my favorite poet.  Her words always speak to me, simple and clear but like a rich lotion they sooth my heart.  Sadly, she died this week.   I don’t have permission to post any of her poems but I … Continue reading

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Multiplication, Sums and Tombstones


Me:   ” I remember when we were both eight or something. You were staying with us and we went and saw “101 Dalmatians” at the Birch Cliff theatre. That was my first movie. You were such a sweet little Theodore Cleaver … Continue reading

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Musical influences


My humblest apologies to great American composer – John Philip Sousa. Clearly his greatest musical accomplishment was stolen from him. We call it sampling today. Sixty years after the “The Stars and Stripes Forever” was written, Mitch Miller came along. … Continue reading

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