two baked garlic soups and a new baby

two baked garlic soups and a new baby

To help Meg while she creates a new routine with the baby, I’ve been busy cooking up a storm. I want to leave her freezer stocked with hearty soups, Italian pasta sauces, lasagnas and chillies so she doesn’t have to worry about … Continue reading

a great grandfather’s love

a great grandfather’s love

I’ve been so excited to share some of the moments, captured by my uncle, photographer Joe Chase, from our ‘Meggie and Theo Celebration’. One hundred family members and close friends joined Ralph and I at the farm for a post wedding … Continue reading

sleep gently sweet Molly

sleep gently sweet Molly

a pet shop window smudged from her tiny nose pressing against the glass three little girls creeping from their beds in the middle of the night to sleep with her on the kitchen floor so that she wouldn’t be frightened in her new home summer vacations … Continue reading

her father’s daughter

her father’s daughter

I met my daughter Sara when she two and a half years old. Ralph used to bring her to the aerobics class that I taught. She would happily sit with her blanket sucking her thumb, while Ralph took the class. … Continue reading

as solid as rock

as solid as rock

And so begins another summer of good old-fashioned quality ‘Hooton family time’. When the girls were little, Ralph and I thought that it was important that our daughters understood the meaning of ‘hard work’ and how many hands could make light work. Ralph … Continue reading

in her words

in her words

From my daughter, Kaitie… I am my mother’s daughter. Mom came to visit me this weekend in Toronto. She hates it. Well, she doesn’t hate it,but she prefers that I come home. She likes me in my bed at home. … Continue reading

hear me

She’d left the apartment open so I could wait inside for her to finish work. It’s weird being in your adult child’s home. Strange to open her refrigerator and notice that her fridge was not organized like mine. I was sitting on the sofa … Continue reading

cowboys and Indian

cowboys and Indian

I am in Calgary visiting my daughter Meaghan and her boyfriend Theo. It’s a remarkable thing to be welcomed into your adult child’s life. It’s not the same as when they come home. A visit home means, everything must be … Continue reading