Helen Row Toews
Fashion or faux pas

Fashion or faux pas

Do you follow styles or keep up with the latest trends in fashion? Regardless of whether you go to that extreme, I think we all want to look neat and tidy. Especially when you’re the sort of person my dad used to refer to when he’d say, “That guy could put on a...

Who you gonna call? Granny!

Who you gonna call? Granny!

These days, a calf or two is born every day on our farm. So when my grandchildren visited this weekend, we trudged through melting snow to see them. The docile calves dozed together in the warm sunlight once their mothers had been turned out for a drink, making it...

Drive-thru Wonders

Drive-thru Wonders

Perhaps it all started in the 70s when the English Leather Company created soap on a rope. It was founded on the belief that soap, left to its own devices in a dish, would become a slimy soup of sludge. They weren’t wrong. For a time, the ability to hang soap on a...

This Valentine…

This Valentine…

This past Valentine’s Day morning didn’t find me arranging a dozen red roses, scarfing treats from a heart-shaped box of chocolates, or opening expensive gifts. Nope. I spent it as I do so many others: driving a school bus. However, there’s a lot of contentment to be...

A Fork in the Road/Drawer

A Fork in the Road/Drawer

Do you have certain items that bring you happiness and contentment? They could be anything. A favourite sweater that envelopes you with warmth and love when you pull it on, a cozy chair, some worn-in slippers, a blanket, or maybe comfort food. Alternatively, you could...

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

           I’ve been reading up on the reasons behind a few of the better-known New Year’s Eve traditions, and several I’ve never heard of before. So hang on to your shiny paper hat because now you’re going to hear ‘em...

Christmas Cheer

Christmas Cheer

This time of year brings out the best in folks. We feel compassion and love for all mankind, causing us to extend benevolence and charity above what we might have shown otherwise. I see it amongst the small-fry at my school too. For example, when the thoughtful mother...

Travelling Takeaways

Travelling Takeaways

Sleeping in a tent, at least for me, is over for another year. I’m not really the wilderness explorer type anyway. In fact, this summer when we took my grandson Kayden on a brief trip to the Rocky Mountains, we stayed in a motel. It wasn’t a luxurious place by any...

A Good Cup of Java

A Good Cup of Java

Are you a coffee drinker? If so, what constitutes a perfect cup for you? For some folks, like my dad, a few freeze-dried crystals of instant stirred into boiling water was enough, for others, there can be quite a science to brewing the ideal mug. Here are a few tips...

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