After the Kids Leave http://afterthekidsleave.com First, we rent out their rooms... Sat, 25 Oct 2014 04:24:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 The Saturday Post: Oct. 25http://afterthekidsleave.com/2014/10/25/saturday-post-oct-25/ http://afterthekidsleave.com/2014/10/25/saturday-post-oct-25/#comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 04:02:14 +0000 http://afterthekidsleave.com/?p=18951 Dear Readers, And what a week that was. Not necessarily  in a good way, either—the shooting in Ottawa’s Parliament really cast a pall over our entire country.  A sense of melancholy has been in the air since Wednesday, and we suspect it’ll take Canadians some time to recover. In Ottawa, where Karen lives, one way […]

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Ottawa shooting: Shock and dismayhttp://afterthekidsleave.com/2014/10/23/ottawa-shooting-shock-dismay/ http://afterthekidsleave.com/2014/10/23/ottawa-shooting-shock-dismay/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 04:02:41 +0000 http://afterthekidsleave.com/?p=18943 Dear Wendy, I’m still in shock after yesterday’s terrible events in our city. It seems silly to say it now, but this kind of thing just doesn’t happen in Ottawa. And yet…it did. So I guess it does happen here, now. I was getting on with my morning yesterday, posting to Twitter, when I saw […]

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Awesome Advice Central goes all vintagehttp://afterthekidsleave.com/2014/10/22/awesome-advice-central-goes-vintage/ http://afterthekidsleave.com/2014/10/22/awesome-advice-central-goes-vintage/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 04:02:34 +0000 http://afterthekidsleave.com/?p=18929 This week, one half of our Awesome Advice team is off gallivanting in Toronto, so we’re bringing you a vintage bit of advice from the estimable column’s earliest days. Enjoy! Dear Awesome Advice Central, This is an unusual problem, but I can’t go to my boss for help because I don’t have a boss. I […]

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Mothers and daughters: Reluctant giftshttp://afterthekidsleave.com/2014/10/21/mothers-and-daughters-gift-of-knitting/ http://afterthekidsleave.com/2014/10/21/mothers-and-daughters-gift-of-knitting/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 04:02:17 +0000 http://afterthekidsleave.com/?p=18918 Dear Wendy, Last week someone asked me how I learned to knit. I paused for a moment, trying to remember—I’ve been doing it for so long now, it’s hard to recall the details. I do know that our mother had something to do with it, which is a bit out of character for her, since […]

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Downsizing Survival Tipshttp://afterthekidsleave.com/2014/10/20/downsizing-survival-tips/ http://afterthekidsleave.com/2014/10/20/downsizing-survival-tips/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 04:12:08 +0000 http://afterthekidsleave.com/?p=18900 Dear Wendy, I’m starting to feel like a pro at this whole downsizing thing. In fact, I think I’m almost ready to give lessons. I think it was William Morris, propounder of the English Arts and Crafts school of decoration, who said, “Keep nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, […]

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Sunday video picks: Expect the unexpectedhttp://afterthekidsleave.com/2014/10/19/sunday-video-picks-expect-the-unexpected/ http://afterthekidsleave.com/2014/10/19/sunday-video-picks-expect-the-unexpected/#comments Sun, 19 Oct 2014 04:02:48 +0000 http://afterthekidsleave.com/?p=18854 Dear Readers, Time for our Sunday Video roundup, this week on the theme “expect the unexpected.” From humorous to adorable to just plain weird, we think this trio fits the bill. They call baby boomers the “sandwich generation,” as so many of us are squished between the competing needs of our children and relatives we’re […]

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The Saturday Post: Oct. 18http://afterthekidsleave.com/2014/10/18/saturday-post-oct-18/ http://afterthekidsleave.com/2014/10/18/saturday-post-oct-18/#comments Sat, 18 Oct 2014 04:02:48 +0000 http://afterthekidsleave.com/?p=18887 Hello, Readers, and welcome to Saturday! This week we Canadians celebrated Thanksgiving, and for the first time in 32 years, Wendy was able to join her daughter and family in Toronto for the whole turkey and cranberries thing. In fact, she had two Thanksgiving dinners, just to make up for lost time. Meanwhile, in Ottawa, […]

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The joy (and pain) of hand knit gloveshttp://afterthekidsleave.com/2014/10/17/joy-pain-hand-knit-gloves/ http://afterthekidsleave.com/2014/10/17/joy-pain-hand-knit-gloves/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 04:02:07 +0000 http://afterthekidsleave.com/?p=18857 Dear Wendy, This week has been unseasonably warm in Ottawa, which makes what I am about to say sound faintly ridiculous: in anticipation of winter, which looms only a few weeks in the future, I finally finished knitting a pair of  Very Warm Gloves.Yes, I do knit my own gloves, for a couple of reasons: […]

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Awesome Advice Central: The Gala Affairhttp://afterthekidsleave.com/2014/10/15/awesome-advice-central-gala-affair/ http://afterthekidsleave.com/2014/10/15/awesome-advice-central-gala-affair/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 04:02:57 +0000 http://afterthekidsleave.com/?p=18847 Dear Awesome Advice Central, I have a problem. Well, of course I have a problem, or I wouldn’t be writing to you, would I? Do you want to know what my problem is? Well, never mind, I’m going to tell you anyway. After all, you’re supposed to be in the advice business, so this is […]

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Send Wendy Walking: a trip to Mayfairhttp://afterthekidsleave.com/2014/10/14/send-wendy-walking-trip-mayfair/ http://afterthekidsleave.com/2014/10/14/send-wendy-walking-trip-mayfair/#comments Tue, 14 Oct 2014 04:02:47 +0000 http://afterthekidsleave.com/?p=18807 Dear Karen, Last week I went on a tour of Mayfair, the posh part of London, together with my friend, Heather.  Yep, this is another episode in the series of Send Wendy Walking. We met Richard, our leader, and the first thing he told us was the story about how Mayfair got its name. Pretty […]

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