Author Archives: Lorraine

Looking back on 60 years of Dunnville Slowpokes

I’d spent the afternoon taking picture after picture of old cars. Some as shiny as new candy, others sporting their original decades-old finishes, all of them restored and adored by the throng of people I slipped through in the late … Continue reading

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How do you lose a cat that never goes anywhere?

Sweet Pea, the cutest cat with the worst inner time clock, gets up at precisely 5:45 a.m. every day. I have no idea how she does this, but she does. And I should have just named her Domino because she … Continue reading

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When the internet is down, call a librarian

My kids think I’m a Luddite because whenever my computer blows up or melts down I just sit there and holler until somebody comes to fix it. It’s usually because Mark the Cat has fallen down the back and dislodged … Continue reading

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My first sports injury

I grabbed the handle of the paddleboard and tugged. Oh. Heavier than I thought. This is the point where I would be hollering for one of the boys, but I was at the cottage alone and determined. Somehow, I hauled … Continue reading

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Two murder suspects, one victim

When I was growing up we had an amazing cat: Nooly. At home he was just a normal awesome cat, but at the cottage he was Supercat. The forest was his jungle though he came in for regular meals. He’d … Continue reading

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Mom’s hit and run diner

I’ve discovered the best way to see more of my first-born: have him move out. Before Christopher and Pammy moved out last fall, Christer and I were more or less just two ships that passed in the night. We kept … Continue reading

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My most intimate relationship is with the Internet

I have been told I’m not allowed to click on anything. Ari, 21, has made it abundantly clear he is sick of bailing me out of my trigger finger; I may not look at these adorable cats, I may not … Continue reading

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Never say ‘What else could go wrong?’

Ari, Emerson, Vishu, Swapnil, Cort, Adam and three Christophers, one all the way from Texas. That is how many boys were at my cottage last weekend. Oh, and Taryn, because I needed to tip the estrogen levels just a little. … Continue reading

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The foundations of cottage lore

I think of the cottage as my second home, and in many ways it is. It has become kind of suspended in time, and when we walk in each year, we pick up where we left off. The months it … Continue reading

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Wearing pants is for amateurs

There’s a lot of things you can do without wearing pants. For years, the boys knew that if I could hear them in the kitchen late at night I would inevitably holler down, “Leave me enough milk for tea!” Everybody … Continue reading

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