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25 May, 2021

long weekend moments

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

I might be jinxing things but the squirrels who’ve been working over my planters every day seem to have calmed down a bit. It MIGHT be the orange peels, dryer lint, and human hair I dug into the soil, but really, who knows anymore. I didn’t do very much yard work this weekend, just enough […]

22 Apr, 2021

It wasn’t a typical dog walk

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

Mark, the eldest daughter, and I were walking Piper the other night when a woman approached us. I thought she was going to comment about the weather (a common topic as people pass each other on the street around here!) but the conversation went sideways right from the get-go. And it wasn’t about the wind chill. “So […]

15 Apr, 2021

I got jabbed! #TeamPfizer

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

On the same day our youngest turned 20, I got my first Covid vaccine. For the record, my next one is scheduled four months from now. I wasn’t going to write about getting my shot because I wanted to avoid any backlash. Let me just say that I agree there is a long list of people who […]

12 Apr, 2021

The big TWO-OH

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

So, our youngest daughter turned 20 yesterday. TWENTY. YEARS. OF. AGE. That means, twenty years ago, a brand new life EMERGED FROM MY LOINS and became An Actual Person. Some of you have been reading this blog for as long as I’ve been writing it. You’ve seen our kids grow up! I know exactly what you’re […]

07 Apr, 2021

Long weekend views

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Misc. life

I really needed this past long weekend and I really needed this glorious weather. We went for quite a few long walks around our neighbourhood. After all, what else is there to do? Most of the time we just walked the streets around here but now and then we decided to shake things up with a walk […]


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My name is Andrea and I live in the Westboro area of Ottawa with my husband Mark and our dog Piper who is kind of a big deal on Instagram. We also have two human daughters: Emma (20) and Sarah (18). During the day I work as a writer at The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. I am a longtime Ottawa blogger and I've occupied this little corner of the WWW since 1999. The Fishbowl is my whiteboard, water cooler, and journal, all rolled into one. I'm passionate about healthy living, arts and culture, family travel, great gear, good food, and sharing the best of Ottawa for families. I also love vegetables, photography, gadgets, and great design.

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