Author Archives: Nita

About Nita

I retired early and moved to a new community. I blog about my adventures as I explore a new lifestyle. I write about quilting, knitting and needlework, about learning to sew my own garments, adventures in the kitchen and in the garden, dancing, hiking, yoga...life is my playground!

Tippy Canoe and Broccoli, Too

Dear Vi, I thought you might like to hear a bit of what I’ve been doing.In case you can’t tell from the picture, I planted a garden!Actually, I created a garden completely from scratch.I purchased bags of soil, plants, and … Continue reading

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The Weather Outside: Frightful and Delightful

Dear Vi, While my friends on the west coast are enjoying a bit of a cool and rainy summer, here in Dawson City, Yukon things have been quite delightful. Well, for the most part, anyway.We did go through a couple … Continue reading

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A Stearman Biplane in Dawson City, Yukon

Dear Vi, I believe I have not yet told you what brought Kelly and I to Dawson City last summer…and what brought us back again this year. This is it – a vintage Stearman biplane. She’s a beauty, eh? Kelly … Continue reading

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Back in Dawson City

Dear Vi, We’ve been back in Dawson City for just over a week, and I’ll tell ya, it feels good. This morning as I was walking Samson on the trail beside the highway, his inspection of a clump of grass … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Overdue Life of Amy Byler, by Kelly Harms

Dear Vi, Summer reading season is upon us and I am all about the lighthearted, happy books right now. Why? Because lately I’m finding all the unkindness in the world is wearing me down. Angst and anger shouts at me … Continue reading

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Tulips and other Small Things that bring Joy

Dear Vi, Yesterday was the official first day of spring.  The sun has crossed the celestial equator, moving northward. I celebrated the Vernal Equinox by going outside to inspect my flower beds. Were my tulips poking green tips up through … Continue reading

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On joining a book club and being surrounded by life experience

Dear Vi, Last October I was invited into a book club by my friend Jean. Call me a nerd, but I have always wanted to be in a book club! It was a little intimidating at first, to tell the … Continue reading

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Good Bye, Dawson City (until next year)

Dear Vi, Our Yukon summer sojourn is over. We drove away from Dawson City two days ago. Tomorrow will see the Yukon behind us for another winter. I took a lot of walks, saw two parades, read a lot of … Continue reading

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Autumn Knitting

Dear Vi, Well, the frost is on the pumpkin here, and our time in Dawson is nearly done. There are so many things I haven’t shown you yet! This is my view out the front window: a dredge pond surrounded … Continue reading

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The Streets of Dawson City

Dear Vi,You might have heard that the streets of Dawson City are paved with gold,but the truth is, they aren’t paved at all.Here’s evidence: boot brushes outside the door of every establishment.And miles of boardwalk.This summer has been a writing … Continue reading

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Dawson City, Yukon: old and new, side-by-side

Dear Vi, Dawson City sits at the place where the Klondike and Yukon Rivers merge. The Klondike River is on the left, the much larger Yukon River on the right In many ways, the town itself mirrors this merging. The … Continue reading

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Living Small in Dawson City

Dear Vi, You probably already figured out that Kelly and I are spending the summer in Dawson City, Yukon, where Kelly is flying for Great River Air, but I heard you were wondering what our housing situation is like. We … Continue reading

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