Debbie Ristimaki

Debbie Ristimaki

Bridgwater Forest community correspondent

Debbie Ristimaki is a community correspondent for Bridgwater Forest.

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There’s more than one way to buy wine

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There’s more than one way to buy wine

Debbie Ristimaki 2 minute read Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022

There is a part of me that understands the measures that Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries put in place at Liquor Mart stores in order to deter thefts and attacks on its employees. I am keenly aware how costs are passed on to the consumer and, as someone who has experienced a number of holdups working for a financial institution, I also understand the impact of such violence on the employees.

That said, there is an additional cost and admittedly, it is one that I struggle with. More often than not I feel like I am being judged as the individual at the entrance studies me and my driver’s licence.

Perhaps I am alone in that feeling and it is something that I need to get over if I want to shop in the store but that doesn’t make it right. I often think it is easier to go over the border and pass through customs than it is to enter a Manitoba Liquor Mart.

The Liquor Mart stores have a delivery service available and there are five stores with a click and collect service. Locations and details can be found at www.liquormarts.ca

Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022

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There are many ways for wine drinkers to purchase their favourite beverage beyond the neighbourhood Liquor Mart.

Never too late to address mental health

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Never too late to address mental health

Debbie Ristimaki 3 minute read Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2022

Every year, when the Bell Let’s Talk campaign launches, I have done my part to help raise funds for Bell Canada’s mental health initiative on Let’s Talk Day (which was Jan. 26 this year). I add a frame to my Facebook profile, I share posts, I retweet messages.

If truth be told, I’ve done this because it was ‘the thing to do’. In other words, I did it for the money that would go to those organizations that provided mental health support and services, but not because I was really interested nor drawn to the initiative.

Monday, Oct. 10 was World Mental Health Day, and this year’s focus was about making mental health and well-being a global priority for all. For me, it was also personal as I now find myself having a vested interest in the issue.

You see, earlier this summer I found myself at a crossroads. I could continue along the path I had been following or pause and seek help. I chose the latter and I am happy — or, should I say, “proud” — that I did.

Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2022

Monday wasn’t just Thanksgiving Day in Canada, it was also World Mental Health Day.

Dreamstime

Get involved this municipal election

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Get involved this municipal election

Debbie Ristimaki 3 minute read Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022

There is still plenty of time to get to know those running in the next municipal election, slated for Oct. 26.

At this time, there is no lack of candidates vying for the mayor’s chair but when it comes to the ward counsellors, at the time of writing, Janice Lukes remains the sole candidate in Waverley West. That said, the deadline to register as a candidate is Sept. 20, so that may change.

Why bother to get involved?

It boils down to voting for the status quo or for change. Either way, it is your way of letting the candidate(s) know what is important to you. From safety and security, liveability by-laws, services, and amenities such as fountains, there is no lack of concerns and opinions on residents’ minds.

Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022

The fountain in Bridgwater Forest has structural flaws and remains unusable.

Letting bird photos tell our stories

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Letting bird photos tell our stories

Debbie Ristimaki 2 minute read Wednesday, Jun. 8, 2022

Nature, and birds in particular, tell the story of where we live, according to South Pointe’s Brock Gunter-Smith. A self-taught photographer, Brock has succeeded in capturing everything from muskrats to deer and coots — which he feels “have the ugliest babies, known as cooties” — even an osprey that had just caught its dinner. Did you know there are fish in our neighbourhood lakes?

As much as he takes it all in, Gunter-Smith admits to being partial to what he calls, the “mysterious birds” such as owls and cormorants.

“They make me wonder ‘Where do they go?’” he says.

There is no shortage of birds and wildlife to capture in his own backyard but he is also known for exploring the area with camera in hand. He is surprised by how many people will stop and talk to him about the birds. Other spots he can be found include FortWhyte Alive, the English Garden at Assiniboine Park and Oak Hammock Marsh, which is known as a birding hotspot. All his experiences have him now thinking of putting a book together.

Wednesday, Jun. 8, 2022

Brock Gunter-Smith is an avid photographer of local birds.

Late snowfall puts cycling on hold — for now

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Late snowfall puts cycling on hold — for now

Debbie Ristimaki 2 minute read Wednesday, Apr. 27, 2022

April at last! The snow was fast disappearing, leaving the evidence of winter’s passing in the form of sand and grit everywhere. The birds were happy and even the geese and gulls were back in abundance.

Best of all, the trails of Bridgwater were clear, albeit wet, from the melting snow which meant that it was time to get the bicycles out.

We decided to purchase new bikes this year and had been looking forward to breaking them in and exploring the trails after what had felt like a long, cold and brutal winter.

Did you know that there are approximately 30 kilometres of trails in Bridgwater, with five kilometres in Forest alone? Combine that with the trails in nearby Prairie Pointe and South Pointe and there is no shortage of biking options.

Wednesday, Apr. 27, 2022

While the ‘storm of the century’ didn’t turn out to be as bad as it could have been for citizens of Winnipeg, it still delayed the start of spring activities.

Getting used to the ‘new normal’

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Getting used to the ‘new normal’

Debbie Ristimaki 2 minute read Friday, Mar. 25, 2022

I know that life has to return to some sort of normalcy because we all know that the last two years have been far from normal. Our lives have been disrupted on many levels. From how and where we work to how and where we play.

I have spent the better part of the last two years working from home, rarely going into the office. My laptop is my lifeline. It is how I work, connect with my colleagues and meet others. It is my phone, my meeting place and my workplace. All this to say, my laptop and I are practically attached at the hip. No, let me rephrase that, we are attached at the hip — there is no maybe about it.

The funny thing is that prior to March 2020, I could often be heard saying that I would like to work from home. There is a lesson in there — you have to be careful what you wish for!

We were in Mexico just as the world was closing down and have not travelled since. A trip out to the Half Moon Drive In in Lockport does not count.

Friday, Mar. 25, 2022

Correspondent Debbie Ristimaki notes that she and her laptop computer have become ‘joined at the hip’ since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

What do you call various types of snow?

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What do you call various types of snow?

Debbie Ristimaki 3 minute read Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2022

Snow is definitely a ‘hot’ topic this winter and one I could certainly rant about — but I won’t. Instead, I have opted to take another direction.

Have you ever wondered how many words and terms for snow there are in the English language?

Well, my vocabulary includes a few and, admittedly, a few I cannot print.

Let’s see, there is ‘snowball snow’ which is wet and easily moulded into a ball that holds its shape — perfect for launching at your arch nemesis. It can also be called ‘snowman snow’ as it is relatively easy to roll.

Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2022

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Correspondent Debbie Ristimaki’s bearded collie, Winnie, pictured here in Little Mountain Park, doesn’t care what snow is called — she just knows she likes it.

I’ve tried be (mostly) nice this year…

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I’ve tried be (mostly) nice this year…

Debbie Ristimaki 3 minute read Friday, Dec. 10, 2021

Dear Santa,

I know that you keep naughty and nice lists and I have no doubt that there would be many a name on both.  

I am not sure that I should admit this and if you ever repeat it, I will deny it — but, every now and then, I might have made a brief appearance on the naughty list. That said, when push came to shove, I have, for the most part, been good.

So, yes Santa, I am trying to make a case to ensure that I am on the right list when the big day rolls around. It has been a difficult year — filled with challenges of all sorts.  I have been jabbed, not once but twice.  I wear a mask and social distancing is now ingrained in my psyche.

Friday, Dec. 10, 2021

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Correspondent Debbie Ristimaki reminds Santa Claus that people have faced a lot of challenges this year.

A reminder to be kind to yourself and others

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A reminder to be kind to yourself and others

Debbie Ristimaki 3 minute read Friday, Nov. 12, 2021

Sat., Nov. 13 is World Kindness Day. Many would agree when I say that the world can do with a little more kindness but, for that to happen, we all have roles to play.

Be kind to others

Perhaps I am old fashioned but I am a firm believer in ‘please’ and ‘thank-you’. It says that you recognize that you are asking someone to do or maybe even not do something. It says that you appreciate their effort. And, most of all, it says that you respect and value them.

Funny enough, it does not take much to make this happen. Two simple words and yet it often feels like politeness is becoming a lost art.

Friday, Nov. 12, 2021

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Walking in nature is both wonderful self-care and an important reminder that we are the caretakers of the world we live in.

We’re tired and stressed – but also blessed

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We’re tired and stressed – but also blessed

Debbie Ristimaki 3 minute read Friday, Oct. 15, 2021

I am tired of all of the angry people. I am tired of lining up. I am tired of having to adjust my expectations of what I can find when shopping. I am tired of having to think twice before gathering with others and yes, I am tired of having to wear a mask. And did I mention that I am tired of hearing the word ‘COVID’?

That said, I also fear that this is becoming our new normal. We are entering the post -pocalyptic world where masks are de rigueur and are considered a form of self expression and having a swab shoved up your nose is no different to brushing your teeth everyday. OK, I admit that I may be exaggerating, but you have to admit that there are times when it feels like we are playing out a movie scene.

But, is there a silver lining in all of this?

Of course, there is.

Friday, Oct. 15, 2021

I am tired of all of the angry people. I am tired of lining up. I am tired of having to adjust my expectations of what I can find when shopping. I am tired of having to think twice before gathering with others and yes, I am tired of having to wear a mask. And did I mention that I am tired of hearing the word ‘COVID’?

That said, I also fear that this is becoming our new normal. We are entering the post -pocalyptic world where masks are de rigueur and are considered a form of self expression and having a swab shoved up your nose is no different to brushing your teeth everyday. OK, I admit that I may be exaggerating, but you have to admit that there are times when it feels like we are playing out a movie scene.

But, is there a silver lining in all of this?

Of course, there is.

Looks as the future will be in good hands

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Looks as the future will be in good hands

Debbie Ristimaki 3 minute read Tuesday, Sep. 14, 2021

I recently had an opportunity to sit down with a future voter to talk politics - not so much about the parties and their respective candidates - but his passion for politics, what drives it, andabout  the importance of voting.

Matthew Sévigny is a 16-year-old Grade 11 student at Vincent Massey Collegiate with strong opinions gained from living in five different provinces.

He sees that experience as having given him “a vast diversification of views from the Maritimes to the very different politics of Quebec, Ontario and the conservative ones of Alberta.”  

He is fascinated to see how, in his words, “the thought process varies from region to region within the same country.”

Tuesday, Sep. 14, 2021

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Matthew Sévigny, a 16-year-old Grade 11 student at Vincent Massey Collegiate, recently chatted with correspondent Debbie Ristimaki about Canadian politics.

Fill your drawers with the sharpest knives

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Fill your drawers with the sharpest knives

Debbie Ristimaki 3 minute read Monday, Aug. 16, 2021

Everyone has a story and this one is about Bret Gordon and how a crazy idea turned into a thriving business called Wood Forge Sharpening.

Three years into his chosen career in environmental design, Bret was sidelined with a repetitive motion injury in 2018 which meant that he could no longer continue. Wood Forge Sharpening emerged in 2019 as Bret reinvented himself by leveraging a completely different set of skills.

“I would do the work by hand, if I could,” Bret said.

Unfortunately, that was no longer an option, and a Tormek machine, which requires very little pressure, has become his primary work tool and blade sharpener of choice.

Monday, Aug. 16, 2021

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Bret Gordon has modified his bicycle to make it a mobile sharpening workshop.

‘Outhousing’ across the country

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‘Outhousing’ across the country

Debbie Ristimaki 2 minute read Tuesday, Jul. 20, 2021

What do a three-legged black bear and an outhouse have in common?  The answer might surprise you.

A little over two weeks clear of my second vaccine, I packed up my car and was Montreal-bound to pick up my mom and her cat Rosie, who were moving here to Winnipeg.  

Admittedly, I was concerned about travelling in these strange times given that I was driving alone and unsure of what I would encounter in terms of facilities and accommodations. My concerns proved to be unfounded.

Enter the outhouse.  

Tuesday, Jul. 20, 2021

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The roadside outhouses at rest stops throughout northern Ontario were a lifesaver during a pandemic road trip.

Morning contemplations on community

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Morning contemplations on community

Debbie Ristimaki 3 minute read Tuesday, Jun. 29, 2021

It is 5 a.m. on a June workday. I am sitting outside enjoying my coffee, waiting for the sun to rise which will be at 5:19 this morning.  I can hear a few cars, a crow doing its thing in the distance, and little else.

I have always found this to be the best time of the day. I can gather my thoughts, watch and listen as the world around me awakens.

As the sun slowly rises above the distant roofs, it is as if it is a signal goes out to all of the other local birds saying, “time to get up and out” and get up they do, Funny enough, the humans in the area also seem to heed the call, as the higher volume of cars on the roads suggests.

Interestingly, it has not always been that way which, is to be expected. The neighbourhood has grown considerably since we made Bridgwater Forest home in 2013. With that growth comes change and we have seen plenty of it. From the number of new families moving into the area to a reduction in the gull population.

Tuesday, Jun. 29, 2021

It is 5 a.m. on a June workday. I am sitting outside enjoying my coffee, waiting for the sun to rise which will be at 5:19 this morning.  I can hear a few cars, a crow doing its thing in the distance, and little else.

I have always found this to be the best time of the day. I can gather my thoughts, watch and listen as the world around me awakens.

As the sun slowly rises above the distant roofs, it is as if it is a signal goes out to all of the other local birds saying, “time to get up and out” and get up they do, Funny enough, the humans in the area also seem to heed the call, as the higher volume of cars on the roads suggests.

Interestingly, it has not always been that way which, is to be expected. The neighbourhood has grown considerably since we made Bridgwater Forest home in 2013. With that growth comes change and we have seen plenty of it. From the number of new families moving into the area to a reduction in the gull population.

Time to take up the Million Tree Challenge

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Time to take up the Million Tree Challenge

Debbie Ristimaki 3 minute read Wednesday, May. 26, 2021

As you enter Bridgwater from the north, you are welcomed by the tall structure sitting between the north and southbound lanes of Kenaston Boulevard. I am not sure of the correct term for it but it is impressive and very hard to miss.

Not so impressive are the spruce trees that frame it. They appear unloved and uncared for. In my view, they look dead and ready to be removed. What makes them interesting is the fact that they are not the original trees, which met the same fate a few years ago.

Take a drive around Bridgwater Forest and look at the trees along the roads. How many have been damaged during snow clearing operations, hit by vehicles or are simply struggling?

Then, take a walk through the forest, how many have died? Appear to be dying?

Wednesday, May. 26, 2021

As you enter Bridgwater from the north, you are welcomed by the tall structure sitting between the north and southbound lanes of Kenaston Boulevard. I am not sure of the correct term for it but it is impressive and very hard to miss.

Not so impressive are the spruce trees that frame it. They appear unloved and uncared for. In my view, they look dead and ready to be removed. What makes them interesting is the fact that they are not the original trees, which met the same fate a few years ago.

Take a drive around Bridgwater Forest and look at the trees along the roads. How many have been damaged during snow clearing operations, hit by vehicles or are simply struggling?

Then, take a walk through the forest, how many have died? Appear to be dying?

Better signs installed in Bridgwater

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Better signs installed in Bridgwater

Debbie Ristimaki 3 minute read Friday, Apr. 30, 2021

My first column of 2021 was about my wish list for the neighbourhood, which touched on speed, road safety and road design.

What didn’t make it to paper, but no less important, was the fact that I also felt that the city needed to take a serious look at the intersections of North Town Road and Kenaston Boulevard - I use the plural because Kenaston is split into north- and southbound lanes by Bridgwater Centre.

At issue is the high number of drivers who turn the wrong way on to Kenaston, either heading north on the southbound side or vice versa, heading south on the northbound. Over the years, I have lost count of the number of times I have witnessed it first-hand and I know that I am not alone in that experience.

The design at Kenaston and South Town Road and Kenaston and Bison Drive is similar, but I cannot say if and how often the situation occurs at those points.

Friday, Apr. 30, 2021

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The often-confusing intersections of Kenaston and and North Town Road in Bridgwater have at last been given better signage.

‘Carpe diem’ now means so much more

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‘Carpe diem’ now means so much more

Debbie Ristimaki 2 minute read Thursday, Apr. 1, 2021

A couple of years ago, on a road trip to Banff, we passed a bright red building sitting in a beautiful field of canola in peak colour. 

My camera was ready but we opted not to stop, thinking we would do so on the return trip. Needless to say, it didn’t happen as the yellow of the canola had already begun to fade by the time we passed it again.

Twice now we have driven by Kakabeka Falls in Ontario’s Kakabeka Provincial Park, just west of Thunder Bay. And yes, each time, I wanted to stop but, for one reason or another, we didn’t.

I had always said that I wanted to go to France for my 50th birthday. I wanted to see Paris and stand at the foot of the Eiffel Tower but, not actually go up, as I am not a fan of heights. I wanted to explore the countryside, enjoy a coffee and croissant on a terrasse and simply take in the world around me.

Thursday, Apr. 1, 2021

A couple of years ago, on a road trip to Banff, we passed a bright red building sitting in a beautiful field of canola in peak colour. 

My camera was ready but we opted not to stop, thinking we would do so on the return trip. Needless to say, it didn’t happen as the yellow of the canola had already begun to fade by the time we passed it again.

Twice now we have driven by Kakabeka Falls in Ontario’s Kakabeka Provincial Park, just west of Thunder Bay. And yes, each time, I wanted to stop but, for one reason or another, we didn’t.

I had always said that I wanted to go to France for my 50th birthday. I wanted to see Paris and stand at the foot of the Eiffel Tower but, not actually go up, as I am not a fan of heights. I wanted to explore the countryside, enjoy a coffee and croissant on a terrasse and simply take in the world around me.

Spring is for the birds

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Spring is for the birds

Debbie Ristimaki 3 minute read Tuesday, Mar. 9, 2021

I know that there are those who would disagree with me but I think that we are privileged to live within such close proximity to nature.  There is no shortage of parks and green spaces in Winnipeg where there is an abundance of wildlife.

White-tailed deer and birds definitely top the list.

Deer can be found in parks and neighbourhoods across the city, including Bridgwater Forest. Outside of rutting season, they are relatively docile when you maintain your distance.

They also happen to be quite photogenic and I have been lucky enough to capture a few good photos. If you are like me and enjoy exploring with a camera in hand, there is a Facebook group - Manitoba Bird and Wildlife Photography - where members share their wildlife photos and where they were taken.  I have discovered some new areas to explore thanks to them.

Tuesday, Mar. 9, 2021

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A black-capped chickadee gets friendly at Assiniboine Park.

Facebook memories are made of this…

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Facebook memories are made of this…

Debbie Ristimaki 2 minute read Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021

If you’re on Facebook, you’d be familiar with the ‘memories’ in the form of photos and posts that periodically pop up in your feed. I am not sure how it works behind the scenes, as there appears to be no rhyme nor reason to me but, for the most part, they bring you back to what was, hopefully, a happy moment in time.

The latest memory in my feed was a pleasant reminder of our January 2020 vacation in Mexico. In it, I had commented on both our breakfast churros and evening margaritas, the colour of the ocean and its waves and that, on Day 1 alone, we met vacationers from Chicago, Vancouver, and England. It was wonderful.

While the pop-up did what was intended by evoking a variety of thoughts and emotions, it also served as a stark reminder of what was and what is.

Fast forward to January 2021. What is.

Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021

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Correspondent Debbie Ristimaki laments the fact no Mexican vacation memories will pop up in her Facebook feed next January.

A 2021 wish list for Bridgwater and area

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A 2021 wish list for Bridgwater and area

Debbie Ristimaki 3 minute read Monday, Jan. 4, 2021

As we bring in the new year, I have no promises to make nor resolutions to break. What I do have is a list of wishes for the community.

Bridgwater grew by leaps and bounds in 2020 and not just population-wise. I mean its community spirit. I have never seen so many people out and about — it has been wonderful. They are spending time outside — from walking the trails to connecting on the ice, masks and all. And they have been supportive of both each other and local businesses.

At the other end of the spectrum sit safety and driving.

With the above in mind, here are a few items currently on my 2021 list. I wish:

Monday, Jan. 4, 2021

As we bring in the new year, I have no promises to make nor resolutions to break. What I do have is a list of wishes for the community.

Bridgwater grew by leaps and bounds in 2020 and not just population-wise. I mean its community spirit. I have never seen so many people out and about — it has been wonderful. They are spending time outside — from walking the trails to connecting on the ice, masks and all. And they have been supportive of both each other and local businesses.

At the other end of the spectrum sit safety and driving.

With the above in mind, here are a few items currently on my 2021 list. I wish:

Shopping local always beats online

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Shopping local always beats online

Debbie Ristimaki 3 minute read Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020

My inbox is drowning with promotional emails and both my Facebook and Instagram accounts are not too far behind.  Retailers far and wide are throwing everything they have at me and I have no one to blame but myself.

And what nefarious deed(s) did I do to deserve this?

Well, I have spent a good part of 2020 window-shopping, COVID-style. I have never claimed to be much of an online shopper, but that definitely changed this year. We did some renovations in the house and needed to replace some fixtures and furniture and, as we all know, in-person shopping was not nor is not currently encouraged — so we went online.

We looked for inspiration from retailers both here in Winnipeg and beyond. We browsed and yes, we bought which, admittedly, was much too easy. I think that I could get used to it and having the parcels dropped at our door was a bonus.

Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020

My inbox is drowning with promotional emails and both my Facebook and Instagram accounts are not too far behind.  Retailers far and wide are throwing everything they have at me and I have no one to blame but myself.

And what nefarious deed(s) did I do to deserve this?

Well, I have spent a good part of 2020 window-shopping, COVID-style. I have never claimed to be much of an online shopper, but that definitely changed this year. We did some renovations in the house and needed to replace some fixtures and furniture and, as we all know, in-person shopping was not nor is not currently encouraged — so we went online.

We looked for inspiration from retailers both here in Winnipeg and beyond. We browsed and yes, we bought which, admittedly, was much too easy. I think that I could get used to it and having the parcels dropped at our door was a bonus.

Code red doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do

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Code red doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do

Debbie Ristimaki 3 minute read Monday, Nov. 9, 2020

It was 6:30 p.m. on a Monday night and I was exhausted. My column was due and all that I could do was look at an empty page. Instead of trying to force words on to the page, I opted to give in and head off to bed.

As I laid down, there were no visions of sugar plum fairies dancing in my head.  There were no flashes of beaches or infinity pools. There was only life under code red.

Sure, this new state of pandemic response level means that restrictions have been placed on day-to-day life but there is so much more to life than shopping, going to the movies and dining out. We are surrounded by life and there is nothing stopping us from embracing it to its fullest.

With that in mind, here are my top five ways to embrace the life around us.

Monday, Nov. 9, 2020

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If you choose to walk some of Winnipeg’s many trails, including those in Bridgwater Forest, you may run across some of the many deer who live within city limits.

A useful message in these times

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A useful message in these times

Debbie Ristimaki 3 minute read Friday, Oct. 16, 2020

Be local, be kind, be clean and be brazen.

Sound familiar? 

Perhaps that’s because you have seen the intriguing sign in front of Brazen Hall Kitchen and Brewery on Pembina Highway. Sure it may be a plug for the establishment but it’s also a simple and yet powerful message. It’s a good reminder of how we should be holding out as we live through the COVID-19 experience.

Why do we need a reminder?

Friday, Oct. 16, 2020

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The sign outside Brazen Hall Kitchen and Brewery may be a plug for the restaurant but it also offers good advice.

A day trip to the Pembina valley

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A day trip to the Pembina valley

Debbie Ristimaki 3 minute read Friday, Sep. 18, 2020

You don’t know how good you’ve got it until it’s gone. We take so much for granted and sadly it has taken a global pandemic to be reminded of that fact.

We have always had that ‘get up and go’ kind of approach to life. From travel to exploring our local community to shopping and dining out — all of which came to a screeching halt earlier this year.

Like most things, I do believe that this, too, shall pass. It is only a question of when, so until then we continue to adapt.

That doesn’t mean that we haven’t been able to explore the outdoors and the province itself through day trips. Granted, early on during the pandemic we had to consider distances and whether there would be washroom facilities available to the public but, that is not the case today.

Friday, Sep. 18, 2020

You don’t know how good you’ve got it until it’s gone. We take so much for granted and sadly it has taken a global pandemic to be reminded of that fact.

We have always had that ‘get up and go’ kind of approach to life. From travel to exploring our local community to shopping and dining out — all of which came to a screeching halt earlier this year.

Like most things, I do believe that this, too, shall pass. It is only a question of when, so until then we continue to adapt.

That doesn’t mean that we haven’t been able to explore the outdoors and the province itself through day trips. Granted, early on during the pandemic we had to consider distances and whether there would be washroom facilities available to the public but, that is not the case today.