Author Archives: Jean Mills (page 45)

Author Archives: Jean Mills

Around the House: A Recreational Curler’s New Year’s Resolutions

December 29, 2010

New Year’s resolutions are made to be broken, say the anonymous pundits.  Maybe so.  But there’s nothing like a To Do List to get you organized and focused.

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Around the House: A Curler’s Holiday Wish List

December 22, 2010

‘Tis the season of giving and receiving, so let’s take a look at those special items we recreational curlers might include on the holiday wish list.

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Around the House: Talking to the rocks?

December 15, 2010

Okay, it’s one of those games. The ice is completely different than it was last week – or even last night. That perfect draw weight that you had yesterday

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Around the House: The Trophy Case

December 8, 2010

In 2009, the Fergus Curling Club celebrated its 175th anniversary of continuous curling, a remarkable accomplishment when you consider that in 1834, the town of Fergus, Ontario, consisted of a few farms, a church and a tavern.

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Around the House: Every curling club has its own personality

December 1, 2010

The third week of November is a busy one for curling clubs in my part of Ontario.  Here in the Waterloo-Wellington region, this week is devoted to a bonspiel involving multiple teams from thirteen different clubs.

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Around the House: A Flight or B Flight?

November 24, 2010

The league I’m playing in this year is made up of 16 teams of varying degrees of experience and ability.  Our team, for instance, is playing together for the first time. Individually, we’re not bad, and as a team, we’re starting to find our groove. 

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Around the House: It’s fun to win, but…

November 17, 2010

When you suit up for your weekly curling games and step out on to the ice, you join the ranks of athletes everywhere: you go out there to win.

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Around the House: Listen! Those are the sounds of your club

November 10, 2010

When our daughter was very young, we would bring her to the club to watch us curl. Sitting behind the glass with her bag of chips (a real treat!), she would point out at the ice and exclaim “Slide pop!”

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Around the House: Skips I have known – for better or for worse

November 3, 2010

A few weeks ago I wrote about the challenges of playing three-versus-four.  Our vice, B., moved into the house and took over the job of calling the game for our absent skip. I became vice for the night, and H., our lead, threw the first three rocks and did a lot – a LOT – of sweeping, all by herself.

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Around the House: A virtual visit to the “local” curling club

October 27, 2010

When I’m travelling, one of my favourite things to do is check out local landmarks – the library, for instance, or the town hall.  The smaller the town, the better, because then these landmarks play an even larger role in the community.

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Around the House: No spare? Prepare to throw a lot of rocks!

October 20, 2010

The first game of the season was last week, and it took several days to recover.

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Around the House: Opening Night!

October 13, 2010

It’s a mild October morning, and I’m scrambling through the daily routine. Lunches, last-minute chores, getting my head around the various tasks awaiting me at work – I’m in the moment and not looking too far ahead.

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Around the House: Curling etiquette

October 6, 2010

I remember it clearly: during one of the first games I ever curled, my skip gave me the evil eye as I slid down the side of the sheet talking to one of my teammates.

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Around the House: It’s team-building time!

September 29, 2010

The email from Betty-Anne arrived last week: “Hi Jean, I’m in charge of making up the teams for our Wednesday Night Business Women’s League. Could you let me know what position you’d like to play?” With a thrill of pre-season excitement, I realized that team-building time has arrived.

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Around the House: Volunteering comes naturally to curlers

September 22, 2010

Yes, that’s me in the picture, chatting away to a couple of guys who stopped by the Guelph Curling Club table at Stone Road Mall one crisp Saturday a few weeks ago.

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