A Sister Visit

Today my sister is coming. I’m pretty excited because she hasn’t been here since the day after we moved in, when she did a great job helping me get our new kitchen organized. 

We instituted what we call our “sister visits” a number of years ago, when we discovered that much as we enjoy visiting in various family contexts, there’s something very special about spending time together, just the two of us. Janet will stay overnight, as she usually does on a sister visit, giving us lots of hours for chatting, walking in the woods, and whatever else strikes our fancy – sometimes shopping, sometimes playing a game of Scrabble or Blokus, sometimes baking cookies (we usually do that on our pre-Christmas sister visit). Maybe this time we’ll do some yoga practice together, decide on some new photos for our new house’s “Rogues Gallery”, now that the hall wall is painted and ready for the family pics.

Janet also reminded me with her “WordPress.com vs WordPress.org” blog entry (at www.janetbarclay.com) that we might also be looking at personalizing the appearance of my blog, so come back soon!

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Kathy Stinson is the author of the classic Red Is Best and the award-winning The Man with the Violin. Her wide range of titles includes picture books, non-fiction, young adult fiction, historical fiction, horror, biography, series books, and short stories. She has met with her readers in every province and territory of Canada, in the United States, Britain, Liberia, and Korea. She lives in a small town in Ontario.

Kathy Stinson


  1. Janet Barclay on October 17, 2008 at 10:53 am

    Kathy, I'm just as excited as you are about this visit. Visiting you is like a mini-vacation, away from the city.

  2. Maureen Murphy on November 22, 2009 at 10:57 am

    Just browsing through your website. You just came for a visit to our school in London – loved it – but back to sisters – I don't have anything so formal with my sister – but you force me to think about all the wonderful times we have together. Lately – well actually over the last 15 years – we usually are talking about work 🙁
    You've inspired me to think about formalizing our visits and having more fun!
    PS I'm a twin – there aren't very many interesting stories about growing up as a twin – maybe a next thought for a new book!

  3. Kathy Stinson on November 22, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    Glad you enjoyed my visit to your school, Maureen. I hope I'll be invited back to London again soon, especially if other kids there are as enthusiastic and welcoming as yours. 🙂

    I'm delighted that my description of our visits has inspired you to think about having more fun with your sister. Like you, Janet and I do our share of talking about work too.

    Thanks for visiting my site. Hope you'll visit again!

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