A Walk At Kanaka Creek Cliff Falls

“After a day’s walk, everything has twice its usual value.” We picked Mom up Saturday afternoon and headed to Kanaka Creek Regional Park for a walk to the Cliff Falls and the Salmon Hatchery.  Kanaka Creek Park is in the city of Maple Ridge a 40 minute drive from Vancouver.  The weather promised sunshine and…

Hiking The Lions Bay Loop To Crystal Falls

Time: 2 Hours Open: Year round Elevation gain: 175 Meters Round Trip : 5.0 Kms Difficulty: Moderate (there is a lot of uphill and steep downhill areas) Monday was sunny and very warm.  My husband and I decided to venture out on a hike we’d never done before:  The Lion’s Bay Loop to Crystal Falls. …

Products I Will Never Buy Again (And What To Buy Instead)

I’m not one of those passive aggressive people that sit behind their computer spewing bad Yelp comments from the safety of anonymity so with this review I don’t mean to sway anyone in any direction. You may find products here that have worked perfectly well for you.  The products I mention here are just ones…

The Things I’ve Been Loving – June 2020

“The scent drifted past the thousand-year-old cedars. It wrapped around the soaring trunks, caught on the rough bark, slid softly across the moss covered branches on unseen currents of air.  Deep in the forest a black bear sow lifted her head and wrinkled her snout” Hi,  Welcome back!  Today I’m sharing some of the things…

My British Columbia Bucket List – The Places I Want to Visit

“The combination of high winds, frequent fog and tidal surges makes this coast a particularly lethal one. When boats or planes or people go missing here, they are usually gone for good”- John Vaillant from The Golden Spruce   British Columbia.  Vast sprawling land.  Mountains, islands and seemingly never ending forests. The northern tip of…

How The Pandemic Inspired Me To Start A Business

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity It’s cloudy, grey and rainy; A typical day on Pacific Northwest.  We call the month of June “June-uary” on the coast because after the sunny days of May when people get excited about their gardens and the prospect of Summer, the rain comes every year and the temperature…

How To Hygge In The Summer

7 days of sunshine is what the weather report was as of yesterday.  Guess they were wrong, again!  I can’t imagine having to predict the weather on the Pacific Northwest Coast.  It’s temperamental, stubborn and indecisive. It’s a grey rainy June morning and I’m feeling very Hygge even as the Summer Soltice nears. If you’re…

Haul Time: What $100 Worth Of Shoppers Drugmart Points Bought Me.

I try to buy as many of the things I need at Shoppers Drugmart.  Their point system adds up quickly if you’re buying daily necessities like toothpaste, kleenex or cleaning supplies.  I save my points until I have a good $50 -100+,  that’s when I get my “guilty pleasure” stuff.  I do realize these things…

Journal & Catch Up

I haven’t journaled in a while.  Today I called a friend I hadn’t spoken with in over 7 years.  It was good to catch up.  The sun’s been shining and I even got a little tanning session in late afternoon yesterday between launching my business and making dinner. The business I’m launching is one I…

A Visit To The French Pharmacy

  Some people think luxury is the opposite of poverty. It is not. It is the opposite of vulgarity – Coco Chanel When I was in Paris last Summer I noticed something you don’t see here in North America; On almost every street corner there is a Pharmacie or French Pharmacy. French women are loyal…