The Simple Home: Living Well While Spending Less

“Don’t make your life complicated, live simply.” There’s something about living simply that brings a sense of connectedness and grounding. I realize that living “simply” will have various significance from one person to the next; we are all unique. One thing is certain for all of us however and that is, we live in a…

Things To Do In Vancouver When It Rains

“I always think of the Pacific Northwest as giant trees, rain, clouds and dampness, like the Native American art from that area” – Kyle MacLachlan (Actor from the show Twin Peaks) Vancouver gets about 192 days of rain a year that’s more than 6 months of damp, mist, fog, grey, cloudy skies, puddles and raincoats….

A Wintertime Journal Entry

“All hail to the days that merit more praiseThan all the rest of the year,Forgetting old wrongs with carols and songsTo drive the cold winter away“ December 26th, 4:02 pm. The skies to the west are a pale yellow as the sun sets slowly into the cold Pacific. We slept late and brunch was chicken…

Making Traditional Christmas Orange Pomanders

“I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach.”― Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol I love looking at photos of Victorian…

My Autumn Evening Routine

Evenings in Autumn are my favourite times. After a comforting warm meal it’s a time to wind down, share thoughts about our day with family and take time for ourselves. Welcome to my cozy Autumn Evening routine. I hope you’re all enjoying the season. At sun down I dim the lights and light candles. I…

Cozy Homes From My Favourite Movies – Part II

4 years ago I wrote a blog with the homes in some of my favourite movies. Home like Iris’ cottage in The Holiday and the Owens sister’s victorian home in Practical Magic. Part of the allure of watching movies for me is forgetting about the world for those 2 hours and immersing myself in the…

Making The Autumn Home: An Easy Bread Recipe

I’ve loved the Fall ever since I was a child. Wearing a new sweater, the air cool and orange leaves dancing in the wind as we walked up the hill on our first day of school. I grew up in Ontario and by September, Summer felt like a distant memory. I remember walking at High…

A Perfect Sunday

“If your Sunday doesn’t involve wine & yoga pants you’re doing it wrong.” I am cozied up on the couch under a blanket about to watch some Celebrity Ghost Stories. I love a good ghost story; The episodes with Joan Rivers and Marilyn Manson are a couple of my favourites.  I am having the perfect lazy…

A Rainy Day Indoors, Blackberry Pancakes & Ghost Stories From Vancouver Island.

“All was silent as before, all silent save the dripping rain.” Special Weather Statement Issued at 11:01 Friday 21 August 2020 Heavy downpours are likely today over the south coast. An upper disturbance embedded in a southwest flow of moist, unstable air will move across the south coast today. Consequently, widespread showers and isolated embedded…