A Perfect Sunday

“If your Sunday doesn’t involve wine & yoga pants you’re doing it wrong.” I’ve got my jazzy tunes on and 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. …

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…

Blackberry Harvest Cordial With Brandy

O híu Noshàh O hí Lúghnásádh Feed the flames and set them dancing Hail the Sun and Hail to Life Spear of fire Burn so brightly As the sunwheel in the sky *Note:  My recipe yielded 5 + bottles so after tasting the final product, another 3 3/4 cups of brandy were added and it…

Date Night At The Red Accordion

  “Growing up in the Pacific Northwest as a young girl, whenever I felt emotionally overwhelmed, I would take a walk in the woods. Being in the stillness and grandeur of trees has always calmed me.” ~ Brenda Strong The Red Accordion is a quaint Pacific Northwest inspired bistro hidden in an old character home…

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…

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…

Movies And Shows Filmed In The Pacific Northwest- Chapter III

I wrote the last chapter of my Pacific Northwest movies and shows in 2018.  With the amount of filming done in this area, these blogs could go on for a long time.  I’m sticking however to shows and movies I’ve watched.  For me, these are about immersing myself in the atmospheric environments these shows create. …

New Year Minimalism: Home Decor, Beauty, Food and Fashion.

“ Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”    I love the holidays and the excessiveness of it all – The eating, the shopping and glittery everything. There comes a moment however and even before the year ends that I start to crave simplicity.  By January I find myself gravitating toward a lighter palette of nudes, whites…

Welcoming 2020

For auld lang syne, my jo, for auld lang syne, we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet, for auld lang syne. It is just after 4pm on December 31st.  I’m sat on the couch accompanied by my kitties; Merlin sleeps peacefully purring next to me and Salem under his beloved Christmas tree.  He’ll miss the…