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…

High (Vegan) Protein Lettuce Wraps

Most of today was overcast and cool. I shopped in the village happy there were no line-ups at the grocery store;  in and out in 20 minutes.  It rained lightly through the afternoon then the sun appeared while I prepped dinner and enjoyed a Pineapple Moscow Mule my husband made me.  It’s always cocktail hour somewhere…

Barley Mushroom Salad Topped With Crispy Shallots

My poor bamboo plant is looking ragged.  Salem, my cat, has quite the palette for it. I move it around the house constantly thinking he’ll either forget about it or not find it but he always does and  chomps away at it happily.  It’s a perfectly safe plant for kitties, as are all the plants…

Spicy Asian Carrot Salad

  “This is my invariable advice to people: Learn how to cook- try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless, and above all have fun!” – Julia Child It is pouring rain in Vancouver!  a reprieve from the sun we’ve had all week.  The mercury rose to 26+ degrees (celsius) this past Mother’s Day weekend.  I did…

The Many Masks I Wear – My Face Mask Collection.

May has arrived in Vancouver and with it some beautiful days of sunshine.  What a blessing! We’re still pretty much confined to our homes but I have a big patio to enjoy a little bit of the outdoors.  4:30pm has been outdoor Yoga for the past month and a half.  Our place faces NorthWest so…

20 Minute (Vegan) Sloppy Joes

Saturday night at home. After a day of rain and grey skies a cozy movie night was in order.  We decided on the movie Yesterday and enjoyed some comfort food to go with it.  This vegan version of sloppy joes will not disappoint.  I didn’t really remember what the original ones are supposed to taste…