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…

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…

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…

Cabin Living – Labour Day Weekend Photo Essay.

Labour Day Weekend. That time when Summer is slowly letting go and Autumn is soon arriving.  The first day of school. The end of hot afternoons at the lake and the familiar scent of campfire. The new moon has appeared tonight and the sun has set the sky ablaze, indigo and crimson as we inch closer…

Day Off And American Thanksgiving

A luxury yacht cuts through the water, slowly moving up False Creek readying to dock at the marina.  I watch it out my window.  The rain hasn’t stopped since yesterday and it falls in that typical misty weeping we get in Autumn.  I wonder where they’re coming from; whale watching on Howe Sound?  Perhaps up…

Home Sweet Autumn – Weekend Journalling

Autumn winds begin to blow , coloured leaves fall fast and slow. Whirling, twirling all around, till at last they touch the ground. September is an unpredictable month on the coast.  2 years ago we were sun tanning on the beach in 24 degree weather very near the first day of Fall.  This year the…

Portrait Of A Rainy Day: Buddha Teachings, Candles and Gravy.

Vancouver 10 am.   17 degrees. Cloudy with showers into the evening. POP 70%. Rain 3mm I stretched out in bed going over my daily gratitude ritual; a list of 10 things I’m grateful for before I get up.  Today is Saturday, my day off and I’ve planned nothing to do but enjoy this rainy day. …