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. …

Weekend Journalling – Banana Loaf Recipe and Finding Happiness.

I’ve always chosen a topic to photograph and write about when planning my blogs.  Yet the blogs I follow and most enjoy are about daily life and journalling.  I like stepping into other people’s worlds, knowing what the weather is like up in the Chilcotin Mountains when I read the Wilderness Dweller blog. I love…

Movies That Get Me In The Mood For Summer

Every year around February and after our long dreary winter’s on the coast. Winters that can bring up to 60 days of consecutive rain. There’s a week of sunshine. A week where I step outside in the morning and see purple crocuses sprouting and the earth smells warm and sweet and it hits me:  It’s…

Movies & Shows Filmed In The Pacific NorthWest

To say I am in love with the forests of our coast is an understatement.  Obsessed,  captivated,  engrossed, infatuated are more likely.  If you don’t live in the Pacific Northwest let me tell you;  the forests here are alluring.  Walk in them for any length of time and you’ll feel you’re on an alien planet….

Scrapbooks, Collages and Dreams, Oh My.

#TBT alert!  Before Pinterest or Instagram I had my printer, scissors and tape.  I like to keep blank journals and love receiving them as gifts.  See, I write A LOT.  I journal, write lists, take notes when I’m studying, write letters.  Today we were at the grocery store and my Fiancee looked and me and…

A Peek Inside My Library II

In our digital world, we’ve become disconnected with the pleasure of holding a book in our hands. The smell of the paper and the swishing sound when our fingers glide over each page turned. I’m an old fashioned girl, I don’t own a cel. phone and still handwrite letters. Whenever I’m on holiday, especially visiting…

Saturday Morning Pancakes (from scratch)

Salem (our black cat) sits at the window. These rainy Winter days are his least favourite because we don’t let him outside. The courtyard and garden are his world where he spends sunny day’s lounging under the shade of the hydrangea bushes and pretending to hunt birds and squirrels up in the Pine, high and…

Autumn on the Pacific Northwest Coast

I’m sitting next to the fireplace at home. It’s a grey Saturday afternoon and the light drizzle outside is the kind that mists your face and leaves tiny droplets on your hair .  It’s October and there’s no hiding the fact it’s getting colder with each day that passes.  I wore a jacket and a…