Isn’t that romantic…

  There is a subtle difference between love and romance.  Love is something that grows if we are lucky, over a period of time.  We love our partners, children, family, friends, pets etc.  Love is unconditional. Romance is that fleeting butterfly feeling that often strikes unexpectedly.   Romance is elusive.  In a perfect world, we will… Continue reading Isn’t that romantic…

Closet Confessions…

February is that in-between month...the festive season is over,  and all remnants have been put away, and spring is still weeks away.  Other than Valentine's Day and the award season it's a not much happening time.  I realized that if I was "to live in the present" ( last week's blog), I would make the… Continue reading Closet Confessions…

Living in the present…

Some lessons are hard to learn and often harder yet to put into practice. Tragic events over the past several months have put things into perspective. The ill-fated Ethiopian 737 Max 8 crash, the missile downed Iranian flight, and this past Sunday a helicopter carrying a beloved athlete, his daughter and seven others crashed into… Continue reading Living in the present…

Off to market…

This quote from Richard Branson is almost amusing.   As we know,  Sir Branson has been very successful in business, but I agree that the best pay off for an entrepreneur is to have it both ways. Finding that delicate balance is the tricky part.  When I had my boutique, I confess that it was always… Continue reading Off to market…

Snow falling…

    I often hear people grumbling about the weather,  exclaiming "why would you live where you have to shovel snow, protect yourself from freezing winds and drive on icy roads?"  And I'm sure the airports are busy this week with weather wary travellers wanting to escape, as the mercury drops into the -30'sC.  … Continue reading Snow falling…

Re:Plenish…

  By now, I'm hopeful that most people believe in the science of climate change.  All you have to do is turn on the news on any given day, in any corner of the planet and you will witness some horrific crisis.  Due to extreme heat, wind and drought, we've seen the devastation in Australia… Continue reading Re:Plenish…

The New Year’s Concert…

  The PBS broadcast of the New Year's Concert at the Musikverein in Vienna is the icing on the holiday celebrations. The Vienna Philharmonic performance of the New Year's Concert has been a musical tradition since December 31, 1939. My love of classical music began when I took a university music history course. I naively… Continue reading The New Year’s Concert…

Ringing in a new decade…

  Christmas may have come and gone but 2020 is about to begin...a new decade!  What will it bring? Whether you are beautifully dressed ready to attend the party of the season or in your pj's in front of the fire, bringing in a new year (and this year a new decade!), is a time… Continue reading Ringing in a new decade…

Christmas at home…

         This charming photo (left) was posted on a blog I follow,  "French Country Cottage".  The author, Courtney Allison, has displayed this on her mantle this year.  It has some resemblance to what I have decided to do for my Christmas table centrepiece (below).  Last Christmas I received a miniature zinc house… Continue reading Christmas at home…

Decorating for the holidays…

    My entrance, in no way, measures up to the elegance of these Pinterest photos above...I wish!  The only thing I have in common is a black door!     Diane Keaton wrote this amazing book, The House That Pinterest Built, which features a home she built.  The photos and text are beautiful.  She… Continue reading Decorating for the holidays…