Celebrate A New Beginning…

  Turning the page on the past year often leaves me in a melancholy mood...why I'm not so sure... In years past, New Year's Eve was marked by a sparkly, elaborate party with good friends, an occasion to bring out your best party dress (that hopefully still fit after all the Christmas indulgences) and your… Continue reading Celebrate A New Beginning…

Joyeux Noel…

        I'm sure most of you are running on high (caffeine or whatever other vices you may indulge in!) just to get all the last minute preparations done ... the gift shopping, wrapping and, the worst of all,  the grocery run.  The lineups, the scramble for a parking spot and that nagging… Continue reading Joyeux Noel…

The Winter Garden…at Christmas

This garden is definitely a Winter Wonderland.    I can only imagine how many miles of lights that have been used in this garden. The hedges in my front garden are topped with (many) mini lights casting a soft, warm glow.  I'm not sure what I will do when these old-fashioned clear mini lights are no… Continue reading The Winter Garden…at Christmas

“O Christmas Tree”…

Bringing cut evergreen boughs indoors over the winter months goes back to the ancient Egyptians and Romans who were convinced that the fresh greens kept evil spirits and illness away.   Believing this to be a pagan celebration,  it took centuries for religious leaders to accept the tradition of setting up a Christmas tree.  German… Continue reading “O Christmas Tree”…

These are a few of my favourite things…

  "Brown paper packages tied up with strings."   Over the past couple of weeks,  I have been pestering my grandsons for their Christmas lists.  Two are teenagers, and one is an almost teenager, and it's most important to me to get just the right gifts...no disappointments from Mimi on Christmas morning! I was wondering… Continue reading These are a few of my favourite things…

Escape from “Toxic”…

I wasn't surprised when I read that the Oxford Dictionary has deemed "toxic" as the 2018  word of the year.  I'll admit that I have allowed myself to get caught up in all the negativity that is dominating every aspect of our lives.  Whether it is the highly polarizing political climate or the wrath of… Continue reading Escape from “Toxic”…

Hotel Therapy…

  I'm sure that many of you will agree that getting to a travel destination doesn't have the glamour it once had.  Being at the airport two hours before your plane leaves just to make sure you get through security in time to board your plane on time usually means getting up in the middle… Continue reading Hotel Therapy…

Crème​ de la Crum…

  dictionary meaning: Crème de la crème (French, literally 'cream of the cream') is an idiom meaning the "best of the best", superlative, or "the very best".       Crum Coffee Bar, 4640 Calgary Trail NW, Edmonton ...  On almost any given day I start the day at Crum.  My order is simple: a large… Continue reading Crème​ de la Crum…

“Friday Night Bistro”…

  I bought this mat for my back door as a surprise message for my husband...it was code for, "We are having dinner at home tonight".  Friday night is date night at our house, and we alternate who plans the evening.  With the cooler evenings, I'm choosing more and more to cook dinner at home… Continue reading “Friday Night Bistro”…