The Finishing Touches…

This past weekend, I had a "mini break" to use Bridget Jones's words. Although short, it inspired me to add to my "Charlie Brown" Christmas decor.  No, I am not putting up a tree after all, but I have bulked up the nature theme I had already started. My first errand on my return was… Continue reading The Finishing Touches…

A “Charlie” Brown Christmas…

  Every Christmas, I  pick out a unique ornament for my family members.  This (photo left) is Charlie's Christmas ornament for 2022.  It will, however, not be on the Christmas tree because I will not be setting up the tree...again.  My naughty little dog would have the time of her life dismantling it one ornament… Continue reading A “Charlie” Brown Christmas…

Coastal Grandmother Style…

      The good news about the latest lifestyle trend, "The Coastal Grandmother", as coined by Tik Tok influencer, Lex Nicoletta (age 26), is that you don't actually have to be a grandmother.  It's easy, breezy, and inspired by Nancy Meyer's movies, "Something's Gotta Give" and "It's Complicated".     The wardrobe of those… Continue reading Coastal Grandmother Style…

Do you believe in magic…

  Mother Nature has waved her magic wand and abracadabra...what was brown is suddenly green! With just a few days of sun and a bit of rain, the landscape has transformed before our eyes.       I'm always relieved to see signs of life on the trees, shrubs and bulbs at this time of… Continue reading Do you believe in magic…

The Banquette…

We did an almost total renovation of the interior of our home before we moved in.  When we bought this house in 1999, everything was "1961 (the year it was built) original"...the gold shag carpet, the lighting, and every bathroom had differently coloured plumbing fixtures.  Most potential buyers would have passed it by or torn it… Continue reading The Banquette…

The Doors…

    My exterior front door and the back doors have been painted black for years. But, after walking Charlie last summer,  I started noticing the colourful front doors in the neighbourhood and thought it was time to make a change at my house too. But what colour?  I didn't want just any random colour,… Continue reading The Doors…

(Im)Patiently waiting…

  Marie Kondo would stop breathing if she saw my breakfast table...she wouldn't know where to start!  This kind of clutter keeps me company, though, when I can't actually do anything else.  By nature, I'm not a tidy person...  there was a very good reason why the office area at the store was completely out of… Continue reading (Im)Patiently waiting…

When the living is easy…

"Summertime" may seem like months away, but now is a good time to daydream about what could be... Last summer, tucked in between covid lockdowns, we hosted an outdoor (36C!) "family get together" to celebrate all the special occasions that we missed because of the pandemic. Although the immediate family had previously gathered for a… Continue reading When the living is easy…

Entertaining at Christmas…

Don't we all wish we were as relaxed about entertaining as Ina Garten...not to mention being a whizz in the kitchen like her?  I have most of Ina Garten's cookbooks, and her recipes and philosophy about cooking and entertaining are simple but elegant. In addition, she has a fantastic kitchen garden that provides all the… Continue reading Entertaining at Christmas…