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…

“OK Boomer”…

From the beginning of time, the divide in thinking and ideals between the generations has been an issue.  This is only natural...every day something new comes along that affects how we learn, live, and love. My family is represented by four generations.  I am fortunate to still have a living parent...my mother.  In my family… Continue reading “OK Boomer”…

What’s on your vanity…

The Egyptians started wearing makeup  7,000 years ago.  Over the years, women have been creative in finding ways to enhance their beauty, from using burnt match sticks to rim their eyes, berries to stain their lips and even the urine of young boys to fade freckles and other dark spots. Today the beauty industry is… Continue reading What’s on your vanity…

A “Reset” at Sea Level…

  I'm in California this week, at the La Jolla Shores Beach.  Although my life is not particularly stressful or hectic anymore, sometimes it takes a walk on the beach to clear my head and wake (shake) me up.  Meditating has never come easy for me (I lack the discipline required!) but breathing in the… Continue reading A “Reset” at Sea Level…