Switching gears…

Today we were supposed to be halfway to our final destination in California for a month of sun, sea and miles of glorious sand.  Instead, I'm looking out the window of the cafe at a dreary sky with the odd snowflake drifting by.   After all that talk last week about proceeding despite the Coronavirus,… Continue reading Switching gears…

Pause…or proceed

  Has Coronavirus put us all on pause?  Conventions and tradeshows are cancelled, museums and schools are closed, and travel plans changed due to routing closures.  We've been advised to avoid large gatherings of people.  The pandemic is impacting the whole world, threatening the global economy. Japan may have to cancel or postpone the Olympics… Continue reading Pause…or proceed

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…

Downton Abbey…the movie

  Highclere Castle, in Newbury England (70 miles from London), is the setting for the fictional Masterpiece Theatre series and newly released movie, Downton Abbey. I, like millions of others, watched every episode (six seasons 2011-2016) of the Masterpiece Theatre series of Downton Abbey.  To say, "I loved it", would be the ultimate understatement!  Julian Fellows, the… Continue reading Downton Abbey…the movie

I Adore (J’Dore) Dior…

    In 2017, the Musee des Arts Decoratifs of Paris, hosted a 6-month exhibition to celebrate 70 years of Dior.  Since that time many cities around the world have held similar exhibits honouring "Christian Dior, Designer of Dreams". I was fortunate to see the exhibit at the Glenbow Museum in Calgary with my daughter.… Continue reading I Adore (J’Dore) Dior…

Oh no…Notre Dame de Paris is burning…

  Notre Dame, (Our Lady), situated in the heart of Paris on the Ille de Cite,  is over eight centuries old.  April 15, 2019, the day of this shocking fire, will become a historic date in the life of this magnificent cathedral.  What took over 200 years to build was almost lost in a couple of… Continue reading Oh no…Notre Dame de Paris is burning…

Treasure…or ephemera?

  Over the past month, I've written about organizing (using the Marie Kondo method), the passing of Karl Lagerfeld,  and a walking day in Paris.  During this time I also read a book, "The Paris Seamstress", written by Natasha Lester in the historical fiction genre I love.  As I was reading, the storyline had me… Continue reading Treasure…or ephemera?

A Morning on the Left Bank…

  As I write this post, we are still in the deep freeze!  February has been a wickedly cold month, and Spring can't come soon enough.  I've already ordered some seeds and bulbs for my planters, and I'm anxious to get into the greenhouse to start organizing, readying it for what I hope, with a… Continue reading A Morning on the Left Bank…

“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”…

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…