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…

5 letter words…

        Are you a member of the two million "Nerdy Wordy Club", logging on to solve the daily New York Times Wordle Game?   In January 2022, the newspaper purchased Wordle from John Wardle, who developed the word game for his girlfriend because she loved crossword puzzles.  It provides entertainment, a challenge… Continue reading 5 letter words…

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…

Playing in the dirt…

  It may be snowing outside, but it looks like Spring in the greenhouse.  This past weekend I cleaned away the remainders of the online boutique, got the heater going, and brought the potting soil in from the garage to unthaw.  I  filled an oversized plastic bucket with water, and although it's not pretty, it's… Continue reading Playing in the dirt…

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…

Place des Vosges

One of the joys of travelling is bringing memories and inspiration back home. Walking through public gardens in the cities you are visiting is relaxing and a respite from hours of pounding the pavement. A favourite pastime of mine is sitting on a bench, reflecting on the day and watching the world pass by. Although… Continue reading Place des Vosges

Tulip Mania…

The breathtaking beauty of these ribbons of tulips grown in the Netherlands is courtesy of a drone image.  How I would love to see this in person! Recently I was sitting next to a neighbour (at one of our weekly Wine Wednesday get-togethers) who is from Holland.  He started our conversation by asking if I was… Continue reading Tulip Mania…

(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…

Green…

Although Spring officially arrives this Sunday, March 20,  the last few days of winter always seem to drag on forever.  This in-between season in my city is messy...the winds leaving a trail of broken branches and twigs along with the mud and slush from the freeze-thaw cycle. But as the snow melts away, the promise of… Continue reading Green…