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Playing I’m the boss with the cats

My cats!!! They feel like they’re the boss around here. This is Milo. He likes to sleep in my bed with me all night and always sleeps cuddled up in the fur blanket. But I like to make my bed in the morning, so…

January 3, 2017

Our Christmas Day

Santa came after all!! So many prezzies. A whole harbour in a box. I made pillows for each of the girls with some vintage flannel which belonged to my grandmother and I appliqued their names on them. Morgan had the best time with the…

December 26, 2016

‘Tis the night before Christmas

I’m sitting in front of an open fire here in my peaceful and quiet living room this night before Christmas thinking what a whirl-wind day this has been. I got the house ready last night and waited (a little anxiously) for my children to…

December 24, 2016

A small tradition: baking Czech Christmas cookies

I’m so excited to have my older children and their families here for the Christmas holidays, and, since I don’t usually have such a large crowd I rarely bake the kinds of traditional Czech Christmas cookies my grandmother (babi in Czech) used to bake.…

December 21, 2016

All is calm

Hi everyone, This post is long in coming and I’ve been looking at it for several days now, but the truth is that I’m finding Christmas very hard this year. Ok, I’m just going to stop writing about that now because it’s been two…

December 19, 2016

My over-wintering hummingbird and a new morning chore

There was a bit of daylight already when I walked into the kitchen to make my second cup of tea. Some of us were resolutely still in bed, but the little over-wintering hummingbird was out sitting on his feeder outside my kitchen door trying…

December 14, 2016

Linens and Vancouver snow

Well, what a turn-up for the books! Our rare and lovely light dusting of snow was scheduled for a change. Driving X-town listening to CBC, the words “Vancouver” and “Snowmageddon” were being brandished about on the radio. OMG everyone take cover! Now the good…

December 10, 2016

Vancouver snow and work stops

Sunday was so beautiful here in Van that Robbie and I drove down to the local lumber yard and bought some wood for some new privacy pergolas around the edges of the gardens. Then we got to work digging a few post holes. Well,…

December 6, 2016

A lovely day full of art

For me there’s nothing like a day making art. And on this rainy day, the warmth of my dining room was the perfect place. Some friends were coming over to make their own therapy journal, so I gathered our supplies, grabbed a box of…

November 13, 2016