• sustain (səˈsteɪn)

    — vb 1. to hold up under; withstand: to sustain great provocation 2. to undergo (an injury, loss, etc); suffer: to sustain a broken arm 3. to maintain or prolong: to sustain a discussion 4. to support physically from below 5. to provide for or give support to, esp by supplying necessities: to sustain one's family ; to sustain a charity 6. to keep up the vitality or courage of 7. to uphold or affirm the justice or validity of: to sustain a decision 8. to establish the truth of; confirm


I don’t know what else I can say that I haven’t already said about this girl.  She is the kid that every parent wishes they had.  That must sound cheese-y and something every parent should say about their child, but in this case, it’s fact.  I am in awe of her.   It is a gift … Continue reading


post rain

It stopped raining after dinner, so the littlest and I negotiated a not-too-long stroll through the neighbourhood.  As with every outing this summer, we ended up in the cemetery to spot our friends – the deer and skunks.  They did not disappoint. It just occurred to me that I never write about my knitting anymore. … Continue reading


Parenting Good

That moment you realize you raised two people who are better people than you are.  Going  to check that off the list.  What craziness will I get up to next?

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evening strolls

I have challenged myself to get outside for a minimum of 30 minutes every day for 30 days.  I figure that’s a pretty easy commitment.  So far over four days, I have clocked two days at a beach and two evening strolls in my neighbourhood. It’s not really adding to my to-do list – it’s taking my to-do … Continue reading



To celebrate Ella finishing her first year of university and staying out of debt while saving up enough money to pay off the next two years of tuition (Who’s kid is this???), I gave her two tickets to see Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros.  I thought she would want to take a friend, and … Continue reading

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It’s amazing that they are not completely annoyed with me taking pictures of them.  These were taken on our holiday in the nation’s capital.  I love that they love each other – possibly more than they love us.  And that wolf shirt.   Let’s talk about that.


swiss family robinson

This month’s Mother-Daughter Book Club was out at the farm again. The piglets trickled out of the big barn to say hello.   I love them so much – if I could have pocketed one, I would have.  All I had to do to suppress that hankering was to look over at the hog pen.  The … Continue reading



We have the prettiest pink hydrangea bush outside my office.  When I left work on Friday, these two branches had fallen to the pavement.  I picked them up and brought them home to brighten up the mantle.


The Farm

A friend invited me to an afternoon Champagne + Lemonade party at “The Farm”, so I threw on some knickers and a gingham blouse, hopped on my bike, and hit the trail along the Thames.  Ten minutes later, I arrived at her community garden plot and an intimate crowd of friends and family celebrating her first … Continue reading


curtains + blankets

I have no curtains on 3/4 of my windows.  I relented and hung very dark, very heavy curtains on our bedroom’s windows because Josh sleeps during the day when he is working.  If he ever goes back to working days, they will come down.  I love sunlight.  It also helps that our house is surrounded by trees … Continue reading


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