The teen’s hard work and perseverance has paid off.   Today she was accepted into the Media, Information & Technoculture program at Western University.  I’m so proud of her that it’s ridiculous.   It’s insane to be this happy.  Like I dread every day from here on in, because it can’t be as awesome as … Continue reading


  Bought my first pair of snowshoes and went snow-shoeing for the first time.   THAT was awesome.   There was no one else in sight – just blue skies and sunshine and sparkle-y snow and fresh air and uncharted territory.  If I ran for political office, my campaign slogan would be, “Snowshoes for everyone.” … Continue reading

lemon bread

Once again, we’ve been hit with snow and wind and cold.   Outings and commitments were cancelled, and there were some rumblings from the teenage love corner.   However, none of these plans were life or death, and I do believe that this is nature’s way of telling us to slow down and be still. … Continue reading

simple giving + celebrating

I nearly forgot to share all the handmade goodness that we gave and received at Christmas. The Bee gave lots of art, and her shopping all took place at a little fundraising second-hand sale at school.  She couldn’t have spent more than $6. The teen made funny and heart-warming cards written with love for everyone. … Continue reading

tuesday snooze day

Life is being lived.  School + work + sleep + food + laughter + yoga + knitting this  – a cabled hat that fits perfectly and is just the right amount of hipster I’m going for.  Oh and muffins.  So many muffins.  I’ve baked 5 dozen muffins over the last week, and I have eaten … Continue reading

boxing day bear

I forgot to share my picture of the ‘bear’ we saw on our walk in the woods behind my parents’ house on boxing day.  It’s totally a real bear.   Just forget the fact that he’s wearing boots.   It would have been hilarious if my dad had believed us.  I’d like to think my … Continue reading

warm milk

  Today was a snow day.  There was lots of curling up under wool blankets and knitting and reading.   I washed the floors, coloured some posters the Bee was making, and cooked up a big pot of chili.  A quietly productive day with my girls.   I’m ending this cold snow-blowy day with a … Continue reading


I Knitting these legwarmers in alpaca silk . . . so soft and squishy . . . Tobogganing in the neighbourhood, getting chilly despite the woolly knits, returning home and  drinking hot chocolate . . . Snacking on vegetables and homemade hummus . . . Watching Season 1 of The Americans . . . Feeling … Continue reading


The Bee has been on a making spree since New Years Day,  and I’ve been an eager assistant.  She’s been tackling challenges on DIY like a pro.  She’s knit a scarf, sewed a bag out of a t-shirt, baked bread and cookies, whipped up hummus, drawn her nyan cat avatar, and completed several Minecraft missions … Continue reading

red plates

One of my favourite Christmas gifts was a red place setting.  I had never heard of “Red Plates” before. The Red Plate is a way to acknowledge a family member’s special triumphs…celebrate a birthday…praise a job well done…reward a goal achieved…or simply say “You Are Special Today.”  When the Red Plate is used, any meal … Continue reading