vingt et un

21 years ago, Josh and I became parents to quite possibly the smartest, toughest, coolest, funniest human being on this earth. She is simply amazing. Up until moving to Nice in September, she worked any time she wasn’t at school, and if she was not at school or work, she was studying. Without any loans, … Continue reading

night light

Today was a cleaning-errands-fixing-baking-library-chocolate zucchini muffin day.  Floors were washed, broken door knobs were replaced, a sweater was cast off, a coupon was redeemed, books were borrowed, soup was cooked, homework was completed, a closet was purged . . .  It was perfectly productive for a plan-free day.  Tomorrow holds a few grocery transactions, some dress-making, and a … Continue reading

sweet

Sometimes one must balance all that physical fitness with butter, sugar and chocolate.  It’s the right thing to do.  I call these Kata’s Chocolate Chip Cookies, and they are the ONLY chocolate chip cookies we bake around here. INGREDIENTS: 1 cup packed brown sugar 1 cup margarine 2 eggs 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp … Continue reading

wild child

NOTE: I wrote this one year ago but just now found it in my gigantic pile of draft posts. So much has changed (one kid is really studying abroad + the other is in high school), but so much has also stayed the same (the need to be still and enjoy this life we’ve made … Continue reading

Celebrating December VI

December has got to be my favourite month of the year, and I wish time would go slower so it would all last longer – the music, the lights, the food, the gatherings, the making, the coziness, the togetherness . . . That being said, I equally resent the obligatory gifts, the jam-packed scheduling, all … Continue reading

sugoi

Ella had a few days free of exams and work, so I planned a short mid-week train trip to  ogle exotic sea creatures and soak up some art and culture with my girls.  Thanks to airbnb, I found a sweet lake-side condo on the 50th floor, and we braved that elevator many times like bosses.  We watched … Continue reading

leftovers

I’ve been using up all the scraps of wool left from completed projects to knit up colourful accessories – mittens, hats, cowls . . . My one knitting goal this year is to knit a blanket for my parents with a deadline of Christmas.  It figures that I’ve been procrastinating.  I spent hours and days … Continue reading

alice

These pictures were taken at Halloween. I’m only 4 months late.  Sue me.  This kid LOVES Halloween and trick-or-treating. I don’t get it.  She doesn’t even enjoy candy much.  Most of her loot sits in a bowl on top of the fridge for months until I trash it.  This year she wanted to dress up … Continue reading

wood slices

I picked up these wood slices from The Been Garden in Old East Village.  They make my heart sing with their simplicity and natural beauty.   Apparently we own a chainsaw, and we have a crew coming to trim some trees in the backyard, so I feel that it is imperative that I slice some branches … Continue reading

provence

We are deep in research mode.  Food, music, language, housing, lifestyle, transportation, packing, student visas, sandals . . .  Ella is off to study abroad in September, and there is so much to do.  I wish there was a way to visit her for nine months.  I would just toot around on a bicyclette, stroll … Continue reading