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


This young adult is now two decades old.  She is resilient.  She is brilliant.  She is extraordinary.  Another year of  school, studying and working has paid off, and she is heading off to study in Nice in September.  This reminds me.  Ella, if you are reading this, that France travel guide is due back at the library … Continue reading


So grateful for two weeks of my people and lots of quiet.  I like this.  I needed it.  While knitting my Still Light, I have watched all of Master of None, The Bridge, and Narcos.  I am currently on the second season of Fargo, and it’s starting to look like the dress it is supposed to … Continue reading


I took a break from knitting my tunic and many mittens, and I knit a lot of i-cord to make these sailor knot keychains.  They will go well with stripes, topsiders and windbreakers.


I have exciting news to share!  The Bridges out of Poverty | Circles program (that I love with all of my ♥) is raising money for a micro loan program designed to help eliminate barriers to poverty by granting education loans, providing financial backing to overcome barriers to employment, and helping to avoid financial crises. … Continue reading

community conversation

I would like to live in a city where no one is left behind – a city in which everyone prospers.  Poverty is unkind, and it hurts all of us.  And ultimately poverty affects our city’s ability to grow. It’s important to ask ourselves how we contribute to poverty. I think about the times I … Continue reading


I bought myself a new mug.  The same week that I finished up ten weeks  of a Simplicity Circle.  The irony doesn’t escape me.  I have a cupboard full of drinking vessels.  This new mug does not fill a need.  Unless you count needing a little piece of beauty topped up with earl grey for those quiet … Continue reading


Today I solved a problem that has been plaguing me for months.  I subscribe to This American Life.  I love it. Every night I tuck myself in bed, turn off the light, and start an episode.  Within ten minutes, I’m passed out – sawing logs. I can not stay awake.  It’s nothing against the podcast. … Continue reading


This week found another bedroom stripped of brightly-coloured paint.  The white is a nice change from the 10 years of “wordpress blue”.  I could not persuade the oldest to de-colour her bedsheets, comforter and assorted blankets.  The mish-mash of patterns and spectrums look oddly in place and have slightly grown on me.  We still need to … Continue reading


This summer we were childless for the first time in almost 20 years.  So we did what any normal couple does when their kids are out of town for six days.  We completely emptied the littlest’s room, and we cleaned, painted, sorted, trashed, organized, fixed, and then prettied it back up for her return.  We finished … Continue reading