First Day of Summer on Father’s Day – Does It Get Any Better?

June 21, 2015 will be the first day of summer AND Father’s Day. Wow! Kitchenette Lorene is back to share some ideas of how to spend some quality time with Dad and take in some of the beautiful summer sunshine. I Love summertime! The gardens are blooming and growing. The evenings are long enough to […]

Dishing Fans Take Back the Weekend

Drum roll, please. Here I am with the awesome Peter Laurie, proprietor of the Backeddy Resort and Marina and the generous sponsor of the Take Back Your Weekend contest. Lucky fan, Jenn Co-McMillan won the online draw contest and Kathleen Hatley won the door prize draw at the Soul Sail in June. Standing Up for […]

5 Pathways to Contentment

“Yes, there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run, there’s still time to change the road you’re on.”  – Led Zeppelin Pathway #1. The trail is marked. (And much remains to  be revealed.) Pathway #2. The path that goes toward the light. Pathway #3. The path that may be dark. (And we can […]

Spring Things

It’s wet on the west coast. Cold, too. My peas are up and the beans are starting – but oh my! It’s cold in the garden. I just returned from our home-away-from-home in sunny Scottsdale and it is spring in the desert, too. Different though. Very different. How? Glad you asked. Sunny. Dry. Blue, blue sky. […]

Home is Where the Spa Is.

I love a spa. I also love a good manicure, pedicure, body buff and facial. Also candlelight. Calming music. Essential oils (geranium and lavender – yum!). Fluffy towels. Bubble bath. A good book. My nightie. And space… Five Steps to a Perfect Day Spa – without leaving home! 1. Take the space: I chose my […]

Here is Something I Like

Very neighbourly italian soap. I arrived home today from a glorious riverside walk and a trip to the local nursery to see my neighbour hurrying out her door holding a beautiful Italian soap in her hand and and offering it to me. It was a ‘thank you’ from her for the loan of my trusty […]

The Friends of Facebook Love Song Jamboree

Last week, inspired by a post from the Vancouver Observer, I asked my Facebook friends to post their favourite love songs in time for Valentine’s Day.  I kicked off the request by posting two of my faves, “Dance Me to the End of Love” and “I’m Your Man” by the inimitable Leonard Cohen, who some […]

Something Beautiful Every Day

Hubby and I took an overnight trip up the North side of the Fraser River on the last weekend of January.  Usually a damp, murky time of year here in the Pacific Northwest, this one turned out to be unusually cold and clear. We were headed for the healing mineral pools of Harrison Hot Springs […]

A Perfect Sunday: Visiting Fort Langley

On a recent weekend, my hubby promised me a blog-worthy outing that would allow me to indulge in some of my favourite idle pursuits. Walking, daydreaming, picture-taking…all at the contented slow-mo pace that suits me best when chores are done, work is tucked safely away for the weekend and the pantry is stocked with endless […]

Eat Play Snooze

Southwestern BC is in the midst of  a heat wave and I, for one, am enjoying sweltering it out in weather that reminds me of childhood summers. I come from the Kootenays where summers are hot, winters are snowy and spring and fall are seasons of their own. Even though I have lived most of my […]