Wednesday, April 29, 2009


the regional assembly of text is one very cool little shop on main street. i picked up some postcards that some of you will soon be getting. i think i'll pick up some more very soon. the back display of the shop is amazing and inspiring and the overall organization of the products and displays makes me green with envy.

a taste of vancouver

lots of walking, lots of sun, lots of shopping, lots of eating. not enough photo taking, not enough time. luckily now they want to come back sooner rather than later.

just sayin'

Saturday, April 18, 2009

sunbathing - the art

photo taken by her daddy.

p.s. the records on the wall is my roommate's thing, not my thing. i would rather be listening to, not looking at 'bat out of hell'

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

last week's pie

i put cheese in the crust again. how could i not?

unable to do it justice

i try to always do morning exercises on my days off. i have always been a person who works out on the living room floor, not in a gym and with a view like this why would i want to be anywhere else (except maybe jogging outside...which i'll perhaps get to eventually.) i need a wide angle lens to have any hope of showing you how amazing this view truly is.

i have a very lovely cat

in case anyone managed to forget.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

okay, it's not just daffodils.

have i mentioned i'm the biggest traditionalist when it comes to holidays and the biggest dork in general?

christ resurrection -- check.

good easter morning to you! it's a rainy and grey one here. luckily i planned ahead to add a little colour to the apartment -- including mass amounts of candy that should not be consumed by only three adults.

and yes i have a thing for daffodils. today at my mother's church, as every year for easter sunday, the congregation would have created a daffodil cross. i'm not religious, but it is one of the most powerful things i have ever seen, and i wish i could have seen it today. every member of the church (or visitor) is given a daffodil when they arrive and each person places his/her daffodil onto a life size (crucifixion-sized?) cross, which is covered in little hooks with just enough room to slip in a daffodil and let it hang. the end result is sunny and glowing, and the hopeful symbolism is not lost on the participants. what can i say? it is beautiful.

as a result daffodils not only represent to me an image of spring, but one of love and family. i look at them and i see warmth and relatives. i see an old farm house rich with the scent of baking ham and filled with the noise of children hunting eggs. i feel security -- how funny that it comes indirectly from a symbol of christ. perhaps i am spiritual after all.

Thursday, April 09, 2009

avalon 101

what happens when you get a little behind on returning your milk bottles. and really i only need one milk bottle sized vase, although this would make for a neat display.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

grape hyacinth

muscari from my apartment building yard

on my walk today everything was in bloom. don't believe me? here's the list:

daffodils, muscari, magnolia, cherry blossom, plum blossom, forsythia, hyacinth, helleborus, skimmia, lily of the valley, tulips, crocus, madrona, plus some people's bedding plants that are already planted. even the dandelions were coming up through all the cracks.

what happened to the potatoes

and now it's all gone.

what to do

when it's plus 15 and sunny and you have the day off: put some potatoes in a greek-style marinade and get back outside.

to the first of many

morning tea on the balcony

lil' lily

another addition for the balcony. to be planted around two small cedar trees. i'll show you when it's all done.

Thursday, April 02, 2009

can't go wrong

mother's molasses cookie recipe

listening to queen, going to make roasted potatoes for dinner.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

new baby hellebore

my apartment has a lovely little view (if you like looking at mountains, docks, distant lights, and ocean) to the north. there is also a sweet little balcony that currently is home to a paint roller, our clothes drying rack, and joseph's soccer bag. it is concrete. it is in need of love.

enter helleborus ivory prince. a shade loving plant (often used to fill beds under tree branches) this hellebore has beautiful silver leaves and striking cream and lime blooms every spring -- hopefully.

along with it i have some irish moss, both waiting to be planted in a suitably lovely and organic planter. soon our balcony will be a shady oasis for the summer months. i can already smell it. now just to figure out a way to grow herbs and tomatoes with no direct sunlight...

i'm sorry, did you say half price?


bear with me

yes these look basically like every other muffin i've made in the last few months. that's because they are, only these ones have cranberries and orange zest as the star flavours.
i'll branch out when i'm ready, okay?