Nothing quite like a raclette dinner—all the melted cheese and potatoes and cornichons and other grilled goodies. It’s convivial and delicious and over the years has become one of my favourite holiday traditions. We had planned to do a raclette dinner with Amy and Carol for Christmas but got derailed when Carol received inconclusive results […]

There’s nothing quite like a foggy morning. So much scope for the imagination, as Anne of Green Gables might say. Growing up where I did, fog for me was something I knew more from books and movies than real life. It was associated with magic and “other” places. So encountering it as part of my […]

Oh hellebore, you lovely thing. Exactly what’s needed to lighten the midwinter darkness.

Shortest day of the year. Is it mystical? Ummm… maybe to some. For me, no. Most years I find the darkness fascinating and almost wish it would continue to Nordic levels. But this year it’s just been dark and grey and hard to get up in the morning. I’m really happy to be on the […]

When my company announced that we’d be working from home at least through June, I decided I’d had enough—it was time for a proper office. You see, when I designed my house I intentionally went with a minimal setup. The idea was to have someplace to pay the bills and check personal emails. Work was […]

This is the darkest time of the year and we don’t have all the usual Holiday parties to fill the calendar and make it bright. But that doesn’t mean we can’t still be festive. The halls are decked and candles lit—it’s basically hygge 24/7 around here. And last night Amy and Carol joined us for […]

Thanksgiving was lovely and I’ll put up some pictures when my sister sends me some… and in the meantime we’re moving full steam into Christmas! This year I decided the back yard needed some Christmas cheer. Little used in prior years, during the pandemic it has become my primary entrance. It’s cozy and private (surprisingly […]

This post is weeks past due but I’m resolved not to get to Christmas without posting about Thanksgiving. So here’s the short version: I went to Idaho and did Thanksgiving with the family. The parental units hosted, and Heather and Ashley each had their full crew. Mark was off in Jordan on military deployment and […]

It’s 9:30pm on Sunday. I’m curled up in bed, cocooned in a mountain of flannel and down, and—weirdly for a Sunday night—I feel good. For the first time in months, I didn’t do a lick of work this weekend and the “Sunday scaries” are just a murmur reminding me to set my alarm a little […]

A full day at work—then dinner with Justin (takeout from Revel served on my favourite blue and white dishes!), followed by gifts (wireless desk gadgets! nose hair trimmers!), a FaceTime call with Heather (candles, singing, and apple pie!), and the latest episode of The Voice—or at least as much of it as we could get […]

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