Monday, September 10, 2018

Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice...

Oh it's that time of year again, it's getting chilly, the season is changing, and I am so excited! One of the things I missed most about living in Vietnam was the seasons didn't change- oh yes we got the rainy season and the dry season, but both seasons were hot, hot, hot. In Canada this is the season where there is a chill in the air, everything smells fresh, leaves crunch underfoot, and I am always on the hunt for something warm to drink... It's that time of year sweaters come out, socks go on, and we hunker down for simple, cozy activities... books, puzzles, tea with friends... it doesn't get much better than this...

And let's not forget... it's pumpkin spice season... pumpkin spice, and everything nice!
What's your favourite season?

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Just Brew You.

Last week I broke the glass in my french press. Not Fun, in anyway shape or form. I have become a coffee snob- it's a little ridiculous. I take my own brewing mechanism, as well as my own coffee, freshly ground and ready to go, with me when we travel. I tell people it's because I don't want to wake them up rooting around for coffee, plus I'm a little bit of a morning bird.

I like to wake up when the house is quiet, I need (lots) alone time, and I carve that into my mornings, but that is only part of it. I know I can always find a pot to boil water in, if there is no kettle around... and perhaps the real reason- I just love great coffee and what other people think is great coffee versus what I think is great coffee are two sometimes very different things. (I'm told the older I get the less I will care about these things, I am sure that is true, but for now, please don't be offended when I break out my french press and my coffee when you offer me a Keurig cup- sorry Mom- yup, I'll be bringing my gear!)

I'm that person. That weirdo. I've taken my favourite coffee all over the world, I've taken selfies with my favourite coffee all over the world. I've purchased French presses in China and Uganda... broke them both. So I finally bit the bullet and bought a stainless steel french press that makes me so happy, and will travel well!

Are you a weirdo coffee brewer like me? do you have your quirks?
No matter how you brew it, just brew you. Do it the way you like it, of course I rarely turn down coffee of any kind, I'm always on the hunt for that perfect cup that someone else has brewed...

How do you brew your coffee? What do you Brew?

I'm a Kicking Horse Coffee lover, and my Brew is 454 Horsepower in my new stainless French Press- nope this is not a paid post, just a love song to my favourite brew...

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Just Brew You
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Just Brew You
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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Back Into the Swing of Things

Oi! Getting back into the swing of things, when almost all of the boxes are unpacked, is a little exhilarating ~ although I've still got that one secret trunk filled with all of my childhood memories. I was challenged by the hubby to open it up and pair it down into 1 small rubber container. "Challenge accepted!", was what I originally shouted at him. I think I was high on caffeine or something, because later that day, I opened my trunk, peered inside, smiled, looked at the rubber container, checked it for size, looked back in my trunk, looked back to the rubber container, back to my trunk- closed my trunk and thought, not today, no sir, no way, not today! I think giving things up you love takes lots of time and energy, and I just didn't have it... not that day I didn't, and I haven't found the courage yet. But I will... someday...

In the mean time, I am getting back into the swing of things, getting the office set up, organized, paired down, printer online (yay for wifi enabled printers! they makes my heart sing when they work, when they don't, I want to grab the baseball bat, and have at it! until it is no more... but I digress, think happy thoughts, peaceful thoughts, creative thoughts... breathe - I am sure I am not alone :) in the grand scheme of getting organized, I realized I haven't had a calendar at all this year, I've just kinda been ho-huming it, seriously?! Who HO-HUMS for half a year? Well, I accidentally did, and to think I didn't even miss anything important, that I know of...

I turn to the trusty internet to print of a calendar that is simple (as much as I love beautiful intricate art, when it comes to my calendar, the simpler the better, I cannot be distracted by kittens, and puppies... or flowers, or horses, or 12 beautiful photos of the ocean... see, I need it to be simple) So I decided to print one off. Perfect, all is set, start the process, I know it'll work, because my printer is all set up on wifi, didn't have to use that baseball bat... and no ink. No Ink?! ok, I'll give you this, I haven't used the printer in over 2 years, it's been in storage, but come on, not even enough to get me through one simple calendar? Nope, nada, no way. I have few options here in our new little town, and the most realistic one being- I can drive the 45 minutes to the nearest Staples store and pick it up, or I can try something new, I can order online. One of the things the hubby and I did before moving to our new tiny town, was check online to see what delivery service was like.

AND IT IS GOOOOOOOOOOOD! Thank you Jesus... gratitude in everything, right?!

I went online, ordered ink, following day FedEx rings my doorbell and my ink is here! This simple process of ordering ink, click and pay, all while saving the planet, reducing, reusing and recycling was amazing! Although, it couldn't keep me from looking like I had been arrested and fingerprinted for the next 2 days. I'm sure most people can remove used ink cartridges without looking like they've been finger printed, but alas- I cannot. I can however get excited about finding an awesome solution that works for me!

I was thinking about how every little thing we do, and every choice we make, can make the world a better place. It all starts with us choosing to make small changes;

"Little by little, a little becomes a lot"

 Tanzanian Proverb

That goes for everything, how much we eat, how far we walk, how kind we are, how much we give of our time and our money, how we choose no straws, or reusable straws, and how we buy our ink ... every little bit counts, and I am super excited that I've implemented this little bit into my... little by little, a little becomes a lot...

Take some time to enjoy this beautiful colouring page, and come up with what your little by little will be...

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This colouring page was sponsored by Certified Cartridges. Before I agreed to create a colouring page, I personally ordered and paid for my ink so I could try it, I wanted to learn about their mission, to make a decision about the quality of their product, to experience their customer service, and to check on their delivery time- I'll be ordering my ink from them :) Check out the video about their dream team :) It'll make your heart sing! I'm really proud to be able to share this company with you... when you find a company that you feel connected to, you want to share them. Can I tell you how much their Dream Team makes me happy :) Scroll down to the video on their about page.

(I've printed this and coloured it, and I've also imported it onto my iPad and digitally coloured it too, so if you don't plan on framing it, or keeping it around, try using your tablet to colour it, and see how you enjoy that! ... little by little...)

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018


Well this has been along time coming, and I am not even sure how time flew by so quickly, although it wasn't an easy flyby! There were moments of waiting, total uncertainty, white knuckling it, complete disbelief, anxiety, peace, quiet, hard work, a billion boxes, and... we are home, for now.

We've moved into a little community, going from 10 million in Saigon Vietnam, down to six thousand in Ontario Canada has its adjustments, and so far, I am loving them all. Tiny Towns where people say "Hello", "Good morning!", "Have a good one!", are totally my kind of town. I'm a talker, I'm a walker, and I am lollygagger... especially when I've got things to do, like unpack the 400 boxes that showed up from our former 4 bedroom home (with complete office/studio) to our 1 bedroom, plus bonus room, apartment. Yes you heard me right- I know, we are crazy, but oh so happy!

When over 400 items showed up in our apartment on moving day, I just stood there and cried, I kept apologizing to the movers, telling them "... just put it anywhere, I have no idea what it is", and thinking to myself, what on earth have we done?! But slowly and surely, we unpacked every box, ever bin, every trunk, and we donated, gave away, threw out probably 1/3 - 1/2 of what we brought- our CD collection alone, seriously, we all use iTunes now, what am I suppose to do with over 600 cds? Donate the ones that don't bring you joy!

Does it bring you joy?

My sister- in- law, day saver, and friend, told me to ask myself, does it brings you joy?! When you open a box, does the item bring you joy, if not, let it go... (Derived from the KonMari decluttering method- The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo). My sister, added her common sense to the equation with this little ditty, "if you can replace it in 20 minutes, for under $20- let it go", said by some wise sage somewhere along the lines, this let me get rid of 12 years of wrapping paper I apparently thought I couldn't live without. Oi.

I was donating so many things, my hubby would look through the donate boxes and ask me, "are you sure" and I would yell from the other room, "It doesn't bring me JOY!" he had no clue what was happening, but his reaction was awesome. He is a minimalist at heart, I am a lover of all things I love, and I want them near, close enough to touch, and look at, and get inspired by. But alas, after having lived in Vietnam for 2 years with nothing but the stuff we took in our 6 suitcases, and anything we bought (none of which we brought home, save one red clock, and a Sapa quilt)... I no longer want to feel stifled by stuff, I want to be free...

Now our place is looking like our home. I am happy, although, I know the true meaning of home, it isn't things, it isn't stuff, it's who you're with... Duy and I have made a home everywhere we've set our feet, because we're together... and that in itself is the best part... no matter where you roam, always remember the true meaning of home.

That last line, that wise last line, is from my book, Home- if you haven't read it yet, you can get it here!

and remember... Home is wherever we're together,
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Here is an oldy but a goody print, that I still have up in my house, just can't get enough!

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Yikes. Dinner Party?

A dinner party? What? who me? I'll go, but will I host... um... nope- Do you throw dinner parties? Does it give you stress? Knowing that we are to share our table and break bread with our community, that's what makes us community... how do you measure up? ha! I don't even register on the measuring tape for this one!

I've always enjoyed living just far enough away from friends and family that it took a phone call to say 'we are on our way over', which gave me at lest 20 minutes to get the house in "order".

If you have every felt any stress over the perfect table setting, a full course meal, and the rest of the hoopla- now is your time- Let freedom ring!  Val over at ZenShmen has a pretty awesome post that is encouraging and freeing... I know you will love it! Feel the freedom of The Crappy Dinner Party, and rejoice!

After reading her article, I was inspired- we are in the throws of moving to a new town, we will end up meeting new people, and at some point we will have them over- I'm going to implement a few of the techniques in Val's article to help me get over the hurtle of having to have everything just perfect- and instead, I'm going to enjoy the company leave my worries behind.

Below you'll find an encoring verse about breaking bread with glad and sincere hearts, with family and friends, in our homes... Val's article will inspire you to just do it...

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