Wedding Weekend Wowza

For now, I have no words. It was….everything good you could possibly imagine.  More photos and descriptions to come….Wow. Best family and friends addition to ours one could hope for. So happy for my big sis. YAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!! Even if you … Continue reading

How to: Check Items off the Important Things in Life To-Do List

“The most important thing is to enjoy your life – to be happy – it’s all that matters.” ~ Audrey Hepburn 1) Ignore your inner “you should do your weekly cleaning to-do list” voice. 2) Don’t let unexpected guests, Skype … Continue reading

How to: Shop from the Kids’ Section

The only high comparable to finding wicked fashions and deals in the kids’ section?? Finding someone else that understands and loves the kids’ section as I do!!! Boy, did Elyssa and I have a good time at Target and Big W on … Continue reading

Holy Books Batman!

I guess this is the reason I didn’t spend hours filling in my “Recommended Reading” pages!! A colleague recently shared a terrific, awesome, wonderful, fantastic, magnificent, FABULOUS website with me. Goodreads.com is a place where you can track and rate the … Continue reading

My Favourite Canadian Sound

I recently weekended at a “holiday house” in Goolwa and was asked by an Australian to, “Sell me Canada,” after we’d gone back and forth about nice and not-so-nice things about Canadian cities I’d lived in and visited. Finally he challenged, “Well, what’s your … Continue reading

My Love Affair with Earl

No, not Earl Hickey from TV’s My Name is Earl. Also not the bumbling country Sheriff in the movie Nothing to Lose. My love affair is with the bergamot orange joy of the tea of all teas. We’re tight. I like to just call him Earl.My evening cuppa.

It’s not the flavour; not the colour; not even the smell; or the warmth of the tea that calls to me. It’s every little detail of it all put together to make the experience of the hot drink so inexplicably perfect.

A proper cup of Earl takes no more than a single, slow, deep inhalation to soothe an upset stomach, console a sad heart, or warm a body from the inside out.

It starts with the heat on your hands as they wrap around your favourite mug, then as the fragrant steam envelopes your entire face and floods every smell and taste receptor you possess there exists a nanosecond where everything else simply disappears. The seat under you melts away, the walls evaporate, the hustle and bustle of the world blends into a colourful mirage … peace, solitude, tranquility. Everything is right in the world.

I could go on and on … but instead, I insist you stop whatever it is you are doing or about to do. Boil the kettle, put on the coffee pot, microwave the hot chocolate, and lose yourself in the sound, smell, and bliss of the first moments of your best hot drink.  Ahhhhhh.