Monday, November 09, 2015

A haiku

rounding the corner
all the trees but one
cut down

Friday, November 06, 2015

It's in the words you choose

I find myself telling Signal to "hurry" in the mornings. Like most children, his capacity to accomplish the mundane (have a pee, brush his teeth, put on his shoes) in what most adults (by which, of course, I mean myself) consider a timely fashion is seemingly curtailed. So, I lean against the doorframe, sigh dramatically, and tell him to hurry.

But pausing to reflect, I don't think that is what I mean.  I think that what I mean to do is encourage him to perform his mundane tasks quickly - to just get them done, get past the mundane, do and be over it.

And then, pausing to reflect some more, I realize that really, Signal doesn't need to do either - neither hurry nor do the mundane more quickly. He gets breakfast every day. He gets his bladder emptied, his teeth brushed, his shoes and jacket on. We make it to the bus every day, with time to spare. Time he uses to do his morning exercise - walking a circle around me on the sidewalk.

There is only one thing that needs to be said.  And I need to say it to myself. I need to hear myself say, "Relax. Slow down." The things will get done. I don't need to rush through them.

Tuesday, September 01, 2015


Today is September 1. September 1 was the big day. I was going to start my new morning routine. I was going to re-start the 30-Day Minimalism Challenge, and do it in order. 

But then I forgot that it was September 1. And I was halfway through the day before I realized that Day One of the challenge is to stay offline all day. Oops. 

So. Tomorrow is September 2. September 2 is going to be the day I start the 30-Day Minimalism Challenge! Conveniently, tomorrow is a Wednesday, which means the challenge to stay offline all day dovetails nicely with our soon-to-be-implemented family-wide Screen-Free Wednesdays. 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Pushing Off

Back from vacation. Triathlon run. Getting back in the swing of things, including posting here again!

Look for me again later this week!

Monday, August 03, 2015


I love artisan shows. So when M found a free admission show of Quebec artisans at the Vieux-Port in Quebec City, we were all over it. 

I didn't get much, but I am pleased with what I got. A pair of wooden hoop earrings from Le Forestier and a stoneware plate from the Sisters of the Monasteries of Bethlehem outside of Montreal. I have been looking for a handmade plate for years. Bowls and cups are not hard to find, and I have at least my fair share of those. But plates are more rare. 

And so, there they are. 

Sunday, August 02, 2015


It was a busy few days! It's funny how re-committing to regular posting also means committing to not beating myself up when we run into a few days where I don't post.

But it was a few days full of friends, food, fun, and whatever word starts with "f" that can possibly sum up what happens at a Nordic Spa. 

Perhaps "ferfection?" And now, it is a lazy Sunday morning in Quebec. We have an afternoon at an outdoor artisan craft show down in the Old Port planned. And the boy is back from camp, which he did not want to leave. Mission accomplished!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Wednesday, feels like a Friday!

Today was my last day at work before my summer vacation. As such, it was a touch insane. I am trying to decide if I can pretend that making sure I post to the blog before midnight counts as "creating a relaxing bedtime routine" for the purposes of the 30-Day Minimalism Challenge. What do you think? I know I certainly feel relaxed!