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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Happy Halloweek

I know I know! I've been MIA! Sometimes LIFE happens! I didn't want another full season to slip away without a hello, a hug, and a Hallowe'en wish for all. With a little help from Lola here, the adorable grand daughter of one of my dearest friends, my wish for you is that your inner child breaks through the minutiae of your hectic daily routine just long enough for you to find some laughter, joy and appreciation. You may not have the occasion to actually dress up, but you can certainly enjoy the antics of others, and some of those hilarious pet costumes out there. Some of the best Hallowe'en shows available will take place on morning TV, Friday October 30th. Cheers dears!

Monday, July 13, 2015


Sunrise on the rocky shores of any great lake offers the same meditative gift. It is the ease with which we can get out of our heads and into our hearts with present moment appreciation. The same can be said for a sunset seen from pretty much any vantage point. There is magic out there to rescue us from our preoccupations and subsequent ennui. Give yourself a break. Get outside every chance you get. Get grounded in the flavour and fragrance of season. Namaste lovelies.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Lotus Love

The lotus is a symbol of transformation and growth. It can represent both renewal and new beginnings. As each new day dawns during this summer of 2015, may you find some moments of peace, joy, gratitude, inspiration and clarity. Namaste dear ones.

Monday, June 22, 2015

The New Whitney Museum

My recent trip to New York City had many highlights, but seeing the new home of the Whitney in the Meatpacking District was among my priorities. There's been as much buzz about the so-called wild architecture has there has the new choice of neighbourhoods, but I'm here to let you know that it's a "must-see" the next time you get a chance. As always, it's a random collection of art that highlights American creators through the ages, but in its new and very modern setting at the base of the Highline walking park, the fearless and sometimes jarring masterpieces fit right in. My last visit to the old location in the Upper East Side became memorable for the discovery of a rather vast collection of Joseph Cornell's assemblages. He is considered to be the Godfather of the art form, yet somehow the collection must have moved on as I failed to find any of his beloved pieces gracing the walls of the new Whitney. Instead I had to settle for Robert Motherwell and Robert Rauschenberg's infamous and daring collage abstractions.... just to name a few.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Romeo's First Summer

Our new addition to the family is almost 6 months old, and approaching the 10 pound point. He's a lover and a roamer, and  he has far surpassed the expected 'teacup' stature that was promised. Regardless, this sunny little creature continues to delight with his multiple daily greetings that always include a few embarrassing squirts and much licking of the face and lips.

My absence from blogging this year cannot  be blamed on bringing a new puppy into our lives, rather on life itself. For the second time in a decade I relapsed into a daily struggle with chronic fatigue syndrome. You may not know anyone with the disease, and indeed most medical practitioners are ill informed as well. I now know way more than I ever wanted to know, with thanks in large part to a growing community of support and educators out there who want to share their findings and experiences on the internet. Along with the expert care of my naturopath, Dr. Tara Campbell, and her custom IV infusions each week, I am regaining the vitality needed to participate in life with some sparkle. I really hate it when I lose my sparkle!!!  I just want to be able to enjoy a full day of activities like anyone else - I have even forsaken my hard core gym routine until my cellular repair system can keep up with the demands. I have always thought that the less I talk and think about these setbacks, the less I will bore others - and myself, and the less power it will have over me. The fact is ...... it is what it is, and I mention it only in the spirit of sharing so that others might know there are ways to cope and remain hopeful. There's a plethora of symptoms common to fibromyalgia, Lyme disease, and CFS, and a diagnosis takes more patience than most folks have time.  If anyone reading this wishes any support from me, please know that I am ready and willing to share my many resources and understanding of this sometimes debilitating disease.  With healing meditation comes the vision of vitality, abundance and health. That is my wish for all of you!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Introducing Romeo!

Those who know me well know that my life is not complete without the love and affection of a precious pet. Before my beloved Rocky came into our lives, I lasted a whole three days without a fur baby! As you can see, we have a new puppy in our family! Romeo is part Yorkshire terrier and part Shizu. He is expected to weigh in at about 8 pounds fully grown, though is just half that weight right now at just over two months. I am completely indebted to my daughter Danielle and her partner Mahmood who not only helped in the hunt, but offered to come home with a pup in the event they met the One. I am loving this little guy from a distance, and with the help of Line and FaceTime, I get to see plenty of puppy antics and cuteness each day. I will finally get to hold my Romeo at the end of March when I return from wintering in Southwest Florida. For now, he is in the hands and home of animal whisperers whose ability to nurture and care for this lucky dog far exceeds that of almost anyone I know - including myself! Lucky me!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

R.I.P. Rocky Mountain High

My beloved and handsome buddy for 15 years, this little warrior yorkshire terrier brightened each and every day. His good looks belie his age and the many health problems that challenged him - and me. There is nothing more we can ask of our furry kids than to show up the way this one did, with love in his eyes and heart, and hunger in his belly. He was my Rock!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Another one bites the dust......

The beginning of a new year is just a few days away, and with it, some incentive, intention and an all round well meaning effort to make a fresh start. It's not like we haven't done our very best to show up each day as the best version of ourselves, it's just that there's always more to learn. I shall elaborate more in the new year on that subject, and simply leave you with my warmest wishes for a healthy 2015. May you find yourself tapped in, turned on, and able to effortlessly manifest all that you can dream of creating. May your world expand beyond your wildest dreams, and may you love and live more deeply than you ever thought possible. If you have just read this, then please know that I believe in you dear friend. Start believing in yourself and the magic will begin to unfold!

Saturday, December 13, 2014


Hello Dears,

Are your stockings all hung by the chimney with care?
Today's auspicious numerical sequencing not only informs us of the impending countdown to Christmas, but also of the far off reoccurrence of a comparable lineup of numbers. Enjoy today, and all your tomorrows of preparation for seasonal festivities. May the week's accumulation of snow make it through the warmup of the next five days. There's just nothing like a white Christmas for us hearty Canadians. Warmest wishes dear friends.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Illustration Inspiration

It's been a long time since I have indulged in a blog hop, but today I managed to jump from Pinterest to some truly inspiring blogs. Enjoying the creations of others is one of my very favourite procrastination techniques. With the evening's gently falling snow, and some Christmas themed illustrations, I can agree that "It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas." Check out these talented artist's sites and catch the spirit of the season ...... Lizzie MacKay, Boheme Circus, and Love Mae!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Dearest American friends .....

Simply had to share this slice of Canadian life with y'all. I miss you!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Fall 14

Hello lovelies.
It's time I checked in to say hello and share some iPhone shots of my recent walks around our neighbourhood in Toronto. This is by far my favourite time of year, and it isn't just the cooler temperatures and colourful trees. There's something about the earthy smells and the occasional wood burning fireplace that bring me a nostalgic comfort I long for at other times of the year. Today was breezy so the falling leaves were dancing all the way down to the ground. Hallowe'en has a habit of being the defining day between fall bliss and the warning of winter, so wherever you are, get outside and sniff around before you have to suit up with hats, mitts and boots.

Sunday, October 12, 2014


Happy Fall Y'all!
And yes, I am a fallen blogger, so if you are here to check in, then bless you very much!!
The arrival of crisp cool air throughout the provinces signals my favourite time of year, and in my case, an awakening of sorts. The process of recovering from auto immune disorders and other health setbacks takes time and an inordinate amount of patience and positivity. Each one of us has our story of healing, but there is no greater elixir than that of nature, fresh air, and  ...... a great glass of wine! So on this, the Thanksgiving Sunday of Canada's celebration, I raise a glass to YOU! For you are a like minded, caring soul who appreciates connecting with others and sharing your heartfelt truths and interests. We are each others teachers, and for that, and so many other wondrous mysteries out there, I am grateful!
Namaste, and Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

Monday, September 22, 2014


It does the soul good to get out of the city once in a while, and last weekend took us to the border crossing near The Thousand Islands. After years of watching the Nexus card carriers breeze through customs in all the airports, it was time to step up,  do the interview, and enjoy one of the few perks left to facilitate air travel. Next stop, Gananoque! A sleepy town I had only seen from the entry gates during long bike rides from Kingston, Ontario. Gan - as we have always called it, has grown up over the last 20 years, and the combination of waterfront attractions, farmer's market, and perfect lunch destination made it the perfect place to spend a bright fall afternoon. If you go, don't miss the SteelStyle Garage! Fall has officially arrived!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The Final Reunion

Our beloved black haired beauty, Liz, dressed here in black and white, was suddenly taken from us and her adoring family. For everyone left behind, there will forever be questions and much soul searching about the mysterious journey of this, and so many other gifted but tormented souls. Until we have walked in their shoes, we cannot comprehend the darkness of a soul in despair. We must carry on knowing that we may never be able to reconcile our loss, but must dwell only on happier times and memories shared.
Two of my beautiful besties here are of the Baha'i' faith, and I have found great comfort in the teachings and holy writings in the prayer book they gave me..... wherein there is a reference to "Thy handmaiden who hath ascended unto thee ..... robe her in the mantle of Thy grace, bright with ornaments of the celestial Paradise ...... Cause her to dwell in a blissful abode, heal her griefs with the balm of Thy reunion, and, in accordance with Thy will, grant her admission to Thy holy Paradise. Let the angels of Thy loving-kindness descend successively upon her and shelter her beneath Thy blessed Tree." Thanks be to -'Abdu'l-Bahá. In girlfriend speak, may we continue to heap all the love and compassion on her and our memories of happier times, as Liz herself had the ability to incite passion and enthusiasm from everyone in her presence. May her soul rest in peace.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Silent Sunday

Welcome to my mala bead photo shoot whereby the beads and the iPhone came perilously close to never being seen or heard from again. Mala beads are often worn around one's wrist these days, but are typically associated with the practice of meditation, or any contemplative practice  - typically non denominational.
Think about this .... a single thought evokes a feeling. Change the thought, and feelings change.
Yes, it's that simple.
Namaste lovelies.

Friday, August 29, 2014


This is a quick flashback to last weekend's blissful stay in a lakeside paradise. Just posting this photo of our visitors reminds me of the gift and shift it was to simply sit quietly and do the kind of breathing that undoes the grip that life has on us. Labour Day weekend is upon us, so wherever you may be, do your best to let go of your busy brain and life, and simply BE. Be safe, and be kind to one another.
Namaste dears.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Road Trip!

First stop on our way to the cottage .... a roadside source of spring water - fresh, cold and wet!! If you are serious about healing from illness and maximizing wellness, then start researching water! Learn about the chemistry of the water you drink every day, and if you're health is compromised, be sure your intake is adequate and pure. I shall leave it at that, but if you're curious, there is much to consider ... PH, hardness, fluoride and total disolved solids. I don't even know what I don't know, but that will get you started. Cheers dears.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Philosophy Friday

Hello lovelies,

Just a thought to leave you with as your summer winds down, and you enjoy the last days of August ....
"As we deepen our capability to feel, we expand our ability to heal.'

Monday, August 18, 2014

Enso Love

The circle shape symbolizes both enlightenment and the interconnectedness of all life..... and in my own words ..... " a circle is both empty and complete - a metaphor for the dance that is life."

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Boating with my Besties

To think I used to be able to go boating and wind surfing every summer day of the week if I wanted ..... alas, that makes my one outing a year very special indeed!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Run or Dye!

During a weekend visit back to Kingston, Ontario, I was introduced to a new concept in road racing called "Run or Dye". Witness the green station - one of many along a route that covered the grounds of Fort Henry. The willingness of  hundreds of participants to be covered in a rainbow of pigments - obviously non-toxic - added to the squeals and cheers that emanated from each paint station.
Another familiar landmark, the Kingston Penitentiary, now vacated, but hauntingly real as the back drop of some sailing races finishing up at the Olympic Harbour - which incidentally is exactly where my 20 years in Kingston began during the sailing olympics in the summer of 1976. I was hired by the Ontario Government to host visiting diplomats attending events in and around the city .... I just made it sound like a real job, but I remember it quite differently, though fondly. Just one of the many fond memories I hold near and dear about all those years living by a lake that plays host to hundreds of events each year..... those were the days!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Sacred Stones

Friendships are sacred, and so are the words that come up when you contemplate the essence of those you love. Namaste dear ones.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy July 4th

To my American brothers and sisters, enjoy this great holiday no matter what state you're in!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

What's to love about Canada?

All that water
Sea to shining sea
And every lake that lies between.
Rivers run through deep ravines
And cities come with many trees.
There's beaver tails, poutine and curd
And year round hockey so you've heard.
A mayor on crack
How loyal are we
So strong and free
The Great White North
Molecular Gastronomy
We have it all
We share it all
That's how we came to be!

Happy Canada Day Dears!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Sunday, June 1, 2014


Precious is a word that seldom comes to mind, except when I think of those I hold close - be they friends, family, and of course, beloved pets. Beyond that, there are works of creativity like this 'precious' quiltie, and so many other delightful creations by my friend, Colette Copeland. Simply click on her name to go directly to her blog and Etsy shop. The frame came from Michael's with the clip attached, so it doesn't get any better than that for showing off this delightfully simple treasure.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Vintage Heaven

Hello Lovelies,

I'm settling in after last week's adventure to North Carolina. After landing in Charlotte, and enjoying a quick tour of the downtown, we made our way to the beautiful hills of Asheville. There is something about the cool dry air of a more mountainous region that soothes the soul and calms the system. Reunions with good friends and some outstanding regional cuisine set the tone for a wonderful mini holiday in an area I had only heard about up until now. To be able to enjoy the comforts of a beautiful home, so well situated, and surrounded by local attractions and beautiful vistas, was indeed the icing on the cake.
As you can see there were visits to local shops filled with perfectly curated vintage goodies, and if you're at all curious about curiosities, click on the links and see for yourself. Visit Asheville's Screen Door, and Honeysuckle Hollow of Hendersonville, NC.
Thanks for visiting Zendoll Workshop as well. Your kind comments are a constant source of joy, and I plan to do my part with a little more consistency, so thanks for the encouragement dear ones.