Sleepover Fun and the Roof

My daughter (Bee) had her best friend over for a sleepover last night. It’s so neat to see them growing up together (they’ve been joined at the hip since they were a year old), but it’s hard to believe it’s been 9 years already! Her mom is one of my closest friends, and we convenientlyRead more


After an unusually warm and dry past month or so, it was a nice treat to wake up to rain this morning. I’m convinced it was reading Farmgirl’s post on how to make it rain that did it (if you haven’t read it, do – it’s hilarious). I took her advice and hung a loadRead more

Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

I bought a huge bag of basil at the farmer’s market on the weekend, and I realized today that there was a serious need for some pesto action or it was all going to go bad before I had a chance to use it. I was pouring over the copy of Giada De Laurentiis’ “EverydayRead more

New Blooms

Two of my favorites have recently begun blooming. Monarda (Bee Balm)… and Liatris (alongside the Shasta Daisies). The resident bees are very happy!

If only we’d read this before signing our mortgage!

My husband and I had a good chuckle over this one: Man turns paper clip into houseBy Jeremy Cooke BBC News, Washington A Canadian man who set out to use the internet to trade a paper clip to get a house says he has achieved his aim.Kyle MacDonald, who is 26, made 16 trades overRead more

Organic Levis

Levi’s Brand Launches 100% Organic Cotton Jeans; Denim Leader to Offer Organic Options in its Most Popular Styles for Fall 2006(CSRwire) SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–July 5, 2006–The Levi’s(R) brand today announced it will include jeans made with 100% organic cotton in its fall 2006 product line. Organic cotton will be used in select new and popularRead more

Interesting Local News

Low-lying B.C. city prepares for higher water levelsLast Updated: Monday, July 10, 2006 11:25 AM PTCBC NewsPlans are being made for a new $16-million dike to help protect low-lying Richmond against possible flooding caused by earthquakes and global warming. Much of Richmond in the Fraser River delta is on large islands, with most properties justRead more

World Cup Fever

Our community has its fair share of proud Italians and they were out in full force after the World Cup final game ended yesterday afternoon. Commercial Drive (“The Drive”) was shut down due to the festivities, which exploded into the streets when the coffee shops and pubs couldn’t contain them anymore. This was the sceneRead more

Garden Pics

I was out taking photos this morning and thought I’d share a couple. The kale is looking ready to harvest, and the Bombast Rose poppies are in full bloom. I love to go out and and just look at everything. My neighbors probably think I’m looney, wandering aimlessly around my backyard (the fact that I’mRead more

The Fam

Here’s a picture of our family (I’m behind the camera as usual) walking on the beach here in Vancouver. The furry one in the middle is Princess, our English Shepherd that we rescued from the SPCA as a puppy. We didn’t choose the name, and despite our best efforts to change it, it stuck. MyRead more