Pussywillow Postcard

Dear Sally, We interrupt this program for an official announcement: the pussywillows are out! Just like last year, the first personal sightings were in Vanderhoof. J & I stopped to see swans on the river and stretch out legs. We ended up discovering the pussy willows too. We cut a branch to bring home to her mom and…

A Narnian Neighbourhood: Photo Challenge Day 3

Yesterday Last week there was a Monday; The Leap Year Day. The last day of February, but the beginning of the week. It was my own personal Friday, since Tuesdays are my Saturdays now. Sunday, it snowed – for what feels like the first time all month… how strange. And yes, you heard that Friday-bit right….

I’m a Cheater: Nature Photo Challenge Day 2

This is nature: Right? I mean, can it count a little bit? Leaves, butterflies, paper…made from trees?! So I guess that’s not exactly “trees” in it’s natural form, which is the point, sort of. Oh well. I’m going to use it, and cheat. This challenge has been opening my eyes to how little time I have actually spent…

A Little Birdie… Nature Photo Challenge Day 1

…told me it was your Birthday today! That goes to you, my friend: you know who you are! Sincerest Birthday Greetings to you! I wish you all the best on this day (you’re probably in bed now, seeing as the sun sets sooner on the East Coast USA) but also in the upcoming year. I…

Still Alive! A Poem with End Rhyme (*Gasp!*)

Hello there World! It’s been a while…. I apologize, friends. This fall was a pile of school and work and muchos of lazy; I wish I could say it’s just ’cause life’s crazy But really, I’ll admit, my non-communication has mostly been due to my edumacation. People ask if I’m alive, do I still live in PG? You’ve all hardly seen…

Conversation

“Morning, Cookiey.” The voice was gruff, but soft; his face weathered and lined, but shy and kind. I became Cookiey a while ago. I love it. Even if it’s simply a variation of my position – “cook” – it’s a name. An acknowledgement. And he says it so nicely. It brings me back to Mongolia,…

Thrifting

I don’t get out much. But when I do, I forget to wear pants. JUST KIDDING! Sometimes when I get a week off in Manitoba I am spoiled by my Momma and she comes to visit. And we go to thrift shops. And try on old coats that make me look pantless. But I’m wearing…

The Camel of all Vegetables

We stared at the box. Two cooks and a box of leeks. A conundrum. “Well…” I started slowly, and lifted my right hand to hold my bottom lip, elbow cradled in my left hand as it folded across me. I tapped my chin. A thinking position. “I hear leek soup is good.” Becky acknowledged the half hearted…

A Day in the Life: The Cooking Edition

People ask me what I’m doing these days. I usually say “Actually, I’m cooking at a fishing lodge in the boonies of Northern Manitoba this summer!” And they say “Wow! How’d you end up there?” And then I send them off to THIS POST right here. And that is that. Cooking can be pretty straightforward. But…

Sunshine Blogger Award Nomination

Well here’s a surprise: I made a new connection on the internets and she nominated me for the Sunshine Bloggers Award! What a compliment! Thank you to Sadie at Sadie’s Nest for nominating me! I especially love reading the glimpses of her life and drooling over her appetizer recipes. If you like food at all, you have to take a look….

Wheeeee!

Finding a clean shirt after 41 hours of no power and an unrecollectable time since one has last done laundry is cause for celebration. Also known as jumping on the bed. Excuse the mess. It’s been under the cover of darkness for 41 hours so I haven’t had to look at it. Or deal with it….

sanctuary

sanc·tu·ar·y ˈsaNGk(t)SHəˌwerē/ noun 1. a place of refuge or safety. refuge, haven, harbour, oasis, shelter, retreat, hideaway 2. a nature reserve reserve, park, reserrvation, preserve.  “a bird sanctuary” 3.  a holy place; a temple or church. the inmost recess or holiest part of a temple or church. the part of  a church containing the high altar. I…