Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Olive Theory

I taught her to put whole olives on her fingers. We share a love for olives, much to her father's dismay.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

One Step

It was a grumpy day for the most part but there were moments where we understood each other perfectly, and that made everything ok.

Sunday, February 26, 2012


We had few definite plans for the day, aside from shoveling the sidewalk, 
and it felt so good to just be.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Winter storm

A forecast for heavy snow called for waffles for supper. 
They brought the whipping cream and an impromptu barn-raising was held.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Small treasures

Grocery shopping in the city, treats at lunch, a first hair cut, and several procrastinated chores: 
another successful and enjoyable errand day.

Thursday, February 16, 2012


The rhythm, sound and smell of ironing was pleasant and calming 
and my melancholic spirit felt better for the task.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012


Wine and chocolate: oh happy thought.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Oh Heart

A husband's flowers; neighbourly cupcakes; a whispered "I wuv you" in the dark;
Valentines is so much more than romantic love.

Tuesday, February 07, 2012


A very runny nose is offset by finding a pair of kitty shoes, complete with ears. 
(Why don't they make polka-dot tights in grown-up sizes?)

Monday, February 06, 2012

Blue Sky Monday

Another week begun with the usual routines. 
However, her two-hour morning nap was an unscheduled response to an unwelcome midwinter cold.

Charlotte Gray

Charlotte GrayCharlotte Gray by Sebastian Faulks

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I expected a war-romance kind of book (perhaps because I haven't read Sebastian Faulks before?) and got so much more. It feels like Faulks takes his readers very seriously, and gives us something to really chew on and think about.

Yes, there's romance, but it's complicated. In addition, there is beautiful descriptions of the scenery of France, a delve into how people handle the psychological damage of war, and a historical narrative on life in France during the Second World War.

One of my favourite things about Faulks' writing: his thorough descriptions of food and clothing. It really helps build a mental picture of the world of 1940s era France and England.

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Sunday, February 05, 2012


Sunday: a whole day to spend together as a family.

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Groundhog's Shadow

She cried because the puddle from yesterday was solid ice today. 
But at least there were flowers to smell.