|Watching the Video with my Rocky|
Friday, 22 January 2021
Thursday, 21 January 2021
Tuesday, 19 January 2021
Just a couple of quick updates here in my little corner of the world...
Ona cold Canadian day, this combination brings me joy: Ramen noodles and 1/2 tsp of Sriracha!
Saturday, 16 January 2021
One of the local favourite foods here in Nova Scotia is the Donair. Do you know what it is? Donair shops are as ubiquitous as pizza shops here in the Halifax area- you'll find them on almost every corner and they are truly a delicious snack or meal. Apparently it all started with a man who immigrated from Greece and adapted his gyros to suit the local taste. We ate quite a few of them when we first moved here but have slowed down now and have them every few months or so. They start with a soft pita which is filled with a huge mound of thinly sliced beef (slow roasted on a large spit), filled with chopped tomatoes and onions, and then finished off with an unusual garlicy sweet spicy white sauce. The shops wrap them up in foil with a twist and extra sauce comes in a cup. We can also get Donair pizza kits in the supermarket so we can make our own! Anyhow, we had a Donair on Thursday for dinner and it was delicious! We just get one medium size and we divide it on two plates and it's always just enough.
On Friday we had our little grandson for the day since we had his sisters here all last week. The first thing he said as he walked in the door was "Oma, can I paint?" So paint we did! What a little artist he is (he's almost 4) and he did everything with very little help from me. He chose his colours and then just did his thing. He was so proud of the result and couldn't wait to show his mom when she came to pick him up. We also went to the library and to our neighbourhood playground. The weather is amazing for mid-January (2 degrees celsius!), however that's about to change tonight apparently.
Since we have so little Covid at the moment (2 new cases today in the entire province!), our restaurants and shops are open. There are acrylic dividers between all booths/tables, everyone wears masks, and contact tracing details are taken at the door. So we took my 84 yr old dad out for his favourite spaghetti dinner last night and it was lovely.
We had a glorious sunrise today which such an amazing brilliant red and purple sky! But you know what they say about red sky in morning- sailors take warning. Now later in the afternoon the wind is picking up and the storm is about to roll in. We're all prepared. We have storm chips! Never heard of them?? I'll have to tell you about it one day.
Thursday, 14 January 2021
|A close up of the painting I posted yesterday|
It doesn't take much to make me happy... simple things really... a candle, a new mug, a lovely bowl of soup. Admittedly I've had a few very indulgent years in my life where I had all the things a dreamt of having as a little girl; a housekeeper, a cook, a driver, and plenty of time to do lunch with my girlfriends. See for about 20 years I was the wife of an executive and we lived abroad in several countries where those things were affordable and available. When the contract ended we decided to return home... and to reality. And boy did it hit me hard! We jumped into B&B ownership and suddenly I became the housekeeper, the cook, the driver and more. Not really a big deal since I hadn't forgot how to do all those things but it definitely was a tiring 8 years of my life. Imagine the work of maintaining a 7 bathroom Victorian home! Two years ago we decided we'd had enough and were fortunate to sell the Monster at a good time and price and now here we are in Nova Scotia living in a 1,000 sq foot bungalow and I am blissful. I can basically do all my housework in an hour or two each week. It is glorious!
|Thai Coconut Chicken Soup|
|My New Candle and Magazine|
A new candle and an Art Journaling magazine and I am in heaven for the afternoon with my feet up and a nice cup of tea beside me. All in all a lovely day.