Sunday, February 28, 2010


oh canada

they made a flag for me to wave.

there are so many things that make me proud to be canadian.

today was one of them.

Thursday, February 25, 2010


morning light
morning light

with the rain has come incredible morning skies.
clear and clean and bright.

i had forgotten how much i love the socal light.
(especially without the heat.)

trying to be "better" about posting at jumilla productions. trying!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010


when we purchased the house there was wallpaper. everywhere. mainly this large blue floral (that you see in the last post as well.) actually, in our bedroom, this was covered by a slightly more contemporary paper with a print of bamboo stalks. that come off easily to reveal more large blue flowers. i arranged a group of landscape painting in the same tones (painting by d while in art school)but we are ready for a change!


some friends love this paper. i don't. perhaps because i have to live with it! the flowers don't want to budge. and frankly i am confident the wall they cover is likely cracked enough to eliminate the idea of painting. d is working on plans for a new bed - and i am looking for paper to cover this.

right now i am thinking:

this was my first love. the grasscloth adds a natural element i really like. but worry about keeping it clean with littles who still like to tumble on our bed.
from twenty2

perhaps this:
from MissPrint

or maybe this - if i can find it:
Orla Kiely wallpaper via Anthropology

i want to keep the quilt. our master bathroom is blue and gray. there needs to be a tie-in.


Sunday, February 21, 2010

sister love

e had her first away-from-home-sleep-over last night. she is 8. and i knew this was coming. she has a dear friend she has known since she was 2 who has come to our house many a time. but e has never wanted to venture away from us for a night. i am sure part of this is tied to our practice of attachment parenting. and the co-sleeping routine we have had. all that started to shift this year with a wish from e to "learn" how to fall asleep on her own. her decision. and i was proud of her for voicing it. it took some time, but by the new year she was falling asleep without having me lie with her. mind you, she still sleeps with her little sister. and i don't see that changing anytime soon.

as i readied the little sister for bed last night - i went to take off the bead necklace around her neck and she stopped me. "e told me not to take it off until we are together again." she told me with big eyes as she crawled into our bed. "ok" i said. and hugged her tightly.

i am so endlessly glad they have each other.

they fought all day today. it is good to be together!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

my dad

b. 27 september 1941
d. 17 february 2002

i cannot believe he has been gone 8 yrs.

and then again it sometimes feels as if he has been gone for such a very long time.

my dad.

this is a picture taken at my grandmother's house in killarney, mb. my dad and his brothers. my brother and i, and one of our cousins. since my dad's passing my grandmother and one of my uncles has also gone. since my dad's passing my brother has married a wonderful woman. and my cousins are now moms to four beautiful children. and i have two girls who remind me every day of my dad. and what joy it is to be a family. he taught me well. he is still teaching me.

i miss you dad.

a place to start.

a place to start.
our living room the weekend we moved in. july, 2001. (that bump i'm resting my breakfast on is our first daughter e.)

we closed on the house in june. but d took a month to get things somewhat ready. carpet torn-up. floors refinished. wallpaper stripped. (sort of.) a deep cleaning.

the milo baughman chair came through d's parents. the wardrobe i purchased when we lived in that warehouse in mid-city that didn't have any closets. it's long gone. (thanks craigslist.) d built the table. the chair i am in he found curbside just before we found the house. he thought it was good omen that homeownership was headed our way, and had it reupholstered as a rocker for the nursery.

it was good omen.

same spot this morning.
same spot this morning.

Friday, February 12, 2010



so here is the cowl finished. e was disgusted by my frogging of the entire thing and insisted i begin again. i am not 100% happy with it. it does look very cute on e as she can pull it down and wear it like a mini poncho kinda thang.

we have one of those weekends ahead that you dread well in advance. puts me in a sour mood just thinking about it. it is full. and none of it has anything to do with valentine's day. so it goes. (that sourness doesn't extend to your visit sunday sam! that is the shining light at the end of it all! xo)
the great escape(s)

my mood has been alleviated with daydreams of building a new space up on the island, and redoing our pool here at home. (and looking at this picture now has me dreaming of new wallpaper for the bedroom.) ahhhhh dreaming.

oh and i am very excited about the olympics. the girls are really into it. i think seeing the activity in vancouver when we were there plays into it all. we have the curling schedule down!

i'm smiling just thinking about it.

happy friday.

Sunday, February 07, 2010

in our cookie jar #4

you have likely seen them before.

but if you haven't tried them - don't hesitate. they really are that good! (especially with a cold glass of milk.) we baked them saturday, and this is the last one.

flourless peanut butter cookie
flourless peanut butter cookies

from joy the baker via heather.

Friday, February 05, 2010

and we start all over again

i don't really consider myself a knitter. but i like to have something going that i can do while watching a movie or waiting for someone/something/somewhere. i was so excited to begin this easy pattern for a cowl. rain was in the forecast and i am one who always likes something warm wrapped around my neck. and i had the perfect yarn. two skeins of bulky blue sky alpaca in a wonderful dark blue. (i had picked them up over a year ago in ny.) and so i started the final stretch and began to worry that i wouldn't have enough wool left to cast off. but that didn't stop me. i began to cast off anyway. and it wasn't enough. so i searched the internet and they no longer seem to have that wonderful blue anywhere. so i frogged it. and returned the ball and needles to my bedside.


i had the consultation with the allergist today. turns out wheat didn't set off any real alarms - but yeast, barley, oat, rice, rye, pea, apple, peach, orange, almond, egg yolk and lamb did. sigh. he wants us to begin a elimination diet - including eliminating wheat as it may still be a contributing factor. i am telling myself that it isn't as bad as it sounds. e's reaction hasn't been life-threatening (thank God) but is uncomfortable. it will be about thresholds. (it could have been that wheat pushed her over her threshold - while say oranges are the real culprit - and its elimination put her back below her threshold.) the trick will be ensuring we find a balance so as not to set off any of those alarms. i think it will be good for all of us.

and its raining. which makes me happy. happy weekend!

Monday, February 01, 2010

in our cookie jar #3

based on ina garten's homemade granola bars from barefoot contessa back to basics

K: "These are the best cookies ever. They are crunchy. They are chewy. They are really that good."

2 cups oats
1 cup sliced almonds
1 cup coconut flakes
1/2 cup pecan pieces
1/2 cup flax seed meal
3 T unsalted butter
2/3 cup honey
1/4 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 cup dried cherries
1/2 cup chocolate chips

place oats, almonds, coconut and pecan pieces on a cookie sheet and toast in 350 oven (about 10 minutes)

place toasted mixture in a large bowl and add flax seed meal

reduce oven temp to 300

heat butter, honey, sugar, vanilla and salt on the stove. bring to a boil and cook for one minute. pour over toasted oats mixture and stir really well.

scoop mixture into a 8 x 12 " baking dish buttered and lined with parchment paper. wet your fingers and press the mix evenly into the pan.

bake for 25 - 30 minutes. let cool at least 2 hours before cutting.

K: "Wwwwwoila"

These are wheat free - but not necessarily gluten-free as the oats I used may have been processed on the same machinery as wheat. (Certified Gluten-free oats are available - but the one's in our cupboard are from the bulk bins at WF.)