- a perfect fire (just warming with a little bit of flame, not so hot you can't be in the same room) with a clean hearth;
- a perfectly mixed mood and weather suitable cocktail;
- a newspaper, comfy chair and foot stool;
- followed by a delicious meal.
Thursday, November 24, 2016
There are things I sometimes do for myself, and I think, wouldn't this be so much better if it just 'happened' because the house fairies did it:
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
The first stage was to understand what the true condition of the house was. It was time to understand fully... what have we gotten ourselves into? Following on the House Inspection findings, the estimates and thoughts of contractors and our own desire to have a safe, energy efficient rental for our new tenant/s... we needed to come up with a game plan.
Monday, November 7, 2016
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
I've been working on these since pre-concussion last winter. The pre-concussion mitten has much better tension, but at least they are done. The original pattern was supposed to look like birch leaves. Much to my surprise, they turned out looking more like holly leaves. So, I rolled with that and added berries, and that way I'll be able to tell which is the right and the left mittens.
Sunday, October 30, 2016
We've enjoyed our visit to Ottawa, although the weather has recently been foul. Despite the weather, renting bikes was a great idea because it has allowed us to see lots more of Ottawa and take advantage of the wonderful new cycling infrastructure they've developed. We've been to the Arboretum, Chinatown, Little Italy and the newly tamed Wellington St. corridor. We've also been to the Byward Market, which has taken a down turn, looking distinctly shabby. Highlights have been the shopping at A Fine Thing Antiques on Somerset St. W., where the proprietor, Lucas gave us a great drinking/dining tip sending us to the Moon Room on Preston St. Lets just say they had hand carved ice for the drinks and that should give you an idea of how good it was.
Monday, October 24, 2016
You may all think us a little crazy leaving town while the little crooked house is being renovated, but we had this trip planned for months before we bought the little crooked house. Chris has never seen the fall colours and I had a business meeting and thought the two might mesh nicely. We walked from our little basement apartment to the Bytown museum, which is in the shadow of Parliament and the Fairmont, right up against the Rideau Canal. There we found a lovely sugar maple in full fall flush.
Bags filled with groceries, we pedaled home. Here's a glamour shot of dinner. I made Sicilian style mussels and clams with eggplant parm. Oh, and we had fresh oysters to start. I do love seafood.