Monday Mood: Fresh Start

It’s Monday.  A new start to the week.  And the second week of a brand new Year. A time when people wake up to possibility of new beginnings.  A time for reflection and cleaning up our act, even if just a little bit.

We like to keep things fresh. From fresh vegetables to a new relationship, everything that’s fresh is uplifting.  It’s just making sure the vegetables don’t go bad before eating them, and that the relationship continues to evolve instead of dissolve.  A little effort goes a long way in trying to maintain a balance.

Personally I think that the main reason so many resolutions fail is that people set unreasonable standards for January 1st.  Why not just pick a date and do something to improve your life, be it in business or relationships or both?

I’m certainly no expert (my plan to work out more starting in January never succeeds and I’m still not fluent in Spanish) but contemplating a little positive change can be a definite mood enhancer.

My little step forward is having joined a women’s empowerment workshop in order to set a new intention to this new year and prepare for something fresh.  We’ll see what comes of it.  More later…

“A fresh start. A new chapter in life waiting to be written. New questions to be asked, embraced, and loved. Answers to be discovered and then lived in this transformative year of delight and self-discovery.”  — Sarah Ban Breathnach
How about you?  Any intentions of making an intention?

Feel-good Friday: stamp of approval

To the man who was born in a suit,

I saw you parked outside the post office today. Photo: d. king

and my fellow Montrealer…we miss you, but we will continue to enjoy your poetic and inspirational music for a lifetime. That is the gift you gave us that will never die.

d. king

A few of my personal favourite lines by Leonard Cohen:the one below is more profound these days…If you read into it, it can speak to the major differences that have torn people apart in relation to the pandemic and politics. So silly.  But let’s end this on a more positive note…

Going to the post office will be a much more pleasurable experience for us Canadians and for those on the receiving end of getting our letters, postcards and packages.

You’re welcome!


“Real” Estate: doing the Can Can

Try to contain yourself as you have a browse through some luxury lifestyle homes for those who like to think “outside the box”  for price souring housing solutions.

Numerous shipping containers are artfully arranged in a starburst pattern for this Joshua Tree Home – the brainchild of London based Whitaker Studio.

These home are made from shipping containers. That’s right. Some ranging from small “tiny house” structures featuring a single container to larger, more ambitious projects that combine numerous containers that result in opulent luxury homes. These shipping container spaces offer something for every budget and lifestyle.

Affordable Housing – two shipping containers built on a low budget.
California-based Kubed Living offers multiple different shipping containers such as this 160 sq. ft. studio built from one container.

I just spent a little time in a winery built out of two shipping containers with windows cut out large enough to have a view of the vineyard.  I couldn’t believe it!

Canadians looking for a chic container home can contact Alberta based Honomobo . Built from rigid steel to provide durable, efficient living space.
Toronto based Storstac is in the business of selling new and used shipping containers. This one is made from two containers.
The main floor includes two shipping containers that saddle bag a wedge-shaped space .  I’m still trying to wrap my head around this one.

Every time I see a container now I envision what the inside would look like if I wanted to make it into a home.  The way things are going you just may see them becoming more mainstream.

Intriguing; No?



Feel-good Friday: the RULES of LIFE

A little lightness going into the weekend…

Jeanne retained sharp mental faculties. When she was asked on her 120th birthday what kind of future she expected to have. Her reply, “A very short one.”

The image is a piece of art by L. Lichtenfells

Here are the Rules of Life from Jeanne Louise Calment:

“I’m in love with wine.”

“All babies are beautiful.”

“I think I will die of laughter.”

“I’ve got only one wrinkle, and I’m sitting on it.”

“I never wear mascara; I laugh until I cry often.”

“If you can’t change something, don’t worry about it.”

“Always keep your smile. That’s how I explain my long life.”

“I see badly, I hear badly, and I feel bad, but everything’s fine.”

“I have a huge desire to live and a big appetite, especially for sweets.”

“I have legs of iron, but to tell you the truth, they’re starting to rust and buckle a bit.”

“I took pleasure when I could. I acted clearly and morally and without regret. I’m very lucky.”

“Being young is a state of mind, it doesn’t depend on one’s body. I’m actually still a young girl, it’s just that I haven’t looked so good for the past 70 years.”

At the end of one interview, the journalist said, “Madame, I hope we will meet again sometime next year.” To which Jeanne replied, “Why not? You’re not that old; you’ll still be here!”

Have a wonderful weekend.  See you back here in September (or maybe before).


Summer Breeze

It’s official.  I read somewhere that the goal is…to create a life you don’t need a vacation from.  I’m taking that to heart.  Here are a few recent photos to keep the mood:

Ahhh…picnics are pure pleasure.  This is Vanier Park in Kits Point – short steps from where we live.

We’re like mice with our love for cheese. We’re so cheesy!

Sunset Beach. Gather and Co.

Kits Beach Coffee Company

I don’t know about you but I’m on my way to the beach with a picnic basket.