Feel-good Friday: Let the Sunshine In

What a difference a day makes!

Just living is not enough… one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower – Hans Christian Andersen

Good Show yesterday at the Kitsilano Showboat.

Jia Jia had something to smile about – a sunny day with no dog police in sight!

And he could have run all day!

If you want to see the sunshine, you have to weather the storm – Frank Lane

Photos: d. king


Feel-good Friday: last weekend of


Here are 10 things to feel good about this weekend...besides two glorious days off:

  1. Getting your taxes done (it’s not really feel-good but you will feel better when they’re done).
  2. Something to look forward to – May weather should be drier.
  3. Getting a bike tune-up (I just did) for good weather riding.
  4. I’ve gone a few shades lighter with wispy bangs & rounder sunglasses

    Lighter clothing.

  5.  Change a little something about yourself even if it’s only your hair.
  6. Tulips & Daffodils.
  7. Cherry Blossoms.
  8. Better weather (did I just say that?).
  9. April is from the latin verb “Aperire” which means to open yourself up.  Go for it – you have two more days!
  10. April showers bring May flowers.  It’s a cliché I know but…it’s true.

 Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy whatever is left of April.

Feel-good Friday: bien sur!

Another French Lesson courtesy ofparis3

I don’t know any better way to practice my French other than taking little tips from My Little Paris, a crazy fun blog  and way more French than mine will ever be.  It brings a smile to mon visage every time they post. And girls; OUI just want to have fun.  Oops; better brush up on my waist, I’m behind  (or above depending how you look at it) a few inches.

Fyi: fun is fun in French too.

Feel-Lucky Friday

The half-Irish in me

Enjoying a local beer & a box of chocolate covered gummy bears (talk about luck; they now come in a convenient candy package) in a comfy reclining chair at the Pickford Theatre.

Bad St. Paddys Day Jokes:

“This is the one day of the year where green’s meaning shifts from saving the environment to polluting our major organs.”

“St. Patricks day is like Valentines day for those who love Jameson (whiskey) and bad decisions.”

“It’s also the one holiday where full-blown alcoholism could possibly go undetected.”

My favourite: “An Irish guy walks out of a bar….No; really, it can happen!”

Green Light Ahead.  I’m going for it!

Enjoy the day even if you’re not even part Irish!

Feel-good Friday: through the looking glass

It’s Modernism week in Palm Springsglamping8An annual celebration of midcentury modern design, architecture, art, fashion and culture.

And to demonstrate what kind of 20th Century Modern Woman I am – some recent selfies taken in front of mirrored windows around town.  It also proves that my dogs are modern too! They should really be in Modern Dog Magazine.glamping6

glamping3glamping2“If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn’t. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn’t be. And what it wouldn’t be, it would. You see?”

–  Donald Trump Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass

“Where should I go?” -Alice. “That depends on where you want to end up.” – The Cheshire Cat.”!

Hope you end up having a FUN Weekend ahead

in my core…

Quoting President Obama – “I think everything is going to be okay”feelgoodfriday1

Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.

If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress. – quotes by Barack Obama

Let’s stay positive that it will ALL WORK OUT!

She's way too tall for me!

My date at Tropicale was way too tall for me!



Feel-good Friday: Hello 2017!

I’ve been waiting for you! feelgoodfriday2-copyYou’re a welcome change and a new chapter waiting to be written. A fresh start to learn from past mistakes and strive to improve all future aspects of life.  I welcome you with an open heart and a commitment to further enrich my life and the lives of those around me.

Well it’s a good place to start.

As it so happens my year end 2016 did not go as planned.  While traveling I very suddenly developed a virus that left me incapacitated for several days, having to make an emergency visit to a doctor in Oregon and take antibiotics.  I had a fever, chills and could hardly swallow without feeling pain.  Also sooooo lethargic. This from someone who rarely if ever gets sick.  But I’m over it now.  Still have an annoying dry cough but other than that I feel almost back to normal considering I was ever normal.  So instead of celebrating with friends in the wine region I was stuck in a hotel room in my pajamas with a party hat & party favours (I didn’t dare put on my glitter outfit which I brought if you can believe that) waiting for the ball to drop on Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Years Eve with host Ryan Seacrest live from New York.  Except just before the ball was about to drop and they were starting the countdown the station cut to a commercial.  Who does that??  So when they cut back to the live programming it was already over – at least in New York.  Then off to sleep I went.  I really feel l missed out and was going to call the station to complain.

But then when I woke up it was already a brand new year…..whew!  I never made the call.

So I checked my mail and FB to see who was celebrating where and with whom.  Then I see a message from a very dear friend who lives in Florida who I haven’t heard from in what seems like months.  To find out that for almost one year now she has gone totally sober. She went to rehab and re-discovered herself, made new friends and realized that she doesn’t need alcohol after all.   I’m so proud of her for having taken the first step towards twelve steps and beyond.  I think it must be very difficult to overcome addiction and even more difficult to stay sober but I’m certain she’ll stay sober now because she has the support of others in the same situation.  Support is everything.

I realize that everyone has their demons, their setbacks or unusual circumstances but also their dreams. Life is full of ups and downs and we make choices, made do, rise above it, stay put or move ahead.  Only we decide how to live our lives.  Once in a while there are circumstances beyond our control of course but for the most part…..20170105_191847

So today is a brand new day.  I missed the deadline for getting accreditation to cover the Palm Springs International Film Festival by only 3 days so that was a bummer.  But I was told to come by the press office once in town and they gave me media passes for the festival anyway.  Score!  It’s a fabulous line up of entertainment that awaits.

That’s all to say I’m going to enjoy whatever sunshine comes my way and see a few movies in the meantime.  I’ll be in touch very soon.

Girl on Fire - Tiki Style

Girl on Fire – Tiki Style (here I’m outside in a hot tub by myself and the moon).

Happy 2017!

Things are about to get a whole lot brighter

Feel-good Friday: let the parties begin

Wow…can you believe we’re into December already?  There’s something festive in the air as we get ready for Christmas and the New Year.


Santa Paws at Tisol, Vancouver. Jia Jia was good all year. Me; not so much!

Santa Paws at Tisol, Vancouver. Jia Jia was good all year. Me; not so much!

Jia Jia with friend Tammy Preast from

Jia Jia with friend Tammy Preast from “Love on a Leash” trusted dog care services – Vancouver. Photo: Malcolm Perry

I love this Phyllis Diller (remember her?) quote. “What I don’t like about office parties is looking for a job the next day.”  Good thing I don’t have a job!

Office parties are starting as early as November now as restaurants get booked up fast.  I started celebrating a month ago last night when six on my building council got together for a rowdy celebratory non-silent night for dinner and live jazz. And this time everyone behaved!  And there’s only more to follow including back-to-back get togethers with friends and neighbours, dance parties and another fundraising gala (more on that later).  Oh, and Stevie Nicks.  Okay, it’s not a dinner but she’s amazing…still.

It’s a time to be especially nice to people you otherwise ignore the rest of the year.  But all kidding aside, it can be a lonely time too for people without family, or the homeless, etc. And it’s a time to put aside rifts and nonsense and look at the good in people (because nobody is perfect).  It’s time to spread the CHEER!  lit1

I hope you have a Happy Holiday Season!  XO