Monday Mood Board #11 

Happy Birthday Dad!

My dad, my dad & me, as a toddler with my parents

My dad died 25 years ago, only six months after my mom passed away.  I’ve been feeling very nostalgic lately, especially after having just lost my husband of 25 years (timing was good and bad the year we got married) and a close friend three months before him. But we humans do find strength and manage to carry on with our day and get through it, no matter how painful.

Allan King, my dad, was many things.  He was warm and generous with a wicked sense of humor and had an adventurous spirit. He loved kids and animals.  But he was also unconventional, complicated and restless. He loved a good card game and played for money. Red was his favorite color. He was extremely smart.  He skipped grades at school and as a result hung out with an older crowd.  He got bored easily. My mom always said she knew him better than he knew himself but even so, didn’t really know him.  Maybe that’s what kept them together.

He was born in Russia of Jewish descent and emigrated to New York as a young boy.  He spent many years in Manhattan before deciding to move to Ottawa, then Montreal, where he met my mother.  He loved everything Montreal.  He was friends with Lorne Greene (Bonanza + Wild Kingdom whom he met in Ottawa) and knew William Shatner. He knew a lot of people.

With my grandfather (mothers side) & their dog Prince.

His easy come, easy go carefree attitude was daunting to some, and at the same time  admirable, as he lived life on his own terms.

With my grandmother (mothers side) and my mom.

He got lots of speeding tickets and refused to wear a seat belt. He smoked but never touched alcohol (except for the occasional toast).

John Garfield

He was compared to handsome actor John Garfield (Postman Always Rings Twice…..)

I would stay up late and watch the Tonight Show and old movies with him, even though I should’ve been in bed.

Main thing I remember was that he cared about us and that’s really what mattered most.

I miss him and will celebrate him in spirit.





Feel-good Friday: lighten up

Chanelling Anita Pallenberg

For those of you not familiar, she was the original ROCK CHICK!

A muse ing

Anita Pallenberg, Actress and Longtime Paramour of Keith Richards who passed away in June of this year at the age of 73. I bet she had some good stories to tell being that she was the ‘It’ Girl to the Stones. Why has she not written a book?

How blonde can you be?

You know those blonde jokes…well I think this is as far as I want to go!

Feelin very rock ‘n roll in these photos taken by my hairdresser (who decided to make me even more unnaturally blonder than before) because he felt  I needed some lightening up.

Enjoy your weekend!







Monday Mood Board #9

Recent Random Photos

Say Goodbye to:

The Party’s Over!   The very last sunny summer day – Friday, September 15th
A corner of my deck
My summer blue polish






Say Hello to:

Fall Clothing
Outside Heaters if you’re lucky (at Lift, Vancouver)
Hearty Dishes (this is Tavola on Robson, Vancouver).  Whole Seabass & Gnocchi
Different Desserts
Maybe some dancing here and there







Monday Mood Board #7

Wonders of the World 

We cannot start talking about all the natural wonders of the world without a shout out to WONDER WOMAN!  I mean; c’mon….what girl did not want to embody the image of Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman?   So having said that, I don’t know very much about the new movie (not starring Lynda Carter) but I’m willing to go see it with my sis.  Because WW gets things done.

It’s never too late to start a mantra!

There must always be something to celebrate – how about just living?

This is an older photo from my scuba days in Jamaica.  I wore stripes so that the angel fish would think I was one of them.  But they knew I was no Angel.  Clownfish maybe?

Monument Valley, Arizona must be one of the most natural spiritual settings on earth.  I took this photo on one of our glamping trips.  It’s also the setting for many John Wayne old spaghetti Westerns.

These are somewhat thought out random posts.  Because like you, my mood always changes!  Welcome to the week.

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


SUNday FUNday – Unleashed!

Giving thanks for the many ways God’s creatures’ enrich and bless our lives

Cher & Trigger
My friends Cher & Trigger 

I took my dog to church today for “blessing the animals.” He enjoyed the outing but I don’t think he’ll be begging to go back.  People brought their dogs, a cat and someone brought a stuffed chicken.

Jia Jia with my friend Colleen
Jia Jia with half of my friend Colleen

We are not religious but we can be spiritual.  If we had to choose a religion I think we’d consider ourselves to be Foodists above everything else.  Nevertheless a little churchgoing never hurt anyone and I have to give thanks to my furry little friends for keeping me safe and sane.  I really believe we are of service to each other and I can’t imagine life without them.

Tammy's Terrific Trio
Tammy’s Terrific Trio

This world can sometimes be a terrible place but animals make it better.  It’s a known fact that animals provide therapy and taking them to senior’s homes and prisons helps to calm people and make them happier.church2

Here is a little excerpt from a prayer called “Blessing the Animals”

Bless these creatures who come to us as a blessing

Fashioned of fur or feather or fin,

Formed of flesh that breathes with your own breath,

Bless them who can’t themselves

Around our hearts who twine themselves through our days

Who companion us in our labour

Who call us to come and play.

Bless them who will never be entirely tamed

And so remind us that you love what is wild,

That you rejoice in what lives close to the earth,

That your heart beats in the heart of those creatures

chuchchurch10You have entrusted to our care.

Can you really envision a world without animals?  I can’t!

I’m blessed to have Jia Jia & Jack (on occasion) in my life plus all the other neighbourhood animals that come around from time to time.

I met another Preast.  Her name is Tammy (below) and she has a company called “Love on a Leash” which provides trusted dog care services with a DogSafe overnight and vacation care environment, first aid and daily walks (including group walks).  You can visit her at:

At Tartine
At Tartine

AFTER that we  went for coffee & dessert at Tartine Bakery on Davie St.  They were so busy they didn’t even realize there were two dogs inside the cafe. Bless them!

AFTER that I met Mimi from Mélange Home Design and Décor.  Her vision is to encapsulate a certain mixture of luxurious, vintage, and modern organic designs which I’ll be putting on this blog very soon.    A sampling:

Teaser: how can you resist TOM FORD and  especially these stylish coffee table Books?

I hope you had a magnificent weekend.

AFTER that, I walked home
AFTER that, I walked home on a gorgeous summer Fall day.

THANKSGIVING is coming up very soooon!  We have to give thanks all over again.

I’m all for that!

Photos: d. king

contemplating what filters through

INSTAGRAM – welcome to our picture perfect world!

I call it INSTAGRAMification because everyone looks happy, lives well, eats well and plays well.

Life can be so Idyllic!
Life can be so Idyllic!  #nofilters  #lifeisgood  #readytopicnic         photo: d. king

The popular phone app gives us leeway to play with our photos using different filters to brighten or diffuse and colour our world a whole lot brighter (but make sure to use hashtag #no filters if not using any, so it appears even better).  Our world can actually be falling apart but you’d never know it by the photos we choose to post. We’re always busy, popular, travelling to exotic locales or at least eating in exotic restaurants and we want you to see what we’re having for dinner….again!  Yeah I know, I’m guilty of this too.

I drank champagne and ate oysters all summer long
I drank champagne and ate oysters all summer long #nofilters
The wine I drink comes with cute labels. I won't drink lie it otherwise.
The wine I drink comes with cute labels. I won’t drink it otherwise. #bigfatlie

If you think about it for a moment why would we want anyone to see us at our worst? Why not create a fantasy world of perfection?

I wonder if it would make us feel happier or depressed to look at other people’s photos of really plain food (is there such a thing?), waking up first thing in the morning (unless you’re Angelina Jolie who I’m sure never has a bad looking day), sick in bed or just getting in your car to go to work (boooring!).

I only swim in salt water pools...a lot by the way #nofilters #havingwaytoomuchfun
I only swim in salt water pools...a lot by the way  #wishIusedafilter  #havingwaytoomuchfun

Maybe we should try it? 

Okay, you go first!  Nahhh…forget it. Let’s keep up the fantasies, the world is a tough enough place as it is (for most of us). Let’s keep up appearances and show everyone the best of our little world! XO

While I take another bubble bath...with a bubbly in hand. Wait a sec...that's not even me - it's my dog! Get outta the tub.
While I get ready for a bubble bath…with bubbly in hand. Wait a sec…that’s not even me – it’s my dog! #bigmistake

Feel-good Friday: lucky dogs!

My therapist has fur and four legs and all I have to do is feed him.

Four dogs, Three nights, Two locations, One great little adventure!

Jack (jack russell), Jia Jia (sheltie) & Max (blue heeler) on Piers Island
Jack (jack russell), Jia Jia (sheltie) & Max (blue heeler) on Piers Island   Photo: d king
Taylor (1 1/2 yr. old Border Collie) & Jia Jia - Prospect Lake.
Taylor (1 1/2 yr. old Border Collie) & Jia Jia – at Prospect Lake just getting to know each other
Dogs enjoying the freedom to run around Piers Island
Dogs enjoying the freedom to run around – Piers Island.  It’s always an enjoyable time with these fellows.  Photo: Mel d’Souza
Jack enjoying the view from his living room - waiting for the boat to arrive with more supplies
Jack enjoys the view from his living room – waiting for the boat to arrive with more goodies. Now he’s just getting over being stung on his behind by a wasp, poor thing.  He might have sat on it.    Photo: d king
Me & my posse
My posse & me at the dog park which is basically the whole island.  Max blends in with the rocks so well that we can only tell it’s him when he sticks out his tongue.  Photo: Mel d’Souza

It’s a Ruff Life

“I hope Jack can’t swim”     Photo: d king

Have a great weekend with your posse!

A look at Jack & Jia Jia on Pinterest:

Link to dog park picnic with Didi (almost one year ago):