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Nova Scotia is Red & White

Red Barn

Today we've driven almost entirely around the North side of the Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island. These were the muskoka chairs sitting outside the B&B we stayed at in Maitland. I love that so many people have one chair of each colour. This is the main house that was built in 1859. The wood flooring was installed by shipbuilders and… Continue reading

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Montreal & The Train to Halifax

Sailboat

  First stop on our way to Halifax, we had a 5 hour layover in Calgary on our way to Montreal so of course I had to see my first Nephew Luukas! It was so great to have dinner with him and catch up. We took the red eye to Montreal and then walked back and forth on St. Catherines… Continue reading

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Our First Date

Our First Date

Terreeia and I in 2007 In 1998 I was in a six month leadership course with Landmark Education. Terreeia was the head coach. I didn't like my coach. One day while in a coaching conversation with her I got totally frustrated and ended up saying some mean things. Immediately after I hung up the phone I felt bad and didn't know what to do… Continue reading

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Happy Turquoise & Purple Exterior in Christina Lake

Lake Motel

  We're here in Christina Lake for a few days camping! I really prefer room service, but when you have kids, you either go to the cottage in the summer or you have a trailer and camp by the lake which is where my sister Elizabeth and her family are this week! So where my nephews are, that's where you'll find… Continue reading

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Where We're Vacationing in September (You'll See it Too)

Orient Express

First, thank you so much for the huge response to my White eBook survey, I love my readers!! I'll announce the winner of my SW Colour Boards in my next post. Okay, so here's what's happening. . . . we’re going to explore Atlantic Canada, September 6 – 17th! Terreeia was born in Nova Scotia but I’ve never been to… Continue reading

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How to Sell Toilet Paper and Learning to say No

toilet paper

So I'm here at BlogHer'14 in San Jose with my good friend Barbara Miller from Yes Spaces. We had registered for the conference months ago but I am so bad because I usually only read what I absolutely have to read. So I don't check out the conference agenda until the night before my flight and I realize that if I don't… Continue reading

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What I Learned from My Dad

Paavo

My Mom & Dad (Hellen & Paavo) My dad passed away last night. He was 87 years old and has been in a care home for over three years now with Parkinson’s disease. Although he was at the point where he could do nothing for himself except sit in a chair while he was being fed, he rarely complained. Even… Continue reading

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Stylish Women Don't Wear T-Shirts: Yay or Nay?

stripe

Rowena's Inn on the River (Where we were last night) This week I walked into J.Crew in downtown Vancouver and when I was standing in the fitting room, Kim, the stylist/manager (in town for training from Calgary) came to my room to see how I was doing. She taught me a new trick (for me) that I'm showing you here… Continue reading

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The Best Mattress for Eliminating Back Pain (Get Mine)

Master Bedroom

Maria's Master Bedroom We have a new mattress. Every time I wake up at night, I'm immediately present to how comfortable I am. When I think about going to bed in the evening, I look forward to the experience of laying down on our new mattress. After I've been gardening all day, this mattress (seriously) heals my back at night. When… Continue reading

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My Snowflowering Tree Blooms on my Birthday: Before & After

Shortcut to Patio

You know when you finish decorating or designing a room and the after photo is so pretty you think "Darn, I wish I had that exact same angle for the before photo?!!" Well, today, I have it for this angle on my back deck. This was part of the collection of photos I sent my Landscape Architect MaryAnne White 18 months… Continue reading

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