The Right Door

Each time I go abroad I get this powerful longing to never return to my regular life. But I always go back. It happened again, but this time was different. I felt the most solid sense of home in Croatia and, in part, this is because it's where my family comes from. I grew up immersed in the culture and most of my family still lives in the capital city, …

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Short Post about a Long Break

It's been two years since the planning started. I mention it last year in my post called But I Don't Want It To Be Over! - here. Today we leave Calgary for 5 weeks, visiting 3 countries. It's the longest trip we've ever taken together. We started planning and saving early and doing so let us build the excitement! It …

Having It All

People want to be happy and it`s easy to make the mistake of thinking that getting everything you want = more happiness. It's not quite so simple. It seems that when stuff is too easy to come by, something is missing.   I was pretty fortunate. My parents always provided us with extras. We certainly didn't get everything we wanted …

Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs

There's this leaf which looks like a tiny lily pad. It's edible and claims to have health benefits like improved skin texture,  increased cognitive function, and detoxifying qualities to name just a few. Because it has so many benefits it is marketed as a supplement. People are ingesting the pills or drops daily but are warned that there may be side effects. The plant …

Reno’s and Waste

Our kitchen has always been an eyesore, built long ago, with the cheapest of everything.  Since we are heavy users of our kitchen we decided that we’d take the plunge, at last, in an effort to make our kitchen time more enjoyable and efficient. We had a limited budget of $5,000, which meant careful consideration of all available options. This …

Cabin Trips

Ahhh summer. I wish it could always be. The warm air, all that time outside in nature, and 17 hours of daylight to play with really fills me with energy. Canada has beautiful summers and our family loves to take road trips. When traveling we like to have access to a kitchen (the exception is …