Short and not so sweet

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I’m sure many of you have noticed that my posts have been shorter and farther between the last few weeks. Ever since I came back from my August Break, I’ve been averaging 2 or 3 posts a week instead of my usual rhythm.

Let me assure you it has nothing to do with me loosing interest or not having much to say. If anything, topics abound and willingness is plentiful… the problem is my elbow. Haven’t really shared yet, but I’ve been suffering from chronic tendinitis (tennis elbow (epicondylitis) to be exact… which is such a ridiculous name since I really don’t play tennis at all) in my right elbow for months now and although it was manageable with ice and topical analgesics for a long time, in the last month or so, it’s reached a point where I’ve needed physiotherapy treatments and long nights and week-ends of doing nothing while my super-hubby takes on the kids, the cooking , the cleaning all by his lonesome. I’m blessed with an amazing partner in life, that is for sure.

While I’ve been resting, there has been a lot of reading and a lot of just lying there with my arm wrapped in ice. There has been a very slow attempt at knitting a scarf, but I can only get a few rows knit before I have to stop. The little bit of strength I have left goes to taking care of the kiddos during the week days. We’ve been doing a lot of quiet play, crafts, building blocks, water play and reading. Things that don’t require much lifting. But it has also meant that we don’t go outside as much as I would want to. I was so thankful for the warm sunny evenings last week because it made up for the not so active days. But with the cold coming and evenings getting that much darker, walks and park play will get shorter as well. So I need to heal very soon. This just won’t do.

So if I have very picture heavy posts right now, I’m sorry… it’s just that for now, my pictures are my words. If I haven’t been commenting on your blog posts, I’m very sorry as well… it’s not that I haven’t been reading them, it’s just that typing is very painful and takes a lot out of me. But I have been reading, loving the peace and calm all your stories have provided me.

Wishing you all health and joy this week. Hoping you are all having a wonderful day! xo

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Freedom – A week-end without plans

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This week-end was the first week-end in months during which we had NO PLANS. And by that I really mean none. We woke up Saturday morning, the sun shining bright, with a feeling of freedom, a restless energy and nowhere to be except where we wanted to be and that only meant one thing : Family outing.

It is cruise season here in Quebec City : All through September, ships from all over the world come to travel the waters of the St-Lawrence River, looking for the colors of fall only my neck-of-the-woods can offer. So we headed East to board the ferry into town and then spent the morning walking the wharves, docks and ports to admire them all. Taking the ferry is one of Little Miss’ favorite things to do. It was Little Man’s first time and as you can tell, he was pretty excited.

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Exploring Old Quebec is always such a fun thing to do because you could come to town every week for a year and still find something new to discover every time. So many little streets and special moments, festivals, street artists, seasonal changes and views. This time, we took the kiddos (although Little Man was very much asleep in his stroller by now) down rue Sous-Le-Cap (Under The Cape Street) and quietly observed life in one of the smallest streets in the world. It was amazing to see people’s garden set ups on balconies. Containers were stacked and hung, still heavy with flowers and leftover vegetables. Showing my daughter that you can be a gardener even in the middle of the city intrigued and amazed her. How I love watching her “gears” turn and process. Little Miss also had birthday money left and opted for magic and semi precious stones over at the Toy Store. Lunch was kept simple and play was on the menu before we headed home.

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Sunday was all about the orchards and picking apples and pears. It was another beautiful day. We set out early and picked (and nibbled on) over 30 lbs of fruit. Let me say we have a lot of canning and preserving scheduled this week : Pears in light syrup, raw packed apples in juice, apple butter, apple chips… The smell of sweet spices in our home will be a delight as we shut the windows again this week.

Yes, as I write this, the wind is blowing hard and leaves are being blown around in manic seasonal swirls. We should get rain today and then back to our average fall weather and coolness. But that is alright with me. This past week-end has been a gift from above. Short sleeves, knitting outside, warm evening walks to the park, walking barefoot in the grass one last time… Soaking up the last bit of summer this year had to offer. I hope all of your week-ends were equally beautiful and filled with joy.

Have a wonderful week everyone.

Enter FALL.

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{ This moment }

{ This moment } – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

 If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to find and see. Inspired by SouleMama.

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First round of colds

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It was just a few degrees above freezing when we all woke up from a harsh night sleep this morning : 3 out of 4 of us seem to have caught our first seasonal bug. Poor super dad, my angel, stayed home to help me manage it all. When we realized that crankiness levels were reaching a certain point of general dissatisfaction, we decided to head outside. I always tell my daughter : bugs don’t like the cold… so let’s go breathe in some cold air!

The sun was shinning, our breath heavy in the air, pushing white clouds above our heads. Colors are not in full spectrum yet, but the intensity is definitely coming. Little peeks of bright neon colors marked our path as we managed a few giggles and smiles through the runny noses and fatigue. It would take more than a cold to keep me inside on a day like this.

Also wanted to share 2 recipes we found that were simply delicious and that we have added to our pantry this year : Roasted tomatillo salsa verde and Asian plum sauce. In both, we omitted the onion and garlic. The flavors were still amazing. Now to make homemade egg rolls and black bean enchiladas… Yummy, it’s gonna be a good winter!

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Welcome fall

My favorite season. All seasons have amazing qualities, but again, there is just something about fall. We decided to celebrate the turn of the season with a bit of fall inspired art tonight. The tarp came out and using leaves, pine cones, apples and acorns, we learned about fall colors and how to mix them with our paints. We learned about texture and patterns of nature. And we made something as a family to hang and share together. All the while, we ate roasted tomato pasta and roasted fall veggies. The evening grew dimmer, the windows were shut. Fall is truly upon us and I smile, snuggled in my sweater and my big warm socks.

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And as promised, here is my darling Little Miss’ birthday bunting. I struggled with posting the picture because this will be the first time I share her name on my blog. It eventually had to happen. But I think it is time.

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Happy fall to all… May the season bring you warmth from the inside out, may your kitchens fill with the smells of home and may the change of season bring you renewal, new experiences and joy.

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Playing with fabric again…

Summer has never been a very “sewing” season for me. I don’t know what it is? The call of the outdoors, the need for my body to not remain seated longer than necessary or maybe it’s simply my difficulty at following straight lines when all my mind, body and soul wants to do is wind and meander! I even took up English Paper Piecing last year in hopes that the portable nature of it would inspire me to sew even when I was enjoying the out-of-doors, but nope… My sewing machine just sat staring at me all summer long, begging to be played with.

I did manage to put together a few projects though (thank you birthdays and blog swap!) and feel like I didn’t completely abandon my craft :

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But now we enter the season of more time spent inside : Nesting, warming, cooking, baking and finally sewing! Every year, my daughter’s birthday calls me back to my sewing machine. How I LOVE making her birthday bunting. Due to our trip North to go to the Zoo this year, I wasn’t able to finish it in time for her actual birthday. But it will be finished for her birthday party tomorrow and will then be hung above her bed in the new bedroom we have made for them. The fabrics were more precisely chosen this year, wanting to merge with the “concept” we have for their room. But also, I will admit, this birthday felt less like a “scrap fabric” birthday. My baby girl is 4 years old. She doesn’t dress randomly anymore, she loves to find things that match. She loves to accessorize, choosing her hair pins and ribbons very carefully. She sees patterns in drawings now, colors rainbows in order. No… this was not a scrap fabric kind of year. So I pulled out my fat quarters and actually picked 3 out. I did not randomly choose left over binding strips, I made a new one. It felt good to be mindful of my choices, to really put some thought into it. I label myself an eclectic quilter. I love this mismatched, scrappy, all-over-the-place-but-somehow-cohesive style of mine. But sometimes, simple is better. So you get a sneak peek, but no more for now…

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Wishing you a week-end filled with creativity…

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{ This moment }

{ This moment } – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

 If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to find and see. Inspired by SouleMama.

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