Friday, 24 May 2013

A pocket full of daisies?

Do you have a favorite flower? Or do you fancy a few ;)
It's rather difficult to narrow it down to just one isn't it?
There's just so many to love!

Blushing peonies, classic red roses, exotic orchids, or colorful dahlias,
they're all lovely.

One of my favorite moments in You've Got Mail
is when Tom Hanks visits a Meg Ryan and greets her with a bouquet of daisies...

"I love daisies. They're so friendly. Don't you think daisies are the friendliest flower?"

Yes, Meg, my thoughts exactly.

I do however; I have one flower that stands out from the rest.

They recall to mind, memories of my Mummu's {Finnish for Grandma} house.
Freshly cut from the garden, their scent wafting lazily in the air.
I'm transported to a time long long ago.

So tell me, do you have a favorite?

Have a fabulous weekend!!!


P.S. I received a surprise bouquet of flowers yesterday, and it was delightful :)


Thursday, 23 May 2013

"Eventually everything falls into place, until then hang on to hope, laugh at the confusion, live in the now, see the beauty in everything, trust your intuition and have faith that it all happens for a reason"


Friday, 17 May 2013

Rain, rain, come to play

I don't know about you, but I adore Spring and her unpredictable temperament. 
She's feisty and gloriously spontaneous.

Just the other night, after a long stretch of sun filled days (12 days to be exact), the heavens opened and we were greeted with a sweet spring time showering. 

As anyone who has lived in Vancouver can attest, 
we know rain. 

We're right up there with the Londoners and our neighbors to the south in Seattle. 
Because of this, I consider myself a bit of an expert. 
And in my opinion, nothing, beats a spring time shower.

Something about  the mixture of warm muggy temperatures and a cooling rain fall, is just delightful.
As I walked along on Monday evening I was glad I was appropriately clad in my favorite red rain jacket and rubber boots.

And of course jumped in a puddle or two ;)

And on the subject of rain, the MOMA has opened it's Rain Room exhibit. This installation is interactive in the best way possible. As you walk through the room, the rain ceases to pour wherever you walk, allowing you to move freely through sheets of rain without getting wet.

As long as you don't move too fast ;)

How cool is that?
I wish I could see it in person!

Wishing you a lovely weekend!



Tuesday, 14 May 2013

“...I have noticed that when things happen in one's imaginings, they never happen in one's life, so I am curbing myself.” 

Dodie Smith 

{excerpt from,  I Capture the Castle}

PS. Just finished reading this book.  Going to review this gem for you all later!

{Image and quote}

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Here or there?

Life as a nanny in the city is largely spent walking with the babes. Oh, the places we walk.

In the rain and in the sun, in the wind and in the downpour. With backpacks, umbrellas, beach toys, groceries, and picnic bags.With bouquets of dandelions and buttercups, stones, sticks and handfuls of grass.

When I'm with the littlest one, we spend our walks chatting about the most random things known to man. Whether it be about the monsters that live in the garage, endless observations and questions about those passing by, booby traps we're sure to encounter, or debating the soonest possible opportunity for yet another sweet treat. "Isn't it a special day Rachel? Couldn't we have a treat?" Cute boy.

But when we've picked up his lovely sister from school and we're walking home, we like to play a game. "If you could, would you live here, or there?"

It's the same game my sisters and I played as girls, riding our bikes after dinner, exploring new neighborhoods as the sun faded into evening. "I'd live here!" Each of us would call out as we passed charming home after charming home. Even still, we catch ourselves playing the very same game, however many years later. It's fun to see what draws someone to a home; almost as if specific features of the desired home illustrate parts of that person.

And is there anything better than dreaming?

So, let's play together, sweet people. :)

If you could, would you live here, or there?


P.S. This would be my summer home. A girl can dream, right?  :)

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

"Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.  There is symbolic as well as actual beauty in the migration of the birds, the ebb and flow of the tides, the folded bud ready for spring. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature... The assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after the winter."

Rachel Carson

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

For you and for me

I came across this lovely excerpt today and I just had to pass it along to all of you.
May you all know how truly beautiful and uniquely remarkable you are.


Friday, 3 May 2013

"There is a season for wildness and a season for settledness, and this is neither.
This season is about becoming."

Shauna Niequist

{Quote found here, image here}

Thursday, 2 May 2013

The three amigos

"Sister. She is your mirror, shining back at you with a world of possibilities. She is you witness, who sees you at your worst and best, and loves you anyway. She is your partner in crime, your midnight companion, someone who knows when you are smiling, even in the dark.  She is your teacher, your defense attorney, your personal press agent, even your shrink.  Some days, she's the reason you wish you were an only child."

Barbara Alpert

Oh, how true that is ;)

Fortunately for me, I have two.

Two conspirators,


and best friends.

We're like the original three amigos.
Only cuter!


We're about to embark on our own little adventure,
a weekend away at the family cabin.


There will be copious amounts of vino, fire-side chats, late night movie marathons,
and delicious food, courtesy of my lovely sister Mel.
{She's a whiz with whipping up gourmet food}

I'm so excited!

There really isn't anything better than a girls weekend away :)

So my lovelies, what are your plans for this weekend?
Anything fun?