Saturday, February 17, 2018


Dylan is Vlad's grandson from his first marriage but Dylan calls himself my grandson so I guess...

Dylan turns 17 at the end of April and he always gets very excited for his birthday.  He is a great, great fan of the Montreal Canadians because his Mom was born just outside of Montreal and to him, that makes him part-owner of the team... certainly in terms of enthusiasm.

He loves to draw and does so on an iPad mini.  He uses a stylus and he does a pretty good job interpreting people in these.  He also loves Lego and has an enormous collection in his room which he keeps super clean.

For his birthday and because the past year has held many challenges for Dylan, I've opened a Go Fund Me Campaign. I have never asked for money from anyone in my life but this is a special case.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

2018 Intentions

Welcome, 2018!  My word for this year is YES as in yes to more life-affirming activities.

I've been giving this new beginning a lot of thought and I came up with categories of intentions (not resolutions).  Here goes:

1. Travel, this is the easiest one!

  • France;
  • Scotland;
  • Christmas in November at Jasper Park Lodge with my French reading circle;
  • A couple of trips north to see my father (who is going on 97)

2. Knitting and other creative projects (another no-brainer)

  • Work on pencil-ribbed skirt by CYT
  • Finish Thrummed Mittens by RCY
  • Finish Anabella Cowl by CYT
  • Polka Dot Scarf by CYT
  • Grain shawl by Tin Can Knits
  • Champagne bottle candles
  • One Miss Maggie Rabbit by Posie
  • A few small knitting projects from my RCY Advent Box
  • French General Quilt before Christmas 

3. Reading, easy street! I have committed to reading 15 books for another year on Goodreads.  Amongst them:

  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson
  • Simon Veil: Une vie by Simon Veil (now reading)
  • The Ladies in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck
  • Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste NG
  • La bâtarde d'Istanbul by Elie Shafak
  • La mémoire du temps by Mylène Gilbert-Dumas
  • Elinor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

4. Good health all around (not so easy)

  • Ride my our new stationary bike 3x or more/week
  • Weekly yoga
  • Keep walking outside when weather permits
  • Have a weekly fun outing by myself or with friends
  • Care less about what people think
  • Surgery for stomach
  • Vein clinic for treatments to legs
  • Maintain a strong and healthy back with exercises

5. Home Projects

  • Laundry room redo
  • Downstairs hall wallpaper removal and paint

6. Important Events

  • Tristan and Amina's visit in February (I will have my whole family around the dinner table!)
  • My 60th birthday
Please tell me at least one of your intentions for 2018 by commenting below.  I would love to know what's on your list if you have one!