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The End of the Rainbow


Our coffee arrived in the mail today. J’adore ce cafe! After working at Starbucks, at Chocolat Au Lait, at various coffee shops in New Zealand, in Scotland and drinking coffee from hole-in-the-wall coffee shops, I have refined my tastes. This coffee is the best!

Pot of Gold coffee is 100% family owned and has operated since 1976. Pot of Gold originated with the purchase of “Gertrude” the Gothot Coffee Roaster from Germany in 1976. The roaster was moved to Thetis Island in 1982 by Gene and Nan Beals. The coffee is roasted and then sent out on the Monday morning ferry from Thetis. It arrives at our house on Tuesday morning, the first Tuesday of the month.


This month they sent us a recipe for making Irish Coffee and a little green shot glass misplaced by some poor little Leprechaun I’m sure. Last month they sent us two heart-shaped chocolates wrapped in red foil. I love this coffee company so much. They reply to e-mails in a jiffy. They write our names on the labels of the coffee bags. Everything about this company seems so personal, every invoice is signed with a “Thank you” and every attempt is made at personalizing the whole experience.


If you set up a standing order with them, as long as your standing order consists of 2 lbs of coffee, they’ll pay for the shipping. You can set up your intervals at 2 week maximum 12 week intervals. We thought 8 week intervals would suit us fine. We underestimated our coffee consumption. We upped our order to 2 lbs every 4 weeks. This makes our coffee bill approximately $30 a month. This is a little bit more than if we bought our coffee from costco but the quality is incomparable.


As you can see, the coffee never lasts very long…

Happy 105th Birthday Dr. Seuss


It’s Dr. Seuss’ 105th Birthday today. Growing up on Dr. Seuss’ Cat in the Hat, One Fish, Two Fish, Horton Hears a Who has warm cozy memories for me. But until today, all I knew of Theodore Seuss Geisel was that he really wasn’t a doctor at all.


Theo Seuss was born in 1904 to German Immigrants in Springfield, Massachusetts. He married at Helen Palmer at age 23. He wrote a series of comics, political cartoons, and War posters for World War II. He also made a few war propaganda movies called “Your Job in Germany” and “Our Job in Japan.”

dr_seuss2“In May 1954, Life magazine published a report on illiteracy among school children, which concluded that children were not learning to read because their books were boring. Accordingly, Geisel’s publisher made up a list of 348 words he felt were important and asked Geisel to cut the list to 250 words and write a book using only those words. Nine months later, Geisel, using 236 of the words given to him, completed The Cat in the Hat. This book was immediately a success because of its simplified vocabulary could be read by beginning readers. These books achieved significant international success and they remain very popular.”

-Wikipedia “Dr. Seuss”

One thing must be mentioned when doing a tribute to Dr. Seuss. Dr. Seuss wrote over 60 books loved by children internationally, but he never had any children.

My addiction

p3010267 I went to the Times Colonist Book Sale last weekend and I’ll try to give you a comprehensive list of what trophies I picked up. Keep in mind that all the books were no more than $3 and I spent a whopping $70 on my loot. I hauled away my bounty like a greedy pirate, back to his schooner. My shoulder was aching the next day from my greed. And having to carry my books 6 blocks to the van.

I bought:

The English Patient – Michael Ondaatje

Children of Men- PD James

The Master Butcher Singing Club- Louise Erdrich

p3010268 Welcome Home- Stewart McLean

When we were young- Stweart McLean

Monkey Beach- Eden Robinson

A Circle of Quiet- M. L’Engle

The Man who mistook his Wife for a Hat- Oliver Sacks

The Glass Castle

Reading Lolita in Terhan

Prodigal Summer

Memoirs of a Geisha

The Book of Virtues

p30102751 The Moral Compass

Wild Swans

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

Accordion Crimes- Annie Proulx

Into Thin Air- Jon Krakauer

Lullabies for Little Criminals

French Women don’t get Fat

Emily Dickinson’s collection of poetry

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.

Isn’t that ridiculous how many books one person can get? Anyway I was feeling very guilty and greedy about hoarding all these treasures. I went up to the cashier and there was a gentleman in front of me who had 3 big boxes of books! I suddenly felt like I was being frugal in my book choices! And since going to the sale, I have found titles of books I had in my hot little hands and put back in the midst of the grabbing hands, because I thought I couldn’t possibly need that book.

Anyway it was great. I’m set for a year. I hope. So if you want to borrow any books, dear reader, I may have just the one you’re looking for.



Welcome to my new blog.

I have to admit that I resisted doing a blog. I mean, who wants to read someone’s personal journal? But lately I’ve been quite enjoying reading a variety of blogs. And now I’ve been told by a few people dear to me that they want to see pictures, to read about my experiences. So, to reiterate, welcome.

I hope to share with you what I’m learning. I’ve been exploring bread making, cheese making, beekeeping, growing vegetables, living locally. I am attempting to “Make it my ambition to lead a quiet life, to work with my hands…”

How quiet is it to blog? Really? How private? Honestly, I enjoy my privacy immensely. So if I decline to share every detail, so be it. Sometimes my privacy has limits and sometimes it exuberantly throws it’s cloak off and bears the depths to the world. Be patient with

me when I have those moments, dear reader. They soon shall pass.

So small window of my blog, welcome to my life.

(I’ll try to take lots of pictures.)