What a week! We’re finally getting back to a routine over here after a 2-week bout of the flu. Thank you to my mom who came to my rescue when both children were not sleeping at night due to fever. I feel so blessed to have that support. It is just so wonderful to see my girls back to normal. Here are some things that I read that I would like to pass on to you, dear reader. Enjoy!
1. Valentine’s Day
A day that is loved by some, loathed by others. For us the super romantic notions have fell by the wayside but we make time for each other by doing something together. This year, we plan to go out for lunch, just the two of us. To celebrate with the children (of which the oldest loves to draw hearts, the colour pink and eating waffles) I am planning a heart-filled Valentine’s day breakfast complete with berries and whipped cream. We have also been busy making and mailing simple heart shaped cards to let our loved ones to let them know we’re thinking of them. Do you have any plans for Valentine’s Day or do you prefer to let it pass by without any notice?
2. History of dates in America by NPR
I did a lot of research about dates for my recent blog post on date squares. I found this piece interesting about the history of dates in America. Did you know that "All the Medjool dates can be traced back to a single oasis in Morocco”? The origins of produce never fails to amaze me.
3. A Winter Festival
Winter urges us to stay inside our warm and cozy homes, especially if we fear the cold. But, I believe that the benefits of fresh air and taking joy in the season can have unexpected benefits and give us more energy. Winter festivals are a great way to get out of the house and enjoy the take pleasure in the season. We recently attended Feb Fest 2017 in Kingston, Ontario. It is a winter festival held in the downtown celebrating all things that make Canadian winters special. From maple syrup candy, curling demonstrations, hockey games, ice sculptures to ice skating to music from the Tragically Hip and watching Swan Lake at the Grand Theatre. The important part is to get out of the house, walk around the community and take joy in the simple things that only winter brings.
4. The Hikarui Lifestyle
Yesterday, I posted the above photo on Instagram and talked about The Hikarui Lifestyle as developed and explained by @chikaeoh on her blog. I think her story and openness in developing this lifestyle is truly helpful and inspiring. Have a read for yourself!
5. The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O'Neill
Last weekend, my lovely friends surprised me with this book. Since that time I have been furiously reading it in preparation for the talk given by the author tonight at the Kingston Writer's Fest! I have enjoyed the novel greatly so far. Here are a couple of the interviews that I read:
"So I go through life naked" by Brian Bethune for Maclean's
"On growing up white trash" by Heather O'Neill for The Walrus