Wednesday, January 26, 2011


Florida was nice ...

And it was nice to have some girl time with my sister ...

But it's FABULOUS to be back here, where I TRULY belong.

Did you miss me?

Linking to:

Simple Pleasures at A Collection Of This and That.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Meet Me On Monday

I'm linking to Meet Me On Monday hosted by Java at Never Growing Old.

It's a weekly blog hop that I've never participated in before but though it would be fun. So ... let's get to know each other, shall we?

Here are this week's questions:

1. Have you (only you..not a group) ever won first place in anything?

I've never won anything in my life!

2. Are your toes always painted? (sorry guys...this question for girls only).

What, lol! Never; not a girly girl!

3. What color eyes do you have?

My eyes are light brown. See!

4. Look to your left....what do you see?

My desk is right by the window in my tiny home office. So when I look to the left, I see this! Brrrrr!!!!!

5. Soft cookies or crunchy cookies?

Soft and right out of the oven, please. Oh! And with a glass of ice cold milk! YUM!

Thanks for hosting, Java!

This will be my last post for a while as I am off to visit my sister in Orlando, Florida! Can't wait to see her; it's been way too long!

See you soon Ms. T!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Marilyn's Back!

Hey Canadian followers!

Did you hear that Marilyn Denis has a new show??!! YES!

It premiers Monday, January 10th at 10 a.m on CTV and will feature fashion, decor, cooking and technology, health and dating, as well as discussions with celebrities from the world of music and television, much like her popular CityLine which she hosted for 19 years.

I've missed her and can't wait to see what she's go in store! Tell all your girlfriends!

Love you Marilyn!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

When evening falls ...

I love to light candles ...

And as I go about making dinner; pasta tonight ....

I enjoy a glass of merlot ...

I cherish every moment.

What's your evening ritual?

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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Forcing Bulbs

Here in Canada we go several months without seeing a blade of grass, let alone the luxury of a cheery bloom.

So a dear friend of mine gave me these to force. Actually, she did all the work then gave me strict instructions on how to proceed.

Forcing means just that; creating an environment that pushes the bulb through its natural growth stages quicker than it would on its own. It's easy and fun!

Here we go:

Fill the pot with light potting soil and plant the bulb, pointed side up, just below the surface. You should be able to see the point of the bulb poking out of the soil. For a beautiful display, plant multiple bulbs. Make sure to plant the bulbs close together, but never touching one another. Water the soil well, and be sure to keep it moist; never allow water to stand at the bottom of the pot though or the bulbs will not.. Use a container with a good drainage hole.

If you want your bulbs to bloom in January, begin forcing in early September, if you want them to bloom in February, begin in October (that's what we did).

Now that your bulbs are planted, they will need a chilling period before they will flower. I left mine out in the garage from October to December, then I brought them into the coldest area of the house (my laundry room - brrrrrr). When the shoots are a little taller than you see here; I will put them in a warmer, sunnier room (still in the basement).

When the shoots start to flower, I can bring them up into my sunny kitchen, place them in a much prettier pot and enjoy!

You can force:

Paper Whites

I can't wait for these babies to bloom!

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