Stuff I Like

We all get them, you know which ones I mean. #Emails from friends, co-workers and relatives that come in the form of  jokes, youtube videos or cutsy inspirational thoughts of the day. There’s even the ones that ask you to put your name on bottom of the list and then forward to ten people within 24 hours or karma will wreak havok on your day. Amongst all those emails there are some nuggets that either bring a smile to my face or make me leave them in my inbox for further review another day. Needless to say, sometimes that ‘another day’ never comes and it gets burried along with everything else. Enough of that though! Here is the spot where I am going to list those little jewel of emails that I think you will really enjoy! Here’s my list:

1. For those of you who are crafty, these candles look like an interesting #Christmas gift

2. The best video on how to tie all those scarves in your closet:

3. How to make the best homemade french fries.

4. Giada De Laurentiis has a great site for healthy, yummy recipes!

#Bookclub Brides, Bravery, Barbwire and Beacons

For all you #bookclub members looking for some good reads, look no further. Thanks to our bookclub member Shawn, I was able to update my list since we started meeting 5 years ago. Our book club, “Reading between the Wines” has read some amazing books, and I’d like to share our list with you. The last two years has seen many interesting themes, including and not limited to brides, bravery, barbwire and beacons. So, here is our complete list:

2014 Bookclub Choices

January 10: The Light Between Oceans by ML Stedman
February 21:  The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
March 28: A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout
May 2: Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
June 21: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
September 19  The Dinner by Herman Koch
December 12: A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers by Xiaolu Guo

2013 Bookclub Choices

January 25: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
March 1: 419 by Will Ferguson
April 12: The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
May 17: Obasan by Joy Kogawa
June 21: February by Lisa Moore
September 13: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
October 18: Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
December 6: Dear Life by Alice Munro


January: The Cat’s Table by Michael Ondaatje
February 24: Half-blood Blues by Esi Edugyan
April 13: Ru by Kim Thúy
June 1: The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt
June 28: Lady Chatterley’s Lover by DH Lawrence
Sept 28: Dr. Brinkley’s Tower by Robert Hough
October: 1984 by George Orwell
December: Zorro by Isabel Allende


January: Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda
March: Through Black Spruce by Joseph Boyden
April: The Help by Kathryn Stockett
September: The Little Princes by Connor Grennan
November: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
December: Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese


January: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
March: The Bishop’s Man by Linden MacIntyre
April: The Wife’s Tale by Lori Lansens
June: Still Alice by Lisa Genova
September: The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill
October: The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
December: The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett


Reading Between the Wines Bookclub meeting for Zorro.

Driftwood Decor on the Deck

I’ve always loved #driftwood furniture; especially the kind where the naturally weathered grey gnarled stump sits under a nice round piece of glass. Finding said stump turns out to be considerably difficult along the Fraser River foreshore where we live in Ladner, BC. Either they are way too big which means maneuvering them into our little 17-foot boat is damn near impossible; or it’s just isn’t the right size and or shape. So thanks to a Google search, I came across a nice, but completely different version which I could easily replicate in my backyard along with the help of my hubby.

Well, along with a coffee table, we now have four pieces of driftwood furniture. A coffee table, sofa table, outdoor dining table and what my husband calls, the “Game of Thrones” chair. Decked out in movie swords, no less! We’ve had so friends comment on the coffee table with a few of them wanting us to build them one. I saw a similiar version at Crate and Barrel for around $800. Ours cost us no more than a few hours of our time and $50 for the glass which we found on Craigslist. The pipe legs were from his construction job site ~ thanks to the sprinkler trades guys!

Driftwood Coffee table

Driftwood Coffee Table


Driftwood Dining Table

Driftwood outdoor table

Driftwood Sofa table

Driftwood sofa table

Driftwood Game of Thrones

Driftwood Game of Thrones Chair

Some of the wood needed cleaning first, so after a good scrub with soap and water, I used a steel wool and coffee stain I found on:

and it worked like a charm. All the raw ends on the tables now match that lovely grey patina that was found on the long pieces of lumber we used for the tables. I just had to let it sit for 48 hours and bingo~it was ready to use. I wiped it on with a rag and it matched perfectly.