I can see, and other good news

What's happening out there in the world of blogging? Everyone is pretty quiet these days. It's very busy IRL so that's probably the cause of it all.

Things are busy here. We are continuing to look at property in Nova Scotia. I'm quite in love with the place because the relaxed feeling is not just a myth! Everything moves at a slightly slower pace, which is exactly what we want.

I've solved the great bar crisis of 2016. I know you will all be relieved beyond measure. I found an erstwhile side-table that was simply taking up space. I covered it with some Manuel Canovas fabric I had in my box of fancy fabrics. Voila! A sturdy bar. I'll put the money I've saved by not buying a bar cart into the Maritime Bolthole fund.

We have a busy weekend ahead, making final decisions on the wedding stuff and sending out invitations. I now see why so many people elope the second time around: you are far too busy with life to faff about with wedding details. Still, we are trying to enjoy the process and have booked lunch in a pretty part of Ontario to go over it all.

I had some good news at the eye doctor today. I'm not going blind. Hurrah! I will be back in contacts at some point. In the interim, I'm allowed to wear contacts for 1 hour while I do step class but must be in glasses other than that. I whine about my sad plight over at 1010Park Place.

Well, that's all for now, cats and kittens. I'm going to try to get out and enjoy these last days of fall before being resigned to 6 months of Netflix and chill. I hope you are making the most of these last fall days as well.

Stuff and Such

My daughter is home today after yet more dental work. I managed to not faint through this procedure but it was touch and go for a minute. She's much more of a trooper than I am. We are recovering by watching The Parent Trap and several episodes of Gilmore Girls. I grew up in Unionville where the GG pilot was shot so I always have a soft spot for this show. In fact, in looking for a recreational property, I'm seeking our very own version of Stars Hollow. We will definitely be watching the new episodes.

I've been wrestling with a lot of anxiety lately. There is no particular reason for it: except all of the usual reasons. The Trump thing is not helping. As far as I'm concerned, the only good thing about the whole miserable election is that it brought Jack and Karen back into the same room.

I've been Pinteresting myself well, since the rest of the internet feels perilous right now. I'm also doing some online browsing.

I love the leopard Montana coat from Alice + Olivia. I wore a similar coat to a wedding and another guest - one of the Canadian morning news show hosts  - was wearing a faux leopard coat too so I felt very on-trend. If I did not have one, I'd be throwing the A+O one in my cart.

My lipstick obsessions with Face Stockholm continue. Cranberry Veil is my favourite colour. Apparently Carolyn Bessette Kennedy wore that same shade, so ooh la la! I always loved her style.

I am in dire need of a bar cart since the great bar cart toppling incident of early 2016. I like the brass and glass ones but need something sturdier. I like the Barclay Butera below, but they do not ship to Canada. I'll keep my eyes open for something like this locally since it so very very handsome.

Have a wonderful weekend, kidlets. Enjoy the last warm days of the year and the beautiful fall colours.

East Coast Loving

The Mr. and I had a little getaway to Nova Scotia last weekend, with the idea of checking out some property. I've always loved the ocean and we liked the idea of a little bolthole by the sea I could retreat to when the wilds of Oakville prove to be too much. I'd been to PEI but never to Nova Scotia so I thought I should take a little look before we bought.

Over the weekend, we flew into Halifax and then drove 1400km, checking out one coastal community after another. There are so many charming places there, it is really hard to narrow things down. For the same money you can get a huge amount of open ocean frontage along the Northumberland Straight or a house in Lunenburg.

Can you imagine living here in Lunenburg? (It's not for sale right now. I'm imagining too.)

It's across the street from the Lunenburg Academy, which has its very own ghost. You can rent office or studio space there!

I'm writing about history and magic and witches and cannot imagine a more inspiring spot.

Then again, these places are not too shabby either.

The photo below was the backyard of one of the places we saw for sale. Can you imagine looking out at the Atlantic Ocean in all of its vastness: paradise. 

I ate my body weight in seafood, consuming bowl after bowl of seafood chowder in Tatamagouche at The Chowder House (we were there a couple of times because it was soooo good.) You can also buy handmade chocolates and buttermallow bars at the Tipperary Bakery and Cafe, which are divine (we brought a box home!)

I also ate like a horse in Lunenburg. I highly recommend the Grand Banker if you are there. The Acadian seafood stew is to die for. And The Savvy Sailor has amazing breakfasts. I dare you to eat just one piece of the bacon: impossible! You can taste campfire smoke in each bite. Delish!

The only place I would not feel at home was one spot, that shall remain nameless, where we spotted a baby with no helmet on an mud-covered ATV (it was sitting in a car seat in the passenger seat.) Now, I'm all for accepting different styles of parenting, but if you have to pick the bugs out of your infant's tiny teeth, I'm just not sure we will have a lot in common!

In other news, I've been writing, writing, writing. I'm better friends with the women in my book that with real live people these days. I need to get out more.

I've not done much fall shopping. I took my son to Brooks Brothers to get him a jacket for the wedding and was impressed by what Zac Posen has done there this year. If I had an occasion to wear it, I'd buy this gown.

But alas, the only event requiring a new set of clothes is my wedding. And I've already got something for that.

I'm kind of loving Face Stockholm's cosmetics bags. They come in every colour possible, but I'm partial to the lavender velvet one myself. Maybe that will be a Black Friday treat for me.

The one thing I did buy was my favourite Eillen Fisher wool dress in black that had been destroyed by moths in spite of my anti-moth care methods (washing everything before putting away the wools for the season and using cedar, lavender, and copious amounts of Laundress spray.) I've been waiting forever for Garnet Hill to have a sale that included her line and finally they did. 

We are having a last heat wave here, but look forward to retreating into my fall clothes. We had a preview of chilly fall weather in Nova Scotia and it was heaven. I lived in sweaters under a J. Crew excursion vest the entire time and was happy as a clam. 

I even pulled out my Lady Di sheep sweater replica. 

Source: Vanity Fair

If you want something great to read this fall, I suggest Holly Robinson's Folly Cove. It takes place at an inn in Massachusetts in the fall. It's a perfect read on a chilly fall day! It's my November selection at the 1010ParkPlace Book Club launching soon and I'd love you to read along. 

I also implore you to read David Brooks' column this week. I love his words: "Souls are not saved in bundles." No, they are not. 

I hope you have a happy October filled with pumpkins and magic and spiced lattes and good books. 

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