Issued at 15:48 Saturday 23 January 2021
Snowfall with total accumulation of 5 to 15 cm across B.C. south coast from tonight to Sunday afternoon.
It’s here!…or is it? Unlike the rest of Canada, Winter in British Columbia is downright confusing. Mild Novembers -lot’s of rain- followed by sun filled January’s that feel like Spring. Crocuses and Daffodils sprouting from the earth. Then like clockwork, on a random week in the new year, the temperature drops and we get a few days of Winter Wonderland. I love snow so I’m praying for more than the 5 cms they’re calling for here in the city.
I’m in my cozy chair next to the window under a warm blanket as I write and I can feel the cold draft seeping through the glass. The city looks still, the sky jet black. I secretly wish it would snow so much to shut the entire city down! I want a snow day! A snow week would be even better.
These are some of the things I’ve been loving lately
Tropical Inspired Bathroom Makeover
My bathroom is one of my favourite spaces in my home. With a few small purchases, I recently transformed it into a little tropical oasis in the middle of gloomy Vancouver. I bought a new fabric shower curtain (below) for $20. These vintage inspired posters arrived so quickly from AllPosters.com, a bamboo floor matt and these great macrame plant hangers ($11.99 for 2 on Amazon). I picked up an Ivy, Fern and spider plant. These plants are great choices for the bathroom; they enjoy the humidity of the shower and are ok without sunshine.
What I’m Reading
My mother-in-law bought me this book for Christmas. A tale of a 1500 km journey from the birthplace of the Magdalena River (in the south of Colombia) to it’s mouth in the Caribbean Ocean. Written by a professor from the University of British Columbia here in Vancouver – Wade Davis tells the story and history of Colombia starting in the 1500 with the Conquista, travelling through La Violencia in the 40’s, the reign of Pablo Escobar during the 80’s and 90’s (when I lived there) and looking into the future. Colombia is a country of dreamers, hard workers. A place where no matter what is happening, people always welcome you with a smile. I’m about 60% into the book and am really enjoying it.
Marc Jacobs O’Mega! Foil Illuminator
I’d never tried any of Marc Jacobs makeup but have always read great reviews. When this illuminator went on sale for boxing day I scooped it up for my collection. Housed in a glossy mint green case with a shimmering cherry detail, a little of this product goes a long way. It can be used as highlighter for face and body and even as an eyeshadow (I like using bronzer as an eyeshadow). It is very bronz-y though so I think I’ll get more use out of it in when I’m tan in the summer. For now I’m enjoying just looking at it.
Saltspring Wild Cider
A friend of ours’ family makes this cider on Saltspring Island, one of the many Gulf Islands in the Salish Sea (between the mainland and Vancouver Island). Anytime he visits his family he’s so kind to stop in and gift us a bottle. Made with apples from the local island orchards, this makes for such a pleasant drink, if you’re looking for something sweet but that still has a good alcohol content (I prefer a stiff drink rather than having to have 4 drinks know what I mean). Something about bubbly makes me cheerful (unlike wine which puts me to sleep). You can find it at liqour stores all over BC. A definite recommendation.
Fargo Season 4
We’ve watched every season of Fargo with each one getting better and better. If you’ve never watched it, the great thing is that each season is a story on it’s own (so you don’t have to have watched it from the beginning). This season starred Chris Rock and it was great to see him in a serious dramatic role. The story follows two crime families as they vie for control. The entire cast is amazing, the story keeps you on the edge of your seat. Very much worth a watch if you’re looking for something new.
Tarot Collection and Studies
I’ve now completed my studies of the Major Arcana (although one never stops learning the Tarot). Now the long process of understanding the 56 Minor Arcana cards. I started collecting decks years ago and have a variety of Tarot, Oracle and Wisdom decks. For reading I prefer the Tarot, Angel Oracle and Green Man Wisdom Cards. I recently purchased the Literary Witches cards, beautifully illustrated and featuring woman writers who were said to be aligned with magical and occult practices. This is my collection (minus my Rider Wait deck which I’m currently studying
These are just some of the things I’ve been enjoying recently. I hope you are doing very well and having a good start to 2021.
See you soon!