Ah, Spring!

The snow has melted, birds are singing, flowers are beginning to bloom and …… Henri attempts to avoid helping me with Spring Cleaning yet again!

The Case of the Mysterious Snacks

Two months ago when I went outside to refill the bird feeder, I found a pastry wedged into a corner of the back porch.  “Looks like someone is having a bit of fun,” I said and asked Henri if he knew anything about it. “Madame, Henri does not play the practical joke”, he answered in […]

Happy Gnomevember!

Henri, my resident gnome, and I wish everyone a safe, happy and healthy Gnomevember! Read about my exploits with Henri here

The Coffee Cake Caper

Lockdown Day Number Whatever:I decided to try and revise a regular coffee cake recipe to be gluten-free. It was easy to do. (Although I don’t advise eating this on a regular basis as it has a ridiculous amount of sugar and butter. But as an occasional treat, go for it!) As I took the cake […]

Another Visitation

The other night I had the strange feeling I was not alone in the house. The next morning my suspicions were confirmed. No, it wasn’t a ghost. Although a ghost would have been less trouble. Undoubtedly, a mouse had partaken of a midnight snack. And of course, chose the more expensive red pear to munch […]

Leaves, a lot to be desired

I love Autumn! Bright blue skies, crisp air, harvest fruits and vegetables and colourful leaves. Lots and lots of leaves. When I purchased my property the three big trees once here, were long gone. Only the stumps remain. I wish I had a tree! However, all the neighbours’ leaves are now in my back garden. […]

GnHome Sweet GnHome

Last Monday when I went into the kitchen to make breakfast I was greeted by Henri bearing a brightly-wrapped gift. “Joyeux Anniversaire!” I had completely forgotten that today marked my 5th year of being a bona fide homeowner. How time flies when one is constantly performing home-maintenance chores!  Of course, technically the bank still owns […]

How Henri Avoided Spring Cleaning (Again!)

As a perennial procrastinator I sheepishly admit that some years my Spring cleaning doesn’t get done until Autumn.  This year, however, I promised myself extra chocolate if I accomplished these tasks in a timely fashion. I toiled away at these mundane chores for two months. I noticed Henri was conspicuously absent for several hours every […]

Gnomes Vie for Ice Hockey Medal

It was Gnomes against Goblins in this last competition of the IMPS* Olympics. Henri of Team Gnomes managed to pull off a hat-trick despite 2 offsides by the opposing Goblins in the first period.  But it was Team Goblins who won the match and the gold medal. A number of minor penalties were called on […]