Archive for May, 2009

The colour of energy

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This is a photo of our bedroom. Up until about a month ago it was a deep chocolate brown, a colour choice from the previous owners of house. I can understand why they liked it: there was something sophisticated and cozy about it. But there was also something very dark and cave-like about it as well!

Now it’s a pale buttery yellow and the room is filled with energy and light. The new paint has made a world of difference in our lives. We’ve hung one of our favorite paintings above the dresser and just across from the bed – a still life of oranges by Newfoundland artist Grant Boland. Much has been written about the energy attributes and meaning of certain colours and for us this peaceful, sunny yellow is perfect – it’s like waking up to the light of a perfect early morning.

I’ve been reading an excellent book all about the embracing a strategy of managing energy instead of time – it’s called The Power of Full EngagementThe authors say that full engagement in life and work combined with periods of restoration and renewal are key to living a balanced, fufilling life and still achieving high levels of performance in your work and personal life. Common sense, but not at all easy! Call me crazy, but our new bedroom paint colour – Soleil (Benjamin Moore Aura) – is a big part of being able to live out this ideal.


May 20, 2009 at 8:48 pm Leave a comment

Rainy days

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Today is the best kind of rainy day. It’s early spring, and we’ve just come off two warm and sunny days with temperatures in the high teens and early 20s (celsius). I know that the vegetable seeds I’ve been scratching into bare patches of soil all over our yard are relishing a cool drink. The lettuce and spinach sprouting in containers on the deck thrive in this kind of weather. The rain barrel is filing up for spring. And the four raspberry canes that arrived from my parents’ garden are happily easing into a new life in our yard after being transplanted into a cool, moist space along the fence earlier this afternoon.

We’ve spent a wonderfully restful rainy day together at home today. It began with waking up to the sound of rain and wind chimes outside our bedroom window. The first hour of the day was spent baking. I made my favorite scone recipe using blueberries and orange zest I had stored in the freezer. We enjoyed those along with fresh fruit and coffee. My parents dropped by with the new raspberries and we had a quick chat while planting them in the drizzling rain. Since then we’ve been reading by the fire with steaming mugs of a spicy mandarin and black tea blend from Silk Road called “Tea of Good Cheer,” which seems particularly fitting for the day.

I can’t think of anything I find more relaxing than a rainy day at home. I love the sound and smell of rain, the rejuvenating effect it has on my plants and garden and the way it slows everything down. It’s like a cozy blanket over the world, helping us renew and refresh so we’re ready for the sunshine again.

May 18, 2009 at 9:01 pm Leave a comment

A space for butterflies and bees

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Thoughts of sustainability drive many of my actions at home. Living on the west coast cultivated a keen appreciation for nature and responsible environmental stewardship. Our move to Calgary from Vancouver Island was a bit disheartening in this respect. There is a wholly different culture here in terms of care and consciousness about natural spaces and human impacts. That said, we’re doing what we can to tread lightly and inspire others by creating garden spaces that show how beautiful sustainability can be. (more…)

May 16, 2009 at 12:25 pm Leave a comment

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