The Honouring Tree

The Honouring Tree was installed in Wascana Centre on August 31, 2011, and I have to admit for all the many, many times I’ve walked around the lake since then, this fall was the first time I noticed it. It was a project initiated by the Saskatchewan African Canadian Heritage Museum Board, and is meant to honour life, legacy, and diversity…


false alarm

Happy to report that there is no snow on the ground!  Maybe, just maybe, and I don’t want to jinx it, so I’ll knock on wood as I type this, it will be a nice, mild winter.

the edge of winter

walking in Wascana Park

conserve water

This may not be a common sight in Regina for the next little while since we’re being asked to conserve water because of a water quality issue. The first call to conserve water went out on Monday (I took this pic on Sunday!) and apparently there’s been no significant reduction in the amount of water we’re using.  Summer’s are so short here so hope the situation improves soon – rain will help!

conserve water 1


cherry blossoms on a beautiful May weekend

That is one good thing about this world…there are always sure to be more springs

-L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Avonlea

I love summer, but spring is my favourite time of the year…specifically, late spring when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom…

Cherry Blossoms May 2015

Cherry Blossoms May 2015 3

Cherry Blossoms May 2015 2

Cherry Blossoms May 2015 1

My Regina

I like online shopping, but I know it’s also important to support local businesses.  It was a very blah, grey, cold, dreary (did I mention blah?) Saturday in Regina, and instead of hunkering down on the couch in my comfy pants, it was a let’s shop local kind of day.

First up…lunch. Flip Eatery & Drink ( is probably my favourite place for lunch on a Saturday day off (the menu is the same for supper, I just prefer eating there for lunch, I’m not really sure why).

Nicoise Salad, deconstructed:

Flip deconstructed Nicoise salad

The item on the left is a cured soft boiled egg, then there’s tempura’d (I’m not sure that’s actually a word) asparagus, pickled carrots and onions, seared and smoked Ahi tuna…and waffle chips. All really good. I love chips too much and it’s probably not a good thing that I liked the waffle chips as much as I did!

Flip’s coffee is always fresh, served French Press style:

Flip Coffee Press

Every cold, dreary day needs some coffee…(well, okay, everyday needs some coffee)…

The chef/owner of Flip also has a store around the corner called Salt Boutique (, right beside my favourite building in Regina, favourite Regina building which sells a lot of the products used at Flip.  Some of my purchases today:

Salt Boutique finds

Someday, I want to make pickled carrots (it is on my list of things to learn how to do – I know it won’t be very hard, I just have to do it), but for now, I’ll try not to eat these in one day. The coffee rub is really good on chicken – I’ve never tried the mustard before, and the popcorn was placed conveniently by the till..

I’d never been to Casa Decor ( in the Warehouse District, and found out today they’ve been there for 10 years!  It’s totally my kind of store – home furnishings and accessories, jewelry, clothing, artwork, and very friendly service.  I was actually looking for some kind of interesting box or container to put jewelry in, but ended up coming home with two purchases…

Seastar from Casa Decor

I bought this sea star candle holder because it reminds me of my trip to the Great Bear Rainforest two years ago.

Specifically, it reminds of this…Great Bear Rainforest Seastar…there’s more than bears in the Great Bear Rainforest!  Don’t worry, Eloise, the naturalist on the trip with Ocean Adventures ( put the sea star (she told us that’s the proper name, not starfish) back in the water right away – it was very slimy!

And, I’m going to fun have fun choosing photos to go in this…

frame from Casa Decor

And, finally,what’s better on a cold, grey, dreary, ugly day than homemade pizza for supper…

homemade pizza

Not a bad day, after all…