Sunday, March 19, 2023

One of the BEST BOOKS, baking, shopping and wabi sabi.


Good morning from The Humble Bungalow...
it is Sunday and I am baking a loaf of sourdough bread.
The bread has become part of my weekly routine...
my husband seems to be enjoying the bread.
I loved it toasted with Bonne Maman raspberry confiture.

Life here has been quite quiet...
Having hurt my back, so for the past few weeks, I have been in a lot of pain.
Am dealing with it by attending therapeutic Yoga classes for the back.
Going for slower, shorter walks and taking Aleve to help me sleep.
I have a huge amount of empathy for people who live with chronic pain.
I am new to pain.

Shorter Walks mean fewer steps...
averaging about 5500
so have gained a few pounds in these past few weeks.

Salads to the rescue...
simple to make and very satisfying.
Lots of chewing and low in WW points.

Here are the tete a tetes planted out front in The Humble Bungalow garden.
Thank goodness that the deer don't eat them.

We filled in some gaps recently when the plants were on sale at the garden centre.
They are so and cheerful!

Lucy By The Sea by Elizabeth Strout is a powerful book...
set in Maine during Covid Lucy Barton shares her everyday experiences.
The emotions and insights are very real...
Perhaps one of Strout's best books.
The story has stayed with me.
I highly recommend it.

Very casual Papillon denim jumper...
found at the shop Suzanne's in the mall.
Seen here in the change room with my jeans on underneath!
Not the way I will wear it when I get home :-))

~ Summer wardrobe staple ~
 White tee and white capri leggings
blue suede sandals
wicker bag.

Great for running errands or a beach walk.
With warmer weather in the forecast 
we should all have a basket or bag to carry market staples and finds.
Which is the perfect segue...
speaking of finds

Or speaking of Papillons...
can you see one here on this antique transferware plate?

The crazing and cracks add to the "charm" of this plate.
It has History...

Am I the only one who is attracted to the imperfections?

Do you embrace the "wabi sabi" in old things?...

Suppose that could stretched to include people too :-))

None of us are perfect...
(now there's a profound thought to contemplate)
Call it homework..

Go forth and look for the imperfect in your week and report back.

On that note I shall close this post...

~ Be Well and Be Kind ~

The beauty is in the crazing...
can we extend that idea a wee bit and include wrinkles on faces?

Thank you for stopping by...
I appreciate you taking the time to read my wee blog.

Sunday, March 12, 2023

March ~ ing onward into Spring.


This Andalou cream has been my "go to" night cream for the past few months...
a little goes a long way. You may be able to see that the jar is still half full.

Can you see the grey pearl stud beside the diamond stud that I wear most days?
My husband gave me a pair for my birthday the year Mom passed away. 

I haven't worn these pearls as often since Covid hit
(need to wear masks)
I almost lost an earring taking my mask off.
I already had a pearl fiasco losing that strand at the beach...
must take more care not to lose things!!

My new FUN skirt from a thrift shop.
Knife pleats in a black grey print.

I will dress this up with a black rayon sweater and a camisole.
Dress it down very casual with a tee and my denim jacket.

I am already thinking of fun things to pair it with...
it is made by Zara, the only thing I own from the company.

Finally got a copy from the had been on the Holds for a LONG time.
I read it in two days...another stunning mystery from Louise Penny.

Birthday flowers and vase from a friend.

I have such lovely friends...
so thoughtful 
the range of unexpected gifts was amazing.

Soaps, tea, a beautiful hand knit dishcloth, books, an apron, 
flowers, and some sourdough starter!

Thank you for ALL those kind email messages and birthday greetings 
from the Blog and Instagram... feeling very grateful.

My first attempt at a sourdough boule.

Was delicious with the homemade chicken soup!

Dinner out at Zambri's


Brunch and dinner out with the family rounded out the weeklong celebrations.
They spoiled me too :-))
Thank you ALL 

Murchies teas and a gift card at a favourite restaurant.
Vintage silk hand rolled scarf and a Wedgewood clam shaped white porcelain plate.

We zipped off to the garden centre to buy two flats of these cheerful tete a tete's.
On sale half price.

We planted them out in front of the deer fence 
to fill in the gaps from the ones we planted last year.
Such a pretty pop of colour and they bloom earlier than our daffodils.

The Oscars are on TV tonight...are you going to watch them?
I like to see the fashions...and the jewels.

Making a pot roast, potatoes, carrots and a lemon torte for dessert.
Comfort Food for a cold rainy Sunday.

Hope that you are keeping healthy and staying sane with all the crazy stuff that is happening in our world.

Vintage Bread tray
might come in handy?

Crocuses blooming out front in The Humble Bungalow Garden.

Thank you for popping by The Humble Bungalow Blog.

~ Be Well and Be Kind ~

Sunday, March 5, 2023

March 3rd ~ 68 years and thoughts on being OLD, clothes and such.


Well I guess this is what 68 looks like...
I still remember how excited I was when I turned 13.

I don't FEEL 68, 
but that sounds strange 
as how WOULD a 68 year old feel?

My idea of 68 (when I was younger) was that at the age of 68 one was OLD.

wrinkly and worn out.

Well I can attest to having grey hair, wrinkles and feeling weary on occasion.
But my idea of an OLD woman has changed :-))
Perhaps because I am here and at the age of 68 years OLD young.

I do have aches and pains and cannot do all the things that I used to do in a day.
My flexibility is not what it once was...
 but I am working to regain some of what has been lost.

My eyesight has weakened and I wear glasses to see properly.
I've given up wearing high heels, and only own two pairs of "kitten heels."
I opt to dress for comfort most days...
(apologies to MOM)
I am very much like her in looks and demeanor 
but I don't have that "dress up everyday" gene.

I am wearing a warm and cozy "new-to-me" wool vest with cap sleeves.
I found it at the thrift shop on Pender on my birthday.
What you cannot see are the Hudson knit tweed pants and black Chelsea boots.
You'll have to use your imagination :-))

~ OOTD ~
Snow day at the cottage.
This very old Gap denim shirt gets worn a LOT.
It is soft and comfy, a desert island garment.
Layered over a black lace camisole, black lined leggings.
Akoya Pearls just because...

I am enjoying watching fashion reels from style savvy gals on Instagram.
The Street Style snippets are fun and the tips are great.
Some days I want to rush out and buy a bunch of new clothes!
But seriously, I have to consider my retired lifestyle...
where would I wear a sequin skirt?

I did buy a rhinestone bracelet before Christmas that I must start wearing for fun.
On days perhaps when I meet friends for coffee...

A mystery...
love the description of the book.
Three retired primary school teachers who meet every Thursday for coffee
solve the mystery of a friend...

Yes this is something I need to wear more often...
it has a bit of bling to elevate these cold and blustery days.

My new book is calling my name and I am going to pop the kettle on for a cuppa..
hope you are feeling good and making time for fun.

Thank you for stopping by The Humble Bungalow Blog.

~ Be Well and Be Kind ~

Sunday, February 26, 2023

Sunday ~ Sunshine and Snow


This candle is not what I expected...
it is melting in a rather unusual fashion.

The shopkeeper where I purchased this candle
assured me that they were quality imports from Europe.

I think I will go back to buying beeswax candles.
They burn cleanly and look lovely and are fragrant while they burn.

Reading Mick Herron's book Slow Horses the first in the series.
Mr. HB is on book 5 London Rules...
he has the next one and will purchase the new one when it is published this April.
We do not usually read the same books but this series is an exception.

My reading corner at the cottage.

The weather is freezing cold and we had some snow overnight.
Just a dusting.

It is a beautiful sunny Sunday here at the cottage!

Another vintage sealer jar...almost full.

We managed to get out for two beach walks and gather sea glass.

Fashionable OOTD at the cottage are rather non existent!

I pack a Lands' End tote with cozy casual sportswear during the fall and winter.

What I pack for the week:

Nightgown and Ralph Lauren terry robe
thick alpaca socks (instead of slippers)

bras, panties, camisoles

Two long sleeved Lands" End cotton tops 
Yoga pants and a pair of black lined leggings
32 Below black velour zip jacket
Black quilted Eileen Fisher vest
distressed and much worn Gap denim shirt
Long sleeve Eileen Fisher boiled wool sweater 

Warm lined Reiker boots in a tobacco shade
Black waterproof Josef Seibel Chelsea Boots

Columbia blue puffer coat
Burberry plaid scarf

You might be curious, I do wear my Akoya pearls...
my vintage burgundy leather Due Fratelli bag
I also bring a small black leather Roots bag for hikes and walks.

Our cottage time is laid back and casual.

Hope that you are keeping warm and cozy if it is snowing where you live.

We'll be spending most of the week with our noses in our books and going for walks.
Meals will be simple and the weather sounds like it will warm up.

Thank you for popping by The Humble Bungalow Blog.
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You can try Feedly or check in most Sundays for the post.

~ Be Well and Be Kind ~

Sunday, February 19, 2023

OOTD ~ Fashion Police "look away" and some thoughts on hair...


It's Sunday again...
I am trying to continue with my weekly posts and it seems like Sunday is THE day.

You might be surprised if you saw me today :-))

The Fashion Police would definitely be citing me with an infraction.
most certainly it would be an enormous fine.

After showering I put on my body lotion, washed and moisturized my face...
added some mascara and tinted lip balm.
I am not going out.

A pair of indigo sweatpants
black camisole
 dove grey hand knit Miriam wool sweater
Akoya pearls

This morning I am baking bread, doing laundry and tonight I am making a roast beef.
There will be some reading and knitting...

I am giving myself permission to stay home and cocoon.

In other news...

I found a cute top at the Win Thrift Shop

I used to see a lot of garments made by Joseph Ribkoff.

I think this will come in handy for the summertime.
I can pair it with pants and that blue linen skirt that I purchased last year.

The neckline is perfect for the pearls :-))

The sun was shining a few days ago...
today there are moody clouds blanketing the sky.

Must be craving summer with my shopping habits...
purchased a new straw tote.
a great size for our Pender trips.
It can be loaded up with my laptop, books, and a few other bits.
It will come in handy at The Farmer's Market as well.

Hubby and I went to the Tapas on Oak for dinner.
Our son and the grands gave us a gift card so we wanted to try it out.
The food was good and the tapas portions were perfect for two.
It was busy and the wait staff were super friendly and efficient.

I wore a casual outfit...
tweed Hudson pants
this black crinkle top and my Chelsea boots.

I have no idea who made this top?
it has been in  my wardrobe for ages, it must have been a thrift shop find.
I took it travelling to France and Italy as when washed it dries overnight.
Great for layering !

I post on Instagram daily and several readers mentioned my hair style...
"straight and flat ironed"
the texture of the salt and pepper grey has changed and my hair is much thinner.

This would appear to be an aging issue...
many women complain of thinning hair 
my 69th birthday is a few weeks away
so I guess it is my turn...
but no complaints :-))

Do you colour your grey hair or have you gone au natural?
Was it a gradual process going grey or did you just stop dying it?
Has the texture changed like mine?

Have you changed your hairstyle?
I know many women keep their signature style over decades...
rather like a signature fragrance, many never ever stray.

I am not unhappy with my hair,  but I regularly change things up.
Covid happened and I grew my hair long.
Two years later I had it cropped in a short layered bob.
Now it appears that I am growing out the layers and wearing it straight.
I haven't been to my hairdresser for a few months.

Shall we chat about our hair?
Leave a comment to chime in...

Well I guess I better get on with my day...
lunch will not make itself
plus I want some tea...
then there is bread to bake and laundry to fold!

Hope that you are all well...there seems to be a lot of illness about.

Be Well and Be Kind