Category Archives: Think


Last winter we found a tiny, orange kitten in the rubbish bin trash can up the road from our house. Some of our neighbours chose to ignore him but we didn’t and he immediately became a huge part of our strange little family. Lord Pfeffernuss of Balcony was FIV+ so we knew that his life […]

Unlikely and Beautiful

When I started writing this blog many years ago I could never have predicted what happened next.  This bizarre adventure called life has brought me to the most romantic place wearing the most unlikely dress celebrating with the most amazing people. It really was the best wedding ever. I am a Canadian married to a surfer […]

On Losing Steve Jobs …

The global reaction to the passing of Steve Jobs is overwhelming and countless words have been written, and will be written, in an attempt to acknowledge his legacy.  This morning I received these words from my good friend in Vancouver: Steve Jobs was an absolute visionary… A determined man who found himself in the right […]

Thank You, Portugal

The day started the same as most, I opened my eyes and saw the Cabril valley shrouded in a beautiful fog. But the minute I saw Penfold stumble into the bedroom I knew something was wrong. This was going to be a very different day. 08:00 ~ I scramble for necessities and we head to […]

dare to compare

According to, if Portugal were your home instead of Canada you would … use 71.39% less electricity consume 59.41% less oil make 43.23% less money spend 40.13% less money on healthcare experience 19.94% more of a class divide die 2.91 years sooner have 8.24% more chance of being unemployed have 5.41% less chance of […]

From Cambodia to Peru

We all have quirky things that irritate us and my favourite client in Vancouver is no exception. It happened whenever he completed an electronic form. Rather than scrolling down a long list of 195 countries in a drop-down list, he would press “C” for CANADA. His pet peeve was that, nine times out of ten, […]

Wind at my Back

It’s been five years since my radical change in perspective. Every now and then I catch myself slipping back into old habits but I try very hard to appreciate every single day. This morning’s gentle breeze reminded me why. My older sister stayed in ICU (intensive care unit) for more than twelve weeks after the […]

Blue Monday 2010

Today is allegedly the most depressing day of the year. where W = weather, d = debt, T = time since Christmas, Q = time since failing our new year’s resolutions, M = low motivational levels and Na = the feeling of a need to take action (D is not defined). Factors contributing to segunda-feira […]

Ano Novo

A new day, a new month, a new year … a new decade. A bright-eyed and bushy-tailed Penfold woke me up with Rabbit Rabbit this morning so we’re off to a good start. Feliz Ano Novo to all my readers and subscribers from 49 different countries. May 2010 be filled with love, peace, health and laughter for us all. […]

We’re Doing It.

It’s been so long since I’ve done it. I’m not even sure I remember how to do it. But this year everything is different. This year I’m doing it. Yes, I’m going to find my Christmas spirit if it kills me. I’ve been inspired to take the reindeer by the horns to get this year’s […]

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