a peek inside the fishbowl

14 Jun, 2017


Posted by andrea tomkins in: Ottawa

My goodness, isn’t the weather simply amazing right now?

Poppies at Maplelawn

Crazy about peonies

Carrot cake cupcake from the Cupcake Lounge

Gelato at Stella Luna

Popsicle in the pool

Swimmer dog

Piper, post swim

Things I am excited about:

  • The clover seed I planted in some bare patches in the lawn is growing.
  • My hostas are practically exploding out of their flowerbeds.
  • An amazing gelato place has opened up near our place. We’ve been twice now, including once as a power walk destination. (This is an exercise regimen I can get behind.) Read more about Stella Luna right here, then go!
  • The Cupcake Lounge is my official new hangout and meeting place. First of all, I really like the vibe. It’s quiet and I almost always manage to snag a window seat that has a view of the street. Second, the coffee is fantastic. Third, the cupcakes are probably my favourite in all of Ottawa: moist cake (dry cupcakes are a crime against humanity) and the best kind of frosting.
  • The eldest and I have finally finished watching Gilmore Girls. Now we can move on the the “new” season.
  • I’ve discovered the joy of grocery shopping with my earbuds and a good playlist. The soundtrack to La La Land is making my trips to the store a lot more fun. I feel like I’m starring in my own musical! So if you see me twirling and gliding through the produce section, you know why.

I’ve also completed a little home decor project that I am quite pleased about. I wasn’t sure if it was going to work out, but I’m happy with the results. More about that, later.


3 Responses to "SUMMMERRRRRR"

1 | Claudette

June 15th, 2017 at 4:55 pm


I just finished watching the new netflix Gilmore Girls a few months ago! Glad I did. I used to love the original series… :)

Also that popsicle in your pool…my 9yo wants to come over for a swim. Thought I’d warn you first…can’t promise she’ll leave either. She’s a fish!

2 | andrea tomkins

June 16th, 2017 at 10:41 am


Tell her there’s an inflatable ice cream cone that goes with it! I bought them a few months ago at Winners. And I’m sorry to say this is not our pool, but one we make good use of during the summer. (It belongs to my in laws!)

3 | Jinjer

March 27th, 2018 at 4:00 pm


That picture of your doggo swimming in the pool!!!!!!

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