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11 Jul, 2020

When old furniture is made new again

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Home/reno

Many moons ago, my mother gave us a china cabinet. It was in the dining room in the house that I grew up in. Storage-wise, it’s great. It’s tall. The top half has glass doors, the bottom half has solid doors and hides all kinds of things. Dividing the top and bottom is a big wide (and deep!) drawer that holds […]

24 May, 2019

Spring has sprung

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Home/reno

I can’t tell you how happy it makes me to look outside and see GREEN again. It’s about time. Here’s what’s blooming here at Casa Fishbowl: You know what’s funny? I took these photos a few days ago and everything is even bigger and greener. You can practically sit and watch this stuff grow. Coming […]

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13 Nov, 2018

What does your leaf raking style say about you?

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Home/reno

Over the past few weeks I’ve raked multiple lawns and moved what might possibly be a metric ton of leaves from one place to another. I raked the small forest around my mother’s place on two occasions this fall (picture full-size maple and oak trees, so many leaves they can’t be bagged), my in-laws small suburban front […]

08 Jun, 2018

Squirrel combat gets real

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Home/reno

In a recent post about our garden, I mentioned that squirrels have been digging into my containers. It’s really frustrating. It’s not like I’ve been stashing peanuts in there or anything. It’s not like those plants are EDIBLE, but they’re dug up and disturbed and don’t get a chance to grow. So I decided to […]

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29 May, 2018

Things I am loving: our new patio lights

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Home/reno|Oh! Things!

As I wrote about previously, we’ve been busy planting/weeding/chopping stuff down in our backyard. Mark trimmed some trees and took out a whole bunch of branches recently, which is great until you have to clean up/bundle up the aforementioned branches. Sigh. In these cases, it’s helpful to have an end game in mind. Which is: […]

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My name is Andrea and I live in the Westboro area of Ottawa with my husband Mark and our dog Piper who is kind of a big deal on Instagram. We also have two human daughters: Emma (20) and Sarah (18). During the day I work as a writer at The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. I am a longtime Ottawa blogger and I've occupied this little corner of the WWW since 1999. The Fishbowl is my whiteboard, water cooler, and journal, all rolled into one. I'm passionate about healthy living, arts and culture, family travel, great gear, good food, and sharing the best of Ottawa for families. I also love vegetables, photography, gadgets, and great design.

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