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25 Jun, 2018

Moment of bliss #0023

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Moments of bliss

I am sitting on the back porch with my pen and notebook and the last of this year’s peonies. It’s hard to narrow it down to a list of TOP floral favourites, but if I had a top five, let’s say, peonies would be on it, along with violets, mini-pansies, tulips, and lily of the […]

28 Feb, 2018

Moment of bliss #022

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Moments of bliss

The eldest and I were talking about the importance of journaling. I think, as parents, it’s nice to try and establish some habits around journaling when the kids are young. (For example, with the line-a-day diary I blogged about awhile back!) Kids can also doodle a day, track what books they’re reading, jot down bullet […]

16 Jun, 2016

Moment of bliss #021

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Moments of bliss

I was in the garden yesterday, determined to do a bit of yard work. I find yard work to be overwhelming at the best of times. We actually have a fair-sized lot and when we moved here (almost 20 years ago!) and we inherited sizable flower beds. Unfortunately, they aren’t nearly as nice as they […]

02 May, 2015

Moment of bliss #020

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Moments of bliss

It was Friday afternoon and I had a list of things I should be doing. Work, or housework, for example. We were having friends over for dinner and there were Many Things Left To Do. And then there was laundry – there is always laundry – but I took advantage of the sunny day and walked down to the […]

27 Mar, 2015

Moment of bliss #019

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Moments of bliss

We woke up late. My intent was to get to the beach while it was still dark and hunker down in the beach chairs to watch the sun rise but we didn’t quite make it that early. When we arrived the sand was delightfully cool on the feet, a gift in and of itself. There […]


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