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Trapped in Canada and Other Lovely Things

Good morning, dear ones! πŸ™‚ I wrote my post for you today from my friends’ beautiful apartment in downtown Vancouver, Canada where I was happily trapped most of Sunday. There was a humdinger of a power outage in the night which woke us with resounding alarms and emergency vehicles rushing past. Although the alarms had ceased by morning, the power was still out and the electric gates on the parking garage weren’t working so no one could get their cars out. Thankfully my friend’s boyfriend could pick her up for their appointment, but I was blissfully stuck in a lovely apartment with nothing to do but eat cereal, watch the rain fall, and listen to the swish of cars driving past the cobbled streets of Gas Town below. I loved it!

After a delicious nap I entertained myself watching brightly colored umbrellas bob past and taking pictures out the window and around the apartment.

Modern life is so different when the power goes off. I washed my hair in freezing cold water and smiled thinking how similar it was to bathing in cold mountain streams whilst camping. Mighty invigorating!! I couldn’t get to the store for milk, so I added a bit of water to pure whipping cream and had the most decadent bowl of cereal I’ve had in ages. Yum. I packed my suitcase by candlelight and then basked in glorious silence: no music, no television, no humming of appliances. It was so peaceful.

Mid-afternoon the power finally came back and I was able to head home, listening to Sherlock Holmes while driving through heavy mist and drizzling rain. I had an equally peaceful evening tucked up in bed with a big mug of Vanilla Caramel tea and a stack of books. Bliss. πŸ™‚

Now it’s time for a new week and I’m excited. I feel rested and rejuvenated and in the next day or two I’ll announce the winners of the Artisan Salt Giveaway!

Are you looking forward to anything this week? I’d love to hear about it. πŸ™‚

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Rosa - A lovely place! I’d love to be trapped in that country anytime!!!



Ellie (Almost Bourdain) - I don’t mind to be trapped in such a beautiful place! Nice clicks as always!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella - I’m looking forward to sleeping in! Is that bad? πŸ˜› It sounds like you made the most of your Sunday Krista! πŸ˜€

Anna Johnston - Isn’t it weird & wonderful all at the same time when you get trapped & caught by modern day living (no electricity & all that); had a similar experience a few years back & somehow the silence (which at first was a little irritating) became so relaxing & reviving that when we all got back to our busy lives it felt like we’d been on a weeks holiday in another country. Really made me think about the “noise” we live with.
I’m glad you had a great time, it sounded heavenly.

mlle paradis - Oh! And the little french house in the previous post, with the vine in front and arched windows……BIG. SIGH.

mlle paradis - Hi Krista!!!! Love that first pic! Love-LOVE your “cat ate my homework” post. Lucky you!!! Sometimes stuff just happens for a reason.

Mary - It sounds like a wonderful weekend. It’s nice to have such a complete change of pace. I hope you are having a great evening. Blessings…Mary

Jen Cheung - look at the lovely pictures you took!!! I live in Canada Toronto πŸ™‚

have a wonderful day!!
jen @ http://www.passion4food.ca

Barbara - Aren’t days like that little gems? You see and hear things you’ve never noticed before. So relaxing.

RamblingTart - Ohhh, thank you, Elra! That means a great deal to me. πŸ™‚ So glad it cheered you!

RamblingTart - It really was, Tracy. πŸ™‚ It’s so dark and rainy today I want to be back in bed reading. πŸ™‚

RamblingTart - I was just next door to The Old Spaghetti Factory, Val! πŸ™‚ It’s a great part of town to be stuck in. Great people watching. πŸ™‚

Andrea Isaa - Well, now, don’t you just have a knack for framing things in the loveliest possible light! I wish that the cereal you found was less than 12 years old (as I’m sure it is … I’d forgotten I even HAVE cereal) … and that you could have at least had some hot tea. What you didn’t know (and neither did I), was that the front door was wide open … so people could leave, though vehicles couldn’t. Starbucks may have saved your life! However, it was a delight to have you, and you’ve framed my little castle so beautifully. Thank you. I love you!

elra - What a refreshing feeling to get up in the morning, open my computer and found such a beautiful post like yours πŸ™‚ Thanks Krista!

Tracy - That does sound very nice. Especially the end of the day all snug with tea and books…

bellini valli - Gastown in Vancouver is not such a terrible place to be stuck. One of the last standing childhood favourite restaurants The Spaghetti Factory is there. We used to go to Yonge Street often when we lived near Toronto just to go to this family place. My daughter lives in Van so I hope to visit more often.

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