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Mr. Northern-Town

Published May 5, 2014 by inanortherntown

In attempting to regain my sense of humour and get back into the blogging groove, for the month of May, I’m going to be blogging about the vast topic “Things That Amuse Me”….

I would be remiss if I didn’t write about Mr. Northern-Town and how he amuses me. No one can make me laugh like he does and he puts up with me – so that’s amusing to me 🙂

*He rarely, if ever, flinches when I exclaim “I’ve just had THE BEST idea….”
*He is a willing participant in my healthy experiments – A couple of years ago, I asked him to go vegan for a month to see how he felt. (Hungry, he felt hungry)

He is kind:

July 2002 was scorching hot and I had been pregnant with our only child for approximately 5 years; we found ourselves walking for miles to try to dislodge the tenant when we passed an ice-cream store. “This is perfect!” I exclaimed, “I need to use the washroom and the baby needs an ice cream cone.” We entered a very quaint old-fashioned ice cream store and I asked to use the facilities. The store clerk warned me that it was an extremely narrow room. They both watched as I entered bathroom, said nothing as I backed out of the very narrow single stall bathroom, still kept quiet as I turned around to back into the extremely narrow single stall bathroom. When I emerged, Mr. N-T had a double chocolate ice-cream cone and tissue ready to dry my eyes. Only much later did he tell me my muffled sobs could be heard throughout the store.

He doesn’t keep grudges:

Through a series of unfortunate events, I accidentally lit his head on fire and then added insult to injury by kicking him out of the way so I could flee to safety.

It’s not as bad as it sounds and I still consider myself mostly blameless.

We had made friends with a hairdresser who specialized in hair extensions. She wanted to branch out to the Caucasian market and I booked both of us an appointment so she could experiment. It was the summer of ’99, we had no kids, no responsibilities, and no reason not to have long braided hair.

The stylist gave him braids similar to this but longer:
Hair on Fire

The position that he held at the time required him to wear a hard hat which rubbed against his braids and his natural hair began to poke through. We called up the stylist and she instructed us to cut the braids up to where the natural hair began to poke out and then seal up the braid by using a lighter to melt the “fake” hair. It sounded like a reasonable solution. Armed with dogged determination, scissors and an extra robust lighter, I set to work.

What we forgot to take into account was the highly flammable anti-itch spray we had both been using because hot damn! beauty can be painful.

I sat on the couch and he sat on the floor directly in front of me. I took a deep breath and cut the first braid. Then holding the lighter in one hand and the freshly cut braid in the other, I sparked the lighter and watched in horror as his head lit up.


Instinctively, I placed one foot on his back and vaulted across the room before he knew what was going on. The man on fire had to stop, drop, roll and frantically pat the flames out while I rocked back and forth in the corner of the room.

Much later, when the smoke settled and we untangled the charred remains of the hair, he graciously accepted my apology and much much later allowed me to share the story. He doesn’t mind that I collapse with laughter half-way through the telling and he has to finish what I started.

He really is a keeper ❤


The Secret Is Roasting The Bananas

Published January 26, 2014 by inanortherntown

Life is a bit crazy for me at the moment. 

I know you should never talk about your job on your blog for risk of being fired – I’m risking it.

Right before the winter break, I was notified that my position has a major yearly project to do and although up until that point I had never heard of this project, I was behind on meeting every deadline and could I get a move on?  Good times.  I’ve been working on the drafts and edits all weekend and I’m to the point of losing my mind.

Directly in my line of vision was a bunch of bananas gently rotting in the fruit bowl. The only sane thing to do was to get up, walk away from the project, and make my prize-winning* gold medal** Banana Bread.  The secret (but don’t tell anyone) is roasting the bananas – the natural sweet flavour is magnified 199%.

While roasting, the smell is amazing! Coming out of the oven, they don’t look so appetizing.


They smell better than they look!


Roasted Banana Bread Recipe

6 or 7 bananas placed on a foil covered cookie sheet.  Roast for 15 minutes at 350F.  Cool.

1/2 cup of vegetable oil

1/2 cup of applesauce

1 cup of white sugar

1 cup of brown sugar

4 eggs

1/3 cup milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

4 cups of flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup of chocolate chips (optional, but who are we kidding)


1. Place cooled, peeled bananas in large mixing bowl, add oil, applesauce, sugar(s), eggs, milk and vanilla and mix until well blended

2. Blend in flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.  Add chocolate chips, if desired.

3. Place batter in 2 greased loaf pans.

4. Bake at 350 for 60 minutes (give or take 5 minutes)


Optional chocolate chips – mixed throughout the batter 🙂


PS: Don’t you love my wooden cutting board? My very talented Father-in-law made it for me!! xo


















The kitchen smells great, my coffee has been refreshed, and now my break is over.










*No prizes or medals have been won – but everyone always asks for the recipe!


Published January 7, 2014 by inanortherntown

Happy New Year!

We made it safely home trekking from the green lush promised land back up to the bitter cold north.  It took us three days to drive to our destination but FOUR days to drive home.  The roads were icy, the snow was blowing and the temperature kept dropping the further north we drove. 

Speaking of dropping temperatures, I can’t stop refreshing the weather channel – misery really does love company.  The Instagram shots of outside temperatures in all regions of North America are ghoulishly satisfying.  Did you see that one article that certain regions are currently colder than Mars?  I live for those type of articles.

Yesterday was my first day back at work after the break.  It was the worst kind of Monday: bitter cold with a savage wind chill and snowing.  The door closest to my parking spot was barricaded due to a pipe freezing and then bursting – the water damage is immense.I had to trudge around the building in the bitter cold with the savage chill…uphill……..you get the picture. 

All day long, all I could think about was trudging back around the building in the bitter cold and brushing all of the snow from my vehicle and how I really didn’t want to do it.  Really really didn’t want to do it.

Right at 5:00PM, my husband walked into my office and casually announced that he had driven down to my workplace, cleaned all the snow off my car and the car was warm and ready for me to drive home.

It was the very best ending to my day.

The Cure For Everything

Published December 27, 2013 by inanortherntown

Is Salt – sweat, tears, or the ocean air.

After a fabulous few days of celebrating filled with turkey, chocolate, and lots of coffee – it was time to take a walk.

We took a quick drive out to a former whaling station. It was a perfectly serene coastal winter day.

Decommissioned Wharf




This is basically parked outside the owner’s front door.


It was a very good day


Break Out The Gore Tex

Published December 23, 2013 by inanortherntown

It’s plus 7 with intermittent torrential downpours of rain. Heaven!!

3 adults, 7 cousins and 3 dogs went for a walk today.


Baaj found nirvana in the greenest & marshiest patch of grass and began roll around. He was a study of pure bliss. The poor pooch will be singing a slightly different tune in the bath.

The View – Day 365

Published December 22, 2013 by inanortherntown

It’s been a year since I posted the first view from my window.

I would have never believed all of the adventures that showed up on my doorstep in 2013.


1.Driving 450kms in the worst snowstorm I’ve ever seen to meet my sister for the weekend.
2.Two months later, being sent home from work because the river was flooding and the water breached our building.
3.Getting the family up in the middle of the night to watch the northern lights dance across the sky.
4. Enjoying endless summer nights. The sun never fully set – glorious!!

This current adventure will probably make the Top 10 Insane Things We’ve Done In 2013. We had no plans to go back to our hometown for Christmas; however the junior member of the family put on quite a show and listed all of the reasons why she needed to celebrate with her cousins. It’s a shame she can’t be nominated for an Oscar.

This road trip is crazy long. Insanely long. Nut job long. We completed 450kms on Friday night, the 1,000kms yesterday and today we only have 482kms to drive plus a 2-hour ferry ride. Then we’ll turn around and do it all again next week!

However, I’m not complaining at all. The roads have been mostly free of snow and ice. Now that we are in the Canadian tropics, it’s only rain. How I’ve missed the rain AND the salty ocean air. Not to mention the above zero temperatures!!

If you can ride BC Ferries on a gloriously sunny day – it’s 100% pure spectacular.

If you are crossing on a rainy/foggy day – I imagine it’s just like being on a submarine.

Exhibit A


Beautiful British Columbia!

Winter Solstice

Published December 21, 2013 by inanortherntown

It’s the shortest day but it seems to be lasting forever.

We drove 440 kms yesterday.

Today, our goal is to drive 1,000 kms. We’re booked into a motel with an indoor swimming pool & water slide as well as a 24-hour Starbucks. It’s win/win for everyone.

Still, all things considered, the road trip is going well. Lots of coffee, endless games of Candy Crush and listening to recorded books. The weather/roads are cooperating. All passengers (human & canine) are behaving and Mr. Northern-Town has had no reason to pull over and threaten to sell us to gypsies.

For the majority of the day – the scenery has been just like this:


With the occasional glimpse of these:


The Canadian Rockies are gorgeous.

Now it is pitch black and the promise of water slide and hot tub are propelling us onward.


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