Amusing Things ….. Day 3

Published May 3, 2014 by inanortherntown

Today I am amused by my very own pretentiousness.

Way back in Ye Olden Days, when we first were married, we enjoyed a cup of coffee together before we went out to work. We were in the honeymoon phase of life and everything was shiny and glorious.

Until that one fateful day when someone complained that their morning swill was tepid and uninspiring and they WERE NOT PLEASED.

And thus the first stone on the road to pretention was paved.

We began by tossing our electrical coffee maker – it was important to our marriage that our morning cup of coffee was hot.  We decided to purchase a glass carafe and filter cone and to boil our water to the correct temperature in order to enjoy a hot cup of coffee.

THEN, we quickly came to the conclusion that the best part of waking up was NOT purchasing gigantic red tubs of  pre-ground coffee.  For the sake of our happy home, we simply must procure whole beans and a grinder in order to enjoy a hot and delicious cup of coffee in the morning.

And lo, the second stone.

It wasn’t long before our whole beans had to be organic…….fair trade…..shade grown……..single source.  Our marital bliss depended upon on enjoying a hot, delicious, and ethical cup of coffee each and every morning.

And with that, there was no turning back.

All was well, until this year, when I couldn’t find paper filters to fit our size cone.  I drove to four grocery stores before finding two lone boxes on a dusty shelf.  Something had to be done!!! Our very morning tradition was being threatened.

I found a reusable stainless steel filter but it wouldn’t fit on our coffee pot and with that…..the CHEMEX entered our lives.


The Chemex, cue harp music, is the only coffee pot to be display at the Museum of Modern Art. It is beautiful and functional!!

All was well, our way of life was no longer threatened.  We had a beautiful coffee pot and permanent filter. Our coffee ritual was once again secure.

Until one day, someone (and it wasn’t me this time) decided that their organic, fair trade, shade grown, single sourced fresh ground coffee wasn’t blooming enough.


And now we have arrived……this ridiculous kettle with bloom inducing spout is a permanent fixture on our stove.

Blooming Enough

I giggle every time I look at it – but I’d never go back.  The hot, delicious, ethical, beautifully made, blooming enough coffee every morning is too good 😉

Published May 3, 2014 by inanortherntown

So it did snow today but now with my self-imposed weather ban going strong – every day is going to be a surprising adventure waiting for Spring to arrive!

Today’s amusement is brought courtesy of Rick Mercer’s Environment Canada rant….. personal hygiene, I’d forgotten about that.

May Day! May Day!

Published May 1, 2014 by inanortherntown



I appear to have lost my sense of humour and with it the will to blog.

I have a zillion draft posts all along the same theme…….it’s snowing, I’m cold, POLAR VORTEX, it’s snowing, I’m cold (repeat endlessly)

But I knew what your reaction would be to my first world whines:



So, I’ve made a solid plan – for the next 30 days – I will:

  • Blog exclusively under the category “Things That Amuse Me
  • Not obsessively check my weather app (too late, there’s snow expected for tomorrow) …. starting NOW, I will not look at my weather app

That’s my plan – it won’t change the world but hopefully it will get me back to blogging.  I’ve missed you 🙂



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!

The Days Are Getting Longer

Published January 12, 2014 by inanortherntown

After two days of non-stop snowing, the clouds departed and the sun came out.


Anytime the sky is brilliant blue and the sun shining, I feel the need to be out enjoying every moment of sunshine. When will I learn that it can still be COLD even if the sun is out. It's disconcerting to have icicles on one's eyelashes.


There were lots of others out with the same idea, snow shoeing, cross country skiing and snow mobiling. We haven’t venture into any outdoor winter sports other than enjoying the long walks in the deep freeze. I find it surprisingly difficult to walk in fresh snow as I’m not the most coordinated, so I enjoyed slipping and lurching all over the path.


With the sun setting, the temperature dropping and my uncoordinated legs going numb – it was time to head home for a hot chocolate. The optimists living here are already celebrating the longer periods of daylight but the pessimists realists would like to point out that today the sun was setting at 4:33PM. I guess it is a small price to pay for the glorious endless days of sunshine in the summer.



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…… 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


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