March 2, 2015

Because I am inspired by words, I am often moved to write something while I am reading. The thing is, it is rare that I’d be reading while I’m sitting at my desk. Or in a place where it would be convenient for me to stop reading and write anything down. Today I was reading the winter issue of kinfolk and two articles were especially interesting to me.The first was about people in Naples paying for two cups of coffee in one of the many espresso bars and suspending the second cup. They... Read More


26/52-lost & found

February 22, 2015

I took off my rings, one of them my wedding ring, and placed them on my lap to apply sunblock to my arms. We were happily chatting in the car then I got off to buy something. Two days before Chinese New Year, crowds everywhere, last minute errands, spirits high and anticipation to have the family home was mounting. Bought the thing and dashed home to prepare the guest room and a final round of spring cleaning.

I get home and realise suddenly, “my rings!!” After a brief and frantic... Read More


25/52- changing it up

Some Sundays are for lazing, some for catching up with housework. Some days you drag yourself around and some days you’re super inspired. Around here we used to have a thing called ‘off days’. When the kids were growing up we would have family meetings, time maps and off days. An... Read More


24/52- A hundred teacups


I decided to take a sort of an inventory of my vintage china collection as a prelude to packing up all the things in the kitchen before we start remodelling. I surveyed the contents of the two mid century teak cabinets in the dining area and another one which houses the very special... Read More


23/53-There are no ordinary moments

We came back to the house last Thursday. The plan was to stay at the apartment for a stretch. Two or three weeks. But life happens. One of the dogs got himself hurt and we had to be around to dress his wound. When I was moving things over for the long stay I told Ming and he said. “Enjoy! There... Read More


22/52-Eat Cake!

After working out with a trainer  for a good part of the last ten months, I am almost, almost, at the weight I had targeted to reach for Ming’s wedding. Almost two months after the fact, yes, but hey, better late than never, right?Once again, I am singing praises of the fit life. Even though... Read More


21/52- The story of a wedding

We walked into the ballroom, which was where ‘church’ service would take place that morning, and the minute Ming saw us his eyes filled with tears. Which made for a very sad looking groom in the before the wedding pictures. I’m guessing he was overwhelmed with joy and the enormity... Read More


20/52~ Goodbye & Hello

Two more hours of 2014. Like the night before an exam, if you haven’t done all the cramming you could manage, it’s too late now. Time now to reflect on what may possibly have been one of the hardest years. My mama’s passing opened up a whole basement of skeletons and ghosts that... Read More


19/52-This is what 52 looks like

As I write this I am a little disappointed that I haven’t been able to keep up with my posts. It didn’t seem ambitious when I started. At the time I figured anyone can write one little post a week, right? Just 52 posts in 365 days? Three things prevented me; discipline (the lack of),... Read More

18/52- It takes a village

Ming asked me to speak at his wedding. At first I said no. Then I said ok. As it turns out I will not be needing to speak up on stage, but as I was dithering, this thought came upon me. It takes a village to raise a child. From the very first day an ever changing landscape of people, doctors... Read More


17/52- the apartment life for me

If you’ve ever tried living in two homes you would have realised that it is quite a feat requiring expert planning skills and ends up still being quite disruptive to every day life. Especially when you have to go back to the original home daily to feed the dogs and water the garden. Letting... Read More


16/52- 100 blog posts

Before I started this blog I wrote on blogspot and on the smidapaper blog, I moved over here, to wordpress, somewhere in the middle of 2011. I suppose I’ve been blogging for about ten years and I’m no clearer on why I continue to write & post, except maybe the fact that I like telling... Read More


15/52- Week in the life

I must have started on this project in previous years and probably abandoned the idea along the way. This year something about documenting a week of my life in detail took hold of me. I think Ali has been inviting people to join her on this journey for about seven or eight years now, and week in the... Read More


14/52-November regroup

Regrouping this week as November comes into full swing, realising that as the year comes to a close there are a whole bunch of intentions set in January that are going to be left behind without a hope of getting finished. There is a little pressure here to get on with it on some accounts and to let... Read More


13/52- paying attention to details

One of my intentions for this 52 week project was to pay attention to details. All projects start with the best of intentions. The excitement of something new. The promise of change and maybe a life changing outcome. Or at least a positive one. Probably the main reason New Year’s resolutions... Read More


12/52- creating order in my scrap space


I’ve been thinking of ways to create systems that work around the house and I’m going to write a post on that soon. Since my creative space, or scrap room as I call it, is in need of immediate attention it is probably the best place to start. In any plan to organize , there... Read More