Friday, September 30, 2011

 


  Meet Mr. Q. ...My pookie as I like to call him :).  Isn't he handsome?  Muah!

After the wedding, the bridal party, family and friends journeyed to Fort Charlotte to take pictures.  

 


We love this place....we don't go as often now, but we used to go every Wednesday after work to clear our minds from work and prepare for mid-week service.  

  Me and one of my best friends...(me sweating like a pig.  Why? I don't know!....Anyway)

 The fort was completed in 1806 and named after Queen Charlotte, wife of King George III.  It's located 600 feet above sea level and gives a magnificent view across the town and the Grenadine islands.  There are interesting paintings of the Black Caribs’ history by Lindsay Prescott in what used to be the officers’ quarters.  The Fort is now an Historical site and a great place to take pictures.  So...if you're ever in St. Vincent it is a must-see!

And whadyouknow?  It's Friday already! Can you believe it?  We should be hanging out with friends and going to the movies ... regular weekend stuff for us.  What ever you do, have a great one!
xoxo
Janelle







Saturday, September 24, 2011





I took yesterday off from work to do some shopping and get my hair done.  I was looking for an outfit for a wedding today....  Ideally the dress had to go with shoes I already have...However, I was shopping alone which is NOT good cause I'm indecisive...arrgh!  So I get to a point where I have two options one more dressy (and pricey)  than the other. So of course I call my husband to help me to decide.  I'm worried that the one that works with my shoes is maybe not dressy enough.  He tells me to go with the one I like better even if it's pricier but of course that doesn't help but then he reminded me that "it's not just the dress, honey.  The dress doesn't make the woman, the woman makes the dress.  You'll look great!".  See why I married this man?  So I got the less dressy one which has some really cute ruffles around the neck and decided to spuce it up with a cute purple satin clutch and purple and gold drop earrings.

So I'm off to do my eyebrows and nails for later.... 

Hope you have a great weekend!!!
xoxo 
Janelle

Monday, September 19, 2011

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Kitchen Inspiration

Hello there....


 


On two separate occasions this week I came across pictures of this Tobi Fiarley-designed kitchen and breakfast area here and here.  I'm excited because it has tiled floors not wood...not because I don't like wood floors..I loooooove them but we couldn't afford them (sniff sniff).   Wood floors are all the rage (for good reason) so all the kitchens that I'm loving have wood floors that are integral to the design so I needed some inspiration a bit closer to home and I think I've found it.  I love the window treatments, the colour scheme, the simplicity of the breakfast area and the coffered ceilings (I could do a poor-man's version with molding)...  

What about you?  What are you loving today?
xoxoxo
Janelle


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Pots of Pretty

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Hello there......I'm feeling so blah today...my hubby and I had a little spat last night over something soo insignificant.  Why does that happen?  Truth be told sometimes it's so much easier to focus on all the things that I don't have as opposed to all the things that I do have.  So I'll leave you with this pretty picture and hope that your day is as bright and beautiful as those pots of pretty flowers.

xoxo
Janelle

Friday, September 9, 2011

Friday's Fancy






  


What I'm fancying today:  Large antique mirrors....First of all I love mirrors..I think they can add so much to a space ...especially if the mirror itself is really interesting, or an antique.  I love how there's a dress and lingerie hung in front of the mirror in the first and fourth images.  I think the last image is my favourite though.  I love the frame with the turquoise and gold and how it's used as a headboard...I think I could make myself at home in that bedroom!

What about you, what are you fancying today?

xoxoxo
Janelle

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Is God Enough


 I left work early yesterday  with a sore throat, runny nose and a headache....i.e. the beginnings of a cold (Arrrgh) but used the time to do some reading and play sudoku.  Anyway, I was reading this book called Knowing the Bible 101 which breaks the bible into sections and goes on to summarise the books in each section.  I was reading the section on The books of Poetry and Wisdom and got to the summary of Ecclesiastes.  To paraphrase, Ecclesiastes tells us that ultimate and lasting fulfillment can only come from God because compared to God, everything is meaningless.  I know this intellectually but in the day to day grind of life it is easy to forget.  I know how it feels to want something so badly and finally get it only to wonder, "Hmm, is that all there is?"  It is so easy for me to forget that only God can really satisfy.  So last night I drifted off to sleep telling God that even if I never have some of the things I wish for (like kids) that I want Him to be enough. 

Psalm 16:5-6: 
LORD, you alone are my portion and my cup;
   you make my lot secure.
6 The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
   surely I have a delightful inheritance.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Book Review: Icarus Girl



I love to read....love it. I could escape into a good book for a couple hours and emerge feeling refreshed, enlightened or at times, disturbed.  Such was the case with the last book I read, (well actually the last two hmmm...  Maybe I shouldn't start out on that note).  Anyway the last book I read (for my bookclub at work) was Icarus Girl.  The author Helen Oyeyemi was born in Nigeria and migrated to England as a young child.  She wrote this book while studying for A Levels.  It's about a girl named Jessamy, 8 years old when we first meet her; Jess for short.  Jess is mixed: her mother is Black from Nigeria and her father is Caucasian from England.  One thing that was a bit different for me with this book is that I'm accustomed to liking the main character but at this point I'm still not even sure that I like Jess...she's a beautiful child but she's clearly troubled.  She doesn't like school, doesn't really have any friends and actually prefers to be alone.   The book is written from Jess' perspective and so sometimes I'm not sure if she's dealing with autism, having a panic attack or just being difficult.   Naturally, her parents are concerned about her and they (well her mother really) decide that what she needs is a trip to Nigeria.  While in Nigeria, Jess meets Titiola who she calls Tilly Tilly because she can't pronounce Titiola (which, come to think of it is strange considering she prefers to read Shakespeare and writes Haiku.....hmmm...anyway).  

At first I wonder if Tilly Tilly is Jess' imaginary friend, then I think maybe she's schizophrenic but then Tilly Tilly proves that she is really a ghost who starts out being a nice playmate but then becomes more malevolent as the book goes on.  The book touches on identity: Jess is a "half-and-half" child; life from a child's perspective: being accepted and having friends, not liking school and African folklore..later on in the novel Tilly Tilly 'gets' back at people who've somehow been unkind to Jess (at least in Tilly Tilly's eyes): a teacher at school and Jess' father both seem to have an emotional breakdown (can you say scary?) and something very bad happens to one of Jess' friends.  Jess becomes the heroine when she prevents Tilly Tilly's attempt to permanently 'swap places' with Jess...All in all it was an interesting read.  

I'm off to the second-hand bookstore next to my office to pick up something (hopefully much lighter) for the weekend.  


What about you?  Do you have any reading plans for this weekend?  Whatever you do, have a good one.

xoxo
Janelle

Thursday, September 1, 2011

I Went MIA



 I've found myself wondering when life became so busy.....It's like the older I get and the more 'conveniences' I have the busier I get and I do NOT do busy well...not when I'm going and going for prolonged periods, that is- I get frazzled and miserable...and I do not like that version of me.   That meant that I have not blogged in like forever (forget that I only started in April.....ahem).  So I'm figuring out how to simplify my life and make time for the things I WANT to do after I've done all the I HAVE to do.  It is a juggling act and sometimes I feel guilty for making time for 'me' stuff.  And I don't even have kids yet..sheesh.. Anyway Proverbs 3: 5+6 says that I should not trust my own understanding so I've been trying to rely on God for help with my schedule and he has been helping me and my hubby.  So I am giving this blogging thing another try......Plus my friend Folayan 'call me out' and ask me "wha happening wid de blog?"  Thanks Folayan:)