multitude monday / sept 21


Chalkboard art I saw at the People’s Climate Forum yesterday. More to come about that event, this week on the blog.

My friend and former design classmate Katie MacLennan writes a great blog called Polka Dot Soup. On it she writes a post some Mondays called “Multitude Monday.”   She writes, “Mondays are about documenting the little (or big!) things in life that make me oh-so-happy. Let’s make Mondays a day to reflect on the goodies, and not the baddies.” She writes ten at a time and numbers them consecutively, so I’m doing that too.

Also, last year I read Brené Brown’s book “Daring Greatly: How The Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent and Lead,” in which she writes, “The shudder of vulnerability that accompanies joy is an invitation to practice gratitude, to acknowledge how truly grateful we are for the person, the beauty, the connection, or simply the moment before us.”

(The last Multitude Monday post I wrote, last week, is here.)

The ten things I’m most grateful for right now:

181. Abundant, abundant, abundant life. I’m feeling so lifted, so filled, so happy these days.

182. Mother Earth. I take her for granted all the time. I forget so often to whisper “thanks” for the grass, the trees, the sky, the water.

183. Community — all the beautiful faces in it, of all ages.

184. The crows for squawking from tree branches, for picking for worms in my manure pile (even though I don’t want them to — rascals!), for swooping through the air, for being crows.

185. Laughter, and its healing power.

186. The little things like buying some frames for art, and putting it on the walls. Throw pillows, too! I never thought throw pillows would mean anything to me. Now that I have my own home, they do.

187. Change, progression and evolution – for being normal and natural and at this phase of my life anyway, so rewarding.

188. Rain today. Dirt was dry. Enough said.

189. I’m a grown-ass woman and I’m going to listen to J.Lo’s new album, at full volume. “I luh ya Papi!”

190. Showing up to the People’s Climate Forum and simultaneously having fun, and paying attention to a serious problem facing us all. These two things can happen at once. I’ll share more about the forum, and about what I’m going to do about climate change as a result, later this week.

Have a great Monday! Stay dry and don’t blow away, LOL.

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links loved / sept 20


This is the sunflower that I grew in my garden this summer. It’s in a little bed at the back of the house, which is in between the back staircase, and the wall of the house. I also have lavender, oregano, lemon balm, a tomato plant, nasturtiums and a few other random things in the bed. The sunflower grew so tall and luscious! When I went out a few days ago to look at it, I saw all this pollen that had fallen on the leaf under the flower. I just loved it. It makes me feel like the flower is having its own Holi day like in India!

I’ve been looking forward to this weekend at home, for the entire last two quite-busy weeks. I’m hoping to get some artwork framed and up on our walls. I’m also hoping to scrub the kitchen floor (ugghhh… but necessary), get to the farmer’s market, and maybe even get out into my garden and play. We’ll see! And of course tomorrow, Sunday, there is the People’s Climate Forum in Sydney, which I wrote about on Thursday, that I’ll be attending. And there will also be some quality lounging on Sunday morning and evening.

But before all of that fun stuff, here are some Links Loved, a weekly roundup of rad links I loved from the Interwebs, inspired by Elise Blaha Cripe’s  weekend links series:

Awesome upcycled business cards by a popcorn company.

I may be addicted to photos of other people’s weddings. But these ones of a New Brunswick wedding are simple + beautiful.  I especially love the bride’s dress, their vows, and the cool wall/frame thing at the end!

A gorgeous collectively-written blog about gardening, called Tend.

“Enoughness is a daily declaration of what you want and the action you will take to create it.”

I’m really excited about this Celtic Colours Community Meal next month.

Cookies, delivered by bicycle! A Halifax business that really should branch out to Cape Breton.

I’m not ashamed to say I want this mug.

Don’t follow the money, follow your heart.

Have an absolutely fabulous weekend, my dears!! Dream big, yo.
xo Leah

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quick post Friday: love in a time of Sedum


This is the season of Sedum. If you look, you’ll see it in so many yards and gardens, starting to turn pink this time of year. It will eventually turn burgundy-brown.

Fun fact! There are many different varieties of Sedum, and some companies use it on their green roofs to filter water and keep the buildings cool, including Nintendo!

Do you grow Sedum? Do you have a use for it besides ornamental? I’d love to know.

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Sacred Sundays: getting off my butt and out of my comfort zone


Not my image. I found this on the website for the event I’m about to tell you about. It’s by Jenni Welsh.

OK, so I’ve talked before here about how my Sundays are sacred. (And also here, about the hiking aspect of Sacred Sundays.)

They’re my and Adam’s day. They’re the one day a week that is just out. I don’t do stuff outside the house or with other people on Sundays (with very few exceptions: sometimes we go to Sunday dinner at Adam’s parents’ place, sometimes I have to attend a board meeting of the Bras d’Or Stewardship Society, and sometimes I go to the North Sydney Farmer’s Market). And I especially don’t do community events on Sundays, because I’m pretty immersed in community stuff the other six days of the week, both in person and on the Interwebs. And I need a break from it sometimes.

But this Sunday, September 21st, I’m making an exception.

And the reason is, climate change.

I know, I know: right there, with that term “climate change,” I lost you, didn’t I?

It’s kind of the worst. It’s such a massive problem. It’s not going away, as much as we all want it to. When I hear the term, I tend to make a grossed-out face, and then zone out.

BUT. That’s not the way to face problems, is it? Nope, not really. That ain’t gonna change nothin. 

So when I heard about the event this Sunday in Sydney, I took a deep breath and I said to myself, “Alright, Noble. It’s time to walk the talk.” And I committed to showing up.

So what the heck is this event anyway? Well, it’s called The People’s Climate Forum. It’s in Sydney, at the former Holy Angels building in the North End. It’s on Sunday, September 21st. It’s from noon until 4 pm. There will be a film released and screened, that’s all about climate change in the Canadian North and how that affects people’s mental health… a real light comedy, I know, but it does actually look and sound amazing. There will also be food, and talking, and singing, and smiling, and laughing.

And best of all? It’s free!

For all the other goodies (like the details about who made the film, which community organizations are hosting, and what else you can expect) you ought to check out the Facebook page or the website.

(Or read this piece in the Chronicle Herald or this piece in the Cape Breton Independent.)

And I’ll see you on Sunday! It is SO time to raise my voice, and for you to raise yours, and for us to raise voices together, to say “we give a sh*t about this issue.” And, I think it’s a damn good use of a Sacred Sunday.

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a meal at The Bite House

IMG_4025Back in August I was invited to a birthday party for my rad friend Adele LeBlanc, to be held at the Bite House Restaurant.


The Bite House is the new venture of chef Bryan Picard. (Read here where I interviewed him for this blog back in 2012!) It’s a restaurant that changes its menu every month, and which uses local ingredients. Bryan wrote the blog of the same name for several years as he worked as a chef in other restaurants, and now he has realized his dream of having his own restaurant.img_2868 img_2870 img_2871

Before everyone else arrived (because for once I was early!), I toured the gardens with a glass of wine and my camera. img_2874 img_2877 img_2888 img_2901 img_2909 img_2910

Once the others arrived, they too toured the gardens.
img_4037Then dinner was served. And oh my… what a dinner! This first course was cucumber gazpacho, northern shrimp and buttermilk.


The second course was pork shoulder, rye flatbread, basil and spiced slaw.

img_2916 img_2917 And it was good to the last slurp!

img_2922The third course was scallops, caramelized cauliflower, and herb pesto.

As it got darker, my pictures got less and less clear, so I won’t share the photos I took of the fourth and fifth courses (grilled zucchini, farmstead gouda, beef rib bacon, and summer berries, cream biscuit, and wild flower syrup, respectively). Trust me: they tasted and looked divine.

Edit: Two things I forgot to mention that were a huge part of why the Bite House experience was so great: the all-local Nova Scotian wine on the menu (and you know I love that wine) and our server, the attentive + funny + beautiful Barbara Ross Neilsen. 

Overall, The Bite House delivered a fresh, entertaining, delightful dining experience, and I’ll be going back soon. (October 2nd, to be precise.)

Have you been?

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If you just found this blog because of CTV news…

… hi and welcome! You may be interested in the piece I wrote about the new brand for CBU. That post from last week is here.

This post, from the following day, is some follow-up about the reaction to the brand.

I’ll likely be following up on it again! It’s great that there is such community discussion. Thanks for stopping by!

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having a lightbulb moment


This post is for these reasons:

  1. my friend Krista loves both old-fashioned light fixtures and puns.
  2. I’m busybusy today with deadlines and car stuff, so didn’t have time for a longer post.
  3. Doktor Luke’s (where I get my morning Americano and where I took this shot) is rad.

That is all. Happy Tuesday!

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