Monday, April 30, 2018

Spring thaw

From ice crashing outing yesterday. I was holding G’s hand while he went along the shore and crushed, crushed that ice. I would have done the same had I been wearing proper footwear, it looked like lots of fun!

Spring is super short here. Snow evaporates almost immediately due to the dry climate and there is no slush or mud. Just dust. LOTS of dust.

Next year's goal: escape the shoulder season.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Ice caves

Spring will be back…we have 5 cm of snow these couple of days. G doesn’t mind as he gets to kick it and play with a shovel. My car is parked indoors and in my swift five-minute commute to work/daycare, I am barely concerned by the precipitation. V, on the other hand, has to clear his truck in the mornings and shovel the show at work.

Friday, April 13, 2018


A breakout from all my outdoor photos☺ The North's living essential – pellet stove.

I'm hoping to write a post on types of houses up here: in particular - prefabricated (mobile) houses that are very popular in the North.

Weekend plans: reading, knitting, drawing - very ambitious or me, I know:) Somehow to fit in between: taking G outside, cleaning, laundry, borsht making.

What are you up to this weekend, my Southern friends?

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Spring hike

We almost made it to the falls:)

Look at this mischievous guy. His dad decided that snow pants were not necessary for this hike since we were just going to look at the Falls. Yeah, right. G had other plans - he just bathed in the deep snow and the sunlight! Soaking up his mittens and sweat pants. It was clear that going further down the trail was not going to happen and we had to turn around. Oh, time we will make it.

Feeling the Spring energy more and more everyday. Sunlight is so bright. It will be interesting to see how V reacts to no darkness since it'll be his first summer in the North. Second for me. Wow. Time flies.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Plans for the weekend

Maybe I can convince V to drive us to a nearby trail this weekend, just for a change of scenery. We have a trail that’s about 70 km long, called Ingraham with scenic campsites along it. I am not much of a camper, rather I enjoy outdoors in comfort☺ But I do love driving, so will see.
Daylight is getting much longer. Still light around 10-10:30 pm and I think I am back into my not-sleeping-so-well-without-darkness mode. Eeshk, I am not looking forward to that!

The pics are from a week ago – it’s becoming our Sunday outing tradition now that the winter is almost over. G loves walking the dogs, gets all giggly and excited that he can hold a leash with an animal attached to it! just forgets that he has to hold it tightly☺

Happy Friday to all!

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Daycare days

Just wanted to leave these photos here.
Two dayhomes and one daycare center since he was a year old in two capitals: Ottawa and Yellowknife.

This May he is turning four, and it will be last month attending one. Come September, he starts JK.

My boy is growing. Life is going faster than I want it to.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Earrings for summer

Fell in love with these…so much that I bargained with the woman who made them to take them off of her ears and sell them to me at the craft show☺

Tuesday, March 13, 2018


To say that this winter was rough – is to say nothing at all…From being down with flu for almost two months, to two broken cars (that couldn’t be repaired in Northwest Territories and had to be transported to Alberta), we have nearly made it.

It’s March now. Today is just below 0. We’ve spent the weekend outdoors enjoying the warmth.

My mom was visiting. It was her third visit to Yellowknife, since we relocated. It was so comforting to have her with us for nearly two weeks. I love how she gets when she sees Aurora, or when we drive on the frozen lake. She fell for YK just like I did. I love that we share this feeling for this magical place.

Funny how after becoming a mother myself, I still miss time with my mom. And even though she nags me a lot (all Russian mothers do!), I love having her around.
G adores his “babyshek” and the way they played and bonded made me feel happy.

Winter blues are over. SO GLAD you are here, Spring!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Winter is coming

Don't want either of them to finish: GOT or the summer! They both been SOOOO good. How about your summer? Was it eventful, busy, relaxing?
I've been very impressed with summer here, in the North. Days were super long, warm and sunny. Without all the humidity that's been not so pleasant for me to deal with back in Ottawa. Now we are almost in the Fall, and I can't wait to see its colours, here...
Next up: garden update!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Smoke in town

Far better today that it was yesterday. The wildfire smoke from the South region of the Territories blanketed our little capital. It wasn’t really hard to breath but it resulted in this weird migraine…that made it hard to get through the working day.

I’m thinking of doing a rain dance on the terrace of my building:)Hopefully it will rain…