In this day and age where we seem to live behind a screen of some sort, it is easy to plow through life without really connecting with people.
Each one of you who takes the time to read this blog means a great deal to me.
I never want to miss out on knowing YOU because we were too busy to take the time to get to know each other.
What makes you tick, were you are from and who you are is important to me.
I would love to know more about you and who you are so I thought I’d start by sharing a little about who I am.

This is me…

I live in the capital of Canada; Ottawa.  Ottawa is a beautiful city of about a million people and it is a hub for all levels of government in Canada.  Living in the Capital is cool.  We have gorgeous old buildings (including the Parliament Buildings), lots of designated green space and a huge variety of local, small businesses.

Because I live in a very populated area, the buildings tend to go up and not out 😉  I live in a house (which I will be sharing more pictures of at the beginning of December) that is stacked on top of another house.  They are called stacked condos here.  I love my house, despite the fact that there are a ton of stairs, because I have two balconies, a great view of the Gatineau Hills and I can get just about anywhere in the city within 30 minutes!  That’s a win, win, win in my book. Parliament buildings in Ottawa, CanadaEast block of the Parliament buildings in Ottawa, CanadaThe true love of my life is this guy… he makes me smile each and every day ♥  There is nothing quite like the unconditional love of a little fur ball.  My sweet BichonDog resting his head on a pillowI love flowers.  They are so pretty and colourful and feminine.  I would have fresh flowers in my house every day if I could.  gorgeous puple and pink roseswildflowersI love to travel… although I hate (and I mean HATE with a passion) trying new food!  I have been to 12 countries so far and really, really hope to add another to the list soon.

In case you’re curious, the 12 are: Canada, The United States of America, The Dominican Republic, El Salvador, England, France, Portugal, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Cameroon (West Africa).New York CityBeing by the Ocean and in New England speak to me in a way that few places on Earth do.

I lived in Boston for 7 years while I was doing two undergraduate degrees and a Master’s degree and I would move back there in a heart beat.  I love being near the ocean.  Being a wee bit of a history junkie, New England is the perfect place for me because it is just oozing with cool historical sites.  Lighthouse on the rocky coast of MaineAlong that theme of water, I adore our family cottage.  I grew up there and it has always been our escape from the city.
It is where I get to spend quality time with my family.
It is my calm.
The place that grounds me.  dock on a lake in Eastern OntarioA few other things I love…

Reading (but I can’t stand suspense so I read the beginning of the book, then the end, then the middle! I know, I know craziness!)
Being outdoors as much as possible
Vintage things and hunting through grime and piles to find them
Calming colours… and neutrals… and blue – blue is my favourite of all
Driving (I find it calming and after living 8 to 10 hours away for 14 years I did a lot of it!)
My family ♥
and of course… Painting.

That is me.  Just a little about who I am.

I would love to know you and a little about who you are.
Drop me a comment, note or email and share what makes you tick.
I would truly love to know you better!

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I have 4 lovely thoughts, I would love to hear yours.

  1. Hi Lisa! I enjoyed reading this post and learning more about you! Ottawa looks like a lovely city! I found your blog thru the FFFC, where we both compete, so I guess you could say that’s where we first met. Besides painting furniture, I’m a wife, mother, zumba instructor, sister to my 7 siblings … My husband’s job has moved us to the midwest, south, east coast, and west coast of the United States. Even to England, where we lived in Great Missenden in Buckinghamshire, which is the late Roald Dahl’s village. Living in the UK made it very easy to travel. We were fortunate to visit many places that are now on “do not travel” lists. Have you thought of visiting Prague in the Czech Republic? We were there this summer and it is amazing! The people are lovely, the architecture is incredible, and your Canadian dollar will go sooooo far. You should Czech it out .. tee hee … now you know that as well … I like to think I’m super funny! 😀 Cynthia

    • It is so great to learn a little more about you Cynthia! I know our paths have been crossing for awhile with the FFFC (and I looove visiting your blog to see what you have been painting lately1) but it is always so nice to take the time to connect. I would love to live in England for awhile… that is definitely on my dream list. I have heard that Prague is gorgeous and would love to visit there someday too. Friends of mine went there on their honeymoon and they had nothing but great things to say. It must have been so wonderful when you were living across the pond to get to travel around! That is the perfect way to do it (and so much cheaper!). Thank you so much for taking the time to share a little more about you… and your great sense of humour 😉 Lol I am all about that! Life is way to short to not have one!! Have a happy week! Hugs, Lisa P.S. My sister has 8 kids so I can only imagine how much fun having all of those brothers and sisters must be 🙂

  2. Hi. I read that you are from Ottawa. I am from BC, but currently live in Edmonton. I like to travel as well, but aren’t nearly as travelled as your are. My favorite vacation so far has been to Kauai, after that New Orleans. The world seem’s so big and varied I always said I would never travel to the same place twice. That rule went out the window when I saw New Orleans.

    I have been to both Montreal and Quebec City which I loved, never to Ottawa.

    I enjoyed reading your post. Hopefully we connect soon. I am going to follow you on facebook..

    • It is so lovely to meet you Leanna! I have never been to Hawaii but that is definitely on my list for someday 😉 It’s funny that you said that about your “never go anywhere twice rule” because I had the same one but it didn’t last too long as I’ve been to Switzerland twice and the Dominican Republic twice. (and New York City a few times) You are right though… there are just so many cool places to visit! Thank you so much for taking the time to connect and I will be sure to visit and follow along with you at Faeries & Fauna! Hugs, Lisa

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