Posted in Hygge, Nature

Patchwork of Hygge ~ Remembering past springs

While our annual trip is a few months away, this is the time of year that we start looking forward to it. Our trip to Allegany has always been a relaxing family time. A time full of late fireside nights and slow quiet mornings. Days filled with a wonderful mix of quiet and laughter and good food.

We always seem to plan our activities around what food we want to eat. Our favourite meal is grilled veggies and steak cooked over the camp fire. Which means, we need to be around the cabin all afternoon to get a fire with lots of hot coals. That day is usually filled with games and splashing in the near-by creek.

Days like this are definitely some of the good things in life! Good food, days full of family time all while surrounded by the trees, creek, and wildlife.

“I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, “This is what it is to be happy.”
― Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

What hygge moments are you looking forward to this year? I’d love to hear about them. Or perhaps you have a hygge moment from this month that you’d like to share?

See you next month for another piece of my Hygge Patchwork.

Hygge translates roughly to ‘cosiness’. “In essence, hygge means creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people. The warm glow of candlelight is hygge. Friends and family – that’s hygge too.” [source:]

Posted in Hygge, pondering

A Patchwork of Hygge ~ an Introduction

In Canada, we’re celebrating Family Day. Over on my “journey” blog Just Breathe & Be Grateful, I’ve been starting to explore the concept of hygge (pronounced  hooga) I found a lovely blog How to Hygge the British Way that introduced me to this concept.

Hygge translates roughly to ‘cosiness’. “Hygge is as Danish as pork roast and it goes far in

golden glow

illuminating the Danish soul. In essence, hygge means creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people. The warm glow of candlelight is hygge. Friends and family – that’s hygge too.” [source:]

Hygge and Family Day are a perfect fit! So I thought today would be a great way to start a monthly feature here on Patchwork Ponderings.

Each month I’m going to post something…most likely photos, perhaps a wee story about hygge; about how I’m creating a ‘warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people.’

Currently, I aim to post weekly a gratitude post. Often it’s just a tiny post. These posts are mainly for me but I know everyone will benefit from finding the good; from finding at least one thing in your week to be grateful for. I’m sure my monthly hygge posts will be similar but the more positive in my world the better.

I’d love to see your posts and/or thoughts about your month!

Posted in Celebrations, Family, Grateful for

Grateful for unexpected weather.

The other day I went to pick up our daughter. (Which was reason enough to be happy!)

 another trip but just as beautiful of day!

This trip I went by myself since hubby had other tasks. The drive was beautiful. A sunny spring-like day with hardly any traffic on the highway. I got to pick and randomly change music as it suited me AND have it at the volume I wanted 🙂


Yesterday was also beautiful but I was focused on preparing for our son’s birthday party! More reasons to be grateful! Our son is growing into a wonderful young man. I’m soooo proud of him. And we got to celebrate him with our family. An evening of laughter and love… I’m feeling so blessed.

Which brings me to this morning. Today the sun is shining, our windows are open letting in the fresh air. I’m listening to the choir of birds their song seems to echo my happiness. I’m grateful for this quiet (can’t say quiet..the birds are loud! lol) peaceful morning.

I’m so grateful for many people and things this unseasonably warm Family Day weekend.

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What are you grateful for this week? I’d love to hear about it.

Colline was grateful for snow. 

Posted in Canada, Nature, Photo challenge, pondering, Tourist in my own Town / Province

Travel Theme: Gold


Fall in Southern Ontario Canada is was a beautiful golden show last year. I’m sure I could fill a page with golden maple leaves!

Wandering through some older photos I found these pieces of gold under my rainbow.

A plate from one of the Royal Ontario Museum’s (ROM) collections, a warm candle glow, a sunset walk along Lake Erie, and a golden hat to celebrate a new year.

“All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

I’d love to see some of your golden moments… Kindly visit Where’s My Backpack? to participate in this  Travel Theme.