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…

Tuesday, August 8, 2017


Wouldn't you be,too?

I'm glad I've started with the beginner SUP course. As soon as the wind picked up, and my board (with me on it!) was being dragged away from the bay, a slight panic occurred. I really had to paddle hard (you mostly use your core to push yourself rather than the paddle) to catch up with the classmates, who were more cautious:)

Rewarded with a gorgeous sunset, double rainbow, calm waters and mama duck with ducklings, it was the best evening!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The town I live in

From my bike ride the other day...Mix of boats and float planes, house boats and huge mansions. Indigenous art next to Subway and TD bank. Contrast and juxtaposition. Middle of nowhere. My kind of place:)

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Back in a big city…

…even if only for a short getaway.

Visited my dear aunt in a wonderful Calgary, Alberta this past weekend. Loved every minute of it.
Elbow Falls
Few drops of rain, didn't spoil the visit
Calgary girl:)
Happy 150th, Canada!
Thank you, auntie Julia, for such an amazing time!
P.S. There was nighttime! Such a treat for the whole four days!!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Midnight sun

I t's 12:30 am and look how bright out. 24 hour daylight has it’s effect – I’ve never felt this energetic in my life. NEVER.

I go to work every morning, drive to spca to walk the dogs right after, quick dinner/lunch prep, gym or go for a run – still light out. There’s this constant feeling that since it is not dark outside, you should be doing something.

Yesterday I moved to a new apartment. It is my third move in the past nine months...I couldn’t be happier with this constant change...heck, I’m getting addicted to it!

Birds are chirping. Nature is awake and so am I.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Saying goodbye

Iwas warned about this… first few weeks I arrived in the North and started meeting new people, I was told that one of the realities of living here is having to let go of your friends when they leave.

It’s a transient town. People always come and people always go… I get that. I just have a very hard time getting used to that.

Oh the North, you’re more challenging than I ever imagined you’d be!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Finding self

It's been almost two months since G left Yellowknife. Whole two months off of motherhood for me…

I’d be lying if I said I don’t enjoy this time. Time on my own. Every passing day I realize how much I needed it. Filling in days with experiences – no interruptions, no (serious) cooking, changing diapers, entertaining and taking care of a little human.

For some reason, I always felt that once I become a mom, I’d be “complete”. How can you not when everything around you screams that “marriage + children” = social norm. And yes, there was part of me that always felt so, that I needed to fulfill that void, expectation, whatever it’s called.

What about another part? Am I capable of experiencing joy and being happy outside of family life and motherhood? Am I contributing to the community I live in? Spending time on matters I care about? My thoughts and desires? My dreams? In other words, have lost myself without even realizing it?

I’m trying to figure it out. I take a dog from a nearby dog shelter for a walk while I think about that...wilderness is all around us… I feel centered. I feel mighty. I feel free…

Monday, April 17, 2017

Fort Myers, Florida

Last Friday we have returned from our 10-day vacation in Southwest Florida. What a treat it was!

Pictures will tell the story better than any words:)I took about 850 this time (not all here, of course), enjoy!