HAPPY SPRINGTIME! This is my favourite time of year as everything is fresh and pretty, and all of the sweet little animals come out to play.
I am still working from home and cooped up most of the day, so there is nothing I look more forward to than escaping to outside and exploring my neighbourhood.
I’m very fortunate to live almost next to the river, and to a couple of small lakes and love to watch the sunrises next to them!
The snow finally disappeared…and then reappeared!
Then my sweet little deer friends came out to play.
Back at home, I started painting the interior of the Dollhouse (it’s been over two years since I finished the outside~ better late than never I guess!) The Tuxedo Cat family decorated some cakes to celebrate their new residence.
And celebrated 3 years with Sugar!
For Easter, I made a tasty bunny parfait with vegan banana bread!
Bunny Day returned to Animal Crossing so Sugar and I snuggled up to try and snag as many eggs as we could.
It was a fantastic month full of new springy adventures. Can’t wait for May!!
Happy Birthday Animal Crossing! It has been twenty years since the original game, Animal Forest (Dōbutsu no Mori), was released in Japan! I wrote a post back in September celebrating the 18th Anniversary of the North American release and my memories of the game.
Animal Crossing has been a HUGE part of my life, so I will take any reason to celebrate it! To join in the festivities, I wanted to share an update on my island since it’s been a FULL YEAR (!) since Animal Crossing New Horizons was released and I shared my last tour, so of course. A lot has changed on Cupcake Island! 2020 was a weird year for me so I played heavily after it was released, and then was just not motivated at ALL between June and November. Then December hit, and I haven’t really put my Switch down since!
My goal was make to island that’s tasty enough to eat! So Cupcake is filled with colourful sweets, chocolate, islands of ice cream, mountains of cake, gumdrop dunes, and my house is the cherry on top of the big name-sake cupcake in the middle! It’s a bit chaotic, but it makes me happy! 🙂 Here’s a little photo tour of the sugary sights…
And some of the highlights of the last year:
So there we go, my little happy place! Feel free to come and visit my Dream Address!
🍀 Happy March! 🍀 It’s been a very busy and tiring month for me with work, so I haven’t been able to blog much, unfortunately! But in the spirit of the month, I’m feeling incredibly lucky to be healthy and happy. 🙂 I wanted to share some of my favourite ~lucky~ things from March with you all:
TV Shows: Kim’s Convenience (CBC – now on Netflix), which is a hilarious and heartwarming show about a Korean family in Toronto who runs a convenience store. It takes a couple of episodes to get into, but you’ll fall head over heels for them. Ok see you!!
And I’m binging Nailed It! (Netflix) as we speak – as a brand new season of the best worst baking show just dropped!! Okay, not such a filled-with-luck kind of show.
Food: I’ve been enjoying these Jumbo Veggie Dogs (vegan) from Yves Veggie Cuisine! They taste just like the real thing according to my carnivore Dad and Brother.
Also discovered a brand new world thanks to Torani Coffee Syrups! They come in dozens of delicious flavours – my favourites so far being French Vanilla, Salted Caramel, and especially for this month: Irish Cream! I like to add them to my ice coffee, but work on hot coffee, ice cream, whatever! Hard to go back to “plain” coffee now!
March 14th was Pi Day! Sadly, made no pie (because I forgot to buy the ingredients :’)) Sugar, the margarine aficionado, was displeased.
Video Games: Animal Crossing, again! It’s the ONE YEAR anniversary of Animal Crossing New Horizons. I will soon share an in-depth catchup of my island!
Websites: MyHeritage. I’ve been on a genealogy kick lately, which started with my 23andMe results in January. I have been building out my family tree and have learned so much about where my family has actually come from. You realize that these people aren’t just names and old years, but your family. I didn’t realize that my Dad’s side of the family (mostly) immigrated from Ireland to Canada in the 19th century – so this St. Patrick’s Day has even more meaning now.
Purchases: I’ve been redecorating my house a bit this year. I’m moving towards more of a shabby chic look, rather than the bright neons it’s been for many years!
I’ve been on the hunt for a nice floral area rug for my living room, and hit the jackpot with this beauty from Nourison (available on Amazon for $182 CAD)! I haven’t had a chance to take a picture of it in my living room yet as there is stuff everywhere (*blush*!) But the quality is surprisingly plush and lovely for the price tag.
Lots of changes around here and it’s getting bright and happy inside! Hope to share soon.
I have seen a number of posts of people sharing their top games from 2020, and thought I would participate as well! 2020 was an ideal kind of gaming year: stuck inside with nothing but time and looking for a good escape.
I’ll admit, I didn’t really leave my “bubble” games wise, opting for some old reliable friends (nope, no crazy shoot-em-up apocalypse for me last year ;)).
Here’s what I played New Releases~
Animal Crossing New Horizons ~ obviously my most anticipated game of the year, and it didn’t disappoint! I would have enjoyed it no matter what, but escaping to a sunny island of happy animals during a raging pandemic made ACNH just a little bit more special. I love open-ended games with no pressure, and this helped me escape into a world of my very own.
Stardew Valley ~ I started playing Stardew on election night to distract myself a bit… It’s a farming simulator game much like Harvest Moon, but has a bit more a “mature” feeling to it. While it’s somewhat similar to Animal Crossing where you get to live a new life, there are more required tasks needed to accomplish more rigid goals (eg. farming, marriage, etc). But the graphics and music are beautiful and an incredibly calming game when you need a distraction from the real worlds’ craziness!
Pokemon Sword/Shield ~ The newest generation in the line of Pokemon video games, which was released at the tail end of 2019. I have been sitting on a draft post FOREVER about my opinions on the newer Pokemon games, but I will keep my opinions to myself for now… I really only started getting into the game at the very end of the year, but so far it is a vast improvement from Sun/Moon. The graphics are beautiful (especially the architecture of the towns!) and it has a very open feel. And of course one of my favourite Pokemon, Alcremie, who is a pile of whipped cream, was introduced.
Final Fantasy VIII Remaster ~ not a new game per se, but instead it is a remastered version of Playstation’s 1999 Final Fantasy VIII now released for the Switch with upgraded graphics. The game was a bit overshadowed by Final Fantasy VII, which was an actual remake and a much more popular title in the series, but it’s definitely worth checking out. The Junction system still remains a struggle, but if you can figure it out (pay attention to the tutorials!) the storyline and music are definitely worth it.
Pokemon Pearl ~ I usually revert back to the older generations of Pokemon, Generation 4 being a favourite! Journeying through Sinnoh is so comforting and I could replay this version a million times and not get bored. Forever hoping for a proper remake *hint Nintendo!*
Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure ~ I have some great memories of playing this Playstation game with my cousins in the early 2000s. It’s basically what it says on the tin: a pure adorable sappy video game slash musical! There are singing and dancing cats, frogs, and pirates, and a girl has to rescue a prince from a erm… rather well-endowed Evil Queen. It’s just sugary, simple, FUN that was perfect for a year like last year. To add to the fun, it comes with a soundtrack of the songs from the game. Here’s a taste of the music from the game!
The topic for Day 2 of the October Blogging Challenge is goals for October! It’s been a long time since I’ve made a list of goals so glad to bring it back! I’m excited to accomplish them all:
Get caught up on my Mood Blanket!
I took a knitting break for a couple of months because of my mental health and because of the lack of availability of yarn from the pandemic! But I’m busy knitting again and trying to catch up on the 100-ish squares that I’m behind on (eek!!) The blanket is SO huge now (it weighs almost 8 pounds and it’s only over half done!)
Get spooky for Halloween!
It’s THAT TIME OF THE YEAR!! It’s going to be a bit different because I’m really trying to avoid going into any stores at all, so I’m going to make all of my own decorations and goodies this year!