Day 407: Lazy Sunday

Lazy Sunday, spent at home, it’s just me here, all alone.

In the house, I will stay, lazy lockdown, day after day.

Day 406: She’s Only Happy In The Sun

Had a quiet Friday night after a long week. Sean got his vaccine yesterday and we spent the night watching The Serpent on Netflix. Idk why but just love a serial killer story, thought the show was really well done.

This morning we cleaned up the roof patio, tossed a few old things, and packed some in the truck for the cottage. I biked over to meet April at Dundas & Ossington in the afternoon. we walked to Kensington picked up ome groceries and got coffee. It was so nice and sunny out. Felt great to be outside the house and in a different part of downtown. I biked back home and spent some time reading on the roof. I am loving these warmer days.

I was planning to do some work on the garden but I sliced my hand pretty bad with a bred knife making breakfast so I’ll have to save that for another time. No plans tonight, I’m sure we’ll find something to watch.

Title is a song from Ben Harper that always makes me think of my sister. 💖

Day 404: Error Spring Not Found

This happens every year so we shouldn’t be surprised! Still, every spring we hope, we truly hope that warn sunny days will arrive by May. The long-term weather has us above 10 degrees next week and into May, so I feel pretty good about that. My birthday is Saturday, May 8th and I would love to tan outside. Just throwing that out there to the universe!

Today is pandemic diary day 404, in website owner/internet terms, a 404 error is when a website doesn’t load. It indicates that the server is reachable but the specific page is in error.

You’ll most often get a 404 when the page name has changed or the URL was typed in wrong. Since we had snow yesterday, ‘Spring Not Found’ is an homage to a 404 error where you’d get a message like ‘Page Not Found’ or ‘Server Not Found’. I thought it was funny. 🤣👋

Day 403: In The Worst of Weather, Dress Appropriately

April is rainy and cold, we know this. Like winter, spring can be a sad season but if you have the right thing to wear, it’s not so bad. 😊 I wrote about my love for Transitional Coat Season (spring moody temps!) last month on Day 374 and my love for ‘coat season‘ back in October (Day 205), another transitional month. Remember, in the worst of weather dress appropriately, layer, accessorize and wear the right shoes.

When it rains, I have two fav coats depending on humidity. One of my favorite raincoats is a rubberized cotton number from Stutterheim in Sweden. It is easily one of the most $$ things I own and cherish it! (I found out I’m 10% Scandanavian shortly after getting this jacket so maybe that makes me love it more?)

My ‘Stockholm Red‘ jacket was a gift via my friends Leslie & Lindsay of WRG (What’s Really Good Studios) in Montreal back in 2015. This coat is MADE TO LAST and only gets better with age. If it’s realllllly raining and I have to face the elements, I also have cute rain boots and a nice umbrella. A wild weather day is an outfit adventure opportunity, or a reason to stay home, you decide.

This is a photo from 2015 on the bridge near our house. It’s crazy to go back and read my own posts, memory is weird. I look at the photos and I read the post in my voice, but I don’t really remember the moment. The title of the post that day is “The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain.

I dunno what it is about this time of year of this weather but it’s really got me down. I was feeling so meh today I could have just crawled into bed and played on my phone for 2 hours until I fell asleep.

2015 Casie, I feel you girl, same.

The thing I really love about Stutterheim is their motto ‘Swedish melancholy at its driest‘, my coat is called ‘the melancholic heart of Stutterheim‘. Maybe I’ll start writing more stories about my clothes like Worn Stories on Netflix. Good show if you haven’t watched it yet.

Day 402: My Blog is 16 Today

A 16th birthday is a coming of age year, you’re a bit more mature and figuring out who you are. You’re in high school, you can get your license. I can hardly wrap my brain around the fact that I’ve been writing this for so long. And for 400+ consecutive days of a global pandemic. I would love to have had a post written with all kinds of favorite moments in blog history: travel adventures, red carpets, film festivals, tweetups, and events, but that life seems so incredibly far away right now. I didn’t have the energy but now thinking about it, going back in time seems kinda fun.

This was my first blog header design in 2005 at casiestewart.blogspot.com

Looking back, the thing I’m most grateful for is all the people I’ve met through this blog. Nearly everyone I know today is somehow connected to my blog, by way of social media, work, or events. It’s changed my whole life. I changed my whole life.

THE ORIGINAL BLONDE BLOG GANG: THE BLONDETOURAGE Lauren, Raymi, Carly, Keri, and me

The thing is, if you want to achieve something, or be something, you have to work at it. You need to do something each day that brings you closer to that goal. You get up early and work on it before your job, you think about it on your run, you stay up late, you work on it. You skip going out with your friends to learn HTML and use what little extra money you have to make stickers and cards with your name on them. You do something each day to bring you closer to your goal. You take a step forward each day.

A couple of things I’m pretty proud of are being recognized by the Canadian Academy of Film & Television as an innovator & pioneer, receiving an Alumni of Distinction award from Conestoga College, and being recognized by Ontario as a nominee for the Premiere’s Award for Creative Arts & Design. I walk past these daily in my room but I don’t think I’ve ever shared them here. It’s important to recognize your success because you can easily get caught up in the hustle of moving forward.

When I started blogging, social media wasn’t invented yet and I made casiestewart.blogspot.com as a way to keep more memories. I was in my 20’s and figured a diary was the best way to keep track of the things I did each day. I kept forgetting details with my 20-something, somewhat reckless lifestyle. I always loved writing and the fact that I could put my thoughts down and publish them FOR FREE was exciting. One of my fav quotes from mum is “Just because you don’t have money doesn’t mean you can’t compete, you just have to be more creative”. So that’s what I did.

If you want to create something YOU CAN. Just start, do it today. Time goes fast and if we have learned anything this year, each day is precious. Don’t hold back. Do the damn thing.

Thank you for reading and following along in this adventure of my life. Here’s to many more years and hopefully a party one day!

Side note: A couple of years ago, I did a 23andMe genetic test to find out that I am at risk for Alzheimer’s, it’s like I can tell the future or something.