Summer!

WordPress recently reconfigured everything, (grrr….) so please bear with me as I try to figure out how to make my posts look okay.

Lots going on this summer, including selling our lakefront cottage of 19 years – both our Ontario kids and partners are expecting their first babies, so we know we’ll be spending our free time with them as much as possible.

Here we are (were) about 12 years ago.

So a strange mix of sad and super glad, I guess, as so much of life is. One thing I know is that I don’t like having to keep everything tidy for regular real estate showings, so I hope we can sell it soon and enjoy it for the rest of the summer:)

I was recently chosen as a Covid Community Hero by Doctors Nova Scotia for the 3700 masks I made and sold last year, and the $18,000 I raised and donated to local non-profits, mainly to support kids. You can read about it, and my life in general, here:

Still busy with my Etsy shop – thanks so much to everybody who’s supported this new adventure for me and my soul smiles cards. You can see my shop HERE: and other illustrations here https://jancoates.ca/illustrations-art. I’ve been selling my cards through local farm markets for a couple of years now, and it’s so much fun combining pictures and words! Hope your summer is shaping up to be a good one for you!

  8 comments for “Summer!

  1. July 8, 2021 at 9:38 am

    It will be bittersweet selling your lakeside cottage. Enjoy your summer. xo

    • July 12, 2021 at 2:32 pm

      Same to you, Darlene! Still no sale, but we did a price drop, so hoping that gets some action…

  2. mirkabreen
    July 8, 2021 at 11:58 am

    Jan, your lakeside cottage looks like a dream I had. At least you got to live my dream for a time 🙂
    Also: your kids are the most beautiful kids* I have ever seen, no kidding.

    *Not including mine, because as mother never sees her own as others do 😉

    • July 12, 2021 at 2:33 pm

      Funny – They’re 13 years older than when that pic was taken, but still gorgeous:) (of course). Hope you’re well, and that you get to spend time at some peaceful oasis soon.

  3. July 9, 2021 at 7:03 am

    Congratulations on receiving a COVIC COMMUNITY HERO award! That’s a lot of dedication to make all those masks, but then writing also forces us to be discipline.

    You have a new chapter about to begin. You and Don will love being grandparents. Congratulations all the way around!

    • July 12, 2021 at 2:34 pm

      Thanks, friend – I owe you $50…

  4. July 9, 2021 at 3:44 pm

    I so want to go back to the old way of doing things on WordPress! I haven’t been able to figure out the “block system”, and now I can’t even set up the “Classic” system with the ease I had before. Grrr, is right! Congratulations on becoming grandparents in the near (or not-so-near) future, and congrats, again, on your Covid Community Hero Award.

    • July 12, 2021 at 2:34 pm

      Thanks, Peggy. Yup – I really dislike when they just decide to make a massive change without giving us any options other than to convert…

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