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I am a French Canadian mama of two living on a Rock. I am here with my husband and while he works all day I get to go and play on this beautiful island. Ours kids study in Canada so I also find myself visiting them as much as I can. Basically, I don't have time to get a job, I'm a Mama!

Took Over a Year…

But I finally finished it! I started this when we were in London. I wanted to see if I could needlepoint a 3′ X 5′ rug. Turns out I can but man it took a while.

I kept on seeing these rugs in my Erhman needlepoint catalog and I kept thinking, I should do one of these. The one I just finished was on sale, (they are not cheap! Now I know why a good rug is so expensive), but I liked the funky design and thought, ”Hey, let’s try it!”



The rug has traveled. Last February I brought it with me from London to the cottage. I worked on it there and left it there thinking I would work on it every time I went to the cottage and eventually finished it.

Since I couldn’t swim, kayak or paddle board after my operation, I took it out again and started the last little bit I had. When Peter went back to Bermuda and I chilled in Montreal, I brought it back with me to the city and worked on it every minute I could.

When it was time to come back to Bermuda, I only had two little parts left to do. I thought, I am bringing this baby back home and getting it done once and for all!

Well, now it’s done but the canvas was all stretched diagonally. It doesn’t really look like a square rug. I researched what to do and what I found out was that you had to stretch it by stapling it on a piece of wood. Peter helped me put some plywood together and he stapled it while I held it. Now, everyday I am ironing it and hoping slowly it will come back to a square. Once that is completed, I will be able to take it somewhere (don’t know where exactly on this island but I am researching) and have a backing added to officially make it into a rug.

Now that this is done, I can continue working on my skier pillow! At least this is smaller and I won’t have to stretch it once I am done.



Happy Birthday Thing 1!

Now that I am back in Wi-Fi zone I can finally share the video I made for Thing 1’s birthday. Thing 1, You didn’t think you would get away with it did you?

23 years ago today, Thing 1, (a.k.a. Moron)  came into this world roaring and she keeps on grabbing life by the horns every single year.

Happy Birthday kiddo! Don’t ever change. Keep on doing what you do. You are an amazing young woman.

Je t’aimais, je t’aime et je t’aimerais toujours.

Mama and Daddy Cool XOX


Gig vs. Scull

I have been rowing a lot lately.

First, I started ”Gigging” with my friend Lorrie back in May. Definition of a Gig boat is as follows;

In general, during the era of wooden ships, it was smaller and lighter than the longboat, barge or pinnace. It was usually crewed by four oarsmen, and a cox. Generally the oarsmen sat one to a seat, but each only rowed a single oar on alternating sides. The gig was not as sea kindly as the longboat, but was used mostly in harbors.

The Gig boats we used comprise of 6 rowers and a cox man. The seats are stationary, the oars are wood and heavy and it’s a good workout.

I row either out of St. George or Spanish point. Here are some photos of the boats in St. George and what a boat looks like when its being rowed.





I gig about once a week, weather permitting of course.

Then, at the beginning of July, I started the rowing camp out of White’s Island with my Sole Sistah, Summer. TOTALLY different rig. Light boat, sliding seat and VERY TIPY on the Hamilton Harbour waters.

This is what the ”Scull or Shell” boats look like.


The row is very different from the Gig row but it’s also a great workout and I love it.

Question is, which one do I prefer at this point? I don’t know, ask me again in a couple months, and I may have a better idea. For now, I just like the way the oars go into the water and when it catches properly, either in the Gig or the Scull, you can feel the boat responding in a certain way. And, when I am on the water sometimes it gets very ”Zen like”. It’s mesmerizing and I love it.

Asbestos = No Criminal Background Checks

There are times when living in Bermuda is a bit frustrating and funny and all you can do is shake your head. Yesterday was one of those days.

A Little Background

My friend Maria is a substitute teacher on the island. Couple months ago she was talking about it and I thought, that doesn’t seem so bad. This could be a way for me to spend a few hours out of the house during the fall and winter months. I asked her how do you become a substitute teacher in Bermuda? She told me it was really easy and explained the process about filling out the paperwork, getting a criminal background check, getting all your personal id papers notarized and applying. We met, she even showed me her papers. Didn’t seem too complicated, but I forgot I was in Bermuda…

Sunday I was by myself on the island, Daddy Cool was still in New York with Thing 1 so I started to put all my paperwork together. Made copies of everything that will have to get notarized by a local attorney: my passport, my Visa, my birth certificate, my college transcripts and my marriage license. I even sent an email to Thing 1, to ask her to look in Montreal for my diploma. It would seem I will need a copy of my University Diploma. I don’t even know where that is? In a box somewhere in Montreal???

Yesterday I thought it would be a good idea to start with the criminal background check that is required. Maria had told me where to go request it and she said it would take about a week. Since everything has to be handed by August 1st, I thought I better get this process started. I went to the police headquarters by Cedar Bridge Academy only to find this sign:



Hum! Okay, what the heck? I went in to find out what was going on. All they told me was, “We stopped doing criminal checks on July 2nd. We won’t be doing them until further notice.” But they really wouldn’t say why.

I was wondering what to do so I phone the Board of Educators of Bermuda who processes all teachers and substitute teachers applications. I’m the one who broke the news to them that criminal checks were not being done. Since July 2nd! We are July 20th. She asked me if I knew why? (Really? How The F! Would I know.) I did not say that, all I said was “I have no idea and they told me that they wouldn’t do anymore criminal checks until further notice.” Then I asked, “Does this mean you can apply without one?”

Her answer was, ”No this is unacceptable. I will phone them and find out what is going on. In the meantime, you can file the paperwork but nothing will get looked at until we have a criminal background check and your file will get rejected if you don’t get one.”

Ahhhh Bermuda, you never change. I thanked her and left it at that.

I called her back about 20 minutes later since I had another question about the paperwork and it’s at that moment that I found out that the reason why the police is not performing criminal checks is because they found Asbestos in their offices and they had to move. My question then was, “they cannot perform criminal checks where ever they are?” Well, it would seem that they are simply not working or doing any checks whatsoever at the moment was her answer. She also told me to just drive by every so often to see if the sign is gone or if there’s a new sign indicating where they have moved and are back at doing criminal checks. But until I get one, no substitute teaching.

So, for the time being, I will get my paperwork in order. Drive by police headquarters every so often, but not too often, I don’t want the police to think I am a stalker. That may go on my record…

As I have told my friend Maria, I will just wait until the Asbestos has settled.



10 years ago when we lived on De Rock we had an ”IAMCDN” vanity plate on our Suzuki Liana.

New Hampshire 563


I was off island when Daddy Cool sold the car and wasn’t able to keep the plates as a memento.

I swore to myself that if and when we would come back, I would go to TCD and see if the plates were still available and if so, I would  order them.

Six weeks ago I made my way to TCD, got a number and waited almost an hour before being able to order the plates. First they had to verify that IAMCDN was no longer in the system. Upon verification, I got confirmation that it was indeed available. The lady that bought our car in 2012 got rid of her plates! Woohoo!!! So I filled out the paperwork, paid the required $139.00 and was told it would take 4 to 6 weeks.

Well, I think it took more like 7 weeks but it was worth the wait. This morning I picked up my new plates, went to Auto Solutions (the car dealership because they have a ”special tool” to put the vanity plates on,) and voila, 15 minutes later, I drove out of there telling the world IAMCDN!

I said once, I will say it again, ”It’s as if we never left!”



Devil’s Mile Swim


While I was coaching swimming a couple weeks ago, someone mentioned that there was this new open water race called the Devil’s Hole Mile. Basically, you swim from Devil’s Hole all across to Trunk Island. I thought, it’s only a mile, why not do it?

Also, my Floatie(Lorrie) and I, have started swimming open water in the last two weeks.  We are slowly getting ready to possibly swim the Round The Sound this October.

Going from the pool to the sea takes getting used to. Yes you are more buoyant because of salt water, but on the other hand, your tongue swells up almost double in size! Well, that’s if you bring with your mouth open, (which I do), so I have to train and adjust that little part of my swimming.

Anyways, when I heard about this race, I thought it would be a good race for Floatie and I to sign up and do. Sunday morning, start at 11 am,  swim 1 mile to an island where they offer you beer and burgers and then you get on a boat provided by the aquarium that brings you back to shore. Easy right?


The goal, Trunk Island in the middle of Harrington Sound.


This morning the Sound looked quiet….


After signing my waiver and getting lucky number 13, I was set to go.


We were instructed to swim left of the buoys all the way to the island.

When the start signal went off, Floatie and I just let everyone go out fast. We knew we could swim the distance, that was not a problem, we just wanted to get some open water swimming experience. I did not care how long it would take us. Just swimming in a relatively straight line by peaking in front of you every 4 arm strokes is challenging enough! At one point I turned around and Floatie was swimming along the shore taking the long way to the finish line. I called her out and after she saw me, she made a beeline for me and we never looked back. The last 400 meters were choppy and you could swallow a gallon of water every time you took a breath but it was a gorgeous day, the water was warm and when we finished, the beer was REALLY GOOD! I mean come on, there are worst places to be on a Sunday morning.


Two happy Floaties on the way back to shore. Look at that water! (Not at my hair!)


The crew on the aquarium boat. Of course, Floatie knew all of them.


Thing 3 was waiting for us at the Harrington Primary school dock. He drove me up to Harrissii and Peter was in the pool cooling down from his squash training session. I jumped in with him! You know, to get rid of the sea salt….

When we were driving off he asked if I was hungry. I replied that I only had a beer, so yeah, I was hungry! He instructed me to get dry and dressed and he took me to the beach club for some lunch a mojitos. Island life is good!