A Kid at the Cottage

We took our son to my family’s cottage for the first time in his life this year.  I’d delayed it until this year due to my own anxieties about dangers both real and imagined that could potentially lurk in the relative wilderness (despite my having spent so much time there as a child myself… I didn’t say my anxieties were logical).  Turns out that the kid really likes it up there.

My family’s cottage is not glamorous.  Definitely not one of those places that could be confused with someone’s actual home.  It’s pretty rustic and, in some places, unfinished.  Whenever I go, I start making lists of things that I’d like to do… but then I get caught up in the quiet and the general sense of calm, and everything else goes out of my head.

Located near in South Algonquin near the east gate of Algonquin Park, our little piece of Ontario offered our son a chance for fresh air and seriously unstructured playtime.  He basically did exactly as he pleased for a whole week, stopping only for mealtimes and rest.  He waded in the water and dug big holes, built wooden towers out of offcuts of wood with his grandfather, put pinecones in his pockets, and ran down the path from the cottage to the shore over and over and over.

We took a couple of trips into the surrounding area, including to Barry’s Bay and Maynooth, wherein I bought a dress and a giant inflatable floating peacock, respectively.  If you’re up that way, the Ash Grove Inn does pleasant family-style meals just outside of Barry’s Bay, and the Sun Run Café in Maynooth has honestly amazing lemon squares and makes a delicious grilled cheese. Should also mention that Foxfire Gallery, Gifts and Antiques in Maynooth is an excellent place to spend an hour hunting through cool old stuff – I found (and bought) midcentury stainless steel espresso/demitasse cups as I explored.

I think we’ll end up heading back before the year is out… show the boy what autumn looks like in the woods, and enjoy some more silence.






A Fresh Start

September of 2017.  Sounds like a good place to begin.

2017’s been a big year for us already.  We bought a house and moved in, and are now in the process of making it our own.  We were lucky enough to have found a place that was move-in ready, and so really what we’re doing now involves decor, planting, and finding the right vibe.  I’ll share what that looks like in coming posts as the plan evolves.  In the meantime, the image above is of our little backyard all lit up at nighttime.

Our son has turned 2, and is a whirlwind of new words and phrases, play and tantrums. He’s everywhere all at once and it’s pretty mind-boggling to think that a year ago he could barely walk and his words were limited to “mama” and “dada”.

We took our first international trip without our son – headed to London to visit family and do some work.  We’ve done some local trips with Kian which have been pretty great, and it seems that he’s at an age where he can be engaged in pretty much anything, especially if it’s outside.

So basically, it’s been a good year thus far, and thus a great place to really start documenting things as we move forward together.




An introduction

Why, hello there.

My name is Devyn, and this is my new/old blog, Desperately Seeking Sustenance.  I’m a wife and mother in my mid-30s, living in beautiful downtown Toronto, Canada.  I have a day job where I sit at a desk and think about things, so this is my side hustle, without much of the hustle part at the moment (I have a 14-month-old, you know how it is).

So, welcome to this corner of the internet, where I’m hoping to tell you stuff about what my husband and I do with a toddler in Toronto, things we eat, read, and wear, places we go, and generally how my family seeks sustenance from our daily life.

I look forward to getting to know you.



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