Cucumbers On Top

Me: Amanda (Just a few years ago!)

One summer we decided to visit one of my favourite places, Niagara-On-The-Lake, in Ontario Canada, for the weekend. If you get the chance to visit this lovely town, do so, because it really is one of the prettiest towns I’ve even seen. Niagara-On-The-Lake is also the home of The Shaw Festival every year for theatre enthusiasts.

The main architectural centrepiece of town is the Prince of Whales Hotel. Perhaps you can see the red sign in the background of the above photograph. We stayed at this hotel and I loved everything about the stay.

The “cucumbers on top,” or “cherry on top

of the trip was when we had dinner in the hotel restaurant and I had the best Chilled Cucumber Soup in the world. Everything about the soup was perfection.

Although I didn’t take a photograph of my soup at the time here is a photo of Cucumber Soup from The Rachel Ray Show and I have included the link for you can get her great recipe. Try it, you’ll like it. Yum.

The visit was definitely a severely magical thing.

Photo and recipe

Mirrors Are Old Hat
An unrelated but nonetheless ‘Official Selfie.’ 
Apparently, mirrors are only for those of us born of a certain “older” generation. Today, the way to check your makeup, (or how you look,) is to take a selfie.

~Source: Confirmed but wishes to remain anonymous.

~An ‘Observation’ shared by Amanda Ricks


Mia (and I) finally taking a break after a busy day.

I do feel like a silly old cat lady lately. My cat Mia is my best friend right now.

She has minimal “Baggage” or “stuff” to interfere in our relationship. She loves to do everything that I do. She’s a low maintenance but devoted companion. She’s nice and compact and doesn’t take up too much room if I have lots of paperwork out.

Mia loves just to drop by for quick “Hi, I love you” “Pat and purrs” that doesn’t interrupt everything I’m doing for extended periods of time. She has the best purr I’ve ever heard in my life.

Perhaps Mia’s coolest personality trait is that although she’s a petite, loving tabby girl, inside she’s a warrior. She is the one who prowls the windows at night, keeping all stray cats and raccoons away and warning us of anything amiss. If the cat world weren’t so patriarchal she would be pack leader in our house for sure.

Most of all, she simply gives me great comfort. I can literally feel the stress leave my body when she comes and snuggles up with me. Ahhhh

Introducing me: Editor Emily!

Image courtesy of  #shirayukimizore

Why hello there! My name is Emily (stated in the title of this post of course). I am officially a new editor to Severely Magical Things so I thought I’d politely introduce myself to you! I will admit I’m new to this website so I’m a little nervous to try it out. But I’ve been told the people here can be really nice so I shall be as well!

So, as a starter, let’s get to know me a little bit more: First of all, I’m what society considers a “nerd”, I love video games, anime/manga, and card games. Second of all, I love writing! I have my own account on Wattpad where I write fictional stories about things I like because it’s my passion! Third of all, I may be very shy in real life, but online, I love to talk and interact with people!

So now that I’ve expressed a little bit about myself, how about you tell me a little bit about yourselves as well in the comments? I’d love to see what you and others have to say! I’ll make sure to reply! Farewell for now!