Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Overcoming Zipper anxiety....

Finally did it. Took a little class in pouches with zippers! It was a splendid day, and apparently I am not the only one terrified of a new machine! Perfect place to start and learn the zipper foot technique.

The small pouch

The large box pouch


Tuesday, April 15, 2014


To say the least, the Easter montage was shocked at this morning's snowfall. It is April 15th. They are now chirping....""Stay Calm and Carry On!" by tomorrow it will all be gone. In the meantime, put on your gear and get under the umbrella chaps!"

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Home Scents

I can never get past the section of bath products in 'HomeSense'. I love it when I'm the only one standing at the shelves sniffing each and every scented soap. I don't wear scent any more out of respect for so many who are adversely affected with allergies and breathing complications, and many public places are now "scent free", but I do love a waft of fragrant soap in my bath. The delicious Green Tea, Lavender, and Lily and Marigold, are like nature itself and even if we are expecting more snow this week, hope springs eternal in the bath.

The wrapping is also very important:)

Friday, April 11, 2014


Our son titled these photos "Cone Head". Little Simon, who is now getting to be the bigger cat, had a little operation last week and was out of commission for a few days. Forest, the big brother was very protective. They seem to have found a sunny warm spot on the windowsill in which to recuperate.

Gordon titled this first shot: "I will keep watch while you're sick"

And this one "Oh good, now I can sleep".

The two little kitty brothers are growing up. They have good responsible parents.

Monday, April 7, 2014

An unexpected bonus

Whilst swanning around "The Bay" yesterday, in search of new appliances, I ended up in the table ware section and spied these fabulous Kraft paper table covers that I've always admired. They were on SALE! These just look so very springy and Eastery and I could not resist. With the table roll, just cover what you want and cut if off, the place mats come in a tear off pad.....how easy is that??! The sort of thing you could add crayons to at festivities :)

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Like someone we know well

This could so be our Zoë. She was a Ninja for Halloween. That's how we know. She is also practicing her gymnastic front rolls daily in the living room....on a mattress. Not sure about the fruit juice:)

Friday, April 4, 2014

Thinking nice thoughts

Some very appropriate door decorating ideas from Better Homes and Gardens. For some reason I keep getting emails from them.
Something to consider. Or not. I love the idea, the work...not so much. Think I'll just leave it at the nice pictures. It's raining.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Total Diversion

Finally! The weather is getting nicer and some days the sun is even shining....what to do??? Go to a dark movie theatre! I know, it seems a bit weird, but if all things have to be perfect for an outing, then a sunny day at the movies it is.

I'm not going to say anything about this one. It is TOTALLY Wes Anderson, and you either like his narrative style or you don't. Past works, "Moonrise Kingdom" and "Fantastic Mr. Fox" are particular favourites of mine, so if you enjoyed those, you might enjoy this. It's quirky, weird, visual fantasy and a cast of just about everyone you ever knew. While we were there, we noticed "The Lunchbox" and "Great Beauty" - films that I have on my list, as well as a new Canadian one from Newfoundland - "The Grand Seduction". I can recommend the popcorn too!:)

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

In response

Mary Ann Moss was wondering about cello music to add to her collection. This piece by Massenet "Meditation from Thaïs" is one of my very favourite pieces of music. One summer, at Chautauqua, I had the pure joy of hearing Zuill Bailey perform this masterpiece live. I have never been so moved and it has remained my calm ever since. Meditation indeed.

Mary Ann, thank you for being the kind of teacher who stays with her kids in the music class. Wonderful photos too.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

In awe of math

Last night, we powered down the house for Earth Hour...8:30-9:30 p.m. and moved to the basement with only one t.v. on. I convinced The Professor to watch "The Bletchley Circle" on Netflix. It's something I've been aware of, but never watched on PBS. Let's just say, way after midnight, we climbed up to the third floor, having watched the entire first season in the dark! The women not only give credence to girls learning math, but also give Sherlock a run for his money :)

At one point, The Professor, who is terrific at math and history, was spouting off the true history of Bletchley Park to me, interspersed with the most important parts of code breaking in WWII. I'm not sure I ever paid attention to this, but it now fascinates me.

In my research for this post, I came across this film. It's long, but even if you only watch the first ten minutes, you'll get an idea of the enormity of this code breaking activity. It has me intrigued. We can't wait to watch Season 2, and I think there is even a Season 3 coming up.

Photo Credit: http://scribblesscriptsandsuch.blogspot.ca/2013/01/the-bletchley-circle-2012.html

Saturday, March 29, 2014

It's that time again

Enterprising youngsters at the train station! Look what the Professor brought home! Go find your own Girl Guide.....I'm not sharing!

I hope that kid down the street is still in Guides........ She always has the mint variety!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Word for this winter

Use this word in a sentence.

verb: stultify; 3rd person present: stultifies; past tense: stultified; past participle: stultified; gerund or present participle: stultifying

"1. cause to lose enthusiasm and initiative, esp. as a result of a tedious or restrictive routine.
"the mentally stultifying effects of a disadvantaged home"
synonyms: hamper, impede, thwart, frustrate, foil, suppress, smother
"social welfare was stultified by international trade regulations"
bore, make bored, dull, numb, benumb, stupefy."

We have all been stultified this winter. I have been hampered by snow, impeded by ice, thwarted by winds, frustrated with the whole shebang, foiled in attempts to get places, my activities have been suppressed, I feel smothered by heat and blankets indoors, BORED to death, finding it hard to get inspired it's been so dull, makes us all a bit numb and benumbed. It's totally stupefying that this has gone on this long.

It's Friday!
 It's pouring rain. 
 It's Flower Therapy Day!
 Have fish and chips for dinner...Sherlock does:)

Photo Credit:

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Words to ponder

And colours to swing into spring

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Dreaming of Spring

The reality of winter in Canada this year! Remember how I went out and got flowers last FRIDAY?????

Photo: http://www.joe-ks.com/archives_feb2006/ColdCanadaWinter.htm

Sunday, March 23, 2014


The Poet

Pushkin, St. Petersburg, Russia

The Ballet

The Music

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Thank you Evelyn

It all started with a pot of "mini daffs" from my neighbour.

It was the most exciting thing! All week, I had been planning a trip to get spring blooms, but the days were still snowy, cold and grey. "Friday", I said. "For sure on Friday, I will go out and get spring blooms!". Every social media posting was heralding spring with gorgeous flowers.
Thursday evening, the daffs arrived.

Friday came and was sunny and warm (by the latest standards) so I ventured out to the local greenhouse and added to the indoor spring feeling.
Nothing like the scent of Freesia, the ruffles of my favourite Anemone, or the hope of tulips to signal spring.

Never could resist a pussy willow. This was just too lovely to leave behind. We had another bit of snow overnight, and a cloudy iffy day today, but inside all is blooming!

Friday, March 21, 2014


This just in from LA. The title of the text was "4 shots and some chocolate".

This updates the vaccinations. As you can see, "Band Aids" are de rigeur for this process. The chocolate, I'm sure, was a great help. Minutes later there were gymnastics going on in the living room - on a mattress, no ill effects reported. Zoë has blue eyes, so possibly the chocolate has had more of an effect than anyone realized:) This kid kills me. Her little brother was sleeping off the effects of his "shots", a little bit feverish and new teeth. He got Motrin not chocolate.

Thursday, March 20, 2014


Nothing has changed. There is NO sun, NO bunnies blythely hopping about, NO small heads of bulbs sprouting, No birdsong.....BUT there is still an opportunity to use your iPhone/Pad friendly gloves! My daughter came up with this unique idea. The finger and thumb have some sort of material in it that allows one to operate the touch sensitive screen of all these devices. I have to say it does come in handy when you need to quickly extricate your phone from your PARKA and respond immediately.

Notice the stunning "FIRST DAY OF SPRING IN CANADA" background.

I remember as a child, growing up in Ottawa, the Nation's Capital, always hoping beyond hope that spring...or at least Easter, would be gentle enough to allow the removal of winter boots and coats for the annual parade of new spring frocks and patent leather shoes. It so very rarely happened. Some things never change in the true north strong and free. Oh Canada.