Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Childhood memories

Yesterday as I was zipping around getting last minute things attended to, I ended up in the hair salon. Just prior to closing my eyes in homage to Willow, I witnessed yet another event in a little girl's life that brought back a flood of memories. One of the young stylists was giving her little one a perm. There was much discussion over this decision, but the toothless six year old was holding her ground and the rods were rolled. It reminded me, that in "my era" the big thing was a "Toni" Home Perm. I had, as I still do, poker straight hair, and in 'those days' everyone wanted to look like Shirley Temple, so we all got Mum administered home perms. This is usually a girl's first whiff of ammonia and the rigors of the "beauty?" treatments that chase us through life.

This picture was taken at Thomas photography studio in Ottawa. The hair was a fresh "Tonette" (not sure about the bangs) and the dress was smocked by Mrs. Higginson, my friend's grandmother. See how things go and come around again?

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Three Years Ago

Three years ago today, on a day not unlike this day in Toronto, Jane and Michael were married. This is their wedding march.

Congratulations to Jane and Michael, and especially this year for sharing this special day with Zoë. Papi and Mamère are on their way! Much love always.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Getting there

This is a technique in Old English Smocking called "Back Smocking". After the dots are pulled up, you embroider (smock) on the tops of the pleats using simple sewing thread to secure the pleats on the wrong side of the garment, thus ensuring a neat appearance and more solidity on the front.

On the right side of the piece I had to choose my own colour scheme and follow the pattern given.

This will eventually become a small needle case. It was a really great beginner class and did brush up my skills. Judith Marquis is a teacher extraordinaire. I highly recommend her. She has many wonderful classes and supplies...

even a pattern for the American Girl Doll and matching little owner dress! I figure the little girl in this picture is old enough that I'll be able to keep ahead of Zoë's growth provided I really focus!

I'll start with the baby bishop in the fall and hopefully Zoë will sport one similar to what her Mummy wore on her first birthday. Inspiration abounds!

Photo Credit: Amberlane and Amberpetites

Friday, June 25, 2010

The advantages of the long drive

For the past three weeks, I have been taking an Old English Smocking course in Newmarket. The drive takes an hour plus, depending on traffic and entails numerous 400 highways. By the time I reach the northernmost point, I turn the corner and see this scene. It is THE most tranquil of settings. I've watched over the weeks as a few new heads have emerged! Oh summer. Oh baby horses!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

I felt the earth move!

On my way to Costco and the car starts to really rock and roll at the stop sign. It was really scary. I arrived in the Costco parking lot, called the car dealer to see if it was safe to drive the car...what could this possibly be...just two weeks after my first year tune up?? Car would not repeat the behaviour despite a bit of careering in the lot and quick stops and starts, tires looked okay. I was told to bring it in immediately if it occurred again. I get home to find out we've had an EARTHQUAKE! I felt the earth move under my car! Most unsettling, but I'm glad the car is fine - so are we all.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The Waltz that wasn't

Sunday, after braving our way through the fortified streets I made it to the ballet. Onegin was absolutely gorgeous. I'm really impressed with the National Ballet this year. The programs have been varied, the sets amazing and the music just perfect. The only thing I was disappointed in was not hearing this waltz. It's my favourite, but the new Cranko interpretation leaves it out.

At the first intermission, I flew up the stairs to find Sharon in order to share my enthusiasm. They never did play this one Sharon, you must have been wondering what I was on about! Click on the picture (which has been colour popped and framed) to read the explanation of what we were all on our feet shouting and thundering our applause for. Honour, Love, Passion....what better for a Sunday afternoon!

Credits: Sun Life Ad.


Homework continues

Pop and Wow

Pink boots

Sunday, June 20, 2010

The strangest sights

Today we ventured downtown using the GO train again. We decided to walk to the 4 Seasons where I was attending the ballet. The Professor was going into work. He will not be going in to work much this coming week and by the end of the week the University is closed. It's very eerie downtown. It's fortified. It's odd.

You emerge from Union Station and are met with a wall of metal.

The view from the Royal York.

Bike patrol.

Fountain outside the barriers.

University Avenue is closed.

Police everywhere.

You may never see Front Street like this again.

These guys could care less!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Fundamentally helpful

When you're just a little too short to bounce, you might have to use your Mama's physics books! I'm sure this is the best use these books have seen in years! These days, some parents will do anything to get their kids into good schools:)

For Zoë

Natalie Merchant

Leave Your Sleep | 2010


William Brighty Rands (1823 – 1888)

If the butterfly courted the bee,
And the owl the porcupine;
If churches were built in the sea,
And three times one was nine;
If the pony rode his master,
If the buttercups ate the cows,
If the cat had the dire disaster
To be worried by the mouse;
If mama sold the baby
To a gypsy for half a crown;
If a gentleman was a lady,—
The world would be Upside-Down!
If any or all of these wonders
Should ever come about,
I should not consider them blunders,
For I should be Inside-Out!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Luncheon Yummy

Yesterday at a catch-up-luncheon of old friends, we were served this 'most delicious' casserole. I was to send the recipe to everyone, but decided it's just too good not to share with all my bloggy peeps as well. Ours was served with rice and a salad. I'm still in heaven. Simple and quick...enjoy! Thanks to Kathy and Ingrid.

Baked Shrimp & Feta

2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
2 Onions thinly sliced
2 Cloves of Garlic minced
8 med. tomatoes peeled and coarsely chopped (you can use canned)
1/4 Cup Dry White Wine
1/3 Cup Chopped fresh basil (or 2 tsp. dried)
Salt and Pepper to taste
Chili pepper flakes to taste (Optional - but wonderful!)
2 pounds Shrimp (Large) shelled and deveined (PC Organique)
250 gms. crumbled feta (Danesborg)
Chopped fresh basil to garnish (Optional)

In large saucepan, heat oil over med. heat. Saute onions and garlic 3-5 minutes or until softened.

Stir in tomatoes, wine, and basil. Season with salt & pepper to taste. Chili flakes if desired.

Bring all to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer covered, stirring occasionally for 1 hour or until slightly thickened.

Add shrimp to sauce, spoon into 8 cup casserole (2 Litres). Bake uncovered in 375 oven for 15 minutes stirring twice.

Sprinkle feta on top. Bake 5-10 minutes or until shrimp are pink and feta is slightly melted. Garnish with Basil.

I should add that we also had "Tuscan Lemonade" and Oyster Bay White Wine...compliments of the local LCBO. You made need to add these beverages to make your meal as good as ours was :)

Bon Appetite!

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Heads Up.....WAAAAY UP!

I was reading Willow Manor and saw this amazing post! I can't thank Willow enough for this beautiful heads up.

Have you heard Natalie Merchant's latest work of art??? I have purchased the entire album and plan to share this with Zoë soon!

Old but worth it

Most mornings my inbox is piled with mail. Today there were only two messages and this was one of them. For some reason, probably the song, I found this really touching. Despite having seen this done for years and many other versions, this one seemed especially poignant.

Is it the situation we find our world in these days? There are so many out there who just may need a worked in Sondrio, Italy. I had a tear when the one woman joyously danced away after her hug. I'm not sure if I would have taken the time or had the inclination to hug a total stranger like this, I'd like to think I would now.

Hugs everyone.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Notice Anything Different?

Now I have to reconstruct my header. Too much for today.

I'm thinking about this Camera Bag.

Kelly Moore Bag

I love the men's bag. Better closure I think.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

An Intimate Evening

I had never been to the Enwave Theatre at Queen's Quay until last night. We attended what for all intents and purposes could have been a Parisian nightclub.
This song is for Zoë.

The space at the Enwave is intimate, the sound was wonderful, the concert totally exceeded my expectations. This is a remarkable young woman who has it all. She's come through some adversity Melody Wikipedia and I think is someone to watch! She's so MELLOW!

and another song I love

In case there is anyone left out there that has not seen An Education Melody also sings Your Heart is as Black as Night

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

If I had a Billion Dollars

Too much fun. This is a head's up from The Professor, who posted his own version. I'm happy that they did this video.

Go to Jennifer Smith's blog Runesmith's Canadian Content to see the lyrics for [If I Had a Billion Dollars]. How Canadian!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

The GO bicycle

Yesterday it took The Professor and me over an hour to get downtown on the Gardner. There was a Jays/Yankees game at the Dome. Every other license plate was from New York. It was very frustrating and today, we vowed to take the GO train. Not only was the Gardner closed due to the Becel Bike for Heart, but there was also another ball game.

As promised we took the GO train. Half of New York state had also decided that GO is the better way, and the trains were packed. GOOD!!! I know I should do this more often and I plan to. I love walking downtown and can be just as much a tourist in The Big Smoke as anywhere else. Love this sign. Now The Prof. wants an iPhone!
The Jay's won yesterday, the Yankee's won today, and the trains were full.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Good thing we tied it all up!

Killing two birds with one stone. Luckily we tied up all the peonies and the roses before the torrential rains last night. The pansies got pummeled, but everything else seems to have survived. This is my rose, with Week 1 Project 1 of Susan Tuttle's class. It's simply combining a photo with a texture.

I know Lennie's yelling..."But you didn't finish it off with a border or a frame!! You KNOW how to do this!"

That's not until further along in the class :)