Tuesday, August 31, 2010

It's the berries

It was so dry in the garden today that I spent a couple of hours hand watering.

Every year I am amazed at the little pine and it's luminous "Christmas Lights". Every year, the birds zoom in and eat all the berries before I get a picture. Today was the day. Once you make the effort to go and get the camera equipment out, you start to observe ALL the berries in the garden.

Just like robin's eggs

My all-time favourite, the variegated porcelain vine berries. The end of summer.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Some days it's hard being a baby

You can't be smiley all the time when you're a baby. Some days are just downright difficult. Especially if the reason is........

Two new TEETH

Can you see them there? Right there on the bottom? Teeth!!! Whoa Boy, watch out cupcakes!

Photo Credit: Maman Jane

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Sing on key for heaven's sake

Sent to me by a friend who knows how NOT a morning person I am, and how this would appeal to my black sense of humour :)

My sentiments exactly
Great ad by Singstar

Thanks "G" :)

Friday, August 27, 2010

A bit of family silliness Genius

One of our daughter Jane's finer talents is her ability to remember ALL the songs and lyrics to most musicals and one film in particular "Back to the Future", to which she can recite every word. We were reminded of this on our trip home from touring Veuve Clicquot in France this summer, where, even while driving, she was able to chirp out every word. No amount of calling 'uncle' stops her.

This bit of fun was filmed on location in Salzburg, Austria where Zoë (and for that matter Michael) were introduced to Jane's zany world on the Sound of Music tour. Jane did NOT make the outfits out of her living room curtains that I was counting on seeing. Michael may be wearing Lederhosen, but as he's the filmographer this time, we'll never know.

You have to watch closely to see Jane and Zoë playing their parts in this new release!

Zoë seems to have excelled at the jumping on the stairs scene. I miss this baby sooooo much! She's musical already, so I can see her carrying on the tradition of Sound of Music every Christmas! This is only the beginning.

Thursday, August 26, 2010


He never forgot his roots

To laugh often and much;
To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others;
To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;
To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The things that you learn

One evening around a particularly animated dining table in New Mexico, the discussion turned to what everyone was reading. The cover of Newsweek, August 9, 2010 had the most interesting revelation. After one hundred years, Mark Twain's autobiography will be released this November. I was asked if I had ever read "The Mysterious Stranger". I have not, but I will.

There is much conjecture as to why Twain would only permit his work to be released so long after his death. I think this Independent article sums it up nicely, and will really pique your interest. Sounds like America's best-known author was a bit racy after all!

Photo Credit: bookfinds.com

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Sounds like

Perhaps it's because most of my "growing up" was in the 50's that I vividly remember this commercial, and my Dad always had "Chevies". Dinah was always belting out this ditty on the much awaited Sunday night Ed Sullivan show. It sticks in my mind to this day.

The theme song from Jurassic Park was our son's favourite music in his "growing up" days, in fact he bought the sheet music for the piano. Whenever I hear this John Williams tune on the radio, I immediately think of the Chevy commercial. You have to get to the main refrain, but see what you think. This is a bit of a longer YouTube version, but it IS after all the Cincinnati Pops version, and that's another great American institution.

It must also be a favourite of the morning people on my classical radio station 96.3 FM. It has been my wake-up song recently.

Dinah Shore also made the best rice pudding in the world which makes me wonder why Burt Reynolds left her!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

A haunting whistle

Our son Gordon is one of those quiet but deadly humourists. While we were driving from Albuquerque to Sante Fe, The Professor and I found ourselves transported back in time to the days when we did family road trips. This time the back seat held not the siblings, but the un-bride and groom. I was thinking that the desert would be much more tumbleweedy and sandy. By all accounts, the area is unusually green this year while still maintaining it's scrub brush appearance. Every once in a while, from the back seat, this little ghostly whistle would trill. It was perfect.

There may even be a slight resemblance!

Knowing how much this amused me, and my inability at the moment to identify the song, it of course had to become a signal that Gord would use sporadically during the visit. Every time I wondered where the cowboys and tumbleweed were, the whistle softly found my ear and we all collapsed.

The name The Good, The Bad and The Ugly really leaves an opening for further blog posts!

Oh alright, this is why we didn't want to say anything about the wedding guests!:)

Cling Eastwood photo credit: www.cinemaisdope.com

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Oh that real life were so adorable

I spent the day yesterday being quiet and trying to be mindful. I was over at Poppytalk [one of the busiest bloggers on the planet], and followed the link there to How to live a Single Tasking Life

I tried to do just one thing at a time and be completely present while doing so.

Just as I thought I was achieving mindfulness, out of the corner of my eye, I glimpsed a small bunny hopping across my courtyard. Nothing as traumatic as having a baby skunk in the window well, but diversion nonetheless. If a fawn turns up next week, I'm taking up film making. It worked for Walt!

This little video is so totally adorable, until you have to live with the fauna trapped in an urban jungle.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Answering some questions

I've never been completely attracted to abstract art in it's 'usual' contemporary form. One cannot go to Santa Fe without a trip to the Georgia O'Keefe Museum. After all Georgia IS Santa Fe, and the southwest. I have always loved Georgia's flowers...

“I decided that if I could paint that flower in a huge scale, you could not ignore its beauty.” (Georgia O'Keefe 1887-1986)

At this time, the museum is featuring a collection of O'Keefe's abstracts. I was prepared to be enlightened if not a little disappointed. Instead, after a wonderful presentation by a docent and a short film clip, I came away understanding. Understanding a bit more about the artist, her viewpoint, and her technique.

“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - things I had no words for.” Georgia O'Keeffe (American Painter, 1887-1986)

This collection comprises a myriad of styles and paintings from collections all over the world and just happens to be at the O'Keefe Museum, Santa Fe at this time.

I'm still not sure how "Sky Above Clouds" from the Chicago Art Institute ends up being such a celebrated work, I did however see the inspiration for it, just as Georgia had. From my airplane window, as I flew off into the sunset.

More colours and characters of NM

The stagecoach horses

The dinner bell!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Moving music

Yesterday I decided it was high time to start my "spring" cleaning. I haven't been around much these days, and when I return home from trips, I hate the readjusting to no maid service and having to decide what to cook. I had a brilliant idea that a rearranging of furnishings might just do the trick.

This is Pink Martini...they are fabulous and coming to Toronto in November. Their new album Splendor in the Grass "moved" me! AND all the furniture.

As for the moving?
The piano was the most challenging. It is now in the dining room. The secretary is in the living room. The desk is back in the hall. The love seat is up from the basement and back in the living room. The cane back settee is in the basement. The washstand is in the garage. The Professor is in bed! Dang, I still have the pictures to hang! The crystal is in the kitchen, don't ask where all the stuff it replaced is...tomorrow is another day.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The water on the duck's back

One day in New Mexico, Gordon and I were playing "cameras". Knowing how beautiful the University of New Mexico campus is, he was anxious to show it to the Professor and I on our photo day in Albuquerque.

We love ducks!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Adventures in the Southwest

Sandia Peak Tramway

I have a feeling this rock is hugging the one next to it in order to stay put!

Why has this split rock not tumbled down??

This "Birdie" cloud, leaves a shadow on the ground of a bird flying over the foothills

At 7,000 feet there is no chance of anyone going near the edge!

View from the top

Someone is getting rain over there!

What a lovely day. It was cool and fresh at the top. I had no idea that Albuquerque is 5,000 feet above sea level. Coming from our neck of the woods, it does take a bit of getting used to the change in altitude.

Monday, August 9, 2010

One Enchanted Evening

One evening in the "Land of Enchantment"....New Mexico, we had an enchanted "unwedding".

The Enchanted Setting.

What do you expect at and "Unwedding"?? UNGUESTS!! of course....

And certainly an "un-wedding cake"

To the darling couple, "Un-ending" Happiness, Love and Joy in your lives together, now and always.

All photos taken with an un-camera, partially un-der the table and un-beknownst to most of the un-wedding guests :)