Monday, February 28, 2011

One Fish, Two Fish

Red fish, Blue fish....Zoë's trip to the Antwerp aquarium.

The title of this photo is "Curious". Jane said that Zoë wasn't the least bit concerned about the dark, watery space...just curious. I love the reflection in the window in the following photo.

Another budding scientist in the family??

Photo Credits: Zoë's Daddy

Sunday, February 27, 2011

The more you go out....

Happened again yesterday. This proves that the more you go out, the more you learn. While enjoying a sumptuous brunch, I heard this song and immediately "tagged" it with my iPhone. Turns out it's Lucinda Williams. "Out of Touch". Guess who's coming to Toronto, Massey Hall, March 4 & 5. This was written up in The Toronto Star as a HOT TICKET!!! Another of those pat attention moments - remember Florence?? Who by the way will be at the Academy Awards tonight.

Brunch is now officially my favourite meal. Especially when it's late/early enough to involve several martini-ish cocktails. We saw the Canadian entry for best Foreign Film of the year..."Incendies". Very difficult to watch, but also very profound. We will be watching the Academy Awards tonight with much interest.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Just Checking

This crazy image came through in an email this week and every time I look at it I laugh. Have a great weekend. If you are one of the many friends and relatives I have celebrating a birthday.....EAT CAKE!

Keep Smiling!

thanks to my neighbour MP for the constant funnies!

Friday, February 25, 2011

If it's Friday, it's the treadmill

You will be really glad to hear that this is the last fitness routine post. Fridays and Mondays will now have to be spent in the treadmill room. There is a smallish weight room at the gym and we are going to set up our own "curves" type circuit for the days when there are no 10 a.m. classes that we like.

So I arrive at the gym ready to do the treadmill and a friend coerces me into doing a 10 a.m. body conditioning class. I think I'm figuring out this fitness and diet conspiracy. This is just to let you know that it IS possible to become too tired to eat! That's how it works.

It's snowing again today in these parts, enough to shovel a bit, but that will have to wait. I may have a little nap with the crossword puzzle! :)

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Day three - I believe in you?

Today it's step class. Keeping the routine varied is a good idea in principle. The real reason is, that I am incapable of anything, including speech, before 10 a.m. This is the 10 a.m. Thursday offering, and I'm lucky again that it's Devon who teaches this class. EXCEPT for the KILLER squats!! I mean how am I to make it to Friday at this rate? I used to make it my routine to go to class every day at the local rec/gym center, at 9 a.m. Then I started having all sorts of aches and pains and had to modify my classes. The later ones seemed a bit gentler, and fitted my personal preferences.

Even though the beginner step has been ramped up since I attended pre knee injuries, it was a FABULOUS workout and I was happy that I could remember most of the choreography. A few new turns these days, good for the brain too :)

On the way home, I was listening to my "60's on 6" Sirius radio and another Lovin' Spoonful rendition was playing. It's so true. This is my song for today, my soul is still young and music is guaranteed to put a spring in my step.

AND I won another free coffee at Tims! Now THAT's Magic :)

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Day two

Wednesday's class is my favourite. We do an interval training session. Aerobics, followed by weights - then back to aerobics...etc. you get the routine. The front row in the pictured class is not unlike the front row in my class! We even have one "boy" in our Wednesday performance. Keith is a good singer too :)

My fitness instructor has a few of us fessing up to our daily intake on

It's a pretty neat site and today I earned an EXTROVERT BADGE for having three friends! I also won a free coffee at Tim Horton's. Perhaps there is luck in working out??

Today was beach music and most of the front row sang along with the lyrics. If you really are on the beach sweatin' it out (Lennie)...I hope you are singing LOUDLY because it's still frickin' freezing here!

Tomorrow is step class. I hear from good sources that Devon has plenty of "squats" planned. That's the other word I cringe at.... SQUATS :)

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Day one

Remember the Chubby Girl immortalized by Carmi? She's baaaack!

Okay, yesterday I "bought" a day. It was "Family Day" in Ontario. A relatively new holiday, the same day as President's Day....except that in Canada, as opposed to having mega sales like the US, here, we lock all the doors and stay inside! No sales, no food shops open, no malls....sheesh. You'd think by now, we'd GET IT!!!
Due to closures, I got out of attending the gym on a Monday, my preferred day to 'start' new ventures.

Today became day one of the new regime. "Limbering Up With Louie" would be a good descriptive. Louie has taken over the 10 a.m. Tuesday morning fitness class and is the ONLY person in the room who has no rhythm and can't keep his movements to the beat. When The Professor retires he would fit right in, but then again, Louie is also a hockey referee and in pretty good shape.

We have all the equipment with Louie. Usually when I hear the word "Ball" I cringe.

This is a picture of me, day one, back from a dreadful winter of colds and malaise...NOT....but I am sure that in 6 weeks, I'll be able to do this maneuver.

Louie has us using the free weights. I'm pretty sure that some of the moves he has us doing only work if you are a guy. My pecs are flaming.

Here I am again, demonstrating the bands. You don't want to let go of these under any circumstances!

The mat work is my favourite. Most of the other girls can't see you when we are all prone, on the floor, so you can actually take smallish naps:)

This is what Louie can't keep up to...he tries, but oh my what a sight! Everyone sings along to this one...still doesn't work for poor Louie!

The other girls are all doing a diet log-in on line, so I'll let you know how that goes as this annual routine progresses! In addition to weaning myself from chocolate, I'm ramping up my exercise routine. Tonight is Ballroom Line Dancing, tomorrow is my favourite class with Devon. If I make it to Thursday it'll be step class and I cannot commit to Friday ...yet.

I just found out today that the best incentive - the coffee after class - has been escalated with the Tim Horton's Roll Up The Rim contest!

Good timing. I'm inspired :)

Sunday, February 20, 2011

A Younger Girl

Still on the musical theme...promise, this changes tomorrow - that's when the diet-in-earnest starts. This is just a totally appropriate song for today. Funny how the younger girls can remember mostly all of the words to "oldies". Some of the time they are muffled as they sing-along, but mostly they are annoyingly correct. You gotta love singing your lungs out with the other girls no matter how much "younger" they are :)

As for today, I'm lunching with my workout instructor, so as stated above, things is gonna' change tomorrow. Monday. Hoo Boy...there's a song about that too!

Friday, February 18, 2011


Continuing with the week of music. When you see a mockingbird, you just have to sing this song!

Photo: Mine

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Are you young enough

The best part of going to a pub on a school night is to learn what young people are listening to. Actually, the wings and rancher fries are not too shabby either:) One night after ballroom dance class, we ended up in our "local" where a young woman had fired up the very new, modern juke box, and this catchy song came on. I "trapped" it with the Shazam App on my iPhone.

Days later at the Grammys who should appear in the tribute to Aretha, but Florence. The video is wild, as is the chorus. I would never have known who in the world "Florence + The Machine" were, had it not been for half price wings on Tuesday!

There is tremendous bass on this recording if you have anything other than computer speakers, a driving rhythm. Makes you feel young, especially if you dance like Florence!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Do you remember this????

After the Grammys, this is going to be a musical interlude week. Starting with Solomon Burke. Who knew??? Mick Jagger obviously. Loved his Rooster Strut across the stage. This is my kind of music.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Love to everyone

Valentines are not just for lovers....they are for people you just love.

This is an old greeting card sentiment that I think fits the bill here.

Happy Valentine's Day to all my bloggy friends!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Valentine weekend

If you have two pieces of chocolate left, to share, and the movie Chocolat, you have the perfect scenario for a Valentine's Day.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

There's no place like this

I'm finding this winter a really difficult one. It's not snowier or colder than usual, it's not darker or icier than years past. I don't know, it's just weird, perhaps it's age???

This song keeps coming on the t.v. and it makes it slightly better because I love the melody and it makes it all look so romantic to live in Ontario. I do appreciate the change of seasons.

The singer, Alex J. Robinson is a twenty something female country music singer/songwriter born in Sudbury, Ontario. That probably accounts for her liking winter. She is apparently now residing in Mississauga - maybe that's why she looks so familiar. As for those young gals hopping from the Sauna to the hot pool...I think that's in Collingwood, Ont. at a very swanky resort nearby a friend's condo. I would be hard pressed to do this in summer let alone winter, mostly because it involves bathing suits.

I hate cold and I hate combination, not a good passenger on the Titanic!

Monday, February 7, 2011

A new baby

This is so sweet. Just right for a new baby.

Welcome to the big wide world little Ruby Jean Fisher.

Lesley Jane Fisher is my namesake. Her first baby Ruby Jean is named for her father's mother, and was born yesterday, Sunday, February 6th. in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

By great coincidence, my Great Aunt and Grandmother, both the same woman was Ruby Jean. My Mother's aunt was Ruby Jean (McDougall) Scott. My Grandfather on my Father's side married the widowed Ruby Jean when his second wife died and thus my Great Aunt also became my Grandmother! Ruby Jean figures largely in my life.

I was surprised that Lesley and Tom chose such a vintage name, but it does have a southern ring to it, and this precious little one starts the tradition all over again.

Essie Jain | What a big Wide World | Light Of Morning from Carolina Melis on Vimeo.

It's a great big world for a little girl. Welcome Ruby Jean. A new playmate for Zoë Jane! And quite a few more grandmothers into the mix. Congratulations Dana, Judith, Kathy, Penelope, Barbara - AND....GREAT Grandmother DORIS VanBever!

I find it quite amusing that this little ditty is by "Essie Jain".

Sunday, February 6, 2011

When Bangs Get in Your Eyes, there is only one thing to do

The title of the Globe and Mail article is "Bangs Get in Your Eyes"

Here we see a new trend, which my granddaughter also seemed to be following up until last week. As you scroll down, you'll see the look with the Hollywood set.

Sandra Bullock

Taylor Swift

Naomi Campbell

Erin Fetherston

Getting closer!

Then we get to the retro Amélie styling

And THIS is Zoë!

The story goes that the bangs were just too difficult to keep pinning up. Babies tend to eat barrettes. Daddy says that the first cut was crooked because Mummy was holding Zoë the wrong way. The bangs kept getting a little shorter until the perfect Amélie look was achieved. Bangs in the eyes are the last thing you need when you're also working on an upper plate of teeth. 1 - 2- 3 - 4!!!

Photo Credits: Getty Images Globe and Mail, Internet,and Zoë's maman

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Canadians and the Weather

It's all we Canadians talk about these days. In southern Ontario, we have just come through what was supposed to have been an apocalyptic snow storm and it's all a bit laughable really. We got a not very unusual snowy day yesterday and lots and lots of happy kids did not have to go to school!

Prompted by an email today(Elaine), I remembered how one night last week, The Professor and I found this Rick Mercer clip particularly funny. I have always wondered why in the world green screen technology was invented or even necessary. Watch all the way to the end, and I promise, you will never view a weather report the same way again.

The Weather Network station is right around the corner from us, so this report is close to home, so to speak.

I still don't understand the reason for the green. I much prefer CNN's version where you can interact with the huge screen and zoom in and out. Probably has something to do with CBC dollars! Canadian eh!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

A Whole Lot of Empathy

My Metropolitan Museum of Art calendar has had very uninspiring images since the beginning of the year. Today, as I've been doing some needlework of late, when I flipped the page, I was totally empathetic with the subject. I need to do my close work in the light of day. I have plenty of Ott lights that make "real" light, but there is nothing like "the light of day".

Since I usually set myself up in my most comfortable clothing when doing fine work, read: expandable waist band, I felt a tinge of sorrow for this young woman who obviously has to stand to do her the light of day. You wouldn't be doing that fine work by candlelight either.

Tess recently wrote a poem about bustles, and I love all of her work, so it made me go back and refer to "Does this make my butt look big?"

Willow's Poem

I think this proves my point that they didn't sit around in those dresses. Thank goodness for emancipation!

Credit: Charles Francois Marchal .Penelope. 1868