Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Something to think about

With many thanks to Tess Kincaid for this quote.

“Let your boat of life be light, packed with only what you need - a homely home and simple pleasures, one or two friends, worth the name, someone to love and someone to love you, a cat, a dog, and a pipe or two, enough to eat and enough to wear, and a little more than enough to drink; for thirst is a dangerous thing. ”

― Jerome K. Jerome, Three Men in a Boat

Monday, September 29, 2014

Sketching in colour

This is enough to get one back to sketching and bringing on the coloured pencils! Purple and Chartreuse are two of my favourite colours. The fuzzy guy at the bottom was a visitor to the water tap. "Shades" of things to come "Calapillar".

Saturday, September 27, 2014

A clip clop back in time

Click on photo to embiggen and you're there!

Have a great weekend. I'm involved in car shopping, hence the romantic thoughts about alternate transportation.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

I can relate

The advantage of watching "Dancing With The Stars" is hearing some tunes I otherwise might not plug into. It was an adorable routine and the music is catchy. By the way, this is way I listen to music...I'm all about the bass - no treble. This is my new theme song on so many levels. Even the gym buddies concur that we, sorry, "I" fit right in :)

She is standing on that bass and balancing on the wooden dance floor. That's a "10"!!!!

Photo Credit: commdiginews.com

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The flipside

What a wonderful way to spend the first day of fall. Driving through wine country to see a fabulous stage play. The Philanderer, by George Bernard Shaw. Having lunch at a bakery named "The Pie Plate, Bakery and Café". Wandering through the shops and finding treats.

In such a historic town, far from the madding crowd the history of this area returns. St. Mark's Church. Niagara-on-the-Lake. So beautiful both outside and inside. One of my favourite stained glass windows of all time.

The window from outside

The window inside

Tuesday, September 23, 2014


Welcome FALL!! Soup season is upon us. In an effort to consume way more vegetables, soup is an admirable vehicle. I am stocking up on the basics ~ celery, onions and organic chicken stock. Some of the most recent gorgeous food photos have impelled me to action.

This is Joy the Baker's Creamy roasted red pepper soup.

From BBC Food....Chicken Soup!

And THIS- Cauliflower Chowder - one of my 'can't wait to try'...from DAMN DELICIOUS

I'm going to start with these three and carry on. I can really recommend Damn Delicious' Blog There's much more than just soup and it is truly inspirational. Bring on the cold weather, sweaters, scarves, mittens! I LOVE it. My favourite season.

Monday, September 22, 2014

I Caved

Having spent the past few days coughing my head off, I was able to rationalize full days on the couch reading. I'm glad I finally caved and read this highly touted novel.

From Amazon:

"Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle--and people in general--has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands. A trip to the end of the earth is problematic.

To find her mother, Bee compiles email messages, official documents, secret correspondence--creating a compulsively readable and touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter's role in an absurd world."

This little excerpt from the New Yorker Magazine is in the back of the book and will give you some idea of Maria Semple's sense of humour. Teacher's will especially enjoy this little note.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Saturday, September 13, 2014

The ins and outs

When we are very little, faeries are totally magical and REAL. This was a Saturday adventure in Griffith Park with an interactive theatre group. The children venture into the forest and learn about the ins and outs of faeries. They collect little things in baskets to offer the faeries in friendship. They make a promise to always protect the earth. There are some "smelly" gnomes about as well.

If, as some of you are, wondering why Luca is rarely seen on camera? He also attended the faerie hunt, suitably attired in his green faerie outfit, wings and all. Just as the troupe was setting off "Tink"(as he's affectionately known whilst wearing his wings), spotted the nearby playground. This bottom photo pretty much relates how difficult it is to get a photo of a boy faerie. They are typically very hard to capture on film, but I will be making an attempt in November to find the real boy in all his faerie glory.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Eat cake!

I usually read the "hororscope" in the daily Toronto Star with a skeptical viewpoint, but I still read it, and when I like it, I think it is true.

Today is right on the money.

The way I am interpreting this is that I will eliminate all commitments to house cleaning and such. I shall look forward to positive life changes in a year and will possibly start playing the lottery in that luckiest part. Since I am firmly attached, I'm thinking the quality time together should be in Paris, Barcelona, the Atlantic crossing on the Queen Mary 2, anywhere in Europe really, and of course the overindulging part is 'de rigeur'. Good job that the Professor happens to be a TAURUS (their capitals :)) - and he thinks he's a lot of fun :)

"Stars: Jacqueline Bigar"
"If Today Is Your Birthday:"

"This year you open up to many possibilities, but you will need to eliminate some existing commitments first. You are a year away from some positive life changes. You will begin a new luck cycle at that time, and the first year is considered one of the luckiest. If you are single, someone special is right around the corner. If you are attached, the two of you love spending quality time together. You also might tend to overindulge often together. TAURUS understands you and can be a lot of fun."

This is today's page on my calendar. It is a fabulous watercolour by John Jessop Hardwick. Perhaps if I keep up my practice, this will be one of my positive changes!

John Jessop Hardwick (British, London 1831–1917). Date: 1866. Medium: Watercolor.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Inside out

Interesting use of morse code and voices that become the sea and wind and waves

Something hypnotic about this....just like the waves

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

George's House

Mt. Vernon is a folk art delight. The building looks like stone, but is indeed wood that has been scored and painted with a sand texture to resemble stone. It is not a huge place, but has a commanding view of the Potomac river all the way to the Capitol. This is where George Washington died, December 14, 1799.

Monday, September 1, 2014

The End

Summer's over. Last day of the EX. School tomorrow. No more wearing white. Diet starts.