Thursday, December 30, 2010
I could not resist this pretty little garland of snow people which I purchased at Mercantile on Ontario St. The Scandanavian company En Gry and Sif employ women in Nepal to make these garlands, providing a better life for them and their families. Made from pure New Zealand wool this looks so beautiful strung on our white mantel. Having drizzly weather forcast for the next few days I am hoping that we can attract some fresh snow!
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Monday, December 13, 2010
Winter arrived in Stratford just over a week ago with snow but as of today it has turned very cold! Still whenever there is fresh snow I feel the need to get out there if only for a short time. Today I stopped in Upper Queen's Park near The Festival Theatre to capture the essence of the day!
Friday, December 10, 2010
Monday, November 08, 2010
For some reason I go through stages of Angst which usually consist of some form of social withdrawl. I wish to be alone, alone with my thoughts and feelings. Always I have managed to come to terms with these feelings, sometimes in a few moments, some times in weeks, months or even years.
For some reason, recently while driving home from work late at night, I was overcome with a feeling of dread, dooom or what I believe to be angst. Often I can hide these emotions by enclosing myself in retreat mode. If necessary I can usually hide them while in a social situation, I can put on a pretty good act.There are times this is not possible.
Today I am home, full of angst but thankfully I am alone and have no commitments. I spent some time in the kitchen baking a few batches of muffins, at least my house smells good and there is something comforting to eat.
Tuesday, November 02, 2010
Originally uploaded by Paki Nuttah
I am so in love with Flickr, the photo sight and while sitting by the fire relaxing before bed I decided to look for a photo that my pal Lori would enjoy and this is what I found. I love the clarity the colours and the spirit of independence that is portrayed.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
The photo I have posted is by Danish photographer Mikkel Adsbol. I love this room, love the tablecloth, love the lighting. I just can't say enough about it. Oh how I would love to sit at this table with a glass of wine or even a cup of herbal tea or a perfect coffee and a pastrty!
Thursday, October 07, 2010
1 cup butter or margaine, softened
1 ½ cups packed dark brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
2 ½ cups shredded beets.
Put beets in a pot, add 1 1/2 cups water and 2 Tbs butter, saute on medium high for 20 minutes or until water is gone.
In mixing bowl cream ¾ cup butter with brown sugar. Add eggs, mix well. Blend beets and vanilla into creamed mixture. Combine flour, baking powder and soda; add to creamed mixture. Por into greased and floured fluted tube pan. Bake 375 degree 45-55 minutes.
2 Tbs butter
1 Tbs corn syrup or milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup icing sugar
Heat on low while adding icing sugar until desired texture, then spread while warm
I baked only 45 minutes, worked well, I added raisins and would add even more next time and also some nuts. Would also be good with dates. You can replace some beets with carrot if desired. Perhaps some cinnamon would be nice too.
Tuesday, October 05, 2010
I do love the food of fall, the markets, the changing leaves etc.
Yesterday I took my good friend Lori out to lunch at Rain Tree Cafe in Waterloo. It was fun, she had never been there, it was a mystery lunch and she really liked it. Lori just celebrated her 50th birthday on Saturday then did a 10k run on Sunday!
We stopped at a market on the way home, such abundance!
Today I played in my kitchen, baked a beet cake, made a great pasta dish with fresh fennel and a lovely sheeps milk cheese called Pecorino Toscano which I had purchased here in Stratford at Monforte Dairy. It was all so delicious, relaxing and fun to make. I was just in that kind of mood.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Recently I heard Mary Pipher being interviewed on CBC.
What stood out in my mind during the interview were her comments on insomnia, her problem being the same as mine, taking forever to fall asleep with a racing mind. She woke her husband one night to ask him what he had been thinking about as he drifted off, he stated pie, one of his favourite foods. He asked her what she was thinking about and she told him the holocaust! That says it all. I needed her book!
Once I started the book I felt that she was speaking to me, I just so got it.
She writes about being a worrier, that she longed for tranquility, that she rushed through life as though she was late for an appt, ruminates about the past and the future while skipping over the present moment. Me me me .She talks about being a seeker, Buddha who was a seeker and his teaching of ”Stop seeking. Be here now.”
Talks of her crisis, being quiet and polite and how only those closest to her would anything was wrong.
The middle of the book is mostly about her childhood difficulties, this is not my experience at all. I had a very happy childhood but do experienced similar anxieties.
From the book:
“For years I have been living under the tyranny of “shoulds” Most of my shoulds were my own choices, but I was living as it they were orders.”
“If we are lucky, occasionally we experience a sparkling moment when we break out of our trance of self and are fully present. Sometimes these lead to epiphanies, which present us with “”aha” moments of new understanding. Our thoughts may simply be isn't this wonderful? Or isn't life amazingly rich and complicated?”
Near the end Mary states that she is aware of having only a finite number of Thanksgivings, full moons, and spring flowers left. The realization makes her sad but also makes her notice. She now says she does not squander much time or let moments of beauty pass her by.
This is not a how to book but it certainly helps to reflect on what is important in life.
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
Drank-automaat voor likeur / Liquor machine on the Leiziger Messe
Originally uploaded by Nationaal Archief
I came across this great photo on Flickr! Who would have thought that you could purchase drinks on the street in Germany in 1931.
I know I am spending too much time on Flickr but I just cannot stop, I am totally addicted and so inspired.
Vrouw met hoed en lange regenjas / Woman wearing a hat and a long rain coat
Originally uploaded by Nationaal Archief
I love so much about this photo. The black and white is just gorgeous, love the pose, the trench coat, hat and even the cigarette!