Earlier this week my son Aaron and I were out and about in Kitchener, Aaron having such a good eye spotted a few things that I had to stop and photograph when I was back there today...I did not have my camera with me earlier in the week. Lesson ... always bring a camera of some kind!
These are two very contrasting images. The City Bakery Cafe is interesting in that it was a gas station at one time..great recycling of space. We had stopped there a few weeks ago wanting something to eat for lunch but we were not at lunch time! The proprieter informed us that he could not feed us lunch because it was not lunch time..oh the rules!!! Aaron asked if he had anything at all, he pointed to two very suspicious looking pieces of pizza...never the less we declined. I did stop there today to take a pic, pick up a coffee and a tart. Loved that they had an old change receptacle, probably from a bus, for you to pay and the rule was "exact change only"...
As for Divorced Dads, what a beaten looking sign and you can only hang out there if you are a divorced dad, not just a divorced guy or a divorced mom...more rules. It just looks kind of bleak and sad. I zlmost felt guilty taking a picture of it!
One of the many magazine's I enjoy is Real Simple, I like the format, the info on all kinds of things, tips on problems with regard to household drudge...you know organizing, keeping all reasonably clean etc. There are times I get Zen like and actually enjoy the house stuff but mostly I would just like to play!
Now the point of the post is the "no obligation book club" that Real Simple has launched...so no snacks to make, you don't even have to clean the house. There are 4 books chosen each month, a vote is taken and the winner is the book for that month.
I just voted for the first time...April's selection...A Movable Feast by Ernest Hemingway is the one I chose and so far is in lead with a close second being An Education by Lynn Barber. My plan for April is to follow along with the chosen book.
My friend..well my daughter's friend Shelley...sent this to me after a friend of hers sent it to her after Shelley posted my Simone de Beauvoir quote on facebook...whew...many connections there...and Shelley is definitely my friend too! Thanks Shelley!
Your Children are not Your Children
They are the sons and daughters of life's longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you. For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
Today I had an urge to cook...this has not been happening for me me in quite a while, love eating but only love cooking when I am in the mood. This recipe is from the March issue of Food and Drink...fun to make and delicious! The top pic is the chipotle, orange zest rub, then next the salmon being seared and finally the finished dish. Now... it is a bit of a trick to prep the food, sip some wine, serve it, photograph it and eat it while it is still hot!
Last night when I should have been sleeping...after reading for 2 hours...trying to fall asleep for 1 whole hour...I gave up and just played with my camera...I woke at 10:00 am...my crazy internal clock!
Today I received my birthday gift...a day late...the fault of Canada Post not Tom...a fabulous new lens for my camera! I am so happy! A new toy...this should allow me to actually get some of the photos I have been wanted to capture. Tonight I was just playing, came across this wreath still in my loft waiting to be packed away, perfect...it gave me a chance to work with depth of field and a little glitter!
One of my favourite things is paper...of all kinds but especially these wonderful papers from The Paper Place in Toronto on Queen St W. Whenever I travel by train and have my 2 hour stop in Toronto I head immediately to this perfect shop and stock up on whatever catches my eye on that day. Above are samples of what I purchased yesterday as I travelled back to Stratford from a visit to my parents north of Port Hope. I will use these in card making, collages, gift wraping or just gazing at and admiring their beauty.
Today I received this lovely card from Yulia in Odessa Ukraine! Lucky me...this card is not only a beautiful image, the stamps are also gorgeous along with the very thoughtful greeting...so much went into the choosing...thank you Yulia!
Sunday was such a beautiful day here in Southwestern Ontario, about 8 degrees and sunshine! Tom, Aaron andI visited The Clay and Glass Museum in Waterloo, something I have been planning to do for a long time! Along with enjoying the lovely space I fell in love with the sculptures... Broken... But Still Standing by Louise Pentz. A perfect tribute to International Womens Day, these works in clay were so hautingly beautiful. Unfortunately my lighting was a bit off for the photos I took inside but should give and idea of what was happening at the museum.
This beautiful card is on its way to a lady who loves reading, drawing, music and snowflakes! I chose this card because of the resemblance to snowflakes although it is actually titled Fairy Tales by Paul Klee. The original is watercolour and gouache on paper...I just love it!
There are probably a million things I should be doing but instead...just playing...baked some muffins....listened to Amos Lee...read the paper...took pics around the house.
The first pic is my lunch...organic free range soft boiled egg with fresh ground pepper and Maldon Sea Salt, along with toasted 7 grain bread from the Grainharvest Breadhouse in Waterloo...lucky for us The Gentle Rain here in Straford carries it!
The next pic is of the most beautiful flowers...a gift from the family of a very special girl that I have worked with for over 2 years. My work is ending because of the family moving away, tomorrow will be my last day with my beautiful friend.
The last pic is paper...one of my passions...hanging in my loft on a red bamboo ladder and that is exactly what I think ladders are for!