Monday, March 29, 2010

Signs and Rules

In light of yesterdays post  I was thinking this morning about rules and remembered this great piece from

Five Man Eletrical Band

my long haired freaky guy

I have always had a little of the rebel in me!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Contrast in KW

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!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Arrived today from Bejing

love love this card...I want to be there!!!

Monday, March 22, 2010

The No-Obligation Book Club | Real Simple

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 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 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.

The No-Obligation Book Club Real Simple

Postcrossing from Georgia

Today I received this very cute postcard form JonneBunny in Georgia!

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this is fun!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

On Children by Kahlil Gibran

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!

my children

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.

© Kahlil Gibran, 1923, 1973.

Found in Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet


Chipotle-Rubbed Salmon Tacos

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 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!

Saturday, March 20, 2010


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 crazy internal clock!

Friday, March 19, 2010

postcrossing from China

Today I received this postcard from China, not only is the card beautiful but the stamps are as well...Thanks Cheung

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Thought du Jour

Today while sitting in Balzac's enjoying a pot of ginger tea I came across this quote in the Globe

"It's frightening to think that you mark your children merely by being yourself"

                          -Simone de Beauvoir

As I was walking home in the fabulous sunshine I kept thinking about the possible implications...

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

my birthday gift

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, gave me a chance to work with depth of field and a little glitter!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

paper love

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.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010


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 much went into the choosing...thank you Yulia!


New York Daily Photo: Sieve of Darwin

New York Daily Photo: Sieve of Darwin

a blog I follow and love...oh the romance of NYC

Tuesday, March 09, 2010


Sunday was such a beautiful day here in Southwestern Ontario, about 8 degrees and sunshine! Tom, Aaron and I 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.

Saturday, March 06, 2010

enroute to Washington State

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!

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Play Day

There are probably a million things I should be doing but instead...just playing...baked some muffins....listened to Amos the paper...took pics around the house.

The first pic is my 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 of my passions...hanging in my loft on a red bamboo ladder and that is exactly what I think ladders are for!