Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Currently I am... a swap-bot swap

Currently I'm...
*Reading.. Heir of Fire: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
*Playing.. Royal Story on Facebook
*Watching.. A Christmas Carol
*Eating.. Potato chips BBQ
*Drinking.. Coke Zero
*Crafting.. Nothing right now
*Swapping.. Questionairres
*Going to.. go home for christmas
*Craving.. chocolate
*Loving.. my man
*Disliking.. minus anything weather
*Hoping.. my man stays with me for a lot more years
*Thinking.. about how I can avoid a heart attack
*Planning.. each day as it comes
*Smelling.. honey lemon halls
*Listening to.. my thoughts
*Wanting to buy.. too many things to name.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Wrapping up 2017 Part 2: Favourites

Another look back at the year celebrating all the new and old things that pleased me most.

My favourite movies this year has to be Guardians of the Galaxy 1 & 2. Like most people I like Groot but I really love Drax. His view of life is so simple, "You hurt what is mine and I will destroy you", that's how I feel too

My favourite book/series/genre of the year: Well I discovered Steampunk fantasy which is pretty cool and of course read a lot about vampires but this year I've been reading a lot of what they call Cozy Mysteries and the one that I wished had more books in it was "Retired Witches Mysteries" by Joyce and Jim Lavene. "Spell Booked" is the first in the series.

I discovered two new musical groups this year, my favourite is the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, the other one is a group called Pentagon out of China I think

There are other favourites as well but today I will stop here, tomorrow or the next day I'll talk about crating and travel

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Wrapping up 2017 Part 1

Looking Back
Found two new interests Calligraphy and Zen gardens. Bought a new fountain pen because the old one wasn't working
Nativity at nearby church
Bought a loft bed trying to make more room in my apartment. Didn't work as planned cause I couldn't climb the ladder. Created my own small zen garden
Zen Garden

Loft bed
Began spending time with my son and his three little ones. We had several play dates together
Rob surprised me and I got a new tarot deck

Rownan and Scarlett GC #5 & #6
Created my first bullet journal. Got my first credit card in 30 years. Very busy month for swap-bot

My desk in April
Did a lot of soul searching and came to the conclusion I have impulse control issues and no clue how to control them
A tapestry I did while thinking

My cover page for June in bullet Journal
Began a new Project Zero/ 101 things to do in 1001 days
Loved my daughters back yard this year
Lots of swaps this month. Started in Zines again as well as Friendship books, Pocket Letters, Flipbooks & Penpals. Plus I made up a couple of old swaps

a photo my son sent from BC
Vacation with family in Niagara Falls. 3 birthdays including Robs 50th. Working trip with Rob to Ottawa & Kingston
Nessa and family in Niagara Falls

The reason I wanted to go to Ottawa
Oldest GD started college and we spent a lot of time helping her get set up. Started looking into subscription boxes. We took my two oldest grandsons to Chucky Cheese for some fun!
GC #3 & #4
Our 20 year anniversary. 5 birthdays in this month including mine. Started playing Royal Story on Facebook. Thanksgiving was  great we combined our birthdays and Thanksgiving into one big party.

Rob had a heart attack on Nov 24. I went to Toronto to help him out
An image I used for a post card
10 days in and nothing much to say, have been too focused on Rob, who is doing better.

an image I used for a set of ATC's I'm making, "The ABC's of Christmas"

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Now What?

I guess I am a stupid romantic fool after all. I let my mind persuade me that it would be all right, that we would live our dream of growing old together. I really should have known better.

 After his first refusal to fight for me he took me back when I asked. I figured , I figured a lot of things on very little evidence and now I am paying for it.

A chance remark and I'm building a fantasy I should have known was wrong. Wishful thinking...
So much wishful thinking. I don't want to be alone any more. I want someone who will be there every day who will hug and hold me every day, who will stand beside me and argue for me every day. But that isn't going to happen.

If just once he had talked straight instead of around things I would have understood and I would have dealt with it. Handled it far better than I did.

I listen to what he says but do I still trust him? He says he has never lied to me but there are many ways to lie without out right false hood. Do I trust him? Yes I do far more than the source or her source.

Living in Toronto does not suit me. It is too big and everyone moves way too fast. On the 20th we will know if he is fit to drive and to do limited work. If it is a yes then when we go to Peterborough for Christmas I will not be coming back with him. If it is no I'll stay as long as he needs the help.

I knew I kept my apartment for some reason now I know what it was. I will not wrap him in cotton wool but I will protect him as much as I can. It is how I have always operated, he is who he is and trying to change him would be counterproductive for both of us.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

One Week

It has been one week since the heart attack. I want to say the professor is his old self but that would be a lie. He has always locked his emotions away especially his anger and fear. He is doing that still. I am certain that is not where he needs to be but it is his process and I will wait patiently  as I have always done for him.

When he is ready to release it I will be ready to hold him and give him my strength. We are only at the beginning of this journey and we are both aware that it will be a long road.

For myself I am tired and can easily see where the term caretakers burn-out comes from. The good news is that I don't feel I'm anywhere near are breaking point, all my issues are ones I've dealt with for the past four years.

He is very understanding when I need a nap. I am certain the connection we have would give me a heads up should he have issues.

I knew there was an issue days before the actual attack but as always I thought it was just my imagination. I suppose after so many correct premonitions I should trust them but I never do. Usually because they mean something bad for someone close to me. And who wants to tell someone something bad.

If you say it it will come true but if you only think it there is the possibility that it won't.

So two more weeks of light activity then he should be able to start a walking program. At least six weeks until they will even consider letting him go back to work. By that time I suspect he is going to be biting my head off a lot. Shrug goes with the territory.

Tuesday he has his first appointment with the GP and later next week we hope an appointment with the heart specialist.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

A New Chapter?

Things went kinda pear shaped for the professor on Thursday and I am still reeling. Without warning and with very few contributing factors he suffered a "really bad" heart attack. It is a shock to all of us who know him. This guy just turned 50 three months ago. He doesn't smoke, has never done so. Doesn't drink except once in awhile socially and then he takes a few sips and that is it for him. He doesn't have diabetes or cholesterol problems. He is at most 20 lbs overweight. The doctor says it was just rotten luck and the fact that he can be stupid stubborn about seeking medical help unless the pain is too much. They say that the 12 hour delay from onset until he got to the hospital is the main cause of the damage and the damage is "really bad".

I heard one of the doctors say on the phone that he had lost 55 % function. Since I only caught part of the conversation I can't be sure that I heard it right but it speaks to the doctors repetition of "really bad". Thankfully he has to make very few changes in his lifestyle, the main ones are giving up his South Street burgers as well as eating more vegetables which he doesn't like much.

It also means that our usual Date night A & W followed by Dairy Queen has to go away. I am not happy about that one at all and neither will he be when he realizes it. Thankfully there is still Swiss Chalet and Red Lobster.

The other thing it heralds is a change in our living arrangement. There are going to be some issues around that I'm sure but I am also sure that they will need the police to remove me from his side ever again. The two hour trip down here from Peterborough took forever and I was a mess. I never want to have to go through that again. And I never want him to spend those hours alone again, in pain with no one to hold onto.

He has always had a phobia around death and this made him face that demon head on and alone. I do not want that for him ever again and will do my damnedest to make sure it never happens again!

For now I am here and intend to stay here!

Once he is out of the hospital he will be joining a recovery group and has asked me to go with him. I know I asked for an exercise partner that I could push and they would push back but I am not happy about the prologue to it. There had to be a less dire way the great spirit could have helped me. Water under the bridge now though. We just have to adjust our lives a little and work together to get stronger and healthier.

As long as we are together the rest will take care of itself.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

New Adventures Take 2

I'm back home again have been for a few days. Things did not go as planned.

It was a great idea but it turns out I'm quite timid about going downtown Toronto by myself these days. I have been too long away I think. The other thing is I am no longer used to Toronto's air, it ended up taking a couple of days just for my body to adjust to the air quality change. Peterborough is much smaller and the air quality is much better.

I did get to the Japanese $2 store though and found all kinds of lovely paper and envelopes. The others I'll just have to shop online I guess.

Maybe it is because Toronto is so big that I found the idea of travelling on city transit scary. Whatever it was I'll try again next year. Maybe sooner if my everlovin replaces his mattress soon. I found his bed very difficult to sleep on.

I did learn that in his heart he wishes we could live together again and I must admit I find it tempting. Any hesitations I have I could remedy fairly quickly with just a little work. The biggest difficulty would be finding space for my crafting stuff though there is a room that could be used to accommodate me. No one else uses it for anything but storage. It is big enough and with a few changes would be perfect.

They would not object because I can and would pay my way but they would not be as easy to deal with regarding the furniture changes I would need. It is a thought. I am getting antsy again and going back home would be nice since my daughter no longer needs me here.

What do you think hon? Think we could do the living together thing again? I think I would like to try but some adjustments would have to be made by you three for it to work. I can't and won't feel like a stranger in my own home ever again.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

New Adventure time

I am in Toronto for the next week and I have a plan! I am going to as many stationary shops as I can that are reachable by bus. I packed a heap of projects to do but left them sitting in their nice wicker trunk beside my door. So now I got to go get more writing paper and in the process I can look at the great fountain pens they carry. Plus I have an excuse to pick up stickers and background papers! Yay me!

So how many stationary shops are their in the GTA? More than ten! Yep you heard me there are more than ten of them in the city.

The first one I plan on going to I discovered many years ago. The Papery is in the Yorkville shopping area and has been there for forty years. It is also where I first discovered writing paper and fountain pens. Though I'll be going to their St Clair and Yonge branch since it is closer.

There is a place called Page and Panel near the Toronto library so I can go there and to the library in one shot. I have never been to the main Toronto Library Since its on the same Train line I might do both of them in one day.

There are at least 4 in Koreatown that will be another days trip though they are in the Yonge Bloor Area as well

As for the rest of the days I'll be resting and doing laundry and working on a couple of Projects.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Reading Challenge 2017- October Read an Pulitzer Prize Winner

Advise and Consent

The Landmark Masterpiece of Political Fiction

by Allen Drury 
Allan Robertson

I do not like Politics and this is the first book of political fiction I have ever considered. When I chose it I had no idea how many pages it was. I chose an audio book and it was 32 plus hours long! I have been listening for three hours and quite frankly I do not want to listen any more.

``Pulitzer Prize winner Allen Drury has penetrated the world's stormiest political battleground—the smoke-filled committee rooms of the United States Senate—to reveal the bitter conflicts set in motion when the President calls upon the Senate to confirm his controversial choice for Secretary of State. This novel is a true epic showing in fascinating detail the minds and motives of the statesmen, the opportunists, the idealists. From a Senate old-timer's wily maneuvers, a vicious demagogue's blistering smear campaign, the ugly personal jealousies that turn a highly qualified candidate into a public spectacle, to the tragic martyrdom of a presidential aspirant who refuses to sacrifice his principles for his career—never has there been a more revealing picture of Washington's intricate political, diplomatic, and social worlds. Advise and Consent won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and was on the New York Times Best-Sellers List for 102 weeks. It is a timeless story with clear echoes of today's headlines.``

It sounds good but honestly I can`t get into it. Perhaps it is because I live in Canada.

Friday, September 29, 2017

September 29th

I am having a sad day today. It is raining out, I didn't wake up until nearly 2pm and I am still tired. I have things to do and places to go and I can't even get motivated enough to make a coffee.

My head aches, my back aches and I am inches from crying for no reason. It has been a long time since I felt this trapped, walled away from the rest of the world.

And I know there is nothing I can do about it without forcing myself. That other voice in my head  is in command to day. The lazy, sad voice that says everything can wait until tomorrow. I've been hearing it all week.

Despite it I have been doing things inside my home I just can't make myself go outside. Not today and today is the day I really need to. Not yesterday either.

I know what I need to do I just can't do it today. I will go read and hopefully find the energy to take care of the bills and things I need to take care of.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Day 2- What do I want my 58th year to look like?

1) I want it to be the year when I wind up some of the small projects that have been hanging round my mind for a decade or more.

  • Finish the weaving I've been working on
  • Knit 4 more blocks for knitting sampler
  • Sew 2 more crazy quilt squares
  • Quilt the completed squares
  • Complete one more element doll and one more Season doll
2) I want it to be the year when I finally make real progress on my weight loss goals.
  • 52 weeks 52 pounds or from 100 kg  to 75 kg

3) I want it to be the year when I visit a few places as a tourist
  • Bancroft 
  • Ottawa
  • Barrie
4) I want it to be the year when I completed 12 online courses.
  • This one I need to investigate a bit more as I have different ideas of what I want to learn than I did four years ago
5) I want it to be the year when I cleaned myself every other day and my room every week.
  • Self Care has to become my biggest priority as I am having more and more health issues. A clean body and a clean environment is necessary for me to be comfortable
6) I want it to be the year when I consistently cooked healthy foods every day.
  • As  indicated in #2 and #5 I have some things I have to start doing even if It means I have to force myself to cook from scratch
7) I want it to be the year when I went to bed at the same time every night and got up at the same time every morning.
  • This is also part of the above goals as adequate sleep will provide me with the energy to do what I need to do.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Here we are again!

Well really, you would think I had more sense than that but it seems that I did not do this here before. In fact it looks like I haven't done this online since 2003 and that in another blog altogether.

So what am I rambling on about? No less than a "Its my birthday what do I want the next year to look like?"

As I was reading over the one I did in 2013 I realized that a lot of what is on it still hasn't been done. It seems that for the last four years I've just been drifting.

"OK so this is not going the way I thought it would... what do I want my 54th year to look like?
  • I want it to be the year when I wind up some of the small projects that have been hanging round my mind for a decade or more.
  • I want it to be the year when I finally make real progress on my weight loss goals.
  • I want it to be the year when I start doing a bit of travelling.
  • I want it to be the year when I make enough progress against my mental demons that I am able to function like a normal human being even if it is only for a couple of months a year.
  • I want it to be the year when I finally start to get my life back.
  • I want it to be the year when I  find a couple of peers I can spend time with as friends.
  • I want it to be the year when I use what skills I have to help others like knitting for charity or telling stories to sick kids.
  • I want it to be the year when I complete a 52 week project or three.
  • I want it to be the year when I downsized my stuff to 250 items all together or 25 items in each category from clothing; craft supplies; ornaments; Christmas stuff; office supples; linens; paper books.
  • I want it to be the year when I read at least 52 books
  • I want it to be the year when I completed 12 online courses. 
  • I want it to be the year when I cleaned myself every other day and my room every week.
  • I want it to be the year when I consitently cooked healthy foods every day and cleaned the bathroom once a month.
  • I want it to be the year when I went to bed at the same time every night and got up at the same time every morning.
  • I want it to be the year when I took my medication and vitamins daily as perscribed never over or under dosing myself ever again"
That was then, today and for the next dozen days I am asking the same question but with a different age attached. What do I want my 58th year to look like?

This is the question before me today. Of the things I wanted in 2013 which things are still valid? Which ones are valid but undone? Which things are still valid but I have completed them?
Green for Valid. Gray for Valid and completed. Red for Invalid:
  1. I want it to be the year when I wind up some of the small projects that have been hanging round my mind for a decade or more.
  2. I want it to be the year when I finally make real progress on my weight loss goals.
  3. I want it to be the year when I start doing a bit of travelling.
  4. I want it to be the year when I make enough progress against my mental demons that I am able to function like a normal human being even if it is only for a couple of months a year.
  5. I want it to be the year when I finally start to get my life back.
  6. I want it to be the year when I  find a couple of peers I can spend time with as friends.
  7. I want it to be the year when I use what skills I have to help others like knitting for charity or telling stories to sick kids.
  8. I want it to be the year when I complete a 52 week project or three.
  9. I want it to be the year when I downsized my stuff to 250 items all together or 25 items in each category from clothing; craft supplies; ornaments; Christmas stuff; office supplies; linens; paper books.
  10. I want it to be the year when I read at least 52 books
  11. I want it to be the year when I completed 12 online courses. 
  12. I want it to be the year when I cleaned myself every other day and my room every week.
  13. I want it to be the year when I consistently cooked healthy foods every day and cleaned the bathroom once a month.
  14. I want it to be the year when I went to bed at the same time every night and got up at the same time every morning.
  15. I want it to be the year when I took my medication and vitamins daily as prescribed never over or under dosing myself ever again"
Only three invalid ones that is kind of scary. That four years has made so little difference. 1/5 invalid, 1/3 complete actually when you look at it that way it does not seem too bad until you consider it took me four years to get 1/3 of them done. Tomorrow I will take a look at the Valid ones and figure out how and when I'll work on them.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Reading Challenge 2017-September Read an Author you haven't before

Hollow Earth Trilogy Series: Hollow Earth by John Barrowman Carole E. Barrowman

All three books of John & Carole E. Barrowman's HOLLOW EARTH trilogy. Book 1: HOLLOW EARTH. Book 2: THE BONE QUILL. Book 3: THE BOOK OF BEASTS.
Long ago, the Order of Era Mina bound all the beasts of myth and legend into the pages of a single tome. They called the prison they had created the Hollow Earth - a nightmare world built to keep our world safe. Over centuries, their Order grew strong: the men and women with the power to bind and animate the magic of this world learned to live in secret among us, watched over by their constant companions, the Guardians. Each Animarus was tasked with the protection of this world. Each Guardian was tasked with the protection of an Animarus. And in time the history of the Order was forgotten, their relics lost, and the Hollow Earth became nothing but a story.
Now, twelve-year-old twins Matt and Emily Calder are about to discover this world for themselves...

Hollow Earth was a bit of a surprise for me, I don't know why I expected a different style but I did. It is a great book though I find I need a break now & then because the style seems a little dry to me. It puts me in mind of the droning voice of a teacher more than lively storytelling. That is probably just me.

Also it is a young adult book so it is possible that I heard teacher but they would hear storyteller.

I love the premise and it is a quick read. I am interested enough that I have read the second and will read the third one in the series if only to find out if they do find Hollow Earth.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Chasing dreams

LOL such a fanciful title and not indicative of where my mind is right now, least I don't think it is.

I heard myself say "I like routine" today. If you have been following my blog for awhile or read any of my earlier posts you will know how strange that seemed to me.

I have, since I was old enough to walk on my own, been an explorer, curiosity has always been my biggest failing.

Is it a failing? Not so much but it has lead me down some interesting paths in the last 50 odd years. So when did I decide I needed to have a routine to be comfortable? Not sure about that either.

It may have begun when the fibro cut me off of most of the activities I liked. Exploring Toronto was just about the happiest I'd ever been. The last day I felt that way sticks in my head still.

I'd started out with a map and a plan. I was excited because it was a trail I'd never been on before. I don't know how long I walked before my back began giving me trouble but I do know that by the time I found a bus stop my back was a frozen, muscle locked, deep pain. The bus ride home was excruciating and I popped four Tylenol when I did get there. Plus a lot more and had a hot shower before the pain finally reached a reasonable level.

That was when I made an appointment with my doctor. That visit was when he diagnosed me with Fibro and proved it by giving me an example with one of my arms. I had been having pain off and on for awhile and fatigue had always been an issues because of the Dysthimia, I just figured it was normal for a 47 year old with depression issues. Since then I have been babying myself, not pushing my body in any way because I feared that pain.

When menopause started a couple of years later I lost my interest in sex which for 30 odd years had been my central focus. I found myself getting scatterbrained spending whole weeks just playing Farmville and Solitaire on my computer. I was 53 or 54 when I decided enough was enough and I started concentrating on creating daily routines so I did other things besides play games and read.

Now ten years later I'm at a point where I feel I need to change things up a little more. Physical activity for exercise is boring but this past week I rediscovered my happiness in exploring. During a business trip with the Professor I found that seeing new places and doing new things actually cheered me up and gave me a bit of my youthful glow back.

Obviously travelling on my own is a bit problematic but nothing says I cant't start checking out the trails around here and going into parts of the city where I haven't spent much time. All I gotta do is allow my curiosity to guide me once again. Besides the places I knew have all changed and I would like to see how.

The doctor will be pleased he's been after me to get more active since obesity was diagnosed as a disease. Yeah I'm obese, the scale says I am 100 pounds heavier than I should be. Not sure what that is in kilos I never really bothered to learn the metric system.

Anyway that's my thoughts for today ... hope you are having a good one

Monday, August 14, 2017

Urban Shaman by C.E. Murphy for Reading Challenge 2017-August

Read an author with the same initials as you: Cherylann Marois - C.E. Murphy
Urban Shaman - eBook
This particular book has been on my to read list since the spring so I was glad that it worked for this months prompt.

The heroine, (yes, strong, female, my favorite type), is an odd mix of black Irish and native Indian. These both have strong mythologies and the heroines straddles both of them as does the story.

From page one I was engaged in the story, so much so that I read it in one day. I simply could not stop!

Thursday, August 10, 2017


I feel all fidgity and tired at the same time and I don't think it is the fault of the gelato. I was babysitting this morning for a few hours then had to mail out some letters. I bought ice cream and the bus was taking too long to come so I walked home.

I feel like I should work on some of the swaps I have coming up but nothing is due for a week and it only takes a few hours to make something suitable. At the same time my bed is calling my name.

Think I will lay down for a bit even though it is nearly 4 pm. Maybe I'll feel better afterwards

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Mental Struggles

Have you ever had a memory or a thought take up residence in your mind and refuse to go away?

I am having such a struggle with myself at the moment. The worst thing is that it is a matter of jealousy and anger.

I love my husband but he is a wuss where his brother is concerned, (sorry hon but it's true), and that has caused some friction between us on occasion. Since their mother came to live with them I have refused to spend my usual week a month at his place. It was only a few days ago that I figured out why.

When I moved to be closer to my job it appeared that I had left my husband but I hadn't not really we just took a small breather. When I came back I did not feel like I belonged there, not really, and it only got worse which is why I jumped at the chance to leave a second time.

I made a simple request a room where I could do my crafts. I need natural light and I put forward two options, the spare room or the day room. Both of these were vetoed by his brother and I ended up in a dark basement room surrounded by computer bits.

It hurt me really badly that he refused to fight for what I needed instead of bowing to his brother. Now that his mother is there she has all the things I needed. A room of her own to do with as she pleases and a bedroom. OK I didn't want a bedroom of my own but the other, I needed it.

It is kind of pathetic but I feel a little jealous because she is sure of her place in the house and in their lives, I have not been sure of anything for a long time. I also worry what she thinks of my arrangement with Rob, it is the opposite to what she had with her husband.

Anger and jealousy can make fools of us all I guess. I want to be brave but I am not sure I have it in me.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Let's Get Organized - Email Swap

Time to do something about the clutter that seems to accumulate! For this swap, you will commit to cleaning up and clearing out any one area of your home or office, inside or out.
Do you have a junk drawer, messy craft room, overstuffed closet, tool shed that's a hot mess?
You will take before and after pictures of the area you clean, and email the pictures to your partners. Please take at least 2 pictures before you clean up, and 2 pictures after. Include a short paragraph about the project.
I hope this motivates you to tackle a job you've been putting off....at least that's what I'm hoping for myself. Nothing like the accountability of having a deadline looming to make sure you get going on a project!
I chose to work on taming my collection of envelopes and stuff. My main goal is to make my in/out tray a productive tool instead of a catch all.

Before Photo
After Photo

The second part was a bag I'd been throwing stuff into instead of putting things away.

Before Photo
After Photo

The biggest chore of all is this milk crate that has become the dwelling place of everything I don't have space for.  My aim is to empty it as I had done the others so that it could be used for something else.

Before Photo
After Photo
Everything has now found a new home and my craft stuff is more organized though I still need to go through those other two boxes. My biggest headache, that crate is done.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Do More Art PROJECT ~(^.^~) *May*

Post 501 if it matters to anyone but me :). I am proud of that even if it has taken me six years to get here.

Welcome to my blog!

My goals for this month were: I need to design some labels for my label bags and I want to complete or at least get the backing for my first big weaving project done.

The labels were the easiest of course since that is computer work. I ended up with something very simple:
Address label with line-drawing Rose

The weaving took a lot longer but I expected it to as I had set the size of the frame to 9" x 12" and the background yarn was only a medium weight.

Half way done the backing

The back is now complete

The design elements
I chose the Autumn colour scheme because I was born in October and I love those colours. The design yarns are also in that colour scheme. Though the green has the most texture, orange and black and red and brown are also in there.

This is what it looks like today:

Design in Progress
I do not have an image in mind it is all done without forethought. I think it looks cool but others my feel differently. I am about half way through my tub of design elements so this is the design half done. :)

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

My favourite picture of the month April

The Professor with two of our grandchildren
This was the first time they had ever sat on his knee. Up until now they were very wary of him as they saw him seldom. This and the paintings made this Easter extra special for me!

The first green I saw this year
This stump is outside my window and I was so happy to see green after so many months of grey and white.

Something that made me happy in April!

This year I took charge of the Easter celebration with my daughter because I had a plan I wanted to carry out.

For the meal I brought a huge meal deal from KFC
20 pc with two salads french fries and gravy. It was a big hit!

The next thing I did was pull out paint, brushes and canvases and asked each child to make me a painting to hang on my wall as a keepsake.

The Tools
The Results
Now all I need to do is get them hung!. I have paintings from the older two and will be adding them as well. I think the oldest girl (4) shows the most promise but the baby girl is too young to know yet, The boys all went for abstracts of the three of them I am torn as to which shows the most promise. I am not good with abstracts

I have my keepsake and my grandchildren had a good time what more can one ask for!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

MCM: Reading Through The Alphabet #3- C

Chinatown Beat (A Detective Jack Yu Investigation #1)

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Detective Jack Yu is assigned to the Chinatown precinct as the only officer of Chinese descent. He investigates a series of attacks on children and a missing mistress, shifting between the world of street thugs and gangs and the Chinatown of the rich and powerful.

Detective Jack Yu grew up in Chinatown. Some of his friends are criminals now; some are dead. Jack has just been transferred to his old neighborhood, where 99 percent of the cops are white. Unlike the others, confused by the residents who speak another language even when they’re speaking English, Jack knows what’s going on.

He is confronted with a serial rapist who preys on young Chinese girls. Then Uncle Four, an elderly and respected leader of the charitable Hip Ching Society and member of the Hong Kong-based Red Circle Triad, is gunned down. Jack learns that benevolent Uncle Four had a gorgeous young mistress imported from Hong Kong. And she is missing.

To solve these crimes, Jack turns to an elderly fortune teller, an old friend of his, in addition to employing modern police methods. This debut mystery powerfully conveys the sights, sounds, and smells of Chinatown, as well as the attitudes of its inhabitants.

Before I started this book I had never read anything by this author, but his name started with a "C" and it was a mystery/detective story which is a genre I like.

It took a lot of getting used to because it is written from a NYC Chinese point of view which made it seem like an alien world to me. After I just let it flow into my mind though it was evocative and kinda scary.

Both the prejudice Jack Yu encounters in daily life from all sides and the attitudes the people of the area are different and is quite sad. Prejudice is alive and well.

I have decided to continue with the series as once I let myself flow into the book it did carry me to a very different and interesting life.

Monday, April 24, 2017

ESG: A typical thing

For this swap you will take 5 pictures of different things you feel are typical from your country/state/city.
This is a wheelchair ramp, this style is typical of the ramps people have that require them. In the area where I live maybe one house in 10 has one. That is because a lot of older folks come here from Toronto.
These are cedar trees and they are our most common evergreen. They are valued for their scent and that it takes a lot to kill one.
Right now everywhere you look the trees are putting out new leaves. This is typical of spring around here.
The garbage can I suspect you recognize but that blue thing on top maybe not. The blue bins as they are nicknamed are the bins we use for our recycling. Most every home has at least one, some have as many as three, depending on if they sort the different materials we recycle or not.
While one of these in someones back yard is unusual, these bottles are quite popular in smaller offices and homes. It is a typical water bottle for a water cooler.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Humorous Day

Humorous Day is being observed today! It has always been observed annually on April 19th.

Humorous Day is a day to find the humor in any situation that happens to be thrown our way. A day to remind us to see the bright side and to realize that most things are really not as important as they at first may seem.

I remember something I saw  or read a long time ago about a girl that could find the silver lining in anything. I do not know what it was called but I liked her optimism. It wasn't the glass half full kind but rather an extreme version of it.

I am trying to think of an example but I am not as optimistic as I once was, still it made me laugh. This is the kind of thing Humorous day helps us remember: Your cat dies and while you are sad you remind yourself that now you can give another, needy cat a new forever home where it will be loved and cared for. 

Always look for the happiness in everything, the positive action stemming from a negative event.