Friday, August 29, 2014

Friendship Friday...

This is my friend Janice and I (I'm in yellow).  We spent a weekend together recently at ArtWaves in London On.  On Thursday evening there was a reception which was themed Groovy times.  I certainly didn't fit into any of my "groovy" clothes so we went as is.  Nice time, met up with other artists and compared "what's happenings."  so happy to see my friend Nancy feeling MUCH MUCH better.  She was very grateful to be walking again. So am I.  Janice and I have been friends since grade 10.  A long time, she'd never participated in a weekend of art adventures, but that all changed this weekend she was overwhelmed with "ideas" and stuff. 
broken dishes...
glass cutting...
and wire wrapping...
I think she was pleased with her glass creation.  And a good time was had by all.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sunday Salon...or what's happening outside

this is the hydrangea I hacked out last fall, because it really is in the wrong spot, what a surprise
Sunday Salon finds me somewhat more thankful than I was last week.  The outside of our home is getting to the finish line, not quite finished but close.  I've had NO time in the garden, this year.  The yard has been filled with ladders and saw tables and such for more than I want to admit, like 3 months. However,
we've gone from this
to my resident boys, fixin' things up, I figured if they stayed any longer I'd have to  set a few more places at the dinner table
the picture of neglect, the ladders were constantly in the way and I couldn't do anything
the most # of blooms ever

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Door Knobs...

I've been on Pinterest,  and as much I think this might be wasting a whole lot of time, I usually do it while I'm waiting.  Waiting for my family to come home for dinner,  waiting for my family to come home from work, waiting, waiting, waiting.  So Pinterest it is!  One of the boards I frequent,  Door Knobs.  I'm thinking today I'm like Aunt Esmeralda, from Bewitched, the one that collected door knobs.  Some are really unique, some not so much.  There's not much interest in the knobs in my house, and I fear Handy Andy would have a fit if I wanted to change some.  I can't help it, some interesting one's just pop out at me.  For example:  today I'm in Winners, looking for sock for diabetics, (Handy Andy), and there sitting all my it's lonesome a door knob that says "Welcome", can't buy that.  During the Buffy the Vampire Slayer years my boys wouldn't let me put a welcome sign up, because a vampire can't come in if you don't invite him.  So no Welcome door knob.  The boys have grown out of the "vampire" stage, but their mother is not so easily turned back, so still no Welcome signs.  

Then of course when I was discussing said knob with Handy Andy,  he couldn't hear me, and all I could think of was "he's as deaf as a door knob"  but which one?
image from Pinterest
or should I stick with exotic tapes
image from (thanks Becca Walker)

I'm dying for a new tap, the problem is it's rather pricey, and Handy Andy will want to install it, and you know what that means.  He'll drop the wrench and we'll need a new sink, and then we'll need a new floor, cause he'll crack a tile and we didn't keep any spares.  And at the end of all that, we'll have a funeral to pay for and legal fees for me, and jail time.  So....

Maybe I'll achieve catharsis just pinning things on a board.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Teaser Tuesday...The Forgotten Seamstress

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

"They told me you want to know my story, Why I ended up in this place?  Well, there's and odd question, and I've been asking it meself for the past fifty years."  

From The Forgotten Seamstress, Liz Trenow,  I've decided I should be reading books about other sewing ladies. and this is the first on the list.  It's my own personal challenge, read books about people in your line of work. 

Sunday, August 17, 2014

it's Monday what are you reading?...

The Illusionist, Jennifer  Johnson

The Cay, Theodore Taylor

The Angel Makers, Jessica Gregson

This week I finished three books, shocking, two of which were quite short.  The Cay is described as a children's book.  I'm not sure that is the case, it is certainly a book told from the child's perspective.  I really never knew or should I say never thought about the impact of the war in the Caribbean. I felt that I had read extensively on the WWII and never thought about the Caribbean.  What a good story  The relationship of a young boy, in a lifeboat, and of a big black man.  Their survival on a small island, for many months.  They overcome prejudice, and hardship, thirst, and storm, and finally become good friends.

The Illusionist, the story of a young woman, and her daughter living a life of strangeness.  The Illusionist is just that, he creates an illusion around his life with his wife, and daughter and it isn't until he dies that the illusion bursts.  A story of a wife's abuse if not physical, certainly emotional.

and then The Angel Makers

Well this is yet another story of life in a very small Hungarian village, based on a true story.  Now this is an unusual look at life during WWI.  It deals with superstition, life in a very small community, post traumatic disorder, domestic abuse and yet love.  I believe these stories, simply because often my mom would talk about some of the goings on in her village.  Education for women and men was limited, those who embraced teaching their daughters to read was rare, let alone encouraged.  A wonderful look at interaction of POWs and villagers, people who really weren't affected by war directly except for the loss of husbands and sons.  Odd things happen during a war, perhaps a new look at the enemy?  Highly recommended.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Saturday Snapshot...

The ugly koi fish.  they are ugly aren't they?  I went to check at a pet food place, and then at a Chinese restaurant.  But, on  my lovely winter Geisha, they will be awesome, they're a little way from that at the moment, but I couldn't help sharing them with you.
She'll have glitter and micro beads and so much more, love it!  Now all I have to do is paint the walls on which my girls will hang.