Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The year is coming to an end...whoot.
It has been a good year
Full sadness,bigbaddoggiebreath kisses from my Lola
A Divine year

Changes coming
Some silly little changes like
painting a room
Sewing curtains
Some bigger changes like
.................... keeping those a secret for now

Paint...the winter is a wonderful time to paint

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Before Christmas

I will make
lemon squares 
and shortbreads

Gifts from my Kitchen
this year

the decorations are simple
but they sparkle

My parents
 Christmas with us
a nearby hotel


Thursday, December 02, 2010

Big Breath

I am taking a big breath before jumping into Christmas plans.  Shopping, baking, and decorating will begin soon.  But, until then, this is what I am really looking forward 60th birthday will be celebrated in Jamaica; the real Jamaica, with my best friend, my bff, where we will also celebrate 50 years of best friendship. 

 Dare to do something different!
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a very peaceful view


here we are...about the time we met

...and now...
how sweet life is

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

 It has been awhile since I posted.  Our new addition...Ms. Lola the bulldog.  We love her.  Adopted her from a loving home (asthma within the family) determined she could not stay there any longer.  We have embraced this beautiful 4-ish year old bulldog named Lola.

She is a good girl..such a lady with impecible manners..I can't remember life without to see my boys paying so much attention to her. She makes me smile and laugh and she doesn't even know it.  Life is good...really..isn't it?

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Bryan & Ellen's Halloween Wedding

the new family

yummy cupcakes

wicked witch

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Lola...our new dog...a sweet little 4-year old

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Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Toronto Island

Toronto had been many years...35 years probably...since I had been to the island.  How sweet it is...a lovely community of more mature folks...always someone close by...small dogs and cats...and streets only a bit wider than cars!   Enjoy the view...just a short ferry ride from downtown Toronto.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Computer brain...can I ask you something?

Sometimes I will ask 'the computer brain' a question and then see how close the answer is to my answer, or how different the response is.

What does happy feel like?

Happy is when you look at the one you love and feel like the world has stopped spinning and your smile will never go away.  Ok..I have not felt 'happy' in this way.

Happy is when you stand in the crowd to watch your son or daughter get an award and your heart feels so big and warm and you get a tear in your eye.  Now that I have felt. 


Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Spring says please
Autumn says thank you

And soon it will be time to hibernate

Saturday, September 25, 2010

A cold
A flu
I ache
I am tired but I cannot sleep
My throat it tickles...then it hurts

Monday, September 20, 2010

The Time is
The Time is now..for what?
I haven't any idea

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Don't just do something......stand there

Wednesday, September 08, 2010


I must remember this word...Abundance...A bun dance...AbunDANCE...shake your like nobody is watching
I love the colours of fall...enjoy the season and don't look ahead to what come's after.
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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Standing on the edge of something much too deep

That is how I have been feeling and all sorts of thoughts are swirling in my head about what I should do with this feeling.  Painting has brought me peace.  A week away with my best friend filled my cup. Assurance from an old friend that we will continue in September brought me light. Well, perhaps not 'assurance' but a 'mention' that I am somewhere on the list for September...brought a spec of light.

I have a plan. A plan to once again take up yoga.  I will visit the three studios in town and decide which one is for me.  I think I may like this place  They offer various 'styles' of yoga as well as some fitness in the form of spin classes and Pilate's as well as a weekly drop-in meditation class. I will need to find a way to fit the monthly cost into my limited budget but I am positive this is do-able...I can and I will find $20/week for me

September has always been a time of new beginnings for me; the start of a new year; that feels more like a renewal than does the new year the calendar brings. TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) is soon, very soon and that has always been a time that ignites my renewal quest and journey. Maybe I can find a way to fit some watercolour lessons into my budget as well.

I also have a secret little dream of indulging in myself for more than a few hours.  An "Eat Pray Love" adventure on my own limited scale. What I would like is a weekend away by myself, absolutely alone with myself.  I have searched and I may have found just the escape to fit me.  A weekend at a B & B on Toronto Island in the fall.  I have been alone in my own home but never completely alone away from my surroundings.

Love and Light

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

......I do like this
feeling odd lately
like I'm on the edge of something
something good
a discovery about me perhaps

on the edge of letting go too
my thoughts are not luminous
I need connection

I can't find you 'out there'
you can't be here
I can't be there

feeling odd lately
like I'm on the ledge
and I will fly
this time

love and light

Sunday, August 08, 2010

It rained rain barrels will be filled and the garden and grasses say 'thank you'.  I inspiration photos and my paintings.

Signal Hill, St. John's NL
A Crooked House - somewhere near Owen Sound ON

I love how this house is just caving in on itself.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Lady's Slippers... hiding in the forest...a small dark abstract-type watercolour...trying new techniques
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Friday, July 16, 2010

I haven't painted for a while and today was the day to wet my brushes again. For this watercolour, my inspiration was from page 19 of "The Art of Living, a guide to contentment, joy and fulfillment", by The Dalai Lama....a beautiful booked filled with breathtaking photos.

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Monday, July 12, 2010

This isn't my hand, but my mehndi design is similar....a hot day yesterday...a "run" to Harbour Front with my girlfriend and we decided to have some fun and get some temporary art work it.
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Monday, July 05, 2010

I love new slippers that have come all the way from Marrakesh, via Maryland...wonderful Maryam at surprised and pleased us all in general and me in particular, and took orders for this delicious sensual colour....very beautifuly made too.
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Saturday, July 03, 2010

A view I would like to paint

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Vanessa Bell
an abstract by Vanessa Bell
"Black Iris" by Georgia O'Keeffe... I do like her flower paintngs

Monday, June 28, 2010

Another picture done...
much happier with this is time to try something different next...something fun...thinking of Georgia O'Keeffe's style, or Vanessa Bell
I may take a course in the fall and start at the beginning for once! With only having had a folk art brush in my hand, I jumped into watercolour painting with a workshop of experienced painters!
Humbling but inspiring as well

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Play Day .... this Sunday

my first inspiration, "Quiet Morning" by Trisha Romance, particularly for perspective..I find perspectives difficult to get right most times..

The drawing is done

Inspiration all around me...I have a whimsical idea in mind for this painting

The sky is done..

a little inspiration from Marlene Bulas