Saturday, August 19, 2017

Snapshot Saturday...

Well it's that time of year again,  the Canadian National Exhibition opened this weekend.  For Ontarians, that means summer is drawing to an end.  Grandmoms, and moms alike are getting kiddies ready for back to school.  Kids are trying to cram in as much fun as possible. Me, I'd just like to say my yard is o.k., it's not.  I still have 3 square feet of patio to fix, and 1/3 of my lawn to remove and some grubs that need tending to.  I missed treating them in the spring, so now they have become quite a community.  It's hard to find something I want to do, that's environmentally friendly, but doesn't require me to take out a mortgage or sell my first born. I was hoping Pepe Le Pew would take care of things but he seems to have given up and moved next door.  Smelly little guy that he is. So when I went to stroll through the livestock yard and this little guy pocked his head out, I couldn't help but think, I may need some manure on that lawn as well... Have a good Saturday.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Saturday Snapshot

I didn't start out gardening, but I do like to sit and have my morning coffee and look out the window, and see something pretty, and so began the gardening adventure.  There is good and bad involved.  Bad, skunks digging up my yard and smelling up my yard, there are those pesky weeds.  The good, lovely flowers. And so I present:  The good things about day lillies...
they are bright, and tall and lush
they come in a variety of colours
they require little or no attention, an occasional watering...
THE BAD, each bloom flowers for just ONE day.  And come mid August they are mostly done!

BUT the best part of day lillies is look how great those car parts look.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Saturday Snapshot

I haven't gotten to this corner of the garden, yet.  I'm busy pulling the white clover from my law, about 2/3rds done.  But look what Mother Nature did! I thought for sure the morning glories were not blooming this year,  they are very late.  I've had them going since Sasha was in Senior Kindergarden, he's now 28. 

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Sunday Salon... Our Lady of the Lost and Found

As I keep saying... I am the mother of an aspiring Canadian Author. So, in turn when the task is to read a book that won an award, it was an obvious choice for me to choose one of our Canadian authors, one who won an award.  Our Lady of the Lost and Found somehow found itself on my TBR pile.  I do not remember how or when I acquired it, but there it was *for my reading pleasure.  And, yes it had received the Governor Generals Award.  It was a total surprise. I thoroughly enjoyed it.  And thought, yes, you should have been rewarded.  I had every intention of passing it along to another Canadian Author reader, but I just as yet need to keep it.  Well bonus,  as I mention in my previous post, I went to a presentation regarding Door of Hope Dolls and the Boxer years.  Well these years were mentioned in this book.  Now I need to know more about those years.

To me a good book is one that keeps you thinking, or wanting to know more.  While I am a practicing Catholic, I learned a lot from this book, good things.  Thank You so much to this wonderful author.

* many friends and acquaintances know I need to support Canadian authors, just because I want my child to earn enough to feed himself, so I often get books from them, and just plop them on the TBR pile.

My parents always said, you learn all your life and die stupid, ( course translation), it does not sound so crass in Polish.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

It's a wrap...

I belong to a number of groups from painting to antiques.  Last evening we had our last meeting of the Canadian Antique and Collectors group.  The presentation was on "Door of Hope Dolls".  Who knew these existed.  I often watch Antiques Road Show, when I'm ironing".  Never have I seen these treasures.  What an interesting history, and unfortunate history, but interesting.  So I came home and googled...
You'll never believe how much this is on e bay for. Upwards of 8,000. It was obvious that the presenter/collector was passionate about her collection, but she also had a bag of money.  While I'm not much of a collector of any particular item,  it's really an expensive obsession.  I love the historical portion of this creation, but, I'm sure I won't come into contact with any of these creations. 

Over the summer, my main focus is to reduce my collections.  Downsizing as they say,  I'm not so successful at this task, but I'll keep trying.

Monday, June 12, 2017

A little something I've been working on...

Way back in January I started to work on this "china cabinet".  It was in rough shape, the shelf was split, the bottom support broken in two, and much of the veneer on the sides was bubbled and missing.
As I planned to use this in my studio, to replace some of my flood damaged bookcases, I took the top design off, fixed the bottom brace and stripped it all.  It was smelly, so I also used a product to seal it and get rid of that smell.  It worked.
I still plan on etching the glass that goes in the door there, as soon as I can find it, I put it in a safe place.  I'm most pleased with the results. The painted areas are the ones that were most damaged and veneer missing,  I'm not so good at replacing veneer.  So... here she be

Everything's coming up roses

I'm always so pleased when my morning coffee has this lovely view...
the last few days have been very hot, so I've been watering very slowly at the base of these babies, and they treated me this morning with lovely blooms.  I hate the way that wall looks behind them but, haven't come up with something to improve that.