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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

One Word A Week Wednesday...

30/52
EMBRACE
***
Flowers, beautiful flowers,
children, humanity, lovely, love, life,
embrace all ~ please!
~Yusef Lateef~

Monday, July 26, 2010

Some Summer~time Reads...

Some of my Summer reads ...
I've always loved to read and walking to the Library to stock up on books is something I've done since I was a child. I could spend hours at the library, looking through all the new magazines/books/tapes. I passed that love of the written word on to my children and as babies got them their own little library card.
When they started school and Summer holidays began, we would go to the Library and sign up for their Summer Reading Program. They'd pick out 5 books and once they were read would write the title and author down in a little folder which the Librarian would stamp. By the end of Summer, the folder would be filled with titles of books enjoyed, and a little gift would be given :-) Walks to the Library would also include packing a picnic lunch.
Our town's Library is surrounded by lush park land, and we have a "favourite" big oak tree that we'd always sit under, quilt layed down, new books beside us, sandwich, apple, cool drink ... Heaven!
This Summer I'm reading books on Vegetarian/Vegan/Raw Food. I've been a Vegetarian for many years and recently, thanks to my daughter (who has been a vegetarian since age 7) , have been eating a mostly vegan/raw food diet which has been amazing and led me to seek out more information and recipes.
I placed a hold on the book "Ripe" by Jae Steele and picked it up at the Library last week. Due to it's popularity it's a 2 week book loan instead of the usual 3 week.
"Making Kind Choices ~ Everyday Ways to Enhance your life through earth-and-animal friendly living" by Ingrid Newkirk with a foreword by Sir Paul McCartney is my daughter's, and while I have only just started reading a few pages, I know it will become a "read again" book.
I've been jotting down the amazing quotes into my quote journal as I come across them too :-) I love books with quotes :-)
I picked up "Dream Cottage Gardens" magazine at Chapters when we were away and it is filled with tons of gorgeous garden photos. My husband and I sat and looked through it in our hotel room and made note of lots of "to do" garden project to keep us busy for many summers to come :-)
I was thrilled to spot "Classic Country" by Kathryn Ireland at Chapters too. Kathryn Ireland is my favourite decorator and I love her casual yet elegant style "the feeling of a well-lived life". Years ago, House Beautiful had their own show and I have an old VHS cassette tape of Kathryn Ireland giving a tour of her gorgeous Spanish style home.
This morning, the Emma Bridgewater Summer 2010 catalogue arrived in the mail ...
And then, there's a book I read again and again because I love it so ...
the Pulitzer Prize-Winning novel To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee ♥
What's on your Summer reading list?
***
"Tell me what you read
and I'll tell you who you are" is true enough,
but I'd know you better if you told me
what you reread.
~Francois Mauriac~
***

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Playing with Paints & Pencils ...

I came across a photo of my daughter, taken around 2001, in a chiffon dress, her waist length hair twisted in an up-do. She had mentioned wanting some art work for her Condo and would I paint something a while ago ... prior to my automobile accident and the issues that resulted from that, painting was a passion of mine. Now, it's more about pacing than passion but I kept thinking about that photo and how much fun it would be to paint it ...

I knew I had some canvas' and a cupboard filled with acrylic paints ...and the desire to create ...

and then ... the paints led to the pencils.

I only needed to look around Sparrow Studio to find a photo of Ernie I loved. We had only adopted him the week before, and there he sat in the garden on a snowy December afternoon wearing what had been Ben's ♥ red jacket. Since Ben weighed 125lbs and Ernie only 52, it hung on him and I had to sew an additional button on the underside of the coat to keep it from slipping on him :-)

I find that I have painted my life-


things happening in my life- without knowing.


~Georgia O'Keefe~

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

One Word A Week Wednesday...

29/52
WISDOM
***
God, grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change
Courage to change the things I can
and the WISDOM
to know the difference
~Reinhold Niebuhr~
The Serenity Prayer
I only had to look in my little garden pond to find today's word :-) We have little river rocks with inspirational words scattered.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The weekend in photos ...

{ Daucus Carota } Wild Carrot ...
Bishops lace...
Queen Anne's lace...

known by many names, but my favourite would have to be ...
birds nest :-)
It was a hot and very windy weekend ...
we packed up a few necessities...
and went away for the weekend ...
took in a craft show ...
had a picnic lunch by the water's edge ...
watched the geese...

took long walks with Ernie ♥ ...
sat in Adirondack chairs {the bigger the better} :-}
his & hers ...
In summer
the song
sings
itself
~Carlos Williams~

Friday, July 16, 2010

Last weekend we spent the day in a quaint little town browsing through shops & having a picnic lunch by the lake. The homes were so lovely and most of the cottage gardens were surrounded by picket fences! This fence followed the gentle slope of the street...
And while we stopped to admire the garden we noticed this beautiful Swallowtail {Papilio Machaon} enjoying the coneflowers ...
The next garden we passed didn't have a white picket fence, but instead a delicate wire one ... it did however, have a large Butterfly bush and Swallowtail followed us {if you click on the photo you will be able to see} ♥

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

One Word A Week Wednesday ...

28/52
Thought
***
Each thought
that is welcomed and recorded
is a nest egg
by the side of which
more will be laid
~Henry David Thoreau~

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Crafts from the past ...

One of the advantages of being disorganized
is the joy
of discovery
~A.A.Milne~
***
Another HOT/HUMID day today. Walks with Ernie are down to the bare necessities. You know it is hot when your dog walks AWAY from the door when you open it :-)
I had a little nose around the basement this morning and came across a bag of "unfinished business" :-)
Crafts started but for one reason or another never completed ...
Hubby carried the bag up to Sparrow Studio and layed everything out on my craft table for me ...
Stretched canvas waiting for paint, collages needing some finishing touches, vintage lace cuffs waiting for a little more embellishment ... lots of things I forgot about.
Bit by bit I plan on putting the finishing touches to each ♥ And sitting in an air-conditioned Sparrow Studio makes it much more fun!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Mosaic Monday ...

Still hot and humid
but today
we've had short spouts of rain ...
It stopped long enough to take the camera outside and have a bit of a walk through the garden.
I always change the lens when it rains ... the macro lens goes on ...
You never really know how things will look until you upload your photos ...
although I noticed taking photos of the trumpet vine, that the gap between the lattice on our fence created the loveliest bokeh :-)

and the trumpet vine provided some shelter for ear wigs :-)
Lady bird played a game
of hide & seek with me :-}
as I followed her around as she wove in and out of the vines...
which hung heavily on the fence
with big, full, raindrops...
and then
it started to rain again ...
time to head back inside ...
Happily linking to Mosaic Monday @ dear little red house today ♥

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Thankful {things I love} Thursday...

Light lunches & suppers have been on the menu this week.
With temps in the 90's a nice refreshing salad, small bowl of soup and some crusty bread has been all we've needed. And with very few ingredients, we are sitting and enjoying a nice, nutritious meal in no time (and little dishes after to wash) :-)
My daughter is always trying ( and inventing ) new recipes and food combinations and I love going to her home for supper knowing it will be absolutely delicious and different. Her salads are amazing and dressings ... YUM! This is one of my favourites ...
1 Tbsp EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)
1 Tbsp honey
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
Freshly ground pepper to taste
~Whisk and drizzle on salad~

Salad
with tomatoes
and avocado
and a sprinkle of sunflower seeds ...
and of course...
LOTS
and
LOTS
of
water ...
'cause Baby it's hot outside!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

One Word A Week Wednesday...

27/52
Magical
***
Then followed that beautiful season... Summer ...
filled was the air
with a dreamy
and
magical
light
and the landscape lay as if
new created
in all the freshness of childhood
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow~

Monday, July 5, 2010

Lazy, Hazy Days of Summer ...

It is HOT!

93 Degrees ... the sound of the pond is so nice ...

but today - we are enjoying the comforts of inside

and

air conditioning :-)

The flowers are well - watered ...
The trumpet-vine is providing some nice shade ...
and covered most of the fence (and some of the hanging baskets too) :-)

Today is one of those Lazy, Hazy, Days of Summer...

Deep Summer

is when

laziness

finds

respectability.

~Sam Keen~

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Happy Canada Day!

Happy 143rd Birthday Canada!
***
We had the most gorgeous weather today and spent the entire day down at the Lake where we came across the perfect spot to sit and enjoy the scenery ♥