Tuesday, 29 December 2009
Monday, 28 December 2009
Sunday, 27 December 2009
Friday, 25 December 2009
Wednesday, 23 December 2009
The Geek is usually opposed to opening Christmas presents before December 25, but the view through the little window on the box intrigued her.
These are the trivets and gears he has been working on with his CNC. And we were the lucky recipients!
Monday, 21 December 2009
He said "I'm not fussy, I'm just complicated."
Ti and La's oldest son, S., now four, went to an Eid ceremony with his grandfather. It was therefore quite a surprise for La and Ti, who I have never heard declare a preference for any religion to have S., when he returned home, tell them he was now Jewish.
Shelley told us this story when we were visiting a few weeks ago. She enjoys going to Lebanese restaurants and wanted to thank the proprietors in Arabic. So she asked a couple of her Lebanese guy friends how she could express her appreciation for their hospitality. They taught her a phrase which she promptly started to use.
She said several of the owners were quite surprised by what she said, but Shelley attributed it to her poor pronunciation. It was quite some time later when someone told her that instead of thanking her hosts for the meal, she was really saying, "My breasts are as big as watermelons. Would you like to see them?"
Sunday, 13 December 2009
Today she put the frame on the picture and hung it above the bed.
The futon has been fixed and it is now in the sunroom.
And we discovered that when it is very cold outside, the futon mattress, which we had resting on the floor while we fixed the frame, has exceptional negative insulating properties.
That's frost on the floor and along the baseboard.
Saturday, 12 December 2009
This morning I found the truck was touching the fence, with very little clearance for the door. I hadn't put the parking brake on last night, thinking the truck was set in its spot. Evidently I was wrong, but at least it was a slow roll, and nothing was damaged.
In fact, the fence doesn't lean toward the lane anymore. I hope that stays even after the thaw.
Tuesday, 8 December 2009
Sunday, 6 December 2009
We are still trying to make room for the industrial sewing machine in the sewing room. The futon has to go somewhere, but it is half an inch too big for the sunroom, where we would like it to go. We have taken out the papasan chairs to make room for the futon-they are now in the living room. The shelves are in the hallway, as are the plants. We have to find some lumber to modify the futon frame, so it is still downstairs but the mattress has made it to its final destination.
At least we have a time limit. We are hosting Christmas dinner.
Saturday, 5 December 2009
The weather forecast is for a low of -26 on Wednesday, and we still have very little snow, so today I went and used the leaves I had been re-arranging last week to cover the perennials.
Even the backyard was raked a little more than it had been before, just to cover that perenniel bed.
Monday, 30 November 2009
Hopefully, when the snow melts, this grass can get a jump on that wretched Creeping Charlie stuff that is all over the yard.
Wednesday, 25 November 2009
Sunday, 22 November 2009
We went to Toronto for the weekend to visit friends and do some shopping. We spent Saturday walking around the downtown area to see what there was to see.
These shoes are NOT made for walking. I bought a much more sensible pair. And the clothes upstairs made the colours in these shoes look dull.
I barely speak English, and now there are people who speak human? Wow!
A beautiful end grain cutting board.
Lovely old neighbourhoods. This one is north of the Kensington Market.
And, be still my beating heart. A whole store dedicated to buttons. I hadn't planned on coming here so didn't bring any fabric swatches. Next time.
And of course, one has to sample to outdoor artwork.
Thursday, 19 November 2009
Sunday, 15 November 2009
Friday, 13 November 2009
Wednesday, 11 November 2009
In Flanders Fields
by John McCrae, May 1915
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
Tuesday, 10 November 2009
It'll have hardwood floors.
Now that it has been vacuumed out, eet ees cozy, non?
Well, perhas not, but at least we did get an electrical outlet in the sunroom.
And I don't have to worry about turning my ankle on the heavy electrical cord that was running in there as a temporary solution.
Monday, 9 November 2009
She also installed a proper plug. She said the iron was two 'heavy' to have on a non-grounded extension cord.I don't know what she is talking about. The irons don't weigh very much at all!
Sunday, 8 November 2009
Wednesday, 4 November 2009
Monday, 2 November 2009
And this is how I looked the next day. I've seen women who have hair that looks like this. Which now make me wonder, do they do this on purpose, or is it left over from a night out the day before.