Friday, October 20, 2017

This Week

Here we are again. How has your week been? One thing I can say about ours is that the weather is once again mild. At least from a Canadian perspective. I hope it continues this way for some time because I’m not a fan of winter, and I’m becoming less and less so as I get older. If we could afford it, the most amazing man in the world and I would spend January and February in a warmer place.

So this week...

A few days ago I ran across an article titled “Worried About Nuclear Explosion? Here's What To Do”. Apparently, Google has seen a spike in searches on “how to survive a nuclear attack” and so now we have suggestions on how to live through one. You know what I think you should do if such a thing were to happen? Kiss your ass goodbye.

If you don’t want to be doing that, reel in chest-thumping, ego-driven politicians who bring on the need for these articles. They are replaceable. Our planet is not.

End of rant.

There is a maddening amount of bad news that we are bombarded with on a daily basis that would have you believe that the world is going to end at any moment. Well, even if that was true, what’s the point of worrying about it? I decided a long time ago that I’m not going to live in fear. If the end comes, so be it. Until such time, I’m going to enjoy every moment I have joyfully and worry-free.

So apparently there are still people out there that believe the earth is flat. They probably never owned a cat. Because then they would know this:
Speaking of cats, mine wake me up early in the morning. Usually very early. Like 5:00 AM. Because I’m such a sucker gentle soul, I drag myself out of a warm bed and feed them. And then the little stinkers settle down for a long nap. They even give me a look that says “What are you doing up at this crazy hour?” Cats.

I'm still drawing and here are my latest attempts, two out of three with a Halloween theme:

And that's all, folks. I’m going to end this Friday’s post with an ode to earth set to “Baba Yetu”, a song by composer Christopher Tin. I’m certain I’ve shared this in the past but it’s so beautiful that it deserves to be shared again.

Enjoy, and happy weekend to all!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Chuckles and Chortles

Happy new week, everyone! How was your weekend? Ours was pretty quiet. We went out for dinner on Saturday night but that's about it. This week will be much busier as we prepare to wash and start painting the front room in our home. Once we're done with that, we can finally unpack and put away all our stuff!

My daughter sent me this photo of her cat, Obi:

Isn't this little bean head adorable? I want to reach into the image and plant a kiss on her fluffy head.

Speaking of my daughter, she's very grateful to everyone who has visited her blog and she's been visiting your blogs but having a hard time leaving comments on some of them, mostly the ones that are on blogger. It all depends on how you're set up and who you allow to comment. Anyhow, just thought I'd mention it.

Now shall we laugh? Let's do it...

Have a great day!

Friday, October 13, 2017

This Week

Another Friday means another round of this and that...

A loveseat/sofa bed was due to arrive last Thursday but the shipping date was pushed to Friday. We were planning to be in Ottawa that day, so no one was going to be here to receive it. I figured with a package that big the shipping company (they have a location in our city) would leave a notification and we’d schedule delivery for another time. The most amazing man in the world joked that we’d come home and find it dumped on our driveway. I took it one step further and joked that they’d dump it right in front of our doorway.

Sure enough...

I should have taken a picture but forgot. But just to give you an idea of this absurdity, here’s a photo of our tiny entrance. Imagine a giant box standing up in front of the door. Totally inconspicuous.

Speaking of the new love seat, I asked “how long do you suppose it will take the cats to claim it as their own?” after we unpacked it and put it in place.

In 3, 2, 1...

It now belongs to the cats.

Our cats sleep so much that I have to check once in awhile to make sure they’re alive.

The cooking madness continues. Some of this week’s goodies included another big pot of applesauce, raspberry muffins, raspberry and yogurt bread, pancakes, scalloped potato gratin and creamy potato soup. We’ve been eating well and our freezer is packed with leftovers. I should take photos but I never think of it. You'll have to use your imagination. Sorry. But  not really.

In the art department, here are a few of my latest (Halloween-themed) attempts. Just in time for Friday the 13th:

And then there’s this one. Because why not sometimes draw things that have my loved ones questioning my wellbeing? hehehe

We recently watched a documentary about Park Ex (short for Park Extension), the area I grew up in. Established in 1910, it is the neighbourhood of choice for newcomers to my hometown, has the highest concentration of immigrants and visible minority groups, has always been a working class neighbourhood, is one of the poorest in Montreal and Canada, and has continuously been a tight-knit and welcoming community. I’ve lived in quite a few different areas since I left that spot and I’ve never felt as strong a sense of community and a feeling of belonging the way I did there. Most of the people I knew in Park Ex while growing up have moved on but my mother and my brother are still there, so I get to visit often. I feel my heart being squeezed every time I arrive in Park Extension; a unique area with a remarkable history that I have very fond memories of.

The blue section is the entire area of Park Extension. 33,800 people reside in it.
(Image found here on Wikimedia)

Anyhow, the documentary is available for free (at least to Canadians) on CBC; Canada’s public radio and television broadcaster. Here’s a link to it for anyone interested in watching it: Return to Park Ex

I think that’s enough for today. Happy weekend to all!