Wednesday, October 29, 2008

princess and her tiger

she decided to be a princess
and so mum got to designing, sewing, digging through boxes and after 2 days of major projecting
ta da
Jasmin - exotic beauty from the far east
dark hair and all!
and the tiger is a tigger but is supposed to be raja.
happy halloween!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Punkin Carvin' day

We took advantage of a break in the rain today to carve and put out our pumpkins.
One is Simon and Chloe's and the other is mine and Corinne's.

Our knight mouse

It's a French painting of course

Really old French.

I recognize that painting from France last summer. We saw it on the walls of a cave near Lascaux!
Actually the horse in the top left corner does look very much like one from those caves.
I'm not so sure I recall the cat though. Most of those had bigger incisors I think.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

I see ....

well, you asked!
and it seemed to get filtered through the TOD BOOSTER frantics sketch on the way

October in Calgary

Benajmin Turns 12 This week, and blows out the sparklers. See Natalie and Fiona cavorting in the leaves.

We went to an art show last weekend, and fount three very nice pieces to display on the main floor of the new place:
The first is a mixed media piece, with real newsprint, painted over to look very realistically like garlic. It's called "A Clove A Day". Hangs in the kitchen, naturally.

The next piece is 12" x 36", and is a sort of abstract piece but spoke to both of us, in varying ways. It's called "being Risque". Prominenly in the living room. (What do YOU see?)

The last piece is a ceramic mosaic by a friend of ours in McKenzie town, Anja. It's called, appropriately enough, "Sunflower in Red Vase". Dining Room.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Gramma's Birthday

It was a Happy Thanksgiving Birthday Day.... after having some trampollining, and before leaving for the airport.
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Thanksgiving Dinner in Calgary

Dave cooks the turkey in the new kitchen in the new house while Karen, Glenn and the kids are at the Zoo.
It was scrumptious, and all of the 19 people at the table enjoyed it a lot.
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what kind of dino are you?

Simon has all of his relatives branded under a dino
here is apparently judy's
this is what I was calling the jarjar binx dino that dave couldn't remember which it was. Plus he was cooking the turkey and didn't zoo with us that day.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Air Force Memorial -- and an Inaugural Visit

This was my and David M's first visit to the Air Force Memorial. He had driven me back to DC from Toronto on Tuesday the 21st and arranged to stay a couple of days...and I arranged to take a couple of days off to enjoy two frankly gorgeous fall days and the pleasure of his company.

Here, we're looking at the engraving in the black granite memorial as it reflects back at us.

Again, see a few more pix of this graciously-designed memorial in the title link. I love the curves of the three spires, which represent three aircraft flying the "Missing Man" formation, after the fourth aircraft has left the group, that is flown at the final service for a fallen comrade .

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Oh the weather outside is...

SNOWING! Yep. October 21 and it's snowing in Toronto.

Sunday, October 19, 2008


To Paraphrase Paul Simon...

With the help of one of my most longtime friends (I think somehow after a while some people bristle a bit at being called "oldest" friends), David McLoughlin, we organized a delegation to see Tom Gough as Gloucester in King Lear at Hart House on Saturday 18 October. See title link for more pix.

Left to right: Andrew McLoughlin, Bill Denning, Brenda McLoughlin, Christopher McLoughlin, David McLoughlin, Elise Denning, Robert McLardy, Judy Bradt, Tom Gough, Ann Mowatt, Peter Neilson. Thanks to photographer and McLoughlin family friend Lori Lowes, former teacher of both Andrew and Chris, who also joined us.

Judy's Fall Toronto Family Visit

Good to Be Back Home Again...

Again, see the link or title link for more pix...

I spent Sunday the 19th in Toronto with Mom in the morning, reading transcripts of the interviews she did with her Pop about his life, and then she and I went over to see Karen and Fiona, visiting at Lorne and Corinne's...and enjoyed Swiss Chalet lunch as well as a walk. A great day!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

What are we all doing and what are we thankful for this year?

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

A little gardening

Last Sunday we finally had a day with no rain when we could make it out to plant the new trees.

Diana was able to come out and help too.
The new Alberta Spruce trees along side the newly expanded planting area in front.


Thursday, October 02, 2008

hey HAY!

a few pix from the cousin's farm adventure
lots of jumping from bales
lots of smiles
some mid air shots that were so funny
can't wait for the next visit at the end of the month!

TWINS born on the farm last weekend - lambies
earliest lamin' yet
Sue Pajama now out and about with mum and brother. Fun to watch her jumping about.