This post is for my sis Carol, who suggested we name our fave beauty products or tips. So here are mine:
31 January 2007
This post is for my sis Carol, who suggested we name our fave beauty products or tips. So here are mine:
29 January 2007
my sewing table - uh, correction....junk table
this is opposite side of craft/tv/guest room
Oh my...oh my, OMG!!
I am still movin' stuff from my apt. to the house and we just came back with another load yesterday - the let me see....ah, yes the 5th trip.... 2 times with a borrowed SUV and 3 times with the car jammed with 'my stuff'. I'm completely overwhelmed with it, and where the heck it's going to all go. I've already filled up the shed and garage(already packed with junk) and our sunroom is crammed with boxes and bags. This house is not big, it's rooms are small and I have to sort, purge, designate for yard sale and charity. This is an accumulation of stuff i have collected since the late 80's and i have lived in 11 apts since then, WoW!!
I feel helpless, hopeless and unable to motivate myself to begin sorting it all. The house is already at the point of being cluttered and i do not want to have a cluttered house.
As you can see from the photos there is a big mess, and everyweek i tackle it and clean it up but then we make another trip to my apt. bring back another load and the clutter begins again. We also have one more load to get this weekend.
Steve it going to put up shelving around the sewing table this week, so all my sewing and crafting supplies can go there, and we bought those 'under the bed storage on wheelies' boxes to hide alot of stuff we don't need to use on a daily basis. So, that is a start i guess. Anyone got any organization tips they want to 'throw out' there (notice the pun?). Do you have any similar horror stories?
26 January 2007
Yesterday was supposedly the coldest night of the year. Archie and Eddie have noticed the house is now colder since our latest deep freeze. They spend alot of time cuddled by the heat registars. They even snuck into the armoire today. I looked everywhere for them and finally found them in there, nestled amongst all my winter woolies - mittens and scarves.
The temperature outside is very cold - about minus 17c with the wind chill.
I'm dreaming of spring and wishing we could afford to fly away somewhere warm. Steve has been checking for deals but so far there is nothing good yet. So for those of you in the same boat, stay warm, drink hot beverages and snuggle under your blankies until this weather improves.
If you're lucky enough to have a fireplace, use it often, as we have been lately. Archie sure loves it.
25 January 2007
the cursor blink for about 2 minutes
now and i can't come but with anything
interesting to write about today.
So, instead i leave you with this photo
of my latest flower, these glorious tulips
and wish you all to have a nice day!
23 January 2007
(just select 'high' when viewing video)
18 January 2007
Here goes nuthin:
1. I enjoy watching really dumb tv shows like 'Wife Swap' and 'America's Funniest Home Videos'. Reality shows are good for a laugh or two. (OOhh, the embarassment!)
2. I like to stay up late. Yes, I'm going through a 'night owl phase' right now, lately going to bed after 1:00 pm. I like the solitude and peacefulness, no phones ringing or interruptions of any kind.
3. I love New York City. I've been there about 8 or maybe 9 times since 1990, lost count, and there's just something about it I can't get enough of, the food, the people, the galleries and museums, the whole atmosphere, is exciting and inspiring. I heart this city so much, i almost moved there once but decided it was going to be too tough to live illegally.
4. I have (on the same vein as no.3) met a celebrity and had a convo with Woody Allen, who was with Soon Yi walking past the Guggenheim and I ran after him, he stopped and we chatted for a couple of minutes, my sister took photos, and I got his autograph. It was in the summer of 2000 and all very surreal,and afterwards I took the camera to the photo place only to be told that the film got ruined. My brush with fame was alas, not captured on film, but I do have his autograph.
5. I had a fear of dentists as a child. I once bit a dentist who refused to treat me after that (smart move). I was referred to a special dentist for bad children (hehe). I have'nt bitten a dentist since though.
Gee THIS was fun!! I tag: Vanessa, Tatjana, Victoria, Risa and Diane. Carol, Cathy and Nathalie, you can join it too, but since you don't have blogs, you can email me and I'll post it in my blog.
17 January 2007
Eddie getting warmed up
Pineapple Chicken Tostadas
tostadas and lots of beer
Baby, it's cold outside! Please, somebody, take me to Mexico! This weather makes me want to dive under my duvet until spring. I made some tostadas the other night and I have to say, this is a good recipe. If you make it you will not be sorry, this is a kick ass meal, as Steve put it. So, dear friends, if your pocketbook won't allow you to go away to warmer climates, the next best thing would be to make something Mexican, break open a couple of Coronas, and put on s0me Salsa tunes.
(FYI, if you do decide to make this recipe, I would recomend draining the canned tomatoes or using fresh, as it was a wee bit too liquidy. Also, in the ingredients it lists beans but they were not in the receipe method, I never used them and I did'nt miss them, as this meal was quite filling.)
12 January 2007
this top is lovely, I want it! It looks so cute with jeans or a skirt.
i heart this sweater so much, it's Benetton and I was too scared to check it out since I might get into credit card trouble.
forgot which store this was, but one of those tres expensive ones where you have to mortgage the house to purchase. The beading on these jeans is fantastic!
(click on photo to see the detailing)
chinese white tea and a few leftover Christmas treats
please excuse the dark circles...I was too lazy to apply concealer today
I just got this extra large orchid teacup and it's too heavy to stick out my pinky!
P-a-r-tea-Y?......BECAUSE I GOTTA! ( a bit of Jim Carrey humor there, y'know...'The Mask'). Okay silliness aside, I heard about this international tea party from this gal's blog and I thought I would join in.
I heart tea so very much, it's a great beverage, and I have to say my hands down favorite kind is Earl Grey, followed closely by ginger and then green tea. I find that by using a fine bone china cup, it really does enhance the flavor alot, since tea is a delicate drink. In the news yesterday I was surprized to learn that by adding milk to tea you lose the antioxidant benefits. I love milk with my Earl Grey tea, although I do drink green and ginger tea straight, so at least I'm getting the benefits sometimes.
09 January 2007
these beautiful antique creamers, the pearl grey creamer is made in Japan, and the blue and white one is made in England
this cigar box purse - very cute!
these cute Christmas ornament drums from Japan, and the prettiest saucer I've ever seen.
the sugar bowl on right is the latest addition to my silver-plated collection.
this gorgeous tray is now my spoon rest on the stove.
and this cutie is Harley, our friends dog, who is kind of like the thrift store items, he's old (14) but a real treasure. I walk him when I have time.
08 January 2007
06 January 2007
El vez omelette with maple cheddar
Tomorrow we are being treated to breakfast at Mimi's (see above) for the most scrumptious blintzes on the planet for me and the famous 'El Vez' omelette for Steve. His omelette has Mimi's homemade chili and maple cheddar cheese while my blintzes are filled with fresh farmers cheese and sided with fresh fruit, sour cream and her homemade fruit compote. Can't wait!
We try to get there by 10:00 to beat the crowd, and even though Mimi's diner is sort of a hidden gem in Toronto, it is quite small, with 3 booths and seating for 7 at the counter. Mimi collects alot of vintagey stuff, including her collection of chickens, eggs and roosters. The place gets pretty lively with Mimi chatting away to customers while cooking up a storm, and the tv bolted to the wall plays 80's videos. It is probably our favorite brunch spot in all of Toronto. They also make a lovely latte. It's definetely worth getting up early on Sunday for Mimi's.
God, I love a good breakfast!
Mr. grumpy pants Steve before his coffee.
05 January 2007
from left: brandy molasses lace roll-ups, gingerbread, chocolate shortbread and fruitcake hermits.
My holiday cookies are dwindling down - I've been enjoying having them with my afternoon tea. I need a cup every afternoon to revive me from midday lethargy.
I still have'nt used my Kitchen Aid processor - Steve is asking me when I'm going to use it, so I'd better find a recipe. I am using our crock pot today, making Chicken Caciatore. I hope it turns out good - it's bubbling away now, the fragrant aroma of oregano and thyme, garlic and onion are filling the house. Oh darn, I forgot to buy mozzerella to melt on top. I do have some asiago cheese I could grate on top instead. Steve just came through the door and said "It smells nice in here". So I can just leave it in the pot for the next 4-6 hours on low, have myself another cuppa tea and leaf through the latest issue of 'Country Living'.
04 January 2007
03 January 2007
I felt it was time to change the look of my blog - love the color and style - it sort of reflects how I feel right now......cheerful and happy. Change is good - i think it is a sign of creativity, desiring a new look or project. I certainly can attest to that, since I'm constantly looking around the rooms of our house thinking of new paint colors, pillows, changing the furniture around or renovating something. If only we had the extra money, I'd make the sunroom much bigger and move the deck over, or change the floor in the kitchen. I have so many plans for the house, and it's exciting to imagine the ideas come to fruition. This year Steve and I will make decisions on the house and what we want to do and i'm looking forward to that.
02 January 2007
I'm overwhelmed with inspiration after receiving some great books for Christmas, and although I have'nt yet had much time to read them, I feel excited about my new sewing and craft projects plus some new decorating projects for the house in the coming year. I'm sure to get alot of fabulous ideas and inspiration from these amazing books. I also received the latest Audrey Hepburn treasure book - 'pictures and mementos from a life of style and purpose' and two cook books which I'll post next time. I just wish I had more time to leisurely go through each and every book. I guess I can choose one book at a time and try to reserve an hour a day to do so. So now I just have to decide which one to start off with.