Sunday, August 31, 2008

Blue skies and red apples

A gorgeous day, started a bit rough with our van crapping out (why? - who knows) but an afternoon with the bits spent picking apples at a nearby orchard, then a dip in our friend's pool, ahhhh, Saturday bliss.

Saturday, August 30, 2008


Always something to do around this place - today it was digging a trench to run a new "sump pump discharge pipe" (in my head I'm hearing blah blah blah, handy I'm not). Our (super helpful) neighbour borrowed this cute little digger to save a HUGE amount of hard labour digging the trench by hand.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Morning Glory

Incredible sunrise this morning, as seen from our bedroom windows. Reminds me why we bought this place...

Thursday, August 28, 2008


Large French Vanilla cappuccino from Tim Horton's. Given what I pay for these ($1.86) and the frequency with which I purchase them (nearly every working day) is it too much to expect a full cup? EVERY cup I get is only this full (they use a calibrated machine to fill the cup). I think I'm going to write a letter...

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

La première journée du jardin

First day of kindergarten (he started a day later than his sister because they stagger the entry in JK and SK... but alphabetically, and he's early in the alphabet :) ) He wasn't so keen on posing, he was a little bit nervous...

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

La première journée de la deuxième année

My baby girl's first day of second grade. How time flies, this is the start of her fourth year of school already!

Monday, August 25, 2008

Back to reality

Our summer off is over, and we're all settling back into our 'normal' routines. Back to school for the kids (tomorrow and Wednesday, today they spent in the daycare), back to work for me. It's bittersweet, I'm sad summer is over, I'm sad that I won't be spending all day with the bits, but I'm looking forward to seeing my coworkers and even a bit to opening my files (though there's some dread there too!) and I'm excited for the little ones to begin new adventures in kindergarten and grade 2.

Sunday, August 24, 2008


I was trying to take pictures of the echinacea... I didn't count on seeing this little visitor.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Midnight snack

Yummers - Belgian waffle crisps with butterscotch ripple ice cream, sure beats a traditional ice cream sandwich!

Friday, August 22, 2008

Hula girl

She saw it at the Gymboree store... how could I say no? She's been practicing hula dancing a la Lilo and Stitch all afternoon :)

Thursday, August 21, 2008


Country living has its share of interesting neighbours. This fella (and many of his brethren) seem to think our pool is their pool. This fella was lucky, C scooped him out before the filter (or chlorine) could do him any lasting damage. Others have not been so fortunate :(

Wednesday, August 20, 2008


Stunning clematis that grows just outside of my home office window. The flowers are a deep purply-blue where they're shaded by the big leaves, and this amazing reddish-pink where they receive full sun. I had no idea one plant could produce two different colours of flowers?

Tuesday, August 19, 2008


Out for a late evening walk, we saw this strange and powerful sunset over the village.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Getting set up

Slowly getting my office/scraproom set up, finding places for all of my crap, figuring what's going to work for me...

Saturday, August 16, 2008


Waiting not so patiently for papa to finish vacuuming the pool so they can SPLASH to their hearts content!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

it's me

Soaking up some rays post-swim. Deceptive though, looks sunny but it was COLD - air temperature in the low 20's and enough of a breeze that being wet was being uncomfortable. The bits weren't ready to go inside though, they're little penguins.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Hockey night in Canada!

Bought ourselves a little toy - an air hockey table! Second hand, but still awesome. The boys are breaking it in :)

(Excuse the poor picture, the light in the basement is terrible and I had dust or something on my lens)

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Cool sky

OK I know what a red sky at night means, but what does a weird orange and purple sky signal is coming?

Today, among many other things, my parents recovered my dining room chairs in a fabulous navy and floral fabric. Man do I wish they lived closer.

Monday, August 11, 2008

A visit

My parents came up for a visit and to check out the new house. Never content to sit still, here is my dad ripping a dead cedar from beside the pool (while my mom, just out of camera range, was pruning). All of the landscaping looks a heck of a lot better now (and my mom was able to tell me what almost everything growing here is, weeds included!)

Sunday, August 10, 2008

A beautiful view

Montreal, from St Joseph's Oratory, the highest point in the city. So beautiful up there, and so tranquil (or it would be if I hadn't been chasing and shushing a certain 5 year old). I'd really like to go back sometime without the bits and spend some time walking through the gardens, with their statues depicting the passion of Christ, and areas for contemplation. In the quick run-through I had, it seemed so peaceful.

Saturday, August 9, 2008


Cool Chinese street performers in old Montreal, where we're spending the weekend. The bits were absolutely enraptured, scarcely blinking through the entire dance and acrobatics performance. Amazing.

Thursday, August 7, 2008


Strange weather we're having, switching from blue skies and sun to menacing clouds, thunder and lightning in the blink of an eye. This has been the wettest summer I can remember!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008


A trip to Ikea and the solution to my office needs - this adorable little Mammut table and chairs tucks nicely into the corner right beside my desk and is roomy enough for both artists to work together. Now to solve my ugly paint colour dilemma....

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Shootin' hoops

The boys play water basketball on a gorgeous sunny day (little J is holding the hoop)

Monday, August 4, 2008

(Not quite) a space of my own

In the new house I finally have my own office/scraproom, a long held dream of mine. I'm gradually getting it set up the way I want it, however it's become abundantly clear that it's not going to be a space of my own. The sunny main floor space is just too tempting for the other little artists in the family (as are my markers!) Guess I'll be searching for a second, smaller desk for my helpers...

Sunday, August 3, 2008


A fire back in July tore through this old farmhouse on the grounds of the Cloverdale Links golf course. It was empty, but still so sad to see it torn in half. We drove by on our way to a farmer's market and just had to stop.

Saturday, August 2, 2008


Wicked fun Esphera 3D puzzle that big J and I assembled. Can't wait to find more of these babies!

Friday, August 1, 2008

All sweetness and light

I love this picture, my two little darlings, snuggled up together sharing a towel. Be still my heart...