“In the unlikely event…”

by Carol Browne on September 30, 2014 · 0 comments

in Street photos

But first...

I had quite the eye opening day today. As part of the Health and Safety committee at work (and being the Fire Warden of the 10th floor) I was required to take an earthquake and fire safety course this morning, followed by a fire drill. Today I learned that:

1) Canada had 3,348 earthquakes last year. When the instructor asked my guess, I said, “20”. Clearly, I am not up on the earthquake news.

2) Canada has the second highest tornadic activity in the world – only the US has more tornadoes that we do. Most of them happen in Southern Ontario, but there have been many in the prairies. Clearly, I am not up to date with the tornado news. Ontario? Really?

3) People ignore fire alarms. And, as the instructor said today, “There is no such thing as a false alarm. All alarms are real. Be glad that there was no fire. Those don’t end well most of the time.”. Words to live by.

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Aerial Views

by Carol Browne on September 29, 2014 · 0 comments

in Family and Buddies, Festivities, Home decor

Aerial Views

I’m not sure what I like best about these photos. It could be the heart print of my nightgown, or my blue toenails (that polish has lasted a long time) or Oscar looking like a koi fish at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden – which reminds me, we need to go there for Halloween. SPOOKY times! I think koi fish win.

I found this mini ironing board today on my lunch hour and lugged it back home on the skytrain tonight. I think it will work perfectly in our living room on a $10 side table we have in the shed. I’ll dig it out, clean it up and give it a try.

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Sunday, the day of…

by Carol Browne on September 28, 2014 · 0 comments

in Family and Buddies, General

1) dishes

2) laundry

3) a little bit of sewing

4) cutting up Christmas fabric into 5 inch squares

5) sorting out my Christmas fabric bin and wondering why I put Elvis fabric in the Christmas bin. I mean, other than that one piece of Christmas Elvis fabric?

6) checking my ello page – I’m still not sure what that’s all about just yet. So far it’s kind of like facebook, but there are no ads

7) editing photos – I love this part. Very relaxing

8) watching all the netflix and SHAW on Demand. Whoa. So much Futurama today. Good thing there are 10 seasons to watch. We won’t run out any time soon. And we watched The Knick. That’s a lot of blood, guts and bowls of opium

8) researching how to make a wonky star block for a quilt and if it’s possible to do it by hand instead of machine. I think it can be done

8) drinking tea out of excellent mugs:

Sounds dull, but next Sunday is the set up for the last portfolio show of the year, so I’m resting up for that.

Serious rest is required.


Community service

by Carol Browne on September 27, 2014 · 0 comments

in Edibles, Family and Buddies, General, Stuff on the Street

The dumping of the shoesOver the last few days, we noticed someone had left his or her shoes on one of the lawns near our place. After several days of seeing them out in the rain, we decided to bring out the snow shovel (ew! Don’t touch them with your hands! GROSS!) and put them to rest in the nearby dumpster. Mike did the heavy lifting while I documented our community service.

RIP dirty, old shoes.

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Using what I’ve got

September 26, 2014

Bonnie and her bird and ocean quilt I hit a bottle neck with my quilt guild photos last month, and now I need to get caught up for 2 months. I usually sit down for a couple of hours and do it in one big batch, but lately my schedule’s a bit choppy and I […]

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The productive day

September 24, 2014

After taking Monica’s portraits on the weekend and buying a portrait book for $2.62 by this author, I felt all fresh and renewed to take some more portraits. I’ll be finding as many volunteers for photos as possible. Ruwani at work was my subject today. She started working in our office about 4 months ago. […]

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Done like summer.

September 23, 2014

It’s the day after the day after the last day of summer. Yesterday there was a bit of rain in the morning, but warm in the afternoon and evening. Today? Leaves everywhere and a heavy rainfall warning for tomorrow. It’s been raining off and on all evening – I know because I had an employer […]

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My endless tomatoes

September 23, 2014

Well, I found a sweet spot in the garden for tomatoes. I think they’re a little late, but they are growing like CRAZY and show no end in sight. The plants are weighed down with little green tomatoes and every day there’s a 4 or 5 nicely ripe ones for me to pull off and […]

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Did we REALLY need this?

September 21, 2014

YES. We hit up the local pet store to pick up a new scratching post. One little cat (who shall remain nameless)…

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The summer continues…

September 20, 2014

I can’t remember where I read it, but as someone said, “This summer just keeps on giving.”. Oh man, has it ever. I believe tomorrow is going to be the last sunny day for the next little while – apparently something called, “rain” is starting early next week. This summer has been so long and […]

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