Check out our hats!

My mom sent us some photos of us way back in the 1900’s this week. And both photos include excellent head coverings. Clearly, the man in the middle wins this competition. That’s a lot of buttons and shiny pins on his hat and jacket. I don’t remember having this photo taken, but I know we were in Zimbabwe in the 80’s. We were super lucky that we were able to travel there when we were kids. And very, very lucky we got to visit Zimbabwe at that time. It was just after the civil war and the country was experiencing a bit of (relative) peace.

And I LOVED this hat with the neck covering down the back. I really thought it looked cool. I wore it a lot around this time. I definitely remember my neck flap hat.

And here are more head coverings:
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And a fuzzy pea pod

by Carol Browne on May 6, 2015 · 1 comment

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Things I missed today:

Fuzzy pea pod

1) The fuzzy pea pod (shown above). I was only looking at the flowers (I think they are Columbines) and didn’t even notice that hairy pod.

2) A huge hail storm. Apparently it happened at some point today, but I was either asleep on the train or at work when it happened. I heard the streets were covered in ice in some places! Huh? I missed the whole thing. Darn.

3) The Meteor Shower. I’m just letting you know in advance. It’s best viewed before dawn. I will be sleeping in the bed with Mike and the kitties. I’ll look forward to the photos tomorrow. I’m sure someone will be up taking photos of all those falling stars.

I just have to say, I had an excellent night tonight. I met up with a few buddies for a nice get-together AND I met up with the Pork Man again. Needless to say we had breakfast sausage for dinner with scrambled eggs. The Berkshire Bacon will be saved for another day. And the Bacon Man also gave me a ride home! YES!

I just hope he found his way home.

Buddies, bacon (and sausage) and a ride home? What more does a person need?

Breakfast sausage for dinner!

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Sculpture face in pieces

by Carol Browne on May 5, 2015 · 0 comments

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Sculpture face in pieces

Last Saturday we found some sculptures on the North Shore of Asian men, all in red, squatting in a circle. This was one of the men’s faces.

I am at a complete loss for what to write about today. Worky work was worky. I ran a few errands, including send out Mother’s Day presents, but I can’t really say what was in the parcels. You’ll just have to wait until Sunday to find out.

I do have a day off coming up next week. I’m taking Monday off to take photos for my buddy, Fiona’s high school play and I think I’ll be giving the house a deep clean. I’ve neglected a few chores and it’s time to get ALL the laundry done and wash the floors. Hopefully I’ll also be able to sneak in some sewing.

But this week? I’m getting more pork from the Pork Man of Savory Farm tomorrow, but Wednesday and Thursday I’ll be home and that’s when I’ll be getting back to making my diamond hand quilting pieces. I’ve not sewn anything in a week and I have no idea why. Was I super busy last week? I don’t think so. But I’ve run out of diamond pieces and I think I’ll be stitching things up with a ladder stitch, not a whip stitch.

So, today’s been riveting.

I’ll have to make something happen tomorrow to spice things up.

The ladder stitch? Not very exciting at all.

However, it is practical.

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No children in the basket.

You put the lotion in the basket. Not kids.

PUT THE LOTION IN THE BASKET!*

HEH.

*If you don’t recognize this, please be sure to watch The Silence of the Lambs. And be sure to watch it all alone, in the dark, for maximum effect. :-) I know. That was mean.)

This afternoon I took some photos of another LinkedIn client. I think I’m going to use that word a bit more now. Client. LOLS. So formal! This time the best photos came out based on a collaboration of sorts. I’m not much for posing people – I prefer to let the person pick his/her own pose and then I make tiny adjustments as needed. I really think the person will feel more comfortable that way. When the person made the suggestion to kneel down today, I thought for sure it wouldn’t be comfortable, but we tried that and guess what? Great photos! I was taking a photo above her, on a stool that I brought with me to the park. Whatever works!

Seems it’s time to do a blog post about prepping for a shoot, what to wear and other FAQs.

After the photos were taken, I went across the border for a Trader Joes run AND to pick up a couple of things for the moms for Mother’s Day next week. Yay! Mother’s Day! I also stopped in at Fred Meyer – hence the basket warning in español.

And in other news, how many casseroles can I make?
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If you are not a Skate Rat, please leave the skateboard area.

May 2, 2015

I was watching the little guy on the top of the ramp up there so intently, that I didn’t realized I was being surrounded by sharks. We went to CityFest today in North Vancouver. The event is focused for youth, so there was plenty of skateboarding, some dancers and some bands. So cute. Some of […]

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The outside edge

May 1, 2015

Okay. Stay with me here. Firstly, I tapped out on the cobblestone and tiny squares row of quilting. I could NOT figure it out and somehow, the size was not even correct when I started piecing it all together. This is not unusual for me. Rather than throw the whole thing in the corner and […]

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Tulips in the window

April 30, 2015

I was meeting some friends after work tonight and got to walk along the Upper Granville Street area. It’s a lovely, old neighbourhood (well, old by Vancouver’s standards) with huge, old (but well maintained) mansion-like homes and cool old apartment buildings. Real apartment buildings, not condos! Those rental buildings are few and far between. I […]

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A quarter of a corner.

April 29, 2015

I really am terrible at this. Seriously. I cannot picture in my mind or even with the pieces, how on earth I’m supposed to make the corners on this Christmas Explosion quilt. My trusty helpers were no help at all. I could not, for the life of me, figure out how to make the corners […]

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A sidewalk in New Westminster

April 28, 2015

Monday is my late night – I meet up with some buddies and don’t get home until around 10 pm. But for some reason tonight, I was full of energy. I did some laundry, vacuumed, made enough chilli for dinner AND lunch, and put the laundry away all before I had to pick up Mike […]

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Too lazy to even cut fabric today.

April 26, 2015

I took this photo of the lilacs yesterday in New Westminster in the neighbourhood that time forgot. It was taken in the front yard of a proper house, with a short, white picket fence. I couldn’t help but notice the sizeable backyard (and lawn) and I could hear that someone was playing the piano from […]

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