by Carol Browne on July 27, 2015 · 0 comments

in Festivities, Photos

Dance off! Exciting times at Zumba today! The instructors came into the crowd and did a dance off. I had no idea what was happening, but Ruwani yelled out, "OH! DANCE OFF!" once the instructors came down off the stage and parted the crowd Red Sea style. This made two teams and the instructors each took a team. Then we Zumba-ed toward them and the would do the same in return. Now. This does not sound exciting  AT ALL, but trust me, when you're in a dance off, it's FUN! I was on the team that lost. Or at least I think we lost? We were pushed back A LOT. And see the man in the green shorts? My favourite Zumba instructor! He is always smiley and is a beautiful dancer. He's trained in ballet as well. Not only was there a dance off, but there was a reunion at Zumba today. Meemers and Ruwani were there! Ruwani and Mimi! Yup. My face was pretty red after all that dancing. But look! Mimi and Ruwani! It was so good to see them! There was much screaming on my part when I saw them. I didn't realize they would be there and they somehow found me in amongst a couple hundred people. Zumba is really the best thing about Mondays. The best!


We need to go back here.

by Carol Browne on July 26, 2015 · 0 comments

in Photos

Dinner Plate Island School Today we did a little bit of exploring around Richmond. We drove around from one park to another along the Mighty Fraser River. The first park trail we tried was shut down due to extremely dry weather conditions. Even though it rained yesterday and this morning (YAY!) I guess it's better to be safe than sorry. We drove down the wind-y road to a dead end and walked around a park there. STRANGE SIDE NOTE: I couldn't help but notice there were MANY people sitting in the parking lots in their cars in both parks. What's up with that, Richmond? DELICIOUS SIDE NOTE: The blackberries are in fine form at both parks. Total bumper crop! Bumper crop! We took some photos at the park, petted some dogs, admired the view and walked back to our car (past some more people parked in their cars. WEIRD!) and walked by some little houses that looked like some kind of fishing village. The tiny houses looked cool from the road, but Mike didn't want to take photos of people's private property, even though they looked so interesting. I had to agree with him. And we drove away, but we stopped long enough to take the photo of the building and boat above. I googled the name on the building to find some information on this little village. It's called Finn's Slough and it was a Finnish settlement back in the 1890's. So cool. We'll have to go back and take a walk on the boardwalk. It looks like people still do live there, but there's been some refurbishing of buildings and there's a little shop there, so it's okay to visit as long as you're being courteous to the locals. I can do that! Who knew? We drove right past it. We gotta go back!


I couldn't stop looking at him. I went to the Fraser Valley Modern Quilt Guild today and all I got was hypnotized by this tiny human. He's the grandson of one of our guild members and pretty much the coolest baby around. He barely made any sounds at all the whole time I was there (from about 1 pm to 4:15). Little guy just slept and ate a little bit and let us all get to sewing. How you doin'? How's the sewing going? There were plenty of other people at this sew-in. You just can't tell because I couldn't stop looking at this guy. I was going to bring my sewing machine and my Kitchen Sink Quilt (which I worked on some more last night! It's coming together!) but it would have been a big hassle to take all the blocks off my design wall and keep them in the right order. So, I decided to glue baste a ton of tiny cardstock diamonds with some fabric so I have a lot of English Paper Piecing to take with me on the plane to Nova Scotia next week. It takes a lot of prep to get this done, but apparently preparation helps to make a better end product (vs. just jumping in without any forethought whatsoever, which is usually how I do things.). I'm not sure what's happening to me lately. I've become more appreciative/aware of planning ahead for stuff. I'm still not very good at it, but I'm trying to think a little bit more that way rather than just trying to do everything in the last 5 minutes. DANGER! Gratuitous cherby baby photo below: Cheruby!  


Quilts in the fresh air

by Carol Browne on July 23, 2015 · 0 comments

in Photos, Sewing

Tracey and her elves A few weeks ago we had our quilt guild meeting outside in the park. Since I didn't take a photo today, I decided I would go through my photos from that meeting and take care of that bit of housekeeping. I'm glad I waited to do this because it really is clear to me that taking photos of the quilts and the people out in the evening sun makes a lovely difference. It's the light, for sure. But it wasn't until I looked a these photos tonight that I really appreciated and noticed the difference. Quilts look so pretty and light and soft outside. I was really happy with this photo of Tracey's elves. She's a great sew-ist and each little elf, wait, gnome, was paper pieced. Paper piecing is very particular, so it takes time to get them all sewed up. Which reminds me. I made some paper pieced blocks ages ago (like the swamp thing! And I even made a gnome!) I should try to find them and add them to my Kitchen Sink quilt (in progress). My buddy, Cynthia, designed some more fabric and this will be on the shelves in the near future: Cherry fabric! Glorious cherries! And in other news, a perfect stranger took our photo at the gazebo. She was super nice to do that for us, but why do I look like THIS? So serious! HA! I really shouldn't be looking so exasperated. I was even wearing my favourite summer dress! I should really lighten up.



July 22, 2015

Hmmm…well, for the time being, it’s more of a Chia Pig Shave. Also, I didn’t mean to put chia seeds in his ear or in his nose. My buddy, Lysa, gave me this Chia Head for my birthday (which I love). When I opened up the present (Awww! You shouldn’t have!) I said, “Hey! I […]

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Eryngium giganteum

July 21, 2015

I forgot to post this photo from my birthday photo walk at Van Dusen Gardens – with Mike and Patrick & Heather – neither of which have cameras, by the way. Yet, they wanted to come with us on a photo walk! Amazing. Anyway, I love the name of this plant – its fancy Latin […]

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The Zumba Monday

July 20, 2015

I was hard at work at Zumba today – I was really cha-cha-ing and rolling my shoulders and swinging my arms around when I noticed 2 people taking selfies with all the Zumba people Zumbaing all around them. I judged them harshly at first, but then thought, “HEY! I should do that!” Ha! Red faced […]

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July 19, 2015

Last night we went to a crappy park under the skybridge (the bridge for the skytrain) and found a log that wasn’t too close to all the garbage. Seriously. Some people are just pigs. I don’t get it. Too bad the park was so poorly kept, because the view was lovely and we even saw […]

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Oh well. They tried.

July 18, 2015

More often than not, when Mike and I go on little adventures, we have a great time. We’ll stumble upon something cool or weird off the beaten path and have fun photos as a result. Today? Not so much. Oh well. I realized today I just got a little greedy for good times. I won’t […]

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Is this thing on?

July 16, 2015

YUP! My blog is back! Yay! As predicted, the coffee and coding event I went to tonight was not really the place to take photos. Do you know what REACT is? Me neither. But I sat through an entire REACT workshop tonight. I hate to say it, but my dad was right. I should have […]

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