by Carol Browne on March 4, 2015 · 0 comments

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Norman? Norman? NORMAN!

Well. That was a lunchbag letdown. We watched the Season Finale of the House of Cards and I was loving it up until the last minute of the last episode. I won’t spoil it. But. LAME. I certainly hope this “cliffhanger” will be addressed in a clever/smart way in the next season. But for now, just know I loved and enjoyed 99.99% of the third season. I’ll focus on that part, not that last teensy, tiny, little piece at the end. I think that’s fair. And, this show I have loved as much as The Sopranos. I KNOW! That much!

After watching that, I remembered that I had taken some photos of a different show a couple of weeks ago and forgot to post them. Perfect! This is the spooky Bates Motel House, located in the suburb of Aldergrove/Langley. The day we went out was sunny and lovely and there were people on the set, but I don’t think any of the actors were there.

This pretend spook house is very cool from this distance. We did drop by one other time, but the show was on hiatus and the house was all boarded up and fenced off. This time the set was looking very good and there were some older cars (I’d say from the 70’s) parked outside the Bates Motel. Like this VW Bug:

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by Carol Browne on March 3, 2015 · 0 comments

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Reflections in the window

I took a walk today on my lunch break and enjoyed the sunny sun and the chilly air. It was a teensy bit chilly. I could feel it thought my jean jacket. *Dodging tomatoes and heads of lettuce from out East!*

Anyway, I headed out for a quick jaunt toward the library and found this breakfast & brunch place that we need to try on a Saturday. There were waffles in there. I saw them! Faturday talk on a Tuesday? Oof. I am out of things to blog about tonight, I think.

How’s the quilt binding coming a long? It’s not. I have to get to that tomorrow. It’s still in pieces. Whoops.

Am I distracted by House of Cards? Yes. Very. Francis Underwood is a very bad man.

And I love it!

Only two more episodes to go. We are savouring each one and not rushing through them.

Wait? Only 2?



The blossoms

by Carol Browne on March 2, 2015 · 0 comments

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Blossoms in the morning

Today work was bonkers. Then really good. My work day ended on a very good note. That’s all I will say about that. But man, there were a few hours in between when I was all, “Whoa. Now what?” and then I thought, “What would Frances Underwood do?”. Just kidding. I’d never run for president and he did some VERY dangerous actions in and around the public transit system (NOT SAFE!), so I just drank coffee and responded to many emails and then things sorted themselves out.

I am so glad to be home right now watching House of Cards. I had to stay in Vancouver until after 8:30, so I didn’t get home until around 10 pm. Blogging, looking at these blossoms (photo taken in the parking lot of a bank in Surrey. LOLS! Such beauty!) and watching the best show I’ve watched (since Broadchurch) is yet another high note ending. Hooray!

I have a couple of photo shoots coming up and I need to take a trip down to Medina Cafe to scope it out because one of the events will be there. I have a few things on my To Do list for the next few weeks.

With any luck, the nice weather will hold out and I’ll get some good photos.

We’ll see tomorrow.


Fixing it.

by Carol Browne on March 1, 2015 · 0 comments

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The dreaded seam ripper

Today was spent doing errands, laundry, and test driving a car that we may or may not be trading in our old car for (which is very sad and very noisy at this point. Some kind of belt needs to be tightened or replaced, and so do the brakes. It’s so loud when we drive it, we’ve started calling it, “The Opera Car” because it’s singing to us to, “Please! Fix! Me!). Not nearly as much fun as yesterday was. No candy! No lemon donuts! No sewing and reading modern block quilt books.

However, we did watch several episodes of House of Cards. And that was put on hold only long enough to made some dinner and then watch the Walking Dead. I predict we’ll be watching at least one more episode of HoC before bed.

I will not spoil anything, just know that Kevin Spacey is an excellent bad guy. So is Robin Wright.

This made today the perfect day to fix the binding on my quilt. The bottom corners were very tight and curled and since I have the time to fix it, I will do it. I spent a surprisingly short time picking out the seams around the edges and will make a new border this week.

I’ll get the corners right this time – I didn’t sew them right in the first place, I’m certain of that now.


“…the doing of it is the thing.”

March 1, 2015

Debbie and Her Nan’s Quilt I got the new Amy Poehler book for Christmas and this is by far my favourite quote: “You do it because the doing of it is the thing. The doing is the thing. The talking and worrying and thinking is not the thing.” ― Amy Poehler, Yes Please So, today? We did […]

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The big reveal

February 27, 2015

  MOVE! THAT! CAT! Okay. Here’s the big reveal!

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Glass Owls

February 26, 2015

Our local Sally Ann sometimes has the coolest (and wierdest) stuff. And it’s open late – 9 pm during the week. It works out well for my schedule. Clearly. Yesterday I found these two glass owls for $4 each (I think. Yup. $4 each). They are actually bottles. Their heads come off!

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And sewing and sewing and sewing…

February 24, 2015

I could not bring myself to sew diagonal (or straight) lines through the kitties’ faces, so I opted to do plain old straight stitching all around the outside of the cats. Even though I put a border on this mini-quilt, I’m going to quilt straight lines right into it. Oh yes I am!

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The green dumpster

February 23, 2015

This is another photo from the 3 hour tour of  a photo walk from Saturday. I’m not sure why I like this photo. There’s garbage in it! I think it’s just the colours – red & green. You don’t see that too often in a dreary old alley way. For some reason, I also like […]

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Counting the sheep

February 22, 2015

Yesterday afternoon before the Maria Bamford show, Mike and I wandered around Granville Street and the surrounding areas. After following the drum beats to Holt Renfrew to see the Lion Dancers, we headed a couple of blocks over the Vancouver Art Gallery and found about a billion little sheep covering the grassy area of the […]

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