Family and Buddies

Happy Thanksgiving

While the turkey is roasting in the oven, set the table with as many containers as possible that have lids on them. Also, have the squirt bottle nearby as to keep any cats off the table. Since we only set the table twice a year, the cats were curious as to what was happening.  Eventually we put the kitties in the basement while we ate dinner. But still, lids on everything.

Bring out the pretty tablecloth! Mike’s mom gave me this one. It’s linen. And excellent.

Fill the pickle tray with little pickles and tiny tomatoes.

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Made by pals

by Carol Browne on October 10, 2014 · 1 comment

in Family and Buddies, Home decor

Potholders on displayMy feet were too sore and it was SO late when I got home last night (after 11:00) I took yesterday off from blogging. WHOA. A mid-week day off from the blog? Not usually how I roll, but last night I made the exception. And I didn’t take a single photo at the portfolio show, either. I was too busy chatting and shmoozing. I’m actually getting better at that stuff. Networking! It’s happening.

I sorted things so I’d have today off. Thank goodness. The laundry was practically up to the ceiling and the tomatoes really needed picking. I also needed to pick up a turkey (DONE!) for the weekend. Thanksgiving is this weekend. YES! A long weekend! Due to the nature of event & party planning, I have been longing for Faturday. Oh, sweet pancakes. I will eat you on the weekend.

After I did the laundry and other assorted chores, I got to putting up my fancy potholder collection on my fancy reduced, recycled and reused organizers. Two of them!

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Book signing!

by Carol Browne on October 8, 2014 · 0 comments

in Family and Buddies, General


Tonight’s event was lovely! I met up with some buddies (Lelainia and Denise) at the Hot Art Wet City Gallery just in time to hear all three authors read a little bit and talk about their books. I got my book signed by Kim! HUZZAH! She put a secret message somewhere in the book. I’ll have to check it while riding on the train over the next few days.

Oh, and there was a whole display about wieners and boobies in the gallery. I really couldn’t take many photos that I could show on my blog. Just know there were many boobies illustrated – some in cartoon form! And cartoon wieners, of course.

In the meantime, it’s time for me to go to bed. My eyelids are SO. HEAVY.

Good night.

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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…

September 28, 2014

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 […]

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Community service

September 27, 2014

Over 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 […]

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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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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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Doug to the rescue

September 19, 2014

At the risk of sounding like I’m already giving up, sewing is HARD. It will be some time before I sew myself a shirtwaist dress, because I can’t figure out how to sew a stupid infinity scarf together. SAD, but true. I’ve got as far as sewing it into a tube, but sewing it into […]

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