Seen while looking for Christmas lights

On my commute home, I figured it was nearly time for Surrey Central and SFU to have their Christmas lights up. I think I’m in a hurry for Christmas. And if by, in a hurry for Christmas, I mean, getting 3 days off in a row, two weeks in a row, then yes, I am in a hurry for that. I hopped off the train at my usual stop and peeked over the train tracks and found this:

Surrey Central for Paris

It’s the colours of the French Flag. That made me stop for a minute. Here I am thinking about Christmas. I immediately felt gratitude for our little home in Surrey, my family, friends and that we live in a peaceful country. These lights puts things into perspective for me.

Also, that building with the cool shaped windows is the library and it is an awesome feat of engineering and architecture. It’s lovely inside and out. Surrey is certainly a fan of non-traditional commercial buildings.

From here, I took the bus home and needed to grab a few groceries. I decided to check on the House Made of Books between the Newton Wave Pool and the Safeway. It’s still there!

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Another collaboration

Ta da! Framed Art!

Tonight on my way home from work, a number called that I didn’t recognize, but I answered the phone anyway. I didn’t recognize the voice on the other end and judging by the way the person was talking, it was one of those one of those robots that call you and tell you you just won some phoney bologna contest. I was just about to say, “Oh. Shut up, robot!” and hang up, but just before the words came out of my mouth, I realized, OH MY GOD! It’s my buddy, Johanna He-MAN-Way! My darling watercolour picture must be ready. *PHEW!* Good thing for that split second before I slammed the phone down on my friend.

Side note: You can’t REALLY slam your phone down anymore. The old rotary phones were awesome to slam in a huff, but an iPhone? You’re only hurting yourself and your phone if you’re slamming that. Another great thing is made obsolete! Phone slamming! Modern living is so civilized.

Anyway, I got to pick up my beautifully framed watercolour tonight. Last Tuesday, I went over to the Framing Department at Michael’s where Johanna works and carefully selected the red mat (which I love!) and the red frame (which I also love) with her. You can’t tell from this photo, but the red mat has the texture of linen.

This cheerful picture is hanging front and centre in our kitchen. We will love seeing her granny bun and jack-o-lantern all year long.

Thanks again to Tami for the watercolour and to Johanna for making the perfect frame for my kitchen art!

I need to make 5 more by Friday

5 more, plus the faces!

I dusted off my crochet hook to make a little “mason jar” cozy. But it’s not really a  mason jar, it’s one of several vintage jelly jars I found at the thrift store way too long ago and didn’t do anything with. I decided to do this because I was invited to participate in a fundraiser for a sick little girl and the theme is foxes. We’re all making something crafty that will be sold at a craft fair or on Facebook.

This little fox jelly jar cozy is not quite done. I still have to make his/her face (a white heart shape) and a white and Burnt Orange tail. AWW! With any luck, they’ll turn out okay and I’ll have them ready to go by Thursday or Friday. I’ll show you when they’re all done. And the patterns I used. I’m mixing up a few different patterns I found free on the internets.

Why did I wait until the last minute? That is just how I roll. I had a few weeks to get them done, but I got distracted, and then I was quilting that one day and my list of reasons are long. But I will get them done! And they will be adorable! I may even bring some yarn on the train for the train ride home. I’m pretty sure I can fit a skein of Burnt Orange yarn in my purse. LOLS. I won’t even open my purse at all, I’ll just open the zipper up a little bit and crochet right out of my purse.

I am so doing that!

In his favourite spot

In their favourite spots

We took Mom and C@thy to the airport around 11 this morning. *PHEW!* That was whirlwind of a trip for them. All I did was go to work, eat delicious prepared dinners, watch movies, go shopping and eat a Pumpkin Spice Waffle (YUM). I have no idea why after we dropped them off I fell asleep on the couch for over an hour. Being catered to is tiring? I guess so. Those poor people at Dowtown Abbey!

I woke up just in time to watch The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. I think it’s called, “contempt prior to investigation”, but I just assumed that it was going to be a corny, old fashioned movie, but it was not. It was so good, so modern feeling and I really believed and felt real empathy for Fred Dobbs when he started going bonkers, greedy and then remorseful after his awful “incident”. I don’t want to spoil it for anyone, even though the movie was made in 1948. The ending was not what I expected at all. Also, Humphrey Bogart was pretty great for doing that movie. With that ending? Well done, sir!

Anyway, the rest of the day was spent nibbling leftovers and watching more stuff. It’s been a good few days and now all we have to look forward to is…


Doing math

I loved the girl's blue hair

Today we drove across the border to the Excited States of America! We realized that perhaps crossing a border into a foreign country today may not be the wisest move (Poor Paris & Beirut) after yesterday’s events, but we went ahead anyway. Mom and C@th go home tomorrow, so there’s no time to waste.

The line up at the border was minimal – about half an hour and the Bellis Fair Mall had ample parking in the parking lot. Very strange. We got there around noon as well. I was expecting many more people. But, we took advantage of the elbow room and picked up a few things. This was where we rested and waited for someone to finish buying her smart work clothes in JC Penney. The decorations were all up and Mike even said he saw Santa in the Santa chair today. Whoa. Christmas season has begun!

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Comfort all around

It was a dark and grainy night

It was a dark and grainy night…these photos aren’t the best, but it gets the point point across. Tonight after a dinner of homemade ravioli, we hunkered down for the night in front of the Boob Tube and relaxed. The house was warm and smelled like baking when I arrived after work. I have to say, that’s pretty dreamy. Also, the kitchen was fresh and clean and the fridge was all stocked up. Again. Dreamy. My dinner was ready before I even took my coat off! Now that’s service. Mom and C@thy can stay!

Today we were all warned of a huge storm coming our way. It’s been pretty crappy out – like a regular November day in Vancouver. It’s just been so long since we’ve had ugly weather, I’m out of practice. But, once home from the pouring rain, snuggling up on the couch was a very good option.

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They’re here!

Mom & C@thy at the airport

I’ve borked my focus AGAIN! Thank goodness I took about 20 photos of these two arriving! Yay! Let the vacation begin. Oh wait. I’m at work tomorrow and the next day, but these two can vacation like nobody’s business in Newton of all places! PARTY ON.

We’ll start by going to see a movie tonight! Yes!

While we waited for Mom & C@thy to arrive, we took a little photowalk around the airport. I have to tell you, the most beautiful flight attendants walked past us in lovely pastel  blue jackets and scarves that were starched straight up, so their scarves looked like they were walking in the wind ALL THE TIME. But did I get a photo of them? Yes. Was it in focus?



We also stumbled upon a Remembrance Day display. It was small, but very effective.

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Dinner is served

Short and sweet.

I have been learning about the joys of cooking 1 pot meals – definitely the way to go. Food tastes delicious this way – the potatoes cook up nicely in the chicken juice along with the mushrooms. Delish! The recipe included the best tip of them all – squeeze a lemon over all of it before you put in in the oven. Drizzle with olive oil and let it bake in the over for about an hour. Also, it heats up the house because the oven is on.

I was thinking about the next few days and what we’ll be doing with my mom and sister. We pick them up tomorrow and we’ll be going to the US on Saturday. Usually we got to Jalapeños for Mexican food, but I think we should try a different place that is also en route to and from Bellis Fair. My buddy, Cathy, told me about a little diamond in the rough called Chihuahua in “Historic Ferndale”. It’s supposed to be THE best Mexican restaurant, well, ever in the history of all Mexican restaurants. We have to give it a try.

Let the excitement begin!

Murder a Pumpkin Pie

Murder a pumpkin pie

Me, too! I love to eat the guts of the pumpkin pie. Delicious!

My buddy, Tami, made this awesome watercolour painting. It’s so adorable. It’s about the size of a playing card. When Tami posted this, I asked her if I could please buy it. So she just gave it to me – she sent it to me in the mail. Capitalism! You’re doing it wrong, Tami! Sheesh! Anyway, she’ll get something in return from me. And I’m sure that something will include pancakes in some fashion. With extra crispy bacon.

Two more sleeps until my mom and sister are in town. My sister plans on making homemade pasta while we toil at work. Tragic! Me, coming home to fresh, handmade pasta! I don’t know how I’ll ever manage. Also, my mom instantly and magically cleans up everything she touches, so I’m pretty sure I’m off dish duty as well. Dreamy!

And in Christmas is coming news, I think we’re pretty close to having the snowflakes lining the street lit up. They’ve got the lights all installed and ready to go:

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Quilt As You Go and James Bond

It’s pretty rare I take a second day off of blogging – I usually stick to my 6 days a week blog routine. But yesterday? I took an extra day off. I had a glorious day at an all day quilting workshop learning how to Quilt As You Go.

Where we quilted as we went.

Jean and Ellen taught us several ways to make full quilts out of blocks of already quilted squares and rectangles. Quilting this way felt very productive because the pieces come together quickly. Or at least it feels quickly. It took me a few hours make this much:

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