April 30, 2013

I had a thought…

…and then the hotty construction workers in front of my house distracted me. Actually, the ladies on my Facebook friends list who wanted me to take pics of the hotty construction workers distracted me because you KNOW I got out the zoom…but this is all I got:

These are the B & C-grade hotties (who both look better out of the tractor/facing forward).
The A+ hotties (two of them, likely college students) moved up the street by the time I was encouraged via Facebook perverts to get the camera out and I refuse to leave the house while they’re all out there.

So that’s been my excitement for the day.

Not really.

Yesterday I got a message on Facebook from a lady at the township asking me if I would exhibit my artwork at the township office for a month. So that’s happening in August. Sort of exciting. The only issue was that I had to provide my own display materials, which I didn’t have, so Blake told me to contact Rob at The Conservatory and he brought me 2 full-sized easels and about 10 mini easels to use on a table top and I have my own big easel too that I can use. The township lady said they had a table I could use too, but that it would probably be a good idea to buy a tablecloth for it.

Then in September is the studio tour so when I’m displaying at the township office I’ll have tour guides on the table too, so if people like my work, they can come on the tour and maybe BUY SOME OF IT. Because  THAT WOULD BE AWESOME.


And that’s all I really have to report.

Oh! Now I remember what I wanted to post about! So get this! In Ontario (all of Canada?) to graduate high school, you have to complete community service hours so Madison’s school sets aside one day for the students to go into the community and perform tasks for people in town. We signed up for the kids to scrape and prime the side of our house! How awesome is that? SLAVE LABOUR! All we have to do is buy them pizza for lunch and supply everything for them to get the job done. They’re supposed to have adult supervision at all times so I’m gonna sit out there in a lawn chair and crack the whip. IT’S GONNA BE AWESOME. I didn’t want to deal with random kids so we specified that we wanted Madison and her friends to do it. The only shitty part is that if it rains, it gets cancelled, not postponed. So let’s hope it doesn’t rain!

And THAT’S all I have to report.

April 29, 2013

Blue Sunday

Madison fiiiiiiinaaaaaaaaally let me take pictures of her with her blue hair yesterday. She took me out into the back field, all the way out into the woods there and it was quite the hike. The pics aren’t that great because the light was kinda crappy and Madison was in a crappy mood and I was like, “let’s get this over with” because I was really tired, so here they are anyway. I guess some of them are okay…

I think she looks like a super hero.

I love this picture.

It was very windy.

Madison caught a friend in the creek.

I love this picture too.

And that was the end of our photo shoot.
We walked back to the house where Blake and I watched The Boondock Saints II, then Game of Thrones and then I was so tired that I just went to bed after Game of Thrones and I haven’t watched Mad Men yet.
I’m going to convince Blake that a sub would be a lovely idea so I can eat a sub and watch Mad Men at the same time.

That’s my plan.

Posted at 12:36 pm in: Art , Beauty , Blake , Creativity , hair , Kids , Life , Madison , Photography , Spring , Sunnyland

Stone Cold.

On our way home from the beach, we stopped off at Cold Stone Creamery to get ice cream and Blake asked the manager if it would be okay if I took pictures of them making our ice cream and they said YES! And they were suuuuuuuper nice about it. So for those of you who have never been to a Cold Stone Creamery, this is what they do:

She made mine first.
This is strawberry.
They also had cake batter, banana, vanilla, a few coffee flavours and I forget what else.

So she puts the ice cream on that little counter there which is actually a frozen slab of metal.
Then she makes a little pocket in the ice cream…

…to add raspberry puree…

…and Skor bars.
She moved some stuff so I could get a better view. How nice is that?

Then they hand mix it all together with those metal spoon things.

And there’s my ice cream!
Normally I get strawberries and Skor bars but the strawberries were still frozen so I had to substitute with raspberries.
Really, we should have had her make Blake’s first so I could take pictures rather than have mine melt on the counter, but we didn’t…

Here’s the lady making Blake’s:

She has to scrape the ice cream off the slab after each use.

This wasn’t the lady making my ice cream but she sure wanted her picture taken…
…she was posing behind the lady making my ice cream. I missed that though.

Vanilla ice cream.

Sprinkles and peanut butter.

Blake’s ice cream!

The ladies at Cold Stone thought it was so funny that I would want to take pics of them making the ice cream but I think it’s interesting, especially if you’ve never seen it done before. Way cooler than Dairy Queen.

Anyway, after that we drove home and enjoyed our ice cream on the way.
I also got one of Tim Hortons new iced lemonades and it was pretty good. Highly recommend.

And that was our Cold Stone adventure!

Posted at 12:20 pm in: Art , Blake , Food , Life , Photography , Spring , Sunnyland

Hello, You Must Be David. My Name Is Veronica.

I love my macro lens. Aside from my camera itself, it’s probably my favourite thing that I own. (Even though I use my 50mm f/1.4 a lot more often.) The problem is, getting your head into a macro frame of mind is NOT easy but I find the easiest way t o get my mind to go there is by going to the beach and just looking down. So that’s what Blake and I did. Here are the results.

This is my favourite pic from the shoot.

I don’t know what these are but they’re all over the beach.
Some kind of nut.

This is my 2nd favourite.


Zipper pull.

This is either the inside of a shell or a piece of styrofoam. Not sure.

Random Blake.

I was trying to take a pic of the snail shell in the middle.

Third favourite.
I just love the old bottle caps, what can I say?

Purple glass.

I’m gonna really miss living 10 minutes away from the world’s longest freshwater beach when we move. :o(

Anyway then we went to Cold Stone Creamery, but that’s for the next post…

Posted at 11:54 am in: Art , Blake , Creativity , Life , Misc. , Photography , Spring , Sunnyland

Out of the Ether

I have a bad case of writer’s block. What I’ve been writing for the past couple of years has somehow turned into a musical, which sucks because I’m a terrible music person. I’m looking for contemporary music that would sound good sung sadly and by a woman. Not that I expect you guys to help me or anything, considering you have no idea what I’m doing but…yeah. I did post an excerpt of what I’m working on at Facebook in case anyone’s interested. So that’s pretty much all I’ve been up to lately, just researching music for this…thing I’m working on.

Yesterday I dusted off the camera and went looking for inspiration and I ended up taking 68 usable pictures so I’m going to make a few posts about them, rather than one big post.

You know it’s going to be a good day when it starts out with bacon…

I still don’t know what these are but my front lawn is FULL of them.

I love bees so much.
Bees and ladybugs and monarch caterpillars are my favourite bugs.

Just chillin’ on the hyacinths…

Daffodils are my birth flower. :o)

And that’s it for this post!
Coming up: the beach!

Posted at 11:31 am in: Animals , Art , Blake , Canada , Food , Life , Photography , Spring , Sunnyland
April 26, 2013


Er. Mer. Gherd.

So I’ve been googling lyrics for this project I’m working on and I’m literally going through my entire iTunes from A-Z to find songs for it and I got to Blondie’s “One Way or Another”, so I google and just pick the first result and this is what came up.

So I’m listening to the song and reading the lyrics at the same time for two reasons:

1. When I listen to a song, any song, I miss half the lyrics because they just don’t translate into my brain in any meaningful way. This drives a lot of people crazy.

2. If I read lyrics, I can’t hear the song in my head, so that’s why I have to read and listen at the same time.

So I’m reading the lyrics and it starts out fine…


One way or another I’m gonna find ya

I’m gonna getcha getcha getcha getcha

One way or another I’m gonna win ya

I’m gonna getcha getcha getcha getcha”


I thought it said “Harry” at the beginning for, y’know, DEBORAH HARRY.

But then I get to the next part and it says this, but clearly it’s Deborah Harry still singing, just as I’ve always known the song to go…



One way or another I’m gonna see ya

I’m gonna meetcha meetcha meetcha meetcha

One day, maybe next week

I’m gonna meetcha, I’m gonna meetcha, I’ll meetcha”


And I’m like, “Zayn? Who the fuck is Zayn? Deborah is clearly singing this!”


And then I look at the top of the page….











I barely know who One Direction are. I actually though they were a k-pop band until I looked up the video….



Posted at 4:29 pm in: Celebrities , Misc. , Music , Spring , SRS BSNS , videos , youtube
April 25, 2013

I didn’t ask this…

…but easily could have.

I remember in school, grades 5 & 6, we had these “writing folders” that were blue plastic, like a binder, except they folded in 3 and in each 3rd, there were pockets.

And we were supposed to use pocket #1 for the first draft, in pencil.
Pocket #2 for the second draft, in pencil.
And pocket #3 was for our “good copy” and that’s when we got to write in pen.

Because you see, I’m old and we didn’t have more than 3 computers in our whole school.

Except I used to always get in trouble because I would write my 1st draft (in pencil) as notes and hand that in and then I would do my 2nd draft (in pencil)  as a finished piece and hand that in and the teacher would be like, “no no no that’s a 1st draft” and I would ARGUE that it was already perfect and that she was killing my creative process. And then for my “good copy”, I would go over the pencil of the 2nd draft with a pen and then erase the whole thing so it looked like I just wrote the whole thing in pen.

And then she’d give me at least 80% on it.
I had the same teacher 2 years in a row and I dunno if she knew I did this or not.

As a result, I have a really hard time with the concept of a 1st draft.
I’m trying to train myself out of it but I dunno how successful I’ll be.


Posted at 6:17 pm in: Childhood , Creativity , Spring , the 80's , the 90's , Writing
April 22, 2013

Sunny Finally Finishes Something

Mark this date on your calendar! haha

I started the Memoir Project on Friday and just finished it about half an hour ago. I didn’t intend to make it about when I was sick or anything, I just wanted it to be a small snapshot of this time in my life and about my grama dying, but I approached it journal-style and I guess because I was/am dying of pancreas pain and I was scared all day that we’d have to go to the hospital so that’s what was on my mind I guess.

Here’s the cover and the inside front cover:

I’m actually a little shocked that I finished it and that it has a beginning AND an end, one that even ends on the last page. No pages left over, none added. It’s not a masterpiece by any stretch of the imagination and if you read my blog regularly you’re not going to learn anything new, but I tried to approach it as having a conversation with a perfect stranger in San Francisco, DC or NYC who’s never had any contact with me before. The book is going to be digitized so you’ll be able to read it when that happens, if you’re interested.

Anyway, today was pretty hellacious. The highlight of my day was going to Curry’s to pick up pens for the Memoir Project and the fact that they had the exact kind of pens I wanted, in the exact colours and the exact right amount (2 of each). I also picked up a neat little glue pen that looks like a gel pen but it has flowy gel-ly glue  and you don’t have to squeeze it for the glue to come out. I just thought it would be a good thing to have in one’s purse, y’know?

After we got home from Curry’s the mixture of the gigantic bumps at the end of our driveway jostling my poor pancreas and walking into a wall of crockpot chili made me need to immediately run for the bathroom to hurl. I hadn’t eaten anything so all that came up was iced tea and bile, which wasn’t exactly pleasant but I did feel a little better afterward. By about 7pm I was maybe 60% pain-free because all the hydromorph had finally kicked in and reached a saturation point my body was happy with. Mostly all I did today was be stoned on hydromorph and work on the Memoir Project. And barf. But honestly, I’m so proud of myself for finally starting AND finishing something, pretty much in one day, AND it was an Art House Co-Op project too, which I’ve done like, 6 of now, but this was the first one I’ve actually finished. You can see all of my failures on my Art House Co-Op profile, if you want.

Right now I’m watching a movie called Hope Springs with Meryl Streep, whom I love, and waiting for my night time meds to kick in. While that happens and while I watch the movie, because I can’t JUST watch a stupid movie, I’m going to work in my paper journal with my new pens and write about all the assholes in my life who piss me off. Just kidding. I mean, that’s what I write about a lot of times, but that’s not the kind of mood I’m in tonight.

Anyway, have a lovely evening and an even lovelier morning if that is when you happen to be reading this. Namaste.

April 21, 2013

Blake’s Hair Is Out Of Control!

This is what Blake’s hair looks like right after he’s washed it.
He’s like fucking Fizzgig.



Right now I am having a pancreatic attack (no idea what triggered this one) and can barely move or speak so Blake’s at the pharmacy getting me hydromorph contin to get me over the “pain hump”. I’ve already taken the most ibuprofen you can take in a day and 1/3 of the Tylenol 1 you can take in a day so hopefully this works and we won’t have to  go to the hospital. I REALLY don’t want to go to the hospital. :o/

Anyway, that’s Sunday so far. Toodles!

Posted at 11:48 am in: Beauty , Blake , Family , hair , Health , Life , pancreatitis , Photography , Spring
April 20, 2013

I dunno if I’ll make it home toniiiight….

…but I know I can swiiiim under the Tahitian moon.

It’s not called Tahiti Treat anymore, so I wonder if it’ll taste the same?

Posted at 6:23 pm in: Childhood , Food , Spring

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