Thursday, September 29, 2011

"Autumn is a season followed immediately by looking forward to spring."   Doug Larsen

While I was out in the woods yesterday raking up the leaves from this tree, I thought of you all, my friends and family.


The beauty that was all around me in the blue sky, the gorgeous Arbutus tree and the mess of leaves was too much.  I had to have a photo.


And then to add a little Canadian humour and lighten up everybody's week, I came in, sat down at my desk and typed "Rick Mercer" into YouTube.  Now for those of you not born in Canada or not living in Canada for the past 15+ years, Rick Mercer is yet another Canadian funny man (we specialize in funny).

Warning: Once you get started on his YouTube spots it is hard to stop.  Oh, I forgot, maybe you have to come with a sick Canadian sense of funny!


Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Photo of the Week

Took my heart in my hands, climbed the ladder and sat on the large beam... turned around, sat down and click...


This is the view from the floor of the new studio but since there is no sheeting down for the floor yet, I clicked and descended.  There is a view up there.

Quote for the Week

"Anything worth doing will require you to act in the face of less than perfect information."
-Jonathan Fields

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Quote for the Week

"To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield."
-Alfred Lord Tennyson

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

A Blessing for the Week...

Yesterday, while we were working outdoors, Sherwin called to me to come see and out on the bare patch of dirt behind the greenhouse, with nothing anywhere near it, stood this sunflower.  All by itself.  

How it got there, we do not know but I am just sending it to you all with love and cheer.  You just don't know what blessing is waiting around the corner for you.  Breath deeply and smile.

Monday, September 12, 2011

A Poem for Your Week

God's World 
by Edna St. Vincent Millay

O world, I cannot hold thee close enough!
Thy winds, thy wide grey skies!
Thy mists, that roll and rise!
Thy woods, this autumn day, that ache and sag
And all but cry with colour!  That gaunt crag
To crush!  To lift the lean of that black bluff!
World, World, I cannot get thee close enough!

Long have I known a glory in it all,
But never knew I this;
Here such a passion is
As stretcheth me apart,  Lord, I do fear
Thou'st made the world too beautiful this year,
My soul is all but out of me,  let fall
No burning leaf; prithee, let no bird call

Saturday, September 10, 2011

The Week As I Saw It...

This past week I have had numerous opportunities to tell the story of the figs to Sherilee, who as you all know, loves (with a capital L) figs.  But I keep forgetting.

On Friday last I was in town on a gravel run and while I waited for the ferry to bring me home I rang up a lady in town to invite her and her husband for a picnic the next day at a park.  

She said yes.  The next day the four of us decided that weather and timing being what they were we would just go to their house for lunch...we had a delightful picnic at their dining room table and before the meal was over they brought out plates (yes, in the plural) of figs all ready for eating and what a delight!!!  

They gave us this plate to bring home and we had a marvellous feed for a couple days.  Good start to a productive week.


Yes, they were huge and as good as they look...

Sunday morning started bright and early with Sherwin drilling the first hole into the existing house; it was so thrilling to watch.


From the outside he made the hole a little bigger and waved assurance that all was well...


With my camera still in the 'shop' for repairs I suppose I did not take as many photos as usual with the iphone, though the phone was easy to use and gave good snaps.

Even though the week entailed lots of concrete work I did have to turn my head once in a while to admire the colours around me...my sunken garden has taken off this year and is now the sunken jungle.


The days this past week just melted into each other.  I know we accomplished a lot but it is hard to even remember which day we did what.  Tyler, the boy helper, came on Sunday but after that he was off to 10th grade.  

To fill the columns Sherwin had to stand on a ladder, scoop from the bucket of the tractor and patiently fill, one shovel at a time.  He has worked extraordinarily hard and is thankful the week eventually ends when he can just rest.


It feels good to have some tasks totally behind us.  Below is hole no. 7 ready for framing now.  We cleaned out the hole yesterday, even vacuumed it and Sherwin brought in nice, clean gravel to fill the edge where there is no bedrock.


Now let me invite you into my new closet.  Doesn't it look grand?  It is huge.  I am one happy girl.


In this photo no. 4 is formed up and ready to pour.  Then we waited a day and stripped the forms.


No. 2 will be covered in stone facing from about 5" up from the ground up to the beam.  That will happen later.


No. 1 in the garage was very tricky filling and I was helping out so much with the process that there was no way to take a photo of it actually happening.  There is only a small space at the top of the form to get the concrete in but it got full...


...and here you see Sherwin putting on a topcoat, parjet, that will clean it up and make it pretty. This column gets no stone as the other three all do.


Here you can see the difference between the-before on the right and the-after on the left.  He does a great job.


My job was to provide Sherwin with fine sand for the parjet.  We have a stash of coarse masonry sand and it required a screening to come up with a lovely fine quality suitable for a smooth finish.  You can see I got somewhat carried away making designs in my sand.  


Sherwin worked into the night to get a good finish on the floor around the column in the garage.


And then it was Friday...Sherwin wants to tell you about Friday (it was that good).  Give him a minute and he will have it posted at 'Shower Wisdom'.

"Each morning sees some task begin,
Each evening sees it close;
Something attempted, something done,
Has earned a night's repose." 
-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow



Thursday, September 8, 2011

Idea of the Week

On the mornings when I know I have to catch the early ferry I tend to wake early and watch CNBC for a while.  Not always do I get a 'take-away' from my viewing experience but this morning was different.  This idea captured me and will be with me a long time, I hope.

Loosely paraphrased idea:

"...live in such a way that you could put your initials on your day just as ancient artisans put their initials on their work.  Make your day a work of art."                 -Thomas Friedman

I do have to laugh because I had a number of incidents in town today where I could easily have made the day one I would not want to claim my own, but now I am on the ferry heading home with ocean breezes clearing my addled brain.