The Ridler sisters, Suzie, Jamie and Shannon, discuss their creative projects, from challenges to celebrations, and support each other's creative lives.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

July 23, 2016



Shannon

I'm really getting to the end of the unpacking and getting settled, and today I finished the last of the artwork from storage. It was actually less hard to go through, mostly because it was so much less than I expected it to be. But maybe in the end that's good, I like what I have kept and all this super dusty, way-to-much-tape-on-the-sides box can finally go into the recycling.

Friday, July 22, 2016

July 22, 2016

Jamie

We have honestly been going through the wringer this week. The heat and construction are challenging enough but there's been more. Yesterday we had to take Scout in for his yearly and we brought Shibumi in too because we noticed something wrong with her ear. We were able to get Scout into the carrier without to much difficulty - which is a HUGE change - and he did really well when we were there but we discovered that both of them, and that means Escher too, have fleas. We have no idea how this could have happened since they do not go outside but nonetheless, we have to deal with it. On top of that, Justin's computer monitor, for no apparent reason, blew last night. Just all of a sudden no power. We're exhausted and a bit overwhelmed but we will keep on keeping on and hopefully soon the tides will shift and things will start to feel better.


Shannon

I'm working on the last few boxes, and it's wild to see a time capsule moment held all together in one place. I found this with my artwork, a whole bunch-o-stuff that was in my wallet while at art school that I was put on some kind of transparency. It doesn't feel like 20 years ago... but it was! It was wild to see some of my old artwork and exercises. I still enjoy the same things (line, repetition, letters, colour wheels), and would do some of the exercise in the exact same way. Lots of experimentation from so many different classes, and it was wild to see it all in one place. One art boxes down, two to go!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

July 21, 2016



Shannon

I new book adventure I've been working on for a while has finally hit share-level. Or very close to it, I recorded a vlog and am working on an accompanying post and list for an exploration through science fiction, fantasy and weird fiction. I'm sure it won't come as a huge shock because I've been talking about book lists and reading a lot of these genres recently, and I'm just on the edge of sharing the list I'm going to be working with. And as a departure from other list-y things I've done, I'm going to keep the list dynamic instead of static. If I get more recommendations, or read stuff that I think qualifies, I'm going to add it. And on the other side of things, if I feel confident about not being interested in a book or author, I'm not going to feel the need to read it. Fingers crossed this will be a fun and invigorating journey!


Suzie

Weird day. Went to the studio in the morning (ugh) to help with the clean up but no one was there. They had cleaned up really early so I walked over to the library and got some DVDs and picked up some BBQ pork buns for lunch. Been a tough tiring week. Needed a foodie treat.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

July 20, 2016



Shannon

I took so few pictures today and feel a wee bit off kilter, as that is how the day began with not even using my morning mug (wha?). Nothing super exciting, just a bit of a tiring day out for an appointment, and then... tired... napping.. catching up with The Amazing Race Canada (we've hit the place where I actually know which team is which!). So a pretty quiet ish day, which actually felt okay.



Suzie

It was a long day and quite the learning experience.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

July 19, 2016

Jamie

Yesterday was electrician day. He installed pot lights in the spare room and in the furnace area too. It's such a relief. I have been scared of the ceiling light bulbs since we moved in - too exposed and too low for a house with a tall person in it and tall people who visit! This feels so much safer. I wish we'd thought to get one in the cubby at the same time. Of course, the cubby is piled high with everything from the rest of the basement. The worst part of the day was Shibumi coming up the stairs covered in so much drywall dust she looked like a ghost! It looks like #leaveittoshibumi goes right alongside #shibumiwins!

Shannon

I've been continuing to work on getting everything settled now I'm going through stationary stuff, and wow.... that is definitely something that I get a little magpie-like about because it piles up. I was able to get it mostly to a good amount of stuff, although now I'm stumped on artwork. But, I'm still moving forward so that's a good thing!

Suzie

Got everything packed away for the big sale and even went to the bank to get change which felt weird after not doing retail for so long. Thank goodness the sale doesn't start until 2 pm. I have to be there at noon but still. No morning pressure!

Monday, July 18, 2016

July 18, 2016


Shannon

I've been pretty hooked on playing my new game CounterSpy, and I'm hovering in that stage of feeling like I know what I'm doing to then feeling like there is not way I'll be winning anytime soon. That also means I'm hovering between fun, and compulsively feeling I want to keep on playing until I win. It's a weird place to be.


Suzie

Totally burned out this weekend and news meds have made my energy worse and now I'm worried I won't be able to go the sale on Tuesday. I have just about everything ready but if I'm feeling this bad, I won't be able to go. Fingers crossed I feel better Monday because that was a hell of a lot of work.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

July 16, 2016

Jamie

I worked so hard this week. It was great to finish of with a lovely Friday of Journal Club and then off to Shannon's. We had such a good time catching up and doing just a little bit of working and planning on the continued apartment progress. The walk home was beautiful too - finally a little bit cooler and a gorgeous breeze. There's nothing like wind on your shoulders and in your hair to let go of what's been weighing on you.