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

Friday, January 30, 2015

January 30, 2015

Jamie 

Despite the snow it was great to get out for a little coffee date with myself. Well, myself, May Sarton and Lynda Barry. Both of these ladies are great company! I can't believe I'm still reading Journal of a Solitude but at least I'm still enjoying it too. And I just love Syllabus. I'm reading it slowly too because there's so much to take in and think about!


Shannon

Feels like our very snowless January is coming to an end! Lots came down today and it's gonna be chilly out tomorrow. Sigh. So hard to plan stuff when the weather always gets to have ultimate say!



Suzie

Amazing how the search for a smoked ham hock turned into something so moving. I've been thinking of mom all week and making this soup (and finally having light to do a photoshoot of it) made me feel closer to her. It's from the Latvian Cooking cookbook. I don't have Mom's soup recipe on-hand and I think it has cabbage in it which Reg can not tolerate the smell of. I uploaded the video and wrote the post.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

January 29, 2015

Jamie

I'm so glad that last night I went out to choir, where we sang this song. Suzie, you would have loved it. I'm really trying to make this a part of my regular routine, getting out to sing. It's a real treat every time.


Shannon

I finished Black Beauty! YAY! I think I'm more excited about finishing it because it's the first of the Book to Film Challenge books than about the book itself, when I only liked but didn't love. So funny. Now I have to think of what to say and/or how to review it in a book to film context. FUN!!!!


Suzie

I finally found a smoked ham hock and today I put it to good use in this GIANT pot of Best Bean Soup that is in the Latvian Cooking Cookbook. I want to post in on my blog on Friday for Mom's birthday.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

January 28, 2015

Jamie 

Over the past few days my writing desk has been morphing from a a pile holder to an actual space that I'm using and also really enjoying. I've been having a fun time watching it come together, from the guitar to the oodles, from the weepign pussy willow to my framed bear. Not to mention my puppet Twinkle. I like the portrait it is of me right now.


Shannon

I've been really wanting to do my nails recently, and I just got a base/top coat and this awesome red so it was time to get it on! And I'm loving the colour. I'm so curious to how long it will hold up. Fingers crossed it lasts long enough to keep enjoying it!



Suzie

I don't think I took one photograph on Tuesday! I was so busy getting out doing errands, coming home and making cookies, then doing paperwork. So here's my bday popcorn post. I have come to realize that my mic is super strong in comparison to my video so I apologize for the garish intro.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

January 27, 2015



Shannon

Meet my new timer! My chicken seems to have run away somewhere, but I really need a timer to make sure I switch off the computer so I picked up a new one. I could barely reach this one off the shelf and almost settled for a lemon, but kept reaching for this pear and finally got it! Woohoo!


Suzie

It was crazy-warm and beautiful on Monday! We broke records on Sunday too and the earth is responding. I couldn't believe it when I saw these snowdrop flowers. They usually bloom on Vancouver Island (which is always a bit ahead of us) in February. My eyes just teared up walking in the sunshine on the way home from the doctor's. I'm so very, very grateful for where I live.

Monday, January 26, 2015

January 26, 2015

Jamie

We're managing to really get to Art Day each week and it's such a joy! I've been gesso-ing figures for glitter bombing in addition to playing with paint! This week we had a lot of fun continuing to create circles a la Lisa Congdon!


Shannon

I think those animals want to go right INTO the camera and have a great adventure!!



Suzie

Another wild night at D&D. It was supposed to be a mentorship night that went OK until we decided to let all hell break loose and fight amazon warriors. Reg is down (in front) and I am on the right trying to make my way to him to save him (which I did). That guy looking at me menacingly decided to go from a friendly to attacking me. It was brutal. We actually lost a party member, one of the new recruits! I'm amazed most of us got out of there alive. A night the newbies won't forget!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

January 25, 2015: Random

Jamie 

Well, not really random because this is actually what we did do on Saturday but it's still feels pretty random to be out on a Saturday afternoon learning swing with my honey! It took us a while to figure out the rhythms and the moves but by the end of our time we had some really good passes at it. What a great birthday gift this ballroom exploration is!


Shannon

Sometimes even the palette from art day is picture worthy! Actually, probably most times it is!


Suzie

I was going through a lot of old stuff I have and this ad was in the one Isis comic book I have and I thought it was so surreal, considering it's aimed at boys and the gun is called Daisy. Totally random!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

January 24, 2015

Jamie 

It's so awesome that Shannon and I got out to the movies on Friday and that Wild was still in the theatres! I liked it, though not as much as I might have thought. It's got some tough stuff for us but I'm still glad I saw it - and especially that Shannon and I succeeded at our first attempt to go to a movie a month! Gold star!!


Shannon

The first picture I picked was literally exactly the same as Jamie's! To switch it up I'll include a book that I read all in one go, which was a really big shock to me given that it's a mystery/thriller and that's so not what I normally go for. I just meant to read a little out of curiosity as it's being adapted for TV and before after 2 chapters I put the kettle on and then finished the whole thing! It's about a Chinese-Canadian woman who is a forensic accountant and from Richmond Hill. Obviously, it caught me!

 

Suzie

We had rainfall warnings here today but I was determined to walk to my library. I geared up and walked in that crazy rain. They had these cards that say, "Find Your Inner Soul Searcher" at the checkout counter. It had something to do with reading books online or something. But it really spoke to me. Gotta love Vancouver.