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

Saturday, August 29, 2015

August 29, 2015



Shannon

After about a month unplanned hiatus from vlogging I came back in full effect with tons to say and share. I am so thankful for chatting through some of the sticky bits of how I was feeling about this on the recent episode of stART, it really helped me figure out why I was doing it and got me totally enthused about getting back to it!


Suzie

This week from hell is finally over! I still felt like crap yesterday from getting off caffeine and sleeping pills but we had gotten such beautiful produce, I couldn't let it just sit there. I made a light corn soup and a beef stir fry for dinner. I swear, food really does have healing properties and it was the first really "Suzie the Foodie" day in a long time. I loved it even though it was hard. Today the winds of change are blowing big time and I woke up without a migraine. I actually slept too. I made it!

Friday, August 28, 2015

August 28, 2015

Jamie

I've been so obsessed with the kittens and with working that I haven't spent much time in the garden. Imagine my delight when I popped out yesterday and found this rose bud! Remember that rose I planted this spring? For the longest time there wasn't even the smallest sign of life and I was so worried that it wouldn't take but here it is!



Shannon

I am sooooo excited that my Kindle arrived! I have enjoyed and loved my Kobo for 3 years, but I couldn't resist the recent sale on Kindles. And a HUGE bonus is that Jason's books are available via Kindle. I can't wait to dive into his titles, and it was super cool to look at the "About this Author" and to have Jason' bio pop up right on the screen. Amazing!


Suzie

Reg's D&D night was last night and we finished up the adventure. It was a blast. We also did groceries yesterday so it was a very long and challenging day. We had a lot of adventurers in and out of the game so I was the only one to play the entire time but it was clear everyone really enjoyed Reg's story and DMing. Pippi the Druid Gnome did her best to contribute and is probably my most klutzy D&D character of all time but she is adorable.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

August 27, 2015

Jamie

It was so great to get back to choir last night. Suzie, I thought of you so much because we sang Hungry like the Wolf! It was really fun. I hadn't realized how much I'd missed it. And making it extra cool was that someone I've been connected to virtually for a long time in lots of ways was there and I was able to give her a big hug for the first time!


Shannon

I am sooooo glad I finally finished Yes Please by Amy Poehler. It was an epic journey, I started last December and had to re-request it several times from the library and had to read at the computer and that didn't work so I finally read it on my phone. And it was worth it! Quite interesting, very honest, and lots of love for the world of live performance and of course, comedy. I barely knew any of the people she mentioned, but I'm sure anyone that watch SNL has a big one-up on me there. Another book read, another adventure had, now on to whatever comes next!


Suzie

It has been so very hard to get things done with this huge fatigue that just won't leave me alone. Today I decided I would rather play D&D than get groceries which we desperately need. You know, I think I made the right choice. Had one last epic battle with Babushka my Half Orc Pirate Fighter before the D&D world at our store. Some times you just need to take out your scimitars and get hacking, even if it's just in your imagination.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

August 26, 2015

Jamie

There must have been some rain right before we woke up because the birds were out in full force! I heard a loud bird call and couldn't believe it when I looked outside and there was this spectacular blue jay. I'm pretty sure I saw another one in the tree. What a treat.


Shannon

I came downstairs all ready to do some work on the computer and what did I find... a totally cozy, sleeping Escher in my chair. I guess he got the memo that I was going into "Inactive Action Mode" today. So I read for a while instead and let him sleep. What a cutie pie.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

August 25, 2015

Jamie

Each month this summer Justin and I have taken one day off to hang out and have some fun together. Yesterday we went for a big walk along the boardwalk in the beaches, further than we'd gone before. The lake looked stunning from this vantage point! Then we went to see Ant-man, which was a lot of fun and out for a bite at a little pub across from the Art Gallery. It was so great to just relax, hang out and be together.


Shannon

It was fun being kitty Auntie today! And pretty lax, as the kittens slept most of the time, lol. BUT! I made sure they got some exercise too, and was thrilled to get a pic of all three of them (Scout is behind Escher). And if there was any question.... Shibumi went of the paper ball first. Shibumi wins!!

Monday, August 24, 2015

August 24, 2015

Jamie

Sunday was such a beautiful day and super productive too! We had a fabulous art day, working on a class from Year of the Spark. There was definitely a lot of learning and exploring going on with this project! As there was when I shortened the curtains - yay!! This project has been on my list for months and, as you can see, I've only gotten a few done but that's a big start and I'm so proud of myself. I think they look quite wonderful.


Shannon

Had a blast this week at Art Day! I love looking back at the pics through the stages of a piece, because if I hadn't taken pics, I would never had remembered that at one point it looked like this! I'm sure to share more at stART this week.


Suzie

After hardly seeing Reg for a few days he came home from class and wanted to go to the PNE (our Ex) and see Colin James. I rested and was up in time to go out for the concert which was amazing. I really liked being at the exhibition later in the day when there were less people and it was cooler. At night there was amazing energy too. Much better for me than during the heat of the day.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

August 22, 2015

Jamie 

Friday and Saturday were all about the cats being fixed and spayed. Their surgeries went really well. Everyone came home with a cone but Shibumi was the only one able to tolerate it! Scout's was out before we took 10 steps from the vet. Escher's was abandoned beside the bed he hid under. It's been a worrying time but everyone seems to be doing very, very well. And amazingly, Shibumi seems to have gotten even sweeter!


Shannon

Caught up on one of "the" touchstone films of the folks that like all things film and arts related, with Birdman. Pretty freaking amazing. I love all the recognizable things from the theatre world, and all the odd things as well. Well worth watching.


Suzie

It's been a little surreal to have three days totally on my own. I went for a long walk today and got some errands done. I couldn't help but be drawn to this "Deluxe Kitchen Set" at the store. I thought for a second if I would have played with it when I was a kid and heard a resounding, "NO!!!" in my head. It's fake. It's not real. What's the point? Now making REAL ice cream? I probably would have liked that.