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

Thursday, August 1, 2013

August 1, 2013


On the day that we moved the piano, I had planned to drop off Mom's keys but I found that I just couldn't do it. I just couldn't let her apartment go. I realize how connected I am to spaces, to places and I didn't want to say goodbye and I didn't have to, not until July 31st. So I went back yesterday, following our regular route, picking up coffee at the Second Cup and finding my way to Mom's. I even did a video of going up the elevator and getting a language lesson. When I left, I knew it was time. The keys are returned. It's time for a new month to begin. I hope this is a lovely home for the next person who finds his or her way there.


It was a freaking long, hard month.  This July was possibly one of the hardest months I've gone through, ever.  So when the last to do was done (and it was a *huge*) one, I was so happy to go home and space out and watch the new foster kittens (The Looney Fosters) who are just over a week only and their tiny momma who is likely less than a year old. It's a good reminder that new life is starting all the time.  All the time.

Bootie in the Hood


I had a surreal day yesterday. Like this bootie in my hood. What was it doing there? I woke up and had to go to our thrift store. It was stupid. I am going to be going through the most major purge of my life, why would I go to a place where I would buy stuff? And buy stuff I did. In the kitchen section there were all these copper pots. It was like a dream. It has only happened to me once before, finding those pots. I remember rushing home to call Mom and tell how much I felt like Julia Child to have copper pots to work with.

I have NOT been feeling woowoo at all but yesterday, it felt kind of like Mom was pushing me out the door and telling me to go for it. I had also been looking for a cheap cast iron pan at the Superstore but they aren't selling them anymore. So? I also found a cast iron fajita pan for only $7. I was the travelling foodie walking home yesterday with a backpack filled with pots and pans. It is the closest to feeling OK I have felt in a long, long time.


Suzie Ridler said...

That makes total sense Jamie and thanks for getting this photo and for that video. I wanted to get the video of the elevator too but it wasn't working when I was going to shoot it, I am so glad it is working now, for many reasons.

That space holds so many memories and Mom's essence, in a lot of ways. She was there a long time. It's so hard saying good-bye.

Shannon, thank you for sharing that link! I didn't realize there was another litter and you're right, life moves on and continues creating. Thank you for that and I am so grateful July is over. It has been brutal. Here is to life renewing and joy coming back into our lives.

Shannon said...

I'm so glad you held off for the right time to return the keys Jamie, and actually realized you could take the time, and did. That feels like it was just the right thing to do. I love that you kept your regular route and got a vid of the elevator! I can't believe I remember all the names, but not what number they are, lol! And yes, it's definitely time for a new month to begin and I hope the apartment because a new, happy home.

So exciting that your followed your instincts and that they led you to copper pots, Suzie! I know it will be a time for paring down, but I don't think you will stop cooking anytime soon so feeding your equipment pantry is probably good (and looks like was a great deal!).

Here's to us all having things turn the corner and start to feel okay.

Jamie Ridler Studios said...

Wow, boohoos, woowoos and kittens - what a day!

Yay Shannon for getting stuff done and coming home to tea and kittens! I'm really loving these loonies, especially since they were born on your birthday!

Suzie, way to follow your instincts. Look at the treasures that were waiting for you when you followed the call. I have a feeling that is just the beginning of the magic!