Got to go for a walk down The Drive all dressed up for Halloween and saw Blade Runner with friends which was awesome. My eBay auction just went up and the shipping calculator is all screwed up for the U.S. Sigh...
Day 1 of the Autumn Readathon, it's always interesting to see how the new books fair. Sadly, the first two I tried were really dry which isn't great to read late at night. I hope Day 2 goes smoother!
What a weekend! From going to ramen, hanging out watching horror with Shannon and then the Buffy Singalong... I'm exhausted but in a great way. The singalong was so liberating. How many times have I gone to a musical and bitten my tongue and NOT sang. Here we all belted it out to the screen with other fans. It was so much fun. Sadly, Reg missed it because he had to teach kung fu. Maybe next year!
It was not supposed to be a potter's wheel day but the weather was so bad and flu season is alive and well that I got to spend a lot of the afternoon on the wheel which was amazing. Exhausting but I loved it, especially now that I have graduated from goblets to bowls! Everyone else is doing fancier shapes but I want rice bowls. Came home covered in clay. It was awesome.
Oh the sunshine keeps getting me into trouble. It is getting rarer and rarer so when it comes out I can not help but leave the house and do much more than I should. Today was no exception. Got to the bank, stopped by Starbucks to inquire about their Zombie Frappuccino (coming next week), bought flour (so heavy), make an apple pie video, did laundry, paid bills... Got sharp chest pains. Nothing but some TV, tea and a slice of apple pie can't fix but I know I'm pushing my limits. Rest day tomorrow, even if the sun comes out.
Yesterday I started what I hope will be a new practice of getting out for a walk and listening to an ebook. It felt so good! I went pretty spontaneously and with determination so ended up with just throwing a hat on, stuffing myself into layers, having no makeup and just going. I felt a bit self-conscious but the hilarious thing is I think just about everyone that I saw gave me a big smile and a hello! I must be doing the right thing.
It was so great to hang out together and have Art and Netflix in the books for today! I love that we take a chance on the films we see and have had such interesting results!
Tables and tables of clay wedged into bricks that were wedged into each other to make bigger blocks of clay. Exhausting. My arms still feel like they're going to fall off. So grateful we got to hang out and watch Welcome To Me together afterwards.
Yesterday was just the weirdest day weather-wise. The wind was wild. The sky was grey. Suddenly it would rain like crazy and then it would be sunny. In the midst of all of that, it was great to sit down to art day with Shannon and just focus on drawing and hanging out. Though I think we discovered that it's harder to talk while drawing, LOL! Who knew?
Nothing like a power out! A windy, windy day made the power go poof! And there was a brief moment where the lights came back on... and than they went out for a few hours. I'm glad I picked up candles!
A lot happened on the weekend but the most memorable was Oktoberfest! I really didn't think a non-drinker would find it fun but man was I wrong! The night whizzed by and it was a complete blast. I wish I had the rest of the weekend to rest but nope... Life has been super busy lately and I guess I just gotta enjoy it before my body can't keep up.
Had a blow out in pottery class (left) and turned it into a spout (right). Wish life were as easy to edit. Saw that major construction is going to be started right outside our door tomorrow and it's going to be pipe work and who knows how long it's going to go on. I feel like I'm being crushed from all angles.
I got out to do a lot of errands in the rain and went by this poster at Value Village. I have so little content for my food site right now that this helped me decide to update/fix my Halloween posts that got hacked, create new recipe cards for them and reshare them every day online. I am also continuing to go through every piece of paper I have and all my belongings and do some hard thinking about what I need to keep and want I need to get rid of. This is going to be the biggest downsizing yet. Not easy.
Totally epic night of getting to meet Bruce Campbell and hear him read from his latest autobiography about being a B Movie actor. Well Reg really go to meet him and have a real moment together which was so awesome to capture with my camera and we had other friends come too. I got to rest for a lot of the day as well which I am so grateful for so I could be really present for this.
Thank you both for helping me figure out what to change my Etsy store name to. It has been approved and High Tea Boho Boutique is now live and Etsy is automatically changing the links for me which is wonderful. This is one of my last mermaid pendants from my 2017 collection. I was amazed at how well that textured autumn glaze gave it that rusty look as though it had been on the bottom of the ocean for eons. Got some rest in too but I am anxious to get back to my creative projects, as you can tell!
I pretty much didn't go anywhere over the weekend at all so I kept myself busy (and sane) listening to Kate Bush and making jewelry. I burst into tears when I heard Cloudbusting though. "Oh, god, Daddy. I won't forget," totally did it. I am so looking forward to visiting with family. I still can't believe it's going to happen.
Yesterday I was out and about doing errands and prep for our grand adventure. One of the things I did was get my haircut. Oh, it is good to feel like me again. Yes, it's nice to make a change but sometimes you just want to come home.
Spent all afternoon on the wheel and this is my third goblet! I didn't even realize I could make something else, LOL. A woman made these beautiful bowls and I was like... Doh! I was working so hard at perfecting the technique. Ah well. It was awesome.
Recently I stumbled across a treat that I had never heard of before: a Dutch baby! The recipe was incredibly simple and incredibly familiar and so last night Justin and I gave it a try. It takes no time at all and is delicious - a cross between a pancake, a beaver tail and a Yorkshire pudding! (Most like a Yorkshire pudding - but dessert!) We were testing it out for a special occasion so won't be sharing it anywhere else for a few days. This is the recipe we used. And no, this is not low fat ;)
Busy Day! Lots of planning and prepping and computering today, but was happy to knock off one of the challenges for the super chill readathon I'm doing this week by reading a graphic novel (okay, this is a comic...which is a lot shorter... but I'm counting it!). Yes, it's Hrolf Kraki and His Champions! A famous tale... we'll all heard it, right? Right? Okay, maybe not but it was still a lot of fun, although quite brutal and oddly sparse story telling.
I had my first clay extruder class and it was quite fascinating. It is a two-person job to put that clay through that monstrous press but look! It make the walls of this casserole dish and I used the soap dish one for putting chopsticks on! Took all my energy though. Totally baked by the end of that class.
It was an out and about and erranding day for me. And boy was I tired when I got home! It was exciting to see the store has gotten pumpkins, although it does feel a tad early for that. But still...pumpkins!
This is pretty much my only day with nothing planned so I got out for groceries, vacuumed the floors, sanded pendants, finished others, then photographed them and... made a healthier Instant Pot version of my favourite soup. Now? Sore and resting.
Summer TV Finale Week is underway! I watched another season of American Ninja Warrior and I *finally* figured out how people win the show! Only took 2+ seasons to work that out. It is a fun, and pretty inspiring, summer show.
Big highlight was getting good news from the doc and then selling earrings to a friend. Then I walked home and caught a bit of a chill, things have really cooled down here. Rested for most of the day which is frustrating because I want to get things ready for Etsy for the first day of fall on Friday.
Reg and I got our to an Italian restaurant Saturday night and then went to The Fringe Festival for a play and even had pierogies at Granville Island Market afterwards. Despite it getting very cold, rainy and crappy, we made the most of our wedding anniversary weekend.
Yesterday was a very busy day. I worked throughout, went to the dental hygienist and then met Justin downtown so that we could do some clothes shopping. We both still need some things for the trip!
It was an errands day, which always turns into a rest day, but I was okay with that today as I was completely mesmerized by a creepy book I had just started called I'm Thinking of Ending Things. It was a short one, and I just hunkered down and burned through the rest of the book. I would love to recommend it, because it's intriguing, insightful and smart but on the other hand... totally creepy!! I couldn't read it at night, and I certainly hope I can sleep tonight! Plus a bonus: Canadian Author!
I did it! I got on the pottery wheel today and it was so exciting. I really feel like 1) I have no idea what I am doing 2) that it feels oddly intuitive 3) I really don't know what I am doing but it was OK that I didn't. I was so caught up in it that I didn't realize the pain I was in. It kicked in later which is just fine. For me that's normal. I was so scared it would hurt so badly while I was doing it that I couldn't do it at all but not the first time at least. It's so amazing to sit and listen to the whirl of the wheel and use your body to press down on the clay and because I'm not strong it happens so slowly and subtly... Pure magic. I can't wait to do more!
It was awesome to get back to choir this week, especially with September by Earth, Wind & Fire being our song. Man, I love that song! You just have to smile and groove as you're singing along. Plus what a lovely way to return - two members created 2 banners for choir, one for Tuesday night and one for Wednesday. What a great new energy those colours bring!
I totally was NOT going to do a readathon this month, until I came across one that is absolutely perfect... read 10 pages a day. Finish 1 book. I think I can manage that. I might even unwrap the smallest book on my shelf just for this!
Yesterday I had a great time recording a new Wisdom Core conversation with my friend Kim. I am so lucky to have such awesome women in my life - like you two!
You just never know what you are going to see while out and about!
I helped my friend get the last of her social media platforms set up and then I packaged up the mermaid pendants I sold before resting. Then I made dinner and thank goodness for the Instant Pot to make black beans super fast. A pretty productive day.
It's a little weird looking out your windo wand seeing a guy climbing a tree. Even weirder when you notice the chainsaw! I'm so glad that they finished before we filmed stART. It was awesome to hang out with you both - and in the aftertime too. ((hugs))
Wow! Not only did I have a fantastic time talking to you two today I sold THREE of my mermaid pendants! Totally blown away. A friend also got tickets for us to the Buffy musical singalong and now I can actually pay for those tickets myself. I haven't had a day this good in a while. I'm totally letting myself enjoy it. *happy dance*
What an adventurous Sunday we had! Justin and I signed up for a trip up to the Clairville Ranch for some horseback riding. I haven't been on a horse since I was 16 yearss old. It was the perfect day, as you can see by that blue sky. We did an hour of writing, had a meal over an open fire and then rode for an hour again. I traveled on a horse named Karma and it was quite a treat!
Errands day for me! Got out and got some shoes, hopefully these ones will work well for the trip and events. So much still to do, but it feels good to knock something off my list!
It was a mostly stay at home weekend but we did get out to Bulk Barn so I could finally get vanilla extract at a decent price and stock up on nuts and chocolate. All so expensive but definitely cheaper at BB than anywhere else.
Yesterday was a kick-ass day! In the morning I got out for an early breakfast meeting with two dear friends and in the afternoon Shannon and I made it out to the secondhand book store at the reference library. What a treat!
It was soooooooooooooooooooo exciting to get out to the library book store with Jamie today! Got a big stack of awesome treasures and I am already looking forward to reading them, and coming back to the bookstore! I can't believe we've never been before! Can't wait to do a haul video and...plan the next trip to the store!
My plans with a friend got cancelled so I finished up the Etsy store to prep for the sale on Monday and baked a poppy seed loaf. We also just made it in time to see Run Lola Run at the late night showing after Reg got home from shooting.