Beauty in the Ordinary

This is not about being brilliant, or extraordinary, it's not about wanting to be famous, or making headlines, or trying to impress...this about sharing a 'gift' each day with the lift the spirit of people when they read this blog, to show them the beauty in the ordinary.
"And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it." Raold Dahl

Saturday, May 26, 2012

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

"Everything will turn out alright in the end.
And if it's not's not the end."

One of the nicest movies I have seen in a long time.

Rudy, Lindsay and I haven't stopped discussing this movie since Saturday night.  I disagree John, it's neither light nor frothy (but does have a cast to die for!).  

The superficial themes of the usefulness of age and experience - Evelyn being hired by the call-centre), Mrs Donnelly saving the hotel, Young Wasim saving Sonny's marriage and old India versus New India, are fully overshadowed by exploring loyalty over of love (Douglas and Jean); truthfulness and sharing over love (Evelyn and Anoki); honesty over cliche (Norman and Madge); and the most bittersweet notion of all for me - that time doesn't change any of the power or emotion of true love. (Graham and Jay)

Friday, May 25, 2012

House-y Stuff

Today it was...

sump pump needed a check valve (so the water doesn't just circle round and round and round ad naseum)...

attack 4 on the carpenter ants that are eating away the fascia board at the front of the house...

and attack 1 on the carpenter bees that are making
holes like this

in the garden fence!

Now...we aren't killing the bees, just trying to send them away (to wreck havoc on someone else's fence?).

The ants, however are an entirely different matter.

The joys of living with nature!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Funny Old Life, Isn't It?

Funny how we get this wrong, isn't it?

Tuesday, May 22, 2012


Lots of home-y stuff going on at the moment...planting...paint-touch-ups...weekend house guests...a little golf.  All good stuff. 

Eldest daughter is coming down next weekend, time to catch up with her and all the exciting things going on in her life.

  Trying desperately to work out a trip to Miami to see my younger daughter and son-in-law, and catch up on their life-changing opportunities too.

Summer always seems to bring a sense of hurry with it.  Don't understand where the saying "lazy days of summer" comes from.

Niagara-on-the-Lake is in full swing with this year being the 200th anniversary of the war of 1812.  Costumed characters roaming the streets, pointing out all the important historical sights.  
A huge party is planned for Canada Day - July 1.  Tragically Hip will be playing on the Common.  We are expecting 20,000 attendees.  That might just be a day to stay home.

Major-General Isaac Brock commanded British forces in the War of 1812.

The weather now is glorious.  Sunny, warm...with just an edge of a cool breeze in the air.  If it stayed this way all summer, I would be thrilled.  But it won't.  The sultry, humid heat of July and August will come soon, and we will all migrate to our air-conditioned sanctuaries while the dog-days of summer roll on.

A couple of doctors' appointment scheduled soon, but serious treatment won't begin until August/September.  Hardly seems real right now.  We are happy to stay in this little dreamworld, if only for a while.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Goodnight Sweet Prince

you elegant fellow.

Thank You Angus
for sharing Wilf with us.

For teaching me the meaning of dignity...

Lessons I will never forget.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The Little Garden

While the weather for the last week has been glorious,
a few black clouds are rolling in today, and there is a cool breeze coming off of the lake.

Gardening has begun, with pots of herbs nicely planted out
and moveable should they get not enough/too much sun.

Coriander, chives, leaf basil, creeping thyme, hot and spicy oregano.
I'll pick up a mature pot of rosemary at the garden centre,
(it's just is too slow growing here).

The hostas are almost up, and the hydrangea and sixteen candles are greening up nicely

In a couple of weeks the black-eyed susans will show their sunny heads

and the next dry day it will be white new guinea impatiens for the baskets on the fence.

Before you know it, the little garden will be all set for the summer!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

I Love You More Than You Can Ever Know

"Hi Babe."

"Hi did it go?"

"Well, it was always a choice between bad and worse...we knew that right?"

"Yes, okay, so?"

"Well, it's only bad."


"Prostate cancer...but confined, moderate and curable."

"Okay, so...what do we do now?"

"Urologist, oncologist...and we make a plan."

"You okay?"

"I'm  Worried? Scared?"

"All of the above, I guess."

"Do you have any idea how much I love you."

"Sure...just as much as I love you."

"Are we going to be okay?"

"Yes...we are going to be fine."

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

House Of Fifty

For those of you who may not have read this on-line magazine,
may I introduce

This, issue Five, is the one-year anniversary issue.

While you listen summer music  (page 22), read the touching story of the origin of the magazine, written by founding editor
Jeanelle Beal's husband (page 90).

Take a look at some delicious summer recipes (page 24+)
feta and watermelon - my fav!

Read about fashion bloggers (page 120+); artist Lulie Wallace (page 40+); be inspired to Salvage Beauty by Andrea Mihalik (page 110+)
and tons more.

An intelligent, entertaining,visually delicious on-line magazine. 

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