Thursday, January 28, 2010

Little joke to make you smile :)

I had lunch with 2 of my unmarried friends. One is engaged, one is a mistress, and I have been married for 20+ years. We were chatting about our relationships and decided to amaze our men by greeting them at the door wearing a black bra, stiletto heels and a mask over our eyes. We agreed to meet in a few days to exchange notes. Here's how it all went.
My engaged friend: The other night when my boyfriend came over he found me with a black leather bodice, tall stilettos and a mask. He saw me and said, 'You are the woman of my dreams. I love you..' Then we made passionate love all night long.

The mistress:

Me too! The other night I met my lover at his office and I was wearing a raincoat, under it only the black bra, heels and mask over my eyes.. When I opened the raincoat he didn't say a word, but he started to tremble and we had wild sex all night.

Then I had to share my story:

When my husband came home I was wearing the black bra, black stockings, stilettos and a mask over my eyes. When he came in the door and saw me he said,

"What's for dinner, Batman?"

That's it!

I had second thoughts about the exterminator when it was suggested I was catching every mouse. We're up to 8 and I am sick of it. For everyone there are probably 2 making more.... And I used to think friendly was the way to go. Not anymore!! I want them dead and gone. Sunday at 11 is the time. (believe it or not, they work on Sundays) Until then I am trapping. A new career?

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Of Mice and Women

Each winter we have the same issue. Littel field mice make it in to our attic and you just need 2 to have more. I am not bugged by them too much but don't want them in my house. So, one year, when we also ended up with an ant infestation due to renovations next door (it disturbed them there and so they moved over to us!) we called a exteminator and were good for a couple of years as the ant stuff also killed the mice. This year though we could hear them in the walls so out came the trap. After 2 I thought that we were done and I wouldn't have to clean traps much longer. Well, 2 days and 6 mice later!!!
Can you believe it? Time for the exterminator service I think.....

Sunday, January 24, 2010

A bit of inspiration

Well, I had a bit of inspiration today. Some silver wire and some jasper, a thai silver bead cap and voila!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

A neat tutorial site

I came across this site today and thought that some of you might like it. The re is lots of information on use of polymer clay, resin etc. While you need to pay for a membership, if you are seriously into this it is a good price I think. Many projects, good advice and great tutorials. Check it out: Linda Lietz,

Friday, January 22, 2010


While reading blogs from travelling friends, who are in warm California or beautiful Mechelen in Belgium, I cam across this sentence on leslie's blog:
"There is a very fine line between 'hobby' and 'mental illness.' I think there is another aspect to this crazyness, it is that of becoming a shop aholic that needs all the gadgets to sustain the mental illness that is called hobby ! I have been procrastinating and have not done a thing. I must start again..... (and I don't mean go shopping!)

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Walk a mile in my shoes

Did you know someone can walk more than a mile in your shoes if you donate yours to SoftMoc? They are collecting used shoes until Friday to send to Haiti. They are collaborating with Soles 4 souls:
I just happened to have cleaned out my closet and am glad they will be sent off to a place where they can be of good use. So do what I did....
Imagine after all that how sacred they must have been to feel the afterquake today. Fortunately it did not results into a worsening of the already dreadful situation! You CAN help, and it is easy...

Monday, January 18, 2010

Apartment or Hotel...

We are heading to Europe for my family reunion in August. usually we tack on a week somewhere else and this year we decided to go to Rome. I am excited as I have never been there. I love churches. Poor Zoe got dragged to a million of them when we were in Portugal. When you see one you've seen them all? I don't think so. Well, now that there was a class in school about churches and the way they are built, interest is poking its head up. So, Rome and your churches, here we come!
The key question is always where to stay and we have been using apartments for the past few years and really like that option. So, I found a beautiful apartment down the road from the Colliseum... Imagine living there!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

This piggy went to market

Today Zoe started her modelling course. We drove downtown and I dropped her off at 9. What to do next was the question. All of a sudden I thought, I haven't been to the market for a long time, so off I went. It was busy already and lots of great foods and local produce. I shopped and had a great time! Funny, I go to markets where ever I travel if there is one. It reminds me of Holland. And yet I forget about the great market we have here! I may just make this a habit. It is fast on a Saturday morning and I really enjoyed it. On top of that I ran into some people I know and so it was a morning well spent!

History of the St. Lawrence Market
In 1803, Governor Peter Hunter issued a proclamation, following recommendations made as early as 1796, that all the land north of Front, west of Jarvis, south of King and east of Church street was to be designated officially as the "Market Block."
Since 1901, the South St. Lawrence Market has been known primarily for its fruits, vegetables, meat and cheese. For many years, few people realized that Toronto's original City Hall had been incorporated into today's south market.

Thursday, January 14, 2010


The situation in Haiti weighs heavy on my mind. It is so devastating and in a country already disproportionately troubled compared to the rest of the Western world. It makes me, once again, realize we are very fortunate to live where we live and to shut up about my own little bumps in the road. Donating is one way to help. Yet, I feel conflicted. I may feel good for a moment when I donate but my small donation is a mere drop (not even...) in the bucket and I sit in my comfortable home lamenting and blogging about this horrific event. Something is so wrong but I don't know how to make it right....

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


Last night we spoke to a friend who we had not connected with for a while. He is the kindest man and I love his wife. Unfortunately, she has developed Altzheimers and is not doing so well. I am not sure if you can appreciate what this disease does. It is devastating and so sad to watch bothe person with Altzheimers and his or her relatives. The movie "Away from her" provides a good glimpse. It reinforces my belief that life is precious and we need to enjoy it whenever we can. So, go forth and enjoy it.....

Monday, January 11, 2010

Good book recommendation?

I have finished yet another audiobook and am ready for the next one. I downloaded "An echo in the bone" by Diana Gabaldon. We'll see. Anyone have any other suggestions for a great read?

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Paris and Christmas trees

Well, while some of us are exploring Paris, others are cleaning up old Christmas trees... I'd rather be in Paris! But the job needs to be done, and every year I think about buying a fake tree. However, once Christmas is here again I will have changed my mind. Life is about real experiences. Real trees it is. So, while I'd rather be in Paris, I am happy Carmi is having fun and I am happy to having the house back normal. Time for spring bouquets instead of a tree!

Thursday, January 7, 2010


Spring, I need it. In Holland it starts right after Christmas, when you get rid of your tree. Not here SOOOOO LONG, these Candian winters. I was speaking to someone in Saskatchewan today where it was -39 degrees. I couldn't do it. So, this is proof there is always something positive about everything. We have sun and we don't have -39.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Kate Mosse - Sepulchre

I am curently listening to another of Kate Mosse's books and again am enjoying it.
Kate Mosse - Sepulchre: "In 1891, young Léonie Vernier and her brother Anatole arrive in the beautiful town of Rennes-les-Bains, in southwest France. They’ve come at the invitation of their widowed aunt, whose mountain estate, Domain de la Cade, is famous in the region. But it soon becomes clear that their aunt Isolde—and the Domain—are not what Léonie had imagined. The villagers claim that Isolde’s late husband died after summoning a demon from the old Visigoth sepulchre high on the mountainside. A book from the Domain’s cavernous library describes the strange tarot pack that mysteriously disappeared following the uncle’s death. But while Léonie delves deeper into the ancient mysteries of the Domain, a different evil stalks her family—one which may explain why Léonie and Anatole were invited to the sinister Domain in the first place.
More than a century later, Meredith Martin, an American graduate student, arrives in France to study the life of Claude Debussy, the nineteenth century French composer. In Rennes-les-Bains, Meredith checks into a grand old hotel—the Domain de la Cade. Something about the hotel feels eerily familiar, and strange dreams and visions begin to haunt Meredith’s waking hours. A chance encounter leads her to a pack of tarot cards painted by Léonie Vernier, which may hold the key to this twenty-first century American’s fate . . . just as they did to the fate of Léonie Vernier more than a century earlier."
Interestingly there are discussions of Tarot which I do not really believe in. But check out these cards. They are very pretty. The link gives more images.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Good advice

Today I learned something new. If you'll recall, I lost my brand new camera early December and was quite upset! I bought a new one. When I told my friend this story, she said to check out whether I had charged it to my visa. If so, to also check if my visa had extra coverage for loss or theft. Well, I did and guess what, it does! It doubles any manufacturer's warranty and loss or theft in the first 90 days from the date of purchase. The day I lost it was day 90...... I filed a report today and so we'll see if I get my $550 back! Cross your fingers....

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Back to work.....

Well, time to go back to work... Not sure I like it :(
It was great to be off for 2 weeks!

Friday, January 1, 2010


Happy New Year and a great year ahead in good health is what I wish for all.