Not quite ready yet...

Hi all! Just thought I would drop in and let you know I am making progress. I have 5 or 6 projects completed, but only about half of my deep cleaning done in the apartment. I still have one or two projects to complete too. As the recipients of these projects all know of my blog and I know at least one of them reads it....I won't be able to reveal them until after Christmas. I hope you can all stand the suspense. On the other hand, will I even remember to tell you all about them after the season has passed? Who knows? On the good side, no lasting white stuff here yet.

Take care all, I should be back regularly soon! And thank goodness for "readers" or my withdrawal would be agonizing!


At the 11th hour, on the 11th day, of the 11th month...

Lest we forget!

Photographer: Ian Britton

Have a day full of memories and remember why we have our freedoms.


Going AWOL

I've been neglecting real life for too long, so I've decided that I have to put the blog on hold for a few days. Once I have my abode looking presentable again though, I will be back and hopefully, I will have much more room to move in here. Who knows, I may even finish a project or two!

Take care while I'm gone!


No snow yet!

Here it is Friday already and I really have nothing to say. I took this photo last Saturday, I'm thinking the bunnies aren't ready for snow yet, so maybe it will hold off for awhile yet.

And as I have nothing else to offer, how about we find out how much you know about art?

Your result for The Famous (and Not So Famous) Art Quiz...

Art Lover

68% Artiste!

Art Lover: You scored 68% Artiste. You may not have any formal training, but you are a big fan of art, at least what you've been able to see in your local museum. Try broadening your horizons a little and exploring some lesser known artists.

Take The Famous (and Not So Famous) Art Quiz at HelloQuizzy

Enjoy your weekend everyone!


WWC: Hands & Feet

Weekly Words Challenge! This week the words are Hands & Feet and I discovered that I don't much like feet or hands. Shoes, boots, funky socks and slippers, can't get enough - feet, not so much! Rings, gloves, massages, bring 'em on! Maybe part of that is due to fallen arches and ugly veins popping up, not to mention the fact I can't seem to grow my nails anymore! Anyway, here we go! Click to enlarge.

I give you HANDS, that need a manicure! (Why, yes, they are two different colours! That is because the right doesn't get a tan.)

HANDS that tell you not to walk.

HANDS that give you garden fresh potatoes! (Thanks Sis!)

And dry macro HANDS.

For FEET, I present little plastic dolls FEET.

I've often said if I was any paler I would be translucent - proof is in the photo. Getting out of a hot bath, you can see the veins in my FEET!

This is an arty shot of my FEET!

I couldn't decide which I liked better, so here is another shot of my FEET.

If you would like to join in the silliness that is the WWC drop by and see the soon-to-be bride Tink at Pickled Beef.

Have a good day all.


MTM: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

That's right, twenty years! The city has provided curbside pickup of our recyclables for 20 years here in Edmonton. They have many collection sites scattered around the city at malls and community centres, for those that live in apartments, where the complex may not provide a recycle bin. I am proud to say I browbeat talked our manager into getting them put in here ;)

I know, you are all thinking "that's nice, weird, a little boring, but whatever". Well, actually it is a little boring, until you read that Edmonton has the most modern facility in all of North America, here is a pdf photo file of the site. We are turning garbage into fuel, we are capturing the gas from the landfills and turning it into energy to power part of the city. There is an area for recycling old electronics and reducing them to their component parts to be sold and reused in new stuff. We have eco stations throughout the city where you can take hazardous waste to have it recycled and rendered harmless. The city encourages composting and grasscycling, by providing compost bins and courses to homeowners. What does this mean? Well it means that we manage to diverte 60% of our waste from reaching the landfills.

Photo courtsey of City of Edmonton

We also have opened our first Reuse Centre this year, it takes an incredible list of things that are still usable and sells them to someone who will use them for a very nominal fee. You know you have the little bits hanging around from your last project...there is not enough to do another project, but, you hate to see the wool, wood, paper, or whatever go to waste. Well, that is what the resuse centre is for. They will even take paper towel rolls, the last couple of inches of sequins, the extra spool of thread that you find you didn't need. While you are dropping off, you can look for that elusive button to match your coat, or find the exact right sized frame for your picture. Some scraps of fabric to finish the project that has been languishing in your closet for lack of 1/2 yard. Or enough leather to make a project look like a million bucks.

Having been brought up by parents that lived through the "dirty thirties", I know a thing or two about hanging onto stuff because you never know when it might come in handy. That would be why I had moms mascara to use in my WWC post last week. That stuff is probably older than I am for goodness sake! Of course, having been forced to downsize my abode, I had to get rid of a bunch of stuff and the reuse centre would have been very handy then. I did my best to recycle or give away most of it.

So, how about you all. Does your town, county, city have a recycle program? Do you use it, or are you making noise to have them start one?

My Town Mondays are the idea of Travis Erwin and you can visit his blog to read about other places around the globe.

Have a good day all.