Monday, March 14, 2016

march break-away

spring is springing on our coast
and we are brimming with wanderlust and a need for adventure.

so our bags are packed
and we're off.

i'll catch up with you when and if we find wifi !!!

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

fun stuff: infinite blue

"The so-called 'psychotically depressed' person who tries to kill herself doesn't do so out of quote 'hopelessness' or any abstract conviction that life's assets and debits do not square. 
And surely not because death seems suddenly appealing.
The person in whom its invisible agony reaches a certain 
unendurable level will kill herself the same way a trapped person will eventually jump from the window of a burning high-rise.

Make no mistake about people who leap from burning windows.
Their terror of falling from a great height is 
still just as great as it would be for you or me standing speculatively at the same window just checking out the view; 
i.e. the fear of falling remains a constant.  

The variable here is the other terror, the fire's flames:  
when the flames get close enough,
falling to death becomes the slightly less terrible of two terrors.
It's not desiring the fall; it's terror of the flames.

And yet nobody down on the sidewalk, looking up and yelling
'Don't!' and 'Hang on!', can understand the jump.  Not really.
You have to have personally been trapped and
felt flames to really understand a terror way beyond falling."

                                                                                     - david foster wallace
my scrap blanket is getting bluer and bigger...

and my reading this week
is david foster wallace's infinte jest.
i went looking for this behemoth of a book after watching the movie
'end of the tour' which was a biography of this writing genius 
who ended up killing himself at the age of 46.

it's suppose to be one of those books that will change your life ?!?
what are you knitting? reading?
care to share?


Monday, March 7, 2016

spring windows

the wind
told the grasses,
and the grasses
told the trees.

the trees
told the bushes,
and the bushes
told the bees.

the bees 
told the robin,
and the robin
sang out clear,
wake up!
wake up!

spring is here !!

my south facing windows are all pink and blue right now.
and YES...they were wide open during the warmest part of the days ALL weekend long.

we had a weekend of sunshine...
filled with long oceanside walks, ice cream cones and cheesecake, 
people watching and coffee sipping at outdoor cafes, 
family movie nights, mowing the lawn, 
and cleaning windows.

wishing you all a beautiful start to your week.


joining karen

Sunday, March 6, 2016

ogden point

we walked out past the edge
to be surrounded by stillness, spaciousness, and beauty ...
and as always, we came back 
filled to the brim 
of whatever was out there.


Friday, March 4, 2016

harlow does fan tan

while the kids were in yoga,
harlow, ian and i explored fan tan alley in victoria's china town.

it is now our wednesday afternoon kind-of-a-date-thingy happening. 
just enough time to check in with each other, 
to see if we are still laughing at the same jokes, 
if we are still surfing the same channels, 
and still on the same page of this book of married life.
(somehow...harlow is always with us on our dates these days.)
we hardly ever go downtown these days.
our free time is usually spent roaming the beaches, gardens or provincial parks.

but this part of old downtown victoria is really unique and charming.
did you know that fan tan alley is the narrowest street in canada?
threesome dates are sooooo much fun !!!

woof woof woof
(translation:  happy friday everyone)

Thursday, March 3, 2016

fading orcas

you can't 
choose what
stays and
what fades

there is this beautiful mural downtown.
it has been there and has always captivated me
since we moved to the island 
many many eons ago.

the orcas are fading now...
showing its age

but i think
it is more beautiful ever !!!

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

thrifted threads: pink blossoms

welcome to 'what i wore' wednesday
when i link up with lindsey and the ladies for some fashion fun.
it's that time of the year again
when half of the island pull out their leaf blowers to blow away 
fallen pink blossoms off of their driveways (crazy huh!!!)

well...i'm proud to say i don't own a leaf blower ( i can't stand the noise they make)
and i'm happily shrouded with pink blossoms.
i very rarely wear pink
but the blossoms are so pretty and just looking at them
 makes everyone (i think) so happy.

they make me think 'why not?'
this thrifted pink pullover is so soft and old favourite of mine.
the magic of the blossoms is only with us for a few weeks.
so we are all out and about, mostly walking the sidewalks 
to places we need to go, to take it all in.

the pedestrian traffic on our street just tripled in the last week,
and most of them with a smile on their faces.
wishing you all a beautiful blossomy day !!


Tuesday, March 1, 2016

fun stuff: blue blue blue

he who works with his hands
is a laborer.

he who works with his hands
and his head is a

he who works with his hands
and his head and his
heart is an artist.

                                                 -st. francis of assisi
here is my scrap blue blanket.
it is slowly growing.
did you know that if you combine strands of royal blue, navy blue and black that you get a feel of indigo in the combination?

i'm still (yes...still) reading john lanchester's capital.  only a few more chapters to go and then i'm done with the monster.

twyla tharp's the creative habit is brilliant.  YOU MUST READ IT !!

what are you knitting? reading?
care to share?