Saturday, 23 September 2017

Seasonal Signs (around the house)

Don't have a mantle in our house, but do have some nice high shelves the cats can't get to.

Friday, 22 September 2017

Seasonal Signs

It's the first day of Autumn, whee!

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Seasonal Jewellery

I bought some really nice Halloween themed glass beads -- including beautiful little skulls -- a number of years ago after taking a jewellery making course. But I never did get around to making much with them. They've been in storage for six years! Overwhelmed by all the craft stuff I've somehow accumulated I was thinking I should just give all the jewellery items away.

Then I remembered I have a friend who has gotten into jewellery making. So I asked her if she wanted them. She said yes and I parcelled everything up and sent it all to her. Once it arrived she asked me if there was anything she could make for me as there were enough beads to make quite a few pieces. Naturally, I asked for a Halloween set of jewellery (necklace, bracelet and earrings).

It arrived in the mail just the other day. Love it! She did a fantastic  job!!

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Unsolved Mysteries

Ever wonder how those desert rocks move? Or wonder about those early 20th C musicians and those somewhat eerie early recordings? Well, listen to the latest episode of CBC's Podcast Playlist and find out! Includes a fascinating effort to solve the mystery behind the identity of "The Falling Man" of 9/11.

Strange stories, Conspiracy theories and podcasts about the unknown. Featuring: Science Solved it, Esquire Classic, The Truth, The Memory Palace, The No Sleep Podcast, The Reality Check.


Sunday, 17 September 2017

Boxes...witch this time

From the same old box of marshmellow treats I posted about the other day. Marshmellow treats (rice crispy squares) were once one of my favourites!

Saturday, 16 September 2017


So, I'm still hard at work on our house. STILL unpacking boxes and paring down the stuff we had in storage and all that we accumulated in the last decade. I'm glad the place we bought is a bit on the small side because it means we are actually getting rid of things instead of poking them away to be un-used and forgotten (although there is still some of that). Once I've put aside enough "to be got rid of" I'll make another trip to one of the charity shops down the street. Luckily there are three!

As well as that and the ongoing painting -- which I'm avoiding right now --  there is the actual breakdown and disposal of the many boxes we had our stuff in. When I have enough of those I make a trip to the dump and their big recycle bins. I found this box recently and thought to take a pic before I tossed it in with the heap for recycling. I love the way the cat appears to be sliding down the corner of the box!

Thursday, 14 September 2017


We did get some great sun today! And we were finally able to get back on our usual path for walking the cats. It's been flooded in places making it impassable. Still lots of water but we made it through. Reminded me a bit of the landscape surrounding the recently watched X-files episode, Quagmire.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Hurricane Season

Yes, even way out here in Newfoundland we are experiencing heavy rains as a result of Irma. (See previous post for the flooding fun as a result of Matthew last year and Igor in 2010.)

Over the past several days we have broken two records for rainfall. There has been flooding in downtown St. John's and elsewhere, accidents on the highway...seriously I'm so glad we bought a house on high ground (I still well remember Igor!). Trudeau is currently in St. John's so...that must be fun for him.

Today the rain finally let up...although no sign of the sun yet. Lots of mushrooms around. The weird frilly ones growing in a corner of our front rock garden area have all been shredded by the cats.

Our soggy back yard

Monday, 11 September 2017

I Scream...indeed

My husband and I have been on a bit of an ice cream kick the last couple of months. He showed me this ad. It does not work in the way they intended...I don't think.

As found here

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Retro watching on Netflix

In anticipation of the 11th season of X-files in 2018, hubby and I decided to re-watch all of X-files (tv and movies...or at least what's available on Netflix) for the next several months. We recently finished Season 1 which was fun.

It was fun chatting about where we were when we first saw particular episodes. Commenting on 90s fashion styles (those ties!!) and technology (remember telephone answering machines!). And which episodes were well remembered and which were almost entirely forgotten was interesting. And then there are the guest stars; my husband spent time looking up various actors on IMDB after too many brain cells were popped from trying to remember what other shows we knew them from.

Of course, knowing what is to come in the X-files mythology means seeing huge holes in that particular part of the narrative. I'm glad they are dropping most of that for the next season. I felt the show was at its best when Mulder and Scully were sparring over monster-of-the-week theories or doing stand alones (that fantastic haunted house Christmas episode, for example).


Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Secret Messages

This is haunting...inspired in part by coded messages broadcast by the BBC to the French resistance during the 2nd World War.

Read more here and here


Monday, 21 August 2017

Ghost Pipe

Been enjoying our walks in the woods out back of our little home. Came across something I'd never seen before. Discovered it is called Ghost Flower, Ghost Pipe, Indian Pipe, Corpse Flower or Monotropa uniflora. Thought it was a mushroom. But it's not.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Christie's Greenway Retreat

Agatha Christie (known locally by her married name Mrs Mallowan) spent many happy years at Greenway, her beloved holiday home. She and her family would retreat here once her latest book was complete, to enjoy each other's company in the relaxed surroundings. - Source

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Long lost pals

Re-discovered my little Salary Man string doll in all the unpacking. Originally discovered him at a small gift shop in Tobermory, ON despite the fact that he's from Thailand.

He's supposed to do your work while you hang out at the water cooler. So he used to hang from my computer monitor where I worked at a marketing job (years ago now!). But no matter how long I hung around the cooler, my work was always waiting for me when I got back.

I guess mine is defective.

But I love him still.

Made with one piece of string! More here.

Friday, 11 August 2017

Whales a plenty...and a mermaid?

Went on several car journeys to see whales over the last few weeks. Saw humpbacks breaching and spy hopping. Saw the impressive backs of fin whales. Heard reports of killer whales in and around Trinity. You can probably google some video of their feeding activities there. Not something I wanted to witness. Which makes me a hypocritical carnivorous wimp I suppose. But I'm ok with that.

And then, along with a lot of dead capelin, I also saw  this on the shoreline. Remind you of anything?

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Early sightings...and The Butcher's Boy

Last week I stopped into a coffee shop and noticed a container of pumpkin spice in amongst the cinnamon, nutmeg, and chocolate options. I sprinkled some into my coffee.
And today, at a different coffee shop, I noticed pumpkin muffins on offer. So I orderded one.

I wonder what the butcher's has on offer?

Haunting, eh?

Also, you should know that the last year has been, well, crazy. After 10 years overseas (in two 5 year stints) we returned to Canada last summer.

Since that initial big half-a-globe-away move back, we moved twice more. Locally, yeah, but three moves in less than a year? As proud as I am of my packing skills I am sick to death of boxes!

In the subsequent three months since finding our little forever house, we've unpacked most of our stuff. The last of the boxes and furniture bits from storage have to be reclaimed and moved in and well, it's now going slow. Yech. I've almost reached burn-out phase.

But we have done a ton of stuff around the place including painting most of the interior. My husband has proven to me that his claims to be able to build things with wood is...true! He built new steps for the back, put a gate in our gateless back fence. He's even building bookshelves now!

Must be the motivation of owning over renting.

I tired now....zzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Strange Tidings


Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Happy Valentines....

If you do not love me I shall not be loved
- Samuel Beckett

Friday, 13 January 2017