Mar 25 2010

A Million Things I Love.

(above: My New Shoes.  They are among the many things that I love.)

A few months ago, I wrote a silly blog called “A Million Things that Bug Me”.  I found it interesting that out of all of my blog posts that one gets the most hits…because of people googling “things that bug me”.  I kind of wondered why people would google that phrase.  Perhaps they are always irritated at something.  Perhaps they like being irritated at things, and wanted to find more things to be irritated at.  Well, I decided to write a reprise.
Here are a million (or so) things that I love (in no particular order).
- My husband Dave.  He’s way cooler that anyone I know.  For serious.
- This cat that lives in my house…maybe you’ve heard me talk about him…his name is Bigsby…he’s white…kind of fat…has a bit of a temper…
- Romantic Music.  No, I don’t mean like “Unchained Melody”, but rather music from from the 19th century from composers like Chopin, Debussy, Liszt…and so on.
- Bread.  Not wonder bread.  But real, crusty on the outside, soft on the inside, stone baked bread.  There is no other way.
- Cameras.  I want a new one.  And when I get that one, something else will come out that I want.  And so on…it’s the battle of technology.
- Gardening.  I love growing things.  This is very exciting to me.
- On the topic of plants…I LOVE flowers.  I must always have cut flowers in my house.  I must. Must.
- History.  I was always a bit of a nerd when it came to this.  I’m not very good at learning it, but I try…I really do.  Right now I am reading a book called “The Inheritance of Rome:  A History of Europe from 400-1000AD”  Obviously, a book about the Dark Ages…a period in history that I’m particularly interested in.
- Gene Kelly Musicals.  How can you not love these?  His talent always amazes me.  If you have never seen one of his films, go pick up Singin’ in the Rain.  It’s his most famous film by far.  A classic.
- Those very grand paintings from the 16th century.  I always had been a fan of paintings during the Renaissance, but when I saw them in the Louvre in Paris….I fell in love with them.  Particularly those of Marie de’ Medici painted by Peter Paul Rubens.  They are epic, larger than life paintings depicting stages of the Queens (Marie) life. Amazing.
- Anyone who knows anything about me knows I can’t live without Jazz music.  It’s not even a possibility.
- My Bunnies.  They are very cute.  They poop a lot, but I still love them. :)
- Vintage clothes.  I wish all my clothes were vintage.
- Recycling old things and making new things.  I like to be crafty.  But not crafty in the evil, conniving sense.
- Star Trek.  Your life is not complete until you have seen every episode.  I’m working on it.
- To be honest, most sci-fi I’m a fan of.  Star Wars, Stargate, Star Trek…(hmm…a theme here?)
- England.  I will go back.  And it will be soon.
- Charlie Winston.  Ever heard of him?  Probably not.  But his music is INCREDIBLE.  It’s the first time in a long time that I have been totally blown away by a new album.  Buy his newest, “Hobo”.  It’ll knock your socks off.
- Black nail polish.  It’s not just for goths anymore.
- Marc Chagall.  Seriously one of my favourite painters.  He painted the ceiling of the Paris Opera House, and it’s one of the most unique pieces of art.

…I think this list could go on forever.  I started it about two hours ago, and have been adding one thing after another while I work on other projects.
I hope you get the picture.  There may be a few things that bug me, but there are many more things that I love.


Mar 23 2010

A cat! A job! A garden!

This photo has nothing to do with what I was going to post about.  I just liked it.  A few weeks ago, I decided against selling this vintage radio/record player that I’ve had in storage, and I chose to put it in my studio, since it looks so neat.  Bigsby has decided that it’s his.  Because it’s vintage, I’m not too keen on him sitting on it, but…has anyone ever had luck with telling a cat not to do something?  The second picture of him is pretty much gold.  I’m thrilled that I managed to capture this expression.  It’s rare to see a cat looking as dim-witted as this (although with Bigsby, not as rare).

What I did intend on writing about–and it’s more like just a quick note–is that Dave has gotten the position of Worship Pastor at Ross Road church!  We are both very pleased with this.  This means that Dave is going to be a lot more busy now, considering he will still be working on the farm in the mornings.  But I have many projects to keep me from getting bored in his absence.

On a side note:  I just planted my bulbs for the season.  I am very stoked for my garden this year.  I am trying to choose flowers that are good for cuts.  So far, I have Dahlias, Gladiolas and Lilies.  Much excitement is in the air.


Mar 20 2010

Afternoon Tea.

Today, Dave and I went out to Clayburn Village Tea Shop for lunch/tea.  I was craving something that felt like England.  The most exciting part, was in their candy shop, they had a whole host of British Candy bars that we used to be addicted to when we were at the school.  Back in the days when we totally rocked the snack bar.


Mar 15 2010

An Epic Battle

It seems to me that there is a battle going on in the weather system.  Perhaps this happens every year–in fact, I’m sure it does.  Every year, Winter wants desperately to hold on to territory that just doesn’t belong to it.  But this year Spring had a plan–and that was to attack early.  I really think it caught Winter off guard.  Everything is in bloom, and the “first day of spring” hasn’t even come yet.  This is most exciting, as Winter really did a poor job of ruling.  Popular opinions of The Winter Season were quite low, at a mere 18% approval rate.  This coming weekend Spring officially has the right to take over the Season.  I’m hoping that Winter doesn’t try to make a comeback.

This weekend Dave & I decided to check out the new art gallery/museum in downtown Abbotsford called “The Reach”.  After being in museum after museum in Europe, I was skeptical to what might be in my little town of Abbotsford.  But I was pleasantly surprised.  Despite being small, there were high quality displays in a building that feels like, well, a real art gallery.
Afterwards I took a plethora of photographs of the AMAZING cherry blossom trees that are in full bloom outside of the art gallery, and then we walked across the park to the Library to get books to satisfy our geeky needs.  (Dave took out a book called “The Complete Guide to Self Sufficiency” a book about farming your own food, ect.  I got a book about Celtic Myths, and another about Europe in the dark ages after the fall of the Roman Empire from 400-1000AD)
Even with the time change this weekend, much fun was had by all.

I am desperately awaiting Spring’s official arrival.  All this teasing is too much.  We must have nice weather.  Must.