Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Out And About

Hi again. It's been raining and dark again, seeming to go on for days. I did manage to capture some of spring in Toronto, as my sister and I are resuming our weekly walk.

The cherry and apple blossoms were out last week. Alot of Japanese people come to see them, and they are symbols of good luck. I think my evil twin took this angle of my big keester on purpose, you know? The other pic is a really interesting tree by Grenadier Pond (it is rumored that the pond is bottomless and Grenadier Soldiers are down there...)

After High Park, we went along Bloor West to see our friend Chris who owns "Say Tea"- on my sidebar- and she had a blend for the Royal Wedding- she does mail order, and it's full of roses. The Green Tea is incredible- even iced.

Saturday found us downtown at the Bata Shoe Museum, where they had an exhibit of shoes from the '20's. Unbelievable. I haven't been in years- here's the outside of the building- it looks like a shoebox.

You can try on some of the weird shoes.
With fish in the heels.

I also must of missed what they did to Museum subway station- I was snapping pics like a tourist.

It's good knitting weather, and I know I will be miserable when it turns hot and humid. I got some knitting done. Auntumn-y colours that will hopefully be finished by fall.

A very bad opportunist cat, who is sitting on Alex's pants. If he's not careful, Alex will be bringing an ass-kicking home with him today.

Have a great week.

Monday, May 9, 2011

May Days

I just looked at the calendar and was shocked to see that it is May 9. I don't know why that is. I spent a good part of the weekend doing yard clean-up, and my back is borked from doing all that bending over. I also had a good moan about how I have all the responsibility for the garden, but then I gave myself a shake. I live in a really nice house, in a great neighborhood, and many people would be thrilled to be in my place.

I should be thrilled to be in my place. So nothing a little change in attitude won't fix, huh?

FC bbq'ed, burgers and lamb chops. I made a variation of what my friend Pat and I call the "meme" salad, after the cafe we had it first:

Mesclun Mix (you can use any greens, but this works best)
Feta cheese crumbled
Red pepper, diced
Raisins (or cranberries)
Whole almonds
Pumpkin seeds
Sunflower seeds
Olive oil
Balsamic (I use a fig one which is amazing)

It is incredible- the sweetness of the raisins, and the saltiness of the cheese, mmmm. You could also use sesame seeds, or whatever you like. I pour roughly a tablespoon of olive oil, and then the balsamic. This is also good for you- if you don't use too much cheese.

The salad picture almost looks like the flowers in my urns. I was charmed by the black and yellow petunias-

Knitting mojo continues to be MIA- and this is bad. Pat, Brigitte and I went to the DKC's Knitters Frolic last weekend, and I came home with these sheep. Not a skein of yarn or fiber. Nada. It was fun to see Brigitte, and come back and play with the kitties. She gave me these:
Have you ever seen anything so wonderfully silly, yet useful at the same time? Makes me laugh every time I look at them. Thanks Bridge.

I'm close to finishing the Anniversary cross stitch- the little people crack me up, but they are just representative. I couldn't quite capture FC's Lego man hair, but the little Laura has bows in her hair, and I think I have the hair colors pretty close.

I finished my Shetland 2000 hap shawl. This will be the last one I make, I have 3.

Just the one cat, however, who is waiting for his breakfast. See ya soon.