Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Spring is Everywhere


Greetings and welcome blog friends.

In the past few weeks the weather has settled down and
warmed up a bit, the snow has left us for good (well, until 
next November or December or whatever anyways)  and 
things are greening up nicely.

Phil has been out in the garden raking, mowing, mulching
and digging, getting muddy and wet and grass stained
 and basically enjoying himself thoroughly.   And as goes
the season so goes my stitching mindset.   A theme of
green growing things and gardening outside inspires the same
indoors with my stitching.

Or I could be honest and admit that I just wanted to have a
new start.   Whatever.


So here is Little House Needleworks design "Garden Pleasures".
I have been working on this since my last blog post and as is 
always the case with LHN designs I've been enjoying it so much!

While I've been stitching I put on Flosstube vlogs and listen to
the stitchers chat away and so many of them have multiple projects
on the go all at once .... and by multiple I mean LOTS!!!!   The idea
has a certain appeal to it, and I can be a chronic starter if I don't 
watch myself anyways sooooo .... away we go!

As long as I have a finish once in awhile I can handle that.


We've been making plans on how to enhance the enjoyment
of our backyard during those precious, short months when
the weather is kind and warm and welcoming.   Our old
gazebo's awning shredded itself last Fall so we have to get
a new gazebo this year for the deck.    We've been looking
at other garden furniture and stuff and decided that we 
really, really just had to have a garden swing!

So we went out this week and picked one up and Phil spent
yesterday afternoon setting it up.    And we're thrilled and
delighted with it!    That corner of the yard is sheltered from
the wind and gets the afternoon sun and has a great view of
the bird feeders and the rest of the garden looking toward
the house so it's a perfect fit.

And it's just the thing for any book lover!!   I took it out
for a test run with my latest book and it works beautifully!
It also suits napping and chatting and the consuming of
beverages and meditation (another form of napping for me)
and bird watching.    I love how versatile it is.


And speaking of books (as I often do) above is my latest
finish.   I devoured this book in two days and could not
put it down.

Jennifer Robson is a new to me author who has three books
published, all of which take place during the early part of
the 20th century.   A favourite time period for me.   I'd
seen her books around, had read the descriptions for them
and knew they'd be right up my ally so I got all of them at
once and I'm so glad that I did.   

Jennifer Robson manages to write a fascinating story with
emotional impact,  she presents well researched historical facts
woven expertly into the narrative and her characters are 
so real and clearly imagined .... no matter how big or small
their roles are in the story.

I did not realize that Jennifer Robson lives in Toronto until
after I got the books but that's pretty cool too .... being able
to support a local author who so clearly deserves it.

I can confidently say that Jennifer Robson has been added to
the list of my most favourite authors and any new publications
from her will be automatic gotta-haves ... right-NOW!!!! 


Walking around Georgetown, camera in hand, enjoying the
sight of everyones gardens bursting into colour.   It's  mostly
tulip time now and we're slowly easing into tree and bush
blossoming season as well.


We're nearing the end of the daffodil season but there
are a few still popping out here and there.   Not as 
colourful as tulips perhaps but when it comes to their
shapes it's amazing how diverse they can be.


The summer movie season has begun and my movie
viewing partner Darlene and I began it on the weekend
by going to see two highly anticipated movies that
headed our list of must sees.

I'm a Marvel geek and love to see whatever might be
released from that stable of super heros.   The Avengers
are a great favourite and the Captain America movies 
have always been fabulous!    We could not wait to see
"Civil War" and it did not disappoint.   WOW!   Great
story and lots of action both of which were well balanced
with great performances.    I'm team Captain America by
the way.


And then there is the magic of this newest production of The
Jungle Book.     Again the story and the performances were
spot on but it's the seamless blend of real and CGI that is 
jaw dropping amazing.   You can't even tell what is live and
what was created in a computer lab.   And the young boy who
plays Mowgli was wonderful.   And Bill Murray providing
the voice of Baloo is just perfect casting.   I mean ... who else?


Did you know that over on Flosstube the one and only Vonna
of The Twisted Stitcher fame has just posted her very
first vlog post?   You must go and watch it.   

And as always we finish off with a picture of the cats.
Rupert with his face buried in Phoebe's fur.   I have no
idea how he's breathing in there.

Cheers!!!


Monday, April 25, 2016

Confined to quarters ....

The rain is pounding down on the roof above my head which
is a comforting, pleasant sound.    It's evening and I have decided
to update my blog since I am not really in the mood to do much
else.    I've been watching "Booktube" videos on Youtube,  I've
been stitching,   I've been reading .... but I am (I confess) feeling
a tad ... dare I say it?? ... Bored!!!!

Recovery from the gallbladder extraction has been uneventful
and everything seems to be fine.   Nurse Phil continues to 
monitor me closely and gives me hell heck if I do too much
bending or reaching.   Hopefully by next week I'll be able to
return to Curves to work out, though I realize that I'm going
to have to start out slowly and work my way back up to
where I was before my little adventure.

We went for a walk today and by the end I was flagging a
bit.  Now that the nicer weather is on the horizon I'm ready
to get out and walk, walk, walk but once again it's
something I'm going to have to build my endurance up for.


Being confined to the house and with the weather too cool
to sit out in I've been dedicating a lot of my time to my
current cross stitch project and I've gotten a lot done!
Now I am not the world's fastest stitcher by any means
so I'm not sure if this is a lot by anyone else's standards
but I'm fairly pleased with it.

The canoe and the streetcar were my favourite things
to stitch and the trees as well.   To the left of the 
streetcar is the Prince's Gates which lead into the
Canadian National Exhibition grounds.    On the 
far right of the design is the Skydome where our
baseball team the Toronto Blue Jays play.   Between
those two Toronto icons is the designers rendition
of the Royal Ontario Museum ... and that thing 
was a stinker to stitch!!!


Now above is a picture of the original building which is
quite a venerable old pile ... classy and typical of the
architecture of the 1914 era that it was built in.
     

And this is the section that was added in 2007.
It's called "The Crystal" and it was designed by 
Daniel Libeskind.   It is very ... modern and reactions
to it were ... shall we say .... mixed (!!!) when it's
plans were first revealed.     

I'm not a fan of modern architecture.  I much prefer
the original structure which the Crystal kind of wraps
around in one area.    And when it came to stitching the
darn thing it was ... for me ... a royal pain!

I couldn't picture in my mind how the stitched structure
corresponded to the real one.  It just seemed like
sections of random shades of blue and white.  It
still looks weird to me but at least I can sort of
see what the designer was trying to do.  I guess.
But that part is now done and I can move on to the
next layer of this piece.

And in case you're wondering .... yes, it seems that
at least for awhile the Crystal's roof did leak.   Ooops!


My reading for the past few weeks has been the
acclaimed fantasy series by Naomi Novik.
The first book came out and was nominated
for a Hugo award  for best novel in 2007


The novels are a retelling of the Napoleonic
wars but with dragons!!!   So a meld of 
fantasy and history which is skillfully 
blended into a fascinating and riveting
story by the author.   


I don't know why I haven't gotten these
books to read before this because I knew
that they were out there and were well
reviewed and quite popular .... but I didn't.
There are more books in this series which
I have in my collection and will read in the 
future but I wanted to get the first three books 
done all in one marathon read.   I don't know
if I'll pick up book four (then five, six etc) next
or if I'll go for a change of pace.   We'll see.

I don't have much else to write about tonight
so I'll just add a cute picture of the cats and call
it a night!


Cheers!




Monday, April 18, 2016


I meant to update my blog sooner then this however, as
happens, life got in the way.    Specifically... after five
attacks in the past four months due to gall stones ....  I had 
to have my gall bladder removed last Thursday night.   It
was something I was planning to do but a particularly bad
attack starting on Tuesday hastened the deal.   That was fine
since it didn't give me any time to fret and stress while 
waiting for a specific date to arrive.   It was a case of:  we're
here in emergency ... the surgeon is available .... we don't
have any other plans for the evening .... let's just do it!!!

A night in hospital ... spent in Obstetrics of all places ....
and a return home on Friday afternoon to recover.   Phil,
being retired now,  is able to provide nursing care and to
keep an eye on me during my convalescence ... and he's 
been quite diligent and very solicitous of my every need.

So all in all it's been good.   Keyhole surgery means an easier
and quicker recovery with minimal discomfort and that is
greatly appreciated.    So now I'm able to putter around the
house a bit, go for short walks around the neighbourhood
.... with my nurse accompanying me ... and relax at home.
It's all good.   


I've been enjoying my renewed delight in stitching again and
made further progress on my Country Chessboard as seen
above.    More border which defines the size of the piece
plus more houses.   And yes,  each house square completed
feels like a mini finish which provides a sense of 
accomplishment and encourages further production.


But of course what would the joy of stitching be without a
new start???    I mean, really?     Thanks to the enabling of
fellow stitchers I became aware of this chart available on
Etsy from a designer and had to get it, along with another
for Pretty Little Amsterdam.   There are charts for cities
throughout the United States and Europe featuring those 
well known iconic sites that each city is known for,  and 
each chart is in bright, vibrant colours.


So here is my progress so far on Pretty Little Toronto.
Some trees,  the shores of Lake Ontario,  a streetcar
(sometimes known as the Red Rocket) and starts on
other landmarks.   Loving it!!!

Hey!   Did you know .....

                                                So, I was on Vonna's blog site a week ago 
and discovered that she'd made some videos on how to 
do various styles of finishes which she'd posted on Youtube.
Well,  Vonna being the Queen of Finishing .... along with
Andrea from The Craft Room .... I knew that I had to check
those out at once.   I went to Youtube and watched Vonna's
videos and was suitably impressed and fascinated with her
skill and her talent.   Then I looked at the videos "suggested"
at the side of the screen and was surprised to discover that
there is a community of cross stitchers there who are calling
themselves "Flosstubers"!!!!

I am quite aware of the "Booktubers" on Youtube plus various types
of crafty vloggers, and I follow those communities regularly, but it's 
never occurred to me to check for cross stitchers.

DOH!!!!!

So while I stitch on my projects I watch vlog posts from cross 
stitchers from all over the world as they display their WIPS,
hauls,  and UFO's as well as discussing other things related
to their hobbies and interests and lives.

Did any of you know about this community?   Is it the "it"
place to be now that interest in blogging seems to be waning 
for a lot of people?   I would think that vlogging would be
much more time consuming and more work then blogging
plus you'd need some degree of technical know-how and 
the equipment to make decent vlogs.    

And with vlogging you'd have to be more aware of your own
personality and have the ability to "selling" yourself on screen
to your audience to hold their attention and engage them.   I
think an ability to write a good, interesting and colourful blog
post may not necessarily translate to the vlogging world.

So, go check out Flosstube on Youtube (if you haven't already) 
and see what you think.


In early February I spent a weekend in Toronto with my
friend Darlene for our annual "Girls Weekend".
This time we had tickets to Kinky Boots at the Royal
Alexandra theatre as the highlight of our weekend.
         

What a fabulous show!!!!   The music was fantastic
(courtesy of the talented Cindi Lauper with book by 
Harvey Fierstein)  and the production colourful.   The 
story was a nice mix of thought provoking,  tender,  
upbeat and a bit sad at times.   But ultimately it was a 
celebration of our differences and acceptance of ourselves 
and of others ... be who you want to be!!

Our "Lola" in the show .... Alan Mingo Jr .... has left
the Toronto production to reprise the role on Broadway
which is quite an honour.    But given how amazing he
was here it doesn't surprise me at all that he was given
the opportunity.


The show was Friday night.   Saturday we walked a
bit around Toronto on a bright, sunny and warm day.
We went to the St. Lawrence Market to check out
the colourful, diverse selection of foods and goods
that are available there.


The place is a crowded, colourful and lively
mix of ethnicities with already prepared foods,  plus
the fresh ingredients needed to make your own and 
the seasonings and the tools as well.


It's a feast for the eye and for the stomach.


And full of welcome colour in the midst of the dull,
grey days of winter.


We spent the afternoon at the Art Gallery of Ontario, taking
a tour as well as just walking around on our own.


The architecture of the place was as fascinating to
see as the art works were.

In the evening ... after dinner at Swiss Chalet
(of course) .... we went to the movies and saw
Kung Foo Panda 3, which was quite cute and
fun.

Sunday we slept in,  swam in the hotel pool, 
went out for breakfast and then lined up to buy
Japanese cheesecake from a shop near the
bus terminal called Uncle Tetsu's. 


Another book I read this year was The Aviator's
Wife.   A fictionalized account of the life of 
Anne Morrow Lindberg which I really, really
enjoyed.    I knew something of the lady's history
and I knew about her husband's accomplishments
and scandals ... and of course about the kidnapping of
their baby son but I'd never read anything about either
of them before.   It's a really good story, well told by
Melanie Benjamin who has also written about Alice
Liddell (Alice ... in Wonderland fame) in the book
Alice I Have Been and The Autobiography of Mrs Tom 
Thumb.   I'm going to check those out soon.

Phil has been relishing his retirement ... in spite of the
fact that the weather changed as soon as Spring hit
and gave us a good wallop of cold and snow for a 
few weeks that had us all questioning Mother Nature's
sanity ... in rather colourful language.   Ahem!
After a very mild and dry winter it stung a bit.  Especially
when we had more snow and colder temperatures in 
the first 10 days of April then in all of February!
But now the temperatures are warming up and the sun is
shining and we can sit outside without coats and boots,
hats and mittens.   Blissful!

Meanwhile, Phil will be out mowing the lawn and racking
last Fall's leaves and puttering around the garden to his
heart's content .... as well as a bit of puttering around the
house.    Life is good!

Cheers!

Saturday, April 02, 2016

Lookie!!!


Guess what I've been doing???

My stitching mojo disappeared quite some time ago,
around the same time that I discovered that my ability
to see what I was doing .... even with a magnifier ....
was not very good.   Or at least not as good as I would like 
it to be.

 It unnerved me.   You see one of my biggest secret fears is of 
loosing my eye sight.    The thought terrifies me!   And being 
unable to see my cross stitching as clearly as I once did 
aggravated that fear.   When I picked up a project I would start to 
get to feeling a bit .... um .... anxious or panicky.    Not a pleasant 
feeling.   So I began to avoid stitching and eventually I just 
sort of let it go.

Just to note here:   I'm not actually loosing my sight at all.
I just have lousy eyesight .... always have .... and with 
age it's gotten worse. It's normal.   One of the perks 
of aging.   Whoopee!!!

But I missed it!   Terribly!!!   

So in the New Year I picked up an unfinished and long
neglected project and ... ignoring my inner fears ....
finished it.


(Stitched in my favourite colour of red.)

Well ... I thought when it was done.... that didn't 
really go too badly.   Peering over my glasses and 
holding the project up close I could see the stitches
that I was making clearly and could therefore
see that they were laying properly.   I 
stitched this one in hand .... without a hoop or
Q-snap .... which I don't usually do.   


I had another unfinished project or two languishing
in my To-Do box .... as one is apt to do .... (rolls
eyes and grimaces) so picked up this one and ....
finished it too!!!! 

Wow!!   I was on a roll!!!


So now I was feeling the itch to begin a new project.
I went into my cross stitch cupboard .... covered
in cobwebs and dust and neglect .... and began to
rummage and root around in there.

I pulled the chart for this one out and it appealed to me.
Simple and easy with lovely, bright Spring like colours.
In the past I would have worked on this for a day or
two and then put it aside and forgot about it for days
... or months ... or years!  But not this time.   I could not
put it down!    I finished it in one week!   I cannot remember
the last time I finished a project .... even a small one like
this ... in that time period.

(Note:   stitched this on a spring frame.  I'm not keen on
stitching in hand really)

More!    More!!!     More!!!!!!


I've had this project on the go for years.   It's been 
sitting in a corner, neglected and ignored, for a 
shameful amount of time.   It's not a difficult stitch
at all.   Just huge!    I had it being worked on a 
large Q-snap frame which was very ungainly and
awkward to work with.   So I switched to a smaller
Q-snap frame and went at it.



I have done a couple of houses and some border
and the stag.   I'm enjoying it ... a lot!!!!   I sit at
my craft desk with the radio tuned to a Toronto
talk radio station (I'm a talk radio/news/politics
junky) and while away the hours with needle and
thread.

Don't know how long this is going to last but I'm
making hay while the sun shines ... as it were ....

I also don't know what the heck I'll do with this 
if and when it's finished because .... as I said ....
it's huge!    But that's not the point, is it?   The 
whole point of doing this ... or any craft ... is to
have fun!

I'm having FUN!!!! 


Behold my DH.   Phil.   He retired last week.
After 40 years with the same company he 
decided that he'd had enough and filled in the
paperwork last summer to give notice to his
company.

The branch where he works had a grand send
off for him last Thursday.   Unfortunately it was
one of those days when the weather folk advised
their listeners ... if you don't have to go anywhere,
then don't!    Freezing rain, snow and strong 
winds.   Great!

But Phil is a superb driver and had no qualms
about heading out.    The schools in our district,
and those in other districts that we drove through, 
were closed due to the weather and since it was the 
day before Good Friday the roads weren't busy anyways 
as people prepared for a long weekend .... the first 
one of Spring (ha ha!!)

So we got to his work place in normal time.  He
finished packing up his desk and then it was time
to party.   They barbecued!   In that awful weather
they set up the barbecue in a sheltered area near
the building and they barbecued!

There was tons of great food,  speeches,   gag gifts
and lots of laughter and hugs and stories told.   Phil
was thrilled with it all.

So now he's home with me.  All.  Day.  Long!!!!

We'll see how that goes.

Fortunately,  and I should say this here and now,   Phil
is a putterer.   And he loves to garden.   And he has lots
of interests to keep himself busy with.   So I'm not worried.

Much.


Reading for the last few months.   My first love
in reading genres is fantasy.   If I didn't watch
myself I'd read fantasy novels pretty much non
stop.    

V. E. Schwab is the name that this author uses
for her adult fantasy novels.   She writes as
Victoria Schwab for her YA books.   This is the
first book of hers that I have ever read and I 
quite enjoyed it.   I've since got the sequel to
this one plus her other books in YA and adult
fantasy because ... well ... that's what I do.

**Cough**



Heard good things about Paullina Simons
around "Booktube" and decided to get a
few of her books and try them out.

Historical fiction.   This series is based
in Russia during the second world war
and is a love story that takes place in
Leningrad during the awful siege that
took place during the Nazi's attempts to
invade and conquer Russia.

This is a nice, hefty novel with lots of 
period detail and historic info though not
so much that it dragged the story down.
There are two more books in this series
and yes I did get those too.



My current read.    The author's first novel.
First of a series.    I love books with 
sequels.   This one is a combination of
fantasy (featuring the Greek gods now 
living in the modern world) and murder
mystery.   I'm enjoying it so far.

That's it for now!   Cheers!



Sunday, January 03, 2016

It's 2016


Hello and Happy New Year to everyone!!

Does anyone else find it hard to believe that the holiday
season is all but over for another year??    Where did it
all go?    Seriously?


Got a fair amount of baking done ... and eaten ...
unfortunately ... during the weeks leading up to 
Christmas and I really appreciated not having to 
juggle work and holiday preparations anymore.    I 
made up gift boxes of goodies to give our neighbours 
and I took trays of goodies to the parties that we were
invited to so it all got used.   Well, most of it anyways.
And left overs will be going to Phil's workplace for his 
co-workers to enjoy this week.  

Note:  didn't take pictures of everything I made.
The above picture is just a random sampling.


I love making bows and decorating the parcels
that I wrap for Christmas.   The sparklier, the better.
I mentioned this in my previous post but here are
a few pictures showing close up shots of some of
the bows.


You can tell that I'm a traditionalist when it comes to
the colours of Christmas.    I might use blue and silver
on occasion but really red and gold and green are my
favourites.


I had a strip of gold sparkly paper left over
which was too small to wrap anything with.
I had a strip of wired red ribbon with Christmas
trees on it which was too short to make a 
bow with.   I combined them, one on
top of the other and made an arrangement
out of bits and pieces on top of that.

Festive!


Rupert had a good Christmas, though we
were both exhausted from our various
seasonal obligations by the end.


Books!   Glorious Books!!!!

One of my favourite thing to receive for Christmas
is gift cards!   For the bookstore.    Oh yes!!!
Happy dance time!!!!

Thank you to my friends who know me so
well.    YA, fantasy and adult fiction.   Aren't
they the most beautiful things you've ever seen?


Speaking of which ....

And Rupert loves the box that they came in.    I used
his old Chapters box to pack and wrap a Christmas
gift in so I just had to make sure that I replaced it 
with a new box in at least the same size.   He was
actually in this box before I had a chance to get most
of the books out so I had to pull them out from under
him.


Gift card from the craft store.   Went to Michaels to 
redeem the card and got myself more Smash books to
fill.   These, sadly, are no longer being made and are
getting harder and harder to find.    

I made a Smash book album for a friend for Christmas
and I also made two scrap books full of pictures for 
another friend and I had a blast doing them.   So I am
eager to get started on scrapping/smashing for myself
now.    

I've been puttering in my craft room trying to find 
places for some of the craft supplies that I also got
for Christmas (stamps, punches, embellishments ....
yummy stuff like that) and rearranging things so
that they're easier to get at and to find.   I am one of
those people for whom out of sight is out of mind so
I need to have everything within easy reach and more
or less in sight.



Another gift that I've been loving.   The illustrated addition
of the first Harry Potter book!    It's so gorgeous!!!   I'm
actually reading it now .... well .... not right now, this 
minute ... but over the holidays and I am bowled over
by the gorgeous artwork.   And the story is as sweet 
and exciting and joyful as ever.


The entire gang on New Years Eve. 

We went to friends for dinner and just spent the 
evening sitting around, nibbling on goodies and
yakking and laughing.    It was 2:00 am when 
Phil and I got home and so New Years Day we
were not too lively.   But that's another tradition
for that day isn't it?   

No New Years resolutions for me but I would like
to spend lots of time this year being creative.  That
includes stitching,  scrapbooking,  drawing and so
on.    I firmly believe that being creative is very good
for one's soul and mental health.    

And perhaps blogging through the entire year too.

Cheers for now!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Christmas draws closer ...


Christmas preparations 


Spent Sunday afternoon and evening wrapping presents
and decorating the parcels.   Had some trouble getting
started however because Phoebe demanded was in need of 
attention and was not inclined to listen to reason and 
allow me to work unimpeded.

Since wrapping presents one handed, with a cat slung
over your shoulder snoozing is awkward ... to say the
least ... I had to be firm and put her down near by to
nap on a chair ... instead of me.


Wrapping paper around the boxes doesn't take too long
to do.   It's making the bows and decorating in general
that takes time ... and is the fun part.    Unfortunately my
glue gun died awhile ago and I forgot to get myself a new
one so all the bows and decorations had to be "stuck"
on the parcels with tape, white glue or tied on with fancy
string or ribbon.    Frustrating at times and I'm not sure
how durable these things are going to be so when they
are being given out I'll be warning the recipients to be
careful with how they carry or transport their gifts.

At least I did remember to buy a new glue gun the next
time I was out shopping.   Better late then never.


Don't think that I ever showed off the new addition to the
library which my DH made for me in August.   I've had this
design stuck in my head for ages now and somehow, for 
some reason, this summer he and I got to talking about it
and the next thing he knew he was going out to buy the 
materials and putting it together.

Four bookcases set edge to edge with a large sheet of 
plywood on top and with a raised edge of trim to finish 
off each side of the table top.   It gives me a whole lot
of space for my bigger books on the shelves of the four 
bookcases plus the top is perfect for working on my jigsaw 
puzzles,  crafting ... and for wrapping Christmas presents.   

I had to haul all my wrapping paper, trims, adhesives, 
decorations and ... um ... oh yes .... the presents ....
from the top floor of the house to the basement ... and 
then back up there again when I was done but it was 
fabulous to work on that table and not have to bend over.  
And that table top is a HUGE workspace.



On the 7th of December I took the train down
to Toronto to meet my friend Darlene and we
spent the day wandering around the city 
looking at the Christmas decorations.

The above trees are in the atrium of the building
where Darlene works (she was on vacation that
week).   Note the sheets of sparkly lights draped
across the balconies.   Very pretty, nicely done.


We went to Yorkdale mall for the morning and
checked out the stores and their displays there.   The
above arrangement was in Pottery Barn.  We were
disappointed in the lack of decorations at Yorkdale 
in the mall's common spaces.   All the shops there were
decorated but the mall itself only had Christmas 
decorations around the area where Santa was located.

Dull!  Boring!!!  Bah Humbug Yorkdale!!!


We went to Allen Gardens in the afternoon and were
much happier with the effort made there to join in the
spirit of the season.    Poinsettias everywhere, in a 
multitude of colours.    Mannequins dressed for winter
in dresses made of foliage and flowers were scattered
around the main greenhouse. 


Anyone for a sleigh ride?


Another greenhouse had fanciful birds perched in
trees and plants, some sitting on "nests" with 
Christmas decoration "eggs".


I guess it makes sense that a Blue Jay would lay a blue
egg.



It was lovely to spend an hour or more wandering
around enjoying the plants and the Christmas 
decorations.


Once it got dark we walked to City Hall where the skating
rink was in full use, the Christmas tree was lit up and 
everything looked lovely.


The Eaton Centre mall had it's giant reindeer
set out along it's main hall.    They are amazing
to see in person.


The CN tower was lit up with Christmas colours
which looked great.


Didn't buy anything (except for brunch and
dinner) during our day out except when I found
this hardcover edition of the third book in 
Deborah Harkness's All Souls Trilogy which
was on sale for just $10.00.   I did buy this when
it first came out in hardcover a year and a half
ago because I LOVE the series and this author!

But I had to grab this copy because of the sticker
on it which said "Signed Copy"!!!! 


Yup!   There you go!   Signed by the author!!!
Me want!    Me grab!!!    Me very happy!!!

This is baking week.   I've been at it for three days so
far and will keep at it until I run out of time.   Stay 
tuned for further reports.

Cheers!