Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Such talent

Yesterday I was being a sloth. Lying around, watching movies ~ snoozing...taking a day off. By night time, I was, of course, wide awake. Tuned in to the Late Late Show with James Corden (my new favourite) and saw Charlie Pluth. What a talent this kid is!!! By the way, for the record, he explained the slash in his eyebrow. It is NOT a fashion statement, rather a scar from a really bad dog bite when he was two years old. He does not condone his fans shaving their brows in his likeness.

I will share the link to the song he sang on the show and after some research to find the official video I came across another one of Charlie and Emily Luther. I had not been aware of these two, but they are now on my playlist. Pretty courageous to do an Adele cover. I like it better than the original.

In case you are celebrating "Pancake Day" and taking a snow day here in southern Ontario, this will give you something to do :)




















Thursday, January 28, 2016

100 years ago today



Alberta's "Famous 5" were petitioners in the groundbreaking Persons Case. Led by judge Emily Murphy, the group included Henrietta Muir Edwards, Nellie McClung, Louise Crummy McKinney and Irene Parlby.




Provincially, women were given the vote in 1916 in the four western provinces, in 1917 in Ontario, in 1918 in Nova Scotia, in 1919 in New Brunswick, in 1922 in Prince Edward Island, and in 1940 in Quebec.











Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Another turn around

So happy I followed the steps down to this intimate collection of Cross Stitched Samplers. Reminds me of how many projects I have yet to finish. Perhaps this also shows that I should add my name to my works as well. I love that there is such a vast collection surviving at the Met.


American and European Embroidered Samplers, 1600–1900
November 16, 2015–February 15, 2016

The embroidered samplers in this installation were chosen for their practical character: each displays skills and knowledge acquired during the educational process and preserves this expertise for future reference. While these are notably functional samplers, even with more decorative examples, the maker's skill and creativity were tempered by her adherence to traditional patterns, passed down over the years by means of earlier samplers, patterns books, or instructional manuals.

Samplers were made as part of a young woman's education, either at a formal school or under informal tutelage at home. Through most of the eighteenth century, in both Europe and America, most girls were expected to learn only practical skills—basic reading, writing, and sums, along with sewing and cooking—to prepare them for their roles as wives, mothers, and homemakers.

The Museum has more than eight hundred samplers from Europe and North America. The survival of so many of these embroideries indicates a continuing appreciation for the skill they demonstrate, for their charming variations on a theme, and, perhaps most of all, for the names of the makers, which were proudly added to many of these pieces when their work was done. For many, these samplers are the only remaining trace of the lives they lived.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art






















For the full collection









Monday, January 25, 2016

You never can tell

Before leaving the Met, I decided I really should turn around and do just one more special exhibit. I have to admit that I knew nothing of Jacqueline de Ribes prior to this installation. Below are notes from Wikipedia and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.


"Jacqueline, comtesse de Ribes (born 14 July 1929) is a French aristocrat, designer, fashion icon, businesswoman, producer and philanthropist. She has been a member of the International Best Dressed List since 1962." (Wikipedia)

"This Costume Institute exhibition focuses on the internationally renowned style icon Countess Jacqueline de Ribes, whose originality and elegance established her as one of the most celebrated fashion personas of the twentieth century. The thematic show features about sixty ensembles of haute couture and ready-to-wear primarily from de Ribes's personal archive, dating from 1962 to the present. Also included are her creations for fancy-dress balls, which she often made by cutting and cannibalizing her haute couture gowns to create nuanced expressions of her aesthetic. These, along with photographs, video, and ephemera, tell the story of how her interest in fashion developed over decades, from childhood "dress-up" to the epitome of international style." Metropolitan Museum of Art


So I turned around and descended into the dark exposition ~ how amazing! Glad I did this























Thursday, January 21, 2016

Makes me smile every time




This commercial makes me really, really, really want to go to Newfoundland and Labrador. I love this song. If you love it too, it's available on iTunes. "Colors" by Kira Willey ~ Album: "Dance for the Sun" - "Yoga Songs for Kids".

















Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Last week

One of my New Year's resolutions, of course, was to get back to this blog. Like everything else, I'm behind. For some time, I have been threatening to accompany Jane on one of her many business trips to New York or Chicago or any other place I really like. She called my bluff, so last week, off I went to NYC. I now have a new perspective on business travel, how hard my daughter works and how much fun this was. I don't mind being on my own in places I have some semblance of, but I do not like sleeping in hotels alone. This arrangement worked out perfectly.

Unlike those in the business world who rise early and are out and doing, I was able to take my time and saunter around the city with no encumbrances (read: The Professor's itinerary). Tuesday at the Met for the day, Wednesday on Broadway and Thursday up and down 5th. Avenue to the Library passing St. Patrick's Church and Rockefeller Center.

I took along my big camera, but to be honest, it was so cold and windy that after a day of lugging it around I was content with the iPhone. So here we go. Come along to NYC and I'll try and get these photos sorted out a little each day.

Strolling through The Metropolitan Museum of Art
















Friday, January 8, 2016

Memory Lane

Today, as the Professor and I finally get around to taking the tree and Christmas decorations down, we had a little moment. I turned on iTunes and was running a playlist and this Hal Ketchum song came on. Larry noted that undoing the decor is almost as pleasing as putting it up, but with a slightly different soundtrack. With each piece there is a specific memory and as this music floated along in the dark afternoon, I remembered that it was exactly 6 years ago at this time that we were in Belgium and Zoë had just been born 3 days ago. This was in my film making days and I really hope no one tears down this video for music infraction. I hate when they do that. Hope you can quickly view it again. Little Zoë and her newly minted parents.

Note to Jane: I think we are both still wearing those coats!!! :)




If you are trying to view this on a phone or ipad it probably won't display. It requires Flash to work. Sorry. Computers only.







Sunday, January 3, 2016

No words

In case you missed this year's Kennedy Center awards....THIS is probably the most wonderful performance you will EVER see. My all-time best wishes for a New Year that carries on like this!!!






Wednesday, December 23, 2015

When all through the house

Not quite all of it, but you get the picture. We are back to decking the halls for the grandkids' generation.
I must make a resolution in the new year to use my "big camera" once again. It's so simple to use the phone, but not half as rewarding when it comes to processing the results other than on the little screen.

Meanwhile, hope all is Merry and Bright wherever you may be!

Two more sleeps!!



































And to all a good night








Monday, December 21, 2015

Here we go again

Round two, now with the grandkids' Christmas concerts.

Oh how I have missed these events. Such excitement, joy and pride in the little one's performing in a crowded gym. These are the best of Christmas memories.

Luca's Pre-school dance studio was appropriately decorated with works of art from the first semester. Each teacher lead their little troupe in various songs and dances and charmed the audience with their hops and skips and jumps. "Must be Santa" was belted out with a guitar accompaniment. Held during their normal school hours ie: 9 a.m., the kids were at their prime while the parents all clutched coffee and smart phones.















After a nice celebratory brunch at Cora's we were off to the next production of the day at 2 p.m. Much more civilized hour really. The kindergarten children, numbering over 100 students from 6 different classes!....were in three tiers across the entire length of the big gym and clad in pajamas. After several numbers all guests were invited back to the various classrooms. The children and their siblings had juice and cookies and a good look around the room.










The end. It's always good to know how to take a bow. Nice work kids! Can't wait for the next one.