Me, spilling out all my thoughts, inner and outer, on just about anything! Lots of poetry, short stories from past experiences, anecdotes about teaching elementary school, music, relationships....garage sale type thing...Something For Everyone!

Friday, February 29, 2008

Poetry Friday DANCE

The Poetry word is DANCE. Thanks, Mona. This is a picture of an inukshuk I built on the shore of a river in my favourite summer vacation spots - our log cabins.

Look To My Inukshuk

I wander and lose the road
or the road loses me
and i am so lost
trying to find my way home
looking for the arms
of an Inukshuk
(my inner Inuit folklore spirit)
to point the way
guiding signposts
small but pivotal
effecting the change i need
to bring me back to where I should be
is this the old road from which I strayed
or a new one?
I know not-
but when I sadly sense
that I am merely watching
from the periphery
everyone else dance their life's steps
I hope that an inukshuk
beckons me into the centre
of The Circle to share
my own Dance and perhaps
even join one of theirs ....

for awhile

***Blogger wouldn't let me separate the words to look like the legs at the bottom of this shape poem but you get the idea!

Labels: , ,

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Cats on Tuesdays

Gattina hosts Cats on Tuesdays so you can link here for more feline stories and photos.

Mooky has her own little chair but can't settle down. She is asking to go outside.

Mooky is the adventurer!

She doesn't mind all the snow!

She finds cool things to investigate.

Socks is the sucky home-body!

But she is a beauty with her distinctive white tipped tail! Socks has the typical nice calico disposition to match. She is so much more feminine than Mooky, always poses with poise!

Labels: , ,

Friday, February 22, 2008

The Village of Truths

Mona passed the Poetry basket to Irrelephant, who tossed the word, "tatoo" for today.

The Village of Truths

I am the Chieftain of my own tribe
I speak my truths with the many voices residing in my village -
But you may never understand my truths
You may not even hear them or even recognize the voice with which I speak,
for your village may be far away from mine
and all you may see are lips moving
and all you may hear are the distant echoes of my tatoo

We all sing different songs,
dance different steps,
and drum different beats at our council ring fires….
But we must accept and respect each other’s truths
-the need that they be our own
and no one else’s

Mother of Invention, looking to my Truths, singing, dancing and drumming my own tatoo from my far away village.


Labels: ,

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Lunar Landscapes?

Weird Swiss Cheese?

Bad acne?

Lunar landscape?

Kind of reminds me of a sunburn peeling.


Look familiar?

Ever try to scrape off years of multi-layers of paint off pine furniture?

The Lone Mad Scraper trying to dip and strip.....and scrape, all in the name of restoring the old look of our kitchen to this 1921 vintage home. All part of this ongoing never ending reno!

It is a lot of work but it will look like a huge pine hutch from pioneer times when we're finished. You can see the interesting flour bin cupboards at the bottom right that pull out. The builder's wife has actually already done all the doors and they look fabulous....but if you want to know the truth, I'm kind of getting to like having no doors on the cupboards! It's pretty handy and reminds me of the open cupboards we have up at the cooking cabin of the fishing camp we go to each summer that I love so much. Well, at least we don't have to worry about mice here!

Labels: ,

Cats On Tuesdays!

Look at more funny felines at Gattina's.

Mooky, Queen of the Cat Condo!

It's way past my bedtime!

Sometimes it's hard to settle down! My stuffed cat riends are taking up too much room!

Aw, man! I need to get another cat condo!

Labels: ,

Friday, February 15, 2008

Poetry Friday Time

Mona says we have all the TIME in the world for poetry this Friday! The word was TIME.


measure it
tell it
make it
spend it
save it
waste it
count it
give it
bank it
lose it
clock it
kill it
change it
buy it

- we need to savour it


it ticks
it tocks
starts us
stops us
it travels
it changes us
rearranges us
it heals
it flies
it dies
it stands still
released in a pill
it charms us .....

but most of all alarms us!

Well, I had to stop there because I ran out of......well, you know!

Labels: ,

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Curiosity Trails!

Cats On Tuesdays brought to you by Gattina.

Bad cat, Mooky! But you're too funny!

The guys doing the tile work on our reno hadn't been gone 3 minutes when Mooks decided to inspect their work! Well, walking on the tile wasn't too bad so she kept right on "mookying" into the bathroom and did a hasty turnaround! (Is this a four-point-paw turn?!) As usual, she left her mark, as cats will do in one form or another.

Price of the tiles? $150

Price of grout and glue? $50

Price of the labour? $400

Mooky, mucking around? PRICELESS!


I gave the tile guys their morning smile today when I left this old place mat I found while cleaning under the sink! It's the first thing I thought of doing when I saw it and I just couldn't resist. They got such a kick out of it.....a first no doubt! Mooky made them banana bread for morning coffee break!

Now does this look like a bad kitty?

Labels: , , ,

Friday, February 08, 2008

Natural Highs!

A friend of mine started this list of experiences that give people a natural high. So many are such simple things it's almost ridiculous! Right now, I'm dealing with horrendous knee problems (tendonitis of the patella in one, and baker's cyst in the other) and I have to use a cane to get up and down stairs as well as just walk around first thing in the morning. I used to walk 2 miles a day! What I would give right now to be able to do this! Or even ride a bike or swim.....It would definitely be a high. My "stented heart" needs the exercise as does my diabetes. Anyone out there who is just being lazy and making excuses for not going out to exercise, please, just go do it for me.....and you.

1. Falling in love

2. Laughing so hard your face hurts.

3. A hot shower.

4. No lines at the supermarket.

5. A special glance.

6. Getting mail.

7. Taking a drive on a pretty road.

8. Hearing your favorite song on the radio.

9. Lying in bed listening to the rain outside.

10. Hot towels fresh out of the dryer

11. Milkshake (any flavor).

12. A bubble bath.

13. Giggling.

15. The beach.

16. Finding a 20 dollar bill in your coat from last winter.

17. Laughing at yourself.

18. Looking into their eyes and knowing they Love you

19. Midnight phone calls that last for hours.

20. Running through sprinklers.

21. Laughing for absolutely no reason at all.

22. Having someone tell you that you're beautiful.

23. Laughing at an inside joke with FRIENDS

24. Accidentally overhearing someone say something nice about you.

25. Waking up and realizing you still have a few hours left to sleep.

26. Your first kiss (either the very first or with a new partner).

27. Making new friends or spending time with old ones.

28. Playing with a new puppy.

29. Having someone play with your hair.

30. Sweet dreams.

31. Hot chocolate.

32. Road trips with friends.

33. Swinging on swings.

34. Making eye contact with a cute stranger.

35. Making chocolate chip cookies.

36. Having your friends send you homemade cookies.

37. Holding hands with someone you care about.

38. Running into an old friend and realizing that some things (good or bad) never change.

39. Watching the expression on someone's face as they open a much desired present from you.

40. Watching the sunrise.

41. Getting out of bed every morning and being grateful for another beautiful day. 42. Knowing that somebody misses you.

43. Getting a hug from someone you care about deeply.

44. Knowing you've done the right thing, no matter what other people think.

45. Hearing a loon’s call!

46. Waking up and seeing your cat's big eyes looking at you.

47. Being at a hockey game and having your team play well and win their game.

Add one and Pass on These Natural Highs to anyone you wish!

Labels: , ,

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Let Sleeping Cats....(and their owners).. Lie!

Cats On Tuesdays is brought to you by Gattina. Go check other feines there!

Why do cats ...AND people look so sweet when they are sleeping? Even humans take to the floor in our house! Cats seem to gravitate to wherever you are napping. Maybe they think you're becoming part feline. Sometimes I think it would be an easier life! (Especially if the carpets are soft and the beds are many!)

Labels: ,

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Recovered Antiques!

A few pics of our newly recovered antique pieces. The cranberry I love but I didn't expect the "Oyster" colour to be so white. I'm thinking at least one of them will go in a bedroom. I can just imagine if someone spilled wine or pasta sauce on one of these! Yikes!

The couch used to be an old horsehair and is actually the same colour as the red chair but looks a lot darker in this picture. My sister and I used to play Queen with this chair when it was at my Grandma's house. She had a special tapestry stepstool we'd use to get on it, pretending a servant was helping us!

Don't think any servants will be in attendance when these new pieces grace my house!


Friday, February 01, 2008

Poetry Friday: Birthday!

Mona declares it's "birthday" day for poetry! I have two pieces.

The Birthday Boy!

My dad just celebrated 88
And man, his attitude is just so great

White cake in pink is his special request
Since that's what his mom made the best
The candles are lit and the lights go out
He loves the ceremony without a doubt!

Dad toasts himself with his coke and rum
At 88, there is nothing glum!
His body is healthy, he's as sharp as a tack
In his outlook on life,there is nothing to lack

This man has had an amazing life
In the depression enduring strife
Flying a plane throughout the war
When days he had might be no more

Maybe all this accounts for a lot
And this kind of thing just can't be taught
I so admire dad's brightness and zest
And at 88, it's still the best
He has within him a strong Life Force
And one that I can surely endorse

Would that we all had this special man's view
In each and every thing we do.

Here's to Birthdays!

Birthday Parties in the 50's!
tied around Toni perms
spinning around
in our Sunday School dresses
pin the tail on the donkey
drop the clothespin in the milk bottle
bobbing for apples
contain the excitement
of my first puppet -
a velveteen rabbit
I still have it
some doll clothes
new marbles
play doh
colouring books and new crayons
or pastels!
or a bath talcum powder mitt
pretend lipstick
Little Miss Cologne-
all nicely wrapped...the real way
with beautiful bows
by stay at home moms
egg, tuna, salmon
fresh mooshy white bread
with no crusts
cut in triangles
chocolate cake
with coins inside
wrapped in saran
7 minute boiled frosting
crystals of sugar
candles blown out
amidst kids singing
and clapping
home made pop
happy fizzy pills
to drop in water
in grape orange and cherry
party favours
small coloured candies
in pink plastic baskets
at each place setting
and balloons to take home
long or short-
savoured simplicity

Labels: , ,