Sunday, April 23, 2017

Two Cakes Baked

Saturday was fabulous — even with the rain. Sometimes rain is a cozy relief; I can just hunker down and enjoy being indoors whereas when it’s sunny I feel compelled to get out in it. Rainy days can be very calm and relaxing as today was.
But what made today supreme was a surprise visit from Crystal. We had drifted apart due to my illness and her mothering duties to three young people, so it was wonderful to be reunited. I am going to go over for her son, Cole’s, birthday in two weeks. I love Crystal’s family very much — her parents are a treat and her kids delight me.
After she left I made two cakes and all the frosting. I made them for Allan’s party in the later this afternoon.
Yesterday was the Surrey Vaisakhi parade and celebration. I went to the Vancouver one last weekend. Yesterday’s parade in Surrey drew four hundred thousand people! Imagine that. That’s the equivalent of the entire Sikh population in Canada; there are two hundred thousand Sikhs in BC so well over half of the participants in Surrey yesterday were not Sikhs. I love our country`
This afternoon, my two cakes and I go to Allan’s party where I’ll be seeing my friend Bruce — not my friend Bruce whom I see often and lives near me (he’s in Italy), but Bruce the movie star. Bruce has a remarkable career in film and he always has such interesting stories to tell.

From the Science March.

Us from Hubble.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Day of Rest

My friend Beth who lives in Toronto sent the weather chart above. I wrote back explaining how it was the mayor’s fault — he wants a green city. Perhaps I just should have sent a photo of Rob Ford.
Friday was glorious. It was the warmest day of the year so far. I walked the seawall (the short one) in a t-shirt and shorts. Today we are back to the usual.
I, however, am exquisitely happy because I am a master crafter. The marble dress really pleases me; figuring out how to do the logo was a great source of pride. It makes the dress. I kept admiring it this morning as I prepared the ingredients for the first of two birthday cakes I’m making.
This morning I could not get out of bed. Chris.1 was never tired. Never. Chris.2 is often fatigued; I got up early but had two naps by noon. It’s one thirty and I’ve done naught today so far. Now it’s time to bake a cake. I’ve two cakes to take to a birthday tomorrow.

This lion has melanism, the "opposite" of albinism.

Friday, April 21, 2017


Half Logo

Closer ...

Look at that!! The sun is out and half the logo is done and I am pleased. I can’t believe I got the actual typeface and got it on the bag — and flocked! I’m a genius. Okay, I’m a happy crafter. (I know. The apostrophe is upside down. I'll fix that.)

Tassel Lesson

It’s odd but it’s great.
The marble dress was one of the most demanding. I was thrilled with the concept when I began and the realization is as I envisioned it would be, but as it developed I had trouble being enthusiastic about it. It looked fine; I never doubted that I could use it, but the actual dress didn’t thrill me as much as the idea did. Still, I persevered because, as I say, it was good enough for my collection.
Yesterday I went to the craft store to look for yellow tassels to use. They had none so I thought today I would go to Dressew. They would most definitely have some. But last night I tried unraveling some of the cheap plastic rope I was using for cording and I liked what happened so I made the four tassels I needed. I glued them to pieces of rope and added them to the dress and voila, I loved the dress.
My point is this: Making useless things (my paper dresses) is new to me. Giving full vent to my creativity like this is new to me and part of the fun is parsing the process. And last night I was relieved and truly amazed to find myself really pleased with a dress that had failed to engage me. It was entirely attributable to the silly and not very pretty tassels.
Why? Because the tassels on the real bags were kind of lame too. They were stringy and feeble and I might have used bought fine ones. That was my (Lazy) intent, but instead I have ones I made and I love them. Their tackiness is perfect. It’s ideal, in fact, and that has taught me something: Always make it.
Now … on to the last task: The logo. It’s going to be very challenging but I can hardly wait to post a photo of the finished dress — with my perfect tassels!