Tuesday, November 28, 2006
This is what you are here for....yes, both the Cassidy's. Good genes in that family...the 70's...ah, Starsky. Yup. Had it bad for him...and still do. He is quite handsome still, and finally has his hair under control! Dirk Benedict, but only as Starbuck. The A-Team killed that crush. Some glaring exceptions from my dark, brooding types were the blond brother from Simon and Simon and Shaun Cassidy. My most complex crush is Sam Elliot because I first had a crush on the character I was reading in a book(weird, eh?). Then the movie came out and I didn't know Sam then, but fell in love with him as Travis McGee. Joe Penny, I really hate to admit that one. Simon LeBon.
David Bowie. I have dreamed of Bowie for years. He usually comes around in my dreams when I have trouble with my eyes for some reason. He has been in every optometrist office that I have...in my dreams, anyway. And spent nearly a week in my dreams with me just before my lasik surgery. Since the surgery, he hadn't been around, but just last week he was back. It was nice to talk with him again.
John Corbett. David Duchovney(why don't you love me?), and Michael Weiss. Jesse Martin(oh, that smile).Hugh Jackman, but only as Wolverine so the crush is actually on Wolverine and not Hugh. It probably won't last, then. Viggo.
David Hyde Pierce...I adore him. Love him. Michael looks like him. How lucky am I?
Johnny, of course, for years and years...and years.
My Vincent, goes without saying.
But, hands down, the longest lasting crush that has held true against the test of time, just as strong now as then....Steve McQueen. I will still stay up all night to watch the Great Escape or Bullitt or Love With the Proper Stranger....Sand Pebbles....no matter how many times I have seen them all already.
Whew. Gotta go walk the dog and get some cool air!!! heh heh
I am tagging Cara, Aethan's diary, and greenwellies.
Monday, November 27, 2006
Here is my red bamboo again. Our back yard garden... CS in the park today, taking advantage of school closures by sledding with her mom. How fun.
Someone in need of a warm barn.
And one more of Emma...here, she is posing as a Beagle. The resemblance to a Beagle is uncanny though I am not fooled. The folks at the Beagle Rescue were taken in, but I know better. She is a Jack Russel Terrier or a Fox Terrier or a Rat Terrier in a Beagle suit. Sneaky little devil. Alrighty then, it's almost time for another walk so I better make sure the camera batteries are all ready to go...cuz you know you want more snow pictures, right? Right?
I am booked on the plane again tomorrow...fingers crossed.
This is my favourite tree in Nanaimo that just so happens to be on the corner of this park...it is a Garry Oak. Maybe, definitely actually, hundreds of years old. Hundreds. Centuries old. Isn't that COOL?
Wooooooo hoooooo....people are playing in the park today....
The snow does make most things look more beautiful, doesn't it?
The methadone clinic doesn't look much better, though...not cuz it's a methadone clinic but just because it's one ugly building that the owner does nothing about...what an eyesore. Nobody around here minds that the methadone clinic is here...but does it have to be so ugly?
And the pawn shop doesn't look any better in snow, either. From my back deck here I should be able to see the water just a few blocks away. It doesn't look like I will be flying anywhere today either ..cuz it's a float plane and it takes off from the water...and lands in the water....so being able to SEE the water is kind of imperative, I guess...though I really just want to go see Em and don't care about things like VISIBILITY right now. My neighbour's sailboat in his back yard is the closest I will come to seeing the water from my back deck today.
I will take what comfort I can from being cozy and warm after a walk through the wonderland out there.
And I have more snow pictures but Blogger cut me off with these...I will post more later, since I have all day to fill now. I am close to finishing my art exchange things but don't want to trudge through the snow and slush to pick up mailing material, etc, since it might just be soggy and ruined by the time I could struggle back up that hill. People are driving out there but I am not one of them. I just don't have to drive in it enough to be good at it... so I do everyone a favour and stay off the road. Maybe some other folks should try that, from the amount of sirens I have been hearing.
Sunday, November 26, 2006
Saturday, November 25, 2006
Here is Em(the Original)'s view of Nanaimo today...that's what I will be seeing tomorrow after a brief float plane ride. Ah. Just a little hang time with a bestest girl friend...and my best boy, the leading man over here. Sweet. Oh, and her mom, too. I am pretty lucky to have such a reward at the end of my toil!!! Ha. AND even jeepgrrrl will make an appearance...just wish she'd make an appearance on her blog soon, don't you? Oh, AND there are treats from Cara there, too, I hear.
Thursday, November 23, 2006
What? I was supposed to post a picture of a turkey? It's been done.
There is so much to be thankful for and I hardly know where to begin...I believe if you have been reading along with me on a regular basis, you may have a small idea...
I am thankful for finding some peace and joy in my family...it took a lot of years to get here, and it is a fluid thing, but it has made me who I am.
I am thankful for the love of an extremely good man, Michael...who is generous and patient and kind, though sometimes I have to drag him to it!!! Just kidding, I ALWAYS have to drag him to it! Oh, alright, just kidding...all the way around that.
For my friends: lifelong, short-term, seasonal, bloggers, delusional, make-believe, apeman or whatever...each of you have left some mark, some lesson, some piece of your life with me to puzzle over, to contemplate or to warm my hands with when I am feeling chilly. Some of you have saved me, you may or may not know who you are...but I do...and I thank you.
Thankful for all my pets...the littlest and greatest loves of my life...I am most thankful, of course, to Maggie, who kept me going in times of great crisis...and thankful, now, to Emma, who helps me remember to breathe.
I am thankful for fish in the river, mountains, sky, Cathedral Grove and the Redwoods...for the Grand Canyon and Mesa Verde, for dog walking spots and fall leaves, ice forming, water flowing...thankful for every moment spent in communion with the higher powers, for each perfect moment I stand in awe of rain, or birds, or garter snakes. I am so VERY THANKFUL to have this gift, this precious gift of being able to get lost in dew on red bamboo and sun on a spider web.. and have been overwhelmingly thankful to share it with so many new and appreciative friends.
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Resist, Emma, resist. Think of your tattered ears!!!! There is no need for this anymore!!!! Emma is looking at her foot like it has just said something horrific... something like, "Emma, I, your foot, COMMAND you to scratch your ear!!! You CANNOT defy me!!! I am The Foot!!!!"
Fight it, Emma. Fight hard!!!! It does become a struggle sometimes, good vs evil, light vs dark, Emma vs Foot.
And sometimes, she punishes not her ears, but the Offending Foot... another nervous habit that concerns me because she is not just nibbling here but gnawing.
What do you think the Offending Foot just said to her?!?
It must have been something bad cuz she is chomping down now like there's not enough time in this lifetime to punish that foot...
....that Offending Foot.
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Monday, November 20, 2006
Sunday, November 19, 2006
I may have hippies and more parked across the street right now but this? This is PRICELESS!!!!!!!
All I know is that this familiar ache is back in my shoulder and I can feel a twitch forming in my right eyelid. It should have burned when it was empty.
I hope I am wrong. I hope I hope I hope.
Friday, November 17, 2006
Anyway, off to paint some more baseboard...I kid you not, I was dreaming about it last night...and Vincent D'Onofrio was there helping me!!! And someone from Em's dreamlife, too. Too extremely weird. I don't want to dream other people's dreams...Em, take him back!!! He was a definite third wheel!!!
Thursday, November 16, 2006
Another living room view of downtown AND the water and our glimpse of blue skies today.
How sexy is that trim and baseboard? It's enough to rent the apartment just for that baseboard, let me tell you.
Look at the size of that baseboard...my feet ain't "dainty" by any stretch of the imagination...it's taking forever to paint.....
But look at that character....it's worth it, isn't it?
I can't wait to have coffee on winter afternoons in this room....but I am tired now...and am ready to call it a night...there are miles more trim tomorrow...
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
faces pressed against cold glass trying to imagine the sun...
We are children of the west coast, summer spoiled and rarely in need of thick winter coats or layers of socks...we welcome a snowfall or two every year as a blessing.
And yet, our skies for months will be dull and weak,
and the rains that fall incessant down can drown the will,
drain our eyes of colour, dilute the resonance of our our voices.
We arrrive home drenched and muddy with smelly dogs, and the dryer is forever full of damp towels. The floor is filthy for months. Sometimes, sometimes, this will seem too much.
But not today.
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
When painting with Killz, use a mask. It is called Killz for a reason. You want to feel that your home is clean beneath it all? Use Killz. That's all I got for you tonight, folks. I am having an early beer, an early dinner and then back over to roll some more paint...by tomorrow afternoon, the walls will be finished and then I can tackle the metre upon metre of 10 inch baseboards and trim....I may make it to Sechelt by next week!!!! Woot!!!!