Tuesday, February 02, 2016

So About That List


Re blog post below. Finn reminded me the character's name was Dolores. She was a hoot. And here it is Tuesday and I have ticked off everything on the list except cleaning the shelves. That can wait until painting. I'm amazed at how much I did get done on Sunday - cheers Dolores! - with just the emails left for yesterday and today. Now I'm going to take a well deserved rest and watch Cinema Paradiso which a school chum lent to me.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Getting Things Done


Remember that hilarious character in Dead Like Me whom the main girl stayed with for a time? I think she was her supervisor at work. She had a blog or website that showed her "getting things done" each day. Her followers shared her delight as each item got ticked off. So, here's my list for today: 1) tidy house to stop it sliding into irredeemable chaos 2) wash bookshelves which have been emptied of books - now lying all over floors of living room and kitchen and trailing up the stairs, hence #1 - to prepare for PAINTING nxt week 3) shop for groceries & buy lined pad for #4 4) ***read over producer's contract for film deal of The Hunter's Moon and make notes for skype with agent's lawyer tomorrow*** 5) make carrot and ginger soup for lunch at skule tomorrow 6) email Jampa Ling Tibetan Buddhist Centre about volunteer work for Work Weekend coming up in April 7) email - en espanol - Asociaciones de Amigos del Camino de Santiago en Espana to tell them I cannot make the training session in April (flight too expensive) and request to go a week early in summer to train in the albergue in which I would be volunteering as an hospitalera 8) email photos of Zen Buddhist Retreat I did yesterday to Luisne Spirituality Centre for their newsletter (volunteer there too) 9) email the Pushkin Trust in Northern Ireland about the days I will be presenting writing workshops to school children in Baronscourt, Co. Tyrone. I think that's all of it. Helps to list it. Better get my skates on. I need a clone. :6

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Mourning Alan Rickman



I was already sad over David Bowie's passing but Alan Rickman going was a total knock-me-down. I have always loved this actor in everything he did, including this sexiest of all videos. Have to say it's only now that I noticed the little 'twist in the tale' at the end of the video which is a brilliant challenge to conventional perception. Most, if not all, of us assume that the older man is the one who owns the chauffered-driven car and is rich and famous and being chased by paparazzi. But no, at the end Rickman gets out of the car, grabs a shabby-looking backpack and enters a rather down-at-heel apartment building. She drives off in the car. Alors, she is the rich and famous one and he is the kept man! Very amusing.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Feliz Navidad!


Here's a Christmas decoration I made in the metalwork component of my 2-year Art & Design course (loving every minute of it!). It's enamel on copper. Si, it's commemorating the Camino, my heart's adventure this year. I'm now signed up to be an hospitalera in 2016, i.e. a volunteer caretaker of pilgrims in the hostels run by Los Amigos del Camino Santiago de Compostela. I'll be training in Spain some time in the new year. Can't wait. Espana es el país de mi corazón. Meanwhile, may I wish you all a wonderful Christmas and happy new year! ps the red Christmas tree image was made by Finn, so this is a family Christmas image.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Easy Life in Marbella


As mentioned below, after my long walk across Spain I was invited to my friends' gorgeous villa, along with Finn, for some sun, pool and summer feasting. Here's me with Dawn Thompson on the boat heading for the old town of Marbella. We did a little walkaround, ate paella, bought some presents for my family back home. Dawn is a producer with Diplomat Films, along with her husband Keith Thompson (Tudors, Vikings et. al.), a wonderful couple I've known for years. We hope to do a project together one of these days!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Trudeaumania Encore Hurrah!


Absolutely thrilled to see the election results in Canada. They have finally thrown out American Tea Party Harper (not to mention the embarrassment for a Toronto Mayor, Ford)! Harper's attempt to swing votes with a nasty personal campaign against the charismatic Trudeau and a last-minute Hail Mary pass against the Muslims (pardon the mixed religious metaphor) failed spectacularly as Canadians remembered that kind of thing just isn't ... well ... Canadian.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Scorned as Timber, Beloved of the Sky


I've always liked to sketch and paint and have to wonder why it took me so long to do something about it. (Too busy writing, travelling and child-rearing?) So I've enrolled in a full-time two-year art course in a college around the corner from me with classes in painting, drawing, textiles, metalwork, woodwork, desktop publishing and ceramics. Loving every minute of it! Was welding last week - terrifying but exciting. Here's my first attempt at painting after a few years absence: an acrylic on paper version of my favourite Canadian painter Emily Carr's oil on canvas Scorned as Timber, Beloved of the Sky. (Haven't finished it yet.) Carr lived a lonely life in a cabin in the deep woods of British Columbia, along with her dogs. I read her autobiographical Hundreds and Thousands years ago. She was a great writer as well as painter.