Friday, November 30, 2007

The Follow Through

makes me happy.


I've always fancied myself as an inventor. I come by it honestly, my dad's an idea man, but he's got something I've always lacked...follow through.

I'm all like "I should build this!" or "I should create that!" while he's all like "Where should I hang this American Patent plaque?" or "Look at that fixture I just designed."

Well, I've recently come up with an idea soooo good, I knew I had to find me some follow through, and I could think of no better way of learning this precious skill then from the master himself.

Out to the office/garage we went, built a fire and designed away.



Of course we had to bring Cashius with us, as that's one of the coolest parts about being an inventor...NO BOSS! Therefore, where I go... my dog goes.


She was down with it, I even let her bring a girlfriend.

Stay tuned and send me some good vibes - this is the big one, I can feel it.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Same Great Taste

makes me happy.


Although she may put up a tough front by lifting her leg to pee and humping other doggies heads.

It's nice to know, when it comes to certain men, Cashius shares the exact same soft-spot as her mommy.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Finding The Fun

makes me happy.


So I'm not thinking a broken water main in front of your neighbor's house is necessarily a good thing.


But once the appropriate personnel has been informed...


I'm gonna be the first one to grab my rubber duckies and have some fun.

Spilt milk? Split water? Either way, where's the fun in crying?

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

An Animosity Free November

makes me happy.


November used to be my least favourite month. I wasn't proud of that.

Here I am all - life is beautiful, create your own weather, love everything - yet, I'm secretly harboring a hate-on for November?!?

Not cool.


So this November, I made a real effort to find the beauty in this cold, dark, wet month.

Sure I may have had to climb a couple of trees and lie down on the wet pavement - but rest assured, November is beautiful!

Welcome to my top twelve.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Everyone Winning

makes me happy.


Don't you just love spending time with people who are living their best lives?


They bring out the best in you...


and you bring out the best in them.


There's no competition...


only love, support and understanding.


After all, just like in any other relationship, if everyone involved isn't winning...then everyone is losing.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Just Because

makes me happy.


Kev and I headed out last night...



looking for some fun.


Once we found Laura...


we knew good times were sure to follow.


A couple of times, people asked us what we were celebrating...


I'm thinking we were celebrating...LIFE!


Thumbs up is right.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Five Days Apart

makes me happy.


I LOVE that I took these photographs a mere five days apart.

In a blink of the eye we went from this...


to that!

Life is exciting! You're never quite sure what wonderful thing is going to happen next.

Happy Thanksgiving to all my visitors down south. Kev and I have treated ourselves to the whole day off in honour of your holiday!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

A Romp In The Rain

makes me happy.


Some may think - when you have a dog, you always have to walk, regardless of the weather.

But in fact - it's because of the dog, you always want to walk, regardless of the weather.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

A Tea Biscuit Bake Off

makes me happy.



I have a real thing for tea biscuits. If I allowed myself , I would eat them everyday. Many, many of them.

Thursdays nights and all of Sundays are my designated Eat Till You Drop days, and as you know my last eight Sundays have been quite busy with wine tastings, brunch dates and dicks in the box. Thus, I was left with very little time to get some tea biscuit in me!


With last Sunday being completely open I decided to change all that and stuff myself with as much the white flour, butter and cream as I could, all under the guise of a Bake Off.

Over came Emma and Adel and away we went.


As they laboured intensely to create the winning biscuit, I gently whisked my flour and salt, already knowing I was the big winner. After all, I was about to be the proud owner of 36 tea biscuits flavoured 3 different ways.


Emma was first out of the oven and just in the nick of time...


as I was in desperate need of sustenance from coaching Adel on.

"Put some elbow grease into girlfriend! Hard! Hard!"


Once done, I knew I had to share or they'd be on to me. So I rounded up four judges and asked them kindly to each SHARE one biscuit!

The results are as follows -


Judge #1 - was down with 'The Classic' featuring old cheddar and lots of butter (mine).


Judge #2 - was fond of the 'Popeye & Olive Oil' loaded with spinach and feta (Adel's).


Judge #3 - thought the 'Breakfast Scone' with all it's parsley, bacon, jalapeno cheese and onion was like a party in his mouth (Emma's).


Leaving Judge #4 to break the tie...


that right folks, the 'Popeye & Olive Oil' biscuits were declared the Grand Champions!

Now come over here my pretties and get in my belly!

Monday, November 19, 2007

A Flurry Of Golden Now-ness

makes me happy.


While walking Cashius, with my father at 8:30 Sunday morning, we happened upon this whirlwind of yellow leaves falling from the trees and dancing their way to the ground.


It got me thinking about...well, nothing.


That's the beauty of being conscious and enjoying the moment...problems disappear.


Or maybe they never existed to begin with?

Could it be that the word 'problem' is simply a melodramatic human label for a situation that we have not yet found the appropriate solution for?


In which case, I'm saying - deal with your situations now or accept them and move on.

Today is once in a lifetime - it would suck to miss it because you were trapped inside your own head.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Solutions

make me happy.


Have you ever heard couples that live together bicker about each others idiosyncrasies with regards to the way they keep their home.

She jams things in drawers.

He leaves his clothes lying around.

She doesn't throw out anything.

He never wipes the counter top.


Hearing couples bicker like this makes my ears bleed. Come on people! We've put a man on the moon, yet you two can't figure out a practical and amicable solution on how to store the Tupperware?

Stop making each other the enemy - our significant others are our number one teammates in this game called life.

In my opinion - there are no problems, only solutions.

So in the photograph above, please find my solution to...

He/She never changes the empty roll of toilet paper.


I know. You love it.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

100

makes me happy.


True story - today is my 100th post! So tell me...who's living their best life out there?

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

The First Thing Emma Taught Me

makes me happy.


I'll never forget the day I met Emma, nearly ten years ago now.

I had been working as a bartender, in one of the busiest bars in Toronto, where the pace and intensity of serving hundreds of impatient and inebriated people a night had got me feeling smug and self-righteous. My critique of others was quick and my temper was short.

In walks Emma...she looked like a living doll and glowed when she smiled - which was all the time.

My very first thought - she's not going to make it. She seemed too soft, too gentle...too happy. They're going to chew her up and spit her out.

But they didn't. Night after night I would put Emma's drinks up on the bar for her to cocktail through the sea of people and night after night she continued to smile and find enjoyment in the job and the people.

What was she doing that I wasn't? I kept asking myself. I was amazed and mesmerized by her.

Then, one day, if struck me. It wasn't what she was doing, it was what she wasn't doing - being judgmental, that allowed her to live so peacefully. Emma never had a bad word to say about anything or anyone and, in turn, no one and no situation had a negative impact on Emma.

When I began applying the wisdom of nonjudgment in my own life I was amazed how quickly I reaped the fruits of my labour. Almost instantaneously, the moment I stopped passing judgment on my customers they became more patient, easy going and carefree.

Since then, I have worked to apply this lesson to every person and all aspects of my life and I can tell you this, without a doubt - when I don't judge others, they don't judge me. And that's a really serene and beautiful way to live.

To Emma I am forever grateful.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

New Everyday

makes me happy.


Kevyn and I have lived in this house for three years now and I continue to be amazed by how diverse the sunrises and sunsets, outside my door, are from day to day.

Although I could learn to anticipate the position of the sun based on the time of year and foresee the amount of cloud coverage based on the local forecast - I don't.

No matter how much outside information I have or how all previous data would like to prove that I should expect this type of sunrise or that kind of sunset, I'd prefer to take a fresh look, for myself, every time.

Imagine if we did that with people? Looked at them fresh everyday, without using earlier memories to label or typecast them?

I'm thinking - that's giving each other some much needed room to correct and cultivate ourselves.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Frost Fires Food & Folly

makes me happy.

As the sun melted away the morning frost Cashius and I began our Sunday morning with a tranquil, serene walk.


Brunch at Kultura was on the agenda today but first, a glass of bubbly at our house with Kelly and Sandy.

As the delicate effervescent danced across my lips...


a rumble from Sandy in livingroom began - "It's the fire department! They're stopping at your parents house!"


With camera in tow, we dashed across the lawn to ensure everything was okay.

Apparently the smoke from my dad's garage heater, a cast iron fireplace, had caught the attention of a neighbor, who thought it more apropos to call the fire department instead of walking over and checking it out for himself...


my mom didn't seem to mind.


Everybody cool? Off to brunch...mimosa anyone? How about truffled scrambled eggs, scones or smoked salmon? Don't mind if I do.


While walking off some of the near thousand calories I must have consumed, the fear of attacking pigeons forced us into the safety of...


the closest brew pub.


Back outside...


Al did his best...



to scare off any approaching sane people...


until we found a spot for more sauvignon blanc and silliness.

Ah Sundays...not just for the mentally sound anymore.