Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Cutting Up My Vogues

makes me happy.


I have been collecting American Vogue since January 2000.

Kevyn has moved said Vogues into 3 different apartments, 2 houses and countless times within each abode.

I was attached to my Vogues. I believe in some way I thought my Vogues helped define who I was, or more specifically, who my ego thought I was.

Recently I began to bestow upon these Vogues the same fate every other magazine that comes into my home under gos. I slice and dice them, extracting only my very favourite images and then load them into a giant binder for future reference and inspiration.

I'm sure I don't need to explain to you how wonderful this release feels.

What I will tell you is... not only am I not 8 years worth of Vogues... I Am so much more.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Grace

makes me happy.


Such a powerful word and a beautiful way.

Monday, April 28, 2008

21 Days

makes me happy.


They say it takes 3 weeks to change or develop a new habit.

It took 3 weeks...


for this tree, to change from this...



into...


that.


Change is beautiful.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Having A Husband Who Does The Laundry

makes me happy.



Now I don't, at all, mean this in the disingenuous - "look at what I can make him do" - type of way.

You see, I'm not very good with the laundry. I shrink things, I make the colours run and have been known to make stains appear on the clothes after they've been cleaned. True story! Apparently it had something to do with emptying the wet clothes from the washing machine onto a red painted floor. Who knew?!?

I really, truly, cherish the fact that I always have clean clothes to wear by the hands of another.



It's especially delightful to know those hands washed them with love.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

The Spring Sun On Your Face

makes me happy.


Isn't it remarkable how stupendous the warm sun of spring feels on your face?

Even though a blanket may still be required to keep my body warm while sitting out back during this time of year, I can certainly feel the fervor of the sun warming the cockles of my heart.

Amazing how appreciation can not only effect our minds, our moods, and our motives, but our temperature as well.

Even more amazing... the word cockles.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Not Getting It

makes me happy.


This is what I don't get...

Hope for the best, expect the worst.

What does that mean?

Why would I ever expect the worst? Why wouldn't I always expect the best?

Am I mentally preparing for something not-so-great to happen? Am I that mentally unstable that if said not-so-great thing happens I'll crumble like fresh feta?

Wouldn't this focus on the worst only increase my chances of attracting it into my life?

I think 'not getting' this one makes me VERY happy.

Note - By the look on Kevyn's face I don't think he gets it either.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

You Are Getting Very Sleepy

makes me happy.

I once heard someone refer to a cat as a Zen Master and ever since I've paid close attention to the ways of the feline to discover what they meant.

It didn't take long to uncover the truth behind the statement as I quickly realized mindful acceptance of the present moment sums up cats pretty nicely.

During dinner on Sunday night at Adel & Al's house, Coco, their Scottish Fold, emerged from the safety of the bedroom to busy of the living room, looking to stretch it out on the rocking chair.

Well Cashius was all over her. Pacing back in fourth, whimpering a little, giving her sideways glances.


But Coco just lied there. She knew she was just there to nap, relax and enjoy the moment.

Her energy wasn't nervous or anxious.

She was calm.

And it was with ease that her calmness over powered all the other types of energy that were flying around the room.

Within moments, 10lbs of cat had over a 150lbs of dog suddenly feeling very sleepy.

Monday, April 21, 2008

April 19th

makes me happy.


April 19th is Sammy's birthday.


And for the last three years it has marked the beginning of my summer with a day Jay game and the whole crew...


followed by a hunt for a patio...


and a couple of cocktails...


for most of us.


There were at least a couple of dozen people that made it out on Saturday afternoon, and I'm sure the game, and the sun, and the beers were all enticing reasons to show up...


but I can promise you it was our girl Sammy, with her kind ways and deep friendships that really got everyone out and about.

She's a keeper.


FYI - this cat is sticking it's tongue out?!?

Friday, April 18, 2008

Making Her Laugh

makes me happy.


Today my sister Kelly had to undergo a minor operation.

No stranger to the knife, as Kelly has suffered with complications from an emergency appendicectomy for the last twenty plus years, she normally breeze's through these surgeries the same way you or I might deal with a stubbed toe.

But this time she seemed a bit down.


So Kev and I hit the highway last night and made our way out to the 'burbs to visit her and Sandy.

I'm not sure if it was the final meal (pizza), the outdoor fire (she's obsessed), or the funny stories we were all telling, but within minutes she was all smiles again.


Any which way, I'm always happy to spend time with her, operation pending or not.

I loves me my sister.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Beautiful In Blue

makes me happy.


Let's face it, it's been the Kevyn Show this week on TBLE.

And you want to know how I feel about that?

Simply fantastic.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Days Like These

make me happy.


Kev and I have been working together the past couple of days.


By now, you all know how much I enjoy that.


Because it's always...


a little bit of this...


and a whole lot of that.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Lovin' It All

makes me happy.


I'm currently reading Stephen Hawking's A Brief History Of Time... wow!

So it's got me doing a lot of thinking about space (how small I really am in the grand scheme of things) and time (what a short period I really have here on earth).

In turn, the worthlessness of anger, hatred, disappointment, regret and guilt suddenly becomes crystal clear.

And at the other end of the spectrum, the worthy end, all guide posts point towards love.

Love of everyone and everything.

Not too sure how this relates to this photograph, other then, I love this man, I love that colour of blue, I love this city and all those people walking by and...

Monday, April 14, 2008

Getting What We Need

makes me happy.


April is rainy season in Toronto.

For me that means there are times I just want to open up the bedroom windows, tuck myself under the comforter, spoon my husband, listen to the sound of the the rain thunder down on the metal awnings and rest.

Other days I look forward to throwing on my wellies, grabbing an umbrella and hitting as many puddles as possible.

I believe the universe is on board with my quest to live my best life ever, the same way it's on board for yours.

In which case I gladly welcome the rain, the rest and the romps, all as part of a perfectly orchestrated plan for happiness.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Back Again

makes me happy.


Every year since the pool went in we've played host to a pair of Mallard ducks in the spring.

May I present, Mr & Mrs Lovebird 2008.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

The Third Third

makes me happy.


We walked until the sun went down and it was time to be still... preferably inside... where there's food.


So my hunter assessed the situation, spun us around and whisked us through a wood trimmed set of glass doors...


where we gratefully discovered all the food and drink needed to re-energize our bodies and enough beauty and peace to nurtured our souls.


A supreme ending to a splendid walk.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

The Second Third

makes me happy.


We weren't sure where we were going or why.

What we were positive about was that it had been months since we were able to wear spring coats, feel the sun on our faces and leave the winter boots at home... so we walked.


Until we ran into this guy.


At which time we had to stop because, well... I LOVE horses!

Gentle giants.


And then we continued to walk. And walk. Until we stumbled upon this historic piece of Toronto that was destroyed about seven weeks ago in a six alarm fire .

As a designated heritage conservation area I felt sorry for the city's loss almost as much as I felt sorry for the poor souls who called this block home or who had set up shop here.

Along with my feelings of compassion I also had strong feelings of confidence that the re-build will be magnificent and make all those involved proud.

After all, if that's what we ask for, that's what we'll get... yes?

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

The First Third

makes me happy.



This is how my 10km Sunday walk began.


At 8am I walked over to Al & Adel's house, where the three of us set off on a early morning hike with the puppy dogs, Jacky & Cashius.

Although, this photo was not taken at their house, nor was it eight in the morning or on a Sunday, it is a photo of everyone involved... minus myself.


By nine o'clock we had reach the mid point of our hike and the dogs were good and happy... and dirty.


At ten I came home, had a coffee with my mom and then cleaned myself up before heading downtown to hook up with Kev and some of his co-worker friends for a couple of half pints.

Although I don't have the opportunity to hang with these folk that often, I'm always grateful for the times I do. As with most the people who enter my life they are funny, interesting and very peaceful.


I'm thinking it was about 5 o'clock when I stole Kev off for myself...


and snapped this very Sartorialist inspired photo of my lover.

Monday, April 7, 2008

A Sunday Walk

makes me happy.


Yesterday I walked. Approximately 10km.

I also took pictures. About 80 of them.

Today I worked. Many hours.

So here is just one... with more to come.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Home Openers

make me happy.


I'd love to tell you Kev shot this photo of me on our way down to the Jays home opener today, but he did not.

Albeit, he did take this photograph and we were on our way to a Jays game, today there is snow instead of sun and work instead of home runs.

Still, just knowing the boys of summer are back in town has me fired up and feeling fine.

Go Jays Go!