Things I Want to See

Yesterday, I listened to a BBC broadcast about James Thiérrée, who is the grandson of Charlie Chaplin. As a performer, he really wants to distance himself from his famous lineage, which I can totally understand, you want to be known on your own merits and he certainly is incredibly talented.

But when I watch this video, I can’t help but see the genius of his grandfather. He totally inherited that ability to express so much through physical movement – the ability to humour us but also relay more serious emotions. Anyone who has watched ‘The Great Dictator’ will know what I mean.

Hilarious, but omg, not that far from the actual truth. Far more delicately executed than any cartoon parody of Hilter at that time.

But back to more pleasant topics than nazis…

I doubt if I hadn’t known Thiérrée was Chaplin’s grandson that I would have made the connection by watching his performance, but there is really lovely to know that and see that legacy continue. Let’s hope one day I can see him perform live.

Second Winter!


On Tuesday, I regretted wearing a jacket in my walk into the gym.

On Wednesday – Snowmageddon!

WTW, Mother Nature!

Actually, as soon as I knew my Hip Hop (YES…that’s right my 47 year old butt is doing that kind of thing) class was cancelled and I could watch the snow fall from the comfort of my own room with my faithful dog and cat surrounding me, I really liked it.

Actually, I really like it. I’m a total winter person and this has been an awesome year for it.


prayer shawl

So while I was sitting Shiva for my brother, I decided that I was going to knit a prayer shawl for my sister who had been his caretaker for the last few months.

I found a pattern online, bought the material and set down to do it. Then I realized that I was once again entering into the garter stitch (only using the knit stitch again and again and again) scarf territory that I swore I would never do again. I made a resolution awhile ago that if anyone asked me to knit them a Dr.Who scarf I would teach them how to knit rather than actually knit it because it is BORING.

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaanyway, turns out the yarn I picked up was completely delightful to work with and because the shawl was wide, it turned out to be a fun fast knit. I might actually make one for myself later, despite the old lady aspect as we had a super cold winter this year and I can see this shawl really keeping a person warm. I might leave off the tassels though.

Still enjoying postcrossings/lettermo and went to the art store to pick up some supplies in order to make my own stationary. I also got some ink cartridges to use with Mister’s superdy duperdy pen that he is lovingly donating to my cause for improved handwriting.

Oh look, a new hobby to spend money on…huzzah!

Organization is the Key

When I receive letters from people, I like to just keep them in a shoebox.  It’s an old fashion way of storing letters.  Also, it comes in handy for any spare cats you might have lying around the house.


Koshka, has been soooo needy today and absolutely hating the fact that I didn’t dedicate my day to petting her and wiggling string in front of her for amusement.

Le sigh.

Yesterday, I did the ‘Spin 4 Kids’ at Goodlife, which was a lot of fun. It was the first time I had ever taken a Spinning class, so it was challenging and today when I woke up I was pretty sore, but having said that I think I’ll do more of the classes. The guy who did half of the instructions was the substitute instructor for the Bootcamp class yesterday and was equally tough. hurrah!

I saw the movie ‘Her’ on my way home and really loved it. I had been iffy about seeing it, because I thought it was just going to be a story of some sad sack in love with his computer and having to justify the relationship to everyone. But it’s soooooo not that. Fabulous writing about technology, the future, relationships, etc.

Got some letters written. I did a big search for stationary yesterday, but no luck. Turns out it’s not something people sell anymore, or at least at a reasonable cost. So I think I’m going to get my stamps out and create my own stationary.

This Was Us

So today…I’m sitting at the computer and all of a sudden I feel a very cold blast of wind on my legs. I can’t figure it out until I peak my head around the corner and downstairs to find that the wind has blown the front door open! -31c all coming in my house.

Koshka, my sweet, petite strictly indoors, afraid of the outside cat was running around in a panic all ‘What the what??!! How is this a thing that happens now?”

The dog was just grateful that the house was finally at a temperature she liked.

So yeah, I have to lock the door to keep winter out now.

And Now We Are Six

On Thursday, we lost our beloved brother Gord.


Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.

Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling on the sky the message He Is Dead,
Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.

He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last for ever: I was wrong.

The stars are not wanted now: put out every one;
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun;
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood.
For nothing now can ever come to any good.

W.H. Auden



So here’s something I discovered a few days ago:


This is a month long event in February where you send a piece of handwritten mail through snail mail. Of course, I’m ALL over this. I love getting real letters and outside of Christmas and my birthday, I don’t think I’ve had a piece in over 20 years.

I’ve been friending people on this site from various countries and have just written my first two letters. What joy! It’s so nice to take time to write down a few lines that aren’t the quick Christmas message scribble. I’m hoping that I’ll develop a nice correspondence with a few people from this.

I’m using some lovely stationary that my darling Figino gave me years ago. Her cards have her photos on them and there are some great pictures of Switzerland that I hope the penpals will like.