As I type this, Lizzie is laying on her desk pillow (she is so spoiled), purring up a storm. I think she missed me! Rick and I spent a couple of days with our friends, Suzanne and Jim, in London, Ontario this past weekend. We enjoyed several games of Sequence, ate wonderful Indian food, saw "Victoria and Abdul" and the National Theatre Live production of my favorite Sondheim musical, "Follies," and did a late Christmas celebration.
Suzanne and I have known each other since we looked like this.
It's nice to imagine we still do. She kind of does!
I loved our drive through Canada. I always get a little entranced when we pass the wind farm near Strathroy. One wind turbine after another. They look especially striking in the snow.
Strathroy is a small town about a half hour from London. Rick had a client visit there so I hit the antique store. Let me say, I so appreciate it when I see a well-designed booth, like those Rita shares on her blog. (I wish I lived near her antique mall!) There were more than a few booths that were too stressful for me, though this one wasn't bad.
But I did see some fun things -- like this tilt-a-whirl car (Every home needs one) ...
And this, whatever it is...
I loved this teapot.
And if we had a bigger car and I had more room, I would have walked away with this!
And there were some nicely designed booths, too! Unfortunately, I had all the royal china they had. I was hoping for a bit of a score in Canada but not this time! I have way too many quilts, too!
But I loved these typewriters!
Rick has been swamped with work and family stuff, so this was a well needed break for him and fun for me with plenty of team cooking...
...and presents, too!
The road home was a tad harrowing. These photos aren't manipulated.
Yes, the fog was this thick!
It was kind of beautiful, assuming, of course, there was no pile-up before us where we'd have to slam on the brakes!
By the time we got to the border, things had started to ease up a bit. Home sweet home, safely.
Before we left for Ontario, I made another visit to my favorite bookstore that is closing and came home with another pile.
I think I'll have to live to 95 just to read these! I've been plowing through -- nine books so far, but three of them were very short!
This one is my treasure.
I have coveted this book ever since the first time I saw it -- not in a book store but in a gallery shop. I've always been one of Beatrix Potter's biggest fans and this had been on my list for ages. But it was just too expensive.
Until it was 35 percent off. Paintings and photos and oh, such joy!
I've been doing some painting, too, and if you are Valerie, Jenny or Bella and won my anniversary blog giveaway, I hope to get to the post office this week. I'll post photos when I'm pretty sure that two of the three have made it across the pond.
I'm also pulling some things together for a Valentine crafternoon with friends. We may end up doing our own thing but I'm prepared for teaching/overseeing candy boxes and more! This is a box I did several years ago and I'm lots better at it now!
The Oscar nominations came out, as you know. This means that I will make a somewhat hearted attempt to see something that might be nominated so I can have a dog in this race. So far I've only seen Dunkirk, which I loved. My list is long.
And yes, Lizzie and I are continuing our bird watching.
This female cardinal took my breath away.
Yes, it's been a good week. Now Rick is off on another work gig. Perhaps I'll be productive this week!
|I need to be sure to add that this is a photo of Beatrix Potter's art from the book. It's not Lizzie, but I wish I HAD drawn it! I should have mentioned earlier!|
Or, maybe not!
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