Monday, August 11, 2014

Funny Blog About Crying Children...

This is soooo funny - I'm pretty sure there is a place for Ezra on this website!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Pink Carpet

Pretty scene in Jared and Linda's back yard.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Sparkling Shower Doors

This is so funny to come back from one of the busiest times of my life, after a beautiful wedding and while planning a second, to post not about these wondrous events (because I need permission for one thing) to talk about.....a cleaning product - but I'm so ecstatic about having ALL the water spots cleaned off my shower doors that I had to blog about what FINALLY worked. I was actually contemplating having the glass doors replaced, because they were so etched with water deposits. This is the magical 'stuff':

I bought it at Barb's Kitchen on 51st Ave. in Edmonton, (where I also buy delicious chocolate chips that don't taste like any other chocolate chips found in grocery stores) - the tub I bought was $30 and came with the white sponge shown. This stuff worked like magic. It's not hype, it's true. My doors are completely clean and clear.

PS mano used the stuff to remove rust spots from his running boards - he says it worked perfectly. It's totally non-toxic too, safe for use on any smooth surface. Seriously, a great find.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Look Up

Who doesn't love a love story?

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Jane Eaton, Poetess and Illustrator

Jane illustrated a beautiful book of poems -  written when she was 8/9. It took awhile to put it together, but another is in the works already! I loved hearing her words and thoughts, and am so thankful for her love of nature, and how free and creative she is.  I reread and reread with complete enjoyment.

 I couldn't figure out how to 'share' the link properly - I kept getting an error, so I am linking to Sarra's blog where you will find the book. Enjoy!

Friday, February 14, 2014

How do I Love Thee?

Sonnet 43  How Do I Love Thee? 


How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. 
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height 
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight 
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace. 
I love thee to the level of everyday's 
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light. 
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right; 
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise. 
I love thee with the passion put to use 
In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith. 
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose 
With my lost saints,—I love thee with the breath, 
Smiles, tears, of all my life!—and, if God choose, 
I shall but love thee better after death. 

Elizabeth Barrett Browning 

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Original Art Sources

Looking for original art? Here are some sources to help you find what you are looking far I have been heavily reliant on Etsy, but there other wonderful places to look for original art outside of local galleries...and you can always make your own art of course!

Monday, December 16, 2013


Jared decided to forego the Lorenzo Snow look...I wish I had a photo...if I can find one, I'll add it. This is his beard after a professional shave...a MAJOR improvement I say. I never heard anyone say anything good about his former beard other than Linda, who tolerated it pretty well. I learned that the more I said about it, the more likely it was to stay:) The funniest comment goes to Sorour...who just said and I quote "pakone". Erase.

Merry Christmas to Me

This came in the mail for me today - the most beautiful iPhone case I have ever seen, and it was packaged so prettily that I was loathe to open it. But I did, to find the cutest notes inside! I am in love with my little book case...much like the original I received as a gift from Sarra for my iPhone 4. The funny thing is that I couldn't take a photo with the phone inside...haha.It's beautiful though, trust me.

Saturday, November 16, 2013


There is a interesting bit on This American Life about Tarof in Iran... the art of "offering what you may not want to give, and refusing what you may really want".

I'm not sure exactly how to put a link here - I found it on the website with Farsi lessons called Chai and Conversation found at Scroll down to Lesson 6. If you look on podcasts, then look for: This American Life #428 Oh, You Shouldn't Have, and the Tarof part is found at 34.30 minutes into the program. :)

They describe Tarof thusly:

"One of the most important traditions in Iranian culture is the tradition of ‘Tarof.’ Tarof can be described as a specific form of Iranian etiquette or politeness, and comes with a very specific set of rules of how to interact with other people. Sometimes it can be extremely frustrating and seem disingenuous, but at other times, it provides a nice framework of how to interact with other people in an extremely polite and respectful way. A good example of tarof is that when you visit someone’s house, they must offer you something to eat or drink. Even if you are extremely thirsty or hungry, you must refuse the offer. They in turn must keep reinstating the offer, and indeed bring you food and drink, even if they are not prepared to give it to you."
Tarof occurs everywhere..even cab drivers will try to make you not pay...they want you to pay, but they tell you that you mustn't goes back and forth to the point that you may end up paying more whenl you finally do pay.. this is replayed over and over throughout the day at the store, when visitors come, on the street....etc. It's really something to experience. Here in Canada/America, we are faaaar more to the point for sure..Tarof is very time consuming!