Friday, May 8, 2015

Haiku My Heart Fridays: The Baseball Game

We watched and sang
"Take me out to the ballgame"
but ate no peanuts.

I went to see the Blue Jays play the other night.  It was my first time this year - the first time in a few years, actually.  I forget in between how much I enjoy being there.  The whole experience is so enjoyable, from the first view of the CN Tower when the roof is open
to the excitement of watching the game itself as the innings unfold.
People watching is always a treat (not all the action happens on the field!), as is watching the mascot do his thing to entertain the crowd.
Night games are the best, when the lights are sparkling and the field is all lit up bright and shiny.
This time, I went with two friends who were visiting from Australia and had never seen a baseball game before.  They enjoyed themselves as well.  We ate hotdogs and they drank beer (sadly, it was Budweiser who currently holds the beer concession for the stadium. I was surprised the Canadian breweries were not represented).  We clapped and cheered and booed along with the crowd and during the seventh inning stretch, sang "OK Blue Jays (Let's Play Ball)" and "Take Me Out to the Ballgame".

There's just something about the whole baseball game experience that I find quite magical.  I have to admit, the fact that the Jay beat the Yankees by a score of 5 to 1 was pretty darned special too! ;)

For more Friday haiku, visit Rebecca's blog.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

A Walk In Spring

Took myself out for a walk on Sunday afternoon, looking for signs of spring. On such a warm, sunny afternoon, I had no trouble finding them.

The magnolia trees are blooming and the deciduous trees are starting to show their green with the arrival of new leaves.
Here's a closeup of those oh so pretty magnolia blossoms.
The forsythia bushes are also blooming, at least they are in my home neighbourhood.  The one at the office has not yet sprung forth.
There are tulips in some gardens and, as you can see in the background of this photo, people are busy cleaning up their lawns and filling yard waste bags.
In one neglected garden, the daffodils are showing.
Children are playing hopscotch (nice to see this game continues on!).
And the surest sign that winter is officially over in Toronto? Construction season has begun!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Day 25

I can't believe it has already been 25 days since #100dayproject began and I started my "draw and dump" project (see my original post by clicking here)!

Already, so many items have gone out the door of my apartment, most of them to be donated or gifted to others and only a few actually thrown out.

Here are five of my sketches from the past 25 days:

I admit, it has sometimes been a challenge to do this project  Actually, I enjoy the sketching part.  The hard part is the actual decluttering - forcing myself to do the work.  Some days, I'm just not motivated and it seems like a whole lot of effort to clean and sort when I'd rather just be a couch potato. But I've learned that it usually just takes a few minutes of time to find the five objects and even a 10 minute or half an hour session adds up when you are doing it several days in a row. In the end, it's definitely worth the time and effort to have a tidy bookcase or an organized set of drawers and kitchen cupboards and whole lot less stuff.
Bookcase - before

Bookcase - after!
To see all of my drawings, check out #100daysofdrawanddump on Instagram.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Paint Storage

I was fortunate to be able to pick up 8 of the 12 new Dylusions paints when I was in Florida in February (sadly, I didn't have room to carry any more home in my suitcase!) but I have been wondering how to store them.  Having them stacked on my art table wasn't really working for me.  I love the large, round containers and when I saw someone in one my Facebook art groups post about how she stuck velcro circles onto the lids to hold the sponge Dyan Revealey recommends we use to apply the paint, I thought that was a great idea (see bottom photo below).  Then I decided to take it one step further and make myself a container to hold the paints and the applicators all in one place.
I started with the box that my darlings' cat food comes in.  The circles on the cardboard are almost exactly the size of the paint containers.  I covered the box with gesso and then painted in the spots with the individual paints.
I added some swatches of colour on the side of the box and called it done!  Here's what the finished box looks like:
A quick, easy project that made me feel very DIY and crafty, and I was recycling at the same time - definitely a win-win! Now I'm just waiting for the paints to arrive in Canada so I can stock up on the 4 colours I'm missing. ;)

Monday, April 20, 2015

A Slow Process

I am still slowing but surely downloading all my photos from my trips to Mexico City in March and Florida in February.  Hard to believe it is taking me this long but c'est la vie.  Someone asked me what I do with all my photos, why I take so many.  I'm not sure I have an exact answer. I enjoy taking them and looking at them afterwards.

How could I have resisted taking a picture of this fabulous example of stencil art, displayed on the wall of a restaurant near the hotel where we stayed in Mexico City? It's just so fabulous!
More fabulousness to follow, stay tuned!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Haiku My Heart: Nesting 2015

We all want a home
A place to be safe, to dream
and hatch a new life.

Spring is slowly making her presence felt here in Toronto and the geese have returned.  You may recall last year's posts (you can read them here and here) about the pair of Canada geese who made a nest in the parking lot of the building next door to my office and successfully hatched a gaggle of little goslings.  I am assuming this is the same pair.

This year, they have chosen a different location. I'm still not convinced they really know what they're doing when they pick a spot, although this one appears to be slightly more sheltered.  The new nest is tucked up against a curb at the top of small rise between two parking lots.
From the upper parking lot side, you can only see the male standing guard when the female is sitting on the nest.
However, the past two mornings when I've arrived at work, one or both geese have been standing in the parking lot in not overly visible locations, surprising drivers as they turn into a parking spot and find a goose standing there.  Hopefully, they don't get hit by a car one of these days.

Nevertheless, I for one am glad to see them back!

For more Haiku My Heart, visit Rebecca's blog and those of my fellow poets.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

A Visit to Frida's House - Part 2

In addition to the house in which Frida lived which I told you about in yesterday's post, there was another building on the grounds of the Museo Frida Kahlo in Mexico City, one where a number of her costumes and personal items are on display.
Most interesting are the items she wore to help with her various physical ailments - the corsets, crutches and even the artificial leg she wore after her leg was amputated in 1953 as the result of gangrene.

Photo by Judy Wise

Here's a picture of Frida wearing a plaster corset that she decorated.  It certainly doesn't look very comfortable, does it?
Her jewelry, headpieces and even a tube of her lipstick is also part of the exhibition.

In 2004, fifty years after her death, a bathroom in the house was opened for the first time.  Many of Frida's outfits were discovered inside, along with this drawing:

Visiting this museum really gave me an insight into Frida's life and a much greater appreciation of her life, her struggles and her talent.  A woman I met while touring through the house told me the audio guide was very informative, I'd like to listen to that next time I visit.  Hopefully, there will be another visit some day in my future!