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Aga Khan Museum in Toronto

Monday, June 29, 2015      20 comments

Since it was raining so hard (and we’re so beat anyhow) we decided to go to the special exhibit at the Aga Khan Museum from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York: A Thirst for Riches. It’s about Dutch Baroque paintings with Persian car... Read more

Ate A Whole Lot Yesterday . . .

Sunday, June 28, 2015      18 comments

. . . but not over my maximum calorie intake. Although including two (two!) beef (beef!!) meat pies. And: a plain cake doughnut (!!!) I don't eat beef, I don't eat pastry and I don't do doughnuts. It has to have been years since I had ... Read more

A Few More Days . . .

Friday, June 26, 2015      17 comments

. . . and the business project I've been working on for well over a year, but most especially over the past 6 weeks, will come to a conclusion. Ready or not. Done at the end of the month. The pace has picked up this last week. Yesterd... Read more

You Gear Up For a Challenging Day and then . . .

Thursday, June 25, 2015      24 comments

. . . it gets cancelled. Or adjourned. Or settles. Or whatever. All that time and energy getting the facts and figures back to top of mind. All that mental and emotional preparation too. For self, for client. Wasted. Oh... Read more

Fall from (Temporary) Greatness

Wednesday, June 24, 2015      19 comments

Nope, I'm no longer 100% for June on Trivia. Missed a question (ONE QUESTION) the other day and now I'm at 98%. No Trivia A+ Student Award in the works for me!! And I'm anticipating more mistakes between now and June 30th. (Of... Read more

Big Storm

Tuesday, June 23, 2015      26 comments

Huge crashing and flashing thunderstorm last night. They really do terrify poor old Charlie. And he can't climb to the third floor to be with his comforting humans any more. So: I went down to the kitchen. We toughed it out toget... Read more

In Lieu of Flowers . . .

Monday, June 22, 2015      32 comments

Do you ever mentally draft your own obit? It's an interesting exercise in determining what matters: what you'd like to be known for at the end of it all. Not morbid, really it's not. Just a reminder that much of what we strive for ... Read more

Bessie Rose

Sunday, June 21, 2015      20 comments

There's a very unkempt and sprawling rose bush against the south side of my house. It's susceptible to bugs and mildew and it blooms only briefly every season; small floppy palest pink blossoms. They look like nothing much. But the scent o... Read more

Stir Fry Soup Variation

Saturday, June 20, 2015      21 comments

I saw a recipe for a cabbage stir fry with an interesting combo of sauce flavours and reworked it this morning into a soup based upon stuff in the kitchen past its "salad prime". To be used up: handfuls of leftover broccoli and Brussels spr... Read more

What Diet Appeals?

Thursday, June 18, 2015      21 comments

There's lots of chat here at Spark about choosing a diet: low carb or low fat or high protein or . . .. We spend a lot of time thinking about what we want to eat, devising new recipes and so forth. But there's an interesting article in... Read more

Light Destroys Vitamin A in Milk

Wednesday, June 17, 2015      22 comments

I don't drink milk. I did not know why milk is packaged in opaque containers. And that question came up on Trivia this morning. With multiple equally plausible answers (helps milk stay cooler, helps milk stay fresher etc.). But... Read more

Less Junk

Monday, June 15, 2015      22 comments

What a work out: I called it "house cleaning, heavy" and am not proud to admit that it came up as a "new" cardio activity on my tracker!! Worked away at it all day, loaded up innumerable bags of paper. What a treat to have cleared my desk ... Read more


Sunday, June 14, 2015      19 comments

There is lots of it at my house!! Of the ordinary "junk" variety and even some more exalted "junque"!! And it's gotta go. Somebody coming tomorrow to begin carting it away. And so today: yup! I'm on junk/junque ID duty. Getti... Read more

Saturday Routine

Saturday, June 13, 2015      16 comments

The older I get, the more I enjoy the predictability of those parts of my life which ARE predictable. The seasonal sequence in the garden. The weekly sequence that brings me to "chore day". Yup, routine is not necessarily boring. ... Read more


Friday, June 12, 2015      29 comments

Evanescent, fragile and yet so flamboyant! The watermellen pink poppies are lovely -- and so too the scarlet. Our weather has been coolis... Read more

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