Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Checking back on Australia Day last year that was part of my day.
However today it is book club and who knows what that will hold.
No way known the following photo could be of today- so warm no gloves no hat and the scarf was merely dressing us the coat!
Monday, January 25, 2010
It's not easy getting photos of people scurrying by when you are on the 2nd floor looking out through grubby school windows but I tried!
I missed photographing the two people labouring in opposite directions trying to manage the wind, the rain and the brolly.
However on my way to the subway after work, the wind had died and the rain had stopped and the victims of the storm were in evidence along the street particularly in this rubbish bin! About 6 of them.
Having whipped out the trusty camera I decided I'd got the shot for the day and then I came across this poor victim in the gutter.
Along with the apples- how did they get there? I have heard of raining cats and dogs but apples?!
I have to say I think the garbage bin shot with the rejected and skinless brollies is my favourtie for the day.
... And the flower's name is Amaryllis! (see Saturday's posting) Went back to the supermarket to do the shopping for lunches this week and there were some of the lovely plants in flower so I checked the labels. Who knew when Shirl and I named a character in one of our pantomimes Amaryllis (loved the name and really matched the character) that I would have one blooming on my window sill in NYC!
Sunday, January 24, 2010
This week I set myself up for the second week in a row in my bedroom rather than at the dining table. I had been to the gym and felt truly virtuous. Then it struck me that perhaps the photo of the day should be me doing my reflecting so I set the camera up on the window ledge and here I am!
The day seemed to fly by and at 3pm we (Sue, Margie, Annie Julia and I) went to see A little Night Music. It is on at the Walter Kerr Theatre (the one next door) and is starring Catherine Zeta- Jones and Angela Lansbury. What a wonderful way to spend a cool Sunday afternoon. The show was great and so were the performances.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
I chose to use Debbie's sketch for layouts from last week on GIS and had been thinking- ahh I don't use ribbon- I'll make a mess of it and the pages will turn out looking ratty but I am really pleased with them. I tried ll three variations of the page- they'll be in different albums so all will be well.
I enjoyed doing the first one so much that I thought I would try the second one
Luckily Cheryl has some great punches so it's possible to make different embellishments.
The final sketch allowed me to use smaller details from the range of photos I took of the signs along the road
Today this lovely bulb is really showing all its glory. I have no idea what plant it is. Sue picked it up (bought it) in the supermarket and has been nurturing it (watering- as we have no idea what else to do!).
It was just two chunky shoots when she brought it home and now it is the most lovely thing.
Friday, January 15, 2010
It is on the 3rd floor of the 5th Avenue store. So after work at this amazing school in NJ
we met up in the bar at Armani's.
Annie gave us the information of where to go and meet and gave us the option of the stairs or the elevator failing to tell us that it was on the third floor. So having huffed and puffed our way up the stairs we met in this amazing spot and had a couple of glasses of wine before heading back down the stairs and out through the store.
I made it out unscathed/ without purchases whereas a couple of others in the group couldn't resist the chocolates (a gift which we almost ate after dinner) or the sunglasses (which were left behind at Annie's and yet to be collected).
Dinner at Annie's was wonderful homemade lasagna!
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Monday, January 11, 2010
Flatter the mountain-tops with sovereign eye,
Kissing with golden face the meadows green,
Gilding pale streams with heavenly alchemy;
Even so my sun one early morn did shine
With all triumphant splendor on my brow;
But out, alack! he was but one hour mine;
The region cloud hath mask'd him from me now.
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Saturday, January 9, 2010
The night was such fun and everyone entered into the spirit of it. Okay so the karaoke machine (my Christmas present from Sue) had a bit of a glitch but we're resourceful and the projector with the internet meant we could sing away full of gusto (pasta and wine) and what a night it was.Dancing Queen got us into high gear and we just went on from there!
Even those who said they'd just watch joined in!
And Annie got to sing Danny Boy as did we all! She wasn't going to have that one all to herself!
Monday, January 4, 2010
Sunday, January 3, 2010
Saturday, January 2, 2010
Friday, January 1, 2010
Reading through blogs and message boards and chats with others I have been privy to others' processes for creating New Year Resolutions/ Goals. One aspect I found intriguing was the selection of a word to prompt one through the year.
After much thinking and reflecting (some may be surprised to hear this!) I have decided that SPIRIT is my word for 2010.
"Have you lost the plot Celia!" I can hear some say but no the word has a huge range of foci and meanings, it can mean ....
- A vital force that characterizes a living being as being alive
- Somebody’s will, sense of self or enthusiasm for living
- Somebody’s attitude or state of mind
- A sense of enthusiasm and loyalty that somebody feels through belonging to a group
- The intention behind something
- A prevailing mood or outlook characteristic of a time or place
- A strong alcoholic liquor!
- An essence
- To take somebody away quickly or in secret
- Strength of mind
- Inner self
And following on from Chris' and Rinda (Maria)'s inspiration at Get it Scrapped! a few quotes I've found...
"Let your mind start a journey thru a strange new world. Leave all thoughts of the world you knew before. Let your soul take you where you long to be...Close your eyes let your spirit start to soar, and you'll live as you've never lived before.”
“Never forget that it is the spirit with which you endow your work that makes it useful or futile”
"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds"
"Deep listening is miraculous for both listener and speaker. When someone receives us with open-hearted, non-judging, intensely interested listening, our spirits expand."
And so this year one of my resolutions is to live my life with SPIRIT!