Category Archives: Personal time

Doing this thing – Care – Walk in her shoes…

In 2019. in less than a week. I will have completed 50 circles around the sun.

I’ve noticed folks starting to use their birthday celebrations as opportunities to share their good fortune with those in need.

And to ask that others join in, instead of birthday gifts, donate to the causes chosen by either the birthday person, or choose their own.

So I invite my friends, family and total strangers who happen across this, to donate to a good cause, and leave a comment as to where you are making a difference, outside of the every day gift of your presence in the lives of others.

I’ve signed up to the Care Walk 10 000 steps fundraiser – you can donate on my page by clicking here:

I also hope that folks will find some other great causes to support – and I may add more over the next few days.

Another Great cause we love to support is our little #herorat, Magawa:

Rough baking!

It’s been a busy week (yay) and the hubby is having a few friends he worked with this summer over tonight. And one of the lads has recently had/is about to have a birthday. Let’s call him X.

So I decided I would use a couple of mixes I had on hand, and make up a two layer cake: 1 chocolate, 1 confetti. ( cupcakes are bring saved for a future adventure, frozen, not iced)

We then got an update regarding no dairy and found out the confetti mix had dairy in it.

So the plan of icing both cakes with whipped cream became a fast change up to two cakes-

1 Creamy Confetti Delight


1 Chocolate Coconut Xtravaganza!

Creamy Confetti Delight
Chocolate Coconut Xtravaganza

In 2019, I’m going to get some proper piping bags do I can make things look less rough and more refined!

Rememberance Day 2018

Today the sun shone and the air was crisp as many people waited up at Parliament Hill and the Cenetaph in Ottawa for the ceremony.

It was the first time in years that I have attended without my husband, and it was a bit too cold for my phone to catch all of the speeches but it caught a few pics and some video of the event.

These young folk are from Ridley College in the Niagara area – came to Ottawa for the ceremonies.

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Today’s fly by…#remembranceday2018

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The end of a cycle…

Quietly awaiting any potential shoppers during my home studio open house, I decided to read the book from a  “new to me” tarot card set I received from a friend < thanks Lori!> a few months ago.

Trusting my instincts, I felt like grabbing it and settling in with it between folks coming to clear out dance costume items and other stuff that is passing through me on its way to new homes< thus the open house>.

I always like to read the book first, getting a feel for the nature of the deck. Every deck has a distinct story and this one has a similar foundation to a standard tarot, according to the descriptions, with some additional cards added for specific reasons… Click here for some info:

And as I am likely to do, I had Sprocket < perhaps my familiar, perhaps just my crazy companion animal, perhaps a psychic on her own trapped in that furry body…> guide me as to what card I needed to really see today.

Slowly flipping the pages, making eye contact with her, I stopped when she looked away.

This is the card/page that came up:

End of a cycle.

So many meanings, but that part of it  absolutely rings true today.

Having ended my own direct involvement with teaching classes and performing regularly, it is the end of a cycle. And that’s ok.

Having had a fairly quiet day today, when I once could boast hosting a Dancers’ Bazaar that brought out 400 patrons, it is the end of a cycle for me.  And that is ok.

Knowing that by ending one cycle, new adventures will come my way, as I free up time and energy to give to possibilities, that is ok.

But Dance Friends  – rest assured – I’ll still be stalking you online and coming out to see you perform!  And I’ll be happy to make you costumes when you need them!!

And I have cookies…

It’s pouring time with friends!

Thanks to my gang of friends who came over today for our monthly crafty potluck of fun!

Here are pics of what we did today!!

Nadeau creating blackness!
The first round
By C. A. Preece
By C.A. Preece
By A. Mills
Preece and Nadeau working
By T.A.Vibert
First phase of dripping by TA Vibert
a cup of many colours…
The cup ready to be lifted.
The Face.. The Do-Over.. of the preliminary version by TA Vibert
by D.Nadeau
The first one by TAV
The cup has been lifted
The Ocean Storm cometh by T.A. Vibert
By M. Quinton


Mirror, mirror…

Ending my summer break with a spurt of creativity for our niece.

K, having moved to a new space, I wanted to get her a housewarming something- her parents are fine with nothing more than good wishes, being the minimalists they are…🤗.

I had spotted this mirror on one of my morning walks, where on occasion folks put out stuff they are giving away, in hopes it will find a new home.

And so, I began by asking K for a list of her fave colours. And then I let things do what they wanted…

I could have simply left it black on white, but I wanted to add the colours for the fun of it- and she can always repaint it herself in the future!