Monday, August 05, 2013

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Joe Joe

 This is Joe Joe, or Little Joe, or JJ, or Joe Joseph, or Little Gravy, or any other names I may have missed.
 He was my brother's dog and we loved him, and sadly he passed away last week. He will be missed by so many.

As you can see, he loved the beach. He actually wasn't crazy about the water, but we would have to dip him into the lake to cool him down. He love lying on a beach towel in the sun, and chasing the occasional ant, or even better a frog.
Here I'm trying to make it look like he's interested in my magazine, but I think his eyes are closing, or closed because what's better than napping on the beach!

There are so many photos and so many stories. I'm sure I'll post more. 

When we arrive at Queen's Lake this year, it won't be the same without him. We'll miss you JJ.

Friday, February 08, 2013

Current patient at WRA

Here's one of those rare visitors to wildlife rescue. Apparently, they are coming further north in recent years (indication of changing climate?), and we're seeing more of them in Canada.

I got to catch a glimpse of the pelican when I was volunteering there today. It was a bit of a slow day so I went out to peer through the little window. We're not supposed to peek at wildlife if we're not cleaning the enclosure or feeding them because they are stressed in captivity, but one door has a small rectangular two way mirror. I've often watched the gulls interact this way. So today I checked out the pelican. He was preening in front of the mirror and then settled down for a rest. It's amazing to see that long bill doing such a fine job preening. 

It might be the last I see of him since I'm sure he will be released soon. 



Sunday, December 30, 2012

Christmas 2012

I just wanted to share a few photos from our Christmas this year.

The food is a vegan vegetable terrine served with an arugula pesto and crostini. The terrine recipe is from the Artful Vegan. It's a recipe I've always wanted to try, but was a bit intimidated by the baking and then leaving it to refrigerate overnight. It seemed like a long process, but it really wasn't at all. Agar is amazing in how it held it all together. Grilling the veg took the most time. We also made tempeh scallopini with mushrooms, and asparagus with a lemon dill dressing. 

Boxing day we went snowshoeing at Mt. Seymour. It was such a green Christmas at our place with our mossy back yard and glossy green leaved rhodos, that it was nice to drive up to Seymour (about a half hours drive from whoville) and enjoy some "winter." The snow was beautiful and there was no wind once we were in the forest so it was very quiet and still. Just beautiful.










Sunday, November 25, 2012

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Library Things

I'm thinking about a new blog that just relates to my library studies. Thoughts?

Maybe I'd blog more on this more personal blog if I was already blogging mode for my studies.


A little Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan



I once played this over the phone for my dad. I didn't think he'd know Bob Dylan, but he recognized Johnny Cash right away. Love this song.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Nitobe Memorial Gardens

 After only one class on my first full day of school, I was completely overwhelmed. The campus was busy with hundreds of students going every direction; student groups, businesses, and vendors were set up everywhere; music was blaring from speakers near the SUB, and I needed to find a quiet space away from the hubbub.
I found out that as students, we have free access to the museums and gardens on campus. The Botanical Gardens seemed too far away being on the other side of campus, so I looked up the Nitobe Memorial Gardens and discovered that they were a short walk away.
What a beautiful oasis! And no one was there. There were maybe 3 or 4 people I saw during my whole visit. I walked into this gorgeous Japanese style garden and the sun was filtered through the trees.
 There were several places to sit, and all of them seemed secluded. There's a tea house that is only open when they have a tea ceremony, but there was a bench built into the outside wall that will be a perfect place to sit in the rain when I go back during the winter. I'll make sure I see it through the seasons. I'm already looking forward to cherry blossom season in the spring.
Just one of the gems on this beautiful campus.