Monday, August 24, 2015

Back to School and Simple Vegetarian Meal Planning

Arriving home from vacation on Friday and having the kids start school on Monday has been a bit hectic to say the least.  I REALLY needed some simple meal plan ideas for the coming week...


I'm so glad I found this meal plan on the Stone Soup blog!  10 ingredient shopping list and 5 ingredient meals...  Yes, please!

We had the lentils on zucchini ribbons tonight and it was simple and delicious - just the thing after vacation and some too-rich restaurant meals.

We have a grandson in pre-K,  a grandson in 1st grade,  two granddaughters starting middle school,  a son in college for Engineering and a daughter back to school at 30+ for pharmacy...

Cheers to education! We couldn't be more proud of all of them!
xoxoMary

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Big Rory Road

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my...  Wait a minute!


There is always a great deal of peril on Big Rory Road and this year is shaping up to be no exception.

All the talk is of the 200 lb. (approximately) cougar that has been sighted in Judique.  Once on the main road where it definitely 'scared the cows' and once on the Shore Road.  Too close to home with that one!


It would appear to some that the Eastern Cougar has been extinct since the 1930's.  It would not appear that way to my family.  My grandmother was always terrified when we went in the woods that a cougar would hide up in the trees and jump down and kill us.  


Wouldn't you know that's exactly what they do?  Aren't grandmothers always right?


Here's what Hinterland Who's Who, the authorities on wildlife and makers of the TV commercials beloved by all Canadians has to say on the subject.


So, that's what's waiting for us on our summer vacation this year.  The U.S. has officially declared the Eastern Cougar extinct.  Canada has not.  Obviously, they can't.  Not when there's one running around Judique scaring the cows.

Stay safe
xoxoMary


Sunday, July 26, 2015

Dream Design for House in Cape Breton

Our family still owns the old farm house and land in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia where my mother and her family were born.  It's a sweet and charming old house where I spent all of the happiest times of my childhood so it's very special to me.  This morning I happened upon Vibeke Design and I'm IN LOVE with these images...


Although it's actually Scandinavian style, it's perfect for the old house.  Old bottles? Check.  Seashells? Check.  Queen Anne's lace?  Check.


We've got the bead board and the wood floors - I see fresh white paint everywhere.


This is the first photo I fell in love with.  Perfect for the living room!


Old rocking chairs - we've got 'em!


My sister has a complete - and I mean complete - set of these dishes.  Now to figure out how to get all 100 lbs. of them there...


A beautiful seat for my beautiful aunt in the yard.  I'm afraid it would go quite unused though as she never sits down.

I tried to show my husband these pictures and I think he rolled his eyes just a teeny bit.  I guess we're really not at the design phase of the project since there's the (not so) small matter of the whole house falling into the ground and some other 200 year old problems which are going to require some mega-money to fix...

Oh well, I can dream (and badger my husband to get things fixed)...

We're headed to Cape Breton next week for the month of August.
Can't wait!
xoxoMary

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Thrift Store Art

Just some original paintings I've seen in thrift stores lately...


Every painting tells a story.  This one seems to have kind of a tragic 80's vibe about it...


I couldn't get a shot without the glare of the thrift store florescents.  It's a classic though...


Another classic - sad clown on black velvet.


The power of the giant magic feather duster...


And, my personal favorite.  Surprisingly, no one has bought it yet...

It might have to be mine.
xoxoMary




Saturday, July 18, 2015

Moonrise Workshop - Bohemian Vintage Fashions

My daughter Andrea and I have opened a new Etsy shop called 'Moonrise Workshop'.  Moonrise was the name of a hippie dome Andrea's Dad lived in many moons ago.  We're featuring hippie-inspired vintage clothing in our new shop.  So excited!


Indian cotton blouse.  I lived in these when Andrea was a baby.


This ethnic vest and hat set is perfect for the hippie toddler in the family!


We've got some great embellished cut-off jean shorts


I've been hand sewing these jeans forever!  I hope they're just perfect for someone...

Please look at Moonrise Workshop and let us know what you think!
xoxoMary



Monday, July 13, 2015

Current Events

I've been thinking a lot about some of the things in the news lately...



Growing up in Canada I didn't realize the confederate flag was a symbol of racism.  I thought it was a symbol of you're not very smart and you can't afford a car with doors that open.


So then this happens and it's so exciting - although I have to say I'm a fan of any story that begins with 'shimmies up a flagpole'.


'Gay Marriage'.  Wouldn't this be human marriage and human rights?  How could I ever judge? 


Is there really something so sacred and superior about 'traditional' marriage?


I don't think there's anything superior about gay marriage either but would it suck to be Elton John and David Furnish's kids?  Probably not.

I think it's time to get rid of 'gay' as an identifying word altogether.  Isn't 'gay' a lame-o description of someone's sexuality?  Why would I need to know this?


I prefer the a more old-fashioned use of the word.  As in, "Oh, do meet Ned, he's such a gay fellow!".

I'm thinking skin color and sexuality are outmoded and useless ways of judging people.  I think we should focus on the things that really define people...


One of my all-time favorite humorists, Fran Lebowitz says people are not unique like snowflakes.  People are basically all the same.  The only way they differ is in how they like their eggs done.  Here, no two people are alike...


Parking is a good one.  This is something good to know about people.  Do you just relax and park far away or drive around obsessively looking for the closest space?


Neat or messy is a good way to judge people.  A neat cave dwelling is a happy cave dwelling.

So I say let's get past paltry things like skin color and sex and find out what really matters about people...


And the best way to do that, of course, is find out who's their favorite Beatle.  This simple question will cut through race, creed or color and tell you what you need to know about someone.

Google it - there's a good article here.

I'm a George
xoxoMary 

                    


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Cool Stuff

Some things I'm kind of WANTING - and trying to decide if I NEED...


Crescent moon marquee sign from the Junk Gypsies


MORE turquoise jewelry.  Must be the heat - I'm imagining myself in the desert...


Another tattoo.  Perhaps not so elaborate.  My Mother is descended from this Scottish clan (MacDonald Clanranald) so I guess that probably makes this person related to me...


Spider shoes


Bathing suit.  Preferably Dolce and Gabbana.  Ok, so it's over $1000 - not my price range - but, look, it has the body already built right in!


Recycled glass countertops for the kitchen.  Love the idea!


Batik fabric square - as soon as I think of a use for it...

What are you wanting (or needing)?
xoxoMary