Tuesday, July 18, 2017


Having spent three weeks in Toronto now, I have discovered I am wildly radical. 
Little did I know I was such an iconoclast.  I seem to be radical because I am pretty much the only person I see who doesn't have a tattoo, let alone 10 of them.

At what point does edgy and cool just become ugly and commonplace.  For me, it has easily been reached.

Sunday, July 16, 2017


Went to see the Georgia O'Keeffe exhibit at the AGO today with the man and my folks.  First we had something to eat though.....


At the Pho place.....

then a coffee around the corner:

decaf mocca latte, aren't I special!

Then on to the amazing AGO, which didn't let us take photos in the O'Keeffe exhibit, so these are from another very cool show and the building itself.

The man and I are also in the trenches going through papers to decide what to ship to Spain, and what to bin.  Sucky work, except when you find the photos!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Cool street art

They've been painting on some of the service boxes in the city, I am not sure if they are phone company, or traffic signals, but the paintings are fun anyway!





These are just a random sampling of the ones I've gone by, but I really like them!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017


I listen to a lot of podcasts, and I really love it.  Such a wide range of interesting things to listen to.  I subscribe to them, so they automatically load to my phone when they are published, often weekly.  I did realise that I am a complete geek when I was so excited about two podcasts that loaded overnight....great listening today!

btw, I was listening to the Infinite Monkey Cage, and Pod save America.  Great ones. 

I still hate driving and so hate other drives, I was plagued today by people going slowly in the fast lane, but the podcasts make it all bearable.

Monday, July 10, 2017


Had a brilliant run today, mucky, muddy, wet, a million mosquitoes, stinging nettle etc etc etc and it was absolutely marvelous.  The shoes are absolutely soaked, but I'm doing it again tomorrow, so....too bad!

Now that so much of the work is finishing up, I have time to do some drawing again, and maybe in a little bit, some painting, though I've only got watercolours with me, so they will be d.r.e.a.d.f.u.l to begin with.  They are so hard! 

However, here's a little of what I've been drawing:

Nothing brilliant here, but goodness it is lovely to get my hand in again!

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Notes from the day

Wow, this turned out to be a busy one, despite the slow and relaxing start!

The man and I were going through the locker, we're paring down the stuff we own (again) and we're almost certainly going to take a bunch of it to Catalunya with us.  Let's hope the country doesn't fall apart with the independence referendum just as we arrive with all this stuff after all these years!!!!

Goodness gracious, sometimes I think we're crazy.

We're also gave some stuff away to one of the Man's sisters, and we're going to give them some more, and some stuff to friends. That was the best part of the day, hanging out with the Man's sister and her family for a bit and then with friends for quite a while.  That was very cool.  But, man o man,  we own too much stuff.  Really, far far far too much.  

Anyway, as we were going through we found the man's tails!  (and then Goodwilled them) Sorry Eldest!!!!

We also went for dinner last night, I was going to take a photo but was too hungry and so the photo is of the empty plates.  

And, I went by High Park Zoo for an ice cream and to visit the capybara babies!!!!

Don't know why that photo is kinda pink, but the ice cream was yum.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

The Master's is completely done.

Got the mark (82)  and it's finished. 

Sing a hallelujah chorus!!!!!

What I was going to write about though was that the upside of the ridiculous amount of work I had this last year is that I am so freaking happy doing simple things, coming home, having a nap, reading a book, walking the dog, went out for dinner with the man.  So good, and it makes me so incredibly happy. 

Love it.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Swimming again

So, I was pretty focused today on getting my arm to stay up, rather than sink, while I take a breath.  It seemed to be working, partially grim determination, and partially better head position when breathing (thought this did mean that I took on rather more water than before!)  This too shall pass.

Also, trying to keep my elbow high on the breathing side, as the arm is just kind of useless.  I tried breathing on the other side, and the same thing happened with that arm, so there is work to do.

Very late, I'd like to write more, but mostly I want to sleep!!!

Went on the TGIF, bailed due to rain, thunder and no wind.  Ah well, we had a lovely dinner anyway.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Unsure, and very sure

I was unsure about going on the run this morning, as the tendon that attaches to the top front of my kneecap was sore from yesterday's swim, but I REALLY wanted to go....so I went, delicately.  And it was lovely, and muddy and wet and wonderful. Only did 2.5k, but it was a good outing and my knee actually felt better for the effort.

I was, however, very sure that I would enjoy my evening, walked the dog, ate some dinner, read my book, chatted with the man, did a wee little bit of work, and now I'm getting ready to swim tomorrow morning.

Nice day all around.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Back at swimming

Today was the first day back at swimming training after a year away.  Well, that was quite something.  I got graduated out of the slow-poke lane, which was kinda nice, but also meant that I got a lot less direct coaching, in fact none at all today, but it's early days, and I certainly needed to warm up and get organized.

It went way better than I thought it would, I figured my form would have been much worse, but it felt OK.  No Phleps or anything here, and I am still in the slowest but one lane, but still, it felt OK!  I'm not as strong though (what a surprise) and I'm going to be stiff in spots, mostly my shoulder.

Still, that was pretty great.  Oddly, one of my knees is bugging me, which is not making me happier, I may have to finally cave and get that looked at when we get back to Spain.  Gimpy knees are not welcome!

All in all, really nice.

I only took on water involuntarily once as well!!!