Saturday, September 25, 2021

My new way to display marbles

 When you and your spouse both have enormous hoards of marbles, you are always looking for new ways to display them.

This morning I hit on something that had never occurred to me before: hanging them with a spring. I'm sure others have thought of this before, so I'm not the inventor of the technique, but still I'm inordinately pleased with this.

As an added bonus, my habit of hanging on to bits of junk because they might come in handy some day has been rewarded! I have a nice collection of old springs to go through now.

Other marble display methods:

Sunday, August 01, 2021

Local Vegetables

On Friday, we went out to 200 Moodie Drive to buy vegetables that are grown right there. One of the main growers is a friend who recently came to Canada from Syria.

The vegetables were sold to us by this charming man and if you bring the lovely Manon with you, he will give you extra free vegetables with the things you ask for.

My main object in going was to get these eggplants that I've never seen anywhere else. It turns out they are called, Graffiti, Zebra or Sicilian Eggplants. They are awesome. And another benefit of bringing the lovely Manon with you, is that she might be inspired when she gets home to make eggplant parmesan with some Graffiti eggplants. Oh, that eggplant parmesan is good! Eggplant Parmesan Night could conceivably take the number one spot away from Grilled Cheese Night.

Along with the Graffiti eggplants, they have Italian Eggplants, various types of zuccini, fresh garlic, and cucumbers including Armenian cucumbers that look really weird.

Later in the season, they will have tomatoes and other vegetables including a type of green vegetable that is popular in Syria, but not well known here.


  

Saturday, June 19, 2021

Cooking with Manon Episode 3 - Grilled Cheese Night!

 Grilled Cheese Night is my favourite. I should only eat one, but I always ask for two.

Sunday, June 13, 2021

My new haircut


259 days ago, I had a #4 buzz cut from a professional hair stylist who came to our yard. I loved it. Since then, the hair has been slowly growing longer until I could stand it no longer.

It became clear that if I wanted another haircut, I would have to take action. So I ordered a "Wahl Canada Elite Pro High Performance Home Hair Cutting Kit" and it arrived shortly after 5pm today.

I found a helpful Youtube video where a man named Chris Roberts shows how to give a buzz cut and I made Manon watch it.

It took some convincing, but I persuaded her to use the clippers on me after supper.

I am glad to report that the lovely Manon has learned a new skill and I am extremely happy with my new hair cut.


Saturday, June 12, 2021

Cooking with Manon Episode 2 - Falafel Night!


Let me tell you, I was very happy when Kathy asked Manon how she made falafels! 

Wouldn't one of you like to know how she makes genuine Lac St. Jean tarte au sucre?


Sunday, June 06, 2021

New Video Series! Episode 1 - Manon's Veggie Burgers

 

It was a happy day for me when I learned that if people ask Manon how to cook something, she finds it easier to make a video of the food while actually cooking it instead of laboriously writing out a recipe.

The only problem is that nobody has asked her how to make sugar pie.

Saturday, May 01, 2021

My new collaboration - Garden Sign


I am very happy with my latest artistic collaboration. It is with my next door neighbour, five-year-old Elly.

Elly and Manon have a joint garden. It is really nice. But it suffers from the many dogs who relieve themselves on it. Elly and Manon decided to put in a sign asking the dogs to behave differently and use the water bowl they installed.

They decided what words they wanted on two signs. I cut two pieces of pressed board and inked on the words with a Sharpie. Then Elly applied her design skills to colour the letters and add attractive images. I sprayed on polyurethane to add water protection and affixed the signs to an old broom handle.

This morning we planted the sign. Manon put out the water bowl and a refill can and Manon and Elly did a formal ribbon cutting to launch the sign.




The ribbon cutting ceremony

[By the way, if you have any comments for Elly, I will pass them on.]