Summer Reads #1: Cool Water

Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Summer vacations are the perfect time to get in a little reading. I've read on the plane flying across provinces, in the car on day trips and on a blanket outside catching some sun. In my experience the best books I've read are the ones recommended to me by friends. One of my summer goals was to come up with a weekly feature, so each week for the rest of the summer I will recommend a new book.

After months of unentertaining choices, I got a hold of some good ones. Julie insisted I read Cool Water by Dianne Warren earlier this spring and I finally got around to it in May. It is one of those books with mulitple characters with their own overlapping story lines. The characters are all bound together by the place they live, a small rural Saskatchewan farming town that's been hit by hard times. The theme of the novel concerns the daily occurences, frustrations, and charms of small town living. Each story comes to its own conclusion happy or sad, but the overall effect is bittersweet. I found the characters to be extremely well developed and grounded in reality. My pet peeve is when characters personality changes dramatically at the end of a book, but the characters in Cool Water stay true. Though the setting is rural Canada, this is not just a rural Canadian book, it's a book about people struggling to communicate with one another.

And just because tomorrow is Canada Day, here is a little different version of the national anthem:

WARNING it's a little goofy.

Oh Canada - Classified.

Taking my time

Wednesday, 23 June 2010

Still on summer vacation and I can't wait to share my photos with you. I'm dropping my film off tomorrow for developing! There's been road trips with lots of good food and other adventures!

In the meantime, I'm dreaming of a door with a fox, like this one.
Collecting tillandsia (air plants) and looking forward to making summer fruit pies!


Monday, 14 June 2010

I have fallen for this gorgeous necklace by Aesa, the Ascensions Necklace. It's out of my reach, but I can't stop looking at it. I think it would dress up every outfit and be a great conversation piece.

In the meantime, this tutorial on making this adorable braided necklace is perfect! I can't wait to get back to the city to pick up all the right supplies.

(click on the photos for their source.)


Friday, 11 June 2010


I'm off to escape the city for a visit to my hometown in the prairies for a couple of weeks.
I'll still be updating here as usual.
While I'm visiting there will be a wedding and a high school graduation.
Major events, I think. I'm excited to help celebrate with friends and family.
Have a great weekend!


Start of summer snaps.

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Some photos from the last two weeks:
Layered strawberry shortcake.
Lemon meringue and strawberry ice cream.
Cute little tail-less kitty with a mustache!

Hope your summer's are off to a great start!
I love your lists, so inspiring.

An update on my goal progress to come!

Summer Goals.

Thursday, 3 June 2010

I am not a reckless person, but when I found this page in Paul Arden's Whatever you Think, Think the Opposite I smiled.

What I am, is full of goals for the summer.
So here is my reckless list of things to be accomplished and documented for you this summer.
Reckless, meaning it may be crazy to think I could complete this whole list.

1. Build a website from scratch for my class on HTML, XHTML and CSS. I'm thinking a portfolio site. I'm learning all about "the internet" this summer, hopefully this will translate into a better blog!

2. Design a hand knit sweater. This is by far the most challenging on the list and the goal I am most eager to achieve!

3. Take more black and white portraits, like this one.

4. Come up with a weekly blog feature.

5. Paint my walls. Grey or black!

6. Find the perfect bathing suit!

7. Take lots of mini road trips. One, to a new yarn store in Winnipeg when I'm in Manitoba.

What are you doing this summer? Will you be reckless?!

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