Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Some Fabric From Way-Back-When

A few weeks ago I got a package with a piece of fabric in the mail.   The fabric was from Jamaica and was bought in the early 1970's when we lived there and my friend came to visit.  My friend is getting old and isn't able to get out much so I wanted to send her a thank you for the memories the cloth brought back to me. So I took some pictures of the cloth as it fit into our everyday lives and send her a series of 11 photos with captions. Here are some of the highlights.

Sunday Afternoon Peacefulness

 Picnic in the Park

Preparing Pizza 

Back at the Park

Still Life

I'm not sure you can tell from the photos:  the print is of Jamaican coins in various denominations.

Point to Ponder:
I'm pretty sure my friend sent me the cloth because she is downsizing and trying to get rid of stuff.  Did it backfire when I sent her 11 photos in exchange for the cloth?

Saturday, June 14, 2014

A Lunchtime Visit

We took lunch to Erik at the park where he works this week. It was a lovely day. 

Conrad biked from his work to join us. 

What a great place to work!

Back to work he goes. 

Erik Graduates from University

University of Winnipeg
There was much pomp and circumstance. 
Jean Chr├ętien (in red and white and fuzzy) received an Honorary Degree In Law and gave a speech which was quite entertaining. He and Lloyd Axworthy are good friends and he talked about old times. 

Erik getting the degree. 
Erik is sitting in the row above the half empty row in the middle of the group of three people by the aisle. 

Happy times!

Lots of support. 

Later we went out for lunch at Red Lobster and Erik had a combo plate with crab. We were finished our meals long before he was done and so we just watched him get all the meat from the crab. 

Erik did about 95% of his studying for this degree - all 4 years of it -- from this chair (below).  He had it in this position, juggling his laptop and his books.  It's located right in our living room and we lived our lives around him as he worked in that chair. Somehow he stayed focused and got it all done.  I made the photo into a card and I've attached it here.  In the very small print it says that we are now giving him the chair as a grad present.

Of course we also gave him the traditional parental grad gift:  Luggage.
(Luggage is practical but also serves as a hint.) 

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Lilacs in June

All winter I looked forward to the day that I would be able to bring an armload of lilacs into the house and put them in our lovely blue vase from Rita. 

Today's the day!!