“Stevie! You might wanna rethink that!”

I care for the pet birds at the nursing home I work in.  There is one small parrot named Stevie who is pretty…on the outside at least.  He thinks he is my husband…and he is an abusive one at that.  He bit me today.  Not as hard as he could but still…. Doesn’t he know what happens to pretty, bad birds?

The front of an 1899 hat at the Costume Museum of Canada

The front of an 1899 hat at the Costume Museum of Canada

What is that?

A parrot head!

A parrot head!

Left side

Left side

Back

Back

Right side

Right side

Close up of the right side shows one of the bird's wings.

Close up of the right side shows one of the bird’s wings.

Top of the hat.

Top of the hat.

So Stevie you better behave yourself!

In our Sunday Best

Victorian at Heart, small group that we are…

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….headed out to St Andrews Rectory and Church yesterday.  For a quick bit of info read this photo. You may need to click on the photo to see it more clearly.

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Here are some photos from the Rectory.

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There are only a few artifacts in the Rectory.

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I wore my 1873 Polonaise

I liked the basin and Shirley liked the old ringer.

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Shirley wore her early 1860’s Cotton Candy Day dress.

Lottie looks lovely next to the old organ.

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She is wearing her mid 1880’s cotton print gown. I suspect she was much cooler than Shirley and I.

The best photos were taken outside on the porch.SAM_3140

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There is always one of THESE of me.  How do I manage that every time! SAM_3151My camera died before we got to the church so I will have to wait until I get some photos from the other ladies.

 

Missing in action

It has been awhile since I’ve posted anything.  I have been alive but busy.  I have a kid home for a visit with his girl so the house if full.

There have been minor bumps like the entire shelf system in the pantry dropping off of the wall. Nuclear_Explosion_Bikini_US_Dept_Energy The hubby did the fixing but I helped empty out the pantry (not easy as the entire contents of the shelf system fell against the door and blocked it). While he was fixing the shelf, I was baking and making meals with my pantry strewn across the dinning room and kitchen. Once fixed, we had to reload it so that the EIGHT bottles of bar-b-que sauce and TWELVE boxes of baking soda that he bought (there was a sale) wouldn’t overweight the thing and rip it off the wall again.    There was some snipping going on because I insisted the chemicals be stored below the food and I insisted that there be some sense to where the rest went (company coming stuff grouped together, snacks together, baking stuff together).  Okay, that was mean, the hubby did have sense in his system too-sort by size and amount used-but I feel that since I do the cooking my system should reign for at least the food and food safety portion.  Anyway, pantry is fixed and hubby and I are still friends but there was a day shot to h-e-double hockey sticks!

I’ve also been busy with work (sometimes needing to bring work home) and my current knitting projects.  No photos yet.  They are knit on a 5 needle set which I find challenging.  I frequently have a problem with the stitches slipping off of one needle while I’m working on another.  As I don’t notice it right away, they unravel like mad and then it is a pain to catch them and re-work them.  At one point I had to rip out several rows and ended up tangling the thread.  I was up till 3 am one night trying to untangle it!  The other problem is one of the projects is actually thread not wool…very tiny stitches for my old eyes!

So that is my news.  Today I am off to a costume event (one of the attendees was at Costume College so I want to hear all about it) so tomorrow there will be photos!

English Gardens

The hubby and I went to the English Gardens in Assiniboine Park on Sunday with some friends.  It was a lovely walk.  I like flowers but only if someone else takes care of them.  Since I typically kill plants, I find the care of them, a ton of work with very little return.  Here are a few shots from that trip.

We saw flowers-of course, we were in gardens!

We saw flowers-of course, we were in gardens!

Scary face!

Scary face!

History of scary face!

History of scary face!

Sheild

Shield.

History of shield.

History of shield.

Statue for Queen Victoria.

Statue for Queen Victoria.

History of statue.

History of statue.

Statue in the Leo Mol Garden.

Statue in the Leo Mol Garden.

Favorite photo.

Favorite photo.

Favorite photo of me.

Favorite photo of me.

Favorite moment.

Favorite moment.