Archive | January 2013

Snowdrops 2013

snowdrops 2013

After several days of high winds and heavy rains, this afternoon we had a breather.  The snowdrops opened.  I have realized it has become a habit or a tradition for me to post the snowdrops each year.  Thanks to tag words, I found the dates.  I thought they were late this year, but no:

January 31, 2012

February 2, 2011

January 31, 2010

January 26, 2006

These are linked to the respective posts, but it doesn’t show up as in being a different colour or underlined.  I can’t find where to change what in order for that to happen.



Chair and Garden

Here is step 4, a decorative band around the edge.

chair step 4


Now the chair has been reassembled.  Have a seat!

chair finished




I went out into the garden; the light was shining into the greenhouse giving a golden glow.  I ran back in the house to get the camera.  A cloud floated over the sun but there was a space between two clouds where I thought a ray might again appear.  However, the two clouds formed this one long band exactly at the sun’s level, so I took the photo without its illumination.

dusk jan 13



jan greenhouse


I have done some clearing and cleaning, washed the glass, added manure.  One tomato plant is still alive as is a pepper plant from 2011.  Tender plants are over-wintering, scented geraniums, an ivy geranium, felicia and artemis.  Parsley has become “perennial” since I let one go to seed.


Outside the camellia has buds.

camellia jan 13






Chair, Step 3b …

… or from how many angles can one photograph a chair seat?

chair step 3b

This shows 3 strands of step 3b in place.  Step 3a was on the diagonal going under the horizontals.  Step 3b is the other diagonal going under the verticals.

No, I do not accept things the way they are.  I want to see the world changed for the better.  What are the causes of the way things are today?  Greed, spite, seeking to dominate, exploit, fear, superstition, carelessness, lack of love/compassion…

I look within.  Do I find any of that there?  That’s where I work.

The View from Here Today

view jan 18 13

It’s nice being in a warm house working on an inside job.

I had to redo the better part of a long row of caning.  Somehow the cane had flipped over to its wrong side.  Probably while I was looking out the window.  🙂



Chair, Second Step

chair 2a


I realized I should be making little groups of 4 rather than something evenly spaced so I readjusted everything.


 chair 2b


Meanwhile something has come up in the garden.  Makes me want to get out there and scratch around, just have to wait for the rain to let up.  What did I plant there?  Ah, yes, some kind of bulb with blue flowers that I was given in a plant exchange.  Scilles, if I remember correctly, which may be Siberian squill.




You can also see one of our special volcanic rocks, not to be confused with a potato.  🙂





Three Projects

I have set three projects for myself to accomplish in the near future.


A chair to re-cane….

chair to cane

A wall to re-point…

wall to point

First, in order to be able to move the piano, I had something called “bridge à roulettes” installed.  I can now move it myself, almost with one hand.

 bridge à roulettes


Third project is to paint the wall behind a stove…

fireplace paint job

 I plan to imitate the stone encircled in purple.


I have started on the chair.

clean chair

 I got rid of the old caning, rubbed the wood with steel wool and waxed it.  I didn’t realize how dirty it was until I stared cleaning it.  Similar to searching one’s soul to make it good.  We all think we are pretty good.


début trame

 Here is the first step.  I have instructions in a book called “L’Encyclopédie Faites Tout Vous-même” which has been a treasure trove of how-to information for us over the years.  This chair is one of a pair.  I did its mate about 25 years ago, before we bought this house.  I seem to remember it taking me either 6 weeks or 6 months.  I had a lot of other stuff going on then with two young children.

I did the second half of this step twice as I wasn’t satisfied with the way it came out.  Then I modified the left edge so the rows are more vertical.  The trapezoidal form creates a few complications.

I was working in a white room with a fairly large window but had to turn on the lights at noon to see what I was doing, the sky was so dark.  The cane has a wrong and right side, mustn’t get it twisted.

To be continued….



A What Day?

Browsing blogs my eye pounced on a phrase “national bittersweet chocolate day”.  Is there such a thing? I wondered.  In what nation?

Google turned up several results, the most official looking one being this one

which also answered the which nation question.  Now pondering an American national croissant day?  Is that legal?  There’s not an official recipe controlled by a government agency?  And cheese lovers day?  How can one enjoy that with only pasteurised cheese?


January 10, 2013 is

Bittersweet Chocolate Day

Today is Bittersweet Chocolate Day! Bittersweet chocolate is a sweetened form of dark chocolate made with cocoa liquor, sugar, cocoa butter, and vanilla. Unlike milk chocolate or white chocolate, it does not contain any milk solids. According to FDA standards, bittersweet chocolate must contain at least 35% chocolate liquor (a non-alcoholic liquid produced from cocoa beans).

Consuming bittersweet chocolate on a daily basis is actually quite good for you. All variations of dark chocolate contain antioxidants that lower blood pressure and help protect your heart. Other heart-healthy foods include green tea and blueberries!

In honor of Bittersweet Chocolate Day, treat yourself to a few pieces of your favorite variety!



I don’t know if the chocolate I consume regularly falls into this category.  It is Lindt 85%  and I don’t need the calendar to decide to eat some.  I don’t have to go out to a bakery to find a dessert using it; I have my stock in the armoire.

Many holidays set aside a day for something we should do every day, things more important than eating chocolate, such as caring for the environment, housework, peace-making, forgiving, loving, ceasing war, giving birth to a changed world, resuscitating the divine image and likeness within.

The Place Where God Spoke


I am trying out the feature mentioned in a daily post challenge so as to embed a map.


This will give you an idea of where the events of 1974 and 1977 occurred, in France, west of Bordeaux.  Although one can benefit from praying in the chapel where the Creator and Jesus as messenger spoke, the most important thing is not to go there, but rather to realize the message in one’s heart and daily life.  The Revelation of Arès teaches that we can cause a new day to dawn, recreate the garden of Eden, by changing within, practicing love, forgiveness, peacemaking, being free from prejudice, awakening our spiritual intelligence.  This effort is called penitence but has nothing to do with punishment.  It is a joy to walk in the direction our Creator intended, radiating love, seeking Good.  I’m not saying I’m always full speed ahead, but this is my guiding light.  Even the smallest effort helps to make good contagious.  One day it will triumph.