Tuesday, July 28, 2009

a vancouver rarity

a full on lightning storm

vancouver put on a very impressive light show a couple of nights ago. completely interfering with the scheduled fireworks there was a several hour thunderstorm with never ending lightning bolts. these photos are during the tail end of the storm just as the sun was setting. i know it's another sunset photo, but it's pretty neat isn't it? i mean just look at that gradation -- at least heat wave smog is good for something.

hottest day of the year

today was quite possibly the hottest day i'll see until next summer -- unless tomorrow is even hotter. it's a respectable 30°C, plus humidity (imagine air so thick you can hardly breathe, even in open spaces, a sun so hot that i think i hear my skin sizzling when i step into its light and let's just say i wasn't the only one sweating out there today.)
i figured i would brave the hot and smelly bus to go to a quiet beach spot i like, just off of kits beach, because it's usually so much cooler down by the water with the breeze and the waves and the overall calm atmosphere. not today. what breeze? it was too sunny to read or write without blinding myself, so i just sat and sweated and ate my nectarine and came home to a cold shower. at least i tried. and i do feel like a million bucks post shower so i guess all in all it was a good day off.

Thursday, July 23, 2009


vancouver sky. my sky, right now.
i know i always post sunset photos, but this one is irresistible. can you feel it just by looking?

erlenmeyer lily

holy crap, i know. lily of the valley in july. (and it was cheap!)

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

dill flower

the dill on my balcony thriving against all odds in front of the sunset a few days ago.

it's one of those senselessly hot days in vancouver today, as it has been for weeks and as far as i can tell, will be forever. i don't know what to do with myself on days like today. so much i could accomplish, but nothing that i need to. i walked to a neighbourhood soccer field and laid down on the slope to write letters to loved ones. the grass was brown and prickly as it has hardly rained since spring (i am in vancouver right?) there were wasps hovering low all around me, so they must have been finding bugs to feed on, although i couldn't see any.
now i am cooling down, watching my kitty through the open door. she is sitting on a chair on the balcony trying so hard (but not knowing how) to stay our of trouble. she keeps looking at me, scared i will snatch away her fresh air for the day.

joseph is stopping at the farmers market on the way home; i can't wait to see what goodies he picks up.
something tells me it's a guacamole kind of day.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009


july dinners

should be just like this one:
a hot sunny balcony in a cool little dress, eating fresh, crisp veggies and salty meat and cheese. something where when you are done you feel even better than before.
i could eat it everyday.

(fresh baby greens and spinach, red peppers, basil leaves, strawberries, pepitas, avocado, goat's cheese, raspberry vinaigrette, and salmon)

before and after

the shorter one is the after photo.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

summer hair

almost half of this hair is now in the garbage. i'll show you soon.

Friday, July 10, 2009

gah. (as roz would say)

too much pretty prettiness at work today to resist. it makes me sad when demanding people with no taste come to buy flowers. LET ME DO IT FOR YOU. serious.

Thursday, July 09, 2009

now back to plus 30

i made chicken soup (and oat bread) earlier this week when the weather turned cold and wet. i can now confidently say that yes, i have and can make chicken soup from scratch.

also, sunset from a few days ago.

Saturday, July 04, 2009

dr. sun yat-sen

some of the folks were in town a couple of weeks ago so we picked a really hot and sunny day to visit an inner city paradise. crazy that only a couple of blocks away from some of the worst parts of town there is this spiritual haven. protected by its own sacred beauty as much as by its walls, the garden makes me forget what time and world i am in...if only for a half hour.


the canada day fireworks as seen from our balcony