..of white out…



Nix the thoughts of liquid paper…no no, today in Vancouver the ‘tide’ is turning things extremely bright with a coincidental two-fold white extravaganza!!!

The third annual picnic, Diner en Blanc, where “throngs of people, dressed completely, elegantly, blindingly, in white are led to a secret location. Thousands of guests carry their own table (of a specific size), folding chairs, dinnerware and decor — all white, adding up to a heavenly apparition.”

They say “some might wonder about the big-picture point of such an elaborate dinner party. The point’s been the same from the very first dinner in the Bois de Boulogne — it’s a super elegant meal with good friends in an iconic city setting.”

Alrighty then…..apparently Vancouver will see some 3,500 participants, up from the first 1,200 at Jack Poole Plaza and last year’s 2,600 at Science World. Just where might it be this year, one can only guess! By all reports Vancouver Opera will be participating–would that be sing for your supper??!!….

Talk about coincidental unusual pairings and today in Vancouver will also see the grand opening of the White Spot chain of restaurants flagship 66th and largest full-restaurant at Dunsmuir & Homer Streets in a 100 year old heritage building. 8,200 square feet of dining space on two levels should have patrons smiling “O O O” for years to come!….

Summer picnics!—white wine!—pirate packs!—Vancouver traditions!—legendary!

A few white tales:

The color white projects purity, cleanliness, and neutrality. Doctors don white coats, brides traditionally wear white gowns, and a white picket fence surrounds a safe and happy home.

How the Colour White Affects Us Physically:
•Aids mental clarity
•Encourages us to clear clutter or obstacles
•Evokes purification of thoughts or actions
•Enables fresh beginnings
•According to Pantone Inc., white is the best selling color for the classic american t-shirt.
•More shades of white are available commercially than any other color.
•White clothing typically becomes translucent when wet.
•The appearance of white in a dream is thought to represent happiness at home. White castles are a symbol of achievement, destiny perfectly fulfilled, and spiritual perfection.
•Originally, scientists wore beige coats. In the late 19th century, medical professionals chose white ones. The color white was chosen because of the idea of hope and expectations for healing and recovery that the physicians would bring.

“The first of all single colours is white … We shall set down white for the representative of light, without which no colour can be seen; yellow for the earth; green for water; blue for air; red for fire; and black for total darkness.” — Leonardo Da Vinci

Will your Thursday include white & delight?!…

If all else fails–ice cream!!….vanilla – rich & sweet in scent-calming, consoling, purifying & centering…


Baby powder!


Cheers to a ‘scentual’ day! White!….right

…salut! summer! & song!…


“Come for the show, stay for the wine; Come for the wine, stay for the show”

…So seems to be the trendy invitation from Okanagan wineries this summer season in the fine “Napa Valley North” region of British Columbia!!!

Canadian wineries “are pouring on the cultural offerings”.

Outdoor summer concerts in uniquely fabulous settings!

Even an “Ogopogo opera–The Lake/N-ha-a-tik was performed earlier this month at Quails’Gate Winery!

Kelowna’s nearby Mission Hill Winery is hosting of all things, an Icelandic sculpture exhibition–Encounters with Iceland.

Oliver’s beloved Tinhorn Creek winery has been hosting the likes of The Boom Booms, Hey Ocean, this weekends “at Odds” concert & a September grand finale will be a delight with Colin James!

Salut to chardonnay & “just a little bit more than coming to learn how grapes are grown!”..

Wine is bottled poetry.
Robert Louis Stevenson

I love everything that’s old: old friends, old times, old manners, old books, old wines.
Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774)
She Stoops to Conquer, I

What though youth gave love and roses age still leaves us friends and wine.
Thomas Moore

Wine rejoices the heart of humankind and joy is the mother of all virtues.
adapt. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 1771

Cheers to fine summer nights! Nostalgia! New traditions! Wine! Delights!

…known unknowns…

A pan of melted chocolate on cooker

“Parents forced to live with uncertainty as school strike persists”…”Ignore No More app wrong”

At least in British Colubmia it seems parents are generally taking a ‘continue in summer mode’ stance, not having confidence that anything will be done in time to resolve the teachers’ dispute for back-to-school just after Labour Day.

The purveyors of school supplies and traditional back-to-school sales will go ahead “as usual” according to most retailers. Meanwhile parents of younger schoolchildren struggle with the unknowns for the fall, many international students flounder in uncertainty around visas, and the soon to finish high school kids wonder about all the implications for post-secondary applications.

Indeed a dilemma the known unknowns and the unknown unknowns, you know!?!…

Apparently there’s a new app out “Ignore No More” that makes it impossible for kids to ignore parental calls by locking their smartphones until they get in contact!!

Now doesn’t that just sound like a wonderful tool for resolving family discord!…..NOT!

Cheers to mutual respect and trust—think about it kids/parents, & change-it-up, real change—happily ever after!!!


Some folks are wise and some are otherwise. ~Tobias Smollett

Anyway, no drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we’re looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn’t test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power. ~P.J. O’Rourke

On a lighter note, Cambridge University in the UK is advertising for a PhD candidate position for someone with “a good academic aptitude, engineering & physics skills” to tackle a 3 year project examining “how chocolate can remain solid and retain qualities sought by consumers, when stored and sold in warm climates.”

Cheers to “fundamental understandings beyond industrial need!”…..

May the mysteries of your day this Tuesday in August have you feeling wonder full & remember, —The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.–Unknown

You know?!…


…of “just yourself”…




“Canada Line turns 5yrs old with all the signs of a success story”…”The perils of a table for one”…

The 16 station transit skytrain link between YVR airport-Richmond and downtown Vancouver was expected to reach 100,000 riders by 2013 but surpassed that in 2010 and now exceeds 124,000.

With four stations along Richmond’s “car-choked No.3 Road”, its transformed the area into a more walkable part of the city.

Cheers to the Evergreen Line too, now under construction!…

By all reports, the 1st weekend of the August tradition–BC’s PNE-Pacific National Exhibition experienced “uncharacteristically” sunny skies & smiles all around!

Many changes at the fair they say. Longtime food vendors gone, new programming and a facelift in an attempt to boost attendance rates that have been in decline.

Will there be cotton candy or mini-donuts in your week?!…if win is your middle name you
might even take a prize home!!…

Apparently, restaurants are “waking up to the fact they must be more welcoming to single diners, a demographic being too powerful to ignore.”

“Just yourself, is it?” says the maître d’, an oleaginous smile smeared across his face like cheap jam. There’s something about this question – the graceless, unkind way it is framed; the hint of snideness in the word “yourself” – that makes me shrink inwardly. But if this chap notices my embarrassment, he gives no sign. He simply turns on his heel and leads me rather briskly to my table. Perhaps you know what’s coming next. In this situation, there are only two possible outcomes. Either I will be stuck in a corridor close to a flapping kitchen door, friendless and forgotten. Or I will be carefully placed, in the manner of the class dunce, bang smack in the middle of the room, the better to take in all the couples, families and wedding parties. Either way, my breakfast, however hearty, will feel more like an admonishment than a treat. I loiter for a moment, wondering which it is to be today. Oh, right. It’s the latter. Hello, everyone! Yes, do have a good gander. This sunny Sunday morning, I am very much going solo.”

Life can be like that sometimes. Cheers in its solos, duets, trios, quartets & great times of togetherness too!!

To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting. ~e.e. cummings, 1955

One who trims oneself to suit everyone will soon whittle oneself away. ~adapt. Raymond Hull

If you cannot be a poet, be the poem. ~David Carradine

I think of life itself now as a wonderful play that I’ve written for myself, and so my purpose is to have the utmost fun playing my part. ~Shirley MacLaine

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind. ~Dr. Seuss

When you dance to your own rhythm,
Life taps its toes to your beat.
~Terri Guillemets

Cheers to a toe tapping kinda summer Monday!

…of fair…



August mid-month means in Toronto & Vancouver, the CNE & PNE, the summer tradition Canadian and Pacific National Exhibitions are about to get underway!

A sign that summer is well on the way to back-to-school and bringing to mind a thought for a fine Friday that sings—-Fair is fair!!

In Toronto?!, are you going?!—no, no it’s not in Scarborough!

Fair thoughts and happy hours attend on you.

Now the fair goddess, Fortune,
Fall deep in love with thee, and her great charms
Misguide thy opposers’ swords!

Fair, kind, and true, have often lived alone.

Now old desire doth in his deathbed lie,
And young affection gapes to be his heir;
That fair for which love groan’d for and would die,
With tender Juliet match’d, is now not fair.
-Wm. Shakespeare-Merchant of Venice

Seek Fairness and Love

Seek ever toward the fair
fairness in all you do
let life birth joy in you
gift you seek to ever share

Stand firm in opposition true
let honor be your great shield
moral principles never yield
wisdom that should stick like glue

Honor the rights of others
wisdom from fathers and mothers

-R. Lindley

Cheers to a ‘fare’ thee well fine Friday and weekend!!!

…of strained & knock knock…


tin of John West tuna chunks

Apparently the Question of the Day “on subjects ranging from trivial flights of fancy to profound scientific concepts” is:

Why are tins of tuna always round?

Indeed, a legitimate question considering so many other types of fish cans–sardines etc. are rectangular!…holy mackerel!…

A cursory scan of the headlines around the world screams from questionable convoys of trucks heading to the Ukraine to, after a long hiatus, of British Columbia polygamy, and none other than a citizen perturbed about being prevented from wearing a spaghetti strainer on one’s head for a driver’s license photo…

Hmmmm……the quality of mercy is not strained!….

And in Canada…with the trend to “community mailboxes” happening with Canada Post, if you require home delivery, there’s talk you may require a doctor’s note & supporting documentation to maintain door to door service!

Should it be here that I now post a few knock knock jokes?!…

Maybe not!

—they say the funny of them is in the delivery!…

Enlightening as it may or may not be, today is the 225th day of the year!

Isn’t 2014 & the summer just flying by?!!…

Of note, the “Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques” (SIGGRAPH2014) wraps up its “gathering of most respected technical & creative people from all over the planet Earth” at Vancouver’s convention centre today.


Cheers to a Thursday overflowing with quenching refreshment, reminiscences, & special interest!

“Knock knock”

“Who’s there?”


“Odd who?”


…of aMAZE & a field day…



Vegetables on a market stall


“Rough waters ahead for BC’s sockeye salmon season”…”Season’s eatings”…

Despite a major salmon run expected on British Columbia’s Fraser river fishery, high water temperatures are weighing in cautiously on expectations for this year’s catch.

Sockeye, “the money fish,” prized around the world and in strong international demand for its high fat content & flavour was moderate in catch on Monday when, believe it or not, just a three hour opening was available to commercial fishermen!…

Cheers to ’tis the season & many happy returns!!!…

As Grandad used to tease Dad about Mom—“nice catch!”

It seems fewer than 1 in 10 know when some of their nation’s most popular fruits & vegetables are in season. Supermarkets, they say, with the year round availability of everything, do little to help in that.

Cheers to neighbourhood farmers’ markets—buy local & fresh!…

Have you had any summer corn-on-the-cob yet?!…buttery & sweet, the tendency can be to devour. Remember, showing some restraint smiles nibble-it!!

Weather means more when you have a garden. There’s nothing like listening to a shower and thinking how it is soaking in around your green beans. ~Marcelene Cox

I used to visit and revisit it a dozen times a day, and stand in deep contemplation over my vegetable progeny with a love that nobody could share or conceive of who had never taken part in the process of creation. It was one of the most bewitching sights in the world to observe a hill of beans thrusting aside the soil, or a rose of early peas just peeping forth sufficiently to trace a line of delicate green. ~Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mosses from and Old Manse

Plant carrots in January and you’ll never have to eat carrots. ~Author Unknown

There are two spiritual dangers in not owning a farm. One is the danger of supposing that breakfast comes from the grocery, and the other that heat comes from the furnace. ~Aldo Leopold

Plants cry their gratitude for the sun in green joy. ~Terri Guillemets

Your mind is a garden, your thoughts are the seeds,
The harvest can be either flowers or weeds.
~Author Unknown

Cheers to exuberance & vitality—the corn is green!

Whatever’s set to aMAZE you today, have a field day!!!

…of summer refreshment & tea…

FOOD Costly Cupcake 20140808Travel-Fear of Campingpartypunch

“Toronto bakery whips up $900 cupcake for Woman’s 40th birthday!”…”Woods & wouldn’t-our hierarchy of camping needs”…”How to Keep Party Punch Palatable While Pinching Pennies”…

All in a day’s lighthearted headlines!!!…

That’s right, the cupcake has been declared so yesterday but still has sweet appeal for a Toronto husband wanting to celebrate his wife’s birthday with something special pictured here. Elaborate!–painted decorations, edible gold, Kona coffee & fine aged Courvoisier…

As for summer camping, the hierarchy of needs can be all over the map!

I remember one time camping out in the open spaces of Oregon campgrounds settling the sleeping bags into the four person tent while hearing an odd strange whirring sound. Much to my amazement two camp sites over, a hi-tech camper van had just arrived and the whirring sound was the hydraulic setting of the satelite dish!

Cheers to in the woods–wrapped-in-tin-foil on the campfire rather than the modern conveniences of home!!!

They say summer is supposed to be the season of refreshment! Be it extended vacations, grabbing a day or two here and there, or ritual getaways, indeed what gets served at parties can pack a punch!

He’d never in his life been so hungry and tired. What wouldn’t he give for a simple mug of tea and a humble fried egg sandwich? ~Jacqueline Kelly, Return to the Willows

Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves — slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future. ~Thich Nat Hahn

If you are cold, tea will warm you; if you are too heated, it will cool you; if you are depressed, it will cheer you; if you are excited it will calm you. ~William Ewart Gladstone

Strange how a teapot can represent at the same time the comforts of solitude and the pleasures of company ~Author Unknown

Tea! Thou soft, thou sober, sage, and venerable Liquid, thou innocent Pretence for bringing the Wicked of both Sexes together in a Morning; thou Female Tongue-running, Smile-smoothing, Heart-opening, Wink-tippling Cordial, to whose glorious Insipidity I owe the happiest Moment of my Life, let me fall prostrate thus, and s—p, s—p, s—p, thus adore thee. ~Colley Cibber, The Lady’s Last Stake, 1707

Iced tea is too pure and natural a creation not to have been invented as soon as tea, ice, and hot weather crossed paths. ~John Egerton

American-style iced tea is the perfect drink for a hot, sunny day. It’s never really caught on in the UK, probably because the last time we had a hot, sunny day was back in 1957. ~Tom Holt

Iced tea may not have as much wisdom as hot tea, but in the summer better a cool and refreshed dullard than a steamy sweat-drenched sage — leave sagacity to the autumn! ~Terri Guillemets

Hot or iced, cheers to a tea-rrific Tuesday!!!


…of constellations & constitutions…



Moving right along, this 2nd full week of August has us, among other things, thinking of super moons and celestial showers…Perseid meteor showers to be precise–associated with the comet Swift-Tuttle. (so much for ‘Comet’-the cleanser!)

Alrighty then….another one of those revealing moments where you think–the more you know the less you know!…..as Grandma used to say, “fine constellation, how’s your constitution?!”…

No No…beyond your charter rights or justice & liberty for all, by THAT, she meant the
state of your health–your disposition of mind & temperament!

Everyone has a mob self and an individual self, in varying proportions. ~D.H. Lawrence

Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody. ~Mark Twain

Looking back, you realize that a very special person passed briefly through your life, and that person was you. It is not too late to become that person again. ~Robert Brault

And remember, no matter where you go, there you are. ~Confucius

My life has been one great big joke,
A dance that’s walked,
A song that’s spoke,
I laugh so hard I almost choke,
When I think about myself.
~Maya Angelou

In every part and corner of our life, to lose oneself is to be the gainer; to forget oneself is to be happy. ~Robert Louis Stevenson

You have the Answer. Just get quiet enough to hear it. ~Pat Obuchowski

Every morning I start with a drink from my cup of sunshine, to remind myself of who I am before I step into the world of “this is who we think you are.” ~Dodinsky

Let’s get lost in the dark, forget who we were, and resurface as something new. ~Daniel, a blinded poet

Cheers to the ‘make up’ of your today!—may it be a mighty fine constitution!

Pancake anyone?…
…put on a truly happy face! :-)

…of Sing Sung & Sam…



It’s several years ago now since I popped by Vancouver’s Pacific Centre shopping mall & into the Apple Store to take a look at the newest model iPhones & a new thing called a tablet–the iPad. It was then, much to my amusement that the very helpful sales guy at the end of his discourse handed me his business card that read, he in his helpfulness, was none other than Sam Sung!!

Roll forward now to a story in today’s news—-& no longer working with Apple, Sam decided to sell his Apple t-shirt “uniform” together with an old business card, to raise some money for charity, in the amusement of his name in the situation. End result: $ 80,000 & counting in the bidding!…

Cheers to Apple & praises–Sam Sung!

Lovers of the old tv show ‘Name that Tune’ that was popular in the ’50’s apparently & then again in a newer version in the ’70’s are great resource people to come up with a tune and lyrics for any particular day or great & special occasion!

What would you name the tune for your day this 2nd Friday in August?!….

Cheers to keep the pitch & a fun sing!…

If thoughts of the bright lights of fame have you hungering for privacy & calm in our out there, online world, take a friend to lunch & in the imaginary blinding of the bright lights think—

Dim Sum Sam!

Spin the ‘lazy Susan’ for variety in your day!