Tuesday, December 18, 2012

A Mother’s Pride


Being a parent is full of life changing moments; sometimes for our children and sometimes for us. Our lives are never quite the same after our first child takes their first step or all our children are in school full time.

There are the milestones that most of us recognise:
  • The first day of school
  • Turning thirteen
  • Graduating from high school
  • Learning to drive
  • Turning eighteen

Then there are the proms and first girlfriends/boyfriends, the first broken heart, maybe a first car in there too. Some of these vary from family to family or culture to culture but we all have them and we all expect them and celebrate or mark them in some way.

Sometimes life changing moments are planned months in advance and sometimes they happen completely out of the blue. Either way they’re special and leave us different than before they happened.

Isn’t it one of the joys of parenting to able to witness and participate in all the things that happen in our children’s lives?

I’ve been incredibly fortunate over the years with my boys. They are both great guys. We’ve had our share of academic and sports awards, we’ve had many happy firsts and a few broken hearts too and I’m always amazed at how they handle themselves and how they are out in the world. I feel privileged to have been a part of many of my children’s big moments.

Last Friday evening was one of those big moments for my son Bradley. He’s always been interested in music and lately he’s been producing some of his own with the intention of becoming a deejay. Last Friday evening he deejayed his high school’s semi formal dance. Hours and hours of preparation went into the evening and with our nerves on edge he took to the stage and the music started promptly at seven.


He was amazing! Jon and I were there as parental chaperones because of the teachers strike and it was one of the best nights of my life (and his too).

I can’t even describe how perfect it feels to watch your child do something he was meant to do.

The feeling of fate – or destiny was palpable on the stage. We knew it and most importantly so did he. Last Friday evening was the beginning of something life changing for Bradley. We don’t know yet where music will take him in the future but we do know now that it’s in him and that he has to get it out and share it and that he’s damn good at it!!




Wednesday, December 12, 2012

12/12/12 - Wishcasting Wednesday

www.JamieRidlerstudios.ca 

Today is 12/12/12 and Jamie is asking us to make twelve wishes for the coming year.

Here are mine: 
  1. Inner peace
  2. Contentment
  3. Lots of love
  4. New friends
  5. A pond
  6. Steady work and more financial security
  7. Deep fulfilling rest
  8. More fun
  9. A better behaved puppy
  10. Dreams fulfilled for me, Jon, Shane and Bradley
  11. My home closer to completion
  12. More connection

P.S. That was really hard! J


Monday, December 10, 2012

What a Weekend!


Jon spent the weekend starting work on our woodstove hearth. It’s hard to tell by looking at these pictures though. The weekend wasn’t long enough for him to get everything done....it’s always the way. L

What a mess!
The first bit coming up - with Astro supervising.

When you live in an old house like ours one job is never only one job and the work is never done.

Our old living room floor has to come up first so the concrete hearth can be poured in place.

Jon's moving so fast he's blurry!

I love (really love) old wood and I wasn’t sure what to expect when Jon pulled up our old shitty hardwood. When he got some of the floor ripped up and I could see the boards underneath I got very excited, but try as I might – and I did try (A LOT!), Jon wouldn’t lift them too.

Just looking at the old pine I can see beautiful furniture. I can picture a big harvest table for our kitchen and maybe a bench for the garden. Jon was not interested in my fantasies and covered the old boards with plywood as fast as he could. He’s more interested in getting the work done than adding furniture making to his to-do list.

Absolutely beautiful....can you see a harvest table? 
Damn plywood.
Jon tells me we can buy reclaimed wood when the time comes – I ask him why we’d buy it when we have it here. You know how every marriage has its permanent disagreements? Well this is ours – keep all the old wood we come across for future projects (me) and NO (him). I guess if that’s all we disagree on we’re doing alright! J


Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Creative Chaos


I’ve been a little cranky about my tiny creative space lately and I decided it was time to do something about it. I’ve been not so patiently waiting for something to change. I’m not sure what I was waiting for – maybe just a little gumption (don’t you love that word?!)

Well I found some! I actually found a ton of it!

I decided that it was time to take matters into my own hands; well mostly my own hands. I sold my couch and love seat combination and I’m going to buy a new/smaller couch and we’re moving our living room into the front porch. Which means the gym has to move (if anyone is looking for a multi-station gym or awesome treadmill I currently have them for sale).

Here’s the plan:

The living room is moving into the front porch (where the gym currently is)
The gym is moving upstairs into the spare room (where my studio currently is)

AND....

My studio is moving to where our living room currently is.

I am taking over the prime real estate in my house and I’m feeling pretty good about it! J

Nothing ever happens in my house that doesn’t involve books and this plan requires a lot of rearranging and moving of books and assorted shelves....here are some pictures of the mess.

My coffee table
My side table
Another side table
The top of the uninstalled woodstove
The main table in my studio - notice Bradley's helmet, you never
know where inspiration may come from!

I’ll keep you posted on the progress.

P.S. My assistant got tired and took to her bed!