Food Fun Friday
This weeks food item is Pakora Pancakes. The latter photo was sent into the Art House Coop because I participated in The Meal project. The project requires participants from around the globe to share a meal together at a predetermined time. Participants photograph themselves with their meal and send it to the Art House. All photos are compiled and displayed on line. The project is also designed to raise awareness of world hunger.
Last weekend my husband Eric and I were awoken in the early morning hours to the sounds of clanging metal and loud voices. I assumed it was someone with car problems and the vehicle was either being towed or a tire changed. However when I opened my eyes the room was filled with red and blue lights creating swirling patterns across the walls and ceiling. We knew the lights were coming from emergency vehicles so we peered out our bedroom window. There were firetrucks directly outside our place and further down the road at an apartment complex. We watched as the firemen attached hoses to fire hydrants. I was so impressed with how calmly and coordinated these firefighters worked together. The next day we realized the severity of the fire. It was actually a three alarm fire and the building was completely destroyed. Thank goodness the firefighters managed to get absolutely everyone out alive from the apartment building. The residents are now without accommodations and there are local radio stations accepting donations and funds for these people to start over again. Devastating!
Influenced by Literature
I absolutely have to share a book I read this month. It’s called The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery. I thought it was absolutely wonderful and so insightful. The author is a philosophy instructor and she deals with philosophical themes as they play out in the lives of her unique and endearing characters. It is definitely not a light and frivolous read so I would not recommend reading when you are tired. However this book is definitely worth the work if you can set some time aside to indulge in this fictitious world. Once you’ve read the book I highly recommend listening to Robert Adams. He provides wonderful insights into the themes and characters of the novel. Just a warning though…he does give away the ending so if you want to listen to his lecture I suggest you read the book first. You can find Robert Adams’ lecture here.
Update: Not everyone in my book club enjoyed this book. Some found it too formal, stuffy, and pedantic. Oh well to each their own. If you do read it drop me a line and let me know what you thought of the book.
Chinese New Year
Gong Xi Fa Cai and Gong Hey Fat Choy! I sure hope I wrote these correctly. They both mean Happy New Year in the Mandarin and Cantonese Languages. It’s Chinese New Year this week and there are plenty of red and gold colours to be seen around town. These pictures were taken of a neighbourhood temple. Originally the building was an Anglican church. I often think if this building could talk it would have an interesting story to tell. For me, this building truly represents a place where Eastern and Western cultures, traditions, and religions meet.
Food Fun Friday
Here’s a quick but yummy desert my husband made for a recent pot luck dinner. It’s simple to make by alternating layers of sponge cake, custard, and field berries and topped with whip cream. Delicious!
Mid-Week Arts and Crafts
Once again I collected discarded cracker boxes and applied old craft paint to both sides of the box. The paint covers up the print and strengthens the cardboard. Once dry, the paper can be used as a base to draw, paint, and collage on to. Painted cardboard can also be cut with decorative punches and used for embellishments in future projects. At this point, I’m not really sure how I will transform my painted cardboard but I am toying with the idea of converting it into a booklet about crows. I live on the roosting path of crows and each night I see hundreds of them flying overhead. They are beautiful and I would love to pay homage to them at some point through my art. Hmmm seems I may be more inspired by Edgar Allan Poe than I initially realized!
Wordless Wednesday: Influenced by Edgar Allan Poe
Doesn’t the top of this gate look as though it should have a raven perching nearby? I don’t know about you but I immediately thought of The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe when I saw this gate. I loved it! If you would like to read the words and hear a great reading of Poe’s The Raven by James Earle Jones you can find it here