Wednesday, February 29


February 29th..... Leap Year
In keeping with the theme of nature gone awry, a whimsical tradition dating back at least four centuries holds that leap years confer upon women the "privilege" of proposing marriage to men instead of the other way around. The convention was (in literature, if not in reality) that any man who refused such a proposal owed his spurned suitor a silk gown and a kiss — provided she was wearing a red petticoat at the moment she popped the question.

Written Source/Photos-WeHeartIt

Additional info....
 The tradition of a woman proposing on a leap year has been attributed to various historical figures. One, although much disputed, was St Bridget in the 5th Century. She is said to have complained to St Patrick that women had to wait too long for their suitors to propose. St Patrick then supposedly gave women a single day in a leap year to pop the question - the last day of the shortest month. Another popular story is that Queen Margaret of Scotland brought in a law setting fines for men who turned down marriage proposals put by women on a leap year. Sceptics have pointed out that Margaret was five years old at the time and living far away in Norway. The saying is not said to have become commonplace until the 19th Century.
It is believed that the right of every woman to propose on this day goes back to the times when the leap year day was not recognised by English law. It was believed that if the day had no legal status, it was acceptable to break with tradition.

Tuesday, February 28

As the snow continues to fall..... imagination is a beautiful thing!

 “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” 

I want to ride my bicycle
I want to ride my bike
I want to ride my bicycle
I want to ride it where I like
~ Queen Bicycle Race, Fat Bottomed Girls

Let me tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. It gives women a feeling of freedom and self-reliance. I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel...the picture of free, untrammelled womanhood. ~ Susan B. Anthony 1896 

Do you have a bike?  


Friday, February 24

 Any plans for the weekend?


Thursday, February 23

Lead Stick....

While my days of red lipstick have truly been minimized to almost nil,
 I still love the look of it and the idea of it. 

Just last week I was having a conversation with a friend about toxins in cosmetics. (She who wears little and I who wear...some.)  A part of me was like..".oh well"  (I love it. I use to sell it. I love it. I would still sell it. I love it.)  and then I got to thinking about the responsibility of the cosmetic companies and we the consumers. My "oh well" faded into the back of my mind, but didn't go away. There was a little nagging...lingering thought. Ironically, I ran across this article today about the percent of lead in lipstick. New FDA analysis finds lead in all 400 lipstick products tested

Though the FDA maintains that the amounts of lead found are not dangerous, their site does note "Although we do not believe that the lead content found in our recent lipstick analyses poses a safety concern, we are evaluating whether there may be a need to recommend an upper limit for lead in lipstick in order to further protect the health and welfare of consumers."

I'm not going to throw away my makeup or my lipstick. 
 Lord knows I wouldn't do such a crazy thing like that. No. No. No. 
I guess I just like the idea of educating myself...and you.  

  1. Thoughts?

P.s. Did you know there was lead in candy bars?
A little more lead info.
If you're interesting in alternative cosmetics...or more education.

Tuesday, February 21

Sometimes everyone feels just like you do....




It's comforting to know at one time or another someone understands.... even when you
can't quite find that perfect word to describe the moment.

I'd love to hear what word you would use to describe the photos. 
 (I'll post my words in the comment box.)


Sunday, February 19

My dears...
all the change in my life has me a little behind, but you're on my mind.

I'll be back on track this week.... I promise.


Saturday, February 11

Splish Splash

This is what I'm doing after my second day at work.
Add a little bubbly to the tub and my glass... then call me when dinner's ready. 

I'd love to hear what you are up to.

Thursday, February 9

My Change

My "Fear of Change" post received a lot of comments.  
Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to share your thoughts.. 

When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.
Alexander Graham Bell

Last week I had one hand on the door. 
 This week with a firm grip I closed the door as an ESL teacher.  Just as that door closed
 with cautious steps, yet without regret,  I walked through the next door... 
 I am now working in one of the most sensational boulangeries/bakeries in Quebec.  

This is something I've been talking about doing... maybe even dreaming about it. 
All I know is even with my aching feet (standing all day) and tired mind
 (trying to speak and understand French all day long) I made a change. 

I know that my life is about the choices I make, the ego I choose to ignore and
 the ability to see myself for who I am.

And right now...
I am happy.

Change in all things is sweet. 


Wednesday, February 8

One fine day...

...on Grand Allee our eyes met. 

Have you captured a simple moment that can bring you back to that minute?

(A photo I took last year.)



This luxury ankle length Petal and Dove Kimono Robe could be yours....

You don't want to miss this. 
O.k. you might, so my chances of winner improve. (wink)
Ends February 12th


Tuesday, February 7

Fashion.Photos. Homophones.

Re-post with answers.

Homophones: two or more words that share the same pronunciation but have different meanings
They may or may not be spelled on the same way.

One (hint design on most of the dresses)   First photo flower/Second flour

Two (hint the type of antler on the table)   First photo moose/ second mousse

Three (hint cute white thing on the floor)        First Photo bear/second bare (skin)

Four                                                        Frist photo Sun/ Second son

Five (hint next to the girl in blue)                     First photo pail/ Second pale (skin)

The ESL teacher in me had so much fun doing this. 
 Stay tune for the homographs.
 (Joke... ummm kind of)

Can you think of any more?

Answers: flower/flour, moose/mousse, bear/bare, sun/son, pail/pale