Friday, October 13, 2017

This Week

Another Friday means another round of this and that...

A loveseat/sofa bed was due to arrive last Thursday but the shipping date was pushed to Friday. We were planning to be in Ottawa that day, so no one was going to be here to receive it. I figured with a package that big the shipping company (they have a location in our city) would leave a notification and we’d schedule delivery for another time. The most amazing man in the world joked that we’d come home and find it dumped on our driveway. I took it one step further and joked that they’d dump it right in front of our doorway.

Sure enough...

I should have taken a picture but forgot. But just to give you an idea of this absurdity, here’s a photo of our tiny entrance. Imagine a giant box standing up in front of the door. Totally inconspicuous.



Speaking of the new love seat, I asked “how long do you suppose it will take the cats to claim it as their own?” after we unpacked it and put it in place.

In 3, 2, 1...

It now belongs to the cats.

Our cats sleep so much that I have to check once in awhile to make sure they’re alive.

The cooking madness continues. Some of this week’s goodies included another big pot of applesauce, raspberry muffins, raspberry and yogurt bread, pancakes, scalloped potato gratin and creamy potato soup. We’ve been eating well and our freezer is packed with leftovers. I should take photos but I never think of it. You'll have to use your imagination. Sorry. But  not really.



In the art department, here are a few of my latest (Halloween-themed) attempts. Just in time for Friday the 13th:



And then there’s this one. Because why not sometimes draw things that have my loved ones questioning my wellbeing? hehehe



We recently watched a documentary about Park Ex (short for Park Extension), the area I grew up in. Established in 1910, it is the neighbourhood of choice for newcomers to my hometown, has the highest concentration of immigrants and visible minority groups, has always been a working class neighbourhood, is one of the poorest in Montreal and Canada, and has continuously been a tight-knit and welcoming community. I’ve lived in quite a few different areas since I left that spot and I’ve never felt as strong a sense of community and a feeling of belonging the way I did there. Most of the people I knew in Park Ex while growing up have moved on but my mother and my brother are still there, so I get to visit often. I feel my heart being squeezed every time I arrive in Park Extension; a unique area with a remarkable history that I have very fond memories of.

The blue section is the entire area of Park Extension. 33,800 people reside in it.
(Image found here on Wikimedia)

Anyhow, the documentary is available for free (at least to Canadians) on CBC; Canada’s public radio and television broadcaster. Here’s a link to it for anyone interested in watching it: Return to Park Ex

I think that’s enough for today. Happy weekend to all!

44 comments:

  1. What a great place to grow up in, Martha; and neat that it remains the same and hasn't changed over time. That is too funny about the love seat. Thank God it wasn't a rainy day! House looks great from the outside. We once bought a couch the color that our dog shed, LOL, as we knew he would be up on it. Too cute with your cats! Happy weekend!

    betty

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    1. HAHA! That is funny, Betty! We also consider colours of furniture and even those small carpets before we buy them...preferably darker, so the cat hair doesn't show :)

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  2. UPS Fedex and the American post office are horrid at leaving things in bad places. Unless you need to sign for it (usually something expensive and lightweight like a computer) they don't care.

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    1. I'm just glad this wasn't damaged. Or stolen. And that it wasn't raining!

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  3. Well at least you didn't have to hunt for the package! Our son had a delivery made here and I would have missed seeing it if I hadn't been warned it was coming - they leaned it against our porch railing under an overhanging bush.

    I'm looking forward to leaning about Park Ex in the documentary. After work!

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    1. Sounds like they had a bad case of the clevers :) Maybe they thought it would be well hidden like that. Which it seems to have been...haha

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  4. Lovely art Martha! Funny the couch got dumped at your front door, glad it arrived safely enough though.

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  5. Cats just allow you to live with them. Of course the love seat is theirs. Great drawings.

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    1. That's right. It's their home and we're allowed to live in it :)

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  6. Cats, 2; Martha and Most Amazing Man, 0.

    Love,
    Janie

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  7. That is funny about the loveseat. I think it is sweet that the cats were allowed to take it over. I hope you have a great weekend!

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  8. It sure doesn’t take cats long to claim new possessions. Our freezer is getting well stocked too, making leek and potato soup today.

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  9. First of all, I'd be that raccoon!! That's so nice that your cats like each other enough to sleep on the same couch. Too bad you'll never have a chance to sit there. -Jenn

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  10. your art is just fantastic! So proud of you! and stupid delivery guys....

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  11. That delivery story was not surprising! remember when they used to take it back to their warehouse and you'd have to pick it up? Not any more I guess!!
    Scary artwork but perfect timing for this time of year.
    You are on a cooking spree! All sounds wonderful and you will have more of it later in the winter!! Smart gal!
    I will check out Park Ex.......sounds like an interesting neighbourhood.
    Have a great weekend.

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    1. The delivery company had the option to contact us to schedule a delivery but they chose to leave it outside instead. It is at their discretion but seemed rather silly to leave this big a box in front of our door. At least it wasn't raining! And thankfully not too heavy.

      I hope you've had a wonderful weekend!

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  12. The picture of the bookend cats on the couch! lol

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  13. Scary yet adorable art dear Martha!

    You are Amazing and fast learner my friend!

    I am glad that your furnishing has started and let me know you that I Loved your beautiful house and i am sure it is going to brilliantly decorated by you !

    Loved the occupatonists of your cozy sofa :)

    Best wishes for your cooking and coming art adventures dear!

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    1. I am happy to have these furry friends. They bring a special joy into our homes. They're great companions. I hope you've had a lovely weekend!

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  14. The photo of the cats on your new sofa cracked me up. So where will you two sit now ;)

    But in fairness to the delivery guys, where else could they leave it? :D

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    1. I was sure they'd try to schedule another day with us because of the sheer size of the package. And the expense. They have a location in our city and it would have been easy for them to take it there for a day or two. I have to say that it was quite hilarious to find a mega sized package right in front of our door!

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  15. wow, they really put in there! Your sketches are cute and your memories were interesting of where you lived in Park Ex. I still have so much fondness whenever I think if our little community we lived in on the outskirts of Kansas City where I lived until 10 years old. It's amazing how our first home is so special to us.

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    1. Very true, Sandy. I was there from the age of 18 months until the age of 24 when I (first) got married, so all my youthful memories are in that area. It's very special.

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  16. Your story of the loveseat in front of your door left me laughing. Looks like the cats really are loving it! With all the leftovers you are accumulating, I definitely think you need me to come and visit you and help eat all those wonderful meals!

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    1. Come on over, Bethany! I always make a huge batch of food, so there's plenty for everyone :)

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  17. Don't you just love the cats!
    What a picture ...

    Your drawings are really good.

    All the best Jan

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    1. They are adorable, Jan! They certainly add some fun in this house.

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  18. LOL...it doesn't take any of our pets long to claim something new. ANYTHING...in fact they would claim the box before the loveseat I think. I may have mentioned one of our cat's name is Leo, we call him "Hobo Leo" because he adores cardboard, newspaper, old pizza boxes you name it lol... I can't believe they just left it on the stoop like that. One shady person and a moment of bad luck and you would have come home not even knowing if they delivered it or not. Purolator used to do that in Montreal, left everything on the stoop...in a city. A few times we had to argue with them because we simply never received it, but likely someone just stole it.

    Ha ha...I'm sure my well-being is questioned with some of my art too hee hee...I love your Frankenstein! I was thinking of trying to find an old photo of Boris Karloff as Frankie and painting that next!

    Neat about the Park Ex documentary, I'm bookmarking that. Alex loves the history of Montreal a lot, we'll probably watch that together!

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    1. It's funny you mentioned Purolator because that's the shipping company in this fiasco! LOL Honestly, even with all the joking, I really thought we'd find a note to schedule our shipment. It was too big and a little pricey. And if someone (shady) had been driving by and seen the box it could have disappeared. I should have taken a photo and complained. That was my mistake.

      That is funny about "Hobo Leo"! So unlike a cat that usually prefers "the finer things in life". My two princesses always choose the comfiest, softest, cleanest spots because they feel they "deserve it". LOL

      I am loving all this drawing stuff, especially all the Halloween images. I'm also looking forward to the Christmas theme. That'll be fun!

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  19. Love the Halloween art. I also love drawing the monster and skeletons. Really, ANYTHING Halloween, I love. Great stuff. Oh my gosh, funny about the love seat. Oy.

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    1. I love your quirky drawings! Very cool. Halloween art has been the most fun so far and I'm sure Christmas stuff will be great, too. I've already saved a whole bunch of YouTube videos with some Xmas drawings.

      This love seat nonsense was completely unexpected, although I wasn't entirely surprised. It seems to be the norm lately. We are home for most of the day and we now know for a fact that many of these delivery people don't even ring the bell. They just dump a package outside and leave!

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  20. You know cats rule the roost! Our cat used to sleep where he wanted, including our beds at night. I miss having cats... :(

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    1. Of course! The house - and everything in it - belongs to the cat(s) )

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