Monthly Archives: December 2009


“May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art – write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.”

– British writer Neil Gaiman

Happy New Year!



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gray or blue

Jaymay – one of the most underrated musicians out there – has amazing lyrics, style, and originality. Here are the words to one of her best tracks, “Gray or Blue” as well as a video to go along with them. Hope you enjoy!

Gray or Blue

by Jaymay

I feel so helpless now, my guitar is not around
and I’m struggling with the xylophone to make these feelings sound
and I’m remembering you singing and bringing you to life
It’s raining out the window and today it looks like night

You haven’t written to me in a week, I’m wondering why that is
are you too nervous to be lovers– friendships ruined with just one kiss
I watched you very closely and I saw you look away
your eyes are either gray or blue; I’m never close enough to say

But your sweatshirt says it all with the hood over your face
I can’t keep staring at your mouth without wondering how it tastes
I’m with another boy (he’s asleep, I’m wide awake )
and he tried to win my heart, but it’s taken . . . . . time

And I know the shape of your hands because I watch them when you talk
and I know the shape of your body cause I watch it when you walk
and I want to know it all but I’m giving you the lead . . .
So go on, go on and take it, don’t fake it, …shake it

(charming//crazy eyes have you, are they gray or blue/I won’t make the move/you must make the move/if you make the move/I will then approve/if you do not move/we will surely lose)

Don’t second guess your feelings; you were right from the start
and I notice she’s your lover, but she’s nowhere near your heart
This city is for strangers, like the sky is for the stars
But I think it’s very dangerous if we do not take what’s ours

And I’m winning you with words because I have no other way
I want to look into your face without your eyes turning away
Last night I watched you sing because a person has to try
And I walked home in the rain because a person can not lie

image from here.

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kitchen fascination

“I always look at the fascination of diners coming through from the dining room into the kitchen…you can never get them out because they’re just totally amazed at what’s going on…”

– British chef Gordon Ramsay

The kitchen is where everything exciting happens at home. It’s where I learned (the hard way) not to touch – “it’s HOT!!!”. It’s where I snuck chunks of cookie dough from behind my mom’s back. It’s where I experimented (and desperately failed) with chocolate cake, and where I attempted (and triumphed!) at cauliflower soup. It’s where I laughed, and cried, and danced to my favourite songs on the radio. But I wish someday, for it to look like the kitchens below…

I would love to wash dishes (yes, I did just admit to wanting to wash dishes) in this kitchen. Imagine the gentle evening breeze that would pass through the window as you washed and dried, and sipped a steamy hot chocolate…

The old collection of books nestled under the beam is lovely, as are the well-used china cups hanging from the wall.

Ingenious! Black chalk-board paint on a pantry door – a cheap alternative to a bulletin board.

Wow – what a bright and informal space.

I have always had a love affair with open shelves and I believe I always will. (Silly, I know!)

A floor-to-ceiling collection of dishes – beautiful!

(But what if someone was putting up a picture frame in the next room, or there was an earthquake, or….)

~ Roz

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lifetime of music

“I play best when I am happy or sad, or when I was young and in love.

If I have ordinary troubles, I forget everything when I play.

I split into two people and the other plays.”

– Stéphane Grappelli

His mother died when he was four, while his father was away fighting in WWI. In the eyes of the world, little Stéphane was an orphan. Eventually, he was reunited with his father, but the two were desperately poor. To make some money, Stéphane would play his second-hand violin on Paris street corners and as a young man, he fell in love with Debussy and Ravel. Over the course of his lifetime, Stéphane played with Oscar Peterson, Yo-yo Ma, and Yehudi Menuhin, and recorded over 50 albums. Before he died in 1997, Stéphane was awarded with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. The father of jazz violin, Stéphane Grappelli, was a genius.

You can watch the master playing one of my most favourite pieces ever, “Jealousy”, below:


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“The Bookworm” by Dutch painter Carl Spitzweg

Do you ever wish you could stay endlessly at home reading books? Already, my vacation days have been quickly eaten up by “Sense and Sensibility” (Jane Austen) and “The Kite Runner” (Khaled Hosseini).  Hosseini is definitely more fast paced than Austen, but both are startlingly acute observers of human character. I highly recommend both books.


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when snowflakes fall…

I wish you bluebirds in the spring
To give your heart a song to sing
And then a kiss, but more than this
I wish you love

And in July a lemonade
To cool you in some leafy glade
I wish you health
And more than wealth
I wish you love

My breaking heart and I agree
That you and I could never be
So with my best
My very best
I set you free

I wish you shelter from the storm
A cozy fire to keep you warm
But most of all when snowflakes fall
I wish you love

But most of all when snowflakes fall
I wish you love

But most of all when snowflakes fall
I wish you love

– “I Wish You Love” by Albert A. Beach

image from flickr.

Rachel Yamagata has a wonderful recording here.


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dans la cuisine

Bruschetta Recipe

-feta cheese
-extra virgin olive oil
-herb & garlic cream cheese

1. Set oven to 300 ˚ F

2. Cut bagette into thick slices, glaze w/ oil

3. Place in oven for 5 min., glaze opposite side & repeat

4. Dice tomato & feta, place in bowl

5. Add oil, basil, salt, pepper, garlic to taste

6. Remove bagette from oven & toast in toaster

7. When toasted, thinly spread cream cheese on bread

8. Pour tomato mixture on top & serve

(Good w/ milk!)

~ Roz

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