Monday, February 27, 2017

Winter Stations 2017

My cast was removed February 1st, but until this week I have been unable to flex at the elbow.  After poor results with physiotherapy, I started laser therapy on Wednesday. After two LT treatments, I was able to flex enough to use my camera!  (I was completely skeptical of laser therapy, but it has worked on my elbow - my wrist not so much). I will see the orthopedic surgeon next week and determine whether the bones are strong enough to bear weight.

To celebrate my new range of motion, I headed down to the beach to photograph this year's winter art installations. Toronto has seen record-breaking warmth this past week so the installations had to be enjoyed with sand instead of snow.

 It was a sunny 3 degrees C and windy.  One beach walker was flying a kite!
Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Milk Bag Mats

A couple of weeks ago, we attended a very interesting Guiding community service event at the Toronto Marlies game.  Prior to the game, the guiding units learned how to make milk bag mats.

[In Canada, the majority of milk is sold in bags.  These mats use the outside bag.]
Angela of Milksbagsunlimited provided the units with a demonstration of the process.  Cutting and weaving stations were set up throughout the arena. The basic how to is found here.

The milk bag mat project was started in 2010 in response to the Haitian earthquake. The bags are woven on looms to create waterproof sleeping mats.

This is an example of a loom.

Here are the looms were set up in the arena.
The girls almost finished mat.
Examples of the finished mats.

The small bits of the milk bags which are not used on the mats are used as stuffing for pillows.
It was such an interesting project and the girls learned so much.
(If you decide to take on this activity as a service project, you can find "milk bag mats" badges here )
.Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, February 25, 2017

An Honest Farewell to Honest Ed's

One of Toronto's most curious landmarks, Honest Ed's Bargain Store closed on December 31, 2016 after 68 years operating at the corner of Bathurst and Bloor.   This weekend is the farewell bash and the store has been transformed into an art maze and community events. Lily and I attended a ukulele workshop and learned how to play "Seasons of Love" from the musical Rent.

The bargain store was known for its hand painted red and blue signs.  In the fall, there was a popular sign sale and I was able to pick up a few examples for our home and as gifts.

 I used the 25 cents signs on Christmas gifts.


In November, the Bathurst subway station signs were transformed in Ed's distinctive script.

Shortly after moving to Toronto, my husband and I had a chance to meet Ed Mirvish, the founder, in 1997 when we went to his restaurant, Ed's Warehouse before seeing a musical at one the Mirvish theatres (Blood Brothers). He came over to our table and was so personable and since that chance meeting I have always had a fondness for the mark he has had on the City of Toronto.  Farewell, Honest Ed.