Sprucing up and catching up

/ Thursday 7 July 2011 /
Unless you are reading from Reader or some other blog feed, you will notice a new blog header here.  And a new profile photo (the old one was my daughter's hand holding a rock).  I should just let you think that I decided it was time for a change and a blog spruce-up, but the truth is that I am a clumsy so-and-so and managed to delete these photos, along with about 30 others from the early days of my blog.  I finagled my way into Google +, and in the process I deleted a raft of photos from Picasa.  Picasa is an application I never use, except that somehow it is linked to Blogger.  In the days before I figured out how to use Flickr to mount photos, I would upload them from my computer directly to the blog.  I haven't yet done an audit to see what photos are missing, but I did see one early post where they are all gone - argh!  REplacing them is definitely a job for another day!  I have been procrastinating by looking around Google + a bit - I do like the fact that privacy is better protected than on FAcebook, and the social "circles" seem to be more intuitively like the way we relate in real life than having everyone in one big pile of friends.  Anybody else on Google+?
This week I have been to Montreal twice.  Yesterday I went with my daughter to McGill to sort out some course registration stuff (I stayed in the library while she saw to all the business herself - starting as I mean to go on, although it is hard!).  Monday, my husband and I met the movers at my late MIL's apartment to load up the furniture that we are bringing back to Kingston.  It was very sad to hand the keys to the apartment over to the doorman and say goodbye to the place she had lived for nearly forty years.
On our way out of town, we stopped at Dunn's for a smoked meat sandwich.  Smoked meat is a famous Montreal delicacy made from brisket, similar to pastrami, but so much better.
You pretty much have to head straight to the hospital for angioplasty afterwards, but never mind - once a year one can indulge in the ultimate comfort food.
Advice cookie
(Why is it that fortune cookies so rarely tell your fortune these days?  Have you noticed?  They seem to be mainly advice cookies, like this one.  Are fortune cookie makers worried that I will sue them if my fortune doesn't come true?)
On the sewing front, I am happy to report that I finished all my curved seams for the in-progress ogee quilt.  It's going to look pretty slick done up all in solids!


{ Dara } on: 7 July 2011 at 20:04 said...

Very nice new look!! I've eaten at Dunn's 11 years ago and loved it!!

{ Molly } on: 7 July 2011 at 21:21 said...

Love the new look! That colorful quilt on the weathered gate really pops.

Gotta go make a sandwich .....

{ Reed } on: 7 July 2011 at 21:34 said...

I like the picture but can you adjust the colour of the headline maybe? Hard to see now.

And add some birds.

And a squirrel or two.


{ Sarah Craig } on: 7 July 2011 at 22:10 said...

I love your new header! The quilt is the perfect pop of color...

But I will never forget how your old header showed me that random meandering could be big, and gave me the courage to e-mail you and ask for advice on free motion quilting! You talked me through my first quilt and now, 50-60 quilts later, I'm still grateful!! Thanks!!

{ momto2wasd } on: 8 July 2011 at 00:30 said...

I like the picture--I really like that quilt--I'm fond of orange.
That was the same 'fortune' I got the last time I had Chinese food! I followed it when my boyfriend suggested that he buy me a tank of gas...pretty good outcome I think.

{ Suzanna } on: 8 July 2011 at 11:26 said...

Lesly, your new blog header is just beautiful! Even though the gate it closed, it's very inviting.

{ elle } on: 8 July 2011 at 14:14 said...

Stunning header, Lesly.

{ Debbie } on: 9 July 2011 at 21:38 said...

My husband works for google so AS SOON as it was public I got an invite right away.

I have also had the bonus of just asking him or other Googlers I know questions directly.

{ Debbie } on: 9 July 2011 at 21:38 said...

My husband works for google so AS SOON as it was public I got an invite right away.

I have also had the bonus of just asking him or other Googlers I know questions directly.

{ ParisMaddy } on: 11 July 2011 at 22:46 said...

Hi Lesly, Love the quilt hanging on the gate in your new header. The sandwich looks amazing.

Happy Summer.


{ Miriam } on: 12 July 2011 at 21:40 said...

I'm on Google + and really like it. I am glad folks are mentioning it and trying it so maybe it'll get enough buy in that I can drop my facebook account back to just keeping in touch with distant and less tech inclined family.

That said, I love your new blog picture. My daughter is really good at playing with the photo manipulation stuff too.

Keep up the good work & look me up on + if you like...

{ Rene' } on: 13 July 2011 at 14:00 said...

I like your new header and profile picture, but sorry you had to change them because of photos disappearing. Not on google plus yet...

{ karyn } on: 24 July 2011 at 10:41 said...

i really love the new blog header photo, lesly!!!

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