Fire pit before/after

One of the tasks I had meant to get to last year was fixing my fire pit. The poor thing was only a year old and had already started to rust…

The fire pit in need of repair


The first step required a little bit of elbow grease and a metal brush to scrape the rust off.

Removing the rust from the fire pit


Lastly, it didn’t take long to add a coat of the Tremclad flat black high heat enamel.

The renewed fire pit


Now I just get to wait for warmer weather so I can get outside and enjoy using it!

Things are Changing

I‘ve decided to make the switch from Blogger to a new WordPress site. Please stay tuned, as it may take a little bit to get things ported over. The good news? I’ll have a portfolio again. Also, all of my knitting patterns will be available on one page!


Updated blog

After seven years, it’s time for a bit of an update. Now that I can post images in my blog, I no longer require a separate photos page. My portfolio desperately needs updating so it’s put on the shelf for a while. And of course, this page has a new home, due to some Blogger/Google changes.

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Plans to revamp this site

I‘ve been meaning to update this for a while but it just hasn’t seemed to be much of a priority. Now that I’ve got a wee break from theatre, I will have the time to give this site a little bit of an update. I think I’m going to remove the photos pages (back when I built this you couldn’t put photos in a blogger feed) and I desperately need to update my portfolio.

I spent the evening looking at WordPress as an option but it just doesn’t seem to be a good fit for me at the moment, so I will stick with the format that I do have for a while yet.

Because I didn’t have enough on my plate…

I will now also be stage managing SJTC’s “Crimes of the Heart” (March 19-21 at the Imperial). It will be a good show to work on (and thankfully it’s not a musical). I enjoy working with Sandra, who’s directing. Hopefully she won’t get too tired of working with me all day at work AND on the show! :-)

Recovery Weekend

I finally managed to kick the larynigits – for the most part. I still have a bit of a cough, etc, but I feel a whole lot better with each passing day. Needless to say, it was a quiet weekend. There were Mockingbird auditions and I tried to finish up the set design for Tuesdays with Morrie.


Busy week with a ton of overtime. took Saturday to clean my apartment and pick up paints and get things ready for painting. Spent Sunday from 9 AM – 1:15 AM painting a mural of an Irish flag on a wall in O’Leary’s pub and I’m on day 2 of super-sore calves from 15 hours on a ladder. The remainder of the mural will go up next Sunday. It’s some text that will go between the ceiling and the flag. I hope it doesn’t even take half as long. No matter, I’ll have to be done so I can get home and host book club. Which reminds me, I’d better get reading. I’d picked my favorite book, Pillars of the Earth. I haven’t read it in years and I wanted to re-read it. So I’ve got to do that before Sunday. Also, I need to get working on the set design for “Tuesday’s with Morrie”. There are not enough hours in the day.

And so ends my break from theatre…

I took a bit of a break from theatre over the summer as I focused my energies on finding a new job. Now that I’m settling in to my new job, I’m once again feeling a lot more energetic and creative. It’s a good thing, because I am just starting to get back into theatrical commitments. I have volunteered to help out with costumes for Opera NB’s upcoming performances of La Traviata, which is September 27, 29, and October 1 at the Imperial Theatre.

I’m also once again helping out the Saint John Shakespeare Society and will be heading up the makeup crew for The Tempest. That’ll be at St. Mac’s October 17th – 20th. (If anyone is interested in helping out on the makeup crew for this, please let me know! It’s a great group of folks to work with and it’s a lot of fun – and only a week’s commitment!)

I didn’t try out for SJTC’s Dracula, which will be at the Imperial November 15th – 17th, but I’m really looking forward to seeing it because it looks like they’ve got a great group of folks working on it. Perhaps I’ll lend a hand some way once I wrap thigs up with The Tempest… :-)

>Mom’s Crafty Creations

>My folks stopped by on their way through from Ontario and treated me to a lovely dinner. Mom gave me this fun hat and scarf that she’d knit. She so crafty! They are merino wool – nice and warm, and I’m not allercid to it! (I’l allergic to most wools)…

Thanks, mom, for the awesome hat and scarf!