Tuesday, August 9, 2016

New Sunglasses -- and a teeny Break from my Blog Break

 Just popping my head in to empty my suitcase, do a load of laundry, and pack up again for another week or two away (okay, that's all really just metaphorical, extending my little fiction that you're all chatting on my porch while I'm off on vacay -- in reality, we're still here in our transitional apartment in the city, and my vacation is really just a blogging break, but play along, please?).

While I'm here, I thought I'd show you my new sunglasses -- finally took the plunge and for the first time ever, I now have a pair of Prescription Sunglasses, so much better than having to wear my contacts every sunny day just so that I can wear sunnies.  I'm thrilled with the choice of these Face à Face frames, grateful to the good people at Eyes on Burrard for helping me make it (no, sadly, I reap absolutely no benefit from saying that, but they deserve a nod even if I don't get a discount).

Worth mentioning, perhaps, to those of you following my journey to grey hair, this photo shows a length approaching what I initially hoped for when I decided to chop and see what colour my hair had really gotten to. And that colour (which shows much more grey in different light) is all mine, except for highlights which were added two trims, or about three months, ago -- the plan is to add new highlights six weeks from now.
 And while I'm sharing Selfies, here's a (yes, way too dark) photo of an OOTD I wore and liked recently (the floaty silk All Saints dress -- seen here worn with bare legs and boots -- worn over my white jeans with grey-denim loafers) enough to have tried sketching it.
This was a fun new project for me, and I thought I'd share it with you and let you see the photographic version for comparison.  It's pretty clear I don't have a future in fashion illustration, but I'm not sure you can tell how much fun it was to doodle this onto the page. . .While I'm waiting for the laundry to dry, I'm going to load up another post with some of the sketching and painting I've been playing at on my break.

Confession that won't surprise you: I'm supposed to be taking a blogging break, but I've been reading your comments and it's so tough not to join the conversation. Regarding the Anne Berest quotation on the influence of friends vs. that of lovers or spouses, for example. . . I'll save my thoughts for a quick post after my break, but . . . I do wish the quotation hadn't leaned in such a gendered and binary direction (what about my lesbian readers, for example? Surely, there are at least a few here, unless my online community is quite different from my IRL one).  And what about male friends? And does the writer's relative youth  and relationship/marital status (she's 34 at time of writing, and not too long out of a break-up with the father of her child) mean that her opinion may change drastically with time? Or is it patronising (matronising?) of me to suggest?

See what I mean? It's hard for me to take this break, and popping back home to empty the luggage and pack again was risky. What's that? Someone's filled my new case for me and is pushing me toward the door? You're insisting I leave, that I take the full break I promised myself? But, but, but . . . No, I know you're right, I'll be a better blogger after some downtime, and really, I'm not far away, and I'll be back before too long. Before I go again, though, can I just say that Susan Burpee's comment on my last post put a huge smile on my vacationing face: "Mater's blog," she said, "the place where everything and everyone intersect." The best compliment, right?! Thanks Sue! And no wonder I'm in a hurry to get back here. . . ;-)

I'm gone now, though, but you can keep chatting -- the front porch is all yours. I've got posts scheduled to pop up over the next while until I'm back, and it's pretty obvious I'm reading all your comments, although I'm going to continue to resist responding to them during the break. See you soon.

Yikes! I'm back again, but just pretend I'm not here EXCEPT that you need to know about Elizabeth's marvellous post over at Welsh Hills Again: The Year of Being Sixty-Two. It's beautifully written, captures much of what so many of us are thinking or going through, and the conversation building up there is promising to be very rich.


  1. Lovely sunglasses-and the hair!
    You've got the attitude and je ne sais quoi in your sketch
    For the record:I thought that we were talking about male and female friends,not only female. And I think that we maybe have a lot of different approaches,meaning and definitions of the friendship(s).
    Relations with our children,husband/partner,parents,family are the deepest ones,usually
    I think that everything influenced us during our life,one way or another
    I like what Pondside said about " I learned just as much...what I did not want to do or be"
    I'm on the break from holidays-still on duty here,just in case :-)
    Happy to hear you are enjoying your break

  2. The colours of your hair and sunglasses match perfectly!
    Enjoy your break. Here's looking forward to your return though.

  3. Love the sunglasses and ... have to say...that hair! So jealous. But in a good way...not a green-eyed... "All About Eve" way. And the sketch...love how you captured the tiny flip of unzippered ankle on the pant leg. Re: Your #practicemakesperfect on the FB post of this shot... Who says that practice has to make perfect? Maybe practice just makes us more at ease and, well, practiced. Happy sketching!

  4. I really like those sunglasses.I saw your sketch earlier and I thought that your hair and expression were captured ( sketching is not photographing). The Anne Berest quotation certainly is provocative because there are as many different situations as there are individuals. The book group that I facilitate (many older Indo-Canadian ladies) talked of romance and friendships last week. It was an eye-opener for me. Your sketching has inspired me and I will take the pocket sketchbook with me to Ireland.

  5. Great sunglasses and your hair is looking fabulous...personally I don't think you need to add highlights as it looks amazing.
    Enjoy the rest of your stay cation and blog break...

  6. I love those glasses. Nice porch, by the the way. But if you are going to pop in and out, put the kettle on. And another cushion would be nice. Now, shush...let's see who else is having a chat.

  7. Such stylish glasses Frances and they're just perfect for you ....design, colour and shape! Well chosen :) I hope you're enjoying your "break"

  8. Grey with grey, yes please! And am admiring the reflection of your wrists in the sunglasses...

  9. Tres chic, Francis! I love the size of the sunglasses- my aging eyes can't handle the glare of the sun! Love the sketch- it really captures you and I agree with Georgia that the reflection of your wrists provides an interesting attraction. I am off to Toronto and Ottawa tomorrow- enjoy the rest of your staycation. 😎 Jennifer

  10. Waving from over here - hope you continue to enjoy your wee break!


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