August 27th 2009

I love visiting the Farmer's Market on Thursdays. Right now it's tomato season, so I picked up a big basket of heirloom tomatoes. I can't wait to use them.
If you know a good salsa recipe, please let me know.

I went to the Market to take a break from a large painting I've been working on for a couple of weeks now. It's very detailed. Which I usually love, but this one seems to be giving me a bit of trouble. When I finish, I'll post a photo of it here and on Flickr.

Last weekend we had a surprise party thrown for us, (Chris Buchan and I), for our engagement. It was the most fun, and we got to see a lot of people that we don't get to see very often. One of those people was Tania Sanhueza, an artist that I met while working at Magic Pony. She brought us one of her burrowing owl soft sculptures, which I've been coveting since the day I laid eyes on them. So thanks to Tania, and thanks to all of our wonderful friends that came to wish us well in the Park.

When Chris got home last night he had a treat for us. Nick got back from visiting his family and brought some home-raised eggs! They're beautiful! I love the different shades of white-to-brown. They look so lovely.

If you know me well, you'll know that I love listening to audiobooks while I work. Right now I'm just about to start listening to "A Complicated Kindness" by Miriam Toews. I've read it before, and I remember really liking it, but that's all that I remember about it. I'll let you know how it goes.


  1. what an amazing gift! I loved those owls!!
    I put your mail in the post yesterday, so hopefully you will get it soon.
    Where do you get your audio books? I need something else to listen to while I am working.

  2. I know! I've always loved those owls. Do you remember the first couple that she made with the nest and had them under a big bell jar? I loved them so much!
    I usually get my audiobooks from either or the library. If you get them from the library, they're usually not formatted properly, though.
    I can't wait for mail!

  3. hey melinda,

    im excited you've started this. i'll add it to my bookmarks of friend's blogs that i check (almost) regularly.

    interesting fact: when i was in grade 8 i wrote a short story that my english teacher thought was brilliant. so she sent me to a 'young authors conference' and i had a one-on-one mentorship meeting with miriam toews (a winnipegger!) and gave my short story a critique.

    that being said, i never wrote another short story ever again.


  4. Tony! That's a lovely short story that you just wrote to me, so there you go. I think you should write a blog as well. By the way, your mix CD just keeps getting better and better the more I listen to it... I love it!

  5. Merlinda made the best salsa ever with those tomatoes. Yum!