Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Amaryllis Bulbs for sale

Hi to all those who passed over the last blog ad for my Amaryllis bulbs... I still have a few bulbs left over from my October shipment, and will be getting a few extras with my December shipment, so please consider purchasing one or two for yourself or others. They'll bloom in the beginning of January for you, a nice thing to look forward to post-Christmas. If you aren't interested in raising a flower, please consider a $12 donation and I'll pass the kit on to someone who looks like they need a friendly gesture. You can reach me at jennvb[at]

Thanks again,


Movie Update...

Remember a while back when I wrote all about the different movies being filmed in Hamilton? Well, I found a copy of "The DownTowner" that talked a bit about it...

...Filming season began in earnest in late April as a production crew took over the Royal Connaught Hotel to film 'CELINE' a two-part biography of Celine Dion in production for CBC television. Early in the summer we had a film crew in for several days to shoot an episode for the television series 'FINAL 24' which is to be aired on the Discovery Channel. Then production began for 'JUST BUSINESS' which stars Gina Gerson (FaceOff, Showgirls) at the Rough River Restaurant on James St North. Another TV movie 'MURDOCK MYSTERIES' was also filmed on James St North in and around the Sirloin Cellar Restaurant which turned the clock back to the 1890's.
Several weeks ago the Royal Connaught building was redressed into a TD Canada Trust Bank for a commercial which was being shot there. [...] Delta Burke was in town for 'BRIDAL FEVER' a Hallmark Production which also starred Paul Gross [He was less than two blocks away from my house?!] in September.
"Then hot on their heels comes a feature film called 'TRAITOR' who were filming inside and outside the Capri Restaurant on John St North. Traitor is a fast paced, politically charged espionage thriller, about an underground agent, Don Cheadle (Hotel Rwanda) who infiltrates an international terrorist network.
'THE NOTE', a small production for Hallmark, was filmed outside the LIUNA headquarters on Hughson St.... And of course almost everyone noticed the incredible changes which took place on Main St as 'THE INCREDIBLE HULK' by Marvel spent over a month recreating old New York City. Ed Norton was on hand too as spectacular scenes of the Hulk leaping out of buildings and overtop Downtown Hamilton rooftops.
Then 'THE SUMMIT', 'DANIEL'S DAUGHTER' and 'WHO NAMED THE KNIFE' swept into town for most of October to film in and around Main Stree....

Sunday, November 25, 2007

It won't be long before we'll all be there with snow...

In case anyone missed it, the title of this post comes from a song sung by Danny Kaye and Bing Crosby in White Christmas. Shame on you if you didn't know that.

Well, the ground is not yet completely covered in snow, but we did get enough snow this week that some of the recently fallen leaves are still covered in it. I like that. I love the cooler weather. I love walking in our neighbourhood in the evening with my scarf and toque on. I love having two duvets on our bed (haven't been using any heat upstairs). I love lighting candles in our living room in the evenings and relaxing. I love the fact that by next weekend we'll have a Christmas tree! What a wonderful and beautiful time of year.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Monday, November 19, 2007

'Tis the Season (to be sneezing?!)

I find it slightly ridiculous that on the 19th of November I'm having problems with allergies - what the heck? The world should be frozen over by this point, and there should be no molds in the air from the leaves anymore... But no, it's supposed to be 10 degrees tomorrow. Oy.

In other news, I did several hours of Christmas baking on Saturday with the beautiful Samantha Martin, and am now prepared for the first part of the season, at least, with layered frozen treats in the freezer. Mmm...

I went to a meeting for our Children & Worship program last night. I went as a "Worship Leader" and came out as a Worship Leader andMaterials and Craft Co-ordinator. Funny that. It's already proving to be a good method of meeting other members, though!

Monday, November 12, 2007

I'm not Jewish

but I really do love this song by the BNL:
How Lucky are we that we have lights so we can see
Although the day is done
What a miracle that a spark lifts these candles out of the dark
Every evening, one by one
Until the end of hanukkah, of hanukkah.

With the jingle bells and the toys
And the TV shows and noise
It's easy to forget
At the end of the day
Our whole family will say
These words for Hanukkah

Baruch atah Adonai, eloheinu melech ha'olam, asher kid'shanu
B'mitz'votav v'tzivanu l'hadlik ner shel Hanukkah.

Light the candles for Hanukkah, for Hanukkah
We remember how Maccabees
Fought so all of us could be free
And so we celebrate on this festival of the lights
There's a joyful time every night
But we illuminate the candles of Hanukkah, of Hanukkah

Baruch atah Adonai Eloheinu melech ha'olam she'asa niseem
La'avoteinu bayamim haheim baz'man hazeh.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Christmas Time in my Office

Since I'm secluded in my office for the next ten days working on website development stuff, I decided that it is now ok to play Christmas music. It makes me happy!

**Update:** Since I started playing my Christmas music this morning, it has started snowing wonderfully outside - the only sad thing is that in order to see the snow this year, I have to look through the main office and through Richard's office and out his window.