The Year of the Cat

Around here, it’s all about the cat.
I welcome and enter the Lunar New Year celebrations in a quiet manner but with appropriate treats. Happy Year of the Rabbit / Year of the Cat. T


The Tabby Cat seemed pleased to hear that some Asian cultures celebrate this Lunar New Year as The Year of the Cat rather than The Year of the Rabbit.

Around here it’s always about the Cat.

Geneva Tabby loves Cheetos

We have been following the news of the efforts by one Asian culture in Canada to bring awareness of their animal of choice. It seems like a challenge to get the message out above the noise from a culture with more marketing clout.

Year of the Cat: Vietnamese Canadians want their zodiac recognized this Lunar New Year

This older white Rabbit lady is willing to partake in the food and colours of celebrations either way, just to get through the dark, cold days of January and February.

These different cultural interpretations seem insignificant considering the war, hunger and strife that surrounds us, needing our support and attention.


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Safely distanced immersive art experiences


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A friend and I attended the Imagine Monet immersive art exhibit in Ottawa this week.

You can too, in a city near you.

We figured the $46 ticket price and “exit through the gift shop” expenses were well worth the 40 minutes we spent wandering around slowly or sitting on ornate benches while absorbing the colourful images that morphed to the accompanying soundtrack.

One of the ornate benches welcomes art lovers to sit a while
A colourful display of an old favourite painting

The late morning crowd was small, focused and polite. People respected distancing protocols. Some even kept their face masks on. There were no small children racing about or sprawled on the floor due to boredom. I would say it was more enjoyable than last year’s Van Gogh exhibit.

The Immersive Van Gogh art experience of August 2021

I love the impressionist art style, appreciating the beautiful works created during “en plein air” outings. I had to put aside my opinions of Claude Monet after reading reports that he was an abusive husband and father. I still enjoy his work so much that I chose not to “cancel” the show.

You would have to work hard to convince me to visit an immersive exhibit for Pablo Picasso or Jackson Pollack. Forget Salvador Dali!

I leave you with a water colour rendition of the Water Lilies and Japanese bridge, something I did in late 2020 while on staycation during the first year of COVID-19. It looks okay from a distance 😀

My crude watercolour rendition of Water Lilies and Japanese bridge, December 2020 TJ

Thank you for dropping by. I hope you will find some beauty in your day.


Anticipating the grey


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There has been much ado about a female Canadian national news anchor who chose to let her hair go grey during the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. I thought she looked marrrvelous. I silently commended her for dismissing the burdens of perceived beauty and expectations from society.

Here is a taste of the news of CTV executives letting her go and the rumours surrounding it:

Myself, I look forward to letting my natural blonde hair go grey. I welcome the wisdom that will come with it. Lord knows I have had enough life lessons. I also welcome the opportunity to retire gracefully, migrating to a role that appeals to my sense of organization while jumping off the hamster wheel of ever-changing technology.

I would like to see others let their hair go natural, dismissing the pressures from peers, employers, marketers and social media influencers. It will be interesting to see if the “grey filter” attempts from national brands will work in favour for their public image or fall flat.

If one must colour one’s hair, please choose products that are environmentally friendly and won’t damage our precious water supply. You are beautiful the way you are in your natural state while experimenting with different styles that don’t require gobs of hair spray, mousse or gel.

Thanks for dropping by. Feel free to suggest natural beauty products in the comments section and provide a brief explanation. Obvious spammy, salesy comments will not be welcome.