Sunday, March 23, 2008


Even the birds are showing signs of being fed up with the wintry cold. This girl sparrow looked distinctly grumpy to me. She's all puffed up and frowny.

Her thoughts are written all over her face: "For Pete's sake, can we get a little heat here? I'm freezing my tush!"

Here she is with a friend, proving that it's not only humans who tend to blink just as the shutter opens. Please join me in admiring her fluffy feather-pants, which show to best advantage in this shot.

We're looking for a new light fixture for our guest bedroom/computer room. The old one isn't bright enough. A fixture with multiple bulbs is what we're after. We were thinking maybe...

Or how about...

It's only $11,189.99. That's a steal, considering there was another one in the same store selling for just over $22,000.00.

(Who on God's green earth can afford these things, anyway? Not me, that's for sure. Then again, I'm kind of stingy, so if I had $12,000.00 kicking around, you can bet I wouldn't be spending it on a chandelier.)

I quite liked these designer throws, which were apparently designed by the spirit of the late Jim Henson (of Muppet fame).

And while I don't have any plans to hunt for Easter eggs, I did find a lovely Easter fence.

I have no idea whose fence this is, or what inspired them to paint it pink, facing, as it is, onto an ugly road in an industrial neighbourhood, where no pedestrians ever venture, but I love them for it. Thank you, pink-fence people! You made my day!


Keera Ann Fox said...

I like the pink fence, too. Y'know, those Muppet throws would look great with it.

Warped Mind of Ron said...

If you think the chandeliers were expensive imagine what you would have to pay in lightbulb upkeep!! OMG you would need to be filthy rich and even if you could do lightbulb imagine the electric bill :O

Have a great Easter

Anonymous said...

People shouldn't have to write (of Muppet fame) after Jim Henson. People who don't know who Jim Henson is aren't going to remember Muppets. And those are people I don't want to know.

Dianne said...

I send hugs out to those wonderful fence painting folks.

I loved the first chandeleir but could only afford it if I could live in it.

jameil1922 said...

they probably painted it that color for precisely that reason. "For Pete's sake, can we get a little heat here? I'm freezing my tush!" DITTO BIRD!!!!! i'm not feelin the throws.

Anonymous said...


How does a rich person change a light bulb?


They hold the bulb in the socket and wait for the world to revolve around them.

In an industrial area a pink fence is a good security measure. Most people who work in industrial areas are pretty homophobic. I'm sure a lot of them cross the street just to avoid the fence. You could put up a sign that says "Beware Of Gays Intruders Will Be Intruded."

I'm not too scared of a dog. A bunch of studded leather guys? That's a little more frightening. I'd think twice if my break in could cause me to suffer a "break in" of my own.

I think some torn underwear combined with a few stray rubber cocks nailed to the fence and a loudspeaker playing Queen and Wham would complete the mood.

I'm not gay... No... Not... Well... No... I'M NOT GAY!


Jenski said...

I would definitely go for that second chandelier if you want light. That one looks like it'll make light bounce all over the place. That pink fence is a great landmark for giving directions. :)

Jenski said...

I forgot to mention that the sparrow totally looks angry...and much bigger than she really is, I'm sure!

R.E.H. said...

Yeah, I've said it before - but BRING ON THE HEAT, already! ;)

Lovely (?) pink fence. And those chandeliers are a little out of my price range too... way out, in fact!

Happy Easter!

Aurora said...

Those designer throws really make me feel cosy and warm. Yay for pretty things! We especially need them at this time for year.

Sparkling Red said...

Keera: I can just see the photo shoot for Better Homes and Gardens: a pink fence with rainbow throws draped over it, fluttering in the wind.

Ron: Consider that you could save on your gas bill. All those lightbulbs could sure heat up a room.

Whatigotsofar: Yes, you have a point there. I am occasionally redundant. That is to say, I over-explain and repeat myself. By which I mean, I paraphrase to make sure I'm understood.

Dianne: The birds could live in the chandelier. They'd probably be very comfortable there, once they got their nest built.

Jameil: Fuzzy crazy throws not your style? I like the idea of them, but I don't think I'd want them for my own home. They're a little too wild for my decor, and I think that the fringe would be too tickley.

Unsigned: I don't know about the rest of the scenario, but if there was a loudspeaker playing Wham's Make It Big album, that would've been a nice touch.

Jenski: My camera didn't capture all the rainbows coming off the crystals. It was pretty amazing to walk around this room that had around 30 giant chandeliers all refracting light in a twinkling disco show.

R.E.H.: Yeah, those chandeliers are crazy-expensive. I don't know where people get that kind of money. There must be a lot of rich folk in Toronto to keep that store in business.

Aurora: True. In this muddy time between snow beauty and flower beauty, we need to find pretty things to tide us over.

Karen said...

Tell the silly bird he came back from the south too soon. :) And I love that fence. I wish I could do something like that.

Nicole said...

Yepp, the birdie sure looks grumpy :D

And those Chandeliers..... dunno, I know that for 22.000 dollar you get a small house with property in Hungary ;)

And a pink fence? Be glad. Here they paint whole houses pink - or bright orange......

Nilsa S. said...

I love that first chandelier, but upon hearing it's price, I was horrified! Can you order from Ikea? I bet they have much better pricing!

Sparkling Red said...

Karen: True. They should check the forecast before they start flying back from Florida. :-)

Nicole: A whole block of houses painted that brightly might be too much of a good thing.

Nilsa: The lighting store did have some affordable lamps too. They stock around 2,000 different standing lamps and fixtures, so there's something for everyone, fortunately. :-)

Stewie said...

That first chandelier looks like a damn spider web.

As much as I like it, I'd never be able to sleep under it.

Sparkling Red said...

Stewie: Those lights are made by spiders. Giant, metallic spiders that spin chrome threads instead of silk. Sometimes they leave eggs embedded in the fixtures. They hatch in the dark of night and drop down onto whomever is sleeping below...