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All In Hand

Here you'll find the sum total of Miss Vicky's Remarks thus far.

Beeswax vernissage

Miss Vicky Sat Mar 31, 2007

Our pal Jenn Farr has scored a solo show at the Manx Pub, starting next week. Vernissage is on Tuesday, April 3 from 6-8. Hooray, Jenn!

Comings and goings - the baby theme

Miss Vicky Thu Mar 29, 2007

I guess I'm not the only one who has noticed Kitchissippi's baby boom.... the increase of baby-related businesses and activities on Wellington West is quite remarkable.

Sueno Salsero was filled with tiny people yesterday for the trial run of the babymommy latin dance class. They had three different times, and each was quite full. It was a blast! Not one baby fussed. Some babbled and sang along to the tunes. Gordon grinned, kicked his legs and chewed on his fist (as he does). We had a great time. And I have to say, it was a pretty awesome workout for me.

The Salsa studio is doing a great job at diversifying their business to bring in different folks and offer a unique service to the community. In addition to the dance classes and workouts, they are hosting family carnival-type events every few Sundays. The next one is April 15 from noon to 4.

The Extraordinary Baby Shoppe, the best source in town for cloth diapers, breastfeeding accessories, slings and other necessities, is moving from its rather hidden location on Rosemount to the corner of Wellington and Carruthers, the former home of Malham's Smoke Shop. The Smoke Shop/Magazine store moved 2 doors over when Christie's Antiques closed and is now called Captain's. This move will offer the Extraordinary Baby Shoppe much more visibility, and they'll have a lot more space. It's pretty cramped in there now! I should also note that EBS has a great selection of nursing bras and they also do fittings (I don't think I need to remind you that a properly-fitted nursing bra is VERY IMPORTANT).

Further up the road in Wellington Village, it looks like Red Chair Kids is getting a little competition. Fab Baby Gear is opening soon in the former home of Wellington News. From what I have heard on the street, they were initially telling people they were going to sell baby clothes, which would have been a great addition to the street and a nice complement to Red Chair's more design/accessory focus. But now it looks like they'll be selling strollers and accessories as well, much like Red Chair does. Whether there is enough business to sustain two high-end baby stuff stores on one block remains to be seen.

Speaking of Red Chair, I'm told they will begin selling Bumbleride strollers, the fabulous stroller we purchased afer considerable research and agonizing. We have no regrets, and after one winter, we can definitely recommend it.

All of this is great for the neighbourhood, but we should also remember there are plenty of families here that can't afford pricey strollers, trendy workouts and such. Fortunately Just4Kidzzz children's consignment is still around, there is some stuff at the community centre and Boomerang Kids is not too far away. The GT Boutique's infant section is limited, but there is some stuff there. Oh, and Hush clothing consignment is opening in the building that houses the Esso car wash. I don't think they have kids' clothes but they had a good selection of maternity stuff when I was looking for it.

But I can't help but wonder... does it make sense that those of us in the neighbourhood that can afford to spend the money get the luxury of walking to shop while others have to bus it to Wal-Mart?

Salsa Babies!

Miss Vicky Tue Mar 27, 2007

Sueno Salsero is starting up a baby-Mommy latin dance class! Here's the notice I got:




* Nice tropical healthy juices available at the studio!


The Babymommy Latin dance class will be a fun and musical workout for mommies and their dance partners: their babies! The babies can start taking the class around the age of 6-8 weeks normally and they will be in a baby carrier in their mom's arms! We will learn in a relaxing environment how to salsa, to merengue and to bachata. Those are three Latin dances that everyone -- even if they have no previous experience in dance -- can learn to have fun and to release stress but also to workout!

Signs of Spring in the 'hood

Miss Vicky Tue Mar 27, 2007

Flower stall opens at the Parkdale Market

Recumbent bikes on the streets

Perennials start shooting up on the Finishing School's front yard

Miss Vicky's household morning Bridgehead/River walks resume

my name in vain?

Miss Vicky Sun Mar 25, 2007

OK, maybe this isn't vitriol yet, but a little mystery has surfaced and I'm hoping my Faithful Legion can help me solve it. On our Shuffle yesterday a Hintonburg business owner informed me that he'd signed my petition. What petition? Apparently some fellow was canvassing businesses for signatures recently - something about "cleaning up the neighbourhood" - and my name was on it, as an endorser or originator or something. He couldn't remember the details, unfortunately.

Maybe it's lactesia, but I don't remember starting a petition for anything recently, or agreeing to a campaign like this (whatever this is.... it's hard to tell).

Does anyone know what he was talking about? Does it ring a bell? Can you enlighten?

Tenants unite!

Miss Vicky Fri Mar 23, 2007

Ottawa has long had a crisis in affordable housing... yet we lack a real tenants' movement. Hopefully this gap will be addressed at a conference taking place at City Hall tomorrow. A Toronto city councillor, a representative of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and Ottawa-Centre MP Paul Dewar will be among the speakers at a conference to help inform tenants of their rights and advise those who have had problems with their landlords. There will be workshops on issues such as building maintenance, high rents and evictions as well as kits on how to organize tenants. The conference takes place at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 24 at city hall, 110 Laurier Ave. West. Registration is free.

I don't know much about it, other than it's happening. But I sure agree that it's needed!

Pesticide Campaign resumes

Miss Vicky Fri Mar 23, 2007

The campaign for a bylaw banning the cosmetic use of pesticides is ramping up. There's a meeting this Monday, March 26, from 7-9 in the Festival Plaza Control Room at City Hall.

On the agenda: A presentation by Mary Anne Jackson-Hughes on the effects of pesticide and water use in our yards. The presentation will provide easily accessible how-tos for a completely pesticide free lawn and garden care. This will be followed by an update on the 2007 Pesticide campaign and a Q&A session.


Bobcat House Concerts a-Gogo

Miss Vicky Thu Mar 22, 2007

Friends Cathy and Bob (a fellow blogger), tired of the bar scene I guess, have decided it's more fun bringing music to them. They've started a nifty new project, Bobcat House Concerts, wherein they find amazing performers, bring them to their house, and sell tix to folks who are interested in rockin' out in the comfort of Bob's Barcalounger.

Actually, I have no idea whether Bob has a Barcalounger. In fact, I'm pretty sure he doesn't. I just liked the sound of that. At the very least, you'll be in the comfort of BobCat's living room, enjoying light munchies and getting down to some great tunes. Sounds pretty good to me!.

ANYWAY, the next show will be an acoustic gig with Juno Nominee David Gogo this Sunday, March 25. After that, the next confirmed gig is June 82007 Juno nominee David Gogo performing an acoustic show (6:00 mingling and munching, 7:00 show). On June 8, the hilarious and talented Wendell Ferguson and Katherine Wheatley are performing.

I am told that no less than 26 artists are champing at the bit to play this fabulous Kitchissippi venue. I'll looking forward to enjoying more than a few of these gigs!

Teamwork CSA

Miss Vicky Thu Mar 22, 2007

So, a few of us met Hilary Chop of Teamwork CSA at The Table yesterday. It was a good meeting and I liked Hilary a lot - she is clearly an energetic farmer, dedicated to community and to sustainable food and agricultural practices. She's been farming for 9 years - for a while as an apprentice, and then 5 years building Teamwork CSA.

The CSA grows over 30 different organic vegetables, and delivers weekly boxes through the growing season to central collection points in the city. Our closest pick-up location is in West Wellington. You buy a share for $600, plus $100 fee for delivery into Ottawa. So, about $35 a week for enough fresh veggies to feed a family of four or 2 hungry vegetarians. You can also split a share with someone, if you don't think you're going to eat that much. One of you picks up the full share each week, then you split it yourselves.

There is a regular newsletter for CSA members, an annual potluck and possibly other events. You can also visit the farm and get dirty by helping out.

The brochure lists a sample of what might go into the box during different seasons. In June, you might get 2 heads lettuce, 2 bunches leafy greens, 1 bunch radishes, 1/2 lb fava beans and appearances of peas, turnips, kohlrabi, cauliflower, broccoli, cilantro and green onion as they are ready. In July, add to the list bunches of carrots and beats, 2 lbs each cucumber and summer squash, 2 lbs beans and 2 bunches herbs. August/September you see tomatoes, peppers, melon, leeks, onions, potatoes... and so on. In October you'll get crops that you can store for the winter (plus other stuff, of course). I'm kind of excited at the prospect of learning to eat more seasonally. I've kind of been in a veggie rut for a long time. Sometimes it seems like everything I eat is a variation of peppers, zucchini, onions.... or salad. Getting a weekly store of fresh, organic veggies, including some I might not buy regularly, will help shake up our culinary habits a bit - force us to experiment, learn new recipes, and generally think more about what we're eating.

One of the things that held me back from food box programs was my tendency to take longer summer vacations. But you can have someone else pick up your share, or let Hilary know in advance and she will donate it to the food bank. There is also an exchange bin if there is something in your bin that you are really not interested in eating. We like most stuff so I'm not sure we will use this much, but you never know.

So I think we'll take the plunge. Still have to decide re splitting. But I'm looking forward to it!

Ayyyyy! The Manolo!

Miss Vicky Tue Mar 20, 2007

Miss Vicky needed a laugh today (after a weekend full of gastrointestinal family fun). So she decided to visit Manolo's Shoe Blog. Guaranteed laugh-'til-the-tears-are-flowing. It's been a while since Miss Vicky visited the Manolo. But she feels much better now.

(fun game for the Faithful Legion - which recent entry had Miss Vicky in hysterics?)

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