Sunday, May 22, 2011

Retired for Now

My plans for a few events over the winter did not come together and I've seemed to loose my momentum again. For the time being, I'm going to put SpinMamas into retirement but I reserve the right to resurrect and breathe new life into this little gang at any time. I'm just not prepared to say good-bye forever.

I guess this means no yoga on the beach this summer. That just doesn't seem right but at the ame time I just don't have the energy to get things going this summer.

Farewell for now but I'm not saying good-bye!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

February Winter Fun!

It's not too late to get a night of winter fun under our belts. Come join us for a ski on Friday night or a skate on Monday night before the month ends.

Skiing Friday night will be at Camp Fortune and we can meet on Monday night at Patterson's Inlet at 8PM. Let me know if anyone is interested.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

It wasn't quite a dance party but.....

We gathered, we danced (sort of) and we went for drinks. Overall, a good outing for the 13 of us that joined Mike at Capital City dance to give jazz dancing a go.

I for one have never taken formal dance lessons so the moves were a little foreign to me like many others. There were many booties that were in the mood to dance but maybe to a slightly different drummer. The lesson was fun but a little more work then many of us had anticipated. I definitely have a new appreciation for the memory work that's required in dance and I realize now that dance has got to be a great activity for mind and body as you get older. But overall, I think the ladies were more interested in an unstructured 'Dance Party'. We will have to give that one a go next time.

Thanks to Mike for sticking with us even though the majority of us weren't quite on cue. A single dance lesson isn't an easy thing for student or teacher.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Dance Party 2011!

Invitations are out and 8 people are booked so far. The night is January 20th and the place is Capital City Dance. The theme of our dance lesson, ok it's not quite a dance party, is undetermined. We've gotta be willing to go with the flow ladies. We're not doing hip hop, ballet or Latin for sure. Something current modern and raw!

I trust the boys at CCD. My daughter has been dancing with them for over a year now. They are so great with the kids, the atmosphere is casual and the dancing impressive. Ours will be a little less impressive but fun just the same.

Ready to shake it ladies?

Someone reminded me the other day that we have done belly dancing, Latin dancing, and Zumba. I do like to dance. Someone on the Evite list responded that they had 'more dancing' as a resolution for this year. I'm happy to help her reach that goal.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

A New Year for Us SpinMamas!

After a glass of Sangria, a few appies and chit chat about everything including hoarding, our youngsters, our ailments and good fortune, we finally got around to putting a schedule together for this year. It's posted on the right and definitely a work in progress.

Doreen also shared with us an update on her new business Consider It Done Downsizing, Hired Advocates for Seniors on the Move. She's so excited about the prospects of helping elders and their families at a new crossroad. So exciting to see a friend find a new space in the world. Yahoo Doreen Jans! and her partner Laurie Kizik too.

(Image: Peter Petie on Flickr)

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Sangria Sisters Planning Session

We're planning the first half of 2011 this week. Anyone interested in adding suggestions before we put things together, please leave your thoughts here.

What would you like to try this year?

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

An Experiment for 2011

I've decided to try something new for 2011. It's time to turn this blog into a real blog. Instead of just posting about events and their outcomes, I'm going to add some new content, thoughts, ramblings and hopefully start some discussion with all you SpinMamas out there near and far.

My 365Joy project was a starting point for me. I have learned so much about myself, my values and how I have been affected by stress. I can clearly see what's important to me in the pictures I have taken over the year. And although I'm so happy the year is over and I'm thrilled I survived it, my pictures reveal a different picture. My pictures reveal a year filled with many moments of joy. That was the point of this exercise after all. My quick reaction to the year is 'phew it over' but when I look at the details of the year through my pictures, they tell a very different story.

What was also very interesting about this project was the absence of pictures in the fall. During that time, I was very stressed for a variety of reasons and my life became small. It's through this observation that I've decided to live a bigger life this year and I've changed my goal to 52 weeks of pictures this in keeping with my theme of 'doing less with more depth' this year. I really think that too many of us are skimming through life these days instead of diving in.

I do strongly recommend a photo project for everyone. It's not easy but I have to say it's been insightful on many levels.

What projects or goals are you ladies setting for yourself in 2011?

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Wine Tasting with Our Own Sommeliers

With the help of our friends, Jacky and Mary, we tried another wine tasting. Heather provided a fabulous kitchen, Pam put together an amazing spread of tasty snacks and about 15 of us showed up to taste, talk, and learn about wine.

Jacky and Mary are both certified sommeliers from Algonquin. They share a variety of wines with us including Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Cava Sparking wine, Cave Spring Riesling (Ont) 2008, Toasted Head Chardonnay (California) 2008, Babich Pin Noir (NZ) 2008 and Errazuriz Max Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon (chile) 2008. I guess 2008 was a good year around the world.

Thanks to all that came out and those that made it happen. Cheers!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

What a Ride!

Ten SpinMamas ventured out to Vals-des-monts for a moutain biking lesson with Dominique at Creative Wheel. What a beautiful fall day it was! We ever so slowly got acquainted with each other, our bikes and Dom's mountain. I for one was very surprised how quickly the inner mountain biker in me surfaced. Dom has a way to work slowly but methodically. She builds on skills, keeps things simple yet at the same time increases the challenge so you see the changes.

I will be back on the mountain soon. I loved the power and excitement of being on the bike and now have the confidence to call upon my inner warrior again soon. And it's always amazing to hand with the mamas, try new things and be together on our social adventures.

Thanks for coming out!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Mountain Biking With Dom at Creative Wheel

SpinMamas on Fat Knobby Wheels!
The beginning of a whole new love affair!

A fun day for SpinMamas to learn about the ABC of mountain biking with Dominique Larocque, founding director of the Creative Wheel Centre and LaRoccaXC Mountain Bike School.

9:00 am to noon
Instruction with Dominique - $20 per person + taxes.
Rental for the day - $20 per person + taxes.
Bring you lunch and enjoy the rest of the afternoon practising or just 'chilling out' around a bonfire.
Absolutely NO experience required!
Bring a helmet a cycling gloves if you have them. No worries if you don't. Wear tight clothing if possible and cover your arms. Fun, fun, fun!

The Centre welcomes you! Invites will be sent out shortly.

Eat Pray Love Movie Night

Sixteen of us gathered last night to watch Eat, Pray, Love together. We arrived a little early and chatted and got caught up. Many of us had read the book and a few hadn't. We talked about kids and work, our fabulous long summer and what's coming this fall. Us ladies love to chat!

I look at our time at the movie similar to Eat, Pray, Love. Most of us can't take a year and travel the world to discover ourselves and experience new cultures and people. Most of us have to find that 'escape' in the day to day. Going to this movie was my 'escape' and the movie gave me time to think about the importance of connecting with people around a table, of finding calm and tranquility, and of being open to love and sharing love everyday. So I guess now it's time to play a dinner party, get back to meditation and make sure I hug my teenagers everyday even when it doesn't look like they want it.

Thanks to the SpinMamas for coming out to join me. It's been a long time. There's power in we even if we are doing the ordinary.

Monday, June 7, 2010

SpinMamas is Back!

We're got a plan. Over a pitcher of Sangria, we planned the upcoming year of SpinMama events. Details will start showing up here as I receive confirmations and we start making bookings.

I have to thank Cheryl Brouse, Heather Dewar, Doreen and Jacky Jans, and Pam Dilworth-Christie for jumping in to help get things going again.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Let's See What Takes Root


I need some inspiration from you. A year ago, we were over 100 names on a list. Many of you attended a variety of events and many of you did not attend but you were keen to be invited to the events, especially the shopping night.

Now, I need to know what you want to be a part of? I don't want SpinMamas to die but I need other people to help me breath life back into it.

Do you miss SpinMamas? What would you like to do? Maybe I should just turn this into a blog about the hectic lives of women in the hood and what they do to have fun with life? What do you think? Share you thoughts insights and ideas. I was derailed and I need your help to set a new path.

I have added a poll just to see if people are interested in events but until the end of April I'm going to just start blogging and see what happens. We'll call this my SpinMamas experiment. Let's see how we can change the shape of what Janis and I started in July 2006.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

So I'm Not Doing So Well Yet

Believe me ladies when I say that I have very good intentions but things haven't quite come together yet. But don't give up yet. I'm going to give it one more try later this week to get my SpinMama mojo back.


Friday, January 8, 2010

Resurrecting SpinMamas

I'm bringing SpinMamas back to life this year. I miss you ladies and all the different activities so if you are interested in coming along for the ride again this year, please join me.

As a few of you know, my mind wasn't into SpinMamas last year because of a sick friend, Jennifer Webster. Almost 5 years ago, Jennifer was diagnosed with cancer. She has attended several SpinMama events in the past. Over the 5 years of her sickness, she went into remission for almost a year but for most of 2009 Jennifer was in St. Vincent's long-term care facility. She passed away December 31st, 2009. In memory of Jennifer, I have started a photo collage which I call '365 Days of Joy -2010'. I also feel that it's time to resurrect SpinMamas.

I will be cleaning up the email list shortly so expect an email which you will need to respond to in order to stay on the list for upcoming events.

Here's to 2010! It's time for a little more fun!


Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Details on Shopping Night Coming Soon

Quichua World Market will be hosting our holiday shopping evening this year on November 25th. More details to follow. Mark the date and take a quick look at Andrea Tomkins recent blog post on gift shopping at Quichua.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Lost My Way but Not Forgotten


A few of you have been asking me 'what's up?" I have to admit that I have been consumed with starting, among other things. Every so often I think of wrapping things up, throwing in the towel, and just calling it quits but I can't seem to bring myself to do it.

I think instead I would like to say that 2009 wasn't the best year for SpinMamas but that I would like to try and give our little gang new life in 2010.

Let me know if you are interested in staying in touch and what you would like to do in 2010. I'm looking for some input and a little push to get me going again.

It's been too long, Patti

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Yoga to Drinks

Yoga on the Beach has been cancelled. The weather just hasn't cooperated. We've had a little rain on the beach in past years but the weather is just to unpredictable.  So, yoga plans are off and drinks at Trio are on. 

More plans soon,  Patti

Thursday, July 2, 2009

4th Annual Yoga on the Beach


Hard to believe that we have been holding SpinMama events for 3 years. I have to admit that I have been lacking in 'events' over the spring and early summer, but I just couldn't have the summer go by without 'Yoga on the Beach' with Donna Davis.

Invitations have been launched and I await your thoughts and input.

Hope you can inspire some mojo ladies! I don't think I'm ready to give up on SpinMamas. I just need a little inspiration.


Thursday, April 2, 2009

Bowling Babes

Twelve of us sported those funky shoes and tossed a few balls in the gutter (Whoops, that was just me. No actually that was a few of us). We started at O'Connell's, very small 'rustic' pub not far from the GCTC. The beauty of O'Connell's is that it's attached to West Park bowling lanes and Fil's dinner. They are all owned by the same people. Which means you can buy your drinks at O'Connell's and bring them into the bowling alley. How progressive is that? There was even some entertainment when we made our way back to the pub after our game of bowling.

What's next this month - Not sure! Been busy trying to launch a new business idea -

Looking for easy suggestions - simplicity is still key! Ideas?


Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Last Minute Decision - Let's Bowl

I received a few emails about movies or dancing but nothing to spur on an outing.  I have been busy with piloting our new business concept, over the last few months.  But the month is coming to a close and I feel the need to make something happen.  So, bowling it is. No birthdays required (many of us have been there) and you get to wear the funky shoes.  Details to follow in an Evite shortly.  Sometimes last minute is the only option.
Any thoughts on golf?

Friday, February 20, 2009

What's Your Poison Ladies?

Are you up for a Movie at the new renovated Mayfair Theatre on Bank at Sunnyside or a night of dancing at the Velvet Club in the Market?  Very different events but note that both are easy for me to organize.  We can have 2 or 20 SpinMamas attend.  This winter has been busy and I need to keep things simple.  For those that were interested in indoor rock climbing, my apologies.  I will put it on the list for a future event.  For now, simplicity is key.

Dancing would be March 12th or 19th and the movie will depend on their schedule which is not out yet.  

Look forward to your responses,  Patti


Eight of us battled the wind and the blustering snow to skate from Dow's to the Bank Street Bridge.  We did get to see the gallery under the bridge which was lovely and I for one enjoyed the exercise, fresh air and girl time. 

The funny thing was that you would have never known it was Winterlude.  There was hardly a person in site, the bar was empty and we had the igloo to ourselves.  But enjoyable none-the-less.

I think it's time for new skates.  Scary thing is I can't find the other skate.  I had them on yesterday.  Go figure!

I really have to start wearing that bloody camera around my neck.  No pictures again.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

FREE LIfe Coaching - From me!

Last weekend I attended a 3 day course in Toronto put on by the Coaches Training Institute. My motivation is the project I am working on at Algonquin College,  I realized that although I am teaching students about social media tools for personal branding that coaching is part of the process.  Off I went to learn more.  

The life coach I have used over the past year on and off plus two other's I had met, all trained through CTI so I felt it was the right direction to go.  Off I went to Toronto for the weekend.

I'm now looking for a few 'FREE' clients so that I can practice my skills.  Any interested SpinMamas (or your friends or family) that would like to be my guinea pigs?  Our sessions will be 30 minutes long every 2 weeks.  The goal is to make your life more fullfilling.  Do you have an area in your life that isn't quite up to 'snuff'?  We can focus on career, relationships, family, friends, fun and recreation, money, personal growth and almost anything else.  

Coaching is not counselling.  My role is to support you in finding the solutions to your issues and helping you be more accountable for the actions you need to take in your life.  So far, I have a client writing a book outline, another analyzing what happiness really is to them, and another client is working their way through making their needs a higher priority in their hectic life.

This is soft sell ladies - I'm offering up some FREE coaching for a limtied time.  Anyone interested, please send me a note.  

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Rave Reviews for Tempting Providence

Thirteen of us showed up to see 'Tempting Providence' at the GCTC.  I was surprised to hear that none of us had yet been to the new GCTC location.  We were all very impressed.  We arrived early to enjoy a relaxing beverage before the show.  Encore, run by Thyme and Again, is a beautiful restaurant on the group floor.  Although I was the only one that grabbed a bit, I can say with complete commitment that I will be returning for lunch some day soon.

The play was delightful!  I love the strong characters, the Newfie feeling, the simple costumes, and the dance with the table cloth.  It was mesmerizing to see who the 4 characters were able to turn a table, 4 chairs and a table cloth into all the sets they required.  Wonderful acting but also very entertaining in the way they produced their environments.

Myra Bennett was definitely a women I would have enjoyed having a kitchen party with.  And to all the SpinMamas that joined me, thanks for the company!


Monday, January 19, 2009

Transcending: Words on Women and Strength by Kelly Corrigan

This video keeps popping in my mailbox from different women in my life.  With over 3 millions views, I think it's safe to assume that it resonates with many women with regard to the power of our friendships and our spirits.

Cheers to you all,  Patti

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Kayla's Review of Tempting Providence

My daughter and her classmates saw Tempting Providence today at the GCTC.  Kayla and her friend Natalie though it was a great production.  The girls were very impressed that it was the true story and they loved the Newfoundland actors that told Myra Bennett's story.  They were very impressed with how a limited set was used and they found the story interesting and at times very funny.

Kayla and Natalie gave Tempting Providence 2 thumbs up.  

I hope the 13 of us that are attending the production next Tuesday night will feel the same.  For those of you that are joining me, I will have a glass of wine in hand at 7PM at Encore, the cafe on the main floor.


Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Thought you Might Be Interested In .......

Candlelight                      Labyrinth Walk
Come make this New Year's Eve a little different by walking the labyrinth, indoors, 
in the company of friends and neighbours. 
December 31st from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Dovercourt Recreation Centre
411 Dovercourt Avenue
Please bring pot luck cookies 
and a little contribution towards the cost of the evening.
Thanks to our sponsors Dovercourt Recreation Centre,
 Bridghead Coffee House and Produce Depot
Best Wishes for a wonder-filled New Year
Barbara Brown & Vanessa Compton

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Happy Holidays - Looking forward to 2009

I don't know about you, but 2008 was not the best year for our family. We're definitely looking forward to turning the page on our calendar and launching ourselves into 2009.

I hope to plan a bevy of fun activities for the SpinMamas. Please send any suggestions my way and I'm looking for a fairly easy (about an hour) snow shoe hike to a shack in the Gats. Suggestions and input would be appreciated.

Enjoy the season and see at least 12 of you at the play on January 20th. More on that in the New Year!


Friday, November 28, 2008

Looking for Mendi Ideas

I really want mendi (henna tatoos) done on my hands.  Maybe because I'm turning 44 over the holidays and I need to rebel in the smallest of ways.  Any ideas on how to incorporate mendi into an event?  Mendi and martinis?  Thoughts and suggestions please!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

It's Over!

I'm thrilled that 50% of my Christmas shopping is done and I hope many other SpinMamas feel the same way.  

We didn't have as many people as I had expected but those of us that were shopping seemed to be having a good time.  What a fabulous way to knock things off your list.  As you can see, it was very taxing at times.  Yes that is Janis having a mini-facial at Harnn & Thann.

I was having such a lovely time that I forgot to take more pictures.  Poor Janis keeps ending up as my 'feature' SpinMama.  She's such a good sport.

Thanks to all the stores that opened up and treated us so well (as you can see).

Invites for our theatre night will be hitting your email accounts shortly.

A few of us will get those wonderful calls tomorrow telling us that we have won prizes.  Good luck and please let me know who the luck recipients are.

Tonight's the Night!!

I have to admit I really didn't want to set up this event. But as I talked to some SpinMamas and the store owners, I got my SpinMama mojo back and now I'm pumped. Start at any store, bring friends and hope to see you for a drink at Trio afterwards.

Our hosts include;
Mrs. Tiggy Winkles,
Harnn & Tann
Truffle Treasures
The Village Quire

Their doors are open from 6:30 - 9:00 pm tonight.

See you tonight!!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

They're Ready for Us!

Today I popped in to see our 5 local retailers that are hosting our shopping night next week. They are excited to be a part of the 3rd Annual SpinMama Westboro Shopping Spree. 

Fady at Harnn & Thann will be offering discounts, a door prize, sushi and quickie facials. Warren and Allison at Kitchenalia are bringing in several gourmet suppliers to serve up a variety of tasty treats for us and he has another great prize lined up this year.  Susan at the Village Quire has many boxes to unload and display before we come. She's throwing in a very cute reindeer wreath holder in as a door prize.  I've definitely putting one of those on my list.

Please remember to bring bras or panties to donate to the Capital Panty Raid.  Bras can be slightly worn but must be clean.  Undies must to new and can for male or female and for any age.  There will be laundry baskets at all the stores where you can drop off your donations. 

The stores are expecting us from 6:30pm - 9:00pm next Wednesday, November 19th.  You can start at any one of these 5 stores ; 
  Mrs. Tiggy Winkles - we all know where they are
  Harnn & Thann - just across the street from Tiggy Winkles
  Truffle Treasures - right beside Harnn & Thann
  Kitchenalia - closer to Athilone
  The Village Quire - across the street from Kitchenalia
All the stores will be offering 15% discounts, door prizes, and light refreshments.

I have warned Trio to expect a few dozen SpinMamas for beverages after our shopping spree. Trio is about 4 doors down from Mrs. Tiggy Winkles going East.

Looking forward to it!

Monday, November 3, 2008

The Shopping Spree is Coming

Invites will be out today.  Mark you calendars for November 19th.  Details to follow in an evite. 


Friday, October 31, 2008

A SpinMama Salute to Wine!

Sixteen of use braved the cold and snow to meet at Divino's Wine Studio last Wednesday for a little wine tasting with Kate Parson and her lovely assistant Jacky Jans, one of our own SpinMamas.  Divino's is located on Preston Street, north of Gladstone and beside the Sala San Marco.  They opened last spring.  The 'Studio' is clean and fresh and definitely designed for the wine aficionado.  I hear from several SpinMamas that it's a great place for a high-end meal or tapas.  I'm definitely going back.  I'm also interested in the wine tour to Italy but let's try Prince Edward Country first (maybe next fall - let me know if that interests you).

Thanks for coming out and learning a little more about wine with me.  Sometimes we forget to really enjoy the little things in life and I think wine falls in that category.  I'm often a swiller not a sipper.  I think the saying should be 'take time to smell the roses and swirl and swish your wine'.  You know what I'm talking about ladies.   I would love some comments from those that joined us.  I wish I had found a wine I loved.  I enjoyed a few and didn't like two of them.  But that's all in the learning.

Now that I'm looking at our wine choices, I'd have to say that quite of few people seems to enjoy the late harvest wine, Colio Estates, Vidal VQA 2006, $12.95.  I will be picking up a few bottles to give as gifts over the holidays.  It's a dessert wine.

I forgot to take pictures.  Someone remind me next time.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Play Date Changed from Wednesday to Tuesday

It has been brought to my attention that I keep scheduling things for Wednesdays lately.  I thought I should try a different night for the Tempting Providence at the GCTC.  We're aiming for a Tuesday in January.  Just letting you all know.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Westboro Holiday Shopping Spree is Coming - Wednesday, Nov 19th

Why shop at a mall amongst the masses when you can shop with the SpinMamas in our own neighbhorhood?  Our 3rd annual Westboro Shopping Spree is scheduled for Wednesday, November 19th.  This year will be spoiled by Kitchenalia, The Village Quire, Harnn & ThannMrs. Tiggy Winkles, and Truffle Treasures.  These local stores will be offering us discounts, refreshments, and door prizes.  Invites will follow on November 1st.  I just can't send them before Halloween is over.  It's just not right.

If you would like any other stores in the neighborhood to participate, please let me know and I'll see what I can do.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Tempting Providence at GCTC - January 20th

Invitations will be coming out for this event soon. Take a look if you are interested in coming to Tempting Providence. The play was recommended by a GCTC staff member. We may even stop by and do some shopping at Tueday's the Romance Store on the way to the show.


19 to Toast Preston Street

I have 19 Spinmamas ready, willing and able to join me on October 29th for wine tasting.  I have to admit that I was shocked when the 19 spots disappeared in 24 hours.  I have been told that I should make the connecting between the type of event and the level of interest.  Let me work on that.

If you didn't answer fast enough and would like to be put on a waiting list, please send me an email.  We always have cancellations.  We lead busy lives!


Thursday, October 9, 2008

Wine Tasting in October

The invitations are out and I'm looking for some tasters to join me at Divinos at the end of the month.

Cheers!   Patti

Sunday, September 14, 2008

We Survived and Thrived at LaFleche

What a blast! I'm exhausted and exhilarated by our experience at LaFleche Adventures today. Seventeen women, and my daughter Kayla, dragged ourselves to Val-des-Mont under heavy looming rain clouds to face our fears and swing in the trees. I have to admit the course was a little more demanding then I had expected but it felt great to be pushed mentally and physically.

Janis takes on a tree...

I'm eager for another adventure like this one. How about a canoe camping trip next year? Any takers?

Wine tasting details will be confirmed this week and Evites will follow. Please forward any other ideas you have for events.

Thank you to everyone that came out!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

It's Time to Swing in the Trees

Adventure awaits us at LeFleche this weekend.  19 of us will be making our way into the trees this Sunday.  Car pools will be assigned later this week and we will post lots of pictures of our adventure next week.  For the almost 30 of you that told us why your couldn't come, thanks for staying in touch.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Time to Face Our Fears!

The invites are out and I'm pumped (Janis is on holidays but I know she will be pumped when she finds out I have booked it).  

Take a look at what's coming our way at LeFleche Aerial Park - YouTube also has some eye opening previews of what's to come.  Hope you will join us on a beautiful fall day!  Fall better be gorgeous after all the rain we've had this summer.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Our 3rd Annual Yoga on the Beach!!

Thanks to Donna Davis for leading our 3rd Annual Yoga on the Beach class. This is one of our favorite events. The combination of friends, yoga, beach, sunsets and drinks just works well together. We were lucky on all accounts last night. Donna recently opened up her yoga studio, Movement to Health, which is just above Gotta Paint at 360 Kirkwood.

Thanks to the 20 SpinMamas that came out and celebrated life with us!


Friday, June 6, 2008

African Drumming on the Beach was Amazing!

Our African Drumming with Kathy Armstrong from Baobab Tree was so much fun. I was amazed at how far Kathy moved us along in just over an hour. After this video we added bells and singing. I was also surprised how meditative and relaxing it was to drum. It was interesting how your mind would wonder as you watched faces across the circle then your hands starting doing the wrong things. It was lots of fun and although the beach was pretty much deserted, we did get a family dancing along to our beats. Thanks for coming out ladies!

(Please excuse the affect on the video, the kids have been playing with my camera. And a special thanks to Melanie for the show at the end.)

Saturday, May 10, 2008

My Salute to Mother Earth

I can't believe I was the only one that made it out for a walk along the river. We are busy ladies and I won't take it personally. I really enjoyed my walk to Remic Rapids and I'm planning on making the trek every Saturday morning at 8:30am, if anyone wants to join me. The water was very high and I even met up with a wood pecker along the way. Missed you all and Happy Mother's Day!


Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Any other Suggestions?

I'm not sure if skiing is going to work out with these 'hot flashes' we getting.  Any other ideas? Simplicity is key.  We could always go for drinks and keep things simple.

Monday, March 31, 2008

We're Not Feeling Artsy - How about Skiing?

Janis and I had a pow-wow today and neither of us is feeling the need to create art this month. In order for us to move ahead with an event, one of us has to feel the pull, the urge, the desire. So, we are cancelling 'A Fine Mess' and we are thinking of a ski adventure on Sunday April 20th, weather permitting. There really hasn't been any spring skiing this year, and we're in the mood for wearing bikinis and skiing. Ok, maybe not the bikinis but a beer on a deck after an afternoon of skiing sounds fabulous. We will leave invites to the last minute because of the weather.

Hope we have a few interested ski bunnies and sorry about the lack of committment to art this time around.


Sunday, March 9, 2008

Now We've Zumba'd!

I have to say that I was impressed with how many of us dragged ourselves out for some Zumba on Friday night.  At last count there were 22 little tushies shaking it during the class.  I must send out a thank-you to our instructor Shawn who wasn't feeling great but still came out to show us his sexy moves.  While many people were getting ready to head south, we were dancing to the music of Cuba, Columbia and the Dominican Republic without even leaving the city.  Tropical vacations are very overrated!  

I had originally described Zumba as latin line dancing.  With one class under my belt, I would have to say that Zumba is more like latin aerobics with a big emphasis on dance.  Although we were definitely putting the dance moves together, I would have to say that most of us had a good sweat going.  It was a real workout and a lot of fun.  To me Zumba was aerobics with more sex appeal and more liberating because of the dance moves.  I especially liked the 'twirling' dance.  There is something about twirling with your arms spread out that just makes you feel like a kid again.  I'd be ready to sign up for a class if DRC schedules a session.

A few of us ended up at Milagro's on Wellington after the class.  It just seemed right to enjoy a class of Sangria after our quick trip to the South.


Sunday, February 24, 2008

Our Snow Shoeing Trek under the Stars

Friday night's trek in Gatineau Park was truly wonderful.  Coordinating our shoes and car pools was a little confusing but I think the toughest part was just dragging our butt out of our houses on a cold Friday night.  Hats off to us all that hauled ourselves out into the woods.  Eighteen of us made our way to the Visitor's Centre in Chelsea.  To the left of the Centre we gathered at the 'shack' which was locked up and booked for a group of 50 which were ahead of us.  We followed the path past the old Visitors Centre and across the road.  Lee pointed us in the right direction and before we knew it were trekking up and down the rolling hills of Gatineau Park.  Our adventure took us to a look out at the top of a hill where we saw the lights of the village and stars above.  We were out in the woods for about an hour.  It was glorious!  Cheryl even sold a house while we were out there.

Some of us continued the adventure, in search of a beverage.  Believe it or not, about 8 of us ended up at Puzzles in Westboro.  Melanie and Raquel even took to the Karaoke stage and entertained us all.  I never thought I would venture into Puzzles but I guess you can go anywhere and have a good time if you are with the right people.  For future reference the regular Karaoke crowd is pretty good at Puzzles and I have a feeling we will be joining them on stage again.  A reminder to all, I'm a dancer not a singer.  I'm happy to be anyone's do-wop girl!

Patti  (pictures to follow from Melanie's phone hopefully)

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Snow Shoeing, Skating or Knitting

The weather isn't looking very good for the end of the week so we may change the plans.  I will check the weather this evening and send out an updated Evite tomorrow morning.

Let's cross our fingers for consistent weather.  These ups and downs are killing us.


Friday, January 18, 2008

Curling at the Granite Club

It's been over 15yrs and I still fall over when I curl.  The nice thing to know is that I'm not the only one.  Thanks SpinMamas (all 20 of you) for coming out and giving curling a try.  A visit to the Granite Club is like a flashback in time.  I don't think the club has changed in 40 years and I love that about it.  Jolynn, Deb, Heather, Paul, and Josh were the curling experts that helped the rest of us out with our rules, form, and skills.  It took all of them to get us moving in the right direction (standing on two feet and curling the stones hard enough and in the right direction).

The concensus was to try again next year.  Now that we understand the game, we might as well work on getting the stones in the circle (what was that called again).  I know that most of us were getting the stones past the hog line by the end of the afternoon.  And a nice cold beer and a chat with the SpinMamas was a nice way to finish up our curling adventure.

I must also thank Christine Snow of Wellington Village Massage Therapy (613-761-5603) for donating our $5 1/2 hour massages.  I know that many SpinMamas will be calling her to make an appointment after pushing those muscles.  Chris is great, I'm a regular on her table.

We took some time to share ideas for future events.  Please take the time to answer the poll on this site.  


It All Started with Yoga in June of 2006

It's been many months since Janis and I started SpinMamas.  Our first event was Yoga on the Beach and we will end every year with Yoga on Westboro Beach.  We love this event!!!  It's beautiful, relaxing and Moe's is open for beverages and tasty snacks after class.  

Since Yoga on the Beach in 2006, we have visited Le Nordik Spa in Chelsea (we've gotta go back there), we have tried Belly Dancing and Latin Dancing, and we have held private shopping evenings in Westboro. A few of us even went for an inspiring walk in the woods and most recently we put on our sliders and tried out curling at the Granite Club.

Hope you can join us for our next SpinMama event,  Patti

Inaugural Yoga on Westboro Beach 2006

Inaugural Yoga on Westboro Beach 2006
It all started here!

Curling at the Granite Club

Curling at the Granite Club
Working on a game plan.

Check out the mom song!