Chez M&M

  • November 20, 2013 · 5:00 PM
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Hi Folks:

It's getting close to that time of the month again... this will be our last Chez M&M for this year, but we'll be back again in January.

And now the secret part. (...ssshhh...) Marcia's birthday is coming up at the end of this month and so I thought it fitting to celebrate it with those she admires! She says she's 39, but I'm pretty sure she said that LAST year. Hmmm... Now, rather than feeling obligated to buy her a birthday present or anything of the sort what we'd like to do is have a giveaway blanket. Basically, everyone (who wants to) brings something to put on the blanket - not something you went out and bought - but it could be something you made, a found item or something you've had for a while and feel it would be time to pass along to someone else. We'll spread a blanket on the floor and put all of the items on it, then everyone gets to choose an item from the blanket. This way we all celebrate together. I'll make a birthday cake, with a candle or two.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled announcement:

We can make anything from juice or herbal tea to espresso or just dark roast coffee, and I've been known to bake something when provoked (special orders considered). We'll put out a basket if anyone wants to make an anonymous donation to the coffee fund. Being a dedicated space means we don't have to fight other people for space and if the music's too loud you can ask the host to turn it down.

We live in James Bay, close to a bus stop, a 20-minute walk from the legislative building and there's on-street parking available.

We have a 32" TV with VGA and HDMI inputs so we don't have to stare at a laptop or tablet screen; it's easiest if people bring their work on a flash drive, DVD or whatever, but if you want to plug in your computer (we don't have adaptors for Macs, but you can bring one if you like) that works too!

As always, we ask people to edit their images to share down to about 10-12 so we have time to appreciate each image on its own merit.

The hours are set from 5-7, but show up when you're available and leave when you need to. We have seating for about 14 people; beyond that you're welcome to stretch out on the floor on a cushion or get cozy with someone else. If you show up, you'll be welcome!

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  • Alex b.

    Thank you for having me at your warm and inviting home. thoroughly enjoyed the evening.

    1 · November 21, 2013

  • Ken J.

    Marcia's birthday made it more personal and special. Happy birthday, my friend!!

    1 · November 21, 2013

  • maria

    Thank you Marcia & mike again for you hospitality. Such a warm place to come to, and friendly bunch of people with lots of talents.
    Happy Birthday Marcia.

    1 · November 21, 2013

  • Sandra

    Sounds like I missed a wonderful party. Happy Birthday Marcia! And all my best wishes for many more!

    1 · November 21, 2013

  • Donna

    Thank you Marcia and Mike for always welcoming all of us into your home. I really enjoyed the evening of friendly chat, tasty nibbles and the scrumptious birthday cake, and viewing other members photos. This always puts my mind at work and keeps my creative juices flowing. I agree with Andrew about carrying our cameras more often so we can capture those spontaneous moments when they occur. Once again, Marcia, a big ♫ ♪ HAPPY BIRTHDAY ♪ ♫ and many, many more :-)

    1 · November 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    As usual it was a warm welcome and pleasant evening with a nice group of people. Delicious cake by the way Mike!
    Happy birthday Marcia.

    1 · November 20, 2013

  • Nathan S.

    Wonderful, as always. Happy Birthday, Marcia. It was great to see you all.

    1 · November 20, 2013

  • Angela

    Happy birthday Marcia. Sorry I couldn't make it, but it sounds like you had a great time. See you both tomorrow night :)

    1 · November 20, 2013

  • Bev A.

    Great time as always!

    1 · November 20, 2013

  • Andrew K.

    As usually very nice evening…

    1 · November 20, 2013

  • Marcia and Mike Nelson P.

    Thanks much to everyone who came out, for sharing your presence and your presents, your images and more! And thanks to Andrew for bringing that 3 metre(?) panorama! There's a lot more cake if anyone wants some. :-)

    M&M

    November 20, 2013

  • Gaynor

    Sorry, I don't think I'll be able to come tonight.

    November 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This would have been my first meetup, but I'm caught up with work and can't attend. I do look forward to events in the new year! Have fun tonight.

    November 20, 2013

  • Michael L

    Interesting stories as always. Great idea with the 'giving blanket' as a way to celebrate a birthday but make it interactive and inclusive.

    November 20, 2013

  • George S.

    U was looking forward to tonite's gathering and even got a group of images together, But I have e3ncountered some sort of bug and it would not be prudent to attend.

    November 20, 2013

    • Marcia and Mike Nelson P.

      Thanks for keeping your bugs to yourself. We'll be doing this again in January, and hopefully we'll see you before that!

      November 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Finishing a project for tomorrow, sorry cannot be there.

    November 20, 2013

  • Melodie

    There is a great chance I won't be able to make it due to a heavy schoolwork load, so I'm changing my RSVP to a "No" just in case. I really wanted to be there this time. :(

    November 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will be there if I can.

    November 15, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Unfortunately, I have to help my daughter tomorrow evening and will not be able to attend. I am looking forward to connecting with the group in the New Year. Please keep me in the loop for upcoming meetings.

      November 19, 2013

    • Marcia and Mike Nelson P.

      Sorry to hear that, but family is definitely a priority!

      November 19, 2013

  • Roy B.

    Deep in the middle of some renos , have to pass this time .

    November 19, 2013

  • George S.

    Is there a preferred image format and size for projecting?

    November 18, 2013

    • Marcia and Mike Nelson P.

      Jpgs are pretty universal and good enough for sharing. We have a 32" 720p TV so a couple of thousand pixels on the long edge is plenty big enough.

      November 18, 2013

  • George S.

    This will be my first opportunity to attend since joining. Not sure how regularly I will be able to attend.

    November 18, 2013

  • Sandra

    Great Ideas!

    1 · November 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm in

    November 9, 2013

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