Thursday, 23 February 2017

Take Three Thursday

As I am missing many of the memes/reasons to get out there & take photos, to notice the beautiful natural & abundant nature around me, I am trying on my own meme - Take Three Thursday.  

My idea is very similar to Helena's SNAP; take 3 photos that are linked some how, by theme, by colour, by date, by moment, points of view.  These three are linked by theme.

Not sure where this is going to go or take me.  Please feel free to join in - for now there will be no link & maybe there never will be ... but never say never.

So my first Take Three Thursday:

Can't See The Forest For The Trees


Advice From A Tree:  Stand Tall & Proud.  Go Out On A Limb.  Remember Your Roots. Drink Plenty of Water.  Be Content With Your Natural Beauty.  Enjoy the View.

Monday, 20 February 2017

Memos, Mail & Me: It's Monday Feb 20th

Giving a Monday wave to all & linking in with our hostess Sian at:   From High In The Sky

On the new front;

Today is Family Day in Ontario, Alberta & Saskatchewan, which is a holiday on the third Monday of February. In British Columbia, Family Day falls on the second Monday of February.  You would think we could get it on the same day.  This day is celebrating the importance of family & community, so I don't understand why it is not being celebrated across Canada & on the same day.  And yes Happy President's Day to my American family & friends.

Also on the sort of new front; sunshine & lots of it over this holiday weekend with accompanying milder temperatures.  Smokey Puss certainly knew how to make the most of the sunshine.  She had a wonderful bath & snooze in the sunshine.  

Sooty Paws was busy running from window to window watching all the squirrel & bird activity.  Love is definitely in the air for the squirrels. I will say no more.

On Sunday we had a trip out in search of the last few items I needed for the Winter Photo Scavenger Hunt - success.  We traveled on a few back roads that we had not previously ventured on, so another new!  This is one of the reasons I like the PSHs & miss Snap,  as it gets us motivated to go out.  As introverts we have far too easy a time in finding reasons to stay inside.

On Friday,  Mr Man experienced for the first time having the person in front of him in the drive thru line pay for his coffee - he was so excited for this. Bonus is that it's Tim Horton's Roll Up The Rim time - he won a free coffee! Score. Bonus. Pay It Forward.
It is beginning to look a lot like tax time - the mail box has had several pieces of mail all to do with T this  & T that - Canadian tax forms have a T in front of the number to signify that it is for the tax form.  I also think the  form number corresponds to the line on the master tax form submitted to the government.  I will say no more about taxes.

I hope everyone has a wonderful week ahead.

"Life is the art of drawing without an eraser."  John W. Gardener


Thursday, 16 February 2017

WPSH - A Few More

Here are a few more  for the Winter Photo Scavenger Hunt.  Linking in with Eileen at:  WPSH

I still have a few to capture, but I hope to have the list completed by the end of the month.  So far finding a market stall is the biggest challenge but who knows - I have asked The Universe so who knows what she might present to me!

2. Raindrops (taken from the bathroom window)

6. River or canal

9. Diamond(s)

10. Winter Weather (so many to choose from)

11. Photo Taken At Night

15. Hands (mine tightly gripping the steering wheel on drive to Toronto)

16. A Memory of Your Childhood (from my Breyer horse collection; I named her Crown Jewel)

17. A Church with a tower or spire
20. Cold

Repeat of #5 Feather or Fur (my first was of a Blue Jay, this handsome Cardinal was singing his little heart out to his Mrs)

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Sunshine & Snowmen

Today the sun shone very brightly, something we haven't seen in weeks.  I bundled up & took myself for a stroll throughout the neighbourhood.  Lots of snowmen built from the weekend's snow, which was just damp enough to make it perfect for building snowmen & throwing snowballs.  Today it is quite cold so these guys will be around for at least another week 

... a few of the gentlemen I found on my walk.


I am hopeful that the sunshine remains so I can re-try a couple of my WPSH photos.  I will definitely be able to get the shadow photo!

Monday, 13 February 2017

Memos, Mail & Me:It's Monday Feb 13th,

Giving a Monday wave to all & linking in with our hostess Sian at:   From High In The Sky

I got real mail this week!   It was so exciting.  I received this beautiful hand made card from Sian.  I leaked only happiness.  Grateful.

New from the patio - it has been a very snowy few days.  Friday we got about 5cm of snow, Saturday was clear but Sunday another 15cm arrived throughout the day.  Sunday evening was freezing rain with very high winds.  Monday is now contributing to the accumulation of more snow.  It is pretty to look at.  Difficult to drive or walk through.
For Sunday's walk it was the middle of the road for me because neither the road or sidewalk plows had been around.  The snow was wet & slushy from the cars driving through it & I got a soaker!

I am always thankful that all the neighbours with fire hydrants in front of their homes are quickly cleared of snow & easily accessible just in case.   

If February give much snow, A fine summer it doth foreshow.         .... then bring it on I say!

Monday, 6 February 2017

Memos, Mail, Me: It's Monday February 6th

Giving a Monday greeting to all & linking in with our hostess Sian at:   From High In The Sky

Source: Internet

New mail this week included something I like to think as delivered by The Universe.  

I found these two photocopied sheets in a book I borrowed from the library.  They were not copies made from this particular book. The  last person that borrowed the book was in 2013 & it shows the date information on one sheet is 4/3/2013 9:12AM.  One sheet is about Authenticity is a daily practice & a list of the authenticity daily practices from Dr Brene Brown (who is an author I greatly admired).  The other sheet does not indicate from which book it is photocopied from, just shows pages 182 & 183, but it too is about being authentic within friendships.  What I take from the overall messages are that being yourself brings connection, grace, joy & gratitude into our lives.  Thanks Universe for this mail.

Other mail on Friday included flyers about body well being.  Several of the local grocery stores now offer in store dietitian counseling & the Eat How You Want To Feel is their publication.
Several levels of government are getting involved in the diet of the people.  Not sure how I am feeling about this, but it seems (& I cannot argue with the logic) the obesity levels are still on the rise.
So all fast food places must list the calorie intake of each food item & already there is a drop in the purchase of upsized drinks, fries & other treats, so maybe government intervention is a positive thing. 

On the happy news front, Mr Man received an all healed & the OK to return to work from the eye surgeon at his Friday appointment.  Mr Man does need to take some drops twice a day for 2 weeks & follow up with our local eye specialist.  NO MORE TORONTO VISITS!

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Over the last year we drove to this Toronto hospital 19 times, 2 visits were surgeries. Every appointment was between 7:00am & 8:00am. Each drive was 174 kilometers roundtrip; each time we drove on 7 major highways & one of those highways, The Gardiner Expressway at some points were 7 lanes across in one direction (14 to/fro lanes). I drove 9 of those times.  I think we consumed about 36 cups of hospital tea, 10 raisin tea biscuits; 4 donuts.  Thankfully the hospital waiting areas had very current magazines & I was able to glean at least 4 new recipes.  Thankful for such good medical care & great doctors & hospital staff, but SO thankful the end results are good & that we do not have to go back!  Now this is the way to start a Monday.

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Five In Five On The 5th - February, 2017

Linking in with Sandie & the other Fivers at : Itchifingers  The idea is to take five photos in five minutes on the 5th of the month. 

We are in the middle of a freezing ice pellet storm system so lighting is less than ideal inside & out.  I quickly took my 5 while outside filling up the bird feeders.

"Every gardener knows that under the cloak of winter lies a miracle ... a seed waiting to sprout, a bulb opening to the light, a bud straining to unfurl.  And the anticipation nurtures our dream."
-  Barbara Winkler