Friday, 30 September 2016

One Photo, 6 Words: Turn - Sept 30

The idea is to take one photo & write six words which include the word of the week.  Linking in with Miriam & the other short story tellers at:  Miriam

This week's word is: Turn.  As we put away the patio for another year, I have been thinking a lot about the past glorious spring & summer & so much enjoyable time outside...





Turn, look back, then quickly forward.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

SNAP - Good Fences

Linking in with some very Snappy folks along with our hostess Helena at:  SNAP.    

Have a peek at what everyone else has found as a two to four photo collection this week & then join in - go on, you know you want to.

This week my SNAP collection are some of the more creative & interesting fences that we find on our little jaunts off the patio.  I think the tree stump fence is a favourite - it stretches quite a long way around the property.












Good Fences Make For Good Neighbours

Monday, 26 September 2016

Memorandum Monday - September 26th

Good Morning to you all.  Connecting with our hostess, Sian & the other Monday Memo writers at: From High In The Sky

What's new from the patio?  Well this Monday morning I am happy to report that sisters are all doing well enough that they can do without my help or company.  Work, is an entirely different story, it bores me so I will not go on about it & bore you.

We have been having some amazing fiery red skies in the morning.  What a view to start the day.  They have been competing with the sunsets.
 Autumn arrived in glorious heat & humidity & very dry.  Leaves are turning colour & starting their branch departure.  Turn, turn, turn, to everything there is a season ... 


 The corn crop growing behind us, however sparse, is ripening & ready for harvesting.

The Heavenly Blue Morning Glories are finally blooming, although not on mass as I had envisioned, but still each bloom is magnificent.
 

This weekend we visited a new to us large lake shore park in Burlington.  This city lies between Hamilton & Toronto along the shores of Lake Ontario.  It is a city that takes great pride in preserving much of the lake front as park for all to use & it is a city under going massive condo construction.  The park we visited is called Spencer's Park & has a very long & very wide boardwalk with a long pier out into the lake for strolling & viewing pleasures.  Not too many boats to watch but lots of people, dogs & cyclists to watch.

Mr Man & I both commented on how well behaved all the dogs being walked along the boardwalk were; how consider the bicyclers were, as were the walkers.  Everyone seemed to be enjoying their space while still respecting the space of everyone else around them.  We saw very little litter (say that fast), no graffiti on the big rocks or breakwall.   

  
We were also fascinated by the bike repair station that the park provided.  I have never seen such a thing before. 




My thought for the week:   I know when to stop.  I know when to let things go.  I know when to move on.  But "I know" is very different from "I can" or "I have done so".  (gleaned from the internet).



Friday, 23 September 2016

One Photo, 6 Words: Never - Sept 23rd


The idea is to take one photo & write six words which include the word of the week.  This week's word is: Never.
Linking in with Miriam & the other short story tellers at:  Miriam






Never Say Never, other side possible!

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

SNAP - Beauty Unfurls Slowly

Linking in with the SNAP Community along with our hostess Helena at:  SNAP.    Have a peek at what everyone else has found as a two to four photo collection this week & then join in - go on, you know you want to.

This week my SNAP collection is something very simple, 4 stages of my patio pink hibiscus.  As summer is waning, it is having an amazing flush of blooms.  Each morning I am in awe of its simple beauty.

A bud just showing its colour
More colour, more promise

 
Unfurling its beauty












 
Da Ta - Beauty In Full Bloom

Beauty, simple & elegant & pink;  thank you Mother Nature.

Monday, 19 September 2016

Memorandum Monday - Sept. 19th

Good morning to you.  Checking in with our hostess, Sian, at:  From High In The Sky

Thank you all for the abundant well wishes.  My eldest sister has had every test known to woman.  We have a sister that has MS & the eldest  sister was worried she was developing a late stage of the disease.  She was also worried that her collapse was from diabetes, there is lots of this disease in our genetic make up.  Still no word on what went wrong, just confirmation of what it is not. Towards the end of eldest sister needing help, sister with MS had a bad fall & broke her right wrist in multiple places, so now she is coping with a cast.

What is new coming from the patio?  Abundance in garden production.

Garden Abundance Abounds In Cherry Tomatoes
Mr Man got the news of a surgery date for his eye - it is in October just after our Thanksgiving.  We were given an abundance of paperwork to sign & lots of choices to make.  New technology abounds with this procedure.  Mr Man gets to choose which type of lens replacement he wants; the standard (fully covered by our provincial health program) or the premium lens replacement, (not covered & we pay out of pocket), which has a build in UV coating to give permanent sun protection.  Oh the decisions.

On some new things happening; I got my packages of the official Canadian developed tulip for Canada's 150th anniversary.  Just need time to get them dug in.  Already dreaming of the abundant red & white blooms in the spring.



New for Mr Man & me, was the eating at a new local food truck set up in the town next to ours & on one of the back & forth trips to eldest sister, we met & had lunch - not a very healthy lunch but tasty.  I was pleasantly surprised, the food truck offered veggie burgers.
Food Truck
My Lunch
While on the sister front, things are back to normal & they do not need any further help from me.  On the work front, things at the clinic are still rather in a state of flux.  We need to hire (again) someone for the front desk reception role plus we now need to replace a physio therapist as our second one quit.  Trying very hard to keep rolling with the changes, not taking personally & keeping a close check on my stress levels.  Pleased there is an abundance of resumes (CV's) coming in for both positions.

So on to the week of September 19th, may it be rich in joy & peace for everyone ... I leave you with my thought for the week:

Sometimes when things seem to be falling apart, they may actually be falling into place.



Monday, 12 September 2016

Memorandum Monday - Sept. 12th

A big wave to all you Monday memo writers.  Please be sure to link in with our hostess, Sian at: From High In The Sky

Because of a health crisis for my eldest sister, (she is out of hospital & home needing some attention) & a work crisis, I will not be giving an update of what is new from the patio this week & I will probably be absent from blogland during this week.

I will be back next week.  Hope everyone has a great week.

 

Friday, 9 September 2016

One Photo, 6 Words: More - Sept 9th

The idea is to take one photo & write six words which include the word of the week.  This week's word is: More.

Linking in with Miriam & the other short story tellers at:  Miriam


Patio time, I would like more.

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

SNAP - I Was Here, On The Path

Linking in with some very Snappy folks along with our hostess Helena at:  SNAP.    Have a peek at what everyone else has found as a two to four photo collection this week & then join in - go on, you know you want to.

This week my collection are the Inukshuks that I see, from the small found in my garden, the roadside builds, garden centre mascots, to  the huge found at corporate offices. 

Inukshuk, the singular of inuksuit, means "in the likeness of a human" in the Inuit language. They are monuments made of unworked stones that are used by the Inuit for communication and survival. The traditional meaning of the inukshuk is "Someone was here" or "You are on the right path."

 
found in my garden
















  
road side find


 
garden centre mascot



 
huge corporate mascot
















Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Five In Five On The 5th

Linking in with the other 5ers - you can find more about this meme at Sandie's blog site.  Please join us; taking five photos in five minutes on the 5th of the month:  Itchifingers

This month my five were of course taken while enjoying a morning brew on the patio - I will call this grouping, Morning Light.

rose bush
cobwebs on clematis vine

Hardy Mums
 
morning light on clematis seed heads




a busy busy bee





Monday, 5 September 2016

Memorandum Monday - September 5th


Waving an enthusiastic good morning to our hostess, Sian & the other Monday Memo writers & linking in here:  From High In The Sky

It is a holiday weekend for us; Monday is Labour Day & we have nothing planned.

In keeping with Sian's theme of what's new.  I have some more of my scrapping pages.  These pages are so far blank of photos but it goes back to an earlier post where I mentioned my new method of scrapping was to create the layouts first then I know what photos I need; whether verticals or horizontals, squares or the wallet size & to use up my over abundant stash.

The first layout was created with the assistance from a sales person at a favourite scrap store that recently closed.  I already had the floral paper but was stumped at what to use as secondary papers.  So I took the floral in & asked for help in picking some secondary papers. I was shown the papers from the rest of this line, which all co-ordinate nicely. I think these secondary papers, especially the red polka-dots, were a bold choice, something I would not have thought of on my own.  I am happy with the over all end layout. Yeah for me for saying yes to bold & different, that is new



The next finished layout seems to feel like a good winter layout even thought the paper is floral.  Two new techniques - mist spray on the doilies (oh my) & bling jewel accents.


And the last new layout is still under construction, not sure what my finishing bits will be & I definitely will be putting more than just a photo on each page. The flowers have pop dots on them along with a bling jewel in the centre - more new techniques for me.  These pastel colours are more in keeping with my "norm" of scrapping.




Happy week ahead to everyone & this holiday Monday I will continue to work on my PHD - pages half done ... 

My thought for the week:  Spend your free time the way you like, not the way you think you're supposed toSusan Caine


Friday, 2 September 2016

One Photo, 6 Words: Rest - Sept 2nd

This lovely meme is the idea of Miriam & you can connect with some of the other regular contributors to Short Stories here:Miriam



This week's word for the One Photo, 6 Words is rest.



Walk, then rest and enjoy view