Monday, April 21, 2014

Chuckles and Chortles

Happy Monday, everyone. I hope you all had a nice Easter/long weekend. Some of you may still be enjoying a day off. Others are back to their routine.

It was an amazing couple of days here weather-wise and otherwise. Saturday it was beautiful, and we spent the day outdoors. And yesterday it was beautiful again, and we drove to Montreal to celebrate Easter with my family. As always, it was terrific to see everyone, and we had a great time.

On our way back, part of our route home included the Thousand Islands Parkway, which is a short and wonderfully scenic drive east of our city, and not too far from it. This two lane highway, which is 40 kilometers (25 miles) long, follows the St. Lawrence River, and offers beautiful views like this:

Eye candy for the soul.

The world is a spectacular place, isn’t it? I certainly think so.

Hey, how about some humour? Yeah, let’s get to that...

Have a terrific day!


Sunday, April 20, 2014

From Our Home To Yours...

Wishing you all a beautiful day!


Friday, April 18, 2014

Easter Bunnies: The Stuff Of Nightmares

So it’s Easter weekend, and some of you will be celebrating it with family and friends. Others who don’t celebrate it will be enjoying a long weekend. Whatever the case may be, I hope it’s a good one for all of you.

This will be funny if you've seen the movie 'Silence of the Lambs'

Hey, did you ever take photos with an Easter bunny when you were a kid? I didn’t. And I never took my girls to take these types of pictures either. In fact, I had no clue people even do this. But apparently they do. And judging from the horrifying images below, I have to wonder why.

Take a look:


Are we having fun yet?

And this baby never slept through the night again.

"Get back here...."

This is why we grow up being afraid to look out our window when it's dark.

Aren’t these terrifying? Can you imagine being forced to take a photo with one of these ‘creatures’ as a child? That’s how nightmares begin. And years of therapy...

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Montreal Memories: My Favourite Treat Store

Did you have a favourite place to buy treats from when you were a kid? That one store that sold chocolate and ice cream and candy and soft drinks (pop) and chips and bubble gum and popsicles...and every other sugary and salty and crappy-for-you-but-oh-so-delicious junky food?

I did. And it was a hop, skip and jump away from my home; just a couple of hundred metres away. A corner store that was there throughout my childhood and beyond, and one that I frequented many times as a youngster. And so did just about every other kid I knew in the neighbourhood.

That corner store was my favourite place to spend the occasional dime I got.

It didn't just sell sweets and treats; it was a variety store that sold just about anything you were looking for. But I never cared about all that. When I walked in with my dime, which actually bought you something back then, I headed straight for the rot-your-teeth section, so excited I could hardly contain myself.

This is also the store where my late brother got a hard lesson in accountability as a little boy. The store where our mother marched him back to return some ‘borrowed’ candy, and made him apologize to the shop owner. And for good measure, she took me along so I could ‘watch and learn’, which I did.

Once upon a time this display window was filled with many items.

The most frequented treat store of my childhood is no longer in business, but I have an abundance of heartwarming memories to remember it by.

Did you have a favourite store as a kid?


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Photo Dump

“People see my photos and think I labor over my image and I'm this cool, brooding artist.
But I'm just having fun with it.”
- Lenny Kravitz -

When I’m out and about with a camera in hand, I’m like a kid in a candy store. There is so much to delight in and, of course, photograph. I become very excited about the world around me, and I sometimes react in a silly way, or with childish enthusiasm. This keeps me feeling young at heart, content and at peace. Sure I sometimes challenge myself when snapping photos, but I don’t take it so seriously that I lose the spring in my step.

Here is this week’s round of photos...

An abandoned building always offers photo opportunities.

Whatcha thinkin' bout, furry face?

"Mine...all mine!"

Raccoons are the cutest bandits.

An old building in downtown Kingston.

Enjoying an afternoon snooze in the sun.

The Royal Military College's (RMC) Mackenzie Building dates back to the 1870s.

The West Branch Tower was built between 1846-1848 in Kingston Harbor during
the height of the boundary dispute with the United States known as the "Oregon Crisis".

Basking in the 'sunset'.

An abandoned home along a snowy country road.

Happy Wednesday to all of you!



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