Friday, August 26, 2016


So the weekend is here once again. What are your plans? Ours include a visit with my baby girl who is all grown up and getting ready to start her second year in university. She never returned home after year one; opting instead to live year round in Ottawa. I miss having her here, of course, but she is very happy in her new city. We'll be driving up to see her this weekend and I'm very excited about that.

I asked her earlier this week if she was free for a visit and we worked out a time where she could fit us in. She's a social butterfly and you have to schedule a visit!

She asked me at one point: "Is there a particular reason you're coming?"

Me, in my head: "Because I miss you terribly and the house is not the same without you and the vibrancy and energy you added here is gone and it seems like forever since we've seen you and as a new school season begins I reminisce about when you were little and it tugs at my heart and I wonder where all those years went and miss waiting for the school bus with you and making your lunch and putting your school artwork on the fridge and reading you a bedtime story and kissing you goodnight and I just can't believe how grown up you and your sister are and that you've both moved out and that we're truly empty nesters and most of the time I'm okay with it because this stage of life is kind of nice but occasionally I'm not okay with it today..."

Me, out loud: "We just want to see you, sweetheart."

My daughter: "Okay."

Motherhood. No one said it was going to be easy.

Well, at least I'm not doing this to my cats:


Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Inside My Introverted Brain

I've been asked this question many times in my life:
"Why are you so quiet?"

Many, many times. By family members, friends, neighbours, coworkers, strangers, and on and on. It's actually a very annoying question but one that doesn't seem to go away. So I roll my eyes and sigh.

I am an introvert, you see, so it's not unusual for me to say very little when I'm with a group of people, particularly if that group of people is not very familiar to me. When I first get together with individuals I don't know that well, I like to listen and observe. This allows me the opportunity to familiarize myself with the crowd.

Other times I'm not particularly interested in participating in a conversation that I can't relate to. Or a conversation that is so contrary to what I stand for that it would lead to a pretty heavy argument if I inserted my opposing opinion. Don't get me wrong, there are times when I will absolutely add my two cents in and defend what I believe should be defended. But first I will determine if this is a worthwhile battle. This is how listening and observing, first, comes in handy.

And, of course, there are times when you just can't get a word in. Because sometimes a group is dominated by the loudmouth who likes to listen to his/her own voice, interrupts everybody, rambles on and on, and completely monopolizes the conversation. This is the type of person that can lead to this exchange:

Are any of you introverts like me? And if so, have you ever been asked about being quiet?

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Project 366: Week 33

Week 33 came and went very quickly, and how I managed to put together some photos to share is beyond me. With the intense heat of the summer, photographic efforts have been pretty lame. But here we are again. And here is another set of images to keep this project going.

This week's photo theme: Near The Water

Friday, August 12, 2016
Water, Water Everywhere
"There is no shortage of water views in my lovely city."

Project 366, Day 225: Water, Water Everywhere

Saturday, August 13, 2016
A Pretty Obstruction
"Late season flowers are blooming everywhere.”

Project 366, Day 226: A Pretty Obstruction

Sunday, August 14, 2016
"A peaceful moment by the water does the soul good.”

Project 366, Day 227: Tranquility

Monday, August 15, 2016
"Despite the slight wind, a reflection has been captured."

Project 366, Day 228: Reflections

Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Parked On The Water
"Tourism season brings many boat lovers to Kingston."

Project 366, Day 229: Parked On The Water

Wednesday, August 17, 2016
"This small island is across the city of Kingston.”

Project 366, Day 230: Secluded

Thursday, August 18, 2016
A Bridge Over Water
“On the left side is Canada; on the right is the United States.”

Project 366, Day 231: A Bridge Over Water

What I've learned this week:
Despite the heat, summer is one of the most incredible seasons.
The autumn season is not too far now!
I enjoy sitting by the water in deep thought.
This world we live in is breathtakingly beautiful.

And that’s that. Have a wonderful day, everyone!