Monday, February 29, 2016

Chuckles and Chortles

Happy Monday, everyone! Here we are wrapping up another month. Can you believe it? Spring - my favourite season of the year - is just around the corner. The garden plants seem to think so, too, because the daffodils in our backyard are poking their little heads out, raring to go. I should be seeing a robin back there any day now. Yahoo!

Now, let's get to the funny stuff...

Have a good one!

Friday, February 26, 2016

Project 366: Week 8

By now, some of you may be wondering what’s with all the indoor, macro shots, and whether there will ever be anything else. Well, that’s none of your business. This is my blog and I’ll do whatever I want.

Just kidding...

There will definitely be other photos in the future, many of them outside. But because I lack the most experience with indoor photography, especially lighting and close-ups, this project is a great opportunity to practice those skills. So far I’m satisfied with the results, particularly because all of the images up until now have been taken with natural light and without the aid of a tripod. They are all hand-held shots and captured with a lens that has no image stabilization, which means I’ve got a steady hand and nerves of steel! [snort]

Let’s stop the babble and get to this week’s images.

This week's photo theme: Handy

Friday, February 19, 2016
"They come in all shapes and sizes, and are a common source of power."

Project 366, Day 50: Batteries

Saturday, February 20, 2016
"Useful in so many ways, especially during power failures!"

Project 366, Day 51: Flashlights

Sunday, February 21, 2016
The Mighty Mouse
"Some of us still rely on these useful gadgets."

Project 366, Day 52: The Mighty Mouse

Monday, February 22, 2016
Push Pins
"Useful for attaching things such as papers and photographs to a wall or bulletin board."

Project 366, Day 53: Push Pins

Tuesday, February 23, 2016
The Calculator
"Once upon a time, hand-held electronic calculators were so expensive, they were considered a luxury item.”

Project 366, Day 54: The Calculator

Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Needle and Thread
“Because sometimes you need to do a little sewing.”

Project 366, Day 55: Needle and Thread

Thursday, February 25, 2016
“Tools are not only handy, they're a necessity.”

Project 366, Day 56: Tools

What I've learned this week:
My camera is a cherished item. If anything ever happens to it, I will immediately replace it. And figure out how to pay for it later!
It is getting easier to photograph dark colours, especially black.
Changing the perspective can turn the most mundane object into an interesting image.
My home is overflowing with photo opportunities.

And that’s a wrap for week eight. Enjoy the weekend, everyone!

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Very Important Cat Jobs

My cat, Mocha...

...and my cat, Nacho...

...both sleep the majority of the day away. So I've been scolding them lately about being lazy and expecting to be waited on hand and foot.

Well, let me tell you, they were rather offended by my "ingratitude". Because, they said, they have a lot of critically important jobs that us humans take for granted.

Like in this video: 17 very important cat jobs

Wow. I had no idea they worked so hard. They must be exhausted. It's no wonder they need so much sleep!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

You're Probably Around My Age If... ever played with these types of bricks (or owned/recognize them):

Or maybe you had these in the U.S:

And created stuff like this:

It might surprise some blog readers, especially the youn'uns, that Lego blocks were not always readily available. But no big deal. There were other choices when I was a kid.

My brothers and I played with these types of blocks for years and I can't tell you how many fond memories I have of that period in my life. Because of that, this very special toy will always have a soft spot in my heart.

Do you know/remember this toy?

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Monday, February 22, 2016

Chuckles and Chortles

Happy Monday, everyone. I hope the weekend was good to you. Not much to share today as it's been a very quiet few days for us. Perhaps you have some news. Maybe something interesting is going on in your part of the world. If so, share away!

While you think about that, here's something to tickle the funny bone...

A great day to all!

Friday, February 19, 2016

Project 366: Week 7

I’m very late getting my blog post up for this week’s Project 366 photos but that couldn’t be helped. It’s been a busy period again but in a very good way; my daughter was off from school and she spent the past few days with us. She left this morning and I already miss her. It’s always such a joy having her here.

Despite how hectic the week was, I managed to stay committed to this project and here are this week’s images...

This week's photo theme: Time

Friday, February 12, 2016
The Clock Keeps Ticking
"Time waits for no one."

Project 366, Day 43: The Clock Keeps Ticking

Saturday, February 13, 2016
"Every festive occasion marks the passage of time."

Project 366, Day 44: Celebrations

Sunday, February 14, 2016
"All living things succumb to the aging process."

Project 366, Day 45: Aging

Monday, February 15, 2016
Timeworn Wooden Spoon
"This wooden spoon belonged to my grandmother and it dates back to the early 1900s."

Project 366, Day 46: Timeworn Wooden Spoon

Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Reading Glasses
"Time ages our eyes and reading glasses become necessary."

Project 366, Day 47: Reading Glasses

Wednesday, February 17, 2016
"Technological advancements and changes constantly render once familiar and popular things outdated or obsolete.”

Project 366, Day 48: Outdated

Thursday, February 18, 2016
Cherished Memories
“In time we all become a memory." (Photos of my father who died in February 2007)

Project 366, Day 49: Cherished Memories

What I've learned this week:
Stay calm when you are overloaded with responsibilities. You’ll get to everything in good time.
I am discovering beauty in the most unusual details through my camera lens.
A camera is always within reach and I never leave home without one.
Photography is a way of expressing myself.

And that’s it for week seven. Have a wonderful weekend, my friends!

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Ask Me Anything

Once again, I'm telling you, my blogging pals, to go ahead and...

I introduced this last year and it turned out to be a lot of fun. Some very interesting inquiries were made, one of which led to a series of posts about how the most amazing man in the world and I met.

I had such a great time with this that it may turn out to be an annual event.

So fire away with any questions you may have for me. Silly, random, weird, serious, creepy, absurd...whatever comes to mind, just ask. I will answer them all, but I also reserve the right to be totally slightly elusive if it's much too personal. Also, unlike last year, there is no limit to how many questions you may ask. One, two, five,'s your call. I will let this run till the end of the month and begin posting answers in March.

Ready, set, go...

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Question Of The Day

I'm so grateful I don't have much of a sweet tooth, especially at this period in my life. My metabolism has gone on a very extended vacation since the menopausal years kicked in and all those treats just go straight to my hips and thighs.

However, there are two things I love LoVE LOVE:

Ice cream.  Chocolate chip, heavenly hash, cookies and cream, butter pecan, cookie dough, vanilla and chocolate. Just to name a few flavours.

And cheesecake. New York style. None of that caramel, chocolate, fudge, lemon or lime type nonsense added in. Just regular, simple cheesecake with a fruit topping. Preferably strawberries or raspberries, but all fruit is welcome. Mmm...mmm...

My birthday cake last week. Sinfully delicious!

How about you? What two foods would you feast on?

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

You Know Your Kid Is In University When...

...your birthday card included in the flower delivery has this message in it:

BAHAHAHA! I laughed so hard when I saw that message. Really made my day.

Last week, the day after my birthday, my daughter sent me flowers:

There must have been an extra charge for the cat!
This cute teddy bear:

And a birthday card that had that funny message in it.
Hey, free shipping is free shipping and worth waiting an extra day for.

The interesting life of a university student. And the entertaining life of mom of a university student!

Monday, February 15, 2016

Chuckles and Chortles

Happy Monday, everyone. Did you all have a nice weekend? For some Canadians the weekend is still going on because of Family Day, which is not a national statutory holiday and only celebrated in a few provinces in the country, one of them being Ontario where I live. In any case, some lucky folks are enjoying an extra day off.

I received some news from my university-attending daughter on Saturday. She signed her first lease for an apartment, which means she'll be staying year round in Ottawa while she studies. And earlier in the month she informed me that she had received a scholarship that she hadn't applied for from a Canadian media and broadcasting company (not sure if I should share the name, so I won't), which means that she is currently the most outstanding journalism student at her university. These are very exciting times for her and I'm brimming with pride!

Okay, so now that I've shared my happy news, let's laugh it up...

Have a good one!

Friday, February 12, 2016

Project 366: Week 6

I was busy with so many other things this past week that taking photos regularly became a real struggle. There were moments that I considered quitting this project but because I’m so determined to stay committed to it I forced myself to keep at it. And even though not as much effort was put into all the photos as there should or could have been I am pleased that I stuck to it. I can – and will – finish this project and be grateful I did when the year ends.

This week's photo theme: In The Kitchen

Friday, February 05, 2016
"No kitchen is complete without forks."

Project 366, Day 36: Forks

Saturday, February 06, 2016
Spice It Up
"Add a little flavour to your food by seasoning it with more than just salt and pepper."

Project 366, Day 37: Spice It Up

Sunday, February 07, 2016
Measure It
"Sometimes you need a little help to get the measurements just right."

Project 366, Day 38: Measure It

Monday, February 08, 2016
"Some nice snacks can be found in the kitchen."

Project 366, Day 39: Biscotti

Tuesday, February 09, 2016
Essential Tools
"Every kitchen needs cutting boards and knives."

Project 366, Day 40: Essential Tools

Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Lemons and Limes
"Two of my favourite ingredients."

Project 366, Day 41: Lemons and Limes

Thursday, February 11, 2016
The Teapot
“My favourite teapot for that perfect cup of tea.”

Project 366, Day 42: The Teapot

What I've learned this week:
There is a sense of pride in completing a task.
Motivation sometimes needs a boost when it’s lacking.
I'm happy I arrived at the finish line even if I arrived kicking and screaming!

And so week six is complete despite my grumblings. Happy weekend to everyone!