Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Young Or Old, It's All The Same

I don't know how many times I've heard folks around my age (I'm 51) and older complain about the youth. That they're selfish and lazy and irresponsible and rude and inconsiderate and...on and on it goes.

Well, talk about the pot calling the kettle black. Because that certainly hasn't been my experience. In fact, in all the years I've lived in this city, it's been quite the opposite. It's actually the older folks that have displayed those traits more often than the young.

Just this past month alone, I've witnessed some people from my generation and the generation before me being discourteous and demanding and impatient and brusque. I've seen them block entire aisles in stores and sigh with annoyance when someone attempts or politely asks to get by. I've seen them jump queues and pretend they don't understand the concept of taking turns. I've seen them interrupt servers and salespeople and cashiers while they are dealing with others because their needs have to be taken care of immediately. I've seen them being total menaces on the road and very unapologetic about it. And many who are working in customer service shouldn't be doing that type of work at all. They are bitter and impatient and annoyed at your very presence. They don't smile or say thank you or make you feel welcome.

On the other hand, many young'uns from the upcoming generations have been polite and considerate and accommodating and exceedingly patient. They have opened doors and apologized for blocking the way. They have been mindful of others and they have offered assistance, even to the bad-tempered, difficult and curmudgeonly older folks. They've smiled while serving and wished people a good day and been wonderfully gracious. They have been enthusiastic and friendly and pleasant conversationalists. They have brightened up my day more often than people my age and older.

Are all older folks cranky and snippy? Absolutely not. Some are as sweet as honey and packed with wisdom. And are all younger people full of sunshine and rainbows? No way. Some are pretty ill-mannered and self-absorbed.

My point is that positive or negative traits are not exclusive to any generation. Each one has its fair share of the good, the bad and the ugly!

What do you think? What has been your experience?

Monday, May 30, 2016

Chuckles and Chortles

Happy Monday, friends. How are you all doing? How was your weekend? Ours was very busy, which seems to be the theme for the entire month of May. But we did squeeze in some fun on Saturday evening. We spent it in the downtown area near the water. It was a glorious day; the weather was perfect! Yesterday I spent the entire day in the garden and when I finally came in it felt like my legs were made of rubber. But the plants are happy and the flower beds look great.

Today I've got a lineup of things that I need to tackle, so let's get to the humour...

Have a great day!

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Project 366: Week 21

It’s been an insanely busy week for us and photography has been a real challenge. But I’m finally here with another round of photos for my ‘Project 366 – 2016’. At times I think I must have lost my mind when I committed to this. But mostly I’m thankful for it. It forces me to step away from the daily grind for awhile and focus on something much more enjoyable.

This week's photo theme: Close To Home

Friday, May 20, 2016
"The world is more beautiful when we’re surrounded by greenery."

Project 366, Day 141: Greenery

Saturday, May 21, 2016
Surveillance Spot
"Checking out the surroundings.”

Project 366, Day 142: Surveillance Spot

Sunday, May 22, 2016
The Bridge
"We have crossed this countless times."

Project 366, Day 143: The Bridge

Monday, May 23, 2016
A Feathered Friend
"Evening walks are much more interesting when we run into some winged friends."

Project 366, Day 144: A Feathered Friend

Tuesday, May 24, 2016
The Pond
"No matter how many times I visit, I can never get enough of this pretty little pond.”

Project 366, Day 145: The Pond

Wednesday, May 25, 2016
“Pretty blooms add extra joy to an evening stroll.”

Project 366, Day 146: Flowers

Thursday, May 26, 2016
Maple Leaves
“You know you’re in Canada when you’re surrounded by these.”

Project 366, Day 147: Maple Leaves

What I've learned this week:
There is beauty close to home.
Being near the water calms me.
Stepping away from the daily grind is vital even if it’s only for a little while.
Life is more interesting with a camera in hand!

And that’s all for this week. I hope you’re all enjoying a wonderful weekend.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Question Of The Day

This used to be so easy to answer before one of my brothers died. When asked, I'd simply say "Yes, I have two older brothers." And that was the end of it. But after I lost the younger of the two, it became quite awkward. Still is.

My answer now depends on the situation. Sometimes, I may simply say that I have two older brothers and not mention that one died. Or I might answer that I have one older sibling and leave it at that. Because mentioning death brings out uncomfortable silence or questions that I don't feel like answering. Other times I'll just tell someone "I had two older brothers; one of them died a few years ago" or "There used to be three of us but one died awhile back" and let the chips fall where they may.

How about you?

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Monday, May 23, 2016

Chuckles and Chortles

Happy Monday, everyone. How are you all doing? Was the weekend good to you? Ours is still going on because today is a holiday in Canada. And what a weekend! The weather has been absolutely amazing. Saturday we spent the whole afternoon outdoors doing stuff. For the most amazing man in the world it was all about taking care of the lawn and power washing stuff. For me...gardening. Hour upon hour of glorious gardening. I tell you, this gardening stuff is like meditating. Nothing else quite like it.

Then yesterday we took an impulsive trip to Ottawa for another run through IKEA for a few things. Back in my favourite store for the third time in less than a month! Does it get any better? Of course it does. Because after that we met up with my daughter in the downtown area and we all went for dinner. She is doing great in her new city. I miss her, of course, but I'm so proud of her and so happy that she's faring so well.

What's up for today? For starters, I'm planning to give our outdoor bench a fresh coat of paint. After that, who knows. So let's get to the funny stuff and get on with the day...

Have a great day!

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Project 366: Week 20

I may be late again posting my weekly photos for ‘Project 366 – 2016’ but here I am. This time of year keeps me quite busy indoors and out, but I manage to find time for the things I enjoy. Like taking pictures. And when do I take them? Whenever I can. Wherever I can. A lot of them are snapped during leisurely strolls with a point and shoot camera that I never leave home without. Because there are so many interesting things to see and so much beauty to be found along the way.

This week's photo theme: Evening Stroll

Friday, May 13, 2016
A Fork In The Road
"Which way?"

Project 366, Day 134: A Fork In The Road

Saturday, May 14, 2016
Green Space
"A serene walking area right behind the homes.”

Project 366, Day 135: Green Space

Sunday, May 15, 2016
Lilacs In Bloom
"It’s that time of year."

Project 366, Day 136: Lilacs In Bloom

Monday, May 16, 2016
Gone To Seed
"The dandelions are done."

Project 366, Day 137: Gone To Seed

Tuesday, May 17, 2016
"Do you see the heron?”

Project 366, Day 138: Camouflage

Wednesday, May 18, 2016
“Not what you want to see.”

Project 366, Day 139: Litter

Thursday, May 19, 2016
Alone In The Water
“The contrasting colours capture your attention.”

Project 366, Day 140: Alone In The Water

What I've learned this week:
Lilacs are breathtakingly beautiful.
Spring is a season of many awakenings.
It’s not the camera you use, it’s what you see.
Get outside as often as you can. There is an amazing world out there.

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

Thursday, May 19, 2016

We Need A Little Humour

We are constantly surrounded by bad news, which makes it that much more important to maintain a sense of humour to avoid going stark raving mad. And I’m here to help with that. Here's a funny - and cute - video of animals taking a bath that will tickle your funny bone and brighten up the day. Enjoy!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Question Of The Day

An old friend of mine used to go to psychic readings regularly and swore up and down that these visits were bang on every time. So, out of curiosity and because I thought it would be fun and because I'm game to experience new things as long as they're not very risky or illegal, I decided to give it a try. I booked an appointment with the woman she went to for these readings, a no-nonsense elderly lady that read palms and cards. And I kept an open mind.

While I was there, I volunteered nothing (as far as I'm concerned), and she didn't ask any questions or push me to contribute to what she was saying. She was perfectly happy doing her thing while I sat quietly as she talked and talked, telling me a whole bunch of things about my past and present. And everything was accurate and true. Then she spoke about the future, which I'd find out as the years went by, happened pretty much as she said.

Before I left that day, she told me that I had a strong aura and an old(ish) soul (there were things I still needed to learn, perhaps in this lifetime) and the ability to "see". "This is a special thing" she said that I should "embrace and develop". And right as I was heading out the door, she called out "wait a minute!" and ran into a room in her home. A minute she returned with some books that she handed to me about palm reading and souls and auras and chakras and stuff like that there. I was startled and told her I couldn't take them, but she insisted "I want you to have these. They will help you open yourself up to these abilities."

This was almost twenty years ago and I've never done anything like it since. And I've had no interest to. But it's an experience I'll never forget.

How about you? Have you ever done something like this?

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Project 366: Week 19

I was behind a week when I posted my last set of photos for my‘Project 366 – 2016’, so I'm playing catch-up today, something that may happen often in the next few months. Because life gets in the way sometimes.

Week 19 was a real struggle. It's close to a miracle how I even managed to put together a single photo for that period. This is not my best week but it is a complete one. And that's something to be thankful for.

This week's photo theme: What Captures My Attention

Friday, May 06, 2016
Blooming Trees
"One of the loveliest things about spring."

Project 366, Day 127: Blooming Trees

Saturday, May 07, 2016
Acrobatic Squirrels
"Whatever it takes to get some food.”

Project 366, Day 128: Acrobatic Squirrels

Sunday, May 08, 2016
Garden Decor
"Pretty additions to the garden are visually pleasing."

Project 366, Day 129: Garden Decor

Monday, May 09, 2016
American Goldfinch
"One of the most adorable visitors at the bird feeder."

Project 366, Day 130: American Goldfinch

Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Plants and Weathered Wood
"The two go so well together.”

Project 366, Day 131: Plants and Weathered Wood

Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Chains and Rust
“One of my favourite things to photograph.”

Project 366, Day 132: Chains and Rust

Thursday, May 12, 2016
Side By Side
“It’s always more fun when you share some time together.”

Project 366, Day 133: Side By Side

What I've learned this week:
Putting in the effort is better than not trying at all.
Be satisfied that you fulfilled a goal even if the results aren't perfect.
Photography forces us to slow down and 'see'.
Remember to breathe.

That’s it for today. Wishing all blogging pals a beautiful day!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Chuckles and Chortles

Happy Monday, everyone! How's it going? Was the weekend good? Rumour has it that some of you had snow. I hope it melts quickly because Old Man Winter has no business coming around this time of year. The old coot! We didn't have snow but we did have a rainy and cool couple of days. But today I woke up to a wonderfully sunny day and it looks like the entire week is going to be spectacular. Woot!

Okay, let's get to the funny stuff because I have a super busy day ahead...

Have a good one!

Friday, May 13, 2016

Project 366: Week 18

Taking a few days off blogging has put me behind a couple of weeks on posting photos for my ‘Project 366 – 2016’ but I’ll be catching up soon enough. I’ll share some today and then another round over the weekend or early next week. Life gets in the way sometimes and that can’t be helped.

This week's photo theme: Random Shots

Friday, April 29, 2016
"Rust and nature come together."

Project 366, Day 120: Discarded

Saturday, April 30, 2016
The View
"Slow down and look around.”

Project 366, Day 121: The View

Sunday, May 01, 2016
The Library
"The library near my home is in a very picturesque location."

Project 366, Day 122: The Library

Monday, May 02, 2016
"What would we do without them?"

Project 366, Day 123: Trees

Tuesday, May 03, 2016
"Time for a fresh coat of paint.”

Project 366, Day 124: Faded

Wednesday, May 04, 2016
A Lone Goose
“Enjoying a solitary morning swim. Because sometimes you need some time alone.”

Project 366, Day 125: A Lone Goose

Thursday, May 05, 2016
“The view is much better from up high.”

Project 366, Day 126: Perched

What I've learned this week:
We can’t always keep up with everything, so we have to prioritize.
But despite how busy it gets, it’s important to make time to play.
There are infinite amounts of photos waiting to be taken.
I’m amazed that we’re in May and I’m still committed to this project!

That’s it for today, friends. Wishing you all a beautiful weekend.