Sunday, July 31, 2016

Project 366: Week 30

I’m cheating with this week’s collection of photos because I’m using images that I took earlier this month when we visited and cycled around the small city of Cornwall, Ontario. I meant to share them with you at some point but I never got around to it (lazy, sluggish blogger excuse), so they are now going to become part of this project; these and some others I took. Yes, I’m going to cheat again. And I’m not sorry one bit. ‘Cause this is my blog and I can do whatever I want with it! Okay, moving along...

This week's photo theme: Cornwall, Ontario

Friday, July 22, 2016
No Longer In Use
"Abandoned places make for interesting spaces."

Project 366, Day 204: No Longer In Use

Saturday, July 23, 2016
The Road Less Traveled
"This road is not used as often as it once was.”

Project 366, Day 205: The Road Less Traveled

Sunday, July 24, 2016
The View
"A pretty view from the bridge."

Project 366, Day 206: The View

Monday, July 25, 2016
Beneath The Bridge
"There are always interesting sights beneath the bridge."

Project 366, Day 207: Beneath The Bridge

Tuesday, July 26, 2016
"Once upon a time this had a use.”

Project 366, Day 208: Old

Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Old Canal
“Abandoned. But photograph-worthy.”

Project 366, Day 209: Old Canal

Thursday, July 28, 2016
The Trail
“This waterfront trail keeps going on and on...”

Project 366, Day 210: The Trail

What I've learned this week:
There is no end to the amount of exploration that can be done.
Waterfront trails are always enjoyable and wonderfully scenic.
I live in a beautiful country and I’d like to see more of it.
You don’t need to travel far to have fun!

Another week over for this project. And another month comes to an end. I hope you’re all having a terrific Sunday.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Like Zombies

When my best friend was in town last week, we took her downtown for dinner and after we ate we headed over to popular, waterfront Confederation Park, which is located across the street from City Hall.

And all of a sudden, 'they' began to arrive...

Gathering in groups.

Huddled together. Staring down at their phones.

Not paying attention to their surroundings, only what was happening on their screen.

It was surreal. And pretty creepy, too.

The most amazing man in the world and I have been to this park countless times in the seven years we've lived in this city and we've never seen anything like it. Masses of people being directed - and controlled - by a game!

Has the Pok√©mon Go craze invaded your area? That game that has people walking around in a zombie-like state? And searching for imaginary creatures? Are you a victim of this?

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Project 366: Week 29

I’ve been a lazy blogger for awhile now, particularly this month. And a lazy photographer at times, too. It could be the hot weather that’s making me sluggish or it could be that I just don’t know what to say lately. Or something else. I dunno. I’m late again with this project but here I am with week 29. All these photos were taken while the most amazing man in the world and I were out cycling.

This week's photo theme: Sights On Bikes

Friday, July 15, 2016
Fun On The Water
"Young people having fun in Lake Ontario."

Project 366, Day 197: Fun On The Water

Saturday, July 16, 2016
Downtown Kingston
"One of the most beautiful cities in Canada.”

Project 366, Day 198: Downtown Kingston

Sunday, July 17, 2016
Across The Water
"A distant view of The Royal Military College of Canada."

Project 366, Day 199: Across The Water

Monday, July 18, 2016
Historical Sights
"Built between 1846 – 1848, this is one of four Martello towers located in Kingston, Ontario. There are 11 of them still standing in Canada."

Project 366, Day 200: Historical Sights

Tuesday, July 19, 2016
"I always stop to photograph rusty old things!”

Project 366, Day 201: Rust

Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Raw Beauty
“Mother Nature at her best. This landscape has not been disturbed by humans.”

Project 366, Day 202: Raw Beauty

Thursday, July 21, 2016
The Road
“Where will this unpaved road take us?”

Project 366, Day 203: The Road

What I've learned this week:
Sometimes I have nothing to say. And I’m okay with that.
You can cover a lot of ground on a bicycle.
No matter how many times I visit the same area, there is always something new to see.
I am always happiest outdoors.

And that wraps up another round of photos. Have a wonderful day, everyone!

Monday, July 25, 2016

Chuckles and Chortles

Happy Monday, everyone! How are you all doing? I hope the weekend was good to you. My best friend, Cathy, was here for a couple of days last week. She and I have known each other since we were four. We have been there for one another for the past 47 years and have walked side by side in this journey we call life. We have laughed and played and cried together. She is the kindest, most thoughtful and loving person I know, and I'm blessed and honoured to be her friend. For two days we chatted up a storm and walked for miles. It was wonderful having her here.

Here we are on one of our marathon walks on a very hot and humid day!

Cathy on the left, me on the right.

Do you have a friend who is really special?

While you think about that, here's some funny stuff...

Have a good one!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Question Of The Day

I see...
Are you serious?

(I actually had trouble coming up with some.)

Your turn!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Don’t Put Your Foot In Your Mouth

One of the dumbest things anyone has ever said to me is: “ least you had some time together. If he’d had a fatal heart attack and died suddenly, you wouldn’t have had that opportunity.

This was said to me at the funeral home the day before my father was buried. My dad was diagnosed with cancer December 2006, right before Christmas. Three weeks later, he ended up in the hospital with complications. During that period, which lasted for almost 21 days, he suffered through the inability to eat or drink or use the bathroom, painful tests, probing physicians and three heart failures. The third one killed him.

Watching him suffer and deteriorate daily was bad enough (he’d been a physically strong man all his life) but when he lost his will to live, it was unbearable. He’d always been an easygoing, witty (I got my humour gene from him) and upbeat person. And the disease took all that away from him. It literally broke him. And the people who loved him.

So no, that time with my father wasn’t a bonus. Or welcome. There were days when we wished his suffering would end. And there were moments that I believed that a fatal heart attack from the get-go would have been better for him and for us. But that’s not true. I know that if that had happened, I would have wished for the extended stay. Because what it comes down to is that there is no ‘good way’ to lose a loved one. Grief is grief.

Hey, I get it; people don’t know what to say when someone dies. It’s a very uncomfortable situation to be in. But after losing two very close and beloved family members within four years (my father and brother), I’ve learned one thing: when you don’t know what to say, say very little, so you don’t put your foot in your mouth. And you don’t upset or frustrate the bereaved.

Keep it short and keep it simple. Use short phrases like:

“I’m sorry for your loss”
“My condolences to you and your family.”
“I’m sorry about (insert name/relation). Please let me know if there’s anything I can do.”
"I was deeply saddened to hear of (name of the deceased)'s passing. My heartfelt condolences."

Touch an arm, hug if you’re close. Then stop talking. Just stop. And move away.

If you can’t help yourself because you’re a chatterer, don’t talk about illnesses or suffering or death. Instead, share some happy memories of the deceased to show how much s/he was admired, respected and loved. Those types of stories are always appreciated and they help ease the grief.

But never, ever say that the people left behind are lucky because the way their loved one died is better. It's never better. Death is forever.

What is one of the dumbest things anyone has ever said to you?

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

If Only Genetic Research Could Do This...

Earlier today I shared a link on my Facebook page to a news article about the plan for 500 elephants to be tranquilized and moved to a larger preserve. This massive effort will be going on this month, next month and again next year. It’s a lengthy and tedious project, as you can imagine, but certainly an important one.

Apparently, conservationists are doing this to protect the threatened African elephant population from poaching and human encroachment. According to the World Wildlife Fund, there are estimated to be only about 470,000 of these beautiful animals left in the wild, down from several million last century. This saddens me. Angers me. MaKEs. mE. CRazY. Why can't humans just stop behaving like assholes and start respecting the planet and all living beings on it?

Now here's a thought:

With all the genetic research going on, wouldn’t it be wonderful if the asshole gene could be located and deleted from humanity? And the greed gene. Yeah, that one, too. Along with a few others. Can you think of some that could be removed to make this a better world? I’m sure you can! Go ahead and share them...

Monday, July 18, 2016

Chuckles and Chortles

Happy Monday, blogging pals. What have you been up to? How are you doing? Was the weekend nice to you? Ours was nice enough to encourage us to get out and about, particularly yesterday when we loaded ourselves and our bikes onto the ferry in the downtown area and headed to Wolfe Island, the largest of the Thousand Islands.

The ferry operates year round throughout the day, holds approximately 55 cars and 294 passengers per trip and is free. It's fun to take a ride over to explore the island and get a glimpse of Kingston while headed there. We did some cycling, worked up an appetite and headed back to our downtown area to have dinner on a patio. Because the weather was so spectacular. That was our day. What about you? How'd you spend your Sunday? I'd love to hear all about it.

While you think about that, I'll put together some funny stuff for you.

Have a good one!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Project 366: Week 28

Week 28 has arrived much too quickly! It’s been a little hectic for us once again and photography has been quite a challenge. So. I’ve thrown together a few images to keep up with this project. Nothing earth shattering, but at least I’m keeping up.

This week's photo theme: Randomness

Friday, July 08, 2016
"Running through these lines all day, every day."

Project 366, Day 190: Power

Saturday, July 09, 2016
"This area is overflowing with it.”

Project 366, Day 191: Greenery

Sunday, July 10, 2016
A Shady Area
"I’m not sure why, but this looks creepy to me."

Project 366, Day 192: A Shady Area

Monday, July 11, 2016
Fun On The Water
"Someone is enjoying this beautiful day."

Project 366, Day 193: Fun On The Water

Tuesday, July 12, 2016
"My favourite plant in the garden.”

Project 366, Day 194: Lilies

Wednesday, July 13, 2016
There’s A Storm Up Ahead
“It doesn’t seem to bother this feathered family.”

Project 366, Day 195: There's A Storm Up Ahead

Thursday, July 14, 2016
No Longer In Use
“But photograph worthy.”

Project 366, Day 196: No Longer In Use

What I've learned this week:
To slow down and breathe. And take photographs.
In addition to photography, a trip to the bookstore does wonders for me.
I wish everyone could just stop and look around and be amazed by the world we live in.
Accept what you cannot change and focus on what you can.

And that’s it, my friends, for this week. Wishing you all a wonderful rest of the weekend!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

What I’ve Learned In My Life So Far

I've learned that...

Just an observation!
And a quick post (I'm pressed for time today!) to make everyone smile.

Have a nice Thursday, everyone.

** Don't try this at home, kids! Or anywhere else... **

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Question Of The Day

Almond Milk
Greek yogurt
Maple syrup (Canada, eh?)
Hot peppers

Your turn!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Project 366: Week 27

So here we are at week 27 for this project. I’m late again posting the photos for that period but that really can’t be helped. There is a lot going on lately and I’m just happy that I’m keeping up with this.

This week's photo theme: In The Garden

Friday, July 01, 2016
"One of the most anticipated flowers of the season."

Project 366, Day 183: Daisies

Saturday, July 02, 2016
"A garden favourite.”

Project 366, Day 184: Clematis

Sunday, July 03, 2016
Green and Yellow
"A neon-coloured display."

Project 366, Day 185: Green and Yellow

Monday, July 04, 2016
Bold and Beautiful
"A garden is that much more beautiful with the colour red in it."

Project 366, Day 186: Bold and Beautiful

Tuesday, July 05, 2016
Pretty In Purple
"These flowers may be small but their impact is huge.”

Project 366, Day 187: Pretty In Purple

Wednesday, July 06, 2016
Mellow Yellow
“A reminder of sunshiny days.”

Project 366, Day 188: Mellow Yellow

Thursday, July 07, 2016
Gorgeous Green
“You don’t always need flowers to make a garden beautiful.”

Project 366, Day 189: Gorgeous Green

What I've learned this week:
The garden is a sanctuary for the soul.
Working in the garden is very meditative.
A personal garden is a little bit of nature right in your own backyard.
Every day, there is something new and wonderful to discover in a garden.

And that is the end of another week. Wishing you all a wonderful Tuesday!