Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Question Of The Day

I suppose I could choose my camera but I'm not going to. Because no matter how much I love it, it can be replaced. What can't be replaced is a sweater that used to belong to my dad that he offered me a few years before he died. I'm so happy I accepted it. And even happier that I've kept it over the years.

It has a zipper in front and it's thick and warm and perfect for those brutally cold winter days when you need something to cozy up with while you sip a warm cup of tea. Not only does it remind me of the greatest father anyone could have ever had, but every time I put it on and wrap it around me, I feel like I'm being hugged by him.

Your turn!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Project 366: Week 34

Here I am with week 34 and another round of photos for my “Project 366”. This week’s collection is all about unusual, fascinating and entertaining things I’ve spotted with camera in hand in this incredible world of ours. It is one of my favourite photography themes and it’s been a while since I shared these types of images. I hope you enjoy!

This week's photo theme: Interesting Sightings

Friday, August 19, 2016
A Child’s Playhouse
"Wouldn't you have loved to have one of these as a child?"

Project 366, Day 232: A Child's Playhouse

Saturday, August 20, 2016
What Am I?
"When you're this big, you're not afraid of the human getting close to you.”

Project 366, Day 233: What Am I?

Sunday, August 21, 2016
Layers Of Buildings
"The passage of time shows the addition of different styles of architecture.”

Project 366, Day 234: Layers Of Buildings

Monday, August 22, 2016
Here Be Ants
"There is a whole world underneath our feet."

Project 366, Day 235: Here Be Ants

Tuesday, August 23, 2016
"They make everything happier and more colourful."

Project 366, Day 236: SpongeBob SquarePants

Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Old Water Fountain
"When was the last time you saw one of these?”

Project 366, Day 237: Old Water Fountain

Thursday, August 25, 2016
“Could you live in a house with this address?”

Project 366, Day 238: 666

What I've learned this week:
The more I look, the more I see.
It’s always fun searching for these types of images. They are quite entertaining.
Digital cameras are the best. I’d be broke by now using film!
We are getting ready to wrap up August. Unbelievable.

That’s all for today. Have a good one, everyone!

Monday, August 29, 2016

Chuckles and Chortles

Happy Monday, everyone. I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. The highlight of ours  was the visit with my younger daughter. Here are the three of us in the downtown area. Don't I look like a proud mama?

And here's a look at where my daughter is living these days.

Together with four other girls, she is renting the unit with the huge balcony. It's a really nice place in a really nice neighbourhood. And most important of all, she is very happy.

Now, let's get to some funny stuff. This week's humour is all about starting school...

Have a great day!

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!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

What I’ve Learned In My Life So Far

I've learned that one of the best things you can look for in a partner is a great sense of humour.

I'm married to a goofball.

The most amazing man in the world is also one of the funniest. Whenever I'm not looking, he takes these types of nutty selfies. I have a collection of them.

What trait or traits are attractive to you?

Monday, August 22, 2016

Chuckles and Chortles

Happy Monday! How are you all doing? And did you have a nice weekend?

You know what happened here yesterday? A downpour of rain! So. Much. Rain. It was great. After such a long period of drought, the more rain we get the better. And you know what else happened? The temperature dropped yesterday evening. So much so that when we took our evening walk after the rain had stopped, I actually had to bring along a light jacket with me. And wear it. Maybe this heat wave will finally break. And I'll stop having to change clothing more than once a day.

And you know what I'm going to do now? If you guessed share some funny stuff, you're a smart cookie. Here we go...

If you know the English band, Culture Club, you'll understand this one.

Have a good one!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Fill In The Blank

A cardinal sitting on our windowsill and singing its little heart out made me smile yesterday.

This has been going on for days now. This adorable cardinal has been hanging around our backyard, sitting on our windowsills, our deck, the trees, flying around the yard and singing joyfully throughout the day. We figure it either has a nest nearby or is from a nest nearby. Whatever the reason, we are thrilled at his presence and the entertainment he provides with his lovely song!

Your turn.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Project 366: Week 32

We are at week 32, ladies and gentlemen, and that makes me very happy. Keeping this project alive during the heat wave has been a real struggle and I confess that I’ve had to resort to using a few images taken during previous weeks. I suppose it could be considered cheating but since they’re all my photos, it’s a teeny tiny offense.

This week's photo theme: Point and Shoot

Friday, August 05, 2016
The Path
"Close to home. And used countless times."

Project 366, Day 218: The Path

Saturday, August 06, 2016
Across The Water
"Can you swim that far?”

Project 366, Day 219: Across The Water

Sunday, August 07, 2016
"The best time to be in the downtown area.”

Project 366, Day 220: Sunset

Monday, August 08, 2016
Boldly Green
"There is nothing dull about beautiful hostas."

Project 366, Day 221: Boldly Green

Tuesday, August 09, 2016
At The Edge
"As far as our bikes can take us."

Project 366, Day 222: At The Edge

Wednesday, August 10, 2016
"One of the most beautiful things about summer.”

Project 366, Day 223: Flowers

Thursday, August 11, 2016
The Open Road
“Follow and see where it takes you.”

Project 366, Day 224: The Open Road

What I've learned this week:
Sadly, the days are getting shorter and shorter.
Heat waves and menopausal women are mortal enemies.
Any camera will do as long as you can ‘see’.
It’s fun to look back at images of frozen moments in time.

And so another week is complete for this project. Have a great day, all!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Chuckles and Chortles

Happy Monday, blogging pals. How is everyone doing? What have you been up to lately? Not much to report on my end. We've been pretty sluggish, mostly because of the extremely hot days we've been experiencing for what seems like forever. A good portion of the summer has been like this:

But we did finally have get rain on the weekend. And last night when we took a walk it was cooler. Still a little humid, but cooler. What's it been like where you live?

While you get ready to answer that, I'll put together some funny stuff to start this day off right. Enjoy.

Have a good one!

Thursday, August 11, 2016