Monday, October 31, 2016

Chuckles and Chortles

Happy Monday, everyone, and happy Halloween! I hope you all had a lovely weekend. We sort of hibernated the past couple of days, because sometimes you need a little of that, but we did manage to go out for coffee and be part of civilization. Now that my battery is more or less fully charged, I will once again pick up the pace.

Lots of sunshine here today but a little cold. Thankfully there's no rain in the forecast, so the little witches and pirates and princesses and vampires can get out tonight and enjoy the holiday. They may have to bundle up but at least they won't have to carry umbrellas around. Or miss out completely. Some parents do not take the kids out if the weather is really bad.

Anyhow, here's some Halloween(y) humour for you.

Have a great day, everyone.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Another Week

This week zipped right by. It sure was a busy one. My younger daughter arrived Monday evening and stayed with us until last night. She has this week off from school and she was able to get a few days off from work. As soon as she confirmed that she was coming for sure, I did what I always do: I planned a whole day of cooking and baking. All that culinary madness took place on Monday. By the time we picked her up from the bus station at 8 PM that night, the fridge was full of lunches and dinners and desserts, and I had a meal to be placed in the slow cooker the next morning marinating in the fridge. I even packed a container full of white chocolate chip cookies, pumpkin muffins and lemon bread for my daughter to take back with her. All homemade goodies with healthy ingredients.

I don’t worry too much about her when it comes to nutrition because has good eating habits. She knows how to cook and bake, and she enjoys wholesome foods. Despite being busy with school, a job and a very active social life, she eats healthy. I love that she does this. With busy and hectic schedules, and a huge selection of processed foods available, it’s easy to eat badly. It’s frightening how many ‘food-like’ products are on supermarket shelves with very little – if any – nutritional value in them. When we eat that stuff, we are starving our bodies.

Moving on from lecturing...

We got to spend time together and catch up, which was wonderful. I enjoy listening to her voice her opinion on things and I always love hearing about her news. She is so grownup and yet whenever I look at her, I still see the baby I cuddled, the energetic toddler I chased after and the young child I put on the school bus. All that came and went and POOF suddenly she’s in high school. And that came and went and POOF she's off to university. POOF again and she’s moved to another city with her own apartment, attending the second year in university and holding down a part time job.
What??? When did this all happen? She’s the baby of the family. My older daughter already put me through this a few years ago and I was hoping the younger one would slow down a little. But the clock keeps ticking and time keeps rolling along, pushing us all foward.

Can you think of a song with the word time in it? The first one that comes to mind for me is Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time”, which was released in 1984. Coincidentally, I was my daughter’s age that year, only 19.

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Project 366: Week 42

Busy, busy, busy. That’s what it’s like for me lately. And because I’m pressed for time, I’m going to continue with last week’s theme of shots taken within ten minutes of my home. They’re not the greatest photos, nor did I put much effort into them, but the project must go on!

This week's photo theme: Within Ten Minutes (Part 2)

Friday, October 14, 2016
"Autumn silhouettes."

Project 366, Day 288: Shadows

Saturday, October 15, 2016
Green Space
"A large green space near our home that we can enjoy any time.”

Project 366, Day 289: Green Space

Sunday, October 16, 2016
The Fork In The Road
"Which way?”

Project 366, Day 290: The Fork In The Road

Monday, October 17, 2016
Flower Power
"Yellow and purple. A very pretty combination."

Project 366, Day 291: Flower Power

Tuesday, October 18, 2016
The Library
"The way to a place filled with my favourite thing: books!"

Project 366, Day 292: The Library

Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Lots Of Greenery
"There is no shortage of green spaces in the beautiful city I live in.”

Project 366, Day 293: Lots Of Greenery

Thursday, October 20, 2016
The Way Home
“This is one of many pretty roads that lead to home.”

Project 366, Day 294: The Way Home

What I've learned this week:
Sometimes people will surprise you and you realize you don’t know them at all.
You can’t force things. They happen when they happen.
Simplicity can be quite extraordinary.
A sense of humour helps you get through the muck.

Have a great day, my friends!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

What I’ve Learned In My Life So Far

I've learned that...

Amazing, isn't it, how different perspectives can be? This applies to everything, including religion and politics, two topics of conversation that can - and oftentimes do - lead to disharmony. Insults are tossed back and forth, anger ensues and relationships are tested and sometimes destroyed when people don't see eye to eye. Haven't we all been guilty of this type of behavior at some point in our lives?

In my own circle, I have family members and friends whose views on many subjects compared to mine are so contrary that one wonders how on earth we could possibly get along. Well, we maintain a relationship as long there isn't nasty mudslinging and derogatory comments. A difference of opinion is fine. Name calling and belittling isn't.

What do you think?

Monday, October 24, 2016

Chuckles and Chortles

Happy Monday, blogging pals. How is everyone? I hope you all had a nice weekend. Ours was both busy and quiet. Projects, leisure time, projects and leisure time. That was our weekend. And we squeezed in a couple of movies. The night before we watched 'Cat Ballou' with Jane Fonda and Lee Marvin. It's an old comedy western musical. Meh. It was alright. I'm not the biggest fan of old movies. Some I like, some I don't. Then last night we watched the crappiest movie in the history of crappy movies. 'Trespass' starring Nicole Kidman and Nicolas Cage. There are so many flaws in it that it's both laughable and exasperating. Do. Not. Watch. It.

Guess what? I'm the proud owner of a slow cooker. Finally. We went shopping on Friday night and brought one home with us. Do any of you use a slow cooker? I have wanted one for ages. I don't know why I took so long to get one. And since bringing it home, I've already collected about 1,000 recipes to try. Tomorrow will be my first attempt at this beautiful machine. Wish me luck, I'm going in...

Okay, enough of the blah, blah,'s some funny stuff for you.

Have a great day!

Friday, October 21, 2016

This Week

Here we are again. The end of another week. It's cold and gloomy and pouring rain outside as I write this. It's the side of the fall season that I don't like. Any day now the leaves on the trees will fall and the raking will begin. Or the mulching. We don't rake or bag or blow leaves; we mulch them into our lawn. And add some into the flower beds, as well. Good eatin' for the garden.

Have you watched any good movies lately? We've been watching some older ones. A few days ago we saw 'Brubaker' starring Robert Redford. It's a prison drama about newly arrived prison warden, Henry Brubaker, who attempts to clean up a corrupt and violent and abusive penal system. It's pretty good. I always enjoy films that Robert Redford is in; he's a good actor.

While watching 'Brubaker', the most amazing man in the world commented on how young Robert Redford is in this film. Of course he is. This movie dates back to 1980. I was young then, too. Only 15. I didn't have grey hair, a mortgage, children I worried about or any other grownup responsibilities. I wasn't dealing with menopause and all its madness. My vision hadn't begun to deteriorate, therefore I didn't have to hold reading material out at arms length (in bright light) or wear reading glasses daily or carry around a mini magnifying glass to read the fine print on products that at my age is one big blur. I didn't have to kick my metabolism in the ass (once upon a time it was a powerhouse) to keep it from spending the day napping. And my body didn't make creaking, popping and rattling sounds. Some of you know what I'm talking about. Some of you are still too young to understand all this but you'll get there one day!

Moving on...

I've been listening to a lot of music lately as I continue to paint furniture, which I'll share photos of eventually since some of you requested some. But not today. Today I will share the video below of the song Renegades by the band X Ambassadors. Maybe you'll like it, too. Or not. Doesn't matter. What does matter is that the weekend is here again and I'm going to wish you all a good one!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Happiness Is...

...this kitty snuggling up to me.

This is extra special because this is not my cat. It is my hospice client's cat. There are actually four cats - all rescues and all females - in the house and this is one of them.

When I first started volunteering with this family, only one of their cats acknowledged me from the get go. She would talk to me and I'd talk back. Yes, I speak cat. And she'd let me pet her. She actually insisted I do so. The other three kept their distance. In fact, I didn't get a glimpse of them for a very long time. They hid slept in the basement the whole time I was there.

Well, the weeks and months passed, and with my regular visits, (almost) all of them started getting used to my being there every Wednesday. Curiosity got the better of them and two of the three skeptics snuck a peek. From a safe distance.  A few weeks later the same two started sleeping nearby and a few weeks after that, they let me pet them. For a second or two.

Then yesterday, this one jumped on the couch, parked herself right next to me, placed a paw and her head on my leg and took a nap. She let me pet her for as long as I wanted and purred up a storm.

I'm in! I'm in the circle of trust. And it only took about a year. *snort*

Number four is still suspicious. But she did come up from the basement yesterday to glare look at me, so there's hope.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Project 366: Week 41

Technically, I should be putting up this post every Friday, but I get so busy with other things that I can’t be bothered. Eventually I get to it and here I am. For this set of photos, I challenged myself to shoot an image within ten minutes of leaving my home. On foot. So all these pictures are within a few minutes walking distance of my house.

This week's photo theme: Within Ten Minutes

Friday, October 07, 2016
Green Space
"Raw, beautiful nature."

Project 366, Day 281: Green Space

Saturday, October 08, 2016
By The Pond
"One of my favourite spots near our home.”

Project 366, Day 282: By The Pond

Sunday, October 09, 2016
The Bench
"Sit down and relax for awhile.”

Project 366, Day 283: The Bench

Monday, October 10, 2016
"One of the few tall buildings in Kingston."

Project 366, Day 284: High-Rise

Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Young Tree
"Even though it’s so small, it still puts on a colourful show in the fall."

Project 366, Day 285: Young Tree

Wednesday, October 12, 2016
"A jumble of growth and hues.”

Project 366, Day 286: Hodgepodge

Thursday, October 13, 2016
The Manhole
“Not one of Mother Nature’s creations.”

Project 366, Day 287: The Manhole

What I've learned this week:
Take walks within your neighbourhood and explore your surroundings.
Challenge yourself once in awhile. You just might be surprised at what you can accomplish.
All work and no play make life dull. Take a break and do something fun.
There is beauty even in the smallest things.

Wishing you all a great day!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Fill In The Blank

...a personal cook.

Even though I enjoy cooking and baking, I could get used to someone preparing meals for me.

And by the way, when I was a kid, we actually had a personal cook that cooked for us seven days a week.

She went by the name of 'mom'.

Your turn!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Chuckles and Chortles

Happy Monday, blogging friends. Did you all have a nice weekend? I certainly  hope so. Our weather has been very mild for the past few days. It feels more like spring than fall. I can live with this.

Have you heard about the 'creepy clown craze'? I was recently reading about it. It began in Greenville, S.C., in the United States in August and has since gone global, with incidents reported in the United Kingdom, Australia and even my country, Canada. Total madness. Here's a link for those who have no idea what I'm talking about: Creepy clown craze sweeps the globe

Now let's get to the funny stuff.

Have a good one!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Friday Again

It's Friday again and here we are at the start of another weekend? Where did the week go? What's been keeping you busy? I've been - surprise! - painting. I'm working on an old bookcase right now, which has been around since the beginning of time. Well that's not true. It's actually been around since my kids were very young. And so was I. When I'm finished with it, it'll look so much more...I don't know...youthful. If only a simple thing like paint could turn back the clock for us, as well. A light sanding, a bit of primer, a couple of coats of a bright colour and - voilĂ  - 20 years younger.

These painting projects are fun (minus the cleanup and preparation) and I've been tackling one at a time from my list of "old furniture that needs a new lease on life". To date I've completed two nightstands, a console table and a rocking chair. I've got three pieces to go, including the one I'm working on now, and then I'm going to walk around the house and see what else I can freshen up with paint. Or what else I can do. I've been visiting a lot of crafting blogs/sites and painting blogs/sites and renovation blogs/sites lately to learn as much as I can. There is no end to the amount of projects one can do when you head down this road. Trips to the hardware store are always a joy and I've even run out between coats of paint because "there's something I need for this job!". Yesterday it dawned on me that I'm becoming one of 'those' people. The DIY people. My dad would be proud, of course, since he was a cabinet maker and such a handyman in just about every type of renovation job. With the exception of electrical work. He never touched that.

Anyhow, that's what's going on with me lately. It's enjoyable and I've been singing while I've been working. Literally. Because there's always music playing. Like this song that has me dancing around my workspace with the paintbrush used as a microphone.

What's up with you? I'll wish you all a wonderful weekend while you answer that!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Question Of The Day

Yes. Even with people I don't want to share the universe with. In fact, I could be seated right next to or across from someone that gets under my skin and not bat an eye. I've actually been in these types of situations and survived them. I am able to ignore people I am not very fond of, taking no notice of them as if they are literally not there, even looking right through them if need be. There are rare occasions when I step out of that cocoon and voice an opinion or take a swipe at somebody, but that's only when that individual is saying something completely inappropriate or extremely offensive. I always choose my battles carefully. Otherwise, Mr. or Mrs. annoying just doesn't exist.

How about you?

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Project 366: Week 40

I’ve been very busy lately with home projects, mostly painting, so week 40 has been put together from bits and pieces. No big deal. At least this project is still moving forward. Only 12 more weeks to go!

This week's photo theme: Bit and Pieces

Friday, September 30, 2016
"Abandoned and no longer in use."

Project 366, Day 274: Deserted

Saturday, October 01, 2016
"Chipped but still quite bold.”

Project 366, Day 275: Yellow

Sunday, October 02, 2016
Urban Addition
"One of these things is not a natural occurrence.”

Project 366, Day 276: Urban Addition

Monday, October 03, 2016
Autumn Flowers
"The fall season showcases beautiful flowers."

Project 366, Day 277: Autumn Flowers

Tuesday, October 04, 2016
Red and Green
"Two colours that go – and grow – well together."

Project 366, Day 278: Red and Green

Wednesday, October 05, 2016
A Tree On Fire
"In the fall, the leaves on some trees look like flames.”

Project 366, Day 279: A Tree On Fire

Thursday, October 06, 2016
Shades Of Green
“The jungle behind my home.”

Project 366, Day 280: Shades Of Green

What I've learned this week:
Spending time with loved ones is the best feeling in the world.
For quality results, take your time when doing a job.
Some things are in our control, some things are not.
Don’t let someone’s bad attitude ruin your day. It’s their problem, not yours.

Have a good one, everyone!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

My Tuesday...

...has been a whole lot of this:

What does your day look like?

(I'll be by to visit your blogs later today or tomorrow. )