Thursday, June 30, 2016

In The Jungle...

...the mighty urban jungle the lion kitty sleeps hides tonight...


This kitty trying to hide from us on our evening stroll yesterday. S/he is obviously not very good at it.
Nice try, little furball. You might want to consider some camouflage next time.

But...
Ever since then, I've had this playing in my head:
♪♫♫♪ We-de-de-de, de-de-de-de-de de, we-um-um-a-way  ♫♪♪♫

Click on the video below (I dare you!) if you'd like that tune stuck in your head, too.
My earworm can be your earworm.
You're welcome.


Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Evening Strolls

Do you like to walk? I love to walk. And the most amazing man in the world and I do a lot of that as often as we can. We have a few favourite routes that we take and - coincidentally - every single one ends up passing by a Tim Hortons (popular Canadian coffee shop). Do we stop and treat ourselves? Of course we do. He always gets a half coffee/half hot chocolate mix and - depending on the weather - I either get a cappuccino or an iced coffee. These days it's the cold drink for obvious reasons.

We walk for a very long time and I always take along my little point and shoot camera. I don't aim for award winning photography; I simply enjoy capturing interesting sights along the way and freezing moments. It's almost like keeping a journal but in images instead of words.



Yesterday evening we walked for a very long time and at one point it started to drizzle. There were hardly any clouds in the sky, so it didn't last long. But despite being short-lived, it left behind this beautiful sight:


It's been awhile since I saw a rainbow. What a wonderful surprise this was!

Do you enjoy walking?

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Question Of The Day


Okay, this is actually questions of the day...

So, the most amazing man in the world and I live in Kingston, Ontario. We've been here for the past 7 years. The city has about 123,000 people residing in it. Up until our move here, we lived in Montreal, Quebec, one of the biggest cities in Canada with a population of about 1.6 million.

How about you?


Monday, June 27, 2016

Chuckles and Chortles

Happy Monday, blogging pals? How's everything? I'm late with my Monday humour but at least I'm here. I feel like I've been taking one step forward and two steps back lately; always trying to catch up. Sometime today I'll even get to your blog posts. In the meantime, here's some funny stuff for you.







A wonderful day to all!

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Project 366: Week 25

Week 25 rolls in and another seven images get posted. Where do the days go?

This week's photo theme: Afternoon and Evening Sights


Friday, June 17, 2016
Green Paths
"My favourite places to take a stroll through."

Project 366, Day 169: Green Paths


Saturday, June 18, 2016
Contrast
"The door and the wall are a nice contrast.”

Project 366, Day 170: Contrast


Sunday, June 19, 2016
Green, Green, Green
"No shortage of that colour in the summer."

Project 366, Day 171: Green, Green, Green


Monday, June 20, 2016
Looking Down
"What do you see below you?"

Project 366, Day 172: Looking Down


Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Dining By The Water
"Very popular this time of year.”

Project 366, Day 173: Dining By The Water


Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Power Lines
“Power lines and sky come together.”

Project 366, Day 174: Power Lines


Thursday, June 23, 2016
In Between
“Big buildings and small buildings in downtown Kingston.”

Project 366, Day 175: In Between


What I've learned this week:
Taking random shots is always fun.
I snap more photos during this time of year than any other.
I’ve learned to stop and pay attention to my surroundings more carefully.
It’s a mystery how people stare down at their phones instead of the world around them!


That’s all for now! I hope you’ve all had a wonderful weekend.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Atonement

I spent yesterday morning making carrot soup for my daughter who is arriving this afternoon from Ottawa for a visit for the weekend. It's a little warm for soup but it's one of her favourite things and I was trying to make up for a blunder I made earlier this week.

On Tuesday morning I sent out a text message to both my daughters that went something like this:

ME: So we watched Game of Thrones episode 9 last night. XXXXXXXXXX...yuss!!!"

(The part with the x's wrote key information about the ending of the episode. I'm not writing it here because I don't want to spoil it for fans of this show that haven't seen it yet.)

DAUGHTER (in Ottawa): MOM I HADN'T SEEN IT YET 

ME: Oh no...sorry

Tick tock. Guilt. Tick tock. More guilt. A few minutes later...

ME: I feel bad now. Can I make you carrot soup?

Much later...

DAUGHTER: That seems fair

And that's the story of homemade carrot soup. To atone for my sin of giving away the most important part of that episode. Small price to pay if you ask me. She could've worked the guilt trip a little bit and gotten a better deal.

Are you a fan of Game of Thrones? And did you watch episode 9 this past weekend?

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Fill In The Blank


...chalk it up to experience and move on.

Just another one of life's lessons that builds character.

Your turn!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Project 366: Week 24

Week 24 gets posted really late but that can’t be helped. Life is keeping me busy. But at least I managed to put together another seven images to keep this project going. The year is moving along quickly and we are all moving along with it

This week's photo theme: Random Sightings


Friday, June 10, 2016
Suburbia At Sunset
"Without nature, our world would be so dull and cold."

Project 366, Day 162: Suburbia At Sunset


Saturday, June 11, 2016
Nature
"The best view of all.”

Project 366, Day 163: Nature


Sunday, June 12, 2016
Seeing Double
"Twice the action."

Project 366, Day 164: Seeing Double


Monday, June 13, 2016
Daisies
"A flower that reminds us of childhood."

Project 366, Day 165: Daisies


Tuesday, June 14, 2016
A Passage
"Where will it take you?”

Project 366, Day 166: A Passage


Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Life
“It finds a way.”

Project 366, Day 167: Life


Thursday, June 16, 2016
More Hidden Passages
“It’s always fun to walk through these spaces.”

Project 366, Day 168: More Hidden Passages


What I've learned this week:
Everywhere I look, there is something photo worthy.
No matter how busy, I can squeeze in some down time.
I wish this time of year would last much longer than it does.
I’m finally convinced that I will finish this project!


That’s all for this round. Enjoy the day, everyone.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Chuckles and Chortles

Happy Monday, everyone! I hope you all had a lovely weekend. We've been extremely busy lately working on something (I'll probably explain at another time) but we've been making sure to get out and enjoy this great weather we've been having. Yesterday we drove 20 minutes east to the lovely town of Gananoque and stopped at Confederation Park, which is located on the bank of the Gananoque River. And on this visit we saw a few feathered families with lots of little ones. Like this bunch:


*squee* Aren't they adorable? I wanted to run right up to them and scoop one up and kiss its little head and pet its soft - oh so super soft - downy plumage that will be replaced by feathers soon. But mama and papa goose were giving me the stink eye as I inched closer, so I restrained myself. Instead, I took a quick photo with my little point and shoot. And stayed safe.

Now let's get to the funny stuff!







Have a great day!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Yesterday

Yesterday I wanted to take some pictures, so I reached under my desk to pull out my camera bag (that is where I always keep it) and discovered that it wasn’t there. I stared at the empty space for a few seconds as my brain tried to make sense of the scenario and then I said to the most amazing man in the world “my camera is gone

What do you mean gone?

Gone” I said. “I left my camera bag somewhere and everything in it is now gone. Everything.

I told him this calmly. But it was an eerily type of calm. You know what I mean. The type where your voice sounds haunted. The type that is accompanied by a cold sweat. The type where you realize suddenly that something has gone terribly wrong.

So, here’s the story.

On the weekend we stopped in at a coffee shop. I had my computer bag with me, which isn’t unusual; after all, photography is a favourite pastime. Except instead of placing it on the floor between my feet like I always do so that I can constantly be aware of its presence, for the first time ever, I placed it on the windowsill. And then forgot it there when we left. And everything in it. A DSRL camera, an 18 – 270 lens, a macro lens (the love of my photography life), a flash, filters, extra batteries, a remote release and a whole bunch of other handy items. All gone.

Just.
Like.
That.


My initial reaction was denial, which was followed by disbelief, which was quickly replaced by shock. And as I paced all over the house with panic and grief and a whole bunch of tears and probably a whole lot of wailing threatening to kick in, the most amazing man in the world calmly dialed up the two coffee shops we go to regularly (we had visited both on the weekend and couldn’t be sure at which one this happened). I heard him say “no, eh?” to the first one. They had not found a camera bag. Then he telephoned the second place, the last hope, and he explained his reason for calling. A few seconds of silence as he listened.

Inhale. Hold breath. Heart pounding.

Then “Oh, you do! That’s great!

Exhale. A little hyperventilating. Relief. Tears of joy.

The most amazing man in the world drove me to the coffee shop and waited in the car as I went in to retrieve my bag. I asked for the manager and when she came out with my most beloved possession, I wanted to hug her and sob like a baby and tell her that I love her and ask to be her best friend. I didn’t. Instead, I thanked her profusely. She said “You are so lucky! There are shady characters and this equipment could have disappeared.

There are good days and there are great days. Yesterday was one of the great ones. And one of the luckier, too.

I should play the lottery...

Have you ever lost something really special to you?

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Question Of The Day


Although I do have pessimistic moments, I tend to go through life with a fairly good level of optimism. This not only helps me cope with stressful situations, it also motivates me and fuels my persistence. Yes, there are bad things in the world going on and life can certainly throw curve balls, but I prefer to invest in the belief that things will turn out okay in the end.

What about you?

Monday, June 13, 2016

Chuckles and Chortles

Happy new week! How is everyone? Did you all have a nice weekend? I sure hope so. Ours was nice. We took care of some chores but we also took some time to kick back and relax indoors and out depending on the weather, which has been pretty wacky lately. One day it's warm and beautiful, the next day it's rainy and cold. You don't know whether to keep the flip flops by the door or the boots. Okay, I'm exaggerating. It's not that cold. Still. It's cold for the month of June.

You know what the most amazing man in the world and I watched last night? The Martian. We've been meaning to watch it for awhile but I wanted to finish reading the book first, which I did, yesterday evening. I really enjoyed the movie but I preferred the book. It's more detailed with a better story, as books usually are, and there is a lot more humour in it; one of the best parts of the story. Have you seen it? It's worth watching. But if you're a bookaholic like me, read the book first!

Anyhow, shall we get to the funny stuff? Okay, let's do it!







Have a great day!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Project 366: Week 23

Another week over and another round of photos to share for ‘Project 366 – 2016’. How am I still hanging on? I don’t know. And what the heck was I thinking when I committed to this? I don’t know. It’s been quite an experience so far!

This week's photo theme: This, That And The Other


Friday, June 03, 2016
The Pen
"I doubt this belongs to Mother Nature."

Project 366, Day 155: The Pen


Saturday, June 04, 2016
Tranquility
"A peaceful moment by the water.”

Project 366, Day 156: Tranquility


Sunday, June 05, 2016
The Path
"A path that’s been traveled many times."

Project 366, Day 157: The Path


Monday, June 06, 2016
Green and Yellow
"Such a pretty colour combination."

Project 366, Day 158: Green and Yellow


Tuesday, June 07, 2016
At The End Of The Day
"Taking a moment to appreciate my surroundings.”

Project 366, Day 159: At The End Of The Day


Wednesday, June 08, 2016
Green and Blue
“Another pretty colour combination.”

Project 366, Day 160: Green and Blue


Thursday, June 09, 2016
Posing For The Camera
“Making friends is one of the best parts of taking photographs.”

Project 366, Day 161: Posing For The Camera


What I've learned this week:
I love the month of June!
The clock is continuously ticking. Take the time to do the things you enjoy.
Answers to my questions often come when I’m surrounded by nature.
One day at a time. That’s about all any of us can handle!


And that’s all for this week. I hope you’re all enjoying a beautiful Sunday.