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Saturday, July 25, 2015

#Cherished Objects Blogfest

I signed up for the Cherished Blogfest Challenge a while back, forgetting that I’d be on vacation at my parents’ place. It’s a bit more challenging to blog while on vacation with all the routine gone, but it can be done.

Looking at the huge stack of photo books I’ve made of our visits over the years gave me an idea to use them as my cherished objects. I believe it’s important to preserve the memories by getting the photos off the camera and computer. By creating these books, people can look at them and cherish the memories for years to come.


Open a photo book and disappear
To another time, another year,
Memories come spilling out
So much that I’d forgotten about,

We’re older now and the boys have grown
It’s amazing how the time has flown,
I cherish the books more than silver or gold
I will cherish them as much when I grow old.

I am participating in the three day #Cherished Blogfest.




Monday, July 13, 2015

#MondayMusings #MicroblogMondays - Ten Question Tag - Some Quiz Fun

These quizzes are always good for a chuckle or a grimace, depending on if you like them or not.

I enjoy reading other peoples' answers and learning a bit more about them and of course I enjoy doing them for that narcissistic high I get talking about myself. Hehehe! Just kiddin! 


I like quizzes. Didn't you ever do all those silly quizzes in Tiger Beat and Seventeen when you were a teen? I know I did, even if they were completely silly which they usually were. I occasionally do some on Facebook but some are really silly so I try to limit myself since I waste enough time on Facebook as it is.


Feel free to read or not. If you want to do your own quiz, feel free to do that, too.




Photo Credit to MIPhoto at Morguefile.com. I do have a photo of my orange tabby Kobie draped across my computer from a while ago. I didn't want to spend a lot of time searching for it since all my old photos are in backup files on my other computer which is a pain in the butt. 

This one is very cute!

Drum roll..... Let the quizzie thingie begin.....



FOUR THINGS OTHERS CALL ME OTHER THAN MY NAME
Cat, Cath, Dear, Mom

FOUR JOBS I’VE HAD

* Desktop publisher (kind of a glorified clerk who knows typography and graphic junk), 
* envelope stuffer in the bowels of Place Ville Marie in Montreal, 
* military musician in the air Reserve, 
* opaquer (Painter) of cartoon cells for animated cartoons. (the place went bankrupt and we all got laid off, but I met the hubs there so I did okay)

FOUR MOVIES I HAVE WATCHED MORE THAN ONCE
* Jane Eyre (BBC 2006 version with Toby Stephens as Mr. Rochester. Drools. I'm overdue for a fix when the hubs isn't around as he hates those melodramatic type shows)
* Sound of Music
* Oliver
* Les Miserables

FOUR PLACES I HAVE LIVED
* Gjoa Haven, Nunavut (a tiny town on King William Island in the Arctic Ocean. Talk about remote!!)
* Colorado Springs, Colorado
* Montreal, Quebec
* Portage la Prairie, Manitoba

FOUR PLACES I’VE BEEN
* Devon (A gorgeous part of England on the ocean)
* Rome (So vibrant and full of history)
* New York City (So exciting and too much to see but that’s okay. Gives you a reason to go back!)
* Salzburg, Austria (Saw all the Sound of Music landmarks. What can I say? I love that movie!)

FOUR PLACES I WOULD RATHER BE
* Cape Breton, Nova Scotia (My parents are there and I love being by the ocean and the Bras D’Or Lake. So unspoiled and time stands still there.)
* New Zealand (my friend Lee sure makes it look like paradise where she lives)
* Australia – hope to go there some day and meet some friends. Seems so different and yet so similar to Canada.
* British Columbia – haven’t been back in years since going to the School of Music in Esquimalt. So beautiful there. Maybe I’ll go visit Elly some day.

FOUR THINGS I WILL NOT EAT
* Liver
* Brussel Sprouts
* Don’t like raw onions but they’re okay cooked
* Anything deep fried

FOUR FAVORITE FOODS
* Coffee
* Chocolate
* Chicken
* Cheese

FOUR TV SHOWS I WATCH
Don’t really watch TV since we gave up our satellite dish and now I mostly watch movies. I don’t miss it. Too many dumb reality shows for my liking. I did watch season 1 of “When Calls the Heart” on Netflix. Talk about sweet and sappy overload. I liked it for the most part but it was awfully sweet. You can tell it’s done by Michael Landon Jr keeping on the tradition of his dad who did “Little House on the Prairie” back in the 1970s which I also watched since I loved those books by Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Wish they had made When Calls the Heart it a bit more Canadian feeling since it was supposedly in a mining town in Alberta based on a book by author Janet Oke. Oh well. Beats the heck out of all the gritty realism of Dexter or the inane stupidity of Trailer Park Boys, two shows my sons have watched. BLEK!


FOUR THINGS I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS YEAR

* A trip to Cape Breton to see my parents and be by the Atlantic Ocean
* A trip to Nashville in the States to meet critique partners. Hope that works out.
* I hope to make money doing creative things online such as my photography and artwork. It still eludes me so far as I don’t know the secret to good marketing techniques. Good thing I’m enjoying the process and I like learning new things. I haven’t given up yet.
* Playing flute and singing with my different musical groups for seniors’ residences and other events. It doesn’t pay much either but I enjoy it and it reaps other rewards. Some things are much more valuable than money.






Saturday, July 11, 2015

I have a Guardian Angel

I'm connecting this blog post into the 3 Day Quote challenge I'm doing. I found this quote by Roma Downey who played that angel on the show "Touched by an Angel" back in the 1990's.
Do you believe in guardian angels? I like to think we have them. Often there have been times when I was in trouble and someone would come help me just at the right moment. 

Or I would be just about to have a terrible accident and it wouldn't be that bad such as what I describe below.
Here is my poem about having a guardian angel, based on my experience a few weeks ago where I attempted to take a photo of my shadow on the farmers' field while I was riding a bike. 
I did manage to get this photo as I went hurtling into the deep ditch. I don't recommend trying it though! 
I was lucky and my guardian angel was there to save me as I could have been badly injured. The camera and bike could have been damaged, too, but luckily we all escaped unscathed. 

Pretty darn lucky, or was it my Guardian Angel stepping in to assist me? I'll never know for sure but I was pretty grateful to only get one bruise.

I have a guardian angel who is always there
I can feel her presence everywhere,
I only have to give her a shout
She’s always ready to help me out,

I was riding my bike the other night
Taking photos in the golden light,
I saw my shadow stretch and expand
I took a photo using only one hand,

I then encountered a bit of a glitch
I went tumbling into a very deep ditch,
I braced myself for horrendous pain
Thinking that I must be insane,

Instead of landing on my head
I landed on a soft green bed,
I didn’t even shed a single tear
One big bruise was my souvenir,

The camera and bike were also fine
I must have had help from my angel divine,
Thanks, Guardian Angel, you saved my skin
Without you, what a mess I’d be in!


NOTE:

Chicky Kadambari tagged me for  the 3 day quote challenge. Thanks for tagging me, Chicky. Quotes are such an integral part of how I live that it’s only natural for me to blog about them.

Many of my fellow bloggers have already been tagged so I leave it open to readers to take on the challenge if they would like to do it. No pressure!

Here are the rules for anyone who would like to try.

1.   Post one of your favorite quotes (different quote on each day) on three consecutive days. The quote can be from your favorite book, author, or your own.

2.   Nominate 3 bloggers to challenge them.

3.   Thank the blogger, who nominated you.



Friday, July 10, 2015

I love quotes!

I have been tagged by Chicky Kadambari to take part in the 3 day Quote a Day challenge. 

This seemed a natural challenge for me since I am a quote nut anyhow and love positive and uplifting quotes to start my day. After all, our attitude dictates our day so why not try our best to start off with a positive mindset?

I even joined a Facebook group about quote bombing as I was intrigued by the idea. People print out quotes, cut them apart and leave them around or give them out to people in the course of their day. Sounds kind of fun. I might try it.

I subscribe to quite a few quote sites. One of my favourites is Jonathan Lockwood Huie’s site http://www.jlhuie.com/

He never fails to inspire and his quotes always get my day off to a good start.

Here is one of his quotes for today made into an inspirational poster out of one of my cloud photos.

I love making inspirational quote posters as they take the quote one step further and have that much more of an impact.


How lucky we are when we can have the company of people who really get what we’re about. They don’t judge us or try to fix us, but encourage us in our dreams and aspirations. To have friends like that is a true blessing. 

NOTE:

Chicky Kadambari tagged me for  the 3 day quote challenge. Thanks for tagging me, Chicky. Quotes are such an integral part of how I live that it’s only natural for me to blog about them.

Many of my fellow bloggers have already been tagged so I leave it open to readers to take on the challenge if they would like to do it. No pressure!

Here are the rules for anyone who would like to try.

1.   Post one of your favorite quotes (different quote on each day) on three consecutive days. The quote can be from your favorite book, author, or your own.
2.   Nominate 3 bloggers to challenge them.

3.   Thank the blogger, who nominated you.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

#100HappyPosts - Music Uplifts and Connects Us All!

It’s hard to stay positive and upbeat when you are constantly bombarded by so much sadness in the world. Murders, wars, terrible calamities such as plane crashes, natural disasters like floods and fires become constant fare in the daily news. It’s enough to make you want to crawl into your bed and pull the covers over your head.

I came across this uplifting story on my Yahoo feed. I’m always drawn to homeless stories and have even written a few short stories about them. 

I was so touched by the story of this poor soul in Sarasota, Florida. A gifted musician who had many setbacks in his life, his life started on a downward spiral after the death of his wife and he ended up living on the streets.


Here is the link to the story about him. Sarasota Homeless Man Plays Piano 

So uplifting to read about how he’s getting a second chance at a better life and to listen to his music.

Music is so powerful how it can connect us, despite boundaries of class, race, language, or nationality. Inspiring!




Friday, July 3, 2015

The Power of your Potential

I am writing a poem for this week's Wordy Wednesday prompt of "Potential" at Blog-A-Rhythm provided by BAR member Elly Stornebrink who is always great at cheering other BAR members on to reach their full potential. 

Elly blogs here at http://xpressyouressence.blogspot.ca/

Thanks, Elly. It means a lot. Because of your encouragement and encouragement of some other FB friends, I started working on my bird photo/poetry book. Not sure when I'll finish but at least I started it and often that's the hardest part of all. Crack that whip on me, Elly. I need it! 

Wordy Wednesday

I looked for a quote for an inspirational poster to guide me in writing my poem and found a good one. Quotes are the best for inspiration, aren't they?

Wilma Rudolph says it well when she states that the potential for greatness lives within each of us. And yet so often we act complacent and don't reach our full potential. How sad that we become trapped in our fears and insecurities! I know I've done that and still do it on occasion. As I age, I realize I don't have as much time left and if I want to try new things, I need to get going on them. I'll never realize my potential if I don't.

While it may be uncomfortable trying new things and pushing yourself out of your comfort zone, it can also be exhilarating and a time of self discovery. You are capable of so much more than you think! 




Never dismiss the power of dreams
For without them, where would we be?
The world would come apart at the seams
On this I’m sure you’d agree,

Reaching our potential is not always easy
It can scare the bravest of souls,
It can even make a person queasy
On the journey to reach our goals,

We must persevere when things go wrong
We must climb that endless stair,
The human spirit is resilient and strong
The potential for greatness is there,

You’re being summoned for a higher quest
Don’t mope around and whine,
You have the potential to be your best
This is your moment to shine!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Small Things


I really like this well known quote attributed to Kurt Vonnegut. As I looked at various sites, it said it wasn’t written by him. Oh well. Whoever wrote it, I do find it thought-provoking and true. Often we wait for the big events to happen and ignore all the small moments making up our daily lives.

We tend to get complacent and stop seeing as we get older, losing that childlike sense of wonder. I find that a bit sad. We need to realize that the small stuff is big.

Since I have been pursuing my photography passion more seriously, I really notice my "small things" that much more.

Here are some photos of my “small things” from yesterday on my trip into Ottawa to get the car serviced. I like to leave the car at the mechanic’s and walk along, taking photos of anything I find interesting. I love the rose bushes beside the car dealer and always take lots of photos with the bees buzzing on them. The weather was perfect yesterday, not too hot, not too cold but just right.

I went to visit a special pond surrounded by apartment buildings. Last fall I was lucky enough to find two herons there and got some wonderful photos of them. There were no herons this time, but the ducks and seagulls were all there in full force and were quite happy when I gave them bits of the suet cake I bought. The woodpeckers won’t be getting any. Sorry guys!

I met this woman, Fern and her little dog, Diego, and had a nice long chat with her. She showed me this unusual crooked tree growing all contorted along the ground. Of course I had to take a photo of it.

Then I went for a shwarma at the nearby shopping mall and looked out the window of the restaurant to see this cute House Sparrow dancing about in the lilac tree. He was such fun, I couldn’t resist taking lots of photos of him.

It was a magical day that could have been fairly mundane taking the car for routine servicing. Instead, I tried to make it into an adventure, enjoying the small things along the way. Thanks for joining me on my “Small Things” journey.

Small things may seem mundane
We hardly pay attention,
Boring, bland and oh, so plain
Too dull to even mention,

We think we’ve seen it all before
We barely even see,
What if we notice that there’s more
Noticing is the key,

Enjoy the moments in your day
Passing by like a lively jig,
Embrace each one and you can say
Small things are actually big!