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!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Recipe for Happiness Cake

I am taking part in the blogging festival going on at Write Tribe this week with the theme of Creativity and Inspiration. 
Write Tribe Festival of Words

I am using the prompt of making a recipe for something other than food. This is my recipe for Happiness Cake.

(This is not one of my cake photos as I don't have a happy-faced cake so I photo edited a photo from Angels on

Recipe for Happiness Cake

Start with a positive attitude
Blended with plenty of gratitude,
Add a sprinkle of faith and a dash of hope
And lots of forgiveness to help you cope,

Throw in some acceptance and let things go
Add some humor to make it flow,
A big scoop of joy mixed with kindness and love
Will make your cake fit for the gods above,

Share your recipe with everyone you know
And watch the happiness grow and grow!

Saturday, June 6, 2015

The Ballad of Harry and Sadie

I am taking part in the blogging festival going on at Write Tribe this week with the theme of Creativity and Inspiration. 
Write Tribe Festival of Words

I decided to try this challenge of incorporating all these words into a post. learning-new-words-and-their-meanings So I did what I enjoy doing and wrote them into a ballad.

The words are 

  • gainsay
  • geminate
  • hidebound
  • quidnunc
  • eternize
  • tatterdemalion
  • middling
Harold the hidebound lives alone
He doesn’t even have a phone,
He inherited his parents’ place
A middling house without much space,

He’s a tatterdemalion in a worn tweed suit
Soaked in the scent of ten-year-old Brute,
His neighbor Sadie yells across the fence
“What’s the matter Harry, you seem so tense?”

Why are you wearing that suit in this heat?”
Harry looks startled and tries to retreat,
“Not so fast, Harry,” Sadie runs to his side
“Why are you always trying to hide?”

“Can’t a guy live in peace?” he asks with a frown
She says, “Not while I’m living in this town.”
I make it my business to see and be seen
I’m Sadie, the Quidnunc Gossip Queen,”

Sadie adds colour to her lips
She smiles at Harry and wiggles her hips,
“What do you say we geminate?
In other words, Let’s go on a date!”

 “I’m a witch”, Sadie says, “I’m very clever!
I can eternize you to live forever.”
“That’s gainsay. I don’t believe it,” Harry yells
Sadie casts one of her notorious spells,

Now Harry and Sadie live in eternity
And the rest they say is history!

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Creativity Comes From The Heart

I am taking part in the blogging festival going on at Write Tribe this week with the theme of Creativity and Inspiration. 
Write Tribe Festival of Words

As I get older,  I find that expressing my creativity and sharing it with others is so rewarding, whether it’s playing my flute and singing for others, making inspirational posters, creating artwork or sharing my Nature photos. 

If I can share with others, touching and inspiring them, then my joy in creating is that much greater. It is a true labour of love, straight from the heart.

As Chagall says, creating comes from the heart, not the head. And anything involving the heart, needs to be shared with others!

Creating for others is so worthwhile
It gives them comfort or makes them smile,
It helps defeat sadness and the mundane
It helps boost spirits up again,

I have to be ready when creativity comes
There is no warning, no roll of drums,
Creativity  is magical in every way
It touches and inspires every day.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Tapping into Creativity

I am taking part in the blogging festival going on at Write Tribe this week with the theme of Creativity and Inspiration. 
Write Tribe Festival of Words

I love being creative whether it’s through my creative writing, blogging, photography, music or art. Knowing which activity I should focus on is a constant struggle. I tend to work well with goals and deadlines. If I know I have a music concert coming up, I focus on practice and preparing for that. I take writing courses for the accountability. I love blogging challenges because they force me to sit down and write something to a deadline. It’s such a feeling of accomplishment when I have something finished to show for my efforts and of course sharing with other creatives is the best thing ever.
My main objective is to be creative every day because that’s what makes me come alive.

Right now I’m like a chickadee flitting to the feeder and only taking one seed at a time. As I get older, I realize that time is so precious and sometimes I let it slip away like water down the drain. I’m not getting any younger so I need to push aside the fear and distractions and just do it! As Sophia Loren says in the quote I found, when you learn to tap into the source of creativity within, you will truly have defeated age.

The chickadee flits from the feeder to the tree                                    
Eating only one seed at a time,
I think that little bird is a lot like me
It’s such an uphill climb,

Will I ever manage to move ahead?
Will I get any projects done?
Wasting time is something I dread
Will the battle ever be won?

I sit back and take a deep breath
I push the fear aside,
I realize that it’s not life or death
And I take it all in stride,

Baby steps is the way to go
Don’t be so negative and glum,
Let go of the fear and get into the flow
Then creativity will come.

Have a Creative Kind of a Day!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Happy Victoria Day Weekend!

Hi everyone! I'm backkkkk! My goodness! I was only going to take a short blogging break after the April A to Z Challenge but somehow it has stretched into more than two weeks. 

I’ve always been curious about the Victoria Day weekend and why Canada celebrates Queen Victoria's birthday and England doesn’t. 

I wondered why we don’t even acknowledge the date of her birthday which is May 24th and it's always the third Monday in May. 

I found this great article that explains the origins so well. So interesting to see how it has evolved over the years.

made this funny poster and wrote a little ditty to celebrate the holiday weekend. 

To all my fellow Canadians, enjoy the holiday and to everyone else, have a great weekend wherever you are!

Queen Victoria would not be amused

To see how her birth date has been abused,
We celebrate her birthday the third Monday in May
If she were alive, she'd have plenty to say,

Canadians still think Queen Victoria is great
Even if they don’t acknowledge the proper date!
Parties, barbecues, and camping out
That’s what this weekend is all about,

Put out the dock and ready the boat
Put it in the water and watch it float,
Mosquitoes bite and black flies munch
Humans make a tasty lunch!

Victoria Day weekend means winter is done
It means Canadians can have some fun,
Air out the cottage and the camping gear
Our summer season is almost here!

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Reflections on the April A to Z Challenge

The A to Z challenge was lots of fun
I’m happy to say I got all the posts done,
I wanted to visit more blogs, but to my dismay
There never seemed to be enough hours in the day,

I’m a pantser and don’t plan posts ahead
Often I’d be writing til just before bed,
I thrived under pressure with a bit of luck
But there were times when I got stuck,

I’m still catching up on replies here and there
Just wanted to say thanks and that I do care,
I appreciate the support of my friends at BAR (Blog-A-Rhythm)
You guys have helped me go so far,

I enjoy many blogs, too many to name
I will try naming a few, just the same!