Monday, 18 March 2019

Me On A Monday - March 18th


Not a lot going on in this part of the world for me.  I think I'm still feeling a little over whelmed by the senseless terrorist attack in New Zealand last Friday.  I think it now makes all people  feel un-safe in their place of worship.  I have far too many feelings & not enough words to say anything more.

I finally finished reading "The Book of Forgiving" by Desmond Tutu & his daughter, Mpho Tutu.  It's the book our Bishop recommended for Lenten study.  I did not enjoy. It's just not a style of writing that I found engaging.  I personally found the book, "The Magic of Forgiveness" a better read & more inspiring.  A friend loaned me her copy of the book "The Shack" -  a novel about forgiveness.  It was made into a move, which is currently playing on the movie network. I'll get started on that later this week, both the reading of & watching of.

Nothing in the shopping cart this week of note, other than food.  I was quite taken back by the final total in this week's shop -WOW there has been a sharp increase in food prices, especially fresh veg & fruit.  My friend with two young hollowed legged boys (14 & 16) says she might have to do a schedule where they eat every other day because of the rising costs of food.  I am spending much more time price matching with the flyers we get every Thursday night in the paper.  I pick two of all the different grocery stores because driving around to get the best deal or to save a few cents on some items is defeated by the cost of gas. So I pick just two & usually it's the same two; Zehrs & No Frills.  

I am looking forward to celebrating the arrival of Spring this Wednesday (5:58pm).  Last week we had temperatures above 0 for several days which resulted in a lot of ice & snow melt, but then quite suddenly on Friday the temperatures dropped & again everything is covered in a thick layer of ice.  Makes walking very dangerous.

 I hope that everyone has a very good week,with something to look forward to that will spark joy & a sense of love ...

Friday, 15 March 2019

Wind Up To Winter Photo Scavenger Hunt

A reminder that we are in the last few weeks of finding things for the Winter Photo Scavenger Hunt, December 1st - March 31st.  In case you missed it I've included the list below.  Find one, find all, we hope you join in.

Eileen, our talented creator of this list,  has the initial post & link ups here:  Bracelet of Day: WPSH

2018/2019 Winter Photo Scavenger Hunt List

1. At the end of the day
2. Pool of light
3. Fastener
4. Nail
5. A group activity
6. Water dispenser
7. Horse
8. Chocolate
9. Peel/peeling
10. Holly
11. Dressed for the season
12. Glitter
13. An instruction
14. A crossing place
15. Flight
16. A measurement

17. Orange
18. A natural feature
19. A carved object
20. A method of communication

If you find any of the above hard to get you may substitute one or both of the subjects below.

Alt A. A keyring  
Alt B. Show and tell - something you made 

Thursday, 14 March 2019

Take Three Thursday - Lucky Green

In an effort to notice more of the ordinary in my life, I have decided to share what I have noticed this week in Take Three Thursday.   The idea is to take 1 - 3 photos that are linked some how; by theme, by colour, by date, by moment,  by points of view. There is no formal link in but please feel free to join in.    

What have you noticed this week? 

See what others have noticed this week:
Melissa at Daily Life - Bits & Pieces

On an errand into town I noticed that several businesses in a little section of an outdoor mall, were decked out for St Patrick's Day (Saturday). As far as I know there's no Irish blood in my immediate birth family, but still all the fun activities planned for Saturday include everyone - so I guess we all become Irish on March 17th.  

These St Patrick's Day decorations were stuffed in what's left of Christmas decorations!

"St. Patrick's Day is an enchanted time—a day to begin transforming winter's dreams into summer's magic."

“You’ll never plough a field by turning it over in your mind.” 

"May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light, may good luck pursue you each morning and night."

Monday, 11 March 2019

Me On A Monday - March 11th

Greetings & Good Morning All.

My New Motto: "my body is a temple, ancient, crumbing & probably haunted"  Since that bout of inflammation of the piriformis muscle,  I don't think I've ever ached so much.
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Learning:  when I'm on my own computer in the crafting area, one of my cats likes to sit on my lap.  She has a habit of putting her paws on the keys & if I'm not careful, she'll change things for me.  Her favourite is to change the keyboard language.  Sometimes mid type, I'm keying in a foreign language (usually French).  Smoke recently had two paws on the keyboard & changed the font size.  It took me several Google searches to find (1) what happened (2) the fix because it was not the usual return to font size.  She thinks this is funny.
Miss Innocent Sleeps The Sleep Of The Cat

In The Shopping Cart:  Mr Man had to for business go to the city where my favourite scrapping store is & so I went along.  I lucked out because they were having a stamp & die cut garage sale.  I scored big time.  I bought a Stampin Up stamp set that has never been used, from the 2017 Christmas catalogue at $24.00; I picked up for $3.00!  I also picked up a couple of other word stamp sets for $1.00 each.  

Watching:  I saw two movies at home on the "movie on demand" channel we have available.  I saw Mary Queen of Scots with Saoirse Ronan  & I saw The Favourite.  I did not enjoy either & I really felt like it was time I'll never get back. 
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Reading:  I've just started to read  Dear Leader.  It's the second book that Lady Ella has reviewed on citizens of North Korea escaping.  The first was The Girl With Seven Names.  I am finding  Dear Leader  an easier read as it flows a little better.  The seven named girl was a bit stiff & for me had some gaps.  Still I think it's a good way to keep our selves informed about our world at large & what people live through.
I leave you with a photo of the back garden as it was Sunday afternoon, after the freezing rain/rain,  before a snow storm, arriving Monday.

"OK Mother Nature, now it's not winter, now it's just harassment!"

Thursday, 7 March 2019

Take Three Thursday - Progress for The Sake of Progress

In an effort to notice more of the ordinary in my life, I have decided to share what I have noticed this week in Take Three Thursday.   The idea is to take 1 - 3 photos that are linked some how; by theme, by colour, by date, by moment,  by points of view. There is no formal link in but please feel free to join in.   What have you noticed this week?  

This week I was out for a walk up near the library where there is a lot of construction going on.  So many dump trumps back & forth.

There's a plan for a new subdivision of 214 homes going in along with the Township's plans for an enlargement of the park & resources; a fenced dog park; a ice pad for hockey & skating in winter & pickleball & basketball in the summer, along with a covered area for the Farmer's Market. They have already built the skate board park (only good for a short season).   I try not to resist progress but I must admit I am sad about some of this progress.  The subdivision is being built on prime farm land, good for growing our food & some of the land once had a mix of hard wood forest & wetlands. All bulldozed, leveled, filled in.   Loss of natural habitat is a big issue not only for the wildlife but for the protection of our water - we get all our water from artisan wells (ground water sources).   I could weep actually for this change because it comes after a promise from our mayor  2 years ago that there would be no more subdivisions built in our village.  Today I ponder the question from my Monday's post;  is our geography making our history.

From FaceBook: "If you choose not to find joy in the snow, you will have less joy in your life, but still the same amount of snow."

Monday, 4 March 2019

Me On A Monday - Starting The Month With Questions

Good Morning Everyone.

Pondering: One day last week I received my usual daily email from The Universe - this particular one had a PS  of several questions for me to ponder. "what’s your “happiness-level” in each of these areas? 1. Relationships 2. Wealth & abundance 3. Creative livelihood 4. Losing weight & looking great 5. Health & healing?  My guess is that there’s still room for even greater happiness in each one."
Reading:  I just finished A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny - more of her main character, Armand Gamache.   I have read a couple of her other books, but this one grabbed me in ways that a book hasn't done since The Thirteen Tale.  It's a story on top of another story.  The two stories overlap in really interesting ways & the minor story made me cry.  There was also a very interesting (to me) observation made that a country right through to a little village's geography is its history.  Now sit with that for a moment & think about some countries, some cities that because of were they are situated is becomes the making of them,  their history.   The book, A Great Reckoning gives two examples; one is Venice & the other Great Britain.  Venice a gateway & often invaded, started to welcome travelers, trade & became a world class city & home to great commerce & art.  Great Britain being an island nation was repeatedly invaded until it realized that, that being an island was its strength & became the ruler of the waves & then much of the world.   It's a thread that has started a quest to learn more, compare more the overlap of geography to history. 

The book jacket describes the book - "When an intricate old map is found stuffed into the walls of the bistro in Three Pines, it at first seems no more than a curiosity. But the closer the villagers look, the stranger it becomes. Given to Armand Gamache as a gift the first day of his new job, the map eventually leads him to shattering secrets. To an old friend and older adversary. It leads the former Chief of Homicide for the Sûreté du Québec to places even he is afraid to go. But must.  And there he finds four young cadets in the Sûreté academy, and a dead professor. And, with the body, a copy of the old, odd map.  Everywhere Gamache turns, he sees Amelia Choquet, one of the cadets. Tattooed and pierced. Guarded and angry. Amelia is more likely to be found on the other side of a police line-up. And yet she is in the academy. A protégée of the murdered professor.  The focus of the investigation soon turns to Gamache himself and his mysterious relationship with Amelia, and his possible involvement in the crime. The frantic search for answers takes the investigators back to Three Pines and a stained glass window with its own horrific secrets. For both Amelia Choquet and Armand Gamache, the time has come for a great reckoning

I also read The Silent Patient.  It was good although it was very easy to figure out who did it.

In The Shopping Cart:  a stamping & die cut set that I had ordered a few weeks back finally arrived.  I'm very excited to use for a special friend's birthday card.   Thankfully last Friday March 1st was a beautiful day, dry roads, glorious sunshine - I had an adventure as I drove myself to the scrapping store which is about a 45-50 minute drive each way.   Normally Mr Man likes to take this drive with me but unfortunately he's down & out with a very bad back injury.  He'll be fine, it will just will take rest to heal.  My adventure to the scrapping store was my reward for being such a good nurse this last week!

Weather Report:  we have paid for that beautiful Friday with more snow on Saturday - it was Christmas Eve type snow - big fluffy snowflakes & very pretty to look at, which I did because I did not venture out.  Saturday early evening or is it Prevening? .. anyway a young man (14yrs old)  knocked at our door wanting to know if he could shovel our driveway for $10 & as the snow was the wet heavy type, I said yes & thank you.   Sunday we had a return to glorious sunshine.

Angel Card:  March is Listening.

New month, new beginning, new mindset, new focus, new start, new intentions, new results ...

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Friday, 1 March 2019

March's Other Saint

March 1st - Happy St David's Day

Saint David's Day (Welsh: Dydd Gŵyl Dewi, Welsh pronunciation: [dɨːð ɡʊɨl ˈdɛui]) is the feast day of Saint David, the patron saint of Wales, and falls on 1 March, the date of Saint David's death in 589 AD. The feast has been regularly celebrated since the canonisation of David in the 12th century (by Pope Callixtus II). 
Traditional festivities include wearing daffodils and leeks, recognised symbols of Wales and Saint David respectively.  

Today to celebrate my heritage - I will wear the daffodil proudly on my coat.

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The Welsh Dragon (flag) Source: Internet

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Leeks & Daffodil (Source: Internet)