Monday, 15 October 2018

Me On A Monday - October 15th


Reading:  a little book, God's Debris: A Thought Experiment, written by Scott Adams of Dilbert fame.  I've said a lot of "What" & "oh" out loud while reading.  It's  got some interesting ideas (?).

Pondering:  our little village has had several very sad losses in a week; a terrible car crash & a suicide.  I did not know the 3 car crash victims but I did know the young man that took his own life.  His twin brother is beyond devastated, his parents in shock.

Visited: I sat on this porch again having several mugs of tea & great conversations.
Post Thanksgiving Grateful:  I was able to stock up on my Gardein  Savory Stuff Turk'y.  These are only available at Thanksgiving & Christmas, each time for about 2 weeks.
Source: Internet

Spending: on a new roof.  I don't like having a bin parked on the driveway for over a week, but a necessary tool of the work.  Hopefully the rain passes us by on Monday so the work can be finished.   Amazed by the detail of the three ladies doing the work.  We found this company of women home renovations business.  They did the repairs & improvements in our garage of which Mr Man was very impressed with.  So far Mr Man is all praise of their roofing skills & work.  Me, I'll be glad to have the banging all done & the bin taken away.


Sad In Comparison:  I was trimming back the gardens when I remembered the SPSH lushness of green from this area - not any more.


"if you feel like you are loosing everything, remember that trees lose their leaves every year & they still stand tall & wait for better days to come."  internet

Friday, 12 October 2018

A New Source Of Looking & Noticing

I did say I would post the link & info for a new style of scavenger photo hunt that I discovered on my blog land wandering - sorry it has taken me a bit to get posted.  I am working on the list & do have plans to link in with her on October 26th.  I hope to see you there.

The blog link in is:  Live Love Craft Me 

I've copied the information for the search from her October 3rd post for October, along with her rules/suggestions:


Print
Leaves
Spot
Boundary
Flame
My Own Choice

photos inspired by a word, words inspired by the photo, it can be a recent image or one from your archive.  It should be fun and don't forget to write a little about your image - then on Friday 26th October we shall reconvene and share our posts - look forward to seeing your stories and pictures then!

Thursday, 11 October 2018

Take Three Thursday - Autumn's Glory

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?  

Please have a wander over to see what these folks have noticed this week:
Maggie: Farmer's Wife Day By Day  Karen: Random Reflections Melissa: Daily Life, Bits & Pieces  

It's been a few days of glorious warmth - unusual temperature highs & humidity for this time of the month/year.  It makes the leaves glow even more & in spite of a very dry August, the trees are putting on some of their most colourful best.

"and the sun took a step back, the leaves lulled themselves to sleep, and Autumn was awakened."  Raquel Franco





 
"The Heart of Autumn must have broken here & poured its treasure out upon the leaves."  Charlotte Flake Bates

Friday, 5 October 2018

Five In Five On The 5th - October

Today I am joining in with Sandie's monthly meme of taking five photos in five minutes on the 5th of the month.  You can go here to link in & to see what others have shared.  Sandie at Itchifingers

My 5 today are some of the fungi about ... I am keenly aware of fungi especially since I was told fungus prone foods  are a major cause of my digestive woes. 

While they cause me harm, I still find them a fascinating creation, much in the same way weeds are pretty just not in my garden, or in my case maybe tasty but not in my digestive tract.






"out of damp & gloomy days, out of solitude, out of loveless words directed at us, conclusions grow up in us like fungus, one morning they are there, we know not how & they gaze upon us, morose & gray.  Woe to the thinker who is not the gardener but only the soil of the plants that grow in him" ... Friedrich Nietzsche

Thursday, 4 October 2018

Take Three Thursday - Kinder Celebrations

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?  

Please have a wander over to see what these folks have noticed this week:

Maggie: Farmer's Wife Day By Day 
Karen: Random Reflections
Melissa: Daily Life, Bits & Pieces 

About the neighbourhood there are some that decorate for the harvest or Thanksgiving, of which I am like minded.  I am not one for the Halloween scare decorations that seem to be getting worse & worse for the gorge factor.

I'm sticking with kinder gentler season finds; 
I think one of my favourites
 



"October gave a party; the leaves by hundreds came, the chestnuts, oaks & maples, and leaves of every name.  The sunshine spread a carpet, and everything was grand.  Miss Weather led the dancing, Professor Wind the band."   source unknown




Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Monthly Searches - September

In my wander about blog land I found a site that hosts a monthly photo hunt list.  I missed the time frame to link in for September, but I think I will definitely give October a try.  As of this moment the October list had not been posted, once it is I'll share here along with the link.  From what I've read, the idea is you post a photo to match the list & write what the photo means to you & why you decided to use that photo.  I did not see any indication that the photo has to be a current photo.  

This would have been my September contribution:  Brightly Coloured; Upside Down; Ink; Pattern; Bag; Your Choice

Brightly Coloured:  this is a pot of pink Inpatients with yellow & pink Begonias sitting just off the patio.  Of all the pots this year, this is the one that seem to flourish the best.  I know I have maybe 1-2 weeks left to enjoy as the frosty nights & days are well on their way.


 This photo was taken on a warm summer's day at a park that was once kept in pristine condition, now it is over run, over grown & everything is rundown.  There was a stone bridge that brides once insisted on their wedding party have their photo taken on - now there's only rumble left.



With my new found interest in stamping, getting these ink pads at 50% off makes it a more economical adventure.  I still fear the commitment stamping requires, but with practise I'll get there.


These patterns of chain link fence on a board fence was too much not to take notice of.  I think these home owners are giving a very clear message of keep out, keep off.



This bag (purse) was a gift & is actually made from a horse feed bag - a perfect gift of reuse, reduce; it's bag of bag.


My choice is always to sit on the our patio; first tea in the morning, last tea of the evening, it's my place of refuge, my place of solitude & comfort.  Always my choice to be.




Monday, 1 October 2018

Me On A Monday - October 1st



Source: Internet


Currently

In The Mail:  we received our package for voting by mail.  On October 22nd we go to the polls to elect regional council; mayors & ward representatives.  I must admit that this is the first time I have really thought about not voting - I do not like any of the choices.  No worries though, freedom to vote was a hard won battle so I would never toss away that privilege.  It's one of the reasons I do not like voting by mail - it removes us from the act of voting, the personal connection to exercising a right & a privilege.
Reading:  two books on the go right now (1) The Dinner List - so far I'm liking, I like the idea of a dinner party of a variety of persons which could include both living or dead (2) The Art of Keeping Secrets - very predictable story & ending, I could never buy into any of the characters so I did not become invested in their lives.
  Planning: now I'm thinking about who would be at my dinner party. The book, The Dinner List,  gave her only 5 guests but for my list I'm giving myself 11 others.  Who would be on your dinner party list?

Celebrating: well celebrating is maybe going to the extreme, but certainly demonstrating a willingness to accept the season change; I've switched over the closet from summer lights to the other chiller, colder, snowier season wears. I am celebrating flannel bed sheets, warm fireplace evenings, hot apple cider, cozy sweaters; no wool; allergic; hot casserole dinners & glorious colours of the trees.

"October is about trees revealing colours they've hidden all year.  People have an October as well."  Jim Storm

So let's all show our own October colours.







Sunday, 30 September 2018

Final Link In For 2018 SPSH

This is our fourth & final check in for the SPSH 2018.  While we do not have a formal link in, I've listed below those that indicated they were searching ...

Thank you to all those that participated.  My intend & hope is that you had fun & got out to enjoy the views where ever you were this glorious season.  I've already got the 2019 SPSH list in draft form!

My last enteries:
#18 Currency - Canadian

#2 Stripes
Alternate A - Shopping Bags



Do have a peak at what the other Participants, in no particular order, have found:
Eileen at: A Bracelet of Days
Ruth at: This West London Life
Deb at: Debs14

Amanda at: Amanda's Scrapbook Pages
Lady Ella at: Flowers of Progress 
Maggie at: Farmer's Wife Day by Day
Melissa at: Daily Life - Bits & Pieces  

Cheri at: Scrap Dreams  
Karen at: Random Reflections
Jane at: Nanny Jane's
Leslie Chlingan: Once Upon A Time Happily Everafter
JoAnn at: Scene Through My Eyes
Karen at:
Karen's 365 Photos    
Joy at: Joy Knitt - Today 

Thursday, 27 September 2018

Take Three Thursday - Single & So Pretty

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?  

Please have a wander over to see what these folks have noticed this week:
Melissa: Daily Life, Bits & Pieces 
Maggie: Farmer's Wife Day By Day 
Eileen: A Bracelet of Days


This week my threesome are the last of my Morning Glories.  I have not had much luck with Morning Glories in the past, so this year I grew in pots & placed in the garden & could regulate the water. What surprised me is the variation of colour on the same vine, in spite of the package declaring "Blue China".   I am going to save the seeds from all of these vines to plant again in the spring & be amazed I hope, by the colours again.

"Let mystery have its place in you, do not always be turning up your whole soil with the ploughshare of self examination,  but have a little fallow corner in your heart ready for any seed the winds may bring."  Henri Frederic Ameil
 



Monday, 24 September 2018

Me On A Monday - September 24th


                                                            CURRENTLY

Liking: cooler nights, excellent sleeping weather.  On Friday by 2pm we had with humidity 36+ (c) temperatures & then on Saturday morning it was 9(c) - such extremes. It was a nasty storm that blew through on Friday afternoon - mild damage compared to the area near Ottawa which had a tornado touch down!
other branches down, this is the worse our fake hornet's nest
Doing: slowly putting the patio away for the season, it makes me so sad especially the part of binning the annual flower pots!  We moved the patio carpet into the garage to steam clean & then roll up for the winter.


Watching: tried one new TV show, Hang Ups; I'll give it one more try, was not amused.  Another series (old, so very old) from the library on DVD; HettyWainthropp - our librarian recommended. It's OK, nothing too much but most interesting to see so many stars of current fame.


Reading: two books by the same author; John Boyne & both take place in Ireland.  (1) A History of Lonliness - it did make me think about how much the Catholic priests all knew about each's other's bad behaviour.  (2) The Heart's Invisible Furies - well you certainly can tell the author is not a fan of the Catholic church, such brutal shaming done by the village priest!  Did not enjoy either, nor would I recommend either book.  I realize both are novels but I am certain that is some truth written in ... I'll say no more.

Planning; it will soon be Thanksgiving in Canada one of my favourite holidays; Monday October 8th.  I think I like it for the foods but mostly because there's no gift giving pressure & moderate decorating.  

Making: I am thinking of making a mini album (6X8") for Cathy Z's 31 Days of Thankful (31 for Canadians, in October & 30 days for Americans in November).  A good way to clear through some scrapping stash.

Eating:  I've been having another bout of digestive woes in spite of getting good marks from Naturopathic Doctor.  It's a mystery to all but especially to me.  My ribs are aching from all the throwing up.

Wondering:  was offered a job at another clinic but it requires a drive of about 20-30 minutes each direction & its fewer hours than I work now.  And now that we are a one car family, I have to really give this some thought.  I also wonder how the clinic I'm currently at is going to continue on since our one & only physio therapist quit last Tuesday.  His patients are devastated.   He is an amazing therapist & I really enjoy working with him.

In The Shopping Cart: two new skirts on summer clearance for $4.97 each! Score! One I can wear with jacket into the early parts of Autumn as it is a dark back ground.

Enjoying: dinner with friends who took us out for meal at a favourite Greek restaurant.  The catch up conversation was lively, fun, enjoyable & makes it all the more sad that they are moving west to BC in November.  Makes me sad.

"One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood. ...  "

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Take Three Thursday - I'll Grow Where I Want!

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?  

Please have a peek at what others have noticed this week:

Maggie at Farmer's Wife Day By Day
Eileen at A Bracelet of Days 

This week my three are by theme - plants, or as some call them, weeds, growing where they want & doing a very good job of it.
Give them a little dirt, sunshine & rain & watch out.   Thankfully at this moment, I can say none of these photos are from my garden, but I'm not saying that with any boasting as my garden has a different story this year, I have an abundance of some type of wild clover, it gets very tall & is very green inspite of the dry conditions.  It's not the same type of clover (white & sterile) that we have as lawn in the back garden, this plant even climbs up other plants.

traffic cone & stones at the recycle centre

stone at recycle centre

growing out of neighbours eaves trough - a tree?

"What is a weed but a plant's who's virtue is yet discovered."  RW Emerson