Tuesday, June 30, 2020

SPSH - First Link In

Welcome to the Summer Photo Scavenger Hunt's first link in.  Listed below are the folks that indicated they wanted to participate.  

Please visit & have a look at what others are finding, you just might find some inspiration in their finds.

Listed in no particular order & if I have missed you, please let me know in the comments & I will add you.

Bridget: bridgetlarsen.blogspot.com
Karen W: Random Reflections
Ruth: This West London Life
Eileen: A Bracelet of Days
Karen: Karen's 365 Photos
Deb:Debs14 Blogspot
Amanda: Amanda's Scrapbook Pages
Melissa: Daily Life - Bits & Pieces
Susanne: Snaps & Snippets
Bless: My Two Cents
Jane: Jane's Blog
Liz: Life At The Gables
Joy: Diary of A Teacher
Nil: The Little House By The Lake
Maggie: Farmer's Wife Day by Day
Pat: Squirrel Basket
Sherrie: Food For Thought

Here are a few of my first finds:
#17 Naturally Round - Peony Bud which also looks like a snitch
#19 A Rock With Some Colour In It
#13 An elastic band in use - holding bunches of broccoli together

#18 Something that can go in the water - paddle boat on a private pond

#3 Colours of your country's flag - red & white petunia

Thanks for participating

Friday, June 26, 2020

SPSH - Reminder of First Link In Tuesday June 30th

A reminder of our informal first link in this coming Tuesday, June 30th.  In case you missed the list ....

Welcome to the 2020 Summer Photo Scavenger Hunt (SPSH) - the virus edition.
There's some searches for at home, close to home or away from home.  I hope some encourage you to think outside of  the box & some that may require an open eye to find.   
One rule ...  use photos you have taken between June 1st & September 30th of 2020, other than that, it's meant for fun.
Find some or find all,  I hope everyone has fun with it.

  1. A favourite piece of jewelry
  2. Something with or in a knot
  3. Something with the colours of your country’s flag
  4. A toy you play with
  5. Something you have more than one of
  6. Something in the shape of a triangle
  7. Something that displays a rule(s)
  8. A leaf longer than your hand
  9. Something that starts with the initial of your name (first or last)
  10. Something smaller than a paper clip
  11. Something you need to throw away
  12. Something that holds your favourite beverage
  13. A rubber band/elastic in use
  14. Something with wheels
  15. Something inherited
  16. Something with rough texture
  17. Something naturally round
  18. Something that can go in the water
  19. A stone/rock/pebble with some colour in it
  20. Something with the number 7 in it

Alt A. An animal statue
Alt B. Something heavier than your shoe
    Alt C. Something with four sides

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Wisdom Wednesday

"It is the one who lives in the house, who knows where the roof leaks"   ... an African Proverb

Basic Types of Roofs: Flat, Skillion, Gable - Which Works ...
Source: Internet

Monday, June 22, 2020

Me On A Monday - June 22nd

 Greetings & Good Morning - the first Monday in Summer 2020!
Barry The Chipmunk The Lives Under The Barrel

Currently Reading:  it's a re-read; A Beautiful Mystery, by Louise Penny.  It's a tale of murder at a hidden monastery in rural Quebec. It's a tale sprinkled with information about the origins of the Georgian chants & the love & adherence these French Canadian monks have to the chants; which has lead me to ...

Currently Listening: to Georgian Chants by the Monks of Santo Domingo de Silos; these Latin chants are truly  a beautiful mystery.

Currently Feeling: that I have hit the wall with COVID-19, lock down restrictions & all that goes with a worldwide pandemic.  I think I was coping better when there was more restrictions & less choice.  Now that our region is at Stage 2, there's more options about what is allowed to be open & where we can go, which is making me feel a little a lot over whelmed;  should I go out? Do I need to go out? How many people will adhere to the 2 metre apart rule & will they have their masks on? The virus is still about & spreading.  Is anyone else feeling this?
Last Wall Standing Of An Old Barn
Currently Pondering: this article.  Living A Mediocre Life.  It touches on something I've said & thought about regarding The Great (Pandemic) Pause, what are we rushing back to?

Currently My Method Of Time Telling:  I'm not sure about you, but my days since early March has all just melted into one big day, week & month.  My best way of telling which day it is, is by my probiotic package - you take one a day & the package lists the day, you pop out the pill for that day, mind you I take at the end of the day, so for me, it's "oh, so today was Tuesday".

Currently Rejoicing: in Summer's arrival on Saturday the 20th at 5:43pm - yes I was in the garden to welcome her.  It was a short visit as it was incredibly humid & the mosquitos were awful. Please enjoy some of my summer blooms.
Red Poppies

Deep Fushia Peonies

Watermelon Poppies

Pink Bearded Iris

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Wisdom Wednesday

"Sometimes it is not the people who change, it is the mask that falls off."

Source: Internet

Monday, June 15, 2020

Me On A Monday - June 15th

Hello, good morning & greetings to all. 

Blogger, which is the platform that I use to write this blog, has decided that for my benefit they have made changes.  Apparently I've been asking for these changes although someone will need to jog my memory as to when I asked for change. So far I am not liking these changes.  Those using Blogger, what are your thoughts?  Worth struggling through?   Not sure where Blogger & my relationship is going ...

Currently Wearing: as of Friday June 12th our county has made it mandatory for all to wear a face covering/mask when entering a business.  Outdoor patio restaurants & farmer's markets are exempt. Although  all business whether indoors or outdoors must also adhere to the 2 metres apart rule & limit the number of shoppers at any one time. Of course true to human nature there is a lot of debating & bitching about these rules, particularly over the wearing of masks.  I find the argument of "it doesn't protect you from the virus" rather lame at this point.  It's for protecting others against you; you possibly having the virus & spreading, so if everyone is wearing a mask it cuts the chances of spread way down. There is now lots of hard science to back this up.  The number moist droplets we spew out even in just talking is quite mind blowing, let alone how far those droplets travel &
linger in a sneeze or cough.  Also moist talking is a Canadian joke & refers to an early in April COVID press conference our Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau gave about moist talking.  You can find it on uTube. It is the one time he has made me laugh.
Currently In The Garden:  the plan I have launched this year against three overly aggressive plants in my garden felt like one part of my garden was partially won back.  I am in a fight with Violets, Lady's Bells & Grout Weed.  I marked sections of were I will focus the effort to ripping/digging out by hand of these three plants.  In one section I discovered several other desired plants; Daylily, Sedum, Lady's Mantle hiding & barely hanging on because of lack of light.  There were also two large Hostas but they just pushed their way through but now I can at least see them clearly.  Our easterly neighbours got a truck load of free tree mulch dumped on their driveway Friday & on Sunday offered us what was left from his needs.  We got about 6 wheelbarrow loads, which now that it is down, smells like we are in a forest.
The Three Not Wanted: Violets, Lady's Bells, Gout Weed

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Wisdom Wednesday - #13

Seed Snowflake Outline

"No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible."   ... Voltaire 

Monday, June 08, 2020

Me On A Monday - June 8th

Good Morning.  What a beautiful weather wise weekend - although I am aware that some of you experienced some rain - sorry!
Adult, Barry  From Under The Barrel
We celebrated our wedding anniversary yesterday & while it was not what we originally had planned, it was a fabulous day.  Our origin plans included that my best friend & maid of honour, was going to be in town, but alas COVID-19 made changes to our plans, her flight was cancelled, travel restrictions in place.  What's that you say, best laid plans of mice & men ...

Mr Man arranged for a floral arrangement to be delivery, & it was perfect because not only did it celebrate our anniversary but has provided an opportunity for one of the SPSH items - colours of your country's flag.  We looked at our wedding album, Mr Man pulled out all the cards he has given me on previous anniversaries & downloaded some verse from the internet & printed it on pink paper from my scrapping stash.  We had a lovely dinner grilled on the barbeque & some wine.  Perfect day - take that COVID-19!

My best friend called us & she & I had a brief chat of only 1 1/2 hours - we normally talk for 3 hours.  We only call every couple of months.  

 Over the weekend I finally got all my annual flower pots planted & in spite of my order being picked by the lady at the greenhouse, I am very pleased with everything I got.  Lots of pink.

I have two books on the go, one an actual book, the 2nd book in the Wolf Hall trilogy & an ebook, also recommended by Ruth at This West London Life, The Friend Zone.

While I am not watching as much TV as I did in March, I have discovered a few new to me series; one is called Home, series one.  The story is of a Syria refugee who smuggled himself into England in the back of someone's car - he's in Dorking, a market village of Surrey England.  I like all the characters & the lead female role I know from Raised by Wolves, another British series.  I am trying very hard to like Mum (not to be confused with the American Mom comedy show), &  I am trying hard not to want to smack her throughout the half hour .
Starling Fledgling
No big plans for the week, probably a grocery curbside pick up later in the week & maybe a drop off to the library.  I have a Tuesday  invitation to meet a friend outside in a park so we can be 6 feet (2 metres) apart. I do have an oven that is calling out to be cleaned, but since it's such a whine, I'm ignoring & will probably use the grill a lot more this week.

Happy Week everyone.

People very often say to me, 'How did you do it, how did you raise a baby and write a book?' And the answer is - I didn't do housework for four years. I am not Superwoman. And um, living in squalor, that was the answer.”
― J.K. Rowling

Saturday, June 06, 2020

5in5 On The 5th - Cutest Overload

I wondered what to do with my 50+ photos of my baby chipmunks. They are SO tiny & just beyond cute.  I have two sets of two, the "rock pair" & the "circle patio pair"  The rock pair were not as nervous as the patio pair so I was able to get more photos of them.  So I'm joining in with Sandie's monthly meme, found here:  Sandie's Itchifingers

"I wonder what it's like in this garden?"

You just see the second one under the tail of the bravest of the two.

"come on sister, it's OK, that lady isn't going to bother us - she'll protect us from the cat next door"

I could not leave out the very shy "Circle Patio Pair"

Wednesday, June 03, 2020

Wednesday Wisdom

I am not sure how much wisdom is prevailing in the world right now ... but as though The Universe knew I needed a little encouragement, I received this email yesterday morning from The Universe.  There is wisdom, I believe, in this message.

Primitive societies live by the Rule of Might, and the strong prevail. 

Advanced societies live by the Rule of Law, and the privileged prevail. 

Enlightened societies live by the Rule of Love, and everyone is lifted higher. 

Monday, June 01, 2020

Me On A Monday - June 1st

Good Morning Everyone.  Happy June 1st, happy start to 2020's Summer Photo Scavenger Hunt. (for the list see my post of last Wednesday, May 27th).

Current Angel Card:  June's Angel thought is "Emerging" & while I didn't mention it, May's Angel thought was "Retreat" .  When I drew these cards, 1 for each month, back in December 2019, who knew how appropriate these two months were going to be.  

My emerging will be just as slow as our easing of lockdown restrictions.  Our Premiere announced emergency measures are still in place until the next review of June 9th.  I am good with that.  Still far too many new cases & far too many deaths still happening.

Currently Reading:  the latest issue, Summer 2020 of Creative Scrapbooker. Lots of ideas.

I also just finished reading on my e-reader a book about "surviving the flu & other pandemics"  written in 2006.  Had the author not often referred to dates I would have thought this book was written just last month.  The author is a doctor of Oriental Healing & Medicine.  It was quite scary that  he talked about the 1918 pandemic (which they were researching in 1997 for its origins) & a few of the more recent ones of Bird Flu, MERS & SARS. COVID-19, MERS & SARS are Corona-viruses.  When he wrote this book in 2006, he predicted that a much larger & more deadly virus pandemic would strike the world in the next 15-20 years, he said it would originate in China at a wet market - bingo!  

Currently Crafting Cards:  I made two versions of this card for the ladies of my church that are sewing non-medical face masks for the community.  They have made over 1600 masks to date.  The first version of the card just seemed to need a little something extra & when haven't googly eyes made something better. I used a nested stitched die to cut out the masks after I had embossed the paper.  The word thanks is also a die cut.

Currently Crafting Scrap Pages:  I made the first page of the time line (Canadian) of the Coronavirus; the facing page will be exactly the same with April-June stats.

Currently Watching: more preparation of the field behind us.  This was stage two of the spraying - I think it was some kind of fertilizer for the crop yet to be planted. I know it wasn't anything that required a warning as the farmer himself was in an open tractor. Next step is to turn over/plough the field.

Currently Received Happy Mail:  received this timely post card from Ruth. Good message.  I have been making several left turns lately.

"I will prepare & someday my chance will come." Abraham Lincoln