"Some people try to turn back their odometers of life. Not Me. I want people to know why I look the way I do. I have travelled a lot of miles & not all roads were paved.
Today is a holiday for us - Victoria Day, aka Two Four weekend. The first long weekend of the summer season. So time to think about the annual Summer Photo Scavenger Hunt.
Summer Photo Scavenger Hunt (SPSH) runs from June 1st to September 30th. Photos should be taken by you or a family member, we don't want to get in trouble for copy right rules.
A list not too long; a list of finds to share; a list that works for those of us at home; a list that works for those who travel about; a list that includes some difficult to find; a list that includes some easy to find; a list that can be interpreted with our differences; a list for one find or a list for all to find ... or a list to see what everyone else finds.
I hope you have fun with what ever your level of participation is. First link in will be Monday July 11th & the final will be Friday September 30th. As in previous years, just let me know in the comments if you want to be part of the group & I'll list your link on July 11th.
The 2022 SPSH List:
Alt A: Recent Purchase
Alt B: Sunset
Alt C: Free Choice
Good Morning - Spring is definitely in full swing & action in my part of the world.
Current Spring Tulips. This has been an amazing year for tulips in this region. Everyone is talking about the abundance of bloom. I am so amazed at the number & varying colours of bloom in my garden. So far I have lost only 3 tulip blooms to naughty squirrels, or more likely naughty bunnies.
Current Spring Sex. The wild bunnies are running about; early evening last week we had two males chasing each other off for the solitary female. Will it mean having baby bunnies to battle in the garden?
Current Spring Cleaning. The township has sent around two street sweepers to tidy up the roads. They did a fantastic job. Sadly two days later, 2 neighbours decided that it was too much work for them to bag their grass clippings & blew their cuttings on to the sidewalks & road, which makes a horrible mess to walk through. The grass clippings then get washed into the sewer system.
Current Spring Birth Day. One of our neighbours around the corner wanted to let everyone know that they had a girl. A fun announcement.
Current Spring Planting: The farmer in the field behind us was busy preparing the fields & planting corn. We are desperate for some rain.
Current Spring Feeding: Our little chipmunks have returned, This one, I believe is from last year as he seems to know the routine of me in the garden, means a peanut handout. Oh I am so well trained. This year I am calling this one Timmer. A name of a character from a favourite book.
Current Spring NSD. For National Scrapbook Day I did a few layouts but mostly on this Saturday, I participated in an online (FB) card making, catalogue reveal "party", hosted by my upline contact for Stampin Up. I won two of the draws (stamp sets) & made this mystery card. The host sends the written instructions for cutting & as a group we put the card together. I was quite pleased with my results. The ongoing joke is not to have naked envelopes. I must admit this is a set I nearly always forget when card making.
Current Spring Returning: No photos of this, but I conducted/participated in my last Zoom meetings last week. All are preparing for the migration back to in- person working. Not sure how I am feeling about it. 😔
Current Excitement: Next Monday, May 23rd is a holiday weekend for us so I'll be posting the 2022 Summer Scavenger Photo Hunt list.
See you later in the week for some Wisdom 👧
Currently Wondering About some recent "deep discussions" on social media.
Item 1: Blates: is this newly discovered or just a rebranding of what I grew up calling pasta plates? What is a Blate you ask. Short answer; a wide, shallow, rounded vessel for food that is a combination of a bowl & plate.
Is this just another social trend? But when thousands of Twitter users can agree on something, you have to wonder if they are on to something with the love child of a deep bowl & a flat plate mate & create the Blate. What do you think? Blates on your shopping list?
Item 2: Pineapple; it seems nothing creates bigger wars on Twitter than putting pineapple on a pizza & now it is war on pineapple in a pasta dish. Are you team pineapple on pizza & in pasta? Or pineapple for tropical drinks & desserts only? Me, I like pineapple on my pizza & we often grill pineapple rings for burger enhancement, both the meat burger of Mr Man & my veggie burger.
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I think I like this trend. Although I haven't ordered one/two/three ... yet.
Good Morning Everyone. Another month's beginnings are upon us & it can either be very thrilling to think of another 31 fresh opportunities or another 31 days to get through. I'm going with thrill & joy of 31 new beginnings for May.
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I think most of us can agree that during the last two & a bit years, that many of us have done a lot of reading. It was & always has been, a joy for me to sit & read for hours at a time. I think that during the lockdowns, book recommendations exceeded even recipe sharing.
My biggest gratitude was that during the first few months of initial lockdowns, our library was readily available through an online system called Libby. I am not normally an ebook reader, but when it was the only way to get my "hands on" new to me books, I was thankful it was available. Since most if not all things are now returning to open & come on in mind set, I have continued to read a few books as ebooks, mainly because it is the only way that many of the newer books are available. That does not make me happy, but I am trying my best to be adaptable & smile through it.
In April, I mixed up my reading genre quite a bit. I had decided back at the start of the year that my ideas for 2022 is to read some books that I missed out on as a child. Recently on Lady Ella's blog, she reviewed a favourite childhood book of hers, The Railway Children. The book was originally written in 1906 & has been reprinted several times & made into a movie;1970 & remade in 2000 & another revision for 2022. I was able to get a solid copy of this book & read. I had to remember when reading this book, that my mind & heart needed to be a child again. It was a good read overall. Next up are some Winnie The Pooh & Beatrix Potter books.
My latest new to me read, was recommended by an online (F/B) book club; Ruth Ozeki's The Book of Form & Emptiness. Ruth's opening is what caught my attention & desire to read more;
"A book must start somewhere. One brave letter must volunteer to go first, laying itself on the line in an act of faith, from which a word takes heart & follows, drawing a sentence into its wake. From there, a paragraph amasses & soon a page & the book is on its way, finding a voice, calling itself into being. A book must start somewhere & this one starts here."
The book is about Benny Oh & his Mother, Annabelle's journey in coming to terms with the sudden & tragic death of Benny's Father, Annabelle's husband. They both develop less than ideal methods of coping. Benny begins to hear the voices of things like his sneaker, a window & a broken ornament. Annabelle develops hoarding as a way to protect herself. Best character in the book is the Book-a-Talking, who narrates the story. I liked this book & will re-read it in the future. (what the window had to say, got me a little teary).
I also re-read some of my (current) author's books, Louise Penny & the Chief Inspector Gamache books. Thankfully I own the collection, so can pick up these any time my heart desires. The latest Chief Inspector book is currently being written by Louise & not set for release until 2023!
Also read, The Younger Wife, which turned out to be a not horrible read, took me a while to get interested in the story & characters.
Another read was Death at the Chateau Bremont, by M.L. Longworth. This was the first in a series of murder mysteries taking place in Provence, France. These books are the base of the latest TV murder series "Death in Provence" starring Roger Allam of Inspector Thursday (Endeavour) fame. This was/is one of those ebook reads for me. I liked & have book 2 on order (another ebook).
I had previously talked about my other April reads, Where The Crawdads Sing & Crown & Septure in an earlier Me On Monday post.
And I will leave you with another quote from The Book of Form & Emptiness:
"According to the capabilities of the reader, books have their own destinies .. " Walter Benjamin, Unpacking my library.
Good Morning Everyone. From my patio views, it looks like Ms Spring has definitely set up housekeeping.
My spring garden continues to excite me with the return of favourites & a few I thought had left.
Spring is about renewal. In spite of being asked not to feed the birds, I have a pair of Cardinals that visit daily & could be nesting close by. Mrs Cardinal is rummaging through my garden looking for bits & bobs for nest building & I am only too happy to leave some cut back for her. Mr Cardinal sings to us every morning & it is a most delightful verse.
The Siberian Squill, blue bells,are out in abundance & hosting hundreds of bees:
A lone crocus:
A pot of last year's disappointing pink daffodils - there's no signs of pink or the sherbet colour ...
And lasting, the blue flowers of the sparse periwinkle:
The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature.
Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.
Good Morning. Spring is arriving slowly in my garden & region & it makes my heart glad.
The chipmunk living under our front steps has been doing some house cleaning ...
Tulips, my red & whites planted for Canada's 150 birthday - there's hope for another great showing ...
The neighbours smoking out the neighbourhood with their wet wood & leaves fire ...
And the Hellabores with blooms about to open fully ...
and the ospreys are back at the lake ...
And I will leave you with my thought for the day and/or the rest of the month ... " I admit I need professional help; a maid, a cook, & a cleaner should do the trick!"
Good Morning. I trust everyone made it through the weekend unscathed.
Currently Watching: Series 2 of Bridgerton. Oh my the costumes are magnificent, but I personally don't feel the story is strong. We all knew the ending in the first 30 minutes. I read that series 3 & 4 are confirmed. Next up I have The Adam Project. Both are courtesy of a lady from church that loaned me her DVDs of the two shows.
Currently Reading: I figured it was time I tried Where The Crawdads Sing, by Deila Owens as the film is about to be released. I'm about 100 pages in. I know there are many fans of the book, but I don't think I will be part of that count. For absolute pleasure of reading, I re-reading the Louise Penny Chief Inspector Gamache series along with an old favourite written by Dr Brene Brown. She writes & I have the feels.
Currently Making: Easter & Spring cards, along with a few birthday cards. As for the birthday cards, I had taken a suggestion from Susanne's blog post over at Snaps & Snippets about setting up a file box by month & making the cards before you actually need them. So far this is working quite well for me. I like the before I need leisure of creating. This method is also tying in nicely with the 100 Day Project.
Currently Sadden By: the fact that in our region bird flu cases are exploding at regional poultry farms (chickens, duck, geese & turkeys). The University of Guelph, which is primarily an agriculture university/college, has published a notice asking home owners to take down their bird feeders so that wild birds don't congregate, helping to stem infections of domestic & wild birds. I have taken down my two feeders, but oh I do miss the birds as do my indoor cats. They love bird theatre. The University has assured everyone the wild birds won't starve, they know how to find food. Hopefully these efforts by everyone will turn the tide of the outbreak & before long up go the feeders again.
Currently Speaking Of: theatre ... a chain of theatres, under a one name umbrella - The Drayton Theatre Groups, have issued their 2022 season schedule. They have 3 types of theatre settings in which plays will be performed this year; (1) no restriction in numbers, no vaccine passport required; (2) a 33% reduction in seating, no vaccine passport required; (3) a 33% reduction in seating & vaccine passport required. They are responding to the regular patrons survey, of which I completed one. In our efforts to awaken from the COVID coma, we are ordering tickets for one play in the summer in the option 3 category.
In keeping with my own thoughts around my OLW & moving out of my COVID coma, these quotes really resonated with me this week.
Steps in the right direction can turn out to be the best & biggest steps of your life. Tip toe if you must, but make the step.
which pairs nicely with:
Walk gently in the lives of others, not all wounds are visible.
Good Morning. Welcome to a new month. I've heard through the poets, that April, can by some be considered as the cruelest month. Weather wise that might have a sting of truth. Daffodils & tulips, along with other spring flowers are trying to push through in the lengthening days of sunshine & bang, out of seemingly no where - snow!
Currently Reading: Crown & Sceptre: A new history of the British Monarch, from William The Conqueror to Elizabeth II, by Tracy Borman. It definitely reads like a text book. I have several books on hold at the library.
Currently Watching: I watched on line last Tuesday, the service of Thanksgiving for Prince Phillip. It was a lovely tribute & I was more than pleased that her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth, made it to the service. While not a fan of Prince Andrew, I was glad he was there to honour his father. When they played/sang God Save The Queen, I cried the ugly cry ... yes indeed, long may she reign.
I did not watch the Oscars, but have seen the slap. I'll say no more.
Currently Working On: my 2nd quarter's OLW. I am looking for a Re word that would go with my best laid plans of wanting to wake from our COVID coma & get out of this lockdown cocoon. I churned with thoughts of Recovery or maybe Re-new that would lead to Return or Refresh or Re-engage in the next quarter. But like all best laid plans of chipmunks & women, the increasing numbers of COVID are making some of my plans moot. Even though our Premiere has restricted the testing of new cases for COVID, the health boards are testing waste water & they confirmed last Friday that we are indeed in a 6th wave. Hospital numbers are rising. Mr Man wants the word React. For now Recovery is a OLW in pencil.
Currently Enjoying: this new to me recipe. It has been deemed a soup recipe, but I think it falls more into being a stew. Of course if you like lots of juice, sauce, gravy, you can add more liquid & make it more soup like. I change the chicken broth to veggie broth, & add the chopped cooked chicken to Mr Man's bowl. I also add the spinach sooner to the mixture as we like our spinach to be cooked more. Left overs are wonderful. I've made this three times in the last 2 weeks. Several of my friends have also made & rave about it.
Chicken Gnocchi Soup
· 2 tablespoons butter
· 2 tablespoons olive oil
· 1/2 large onion chopped
· 1 cup celery chopped
· 1 cup carrots shredded
· 2 teaspoons minced garlic
· 1/4 cup flour
· 32 oz. chicken broth
· 1 cup half and half or whipping cream
· 5 sprigs fresh thyme
· 1/2 teaspoon salt
· pepper to taste
· 2 cups chicken cubed
· 1 cup packed fresh spinach
· 16 oz. potato gnocchi
· Add butter and olive oil to a large dutch oven.
· On medium high heat, add onion, celery, carrots, and garlic.
· Saute for 5 minutes.
· Sprinkle 1/4 cup flour over the vegetables and stir for 2 minutes.
· Add chicken broth, half and half, thyme, salt, and pepper.
· Add chopped chicken and bring to a boil.
· Lower heat and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring often.
· Add gnocchi and spinach.
· Simmer for 15 – 20 minutes.
· Remove the sprigs of thyme. Serve immediately
Well another fun Winter Photo Scavenger Hunt comes to an end. Thank you Eileen for hosting & posting. You can find the link to participants here: Bracelet of Days - WPSH Link
My Final Entries For The 2021/2022 WPSH:
#3 Something You Use Every Day: I tossed around the idea of either my electric kettle for boiling water for my tea or my camera; the kettle won out as it is really something I use everyday, where as the camera maybe 5-6 out of 7 days. Seeing such a boring item, I'm thinking I would like a fun kettle, at least one that whistles!
#6 Currency: A form of currency that every Canadian knows; Canadian Tire reward money.
#7 Rainbow: Rainbow crafting paper from Stampin Up
#9 Single Letter Of The Alphabet: in reducing/releasing decluttering activities I came across these "letter books" in my scrapping stash. One is Believe, which was intended for a Christmas book & the other is Friend; I am not sure what project or friend I had in mind for this. But before I decide what to do with them, the letters make a good example for this item.
#10 Trees: Silhouetted one evening in February, my back garden.
#12 Symbolic Of The Country You Call Home: a windy March day of our flag that surprisingly has lasted through the winter.
#13 Graffiti (Street Art): This was the hardest one for me & not because there isn't graffiti around, but most of it is very rude. I have no idea what TRV is all about ...
#14 A Tea Break: gifts from friends to honour my love of tea parties. These were part of the emotional de-cluttering of the dining room. For now they stay.
#17 Wheel(s): the wheel on my garden (decorative) wheelbarrow has survived another winter & still attached. Soon to be put right side up.
Alt A. Free Choice: winter art - our little village has officially made the bear a mascot; these little snow bears on the trees were found all over the village.