Wednesday, February 27, 2013

What a Difference a day can make

Late yesterday afternoon I was outside playing with Meg and it was mild enough that I had on my capris. I could see grass in some spots and I thought maybe spring was in the air.

I was wrong!

Late this afternoon I was outside playing with the girls and it’s a whole different capris today! L

I’m really hoping this is Mother Nature’s last kick at the winter can!

Wishcasting Wednesday

 I wish to nourish myself in healthy ways.

~I want to lounge in a fragrant bathtub with a cheesy romance novel
~I want to snuggle with my beloved
~I want to walk through my wildflower field with my camera and my pups by my side
~I want to dance around my kitchen like there’s no one watching
~I want to have tea with a girlfriend and talk about nothing or everything
~I want to sit by the fire and see my dreams in the flames
~I want to laugh with my family
~I want to surround myself with flowers
~I want to see the beauty all around me.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Snow Moon Dreamboard

This month Jamie Ridler and the Full Snow Moon asks us “What desires lie deep within?”

I was a bit resistant to doing this board even though I’ve been thinking about it and gathering images for the last few days. I have a problem with desire – with want. It doesn’t sit well with me; it makes me uncomfortable.

As I sat with the images I’d collected I tried to relax into what I was feeling. I put on some soothing music and settled into my ‘safe’ spot but it was no use the discomfort wouldn’t be soothed or calmed, it was too intent on being a partner in the process so I decided to welcome it and see what it had to tell me.

My discomfort told me that I desire peace and connection – that I desire kindness and love and to quote Henry David Thoreau I desire to “Simplify, simplify.”

My playlist for this dreamboard was:

Celtic Reverie by Gordon Gibson (over and over again!)

Monday, February 25, 2013

Just for Fun

Jon and I went to a grocery store we don’t normally go to today and I actually had fun grocery shopping for the first time in – well probably in ever!

The first thing that caught my eye: Octopus...YUCK!!

I can't imagine eating this! 

The second thing to catch my eye: Cow Chips...WTF?

Chocolate covered potato chips, who eats these?

And the last thing to catch my eye: Yummy... J

Now this I could eat!

Friday, February 22, 2013


I asked myself on Tuesday in February Blahs if buying myself a bouquet was enough to get me out of my funk.

It wasn’t...but it helped.

I spent ages looking over the flowers at the grocery store trying to decide which flowers I liked the best. Jon was with me and I tested his patience with the amount of analyzing I did trying to find just the right bouquet. I usually prefer soft colours like white, pinks, lavender but Tuesday I decided bold was better.

I picked a vibrant fuchsia posy of dyed carnations. They’re stunning.

I’m not sure if the flowers helped perk me up or if it was just the time I spent photographing them that helped by taking my mind off things for a bit. Honestly, I don’t care which it was – I have beautiful flowers that make me feel good and some great shots too.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

It's Wishcasting Wednesday

I wish to welcome in peace.

Peace with the death of my brother (a year ago today from suicide).
Peace with all the things left unsaid and unheard.
Peace with who he was and who he wasn’t.
Peace with all the ways I feel like I failed him.
Peace with lingering anger.
Peace with the questions.
Peace with the emptiness.
Peace with the hope it could have been any different.


Peace with unending grief.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

February Blahs

February, when the days of winter seem endless and no amount of wistful recollecting can bring back any air of summer.  
-  Shirley Jackson

It’s been a long winter and I’m past ready for spring. Usually I spend February planning the gardens and looking forward to flowers. This year I’m overwhelmed by the snow and the cold in a way that I’ve never been before.

I can’t even find the motivation to look through the seed catalogues that have arrived in the mail. 

Tomorrow is the one year anniversary of my brother’s suicide which probably has something to do with my funk, but still it’s always flowers that get me through.

Maybe I just need to go and buy myself a bouquet – could it be that simple?

I don’t know...I’ll let you know tomorrow.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

It's Wishcasting Wednesday

Image from Jamie Ridler Studios

Today Jamie Ridler asks us “What is your love wish?”

Some days I have to ponder on what Jamie asks us and other days it pops right into my head. Today was a BOOM! and there is was.

My love wish is that my beloved find the perfect match for his amazing gifts. He’s a highly skilled self-employed licensed carpenter and he doesn’t love his work anymore.

There was a time when he was challenged and loved what he was doing but those days have passed and now he’s trying to figure out what comes next for him and I wish more than anything that he find the (most) perfect outlet for all the wonderful gifts he has to offer the world. 

Monday, February 11, 2013

A Perfect Winter Day

Yesterday was the perfect winter day. It was bright and sunny and the snow was beautiful powder.

Jon, Meg, Astro and I went for snowshoe down to the creek beside our property. It was so much fun. The dogs ran around and chased each other, Jon meandered around and I took (a lot) of photos. It was the perfect way to spend a winter weekend morning.

I was both energized and relaxed when we finally made our way home. 

Here are a few of the shots I took.

I took this picture as I was falling into the creek!!  Whoops J

If you’d like to see a few more there are some of the creek here.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

The Day After

Yesterday was a hell of a day here. It was so snowy at times we couldn’t see out the lane.

Today dawned bright and sunny and perfectly wintery so the girls and I had some winter fun.

Astro trying to figure out what's up...
Meg looking very serious for the camera (and me too)
Some fun in the snow.
Is is spring yet??
Me :-)

Friday, February 8, 2013

Eye Candy

By February I’m usually looking forward to spring, but this year I think I started looking forward to spring about November. Needless to say it’s been a long winter so far.

Up until this year I’ve never really understood ‘snow birds’. I’ve always said (and meant it) that I love winter and that I couldn’t/wouldn’t want to miss it. Suddenly I get it.

Come on spring!!

Let’s dream of the eventual warmer weather together shall we?

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Photo Challenge

I haven’t been overly inspired to use my camera these last couple of months. I took a few shots over Christmas but that’s pretty much it.  It’s been bothering me because there is nothing I (usually) enjoy more than seeing the world through the lens of my camera.

I needed a little push...and I got the nicest one from my friend Joni. She invited me to participate in a Facebook photo challenge. A picture a day with specific challenges each day and an overall theme of gratitude for the month of February.

In all honesty I’ve only had my “real” camera out once but I’ve still been taking shots and enjoying ones I’ve taken in the past. I’m really enjoying the point and shoot my mother gave me for my birthday – it’s so easy to grab quickly and get shots that I’d miss if I went hunting for my DSLR.

It feels great to be back at it. I’ve missed my camera and photography in general. Now if only I had some flowers around...come on spring!!

Here are the shots I’ve posted for the photo challenge so far:

Feb 1, Food 
Feb 2, Beauty
Feb 3, Happiness
Feb 4, Music

Feb 5, Morning sky