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Bring it on 2015, I'm ready for you (or so I like to think!)

Thursday, February 26, 2015

One Word at a Time

Well these studies are getting to me, I'm reaching the
point where I no longer want to write, I'll do almost
anything to procrastinate, but what fun procrastinating! 

I went to a seniors crib tournament and wouldn't you 
just know it, one of the ladies we were playing against
got a 29 hand! 

Yesterday it was a pedicure, did that ever feel
amazingly wonderful! 

I've even been trying new recipes collected from
facebook... these are French Toast roll ups and 
they're delicious! Especially with the Maple 
Syrup we're so famous for in Canada! 

Last Saturday evening I even went out on a date, 
hope to do that again with the same individual 
real soon, but time will tell. 

I've taken on a research/writing position with the 
University, just a temporary one and now I'm asking
myself WHY... I have a 30 pg. paper to write and now I'm
taking on more writing... yup I must be nuts!

 Now it's time to get this keyboard smokin' and come up 
with some type of brilliance... as they say if you can't dazzle them
with brilliance, baffle them with BS and I don't think at
this stage of this educational journey I can baffle anyone
with BS... just sayin'. 

The one good thing about all of this, this is my FINAL
paper, the paper to end all papers and I'm DONE... 7
years of education, where has the time slipped away? 
As I survey my surroundings, I think that I'm seeing some
of my answers... time to write! 

Also a quick thank you to those of you who have
traveled this journey with me, your encouraging
words have been immensely appreciated!  Now anybody
out there want to tackle a 30 pg. paper for me? ;-) 
One word at a time, I shall get through this! 

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The Apple Doesn't Fall Far...

The day has finally arrived for my beautiful daughter, 
I picked her up to take her to the airport.  Her destination...
backpacking through Australia for two months! 

Here is Michelle all set to go, yup this is all 
she's taking with her. 

And me being, well being a Mom and all, I had to 
get in one more photo before we said our farewells
at the airport. 

After my experiences visiting Australia two years ago I know 
how much fun my daughter is going to have, she'll have the time 
of her life!  She's not at all shy, she loves to travel and is
adventurous, she's a lot like me which is a good thing I
do believe.  As the saying goes, the apple doesn't fall far 
from the tree, this is so true with the immense amount of
 similarities my daughter and myself share. 

Right, today Michelle also turned over the postcard I sent to 
her from Australia when I was there, she had it on her 
fridge and had forgotten what I wrote to her. 
Here's what I sent...

Well what can I say? I have a daughter who listens to her
Momma?  lol

Cheers Michelle, have a blast and if you choose not to 
come home, let me know asap so I can plan a trip over 
for a visit! 

Friday, February 6, 2015

Babies and Photo Shoots

I've had the pleasure of doing two different baby photo shoots.

Not much need for words with these photos, except
I adore children and it was such a pleasure to be
able to coddle new babies again, it's been a 
while with my granddaughter going on... gulp, 
5 in a few short months! 

The first photo shoot I did was for a friend, this
is his first grandchild and such an adorable wee fella, 
the baby this is! ;-)

Sang himself to sleep ;-)

The next photo shoot I did the wee fella was
awake the entire time, not too keen on having
his photos taken but with patience and a few
feedings we managed to get him soothed. 

And while I was doing some of my edits I got to
thinking one of the photos would make a fantastic
birth announcement.  Naturally the name of the child and
all information on this photo is fictitious, but check out the idea... 

And other than this, I've been to numerous meetings, for both
volunteerism and networking purposes and I'm still doing
edits to get my desk cleared off so I can get focused not only
on my studies, but also on a short term research/writing
position I've taken on... yikes, but exciting all at the same time! 

Monday, January 26, 2015

The Family That Plays Together Stays Together

It's become a tradition for me, my adult children, and
naturally my one sweet precious granddaughter, to all
come together at least once a month for a family meal
and to spend some quality time together. 
We did this on Saturday and the time we share together
... priceless.  

Auntie Michelle, my youngest child, bought
Elyssa a few different magic tricks and gave them
to her for Christmas.  They had to practice a bit, 
then it was showtime! 

Uncle Derek had to blow on the magic bag
which was empty in order for the magic to happen.

and ta da... boxes of flowers came out of the bag!

They performed a few other tricks as well then
 Elyssa informed us that she has magic money ears,
she got her Daddy to show us. 

It was a wonderful evening, phenomenal food, tons of
laughs, and I experienced the real magic...

the magic of love my family shares
when we all come together and play! 

Monday, January 19, 2015

The Motorcycle Show

There's a motorcycle show in my city yearly and there's
some awesome bikes on display.  I found myself back 
in the Harley area more than once and here's a few I love. 

This first photo the sales rep shot for me, he
suggested I enter this picture online where
Harley is giving away riding gear and lessons. 
Both I'd love to win! 

This Super Low Rider is something for me to consider
when I'm ready to buy, it's comfortable for me and doesn't
intimidate me as much as some of the bigger bikes. 

Ran into a friend and she asked for a few shots, 
I obliged and played with the photos and I'm
rather pleased with this one.

There's also something about the colors of the Indian motorbike... 
I love these colors! 

I also had the opportunity to chat with the author of this book, 
Motorcycle Therapy and you bet I bought his book, 
I'm interested in what he has to say.  The author is Jeremy Krocker, 
he has two books out, this one and Through Dust and Darkness. 
I'll read this one first, it's a shorter read and soon enough I'm going
to be totally immersed in reading academic readings...

Speaking of academics, today I applied for graduation in June...
mixed feelings over this one but it's time to get it done and move
forward. It's been a long haul, some years more challenging than
others, however, I know that one day this too will be a distant
memory, a positive experience for sure! 

One more course, I've got this one in the bag...
I hope! lol 

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Lighting Up My Life... the saga continues

Thank goodness I have some pretty amazing friends, 
I've wanted to have new lighting in my home for some
time now and it started with the LED strip lights behind my tv...
that was a few posts ago but I'll include a few more photos to 
show what's been added now...

I had a single light (which was beautiful) off to the one
side of the tv, but it didn't put out hardly any light. 
My friend went on Kijiji and found this pot lighting for
$10, then he painted it and installed it today, 
he even added a dimmer switch to it and I'm absolutely
loving this!  But we didn't stop there. 

In my kitchen I (I bought it and my friend did the install)
 added pot lighting as well and I also used strip lighting on top 
of my cupboards, loving this too! 
And the old ceiling fan, it was huge, way too big for the small
space it was in. Today I found this smaller ceiling fan
and I absolutely love how this looks. 

It's amazing how lighting can change the look and feel
of a room, now what's next on my agenda... hmmm 
maybe finish decluttering. I'm starting to get concerned, 
I'm actually doing things I've wanted to get done for
a long time... what's up with this? lol 

Friday, January 9, 2015

Amazing Talent

I went out to listen once again to Sarah Smith, 
this lady has an amazing voice, one which often
gives me goosebumps when I hear her sing.  I didn't
take along my DSLR this time, only my P&S but
I hope to get better photos of her in the near future. 
For now, my P&S photos will have to suffice. 

Sarah Smith, from Ontario...

Shine Bright, if you click on the name of this song it'll
take you to one of my favorite songs sung by this talented lady.

Here's another name to watch for, Karen Claypool, (in this video Karen is
in the white gown... wow, I just found this rendition of Hallelujah and WOW!)
This young lady is astounding! Sarah invited her up to sing a song and
Karen obliged!  

It was a real treat to hear Karen sing, she
has an amazingly powerful voice. Karen does a solo
act and is also a part of The Dirt Road Angels Band. 

We are so blessed to be surrounded by such amazing
 talent.  As for me, well I love music, music which makes my 
heart dance and caresses my soul. 
I also enjoy music which  makes my feet dance but when I get 
goosebumps (people-bumps) like I did listening to Sarah and later 
by Karen it's been worth it to venture out in -100 and drive on icy roads... 
okay a wee bit of exaggeration on the -100 but enough of winter
already!  It was only about -30, only being the key word there! 

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Lighting Up My Life

I was in Ikea the other day and noticed they had strip lighting
tucked in behind a tv in one of their displays. I went and sat on 
the couch in the display to see if the light would be distracting 
and it actually made it much easier on the eyes to watch the tv.
 I sat on another couch where there was no lighting behind the 
tv and I knew what I was going to do with some of this lighting I'd 
ordered off of eBay... it started out
a friend who is into his lighting wanted some of these and I thought I might
as well get myself some while I was at it, to do what with I wasn't sure, 
until the Ikea trip.  So today my friend comes over to install a new kitchen
lighting fixture for me, then we start to play with the strip lighting and WOW! 
See for yourself... the top left corner is no lighting, there's 16 different colors 
and I can dim or brighten each color... personally I like the clear, yellow and 
light orange the best. 

I've also ran a strip of this lighting on top of one of my
cupboards, that too looks awesome. The nice thing is these 
are LED lights, I can leave them on all the time if I choose 
to and not worry about the power bill, wasting energy or
the lights getting too hot. 

Yup, I'm enjoying lighting up my life! 

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The Last Day of the Year

As I sit here this morning reflecting on this past year
I love what I'm reflecting back upon. I've done what
I've set out to do, nearly completed my degree, I've spent
as much time as possible with family and friends and
I now have one more year of sobriety, 9 years in total now
and that's reason right there to celebrate!  

Christmas Eve, my family came over and we
had a feast, Princess Elyssa opened tons
of gifts and we all had such a good time. This year
I gave each of my children a short video from their
youth, I found one old 8mm tape and converted it 
onto a disc and we all laughed, me until I had laughter
tears running down my face! What a beautiful way to 
spend Christmas! 

A few photos from our family Christmas...

Elyssa and Abbie patiently waiting for dinner.

My oldest son on the left, holding our princess Elyssa, Elyssa's
Mommy, then me holding my Abbie girl. Behind me is my gorgeous
daughter and behind her is my middle child, we tease him about
being the problem middle child!  I am extremely blessed, I'm surrounded
by love and laughter! 

 A blast from the past, Derek, my middle child, used to dote on his sister
when she was a wee girl.  As you can see from the photo on the right this
love is still shared and what a joy it is to see! 

Moving forward to how I spent Christmas day, 
first a feast, then karaoke. Fun was had by all! 

This was/is hilarious!! 

And now comes time to get organized, literally! I've
installed this closet organizer, not sure where I'm going to
put everything I took out of here, but it's the year of decluttering
in the upcoming year... I just got a bit of a head start on it is all. 

Finally one spot for all of my camera gear! 

Whatever you have done or might want to do,
 wherever you may be, it's time to start a new chapter, 
one which we get to choose the words we write. 
Don't worry about spell check, we don't have to write
perfectly, just write it from your heart and allow your
heart to dance! 

Wishing you a blessed and a very Happy New Year! 

Monday, December 22, 2014

It's late but...

It's going on 2am and I'm getting tired but not too tired to 
squeeze in one quick post.  This past few days have been busy
once again, but what a fun busy!  It started on Thursday night, 
I shot photos of at least 100 children with Santa and this one
is my favorite! 

Friday night was an evening out, then off to 
a friends to sing karaoke and we danced the night away. 
It was a late, or early morning by the time I finally
called it a night... 4am before my head hit the pillow, 
but what an amazing time! 

Saturday I had a visitor spend the night, actually two house guests.
A friend came in from out of town and her dog stayed at my place
for two nights. Elyssa LOVED having two puppies
to play with! 

We got creative and made some gifts...

These are so cool, what we did was paint Elyssa's hand, 
then she held a Christmas ball which left her hand print 
on the ball.  Then we decorated the balls and this is
what they look like...

These are a priceless keepsake which I fully
intend to do with Elyssa every year, til she's at
least 30! ;-)

Right and the joys of being a photographer,
Christmas gifts are getting much easier to 
put together...

I should be back before Christmas, if you don't hear
from me I would like to take this time to wish each
and everyone of you a very Merry Christmas!  I hope
all of your dreams and wishes come true, okay maybe
most of your wishes..only the 'good' ones! lol 

Yup, Santa laughed at what I wanted and I 
laughed because I shocked myself by actually
telling Santa what I want! ;-)