Monday, January 27, 2014

Jan 6 - 26, 2014 - Photo A Day Project

Here we are in the depths of winter. It's currently 10F/-12C. Another six inches of gorgeous powdery snow fell last night, and the wind is blowing it into drifts in near white-out gusts. This is all to say that most of the past three weeks have been spent indoors. I'm missing long walks and bicycle rides. Not to mention back-yard barbeques and non-nostril-freezing draws of fresh, fragrant air.

We are blessed to have a beautiful home with exercise equipment in the basement and plenty of access to the web with its constant entertainment and education streams. All four of us are a little stir-crazy, but we continue to remind Copper and Penny that winter doesn't last forever, and it won't be long before they'll be back to shrew-hunting and neighbourhood walks / sniffs.

In the midst of this, I continue to step up to the challenge of taking a photo a day. So... for your viewing and reading pleasure... here are daily tidbits of the past three weeks.

6 - Happens Everyday

"Got some love-ups for me, Mom?
And, say... what's that on your plate?"

























7 - Upside Down

This winter's first attempt at bird feeding.
They emptied it in two days.
I saw chickadees snatch three seeds in between
the squirrel feasting.




























8 - Lucky Number

The winner's wall of the Heart & Stroke Foundation's calendar lottery.
We haven't won yet, but the year is young!






















9 - Natural

The challenge of keeping 55 yr old hormones balanced
includes freshly-ground flax seeds. Yum!






















10 - Manmade

It also includes regular exercise!
Love to hula-hoop with the WiiFit.






















11 - Looking Down

Watching the Seattle Seahawks beat the San Francisco 49ers
for the NFL championship and the last step before the Superbowl!
(So much easier to see the plays from this perspective than from the sidelines.)

Looking Down #2 - Where did all the spinach-artichoke dip go?





































12 - Colourful

My purse and winter coat.
"When I am a middle-aged woman, I shall wear purple!"

























13 - Makes Me Smile

So much for being "squirrel-proof"!





















14 - Three Things

Wow! It warmed up to over 0*C!

Two sets of three wings to warm me up:
hot and dry Cajun. Yummy!



























15 - Black + White

Had a delightful and far too rare visit
with my darling friend, Vickie who just
happened to be wearing a black & white top!



























16 - Sun

WHEW! That is one bright star!


























17 - Tiny

Wee angels keeping my galfriend safe.























18 - Happy Place

Gourmet food with fabulous people.
Happy Birthday, Nadine!






















19 - Breakfast

More yumminess to start the day.










20 - To Do List

So grateful for my Outlook calendar!

























21 - Blue

Bright blue and OH SO COLD sky!

























22 - Nice

Happy plant life in the front window: my indoor garden. :)























23 - Bedtime

... at three thirty in the afternoon.


















24 - Your Space

Penny, the great sweatshirt and rocking chair usurper.




























25 - A Taste of Winter

They emptied the bird feeder, but it's still
freezing out there, so...
(OK... I'm a softie.)




























26 - Fun Stuff!

Road trip to explore cottage country properties.
Beginning to visualize the dream.

Monday, January 06, 2014

Dec 15, 2013 - Jan 5, 2014 Photo A Day Project

Oh, how I hope your holidays were lovely this year. 

Probably similar to many of yours, our season was laced with ultra-cold weather, oodles of plates, bowls, and glasses of deliciousness (some of which you'll see below), and enchanting social gatherings. It was great fun and...  exhausting! Not sure about you, but I'm ready to get back to normal life.

The Photo-a-Day project continues to grab me, so on we go... wee glimpses of my past three weeks:

15 - Lights

One of the many lit up homes in our neighbourhood.
Still love the blue and white!


16 - Makes me feel merry


17 - Tree

And snowflakes! As much as I love the trees in full leaf,
their sharp winter blackness against the white snow and sky
also makes me smile.

18 - Big

Now THAT'S a snow blower!

Nearly 100 people on that giant stage filled the room with the glorious sound
of Handel's Messiah! Thank you, Nadine, for the wonderful gift.

19 - 'Tis the season to ...

Bake! Indulge! Give away!
These made our mail carrier and recycle guy VERY happy. :)

20 - I'm listening to ...

Who can resist Nat King Cole at Christmastime?

21 - On the door

Christmas Party at our house!!!

22 - Sparkly

Lots of love on my left hand... and...

also on my right... Gramps and Gran's 50th? anniversary ring

23 - Tradition

First Annual Christmapuck!
Had a blast at the Senator's hockey game with P's son and the bro's

24 - Wrapped

No wrapped gifts this year, but we did have these
delightful Christmas crackers!

25 - Best bit of your day

Just home from a fabulous Christmas day lunch with the Bogan clan!
(Forgot to take photos there... silly me! Thanks, again, Val and family.)

26 - Where I slept

(and clearly one of Penny's sleeping spots, too!)

27 - What you're doing now

Eating artichokes -- BIG surprise!
Hi, my name's Patrice, and I'm a choke-aholic....

28 - Something awesome

Fabulous prezzie: 3 month membership! Yes! (Thanks yet again, Val.)

29 - Reflect best bit of 2013

Best Birthday EVER! (and I've had some great ones.)

30 - You

The Permanent Residency Packet, she is on her way.
All prayers and good thoughts welcome.

31 - Celebrate

Another great party where (for some unknown reason) my camera stayed in my purse.
Thanks, Jenn and Don for the delightful New Year's Eve party!

2014 is going to be WONDERFUL!

1 - Lunch

Yummy kitchari (brown rice + mung beans + turmeric)
topped with Greek yogurt -- a staple of this post-holiday 8-day cleanse

2 - Begins with G...

Another batch of Pierre's current favourite soup: Gumbo!

3 - My town

Too cold to be out in it, but here are some photos :)

4 - Word to live by

A gift from my dearest friend, Vickie
(who is in my thoughts and prayers every day)

5 - Found

It took a little hunting, but he found them
right where they'd been patiently waiting for the past two years.
And we're back on the ice! Yeah!!