Saturday, November 30, 2013

Day 30 . . . Self/Personhood

"With stammering lips and insufficient sounds,
I strive and struggle to deliver right
the music of my nature."
-Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Who are you?

Day 29 . . . Movement

Movement In Our Early Morning Routine… 
as seen through the eye of an iPhone


Past the clubhouse I see the flag fluttering...

Sherwin is out pickle balling with his buddies...

And the palm trees flutter in the breeze…

My kind of movement.

Keep moving and stay in touch.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Day 28 . . . Skies

"Trees are poems the earth writes upon the sky, 
We fell them down and turn them into paper,
That we may record our emptiness."
-Kahlil Gibran

(winter sky on Mayne)

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Day 27 . . . Creativity

"You have brains in your head. 
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
You're on your own.
And you know what you know.
And YOU are the one who'll
decide where to go..."
Dr. Seuss

Go have a great day creating something new…

Be well and stay in touch.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Day 26 . . . Routine

Great joy comes from the routines of life… morning routines to get you going, evening routines that settle you back in, but one of my favourite routines is organizing my day, month, year.

This handy, dandy journal comes to us at a perfect time of year, ready for a new year. Take a look at this and enjoy. I had to listen/watch more than once to get the gist of it but I think it is a winner.

Thank you to Shelby for setting me on this path.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Day 25 . . . Family

Today when the word 'Family' came up in our blog challenge I thought I could put my hands on photos of my family… but with all the photo transfers lately my photos of The Nine of Us did not get brought along…

I was heartsick but then came across this cute little family of javelinas and thought I would give them a place of honour in my blog.

To see a great photo of 'Family' go to Sherilee's blog at Sweet Tea & Sunshine where you will see the Real Thing!!

"If someone were to harm my family 
or a friend or somebody I love, 
I would eat them. 
I may end up in jail for 500 years, 
but I would eat them."
- Johnny Depp

Be well and stay in touch.

Day 24 . . . Comfort

This is what comfort looked like yesterday at our house… It was Grey Cup Day and our Canadian friends, Lorne and Gail came from town to enjoy The Game…

A few snacks which included Hawkins Cheezies (only in Canada) and Australian Ginger Beer rounded out the pre-supper goodies.

A lovely afternoon/evening was had by all. And that is comforting.

"Ah! There is nothing like staying at home, 
for real comfort."
- Jane Austen

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Day 23 . . . Taste

"I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time trying to prove he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority."
- E. B. White

Go, enjoy Nature as she has been meant to be enjoyed, up close and personal.

Be well and stay in touch.

Day 22 . . . Home

Early morning sky over our home in AZ, Thursday, November 21, 2013.
Home again!

Day 21 . . . Kindness

"Let us be kinder to one another."
- Aldous Huxley, on his deathbed

Day 20 . . . Scent . . . The Scent of Love in Action . . .

Last weekend we were at our daughter's house celebrating birthdays… Sherwin had requested his favourite Chocolate Bread Pudding. Sherilee asked what I would like for my celebration and I said, 'A Rainbow Cake, but you are too busy and we have had this pudding and don't need another dessert… let's do it another time'.

No, now was the time and the little cakes were delightful. One 'not-small-enough' cake for each of us. I loved the smell of the cakes baking, the smell of the sweet icing but most of all I loved the smell of loving action in the kitchen.

Thank you, dear daughter. Now I have had my Rainbow Cake.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Day 19 . . . Knowledge

What I guy…
What do I know about him…
He makes me smile.
He makes me think I can do whatever crosses my mind.
He makes my world go round.
I know I do love him.

Happy, happy birthday, Sherwin!

December 18 . . . Change

It is with great sorrow that I must announce the death of my all-time favourite personal residence. We four lived in this house from 1980-1985, which is not long, but Sherwin and I designed this home from a plan I found and we made it very comfortable.

No one has lived in our house for many years so much of the house is in great disrepair, falling apart inside and out. Very sad...

Change happens when you are not watching… sometimes change brings joy and delight, sometimes not so much.

"You can't stop the future
You can't rewind the past
The only way to learn the secret
. . . is to press play."
- Jay Asher

Be well, stay in touch and roll with me through the changes of life...

Day 17 . . . Technology

Due to our current road trip I am running behind…

And maybe my frustration with technology right now has helped stop me up on this subject.

Grrrr… getting my phone running again with American 'juice' is proving challenging.

"It has become appallingly obvious 
that our technology 
has exceeded our humanity."
-Albert Einstein

And Einstein has been off the stage of life since 1955. What would he say today, especially if he had been following me around to phone carriers!

Be well, stay in touch and tomorrow is a new day!!

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Day 16 . . . Weather

(early morning wintery sky south of Whiteley Road)

"Winter is the time for comfort, 
for good food and warmth, 
for the touch of a friendly hand and 
for a talk beside the fire: 
it is the time for home."
- Edith Sitwell

Friday, November 15, 2013

Day 15 . . . Beauty

"The flower that blooms in adversity 
is the rarest and most beautiful of all."
 - from Mulan

Go bloom where you are planted . . .

Be well and stay in touch.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Day 14 . . . Friendship

"Don't walk behind me; 
I may not lead. 
Don't walk in front of me; 
I may not follow. 
Just walk beside me and be my friend."
- Albert Camus

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Day 12. . . Nature

"The earth has music for those who listen."
-George Santayana

Monday, November 11, 2013

Day 11 . . . Indulgence


Only sorta' . . . birthdays only come once a year . . . Happy Birthday, Sherwin!!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Day 10 . . . Words, Words, Words

Sunny day
Sweepin' the clouds away
On my way to where the air is sweet.
- Joe Raposo

Be well.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Day 9 . . . Music

(nothing like a good bagpipe band to make me smile/cry/sigh)

"One good thing about music,
when it hits you, 
you feel no pain."
Bob Marley

( I had to include this English Lit teacher turned composer/singer/entertainer)

"If I should ever die, God forbid,
let this be my epitaph:
The only proof he needed
for the existence of God
was music."
Kurt Vonnegut

(all time, best ever, cellist)

"Many times it happens
we live our life in chains
and we never even know 
we have the key."
The Eagles

May your day be filled with music, if only in your mind…

Be well and stay in touch.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Day 8: Memories

I Remember Dresses . . .

I have the fondest remembrances of dresses.  As a girl I seldom wore trousers. It wasn't as though others didn't wear trousers... my sisters and I were raised to wear dresses. Before I became a teenager I don't remember chaffing at the idea but slowly went to pants as an adult.

I did not find a photo of my favourite dress... a turquoise and chocolate brown sundress with a bolero to match. Loved it. But here are just 4 photos I found in my files of me as a kid in a dress... I think you will recognize me in each of the groupings.

Here I am with my 'cousins' in Saskatchewan way back when . . . in a little cotton dress.

Don't you love this photo of me and my folks? That is cousin Fred with us in the photo... and where Marilyn is, I do not know.

That is me on the bottom step.
Don't you think I look like 'Scout' from "To Kill A Mockingbird"?

Love that photo of my father.

Here we all are, Marilyn included, at Uncle Leonard and Aunt Mary's. The two men in the photo are two of my mother's three brothers. Standing is Leonard and sitting on the step is Roland. Fond, fond memories of those uncles. That silly grin on my face just about took this photo out of the running but I loved all the other people's smiles so here it is... Mother smiled a lot when she was with her brothers and Roland can still get her to laugh easier than anyone else I know.

The four sisters happened to all be home at one time... that was one of my favourite dresses as a late teen. It was store-bought, purchased on my own. I must be almost 18 at this time.

"Over the years I have learned 
that what is important in a dress 
is the woman who is wearing it."  
Yves Saint-Laurent

For these memories, I am grateful.

Be well and stay in touch.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Day 7: Touch

"I feel the healing 
hands of God
touch my heart 
and kiss my soul."
Harley King

Be well and stay in touch...

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Day 6 . . . Inspiration

"Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth
 find reserves of strength that will endure
as long as life lasts. 
There is something infinitely healing 
in the repeated refrains of nature -- 
the assurance that dawn comes after night, 
and spring after winter."
Rachel Carson, Silent Spring

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Day 5... Clothing

"Know first who you are; 
and then adorn yourself accordingly."

"Clothes make the man. Naked people 
have little or no influence on society."
Mark Twain

"I love new clothes. 
If everyone could just 
wear new clothes everyday, 
I reckon depression wouldn't exist anymore."
-Sophie Kinsella

But remember...

(photo taken in Venice, June 2013)

"All that glisters is not gold... "
Wm. Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

Be well and stay in touch...

Monday, November 4, 2013

Day 4: Art

"Art enables us to find ourselves 
and lose ourselves at the same time."
Thomas Merton

A good motto for the budding artist:

"Nulla dies sine linea."
"No day without a line."

Be well and stay in touch.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Day 3: Tradition

"Tradition is a guide and not a jailer."
W. Somerset Maugham

This little angel was the first Christmas ornament Sherwin and I bought together back in December of 1966. It has been on the top of our tree every year since...

Challah (Jewish Sabbath Bread) which makes Friday evenings very special... very tasty.

Be well and stay in touch.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

A New Blog Challenge . . .

There is something about the word 'challenge' that strikes my heart and says, you gotta' do it!

So last night, daughter Sherilee, issued a new challenge. A photo challenge! Sounds like this one is made for me.

Click here to see Sherilee's blog where she lays down the menu for the month of November.
Click here to read my blog for November 1. You will see my Venice photos covered the first challenge: Day 1 Colour

Day 2 Love

The way is long... let us go together.
The way is difficult... let us help each other.
The way is joyful... let us share it.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Where I Have Wandered. . .

"The real voyage of discovery 
consists not in seeking new landscapes, 
but in having new eyes."
- Marcel Proust

Because I left a chunk of my heart in Venice I want to share with you some of my favourite photos, showing you details of that city that will steal your heart too, if you let it!

Hard to beat the first view of the city from a cruise ship...

Early morning shot of the rooftop of the Duomo... in the photo above you can see these domes to the right in the picture.

We passed by Piazza San Marco three times by cruise ship, coming and going... so got a good view of the city from up high.

We passed through this city three times on our vacation, twice as overnighters and the last time for a stay of 3 days.

So we became very comfortable, getting around to the sites we were keen to see...

On our first visit we took a tour to some of the outer islands... Murano (the island known for their glass) and Burano... loved the 'street' signs. They have lanes marked off with pilings to lead the traffic in an orderly fashion.

Burano is the most colourful of islands...

Everywhere you looked was a feast for the eye...

These outer islands were a great little stop on our way to our hotel which was right in the centre of Venice just about a 5 minute walk from Piazza San Marco (St. Mark's Square).

Hotel Dell L'Opera, Venizia was our place to roost 4 out of the 5 nights we spent in the city... and I was able to get a partial 'selfie' in the photo.

We got a great deal of enjoyment watching the gondolas slip by below our window. So delightful to hear the music for those willing to pay extra for their ride.


Lots of red roofs...

Details on the top of walls...

Interesting Moorish details in the windows...

But even in Venice gardens need tending...

I was somewhat jealous of the size of this garden. Much more reasonably sized than my gardens here at home.

Loved this little house in the middle of a piazza... tall buildings all around it but charming and cozy nonetheless.

Colours were very earthy and warm...

The shopping was first rate for the wealthy... Versace bag caught my eye.

Love, love, love these shoes...

And of course, the glass from Murano...

The lemoncello bottles were appealing colour-wise...

And this gorgeous dress and coat set in the Gucci shop was so lovely.

Transportation was primarily on the water... the parking stalls were for boats...

Gondolas were everywhere...

Vaporetto (a water taxi) was the most economical mode of transport but you could hire a private boat to do your transfers too...

Love this parking lot of gondolas...

The vaporetti were not only economical but efficient and quick. I watched a young girl do the tying on of the boat to the jetties at each stop along The Grand Canal. She knew what she was doing, letting out the rope just the right distance to give us the space we needed to get on or off the boat.

In the late afternoon it was time to just go into St. Mark's Square and look, and look and look. Along three sides of the square you will find a small orchestra playing beautiful music, appropriate to the scene.

There are big lions beside the Basilica...

And people of all description wander about...

We 'set a spell' and just watched the world go by...

Looking up at the rooftops above the Basilica...

Listening to the bell...

 And mesmerized by all the details everywhere...

It is a very comfortable city, capable of luring you back time and again.

There were bridges everywhere but I enjoyed these two... the Rialto Bridge above...

and the famous Bridge of Sighs. If you are planning a trip to Venice do lots of research especially if you weren't paying attention in geography/social studies class.

The floors were of great interest to me because I love tile and inlaid tile and mosaics... captured a couple selfies here, gazing at just two of the countless floors we walked.

Be prepared to walk, and walk and walk.

And when evening comes it is time to pick a restaurant and enjoy the food... you earned it, you walked all day!

If any one of my photos says 'Venice', it is this one below...

The pink glass in the light stands on St. Mark's Square, the Ducall Palace in the background to the right and the banners inviting you to events...

I can almost hear the music that we heard one afternoon as we walked The Square...

Play the video and wander through the photos again... and see if you do not want to leave a wee bit of your heart in Venice.

Be well and stay in touch.

p.s. In just my Venice file I have 2300 photos so be grateful tonight that I didn't unload it all on you at one time!! Big Smile!!