EARTH HOUR 2017

Standard

Take a minute, even 60, for the planet!

Set the stage with a candle or two, maybe a snack, a book, a pen or game.

Enjoy the time to focus on Earth!

2016 MOURNING DOVES IN SILVER MAPLE

Mourning doves are back!

DSCN3147

 

 

 

 

 

Advertisements

“It is easy being green”

Standard

Quite a few years ago, Kermit & Lena Horne teamed up to sing to us about how it’s not easy bein’ green. They made a good case for their point of view but, I would like to differ somewhat in responding to this week’s photo prompt about the colour Green.

Depending on your perspective, it is really not so difficult!

What is it about green that encourages us to look forward?

To this spring season poet, I am energized by the change of seasons, seeing that life cycle unfold each year, right before my eyes. It is a hopeful chain of events, so encouraging!

Perennials signify that process so well, methinks. Already, with this unusually mild winter, bits of green are bursting forth in the front garden, dedicated to herbs and flowers of the perennial sort. Chives are tallest of all,  as they have been in the previous year, shown here in my photo. Looking forward to clipping a few to top those fresh potatoes!

On a final note, today , Earth Hour day, is the 10th anniversary of turning off the lights for 60 minutes, around the world. It is a small initiative that gives us all a moment to stop & think about our dear planet. Have a good one!

DSCN1837

CHIVES RETURN!

 

Take time to ruminate!

Standard

Writing prompt: Ruminate

When I saw this writing prompt, I started to give it some deep thought. Then, I decided that I would pause a bit to find inspiration for my rumination.

Luckily, I did not have to look too far as our region was treated to an amazing sunset in one part of the sky and a fantastic double rainbow on the other side. No luck with the sunset, but I was able to capture the rainbows as they curved through the glowing pink sky.

DSCN3163

Such a beautiful close to the day. Thankful, I am. 🙂

Corduroy Road!

Standard

For today’s blog post, I thought that I would respond to The Road Taken , a current Photo Challenge link. This prompt was posted by a Canadian writer, Krista, who discovered the majesty of the mountains while visiting British Columbia.

In the Ontario community where I live, Waterloo Region, the past year was marked by an amazing discovery — remains of the corduroy road used by pioneers to traverse the terrain as they moved into this area!

Of course, many of us in Kitchener & Waterloo,  went to see the evidence of this artifact through the fences as the construction zone for a light rail transit was cordoned off for safety and historical reasons. It was so inspiring and amazing to see the worn timbers that were uncovered, still lined up as they were placed to create this roadway. Here is a view for you!

dscn1849

2016 CORDUROY ROAD REDISCOVERED!

Last year, some of the fragments were made available for people to relocate. The line-up of people was eagerly awaiting, early in the morning, too early for my husband to obtain as a gift for this history fan. Ah well, I’m sure that the pieces went to good homes. I will just be glad of the chance to have seen it & taken a pic or two!

*For those who are curious, more info is available at this link, including a sketch of the pioneer road.

**A while later, just wanted to add that an issue containing one of my poems is available to see at Red Wolf Journal Fall Winter 20162017 Issue-10.

 

 

February Full of Surprise!

Standard
dscn3146

2017 FEBRUARY SUNSET!

Well, it seems to me that February 2017 will be one to remember!

In this winter season, robins have been sighted long before the official start of spring.

This week, in southern Ontario, the temperatures are soaring to levels that would usually occur in spring.

Even the squirrels are looking somewhat surprised by the melting snow and bare lawns.

dscn3142

2017 FEBRUARY SQUIRREL SURVEYING THE BACKYARD!

Yes, I do think that February 2017 will noted as an atypical winter month.

Sometimes, when asked to recall a certain year or even a decade, it might seem that it is all a Blur; however, there are some specific years or ages that stay quite clearly in my memory.

Seventeen was just such a year. This week, I was thrilled to be included in a series of posts on the theme “Me, at 17”.

If you wish, you can check it out at Haiku by Patricia McGoldrick (Me at 17 poetry and prose series)

Whether you are being mindful of the present, or thinking back to other years, have a great weekend, all! 🙂

 

 

REPURPOSE!

Standard

A while back, I shared with you all some good news — becoming a first-time grandmother! My husband & I are so thankful and thrilled at the safe arrival of a son to our daughter & son-in-law on November 17 2016.

Just over two months old, now, baby Jack is a wonder to behold!

As I went through the local newspaper at year’s end, I saw an album full of photos of this past year’s newborns. It was arranged with some print pics of block letters that caught my eye. This Grandma selected the ones that would make a perfect outline of “Jack” to act as a cover for our first photo album of our grandson!

Repurpose works for me!

DSCN3100.JPG

BABY JACK — FIRST ALBUM!

 

SURPRISE!

Standard

2017! The new year has arrived with all the excitement of moving forward in our lives.

As the old year ended, I encountered a small surprise in the snow outside our home. A mix of snow, ice, more snow and wind, resulted in the formation of a snow roller. Previously, I had only seen these cute little bits of snow in pics on the news or weather station.

Quickly, I retrieved my camera to get a few photos. This is what I saw as it rested at the bottom of a small hill. The pathway on the left was 3 or 4 yards/metres in length. In the background, there is a less successful example this little phenomenon.

dscn3074

SNOW ROLLER!

Ironically, I soon found a poetry prompt online that called for a snowflake presence in a poem. Instantly, I knew that I wanted to write about the “Surprise” that I had found in the snow. My poem is posted at the link listed below:

Surprise!

Happy New Year to all!