If you want the present to be different from the past, ~ Baruch Spinoza (Dutch – Philosopher /November 24, 1632 – February 21, 1677)
study the past.
Holidays and Celebrations:
*While some areas are in lock down, I went shopping with my sister to find a dress for my youngest son’s upcoming wedding. In London Ontario there are still many places you can try on clothes. The staff very carefully clean the dressing areas after each customer. David’s Bridal Store is one of them. I was treated almost royally and even with my modest budget was able to find a beautiful blue formal dress on sale for under $150. We’re hoping the restrictions don’t become more stringent in our area and that the December 12th wedding still goes ahead in the chosen venue.
*I really enjoyed shopping yesterday, something I haven’t really done since we’ve been home from Texas in March. There were very little people in the malls and the sales staff was very welcoming. I couldn’t get over all the “Black Friday Sales”. I actually found jeans at Reitman’s for only $29; slippers at Suzy Shier’s for only $10 and fancy earrings for only $6. Unfortunately I didn’t find dress shoes that fit my size 6 DD feet. I’ll have to check out the Ovation Shoes Premium Outlet in Strathroy ON to see if they have any.
What amazes me is that you can have
10 different photographers in the same room,
and you see 10 different rooms.
You realize how much of it is the person’s perspective ~ Rick Smolan (American – Photographer / Born: November 5, 1949
rather than the situation itself.
Holidays and Celebrations:
Happy Birthday Rick Smolan, photographer and co-creator of “A Day in the Life” books.
Find out what your gift is and nurture it. ~Katy Perry (American – Musician Born: October 25, 1984)
Holidays and Celebrations:
Finding your gift can be a life long journey for some. For others they know very early what their gift is and they are driven to nurture it.
When asked what they want to be when they grow up they have definite plans and professions. Others like John Lennon, just want to be happy (and when told they didn’t understand the question they reply that the questioner didn’t understand life).
So with the triumph of good over evil we celebrate life. Keep looking for your gift if you haven’t found it yet.
I paint from the top down.
From the sky, then the mountains, then the hills,
then the houses, then the cattle, and then the people.
~ Grandma Moses (American – Artist / September 7, 1860 – December 13, 1961)
Holidays and Special Occassions: September 7, 2020
Grandma Moses Day
One feels the excitement of hearing an untold story.
~ John Hope (American – Educator / June 2, 1868 – February 22, 1936)
National Gun Violence Awareness Day
Finally COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted enough to permit the use of Provincial Parks including vault toilets. I purchased my Season’s pass and went Kayaking. I had just set my kayak on the shore of the Old Ausauble Channel and turned around to see this raccoon trying to get into my kayak. She was looking for food and had seen me put my cooler on the dock. She left the kayak and went over to search through the nearby garbage can. When I got into the kayak and started to launch of the shore she followed me and almost jumped into the water.
It was such a beautiful day to kayak. I saw 3 baby muskrats playing in the water at the far end of my route and a pileated woodpecker on the way back to the dock. Kingfishers were playing along the banks. A dozen Canadian Geese, red wing black birds, and 3 muskrats swimming across the Chanel. I only saw 13 turtles today, far below my lifetime record last year of 149.
Some folks are wise and some are otherwise.
~ Tobias Smollett (Scottish – Writer March 19, 1721 – September 17, 1771)
After the Prime Minister advising all Canadians to return home, we packed up and made our journey home from the Rio Grande Valley in Texas. The streets in most of the major cities were very quiet. Restaurants were take out only. And some of the states, like Ohio, we tried to avoid because there were no Hotels open. I managed to have food poisoning for a day while we were on the road, so my husband had to drive most of the last day.
It feels so good to be home again in Canada. With the Coronavirus Pandemic issues we will be in quarantine for 2 weeks, but we are lucky enough to have family that can pick-up our groceries for us.
You never know what you can do till you try.
~ William Cobbett
(English – Politician March 9, 1763 – June 18, 1835)
Daylight Savings Time
Super Full Worm Moon
Hold on. This week starts with a major change in routines as we begin an hour earlier with Daylight Savings Time. Monday there is a Super Full Worm Moon. Then the week ends with Friday the 13th.
I’m so glad to have my Nikon D750 back. I went for a hike through Estero Llano Grande and was lucky enough to be walking just behind a group of birders. Usually birders are wonderful at finding, identifying different birds and sharing their knowledge with everyone. They pointed out a White tailed kite and several night herons that I would have missed by looking down at the ground and watching for Alligators.
The change to daylight savings time means an extra hour of light after supper to go hiking and see more sunsets.
Life is hardly more than a fraction of a second.
Such a little time to prepare oneself for eternity!
~ Paul Gauguin (June 7, 1848 – May 9, 1903)
Like a turtle sitting on a log in the Old Ausable Channel.
Sitting in the sun,
feeling the breeze,
drifting in thought,
being deafened by the silence….
Being alone in the quiet forest rejuvenates the soul.