Posts Tagged ‘Play’

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Nine Times Nothing II

November 23, 2011

Oh, it’s one of those mornings when Milo had me up far before I wanted to be out of bed. Just wanted to snuggle back down into the warmth and catch a few more zzzz’s. What is it they say about best laid plans? Ah yes, they often go awry. Murphy!  Sort of a brain-dead haze in front of the computer catching up on news and posting a couple of pics on Facebook.

Things to do – must get motivated and moving. Murphy!

Glimmer

Looks like the cloud is cupping the sun, doesn’t it?

My Attitude Adjuster

(The image above is the intellectual property of my friend Lea Kelley; all rights and credit for its creation are hers. Her writings can be found here: http://leakelley.wordpress.com/ ) 

Must choose my attitude before I head out into society at large. Clean up; show up; give it a shot.

Sidewalk Chalks

Co-ordinate my colours and put a smile on my face.

My Yoda

Seek wisdom from the ancients. Ssssh…. listen and you will hear.

Okay – I’m ready to face the day. Have a good one!

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‘Art Attack’

October 3, 2009

Kel at Xfacta has issued another of her Art Attack challenges – this one is to create a Wordle Word Cloud. Hey ! I can do that! I used my blog’s URL. For some reason the screen capture and HTML cut and paste aren’t allowing the image to show so follow the linky link below.

http://www.wordle.net/show/wrdl/1191038/norm54blog – link

(Stealing some of the text from Kel’s post…. ahem, thanks Kel.)
I just created a word cloud using this blog’s URL. The creation page at Wordle allows you to enter a bunch of text (perhaps an article, blog post, mission statement . . .) or a URL. There’s edit options so you can adjust colour, layout, font etc.

Join in the fun. Create a word cloud of your blog, or anything else you choose.
Post the results and your observations.
Then comment here with a link back to Kel to say you’ve just had an art attack.

And a big thank you to Kel for the creative ‘nudge’. 😉

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What’s Bugging You? II

October 2, 2009

Here’s some (really bad) photo evidence of the creatures I mentioned the other day HERE. Sorry about the picture quality…. the focus when zoomed really sucks.

Praying Mantis Silhouette

Praying Mantis Silhouette

Taken from inside the shower / tub.

in all his green glory

in all his green glory

From outside.

punk-spiked caterpillar

punk-spiked caterpillar

Hadn’t seen one like this before. Besides his loverly yellow jacket he had a half-dozen long spikes dotted along his body. Most caterpillars we see are rust and black banded ones.

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Time Lapse

August 7, 2009

… and frame shift. This is a post submitted for ‘Skywatch Friday’. This last week has seen some pretty heavy weather roll through including severe thunderstorms and yesterday a tornado warning. I grabbed these the other day because I liked the dramatic lighting of the clouds, the shifts in density. Sometimes the best scenery is right outside your back door if only you take the time to look. (BTW, these were taken with my cell phone camera.)

cell2 101

cell2 100

cell2 099

East of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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Doppelgänger

July 26, 2009

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Doppelgänger: In the vernacular, “Doppelgänger” has come to refer  to any double or look-alike of a person.

Earlier tonight one of our clients calls me aside and says, ‘ I finally figured out who you remind me of; it’s Peter Fonda.’

‘Hmmm…???’, I’m thinking. Okay, is this a set-up?? Where is the zinger coming from?

Yeah?, I say.’ The more current one of ‘Ulee’s Gold? (1997) Or the old one from ‘Easy Rider’? (1969)

Peter Fonda - 1997

Peter Fonda - 1969

‘Oh – definitely Easy Rider’, he says.

‘Good answer’, sez I.

(Buddy should really get his eyes checked.)

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Mistaken Identity:

A few weeks ago I had just arrived at work wearing a dark crewneck shirt that had a cream-coloured band around the neck, a collarless black shirt over it and a grey jacket. From 15 feet away the mother of one of our guests looked my way and said to her son, ‘My, I didn’t know they had clergy on staff here, as well.’

in my father's house

in my father's house

I laughed nervously as I waited for the bolt of lightning to smite me straight to hell. From on high my father is laughing his butt off. ‘Say WHAT???’

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Self Image; Self Esteem; and the Face we present to the world

Recently someone (who shall remain nameless) commented on a shot I had posted here of myself and called me ‘handsome’. My reaction to the compliment was same as always – HUH!?!? – I never know what to do with them when they come my way. I suppose it’s because I don’t think much of my looks and like most folks I ‘get up, suit up, present the best face I can, and show up’. Like Popeye always said, ‘I y’am what I am and that’s all that’s I y’am.’ Gotta work with what God gives ya.

I think I could get a consensus to this proposition – 10% of the population would get classed as attractive, beautiful, handsome; at the other end, 10% would be lumped in as unattractive, ugly, hard on the eyes; the rest of us – the other 80% fall somewhere in the big middle ground.

A post I was reading last night included a section where the gal used to play a game with herself – ‘if I could change one thing about myself it would be…..’. Well, as I’m starting to show the signs of my advancing age that one thing would be my eyelids. I’m getting this hooded look to my eyes that I don’t like but in the big scheme of things…. so what?? I’m not going under the knife anytime soon, that’s for sure.

Far more importamt to me these days than the external is anyone’s internal composition – heart, mind and soul sorts of stuff. By the time I sought help for my problems with addiction I was a hurting unit bled practically dry of identity and self-esteem. This process of recovery I’ve engaged in for the last 6 years has been very much one of  re-building; putting things back together when you don’t have all the original pieces. At first it was all about substance, the absence of it and finding ways to a new state of ‘normalcy’. Then it got to be about re-attaching to roles – son, husband, father, friend, employee. Finally it came about to integrating values, ethics, qualities of character, moral beliefs and living a life that included spirituality. From that eventual internal foundation I’ve been able to move more to outside concerns where I’ve been allowed to be of use to others – family, friends, clients and strangers. It’s being open to ongoing change, adopting an attitude of willingness and engaging in action toward improvement. Progress not perfection….. hand steady on the tiller.

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When is the last time someone confused you for somebody else or told you that you strongly resemble someone??

Has anyone ever thought you actually were someone you aren’t??

How do you deal with compliments?? How do you feel when complimented??

Do you feel good about how you look?? Satisfied?? or, are there things about your appearance you would change, given the chance?

How do you feel about your internal condition?? Mental, emotional, spiritual??

If other people could see / hear the nature of how you think would they be terribly surprised??

Have some fun and comment.

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Mondays – Blecchh!

July 21, 2009

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdA-2oXzk10

The downside of a new week of night shift is that I don’t normally sleep well once I get home Monday morning despite Sunday having been a 20+ hour day. I got between 4 and 5 hours; not nearly enough.

There is always an ‘up’ side naturally. Being up so early afforded me the chance to download a bunch of pictures from my cell phone to the computer; upload a bunch of shots to Facebook from my son Russ’ visit a couple of weeks ago; and upload some to my media library here.

On July 4 we went to Ontario Place to enjoy the park, attractions and fireworks display – Lynda and I, Russ & Melissa and wee Madison. I’ll share a few of those shots here.

My Fair Lady ... leads the way

My Fair Lady ... leads the way

 Ontario Place is a multi-acre park spread over a number of man-made islands; located minutes from downtown Toronto on the shore of Lake Ontario. It is all interconnected by bridges and waterways.

attractions pods

attractions pods

 Besides rides, attractions and entertainment there are also convention halls for corporate events, shows and displays.

the cinesphere (and part of Russ' head)

the cinesphere (and part of Russ' head)

 The cinesphere is North America’s first permanent IMAX theatre.

The Festival of Fire is a long running multi-night international fireworks competition. (The centre picture was taken on my cell phone. The two outside shots were lifted from Russ’ Facebook album.) After having walked miles around the site during the afternoon we sat atop a hill facing the lakefront to wait for the fireworks. (and after dinner at the marina restaurant, too) In front of us right at the shoreline a very loud salsa band played for a couple of hours keeping the crowd entertained. Behind us in the Amphitheatre (concert bowl) a heavy metal show was going on – Def Leppard & Poison. The volume from both shows was about equal where we were sitting so we got buffetted from both front and back. Both shows ended just in time for the fireworks to begin – the display was done to a simulcast radio broadcast which was aired over an enormous P.A. system. The half hour long show was gorgeous and seemed to be over in just a very few minutes. A dazzling feast for the eyes and ears. Remarkably Madison managed to sleep through the entire show – wot’s a baby to do when the sleep fairy arrives? Nap, of course! (The shots I was going to include here aren’t co-operating.)

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More Marvelous Madison

July 6, 2009

As our time together was all too short we had the cameras busy capturing some memories of the kids visit from out west. In this first shot we squashed the four of us into a wee 2-seater couch – Russ & Madison, Mom, & me.

Four Generations

Four Generations

Russ, Melissa, Madison, Lynda and I spent Canada Day at Lakeview Park checking out all the activities and entertainment. Russ and I were kind of disappointed that we weren’t able to stick around for the fireworks display. Melissa is a petite gal who has the movements and posture of a gymnast or dancer.

With Mom on Canada Day

With Mom on Canada Day

Russ at 26 seems finally to have stopped growing. He’s 3 or 4 inches taller than me and outweighs me by at least 50 lb. Damn near crushed me when he hugged me hello.

Dad & Mad - Amish anyone?

Dad & Mad - Amish anyone?

A little post breakfast girl talk. Madison seemed always drawn to / fascinated by Lynda and vice versa…

Madison & G'ma Lynda

Madison & G'ma Lynda

Madison checking out the view that typically only my dentist sees.

Just how big is your mouth?

Just how big is your mouth anyway?

The caption says it all. Mom knit the sweater that she’s wearing.

Pretty in Pink

Pretty in Pink

A little tete-a-tete on the kitchen floor. I have no idea what Madison was telling Milo but he appeared to understand her just fine.

Showing Milo the ropes

Showing Milo the ropes

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Sneak Peek

July 3, 2009
Smilin' & Laughin'

Smilin' & Laughin'

A good shot of Madison; a lousy one of me. (But that’s okay cuz it’s all about her.) Such a happy, loving, smiling, bright, laughing child!! She’s a blast to be with – into everything…

More soon, no doubt.

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fStop Tuesday

June 16, 2009
Pussy in my Pants
Pussy in my Pants

 Here, Liberty decided to nestle into my jeans for a schnooze. Good Kitty, keepin’em warm.

Bright Promise

Bright Promise

 Our first peony of the season opened this morning – with a great many more to come.

Spotlit Fountain

Spotlit Fountain

 Another night cell phone shot. During renovations a massive rock fountain was built in back of the residence along with an equally over sized deck. While both are beautiful, staff had a bit of a problem with the expense figuring that money could have been better spent on computer and communication upgrades. Priorities…..

Relaxed Company

Relaxed Company

 Freedom has been getting all the concern and glory lately so here is our other, younger dog, Milo, keeping me company out on our front deck last week. If he was any bigger he wouldn’t fit into that chair – but he shouldn’t grow any larger so he’s good.

Windowsill Shamrocks

Windowsill Shamrocks

 Backlit shamrocks in the kitchen window. I like the forms and shadings of colour.

Your Shy Author / Gimee That Camera!

Your Shy Author / Gimme That Camera!

 While Lynda and I were sitting on the lawn keeping Freedom company we started goofing around taking one another’s picture. She would positively kill me if I posted the awful one I got of her. Not gonna happen, uh, uh.

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The Brownie Visitation

June 3, 2009
Toward Dusk

Toward Dusk

Here are 3 of the 4 tents lined up across the yard following the storm. Double pegged? You bet!!

Sunday morning tear down

Sunday morning tear down

Following breakfast the girls sorted out and stowed their gear. Just about to break down the tents.

Adoration of Freedom

Adoration of Freedom

 Here Freedom enjoys a right royal sucking up by her adoring fans. Milo’s head is just visible bottom right.