Posts Tagged ‘Randomness’

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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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Product Endorsement

November 21, 2011

Seeing as how I’m not overly impressed with an awful lot these days (well, certain music, certainly) I thought I’d share this….. because I think it IS beautiful and well executed.

Lynda bought this from a friend at work who sells for PartyLite. It’s a crackled glass cylinder with what looks like a silver acetate overlay adhered to it. The overlay has been stencil cut or otherwise etched away to create the tree silhouette. It looks good during daylight but really comes alive after dark with a candle glowing within it. The crackle glass gives it a shimmery effect.

Indirect sunlight – avec Buddy
Reflecting Sunlight
Illuminated from Within

Now why couldn’t I have thought of something like that? Simply beautiful.

 

 

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Strike the Pickets

September 1, 2011

For the first time today I’ll be exposed to a job action where the employees are in a legal strike position and are picketing their employer. I’m sub-contracted to work at one of these sites and I’m hoping for a quiet day tho I do expect to be delayed at the line for an ‘information session’ as I enter the property. Today I think I’d rather be bored than overly involved. Oh, and as for the title of this piece – it isn’t intended to have a violent slant, tho I can see where it could.

how high blue sky?

Saturday we were at a nephews wedding on Lynda’s side of the family. All 5 of her sisters and 9 of 10 brothers showed up (plus Mother Mary, spouses, kids and a few grand kids) so, quite a crew from the groom’s side. And a good time was had by all; we didn’t make it in the door til almost 3 a.m. Sunday was a low key, rest-up for the workweek kind of day.

where else would you see a shot like this? really!

Well, in my FB albums titled Randomness and Randomness2, perhaps…. but nowhere else I bet.

My daughter-in-law and brand new baby girl were home from the hospital over the weekend and out strolling the park come Monday. Both doing very well. 

 

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Olio

May 3, 2011

… a mixture of the good and bad rattling round my brain.

The Good: My daughter-in-law’s second ultrasound was conclusive; they’re having another girl. If they are very fortunate they’ll have a clone of their daughter Madison – one of the sweetest personalities on the planet.

The Bad: Early last week another of my cousins (and BJ’s) died. He had lived a solitary life for the last 25 or so years but had managed to manipulate and hurt his sibs and parents in so many ways it was sick. Strange not to feel much of anything but relief at someone’s passing but that’s the way it is. So long and hope your next life is healthier and fuller.

‘Big’ Picture Bad: Yesterday was Canada’s federal election and the outcome was definitely not to my liking. A majority Conservative government – very scary considering Prime Minister Harper’s modelling on George Bush’s policies and practices (which proved very unsuccessful). Corporate tax cuts; tough on crime; super-jails; militarization; cuts to social services to those who need that safety net most. The Liberal party fell flat and lost many seats. The Democrats had a surge and are now the official opposition (Yay!) and gained many seats. The Bloc in Quebec was disembowelled; leader resigned (Yay!); separatist bastards can go pee up a stump. The Green Party leader won the sole seat for that party in the House of Commons; good on Elizabeth May – a feisty broad whoops, I mean, lady.

More Good: The reason Lynda’s youngest son spent a few weeks here was because with his share of his inheritance he bought a chip truck… and had it here working on it and getting it in shape for the season. Yes Kel – along with french fries, burgers & sausages he is also serving poutine!!…and getting compliments on it, too. His first day in business was last Saturday and I hope and pray that it’s a continuing success for him.

The ‘So-So’: Weather!! Man, will it ever warm up and stop raining? We had 3X as much rain this April as last year – one storm system after another out of western Canada and the American midwest and gulf. I’d really like to ditch the long-john underwear but every time I try going without them I chill to the bone.

More Good: During this last week I’ve been getting reaquainted with a female friend from many years ago – when we were in our early and mid twenties. She was a server at a bar I was a regular at in downtown Toronto – Yorkville – T.O.’s version of Haight-Ashbury… tho these were the ‘disco days’; hippydom having passed. So it’s nice to catch up on lives and stories that diverged for so long.

More Bad: I’ve had a number of Dr appointments lately because, quite frankly, I think I’m getting old. I really haven’t felt well since I got sick on New Years Eve – it has been one thing after another and I’m sick & tired of being sick & tired. So, I’m being pro-active; seeing my MD; being compliant with his suggestions, etc. and even EXERCISING. (God help me) Monitoring mood and outlook for signs of a recurrence of chronic depression – gotta watch that – don’t want to go through another bout of that.

So, that’s it; that’s all for today. The good and bad of it. Choose to have a good day; it beats the hell out of the alternative. I am.

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Might Be….

December 17, 2010

monochrome flare

Having a look at my schedule for the balance of the year and it’s unclear whether I’ll have another chance before years end to wish my blog-friends all best wishes for the holiday season and a happy, healthy New Year…. so consider it done. (Tho a little early.)

Many thanks to those who have sent messages of support to Lynda and I through very difficult times. It has been very important to us and much appreciated. Blessing to you and yours.

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Composition

May 28, 2010

Glassful of Light

For me, this has a strong graphic quality  – the low centre placement of the glass, stark lighting, surround of shadows.

(Of course the juxtuposition of the dog’s water dish on the floor makes me say, ‘Doh!’ and chuckle. Didn’t notice that went I clicked the shutter.)

How would it feel to drink a glass of light and what would it taste like??

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Quality of Light

May 25, 2010

shining through

My eye keeps coming back to this one despite the fact it is pretty unremarkable unless you dwell awhile with it; let your eye roam around it’s spaces and drift along it’s lines.

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December First ?#*&% Already?!?!

December 1, 2009

funky glass

 Remember when practically everyone smoked practically everywhere?? Theatres, shops, while at work doing whatever sort of job. Those days are gone and as an unfortunate side effect so are most of the ashtrays. I used to have a large, unique collection of them and one by one they have largely disappeared. Some have found new homes or new uses but many of them have simply disappeared. One day someone will find a spot on the earth where they have all migrated to and there will be headlines in the local papers….. Vast Treasure Trove of Ashtrays From Around The World!!!!! Watch for it in a paper near you.

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I’ve been invited to a couple of things today. First is a meditation group this morning that runs for about an hour. It is run by a gal who is a psychologist and A.A. member. As opposed to the usual eastern basis she operates from a Christian perspective. If I make it there I’ll report back on it. My friend Cindy invited me and I’m trying to be wary in regard to boundaries here – not sure whether to go or not. I think she likes me. Later on today there is a board meeting regarding the funding formula for the local detox and drug / alcohol rehab programming attached to the local hospital. Apparently the board wants to cut $2.4 million from their budget thereby ham-stringing much of their programming. Emails have been circulating in regard to the meeting and there are a few hundred of us planning to descend on the hall in hopes of making a presentation or a vocal protest in number and volume.

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Last weekend Lynda and I rented the movie ‘UP’ on recommendation of YOU GUYS out there and we really enjoyed it. It took a bit to get used to the animation mode but it was a great story, well told. Great for all us animal lovers ( and people lovers ). I did find the first 10 minutes really sad and wondered where it was going but…. ‘SQUIRREL!!!’ will never mean the same again. 

what do you see?? shadowcast

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Chief Cook….

November 25, 2009

… and bottlewasher.

fractured vision

I’m doing a pretty good job at staying away from blog cruising and have only indulged briefly a couple of times this week. Mostly I have set aside a couple of blocks of time in the late morning and late afternoon devoting myself to the job search. I find I need a break from the computer screen…. and also the frustration and associated anxiety at the paucity of jobs. I have sent out a fair number of CV’s but without any resulting invitations for interviews.

Besides that, it is me that largely takes care of things here on the homefront; hence the title of this post. Laundry, vacuuming, dishes, cooking, looking after the animals…. I’m your guy. Yesterday I threw together a nice beef stew in the slow-cooker and that’ll be tonight’s dinner; beef, potatoes, onion, carrots, garlic, sherry, a little tomato soup and browning sauce. Mmmm, mmmmmm…. good.

What else?? The weather has been unseasonably mild (daytime highs around 8 or 10C) but lots of grey skies with some drizzle and rain. On the bright side…. I prefer this to below zero temps and snow. The trees are completely bare and all the songbirds have flown off south for the winter. The last of the migrators – Canada Geese – have been over flying the house in continuous, enormous flying Vee’s.

With Lynda on afternoon shift this week I’ve had a few hours out of the house in the mornings to run around town. Yesterday I blew a wad of cash on a new set of tires as the old set had little tread left and were beginning to show some cracks. No way they’d have been of any use in heavy weather. There have been some problems with the documents regarding my unemployed status which is holding up my benefits. Lots of phone calls between me and my former employer; then to the employment benefits outfit. It’d be nice if things could go smoothly especially at times like this… but no.

Generally Lynda has been pretty good about it all but had a couple of off days where she was pretty snappy and strange. Likely because she spent a couple of hours talking with her #2 son, C. He is what we refer to here as a ‘shit-disturber’ and he’s damned good at it, too. We aren’t one another’s biggest fans, he and I.

Lynda’s brother has now been living with us for 6 or 7 weeks and everything is going really well. Well, except for one minor complaint (natch). Ed is a really big fan of all the low-brow shows on the Fox Network and will plunk himself down in the living room and watch all these crappy shows back-to-back, by the hour. Lord, give me strength. I have to leave the room and find somewhere else to be else I’d be in full rant about Judge Judy, Family Court or Jerry Springer. Ed quite enjoys them and laughs like a loon at all the foolishness he sees. Me… can’t stand any of it. Patience, tolerance, understanding…. it’s an exercise, right?

Otherwise; the kid’s mother flew Sarah and Zeph to Calgary last weekend so that Zeph could meet his cousin Madison. Sounds like a good time was had by all. My Mom is good – spoke to her this afternoon. Mother Mary is still a concern and is waiting for more diagnostic tests. Freedom is coming along slowly and we’re concerned about how she will fare once the snow starts falling. Will she blow out her leg? Hope not. Milo and I have been having some fun in the yard as I’ve spent some time training him to do a few things… and burn off a little energy at the same time.

Having some difficulty focussing on reading these days; can’t seem to get into an Anne Lamott novel I borrowed; same with the Vonnegut compilation of early short stories. Listening to a lot more music lately as a way of moderating moods. Today’s ‘ear-worm’ is Billie Holiday’s ‘Willow Weep For Me’. Not the most upbeat tune but better than ‘I Wish I was an Oscar Myer Weiner…’, fer sure. 

Time for dinner and the news. Later…..

shadow and flare

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Under Wraps

October 26, 2009
bound to happen

bound to happen

I’m back from my trip; back at work. I have news but seeing as how I’ve been up for about 22 hours now I’ll keep it under my hat until tonight.

Catch you later……