Sunday, November 29, 2009

A Snow Covered Breakfast

it snowed Friday night
~ heavy ~ wet ~ snow ~
the birds woke up to a snow covered breakfast


there was a lot of bird seed on the ground
I made a hole in the snow
so that they could get at it


~ they found the love that I left them ~

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving...

Happy Thanksgiving to my U.S. blogger friends!

As Canada's Thanksgiving was over a month ago ~ us Canadians have already had over a month of trying to work off what we ate... and I don't know about anyone else... but it's not going well here... ha ha ha...sigh...

Have a great day my friends ~ eat all you want ~ after all ~ that's why they invented stretchy pants! :)

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

A Memory of My Dad

When I was 18 years old, I bought myself a new 10 speed bike. {That's 'dating' myself ~ but so be it!} I had only had one other bike in my life, from when I was about 6 - 8 years old, with purposely bent handle bars and a 'banana' seat. {Again...yes...I am that old...} That bike my brother took apart and sold the pieces...and did not even give me the money...{another post for another day that one....!!!}

Anyhoo, so I bought myself this bike and my dad put it together for me. A girlfriend bought the same bike at the same time and my dad put it together for her as well. He was a good dad ~ putting together my friend's bike as her dad wasn't around. I was so proud of him always.

So my friend and I rode and rode our bikes all around Rosetown. I moved to Brandon, MB when I was 22 and I took my bike with me. I moved to Neepawa, MB when I was 23 and took my bike with me. I moved to Swift Current, SK when I was 24 and I took my bike with me.

Once I had Kurtis, I no longer rode my bike. At about the same time, my dad was going to buy himself a bike. He wanted to bike ride to work and get a little exercise. I told him "Hey dad, don't buy a bike, just take mine!" So he did. Back to Rosetown, SK my bike went.

Well, as fathers often will, my dad decided to make my bike "better". He exchanged the butt crippling seat for a seat that looked like it should be on some farmer's tractor. He put a basket on the front in order to have some place to put the mail when he picked it up. He exchanged the curved bicycle handles for 'old fashioned' straight handles. It no longer looked like my good ol' 10 speed.

After a little while, due to his heart condition, he could no longer ride that bike. He said to me, "Here, you can have your bike back."

I looked at the now, very uncool bike, looked at my father and replied, "Uhhh...I don't think so..." We both laughed. "Why?" he asked. We both laughed some more. "Like I'm going to be seen riding a bike like that!" "What do you mean? There's nothing wrong with that bike?" We laughed about it for a long time. He would ask me every once in awhile if I wanted my bike back. We would both start to laugh and I would decline every time.

I think it eventually got sold in a garage sale.

My dad has been gone now for almost 11 years...

I wish I still had that bike...

Monday, November 23, 2009

Random Pictures - New Lens

Bought a Canon 50mm f 1/4 USM lens. These are my first results:















I still have to practice with it though. So much to learn!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Christmas Decorations Part 3

3. Sit back and enjoy:

Once all your decorations are up, you can sit back, relax, and enjoy!

Whether it is brand new decorations that you have, cherished treasures handed down from your mother/grandmother, home made crafty items received from your child/grandchild, or decorations gathered over the years.

That is your 'theme' ~ it's what you love!

And to answer the question of how do I keep my Banjo from out of my tree? Hence the Christmas Bear collection! With 'fake' Christmas boxes underneath and strategically placed bears, it seems to do the trick of keeping him away...so far! :)

Christmas Decorations Part 2

2. Have a theme within a theme:

Birds are my theme within my theme of silver, white and red. A little risky of me since I have a cat hovering around my tree ~ no? :)










Have a great Sunday!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Winter Warning

Hey Geese ~
don't you think you best get
going down South?
Winter is coming you know!
Errr...
or at least a bad
dirt storm...!!!

Driving home from Regina yesterday
I saw these Geese relaxing in a field and then
I went through a terrible dirt storm!
For a few moments while driving,
there was a bit of a 'black out'.

While I am NOT complaining ~
shouldn't the snow be here and
the danger be "white outs"
at this time of year?!

Very odd indeed...

Friday, November 20, 2009

Reflect Before the Holiday Season

Sigh of relief...it's Friday once again.

As we start on that road to one of the busiest times of the year, let’s take a moment to reflect before we proceed to that crazy mad dash known as the Holiday Season. Let’s really think about the fact that:

~ If it takes us so long to think of what to buy someone, does the person really need it?
~ If we don’t attend every holiday party invite we receive, will we really be social out-casts?
~ Does the neighbour really need to put that 9 ft blow-up plastic Santa on his front lawn?
~ Does Fluffy or Spot really need to wear that Reindeer outfit for family pictures?
~ For Christmas dinner, do we really need 4 types of salads, 3 kinds of pies, 2 different veggies and a Partridge in a Pear Tree?

Do we...?

Really...?

Hmmm...let’s reflect on that thought for a few days shall we?

Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Not Enough Cats

Some days...
there just aren't enough pictures of
cats on the bloggosphere!

Banjo...
He's the only person...err..
cat in this house that will
tolerate me taking pictures of him...






Of course...
even he has his limits...

Ummm...Banjo...just to give you a 'heads up'..
I'm purchasing a new camera lens this weekend...
Be prepared....
NOTE: As the holiday season approaches and you are giving to your local food bank, don't forget your local SPCA or animal shelters as well. Our little furry friends need food and supplies too!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Christmas Decorations Part 1

1. Pick a Theme:

For me, ever since I had my very 1st apartment and I put up my very own 1st Christmas tree, I felt one of the most important things about decorating for Christmas was to have a 'theme'. Be it the colors: reds, blues, golds, silvers, etc. or the style: contemporary, traditional, country, etc.

My theme for the last 2 years has been for my tree: reds, silvers and whites. And for around the house I have added in splashes of green.








NOTE: A reminder from last year's 3 post rantings ~ please avoid the tinsel at all cost! Not good for pets and not good for babies!

A Good Christmas

Tarnishing Tinsel

Love of Animals

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Wildlife Distractions

Well this week was meant to have pictures of Christmas decorations ~ but the wildlife keeps distracting me!

I took a look out our bedroom window Sunday afternoon to take a quick peek at the birds only to see a long, black, bushy tail! Funny looking bird!

What the heck? A squirrel? We've lived in this house for 10 years and have never really seen a squirrel in our area. Hey squirrel ~ you're chasing my birds away!

I decided to get a little closer look. As Wayne was watching me from the bedroom window, he took a picture of me, taking pictures of the squirrel. He wasn't much afraid of me...the squirrel that is...not Wayne... :)

OK ~ so I know that technically he is a rodent but gosh he's cute.
Hello little squirrel! Enjoying the peanuts?
I think he is indeed.
muncha muncha muncha...
nibble nibble nibble...
Ahhh...you got a little something hanging from your mouth little squirrel. Are you doing that on purpose to antagonize me? Hmmm...you remind me of when Wayne (a.k.a. Stanley) purposely leaves cheese hanging from his mouth. (click here for review of cheese story)

Just for that ~ I think I shall call you Stanley!



You're an awfully cute little squirrel ~ but don't eat all the sunflower seeds and peanuts. Leave some for my birds. It's almost winter ~ you should be finding someplace nice and warm to curl up in and go to sleep for a few months.

See you later wee Stanley!

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