Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Photoless Wednesday

Last night I was in a bit of a 'mood'
{and that's all I say about that...}

but

After doing the supper dishes
I went out to my garden to
water my flowers
refill the two bird baths
and reflect on my thoughts
and my mood

It had been a hot day
32C (90F)
I had the water hose set on 'rain shower'
sprayed the water high into the air
letting my plants drink in the coolness
the water sprayed lightly over my two bird baths
the little one about 2 feet from me
the big one about 6 feet
droplets of cold water bouncing lightly
creating a waterfall effect

A robin
who has been enjoying her nightly bird splash
around 7 pm for the last 4 nights
flew into her bath
less then 6 feet away from me
the cool water beneath her
and the fresh water showering down on her
she splashed
she sang
clearly enjoying her nightly routine

This in itself brought a smile to my face

Suddenly
a wee yellow finch
flew down to the little bird bath
an arm's length away
the cool water beneath her
fresh water showering down on her
and following the robin's lead
she splashed
she sang
and clearly enjoyed her refreshing bath

Here were these two creatures of nature
both but a short distance from me
not afraid of me
enjoying the water I was spraying
enjoying the bath I was providing
I think they were both smiling at me

My camera?
Inside the house of course

I could have taken my chances
put down the water hose
ran in to get my camera
risked them still being there when I got back
to capture a photo

But I decided to just stand there
nature putting my world back into perspective
letting the spray of the water
hit me in the face
laughing as both birds
sang and washed
cooled and enjoyed

Sometimes
you just have to live in the moment
with no camera

xo Catherine

Monday, June 28, 2010

Downside of Summer

I think summer is finally here!
3 hot and sunny days in a row ~ how enjoyable!
Downside?
Getting behind on my blog reading!

So ~ it's 4:15 a.m.
I have my mug of tea made.
Now off I go to catch up with you.
Have a lovely Monday!

Friday, June 25, 2010

How do I love thee

Friday...

How do I love thee
Let me count the ways

Today I love you for thy sunshine
that so warmly falls upon my face
I love you for thy flex-time
that lets me leave early from my work place
I love you for thy freedom
to do anything I would like to do
I love you beautiful Friday
I love you for just being you...

I hope you have a most wonderful weekend my friends!
xo Catherine

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Window Happiness

My kitchen window sill has lots of little trinkets sitting on it. Mostly because the view of the side of my neighbours house is boring but also because these pretty little things make cleaning up the kitchen sink a little bit more enjoyable.
Fresh cut leaves from the garden, a little bird, pretty green pots, white dandelion vase, clear bubble vase, spring in a tin can (coming along very nicely), and a sprig of cat mint.
Hey Mister!!! Quit eating my window display! My Window Happiness is all of a sudden not so happy!!! GAAAKKK! Too late. It's all gone. Honestly Banjo... did you have to even lick the vase clean???
errr.... perhaps I shouldn't have used cat mint for one of my vases.

Have a Happy Wednesday!
xo Catherine

Sunday, June 20, 2010

A Sunny Father's Day

Today we had a bit of sun
No rain
We took advantage of it
Out to Saskatchewan Landing for a round of
Father's Day Mini-Golf
Ummm..... would one of you boys get my ball please?
It seems to have landed in a most unfortunate spot.
Does that count as a stroke?
"Hey you land lovers
that's some mighty fine puttin'
yer been doin'!"

Clearly the old sea captain was not
speaking to me... :)
A sweet pup
He had steaks of grey hair
I think he was enjoying the sun as well
I hope you had a lovely Sunday!
xo Catherine

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Predictions of Rain

we have had many days of rain
it is raining now
we are to have periods of rain all weekend
with more rain to follow
floods are happening
we have mosquito's by the billions

summer in Saskatchewan is usually
dry
hot
with some thunderstorms
a tornado or two
and billions of grasshoppers

I don't know which is worse....

very warm thoughts out to our neighbours in
Maple Creek, Saskatchewan
who have had to evacuate their homes
due to the floods yesterday

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Don't Laugh at Me

I am so glad I do not live in a 'cookie cutter' world...

Growing up I often "marched to the beat of my own drum"
The few times I did go down the wrong path
it was because I started following a different drummer

I was often made fun of when I was younger
I was different

I was not a size 2
{sadly my high school weight is lower then my now 'goal' weight ~ ha!}
I was not 5' 6"
{I like to say I'm 5' 3"...though that's stretching it a bit}
I was not the girl who always had a boyfriend
{I wish I knew back then that Wayne was going to be there for me...
sigh... all those wasted tears...}
I was not one of the pretty girls
{chubby, mousy brown hair, too small of nose, glasses}
I was not one of the fashionable girls
{though as it was the 80's ~ 'fashionable' is a loose term}
I was not one of the party girls
{I often could be found at home reading or listening to music}
I did not take part in any sports
{I was the kid always picked last for the team... honesty... couldn't any of my
teachers have made me 'captain' even once during 12 years of phys. ed.
so that I was able to do the picking of the team?!!}
My family did not have money
{I had an after school job since grade 9 and helped
to pay for my own clothes and school supplies}
I was not one of the 'cool' kids

Something inside me never needed to be 'the same'
I will always be thankful for that

If you are beating your own drum today
dance proudly my friend...

~~~~~~

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

A Feeling of Bliss

If you could capture small feelings of bliss in a bottle to save for when you are having a sad, grumpy or mad day ~ what would they be?
I would like to capture the feelings of:
~ stepping into a warm bath as your aching body is submerged under the hot water
~ that first bite of chocolate melting in your mouth
~ sitting outside on the first truly warm summer morning
~ laughing so hard you start to cry
~ a kiss from your love in the middle of your back
~ after cleaning your house, having a bath, getting into clean pj's and going to bed in clean sheets

Sometimes we don't think about what we are feeling while we are experiencing something we enjoy. We are so busy, hurrying through life, running to the next thing, worrying about the next day, wondering what to do next, that we lose the total experience of right here ~ right now.

I hope you have feelings of bliss today and are able to take time to savour every moment of it, capture it in your mind and can recall that feeling of bliss when you need to.

~~~~~~~
P.S. Today is my 2nd year blogiversary! 2 years and 677 posts. Hence the new look. It will be a work in progress over the next few days. Thanks for being along on the ride with me!

Monday, June 14, 2010

What does a perfect day look like?

What does a perfect day look like to you?

I had a perfect day on Saturday
We went to Saskatoon for the weekend
Kurtis went to stay with a friend
Wayne and I ~ just the two of us
The weekend to ourselves

The sun was shining
There was no wind
It was a lovely 22C out
(72F for those non-metric people)
A walk along the river
Holding hands as we walked
Following a beautiful bath
Enjoying an Art fair that was taking place
Seeing lovely displays
Including a flying fish
Enjoying the art that is built in to the walkways
Dragonflies, butterflies, birds, flowers
There was art and beauty everywhere
Wayne and I also spent time at the Mendel Art Gallery
Enjoying all the vibrant colors in the Conservatory
Walking around and critiquing the displays
{ummm... some of it we didn't understand as being
classified as 'art'... clearly we both need more 'culture'...}
A wonderful lunch together
{actually...lunch was not as enjoyable ~
bad service ~ mediocre food ~ but we didn't
let that spoil the day...}

A very yummy supper out
with Kurtis and his friend
And then Stanley and I off to
our hotel room...just the two of us

Truly a lovely weekend...
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
P.S. For all of you concerned commenters below...
as you can see ~ not to worry ~
Stanley gets his share of love too!!! ;)

P.P.S. And if you haven't been following my blog for very long ~
Wayne and Stanley are actually the same person.
I don't want you to think I'm a Polygamist!! Ha!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Let the game begin...

The other day on my post "Love is..." where I showed pictures of my hubby Wayne vacuuming up the dust bunnies, having supper ready when I got home and doing the dishes, I received 14 "enjoyable comments" for that post.

I told him that was pretty sad as a post of Banjo doing nothing could get at least twice that much in the same amount of time (24 hours).

He doesn't believe me....


I leave it up to you my dear blog readers...you have until 8:00 pm Friday night.


Let the game begin...

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Does nature have a forgiving heart?

While it's a nice thought:

if you lay among the flowers
and keep an open mind
you may be chosen
to witness something magical
something only those
with imagination
can hear and see

~~~~~~~~~~~~
The reality is:

to all of nature effected by
oil spills
land development
chemicals
human 'advancement'
...please forgive us...


Photo Credit: Frederic Larson via Google Images

Dawn Dish Soap ~ helping humans put back some good karma ~ love this commercial:

Monday, June 7, 2010

No Thoughts Today

I have no thoughts today
No words of wisdom
No funny quips
Nope...nothing...
Have a Happy Day!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Lovely Books & Thank You

I appear to be a very lucky girl lately (perhaps I should go buy a lotto ticket) as I won another prize! Sharon from Random Thoughts, who I only recently found and started following, sent me this sweet book written and signed by the author: My Teacher Dances on the Desk. An adorable book filled with cute poems. Thank you so much Sharon!
Although my boy is no longer little, I do have a couple of adorable wee neighbour boys that like to visit me once in awhile ~ I am going to read it to them. Then, it will get saved with all the other special books that we have kept from when Kurtis was little. Books that perhaps I will read to my grandchild one day. (And let's just clarify that I am still MUCH too young to be a grandmother...no hurry thank you!!!)

Along with the Dr. Seuss, Winnie the Pooh and other cherished books, one of Kurtis and my favourite books to read to him was "Gregory the Terrible Eater". A sweet young goat refuses to eat any of the rubber tires, tin cans and shoe laces that his parents set on the table for him. He likes eating fish, fruit and vegetables instead. Of course, when you read it, one must do a 'goat voice' to really get into the story. One night I had to read it to Kurtis 3 times. My throat was sore from talking like a goat! :)
I've always loved books. Oh the smell and the feel of a new book. mmm..... And I have always taught Kurtis that "books are our friends...be kind to them". His Harry Potter collection, of which we both have read, don't even have the bindings cracked. And that's the way he and I both like it! (So please...do not ask to borrow them...I just can't do it. I know...it's a sickness....)

Kurtis lost the love of reading for awhile when he was in high school. Honestly.... how many Shakespeare books does a kid have to read? Can't the school system update the 'classics' that they have to read? He had to read all the same books I had to over 20 years ago. After all, as long as a kid is reading...it's a good thing...no?

So I send a very big Thank You to Sharon for the lovely book. It will be very well taken care of and cared for and appreciated!

Happy Saturday!
xo Catherine

Friday, June 4, 2010

Weekend Possibilities

When there is predictions for some sunny weather ~ the weekend possibilities are endless aren't they? As I am off at 1:30 pm today, I plan on coming home and spending the afternoon in my garden. Now that my dust bunnies in my house are taken care of thanks to Wayne, I will now tackle the weeds!

When you live in one of the Canadian Provinces that only gets to enjoy 3 months of summer (1/2 month of spring, 1/2 month of fall and 8 months of winter....), I can not explain to you the joy of a perfect summer day!

I hope your weekend possibilities are endless as well!
xo Catherine

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Love is...

Love is... your hubby taking the day off work to go golfing and do yard work and coming home to find he has also just finished vacuuming up the dust bunnies and has supper ready!!!!

errr...there was quite a few of those little dust bunnies wasn't there? Kind of embarrassing...
Tacos!!! {And I didn't even have to do the dishes after either!!!!}
Oh Stanley...

Sometimes a gal finds a reason to fall in love with her guy all over again... :)

Hope you have a Happy Thursday!
xo Catherine

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