Thursday, June 18, 2015

Small Things

I really like this well known quote attributed to Kurt Vonnegut. As I looked at various sites, it said it wasn’t written by him. Oh well. Whoever wrote it, I do find it thought-provoking and true. Often we wait for the big events to happen and ignore all the small moments making up our daily lives.

We tend to get complacent and stop seeing as we get older, losing that childlike sense of wonder. I find that a bit sad. We need to realize that the small stuff is big.

Since I have been pursuing my photography passion more seriously, I really notice my "small things" that much more.

Here are some photos of my “small things” from yesterday on my trip into Ottawa to get the car serviced. I like to leave the car at the mechanic’s and walk along, taking photos of anything I find interesting. I love the rose bushes beside the car dealer and always take lots of photos with the bees buzzing on them. The weather was perfect yesterday, not too hot, not too cold but just right.

I went to visit a special pond surrounded by apartment buildings. Last fall I was lucky enough to find two herons there and got some wonderful photos of them. There were no herons this time, but the ducks and seagulls were all there in full force and were quite happy when I gave them bits of the suet cake I bought. The woodpeckers won’t be getting any. Sorry guys!

I met this woman, Fern and her little dog, Diego, and had a nice long chat with her. She showed me this unusual crooked tree growing all contorted along the ground. Of course I had to take a photo of it.

Then I went for a shwarma at the nearby shopping mall and looked out the window of the restaurant to see this cute House Sparrow dancing about in the lilac tree. He was such fun, I couldn’t resist taking lots of photos of him.

It was a magical day that could have been fairly mundane taking the car for routine servicing. Instead, I tried to make it into an adventure, enjoying the small things along the way. Thanks for joining me on my “Small Things” journey.

Small things may seem mundane
We hardly pay attention,
Boring, bland and oh, so plain
Too dull to even mention,

We think we’ve seen it all before
We barely even see,
What if we notice that there’s more
Noticing is the key,

Enjoy the moments in your day
Passing by like a lively jig,
Embrace each one and you can say
Small things are actually big!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Recipe for Happiness Cake

I am taking part in the blogging festival going on at Write Tribe this week with the theme of Creativity and Inspiration. 
Write Tribe Festival of Words

I am using the prompt of making a recipe for something other than food. This is my recipe for Happiness Cake.

(This is not one of my cake photos as I don't have a happy-faced cake so I photo edited a photo from Angels on

Recipe for Happiness Cake

Start with a positive attitude
Blended with plenty of gratitude,
Add a sprinkle of faith and a dash of hope
And lots of forgiveness to help you cope,

Throw in some acceptance and let things go
Add some humor to make it flow,
A big scoop of joy mixed with kindness and love
Will make your cake fit for the gods above,

Share your recipe with everyone you know
And watch the happiness grow and grow!

Saturday, June 6, 2015

The Ballad of Harry and Sadie

I am taking part in the blogging festival going on at Write Tribe this week with the theme of Creativity and Inspiration. 
Write Tribe Festival of Words

I decided to try this challenge of incorporating all these words into a post. learning-new-words-and-their-meanings So I did what I enjoy doing and wrote them into a ballad.

The words are 

  • gainsay
  • geminate
  • hidebound
  • quidnunc
  • eternize
  • tatterdemalion
  • middling
Harold the hidebound lives alone
He doesn’t even have a phone,
He inherited his parents’ place
A middling house without much space,

He’s a tatterdemalion in a worn tweed suit
Soaked in the scent of ten-year-old Brute,
His neighbor Sadie yells across the fence
“What’s the matter Harry, you seem so tense?”

Why are you wearing that suit in this heat?”
Harry looks startled and tries to retreat,
“Not so fast, Harry,” Sadie runs to his side
“Why are you always trying to hide?”

“Can’t a guy live in peace?” he asks with a frown
She says, “Not while I’m living in this town.”
I make it my business to see and be seen
I’m Sadie, the Quidnunc Gossip Queen,”

Sadie adds colour to her lips
She smiles at Harry and wiggles her hips,
“What do you say we geminate?
In other words, Let’s go on a date!”

 “I’m a witch”, Sadie says, “I’m very clever!
I can eternize you to live forever.”
“That’s gainsay. I don’t believe it,” Harry yells
Sadie casts one of her notorious spells,

Now Harry and Sadie live in eternity
And the rest they say is history!