Saturday, June 25, 2016

Summer Moments in the Country - June 24, 2016

In summer, I like to ride my bike in the evenings when it’s cooler and the lighting is golden which makes for beautiful photos.

Last night I took a ride down a country road and watched the farmer making hay bales. He was making the old fashioned square kind as opposed to the round Muffett style. Every now and then he had to stop and open up his special bale maker and move the spools around containing the wire binding twine.

I passed these two horses and of course I had to stop and say hello to them. These two looked so golden in the evening light. I noticed they were followed by a big flock of brownish-black birds and realized they must be cow birds. Now I know why they are called that. They don’t moo after all! They just like to follow horses and cows around because that’s where all the flies are.

This lovely boy noticed me taking his photo and even posed for me.

I took photos of these daisies in the evening sun, their golden faces upturned and smiling. I love daisies! Such a cheerful and happy flower that says carefree summertime.

Taking photos makes me really pay attention and look at things that I might have not noticed otherwise. Even after living out here in the country for 25 years, there is always something new for me to discover as no moment is ever the same. And I'm not the same either.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

TMI: 26 Things About Me #Blogfest

Debbie Doglady is hosting a Blogfest over on her blog

where we can share these 26 questions and learn a bit more about each other. 

She has a Linky set up that is open for a month should you care to join in on the fun and want to share your post.

Here are my questions and answers. Some answers were sad and some were silly, but all in good fun, right?

I roll up my sleeves and giggle with glee
As I fill in the 26 things about me,
Should I 
make stuff up or tell it straight?
Just hurry up, Cathy. It's getting late!

Will anyone care about this fluff?
Does anyone even read this stuff?

It's good for a laugh and all in fun
I promise to read yours if you do one!
So here I go without further adieu
My 26 things about me for you!

A Age 56 (December 21, 1959)

B Biggest fear - losing my family in a tragic way 

C Current time Mid morning, almost noon and I’m being lazy lolling about in pjs. Hey, it’s Saturday!

D Drink you last had – COFFFEEEEEEEE!

E Every day starts with COFFFFEEEEEEE!

F Favourite Song – I don’t really have one. I like so many, how could I possibly pick just one? I love whatever we’re singing in choir or whatever pieces I’m playing on the flute with my harpist friend. I like some band stuff we do, too, but am growing tired of some of them since we’ve played them to death.

G Ghosts – Are they real? I don’t think so but don’t know for sure. Some things defy explanation.

H Hometown – Don’t really have one since I was a military kid. I guess I could call Ottawa my hometown now after 29 years of living here.

I In love with – my family, my pets, my birdies and furry friends, my camera and computer for being my devices for self expression

J Jealous of – Those who seem to have it all together, seem confident and seem so organized. Wish I was more like that.

K Killed someone – Only in my imagination. HONEST!

L Last time you cried – When my mom died. I still get moments of intense sadness that wash over me at times with the realization that I will never see or talk to her again. Sure miss her. Even though I knew time was growing short, it still didn’t make it any easier losing her so suddenly last November when she had a stroke that ended her life.

M Middle Name – Edith after my father’s mother

N Number of siblings – One younger brother

O One wish – that there was more peace and stability in the world and less hatred and poverty.

P Person you last called. I’m not a phone person but I did call my dad this morning just to chat as sometimes it’s good to hear a person’s voice. Since my dad is alone now, I do worry about him and it’s reassuring to talk on the phone.

Q Question you’re always asked. Do you have a sister? No, I don’t. Do I have that kind of a face or what?

R Reason to smile – My family, my cats, my dog, my beautiful birds and furry friends, my music, my friends online and off

S Sounds that annoy you – The cats fighting in the middle of the night, Daisy has a screech that could peel paint. Terrifying at 3am. Oh, and Leaf blowers – what a stupid and useless contraption that isn’t good for the environment. Use a rake, why don’t you?

T Time you woke up.  6:30 am. I usually get up at 5:30 and am a real morning person.

U Underwear colour – Geez – get personal why don’t you? A lovely grey white from hard water sprinkled with blue flowers.

V Vacation Destination – Favourite so far – Our trip to Germany this past March was wonderful Wish List – Australia and New Zealand before I’m too old to travel that far.

W Worst Habit – Negativity, self doubt and Procrastination. I have to constantly work on these things that seem to constantly plague me.

X Xrays you last had. For my back molar where I had a root canal and then a crown put on. I am sure I helped the dentist put their kids through university after all that expense.

Y Your Favourite Food – Chocolate, Chicken and Coffee – The three Cs

Z Zodiac Sign – Saggitarius – I am on December 21st so have even been called a Capricorn sometimes. Watch out! I have a bow and arrow! Zing!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Magical Moments

Last Sunday morning I was watching from my window. In the space of five minutes, I saw the hummingbird, a baby rabbit and the cardinal. I managed to get photos of them all to relive those magical moments. I especially like Mr. C's blurred tail feathers as it gives him a mysterious ethereal look as if he's going to disappear into the air at any moment.

Magical moments, how quickly they pass
Like a ripple of wind on a patch of grass,
Savour the moment like gentle rain.
This moment will never come again.