Saturday, July 30, 2016

Cherished Blogfest 2016

I’m taking part in the Cherished Blogfest where people are blogging about an object that they cherish.

It’s hard to pick just one cherished object as I love so many things but I’d have to say that one of my most cherished objects would have to be my camera.

I’ve always loved taking photos right from when I was a young girl back in those days of film cameras.

I remember I had one of those instamatic type cameras that were popular in the 1970's. 

They didn’t take very good photos and you couldn’t do much other than point and shoot, but I still thought they were great.

When I was 13, we lived in Deep River on the Ottawa River. One Saturday morning, I got up early and walked down to the river and took all kinds of photos. I still remember how the sun glistened and sparkled on the water with that magical morning light. 

When I studied graphic design in the early 1980's, I bought a manual SLR Pentax film camera for photography class where we learned how to develop black and white photos in the dark room. Developing my own photos was labour intensive but so worthwhile.

Later on, digital cameras came on the scene and revolutionized photography. No longer were we limited to film with all the expense and time waiting to get the photos developed. We could take as many photos as we wanted instantly. I can definitely say that my sons’ childhood has been well documented.

These days, I love my digital camera even more and take hundreds of photos of people, pets, birds, furry friends and whatever else captures my attention. I try to get those photos into photo books or printed out and framed. Keeping them on the computer is no fun. Photos need to be shared with others and enjoyed. Here is a photo of the cheeky squirrel who raids my dad's feeder here in Cape Breton. What a complete brat!

I am visiting my dad in Cape Breton right now and my camera is working overtime. I also have my mom’s camera to use so I’m taking even more photos than ever. I am enjoying comparing the two Canon cameras. My mom’s camera is an SLR unlike mine. Her camera is much faster and crisper but I do like the Zoom feature on my old camera, too. Now I walk around Cape Breton with two cameras hanging around my neck. Do I look like a tourist or what?

Here are some photos taken on our walk and visit to the Dundee Resort just down the road from my dad's house.


Now that my mother has passed away, my photos of her are that much more precious. Here is the one of the last photos I took of her in the summer of 2015 before her death last November. 

I am so grateful to have had my camera with me over the years to record those moments with my mom and the boys on our vacations in Cape Breton. Now I’m taking more photos to remember the special time with my dad and Eric on this vacation.

My camera is like an extension of me and I do cherish it for allowing me to express myself creatively, capturing the precious moments and people that are gone far too soon.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

My ABC Advice for Life

I am not one to tell people what to do but I did enjoy trying this exercise to give advice using all the letters in the alphabet.

Allow yourself to make mistakes. That’s how you grow.

Believe in yourself and go for your dreams.

Create a life of joy.

Delight in the ordinary moments.

Earn someone’s trust by being consistent and doing what you say you’re going to do.

Follow your heart and passions.

Give more and take less.

Hope for a better future.

Imagine how you want your life to be and take actions towards it.

Joke around and don’t take life so seriously.

Kick that Inner Critic to the curb.

Laugh daily and laugh often.

Make each day count.

Nag less and praise more.

Opt for optimism.

Practice being positive instead of being cynical and negative.

Question before deciding.

Resist following the crowd and make up your own mind.

Savour each moment as if it’s your last.

Take time to appreciate your life.

Unwind and relax.

Value everyone for we all have something to contribute.

Want less and be grateful for what you have.

eXpect less, give more.

Yearn to make a difference, no matter how small.

Zap negativity.

What would you write for your ABC list of Advice for Life? If you do write one, I'd love to see it.

Keeping in a positive mindset, I really like this quote I found and thought it looked great layered on this magnificent cumulus cloud I saw last night on my bike ride. 

Aren't summer clouds spectacular? They have such a different look from winter clouds. Stay positive, everyone!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Twilight Moon

I love seeing the moon when it’s still light
Before darkness turns the day to night,
Bright and bold, but sometimes shy
It glows so brightly in the sky,

The moon is elusive, like a fox in a den
It only shows up now and then,
Changing its shape, moving place to place
I’m grateful when it shows its face!

Friday, July 1, 2016

Grateful to live in Canada

I’m always grateful to live in Canada every day. 

Today I especially feel gratitude when we celebrate the birthday of this magnificent country that became a country on this day in 1867.

So much to be grateful for living in this wonderful country of Canada. 

Thank you, Canada and Happy 149th Birthday!

My gratitude list is very long
When I sing the Canada gratitude song,
I’m thankful to live in this wonderful land
Where people are kind and lend a hand,

It's Canada Day, hip hip hooray!
I love my country in every way,
I love the beauty, I love the space
I love the tolerance and the grace,

A proud country, so strong and free
There’s no other place I’d rather be!

I am taking part in Vidya Sury's Gratitude June BlogHop. 

Vidya is such a delight and just about the most positive and uplifting soul around! I am so lucky to have her as an online friend. 

Here is her gratitude post 

She has a Linky at the bottom of her post if you want to add your gratitude post, too.