Saturday, October 31, 2009

Reflecting on reflections

Isn't water a remarkable substance? It’s almost unrecognizable but this is my birdbath, filled to the brim with last nights' rain. Currently home to a few favourite rocks and some gorgeous fall maple leaves. In the stillness not a ripple mars the surface, a mirrored facade, reflecting the entire sky line. Several of my favourite things in concert: water, leaves, rocks and trees.  Natures music for our eyes.

go deeper

deeper still.
Through the mirror of my mind time after time
I see reflections of you and me

Reflections of the way life used to be
Reflections of the love you took from me

Excerpt from a favourite song:
Reflections by Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, Edward Holland, Jr.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

wordle anyone?

This morning my sister sent me this link from Wordle.  She's also the one responsible for introducing me to photopeach. A couple of really inspirational tools. There are just so many amazing (and free) sites out there!

Wordle: friends & family

Saturday, October 24, 2009

photopeach ~ fall is glorious

After Gladys left yesterday, my sister dropped in. I was showing her all the photos we had taken on our walk today. She suggested I try out photopeach, a free online program that puts photos and music together in a couple of simple quick steps. Great find sis!

Here is the result.

Oh, and you can easily email your show to friends and family! Here it comes guys.
fall is glorious on PhotoPeach

friends and family ~ rock solid

So, this is what happens when Gladys comes over and we play!!! The objective of the day was to explore flickr and picnic but somehow we got shanghaied into Picasa. Gladys wanted to know how to collage a series of her pictures and before you know it.... tada! We were away.

This particular collage is not one I will attempt again anytime soon as it took lots of memory (and time) to percolate. But what a fun tool we have found.

The other great thing that happened today (besides having my sister and nieces sing Happy Birthday on my answering machine) was spending time with Gladys made me appreciate how very lucky I am to have such wonderful friends and family (she is actually both!) I totally crawled out of the maudlin little pit I dug for myself last night. I know from experience that time really does heal all wounds; you just have to give yourself the opportunity to feel the grief in order to overcome it.  I think I get that now.

Japanese grass

Japanese grass
Originally uploaded by Kroymae
I think the fall color is the best showing on this grass... no maybe in the spring when it comes out all fresh and new, beautifully lime green. It even looks spectacular in the heat of summer. And in winter, the way the snow mounds over it, yet it still manages to peak through.

sea of leaves

So, this is what I should be doing today. Everyone knows it so much easier to remove leaves when they are dry, and as this is the first non rainy day off I have had in quite a while.... I should be raking leaves. But am I? Well, no. What am I doing? There’s a little laundry (going around in the background), some floor cleaning, nothing deep mind you, just a swiffer here and there. Oh, yes, and some glass cleaning, the stove top, the microwave door.. you know.. The places that the finger prints just love to pile up.

I’m also waiting for Gladys, so I have to sort through my tea stash and see what we will have today...
We had arranged to spend the day together (no small feat!), to play in our on line picture adventures; see what kind of mischief we can get up to there. I wanted to show her a flickr photo stream (like I’m an expert, pshaw!) and how much fun it is to manipulate your photos.

Oh! There goes the washer signal (don’t you just love that feature)

I took these pictures last night, right after work. I was somewhat disheartened by the masses of leaves at first, until I realized what a great photo opportunity they were. That led to the other pictures following... I can’t seem to just take a couple. Is this a disease?

Again, here I go with the over exposed photo.  I loved how this leaf was just laying there, placement perfect, on a bed of grass.

This is one of my favorite ornamental grasses.  Spring, summer, fall and winter, it always looks so interesting.  I know its a Japanese grass, but cannot remember it's name.  I will ask Gladys, she might know.

Sweeties favorite Japanese Maple is completely bald already, except for this one little leaf.  I call that hanging on for dear life!

I think what I will do is go rent a leaf blower..... Yes! that's it.  Maybe later..

Friday, October 23, 2009

birthday blues

Today is my birthday and the only thing I want is the one thing I can't have. I want more time with my friend Cheryl. She’s been gone for 10 months now and I still can’t imagine a life without her. I guess I will have to try. The fact that she wasn’t here to help me celebrate this birthday really brought it home. Until I met her a birthday was just, well.... a birthday. Sure, it was acknowledged, celebrated even, but it was not CELEBRATED in the Cheryl way. To her it was a B I  R T H D A Y!!!  Plans were made weeks in advance as to where “the Birthday Celebration” would occur. We had so many birthday dinners together we were always on the lookout for a New Place. There was always a homemade cake ~ sorry Sid, I know this was the one cake she wouldn’t let you “test”. As I look around my home there are so many memories reflected in the birthday presents she gave... the garden angel she just knew I would love, the pieces of pottery from her hometown of Nelson, the gorgeous glass tray she carried home in her suitcase from Romania (yes, glass in her suitcase). Last year she brought me a beautiful hand carved wooden trinket box from Italy (I heard later that she agonized over which one was just perfect). The angel, the pottery, the trinket box and so many other wonderful gifts, while very much loved, I would trade in an instant for a few more minutes with her; to laugh over the inane happenings on Greys Anatomy, to be furious over the “movie” ending in Her Sisters Keeper, to gossip about other friends ...for her to finish my sentences for me. ....
I miss you Cherylina.... 

Monday, October 19, 2009

Rainbow Quiz

Try out this fun personality quiz.... my friend Gladys found it and I'm sharing her discovery.

Your rainbow is intensely shaded orange, indigo, and white.

What is says about you: You are a contemplative person. You appreciate a challenge. Others are amazed at how you don't give up. Friends count on you for being honest and insightful.

Find the colors of your rainbow at

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Art in ditches and on logs?

On one of my Saturday walks I saw the most bizarre pile of smashed glass in the ditch. I wondered what the heck happened here. What kind of commentary is this that a toxic mess can be turned into art?

It made me think of the swarm of garbage that is swirling around out there in our very own Pacific Ocean. Come on people, let’s get it together. Where do you think the crap that you throw out of your car window or the stuff that blows out of the back of your truck goes? I hate litter.  If you are interested check this out!

I would far rather see Art in natural objects. Take this rock for instance; there it was sitting prettily on a log. I could swear it was the face of a native ancestor staring up at me.

And just as I was nearing the end of my walk I spied my favourite flower ... the African daisy. Isn’t it a beauty?

Saturday, October 17, 2009

West Coast Day

We awoke to a truly west coast kind of morning. We have rain, followed by fog, followed by more rain. The kind of day that urges you to stay in your pj’s, read a book, blog, watch TV, drink copious amounts of tea and generally be non productive. This is how I find myself at 5:08 in the evening, still in my pajamas. Sweetie too, until a few minutes ago. The only thing that got him dressed today was the idea of Chinese food for dinner; he had to go pick it up!

So here I sit watching TV and taking pictures out of the row of windows that surround our living room. ~ who needs art on the walls when this is what you see.   What was I saying earlier about multitasking???  While I snapped pictures we watched a very interesting documentary on Sally Mann, one of the foremost American photographers of our time.  Her work is controversial and astounding to say the least. Her earlier work which focused on her children contained many nudes which some people found to be pornographic. It’s a sad world where pictures of children can be viewed in such a way. She then turned her sights to landscapes, so eerily beautiful, they have to be seen as explanations just don't cut it.   Her last show focused on death and decay  and it came about after the death of her beloved pet and her inability to let go, something I can relate to. It was touted "Mann's new work, which is collected in a five part project called What Remains, is a gritty meditation on the mechanics and aesthetics of mortality."  A truly inspiring and brave woman we can all aspire to be so honest and open our eyes to even the most taboo of subjects.

To see some of her art check this out:

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Multitasking to the extreme

What do you do when you are home from work with the flu? I found that I cannot even be sick without multitasking. Not to be sexist or anything, but I really think this is a woman thing! We get so used to doing 14 things at once that we can’t allow ourselves just to lay on the couch and veg. So as crappy as I felt there I was sipping cases of ginger ale (the only thing I would consume for three days) sorting through the thousands of photo’s stored on my cool max.

A few months ago I was complaining to sweetie about how slow my laptop was running and he said I had far too many photos stored on it. And being the sweetie that he is he bought me a portable storage device for them, hence the Cool Max. Not really believing him...I still transferred thousands of pictures (without taking the time to do a good sort) off my laptop. When I deleted the files from my laptop, there were over 13,000. I guess he was right because the thing is running like new!

In the masses of pictures I came across this one... I called it Killer Lily.  It looks almost menacing doesn't it?  Or is that a fever induced paranoia?

This spiny little sucker is a Sea Holly. I love taking pictures of it but I hate weeding around it. It is incredibly unfriendly. Just a brush against it produces blood. And I hate blood.   One day I will tell the story of how I stepped backwards onto a bamboo spike in my garden, and how my sister had to come and rescue me before I bled to death all over my bathroom floor. 

Sunday, October 4, 2009

things that make me smile

I just noticed the wall art in my home is almost all the same size and definitely the same shape. Even the few photos that I have matted and framed. Why is it I gravitate toward small rectangular shapes? Is it because they are replicas of the rows of windows that surround my living room?  Do I feel secure in repetition?  There must be some online survey I can take to tell me all about my personality based upon the shape that I feel most comfortable with :)  And yes, two seconds on google and I found one!  Try this out for fun.

The thing that drew me to the fat chickens was their shoes. Not all chickens have such nice shoes! I also have another piece by this same artist of robins wearing shoes, sitting on a telephone wire. It's too cute.

The dragonflies are a plaster/paint technique that I was very intrigued by. The artist's are Mohammed Asgari  and Tella Sametz from Sechelt, BC. The photo does not do their work justice! Check out this link for more of their art.

Here's my fat chickens at home in the kitchen.  Notice the row of windows? :)
In keeping with the chicken theme (? I really had no idea) here is my clay chicken.  I found an unglazed terracotta chicken at a local garden center and covered it with chalkboard paint.  I was trying to duplicate a  sheep I saw in Chintz and Co but was far too thrifty (cheap) to buy!  I like my chicken better :)  But I still Love Chintz.  Check it out!
Here's a link for some chalkboard paint ideas too.