Category Archives: Flowers

Writer’s block – it’s a real thing!

I took a hiatus over the last month or so from blogging – life got in the way as it sometimes does. But my favourite season is upon us and I am anxious to get back in here and start writing again.

Funny how we can miss doing something so simple as writing. Some people I am sure will think that blogging and writing aren’t always simple and it’s true. My mind was blank every time I sat down this past month or so to try and write – I needed a jolt to get me going again. Writing about my travels always interests me but sometimes I need to expand my thinking.

I am happy to say that I have now had two articles published – one in a National magazine and one in a local paper – and my goal is to have another article published by the end of this year.

2020 will have me travelling once again and so my writing will come back to focus on that. In the meantime, I will start blogging about anything that comes to mind and hope that I can reach more people with my blog.

I hope everyone’s summer was a good one! I look forward to reading and writing in here once again.

Touring Canada’s Capital City

Ottawa is Canada’s National Capital. It’s a beautiful, incredibly clean city located on the Rideau Canal. I finally made it last week to this beautiful city. It’s a great walking city and has amazing museums to visit. Here are some of my favourite pictures I wanted to share.

The eternal flame burning in front of the Parliament buildings

Looking across the canal to the Parliament buildings
National War Monument
The sun setting over the canal
The beautiful Canadian tulips made in and sent from the Netherlands in honour of our 150th anniversary

What can you see?

Shadows, clouds in the sky, so many things that are every day events can make our imaginations play tricks on our minds. So – what can you see?

A shadow of me …. but what else can you see?

Remember when you were a child, and you’d lay on your back and look at the clouds? You’d see a dinosaur, or maybe a rabbit. Your imagination would be at play while looking at the clouds float by in the sky.

Wispy, wavy clouds

I think adults need to do this more. I was out walking today, a few times, and enjoying the gorgeous day that we had here, and I looked up at the blue skies and watched the clouds float by. They looked like waves to me today. Wispy type waves.

Reflections… and a lonely stick

I love taking pictures. I try to get a good angle when I take them to make them more interesting, at least to me! I look back at the pictures and try to see things I may have missed when taking the picture. And, maybe not surprising to some, all my pictures are taken with my phone. I love my Samsung!

Beautiful trees… that make me sneeze!

Maybe tomorrow, if the skies are blue and clouds float by, we should all take a moment and look up, stop and see what we can see.

The sounds of spring

When you think of spring, what comes to mind? Everything turning green? Flowers blooming? Yes, those are the typical signs of spring, but for me, I know it’s truly spring when I hear certain sounds.

Rainbows make me happy

The sounds of kids laughing and playing outside. The chirping of the birds. The neighbour mowing his lawn. When I hear these sounds, that means to me that spring has finally arrived.

Cleaning up the yards – it’s allergy season!

Of course, other sounds of spring are sneezing! Allergy season is upon us, with all the buds on the trees showing up, and the lilac bushes (as pretty as they are) in full bloom. I personally am not a fan of the lilac bushes – my eyes and my nose especially do not like them!

Not lilacs because I can’t get near them, but pretty flowers are a sign of Spring!

Every season has their own distinct sounds – summer has the cicada bugs, autumn has the sounds of kids back to school, school bells ringing, and winter has the sound of silence. Winter is my favourite season of all.

Let’s all enjoy the blooming season of spring!

As the rain falls…

April showers bring May flowers.  Most of us have heard this all our lives.  The flowers are starting to arrive, and the colours are becoming brighter.  No longer are we seeing the dullness that is early spring.  Bright colours are abounding!

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Beautiful spring colours!

 

However, for some of us, rain brings pain.  Arthritic pain, depression (which IS a pain!), and cabin fever.  We want to be outside at this time of year but when the rain falls, it’s difficult to get out and do the things we enjoy.  I know that I want to get outside walking more, and get that bike that I bought last year out and ride it before the humidity strikes and makes me want to stay inside!

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I sometimes feel like this crab when it rains!!

 

As I look out my window this evening, as the day begins to end, the grayness of the sky makes it look quite bleak.  But I know, when the sky becomes bright in the morning, a new day has started and, with that, a new mood for the new day begins!  Why don’t we all start our days with a smile and a promise to ourselves to be positive no matter the weather!

 

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A new day is just on the horizon!!