Would you make up your mind already?

February 2nd was noteworthy.

Not only because of the fickleness of our wintry weather – I have witnessed it a few times in the past month, actually – no….but also because I decided to take some photos to record the strangeness of it.

All within a matter of  only minutes, the scenery would change….and then change again!

In the late morning of Feb. 2nd, I went out to do some errands.  Bright sunshine beating down.  Blue sky.  The sparkle of white snow in the fields and along the roadside.

As I was driving back towards home, I noticed that the sky was turning back to grey with clouds blocking out the sun.

 

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Only another kilometre and a half further……

….no more sunshine and back to that blanket of grey clouds.

And the wind joined in by blowing and swirling snow across the road….

 

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….as well as down our country road.

 

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After I parked the car and got inside, I hunkered down all nice ‘n cozy and checked for messages.

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Now within a mere ten minutes – I kid you not! – I glanced outside.  What ?!?!

I went back out to take photos of these next three views!

 

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…..the only way one can make shadows is with the aid of the sunshine, yes?

 

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It truly felt as if that grey period hadn’t happened!

 

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So, feeling all gleeful again, I went back inside.

 

Ten minutes later……

…..sigh……

 

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Yep….a few more minutes later, and everything was grey everywhere again with lots of snow falling down.  Lots of flakes.  Big flakes.

Except by that point, I stubbornly refused to go back outside and take photos.

So, you’ll just have to imagine it, okay?

 

 

Six Word Story #9

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Canada’s Birthday in Ice and Lights

 

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What a vibrant glow from those red and white lights as they shine through the carved ice!

The colours of our flag.

Celebrations have already started, and there will be all kinds of activities and events taking place in communities  all across the country, leading up to July 1st of this year.

This ice sculpture is among several artistic and creative frozen carvings temporarily located in Confederation Park in Ottawa, Ontario, during the Winterlude Festival.

And here is how it looks in the day time – I took that one a few days earlier.

 

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Note:  I took the day-time one first as I was passing by…..when I went exploring the area,  right along with all kinds of tourists and visitors.

I didn’t realize that the colours would be intensified in the evening darkness, which I noticed yesterday evening on my way to go see a play at the National Arts Centre (located a bit further north of Confederation Park).

 

 

Ice is…Nice?

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Temperature drops,

Thin layer of frozen rain;

Smooth and rough textures.

 

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With all of our fabulous and pretty looking white snow, there are also days when the temperature dips well below zero Celsius, and precipitation then turns into ice instead of snow.

As with everything there is beauty to behold in the layers of ice on trees as they sparkle in the sunshine and in the icicles that form along doorways and roof eavestroughs.

However, in terms of transportation and mobility, sometimes that beauty is overlooked with the arduous chore of scraping layers of ice from doors and windshield and windows for safety and visibility reasons – and on occasion they can be quite thick!

One morning just over a week ago, my little blue car was sporting a light layer of ice.  Most of the thicker bits had already started to melt down.

Ice designs always fascinate me.

 

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Saying Good-bye to Mary

Saying good-bye to another inspiring, beautiful soul.

 

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(photo courtesy of Google images)

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She made me laugh; she had me smiling; she had me thinking.

Mary Tyler Moore inspired me. From the days of the Dick Van Dyke show and with her own show, The Mary Tyler Moore Show. I loved those shows. Great stories – well written and acted dramatic and comedic bits.  She became a role model for me to be confident and take on challenges and face the world with optimism.

Thank you, Mary.

And…..

I just found this video clip today.

 

COOL!

Good to see Joan Jett put her spin on The Mary Tyler Moore show’s theme song, “Love is All Around.” 😀

A fun tribute!

“Who can turn the world on with her smile?

Who can take a nothing day, and suddenly make it all seem worthwhile?”

 

 

Tourist Moments #2

Street art always intrigues and fascinates me!

It’s on such a large scale, and I wonder how it was done….the equipment, the supplies, what kind of paint….and the quantity needed.

And how the artist’s perspective and skill comes into play to make the artwork “jump out.”

For this tourist moment I am highlighting some street art that I saw in the town of Vestmannaeyjar on the Icelandic island, Heimaey, when I was there last May.

This painting of the young albeit BIG child playing with a fishing vessel in the harbour can be seen along the side of one of the harbour buildings.

So, it’s the harbour with a real boat, perhaps to depict the island’s main industry of fishing.  Since the water isn’t deep, it seems to resemble one of those water play areas for children or perhaps just a big puddle in which the child is playing.

Fun for the imagination!

 

 

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In this next one….

 

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…..attached to a wall in the more residential part of town, I noticed this large mural of a fancy dressed puffin. So, perhaps this is on a government building?  I don’t know.  However, I did learn that puffins are Iceland’s national bird and that Icelanders promote the puffin’s image in all kinds of things.   And you can imagine the puffin’s popularity in souvenir shops!

And just so you can see what I mean, look at this street directional sign…..for the post office, the bank, and so on.  Friendly puffins to help guide your way.  🙂

 

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A Nutritious Treat!

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Now I have posted periodically on the subject of food and included enticing photos for you , my dear readers, to enjoy.

This time I am going the extra step and including the recipe for those of you who may wish to make your own batch of these Three Seed Yogurt Muffins!

I just tried them for the first time yesterday, and they were a big hit with some friends and my family at home.

Here you go!

ENJOY!

 

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Three Seed Yogurt Muffins

 

For 12 muffins,

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup whole wheat flour

2/3 cup all-purpose flour

½ cup wheat germ

½ cup roasted raw pumpkin seeds

½ cup roasted raw sunflower seeds

2 tbsp ground flax seeds

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp ground ginger or cinnamon

1/4 tsp baking soda

1 egg

1 cup milk

2/3 cup liquid honey or packed brown sugar

½ cup plain yogurt (NOT fat-free)

¼ cup butter, melted

 

TOPPING:

1 tbsp raw roasted pumpkin seeds, 1 tbsp raw sunflower seeds

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

Preheat oven to 375°F; line muffin pan with paper liners (or grease pan).

In a coffee or all-purpose grinder, grind the flax seeds.

In a large bowl, whisk together whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, wheat germ, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, baking powder, ginger, and baking soda.

In another bowl, whisk together egg, milk, honey, yogurt, and butter.

Pour wet ingredients over dry ingredients, stir just until moistened.

Spoon into prepared muffin pan; sprinkle tops with pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds.

Bake for about 25 min. or until tops are firm to the touch.  Cool in pan for 5 min. Transfer to rack to cool completely.

 

EXTRA NOTE:

Optional to add – orange zest with the butter; grated apple; dried cranberries, blueberries, or raisins

 

Nature’s Delicate Side

With icy and snowy landscapes greeting me as I look out the windows, I sometimes go poking through older photos with some of them taken in the warmer seasons…..just for that occasional break.

I came across these two last night.

 

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In a patch of downtrodden grass

Stands a sentinel.

Reaching tall….reaching for the sun’s warmth.

A splayed fan of fine, grassy wisps at the top.

In a burst of bright green,

Saying, “I am here!”

 

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Little girl in white

With a bouffant of pink hair;

Dancing with a friend.

 

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The first photo was taken during a visit at a wildlife reserve in August 2015 up in the Yukon.  Our group had walked over to where some caribou were grazing in their sufficiently large area – we could watch them with a wired fence between us – and in between taking photos of the caribou, I also found some other beauties in this spot….like that little grassy shoot.

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The second photo was taken of bleeding hearts blooms in the front bed of my garden in the spring of 2015.  I had actually waited too long, and many of the fuller clusters had already passed the height of their generous blooming time.