Those early morning drives…

Yes, there are perks in having to wake up really early on a Saturday morning!

While the rest of the world slumbers for a few more hours, I find myself driving along quiet country back roads to go to my summer part-time work up at White Lake.

I always love this stretch of road…so dense with towering trees…and I am the momentary intruder.  In a few spots the tree tops seem to actually reach across and create an arch effect.  So pretty!

 

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The potential bonus is that at that early hour – with almost no other vehicles around – there is a good probability of glimpsing wildlife.  Whether it’s a red fox that quickly dives into the underbrush.  Or a scurrying chipmunk.  Sometimes a swooping crow.  Each drive is never the same, as it’s a whole new ensemble of wildlife appearances – and THAT’s the fun part!  I often wonder…so who will surprise me this time?

Last Saturday I did actually get to see a red fox, but oh boy, it slipped away SO fast.  However, luck was still on my side, when I came onto a stretch of road and saw three young deer crossing from my right side over to the left side.

Two of them stayed on the road – one already disappearing among the trees ahead of this one…

 

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And there was a third deer – much closer to the main part of the road – that was quite  intent on chowing down on some greenery and had no intention of taking off, even when I stopped and sat there watching for a few minutes.

It climbed up the wee hill and stretched its neck to get some choice leafy morsels.

I just waited until it looked in my direction.

 

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Whispering good-bye and thank-you to the curious deer, I took some photos from the other angle as well…this last one (below) feels to me almost like a painting.

 

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I bet you can imagine how incredibly joyful I felt for the rest of that day!  🙂

 

 

 

 

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The Treasures of old Photo Albums

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Recently again, I was doing some more sorting and purging in my optimistic pursuit and efforts at reducing unnecessary STUFF that somehow manages to accumulate in one’s home.  And from so many years, I have my work cut out for me….haha!

I did go through some bins and shelves and sorted a good number of things into the categories of garbage, donating to our local second-hand store, and keepers.

Then, on my way to get lunch, I happened to pass by the shelf that holds a good number of old photo albums. I pulled out a trilogy from the year 2000 and thought this would be going back far enough to be quite fun for my sons and I to look through after our lunch break……everyone looking much younger then!  And boy, did we share a lot of laughs and talk about the memories connected to all the photos.

One of the photos we came across was this one, in which all four of my children were at an age where they were exactly one head space apart from each other in height.

Being the family photographer as well, I had partially planned such an opportunity in the back of my mind as a potential photo…just waiting for the perfect time to snag it!

On that evening I had their cooperation, and everything was just right….and at the last minute, the youngest turned his gaze, smiling away.  This was back in the days of actual film, in which I didn’t have the option to take 20 digitals of a particular shot by which to have a good selection to find the ONE.  I had but only two takes.  And this was the better one.  And well, also, kids don’t hang around too long for photo taking, ‘cuz there are other cool things they want to do!

“Mom!  You’re taking too long!”  “Mom…hurry up!”

Hahaha!

Good times indeed.

And that photo still made it into the home-made family photo calendars for 2001.

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Bonus:   Here is another photo from that time……given the title “Snuggle Puddle.”

 

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My Favourite Albums #2

Carrying on in this series….

 

Day 2 of 10 days. In no particular order – 10 all time favourite albums. What really made an impact, and is still on your rotation list, even if only now and then. Post the cover.

To veer off in a different direction, I decided to go pick a favourite album in the movie soundtrack category. Again, hard to pick as I have several favourites that I go back and listen to again periodically. Although at the time that they came out, I listened to them constantly! Haha! Movies with amazing soundtracks have that effect on me. ^_^

I am a HUGE fan of The Lord of the Rings trilogy – books, movies, and soundtracks. Since the Fellowship of the Ring sets the whole adventure into motion, I chose that album. So, here is the album cover…

 

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…..and one of my favourites from this album is the song titled “Concerning Hobbits.”

Yes, yes….because I was smitten with those funny, adorable, and at times brave hobbits.

 

Here is the youtube video link:

 

 

 

 

MY Favourite Albums #1

A few days ago I was nominated by a friend in a music sharing activity on Facebook.  For ten consecutive days, the nominee is encouraged to post a favourite music album with this repeating caption:

Example – “Day 1 of 10 days. In no particular order – 10 all time favourite albums. What really made an impact, and is still on your rotation list, even if only now and then. Post the cover, and nominate a person each day to do the same.”  For each separately numbered day, a new favourite album cover.

And if you know me, I am not one to just post the caption and the photo.  Haha!  I feel inspired to add some story along with it.

So, today, as I posted the 6th album in this series on my Facebook wall, I thought, well, why not do something in a similar vein on my blog?  Except without nominations.  I would just post my ten favourite album covers with the added background stories.  I have seen some of my other blogging friends posting about favourite songs and musicians.  And I have posted an occasional music post in the past, featuring a performer of tremendous skill, talent, and imagination…and some with unusual instruments!

 

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And so for album #1, I share with you….this iconic cover photo, Abbey Road.

 

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Ever since I was quite young, the Beatles have held a special place in my heart. I love their songs…their musicality….their stories. It never fades for me.

If I come across an old interview or song clip, even now, I will check it out….as I did again this past weekend. I may focus on other musicians for a while, but I always come back to these guys.  

Hard to pick one song to include here, but from the Abbey Road album, I offer you this one…..

Just because it pertains to how I feel these days with bidding adieu to winter and welcoming our hoped-for spring!

Here Comes the Sun! ^_^

 

 

 

 

 

Wait…what? Look closer…

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So….my first reaction was….Spelling Mistake!!  🙂

I noticed this sign in passing a couple of times out along on Wolf Grove Road…..and always uppermost my thought was why would someone create such a visible sign with such a glaring error?

Well, finally, last Wednesday, as I was coming towards home, I saw – and this time REALLY took notice – of this sign. I decided to stop and look at it more closely. Driving by I tended to only REALLY read the “Erace Violence” part.

As you can see now up close, perhaps there’s more than initially meets the eye?

Hmm….the Middleville Museum hosted this event….on Sept. 10th, and it was the 13th when I stood in front of it.  Aside from that though, you can see what looks like various forms of…..racing?  Walking, running, and biking.  Aha!  My mind registers now….perhaps not so much a mistake but as a way to add double meaning to the word ERACE ie. ERASE.  The object is to raise awareness about violence and erasing it and using a RACING event to get people involved in a positive way.

I’m going with that last interpretation.  🙂

 

 

Six Word Story #17

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Boldly colourful painting welcomes store visitors.

 

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Outside of a quick, casual glance at the ground as I hurried into the store yesterday – it was raining at the time! – I didn’t pay THAT close attention to the painting.

However, as I was leaving the store with my two purchases from The Granary, which sells bulk items and vitamins and various natural soaps among other things, I couldn’t help but then properly notice the pretty sidewalk painting at my feet.

Naturally, I had to go back inside.  I paid my compliments to Christa who was then working in the store.  She told me it was another employee, Jane, who had done that painting, as well as all the other like creatively drawn smaller signs dotted in and around the store.  I asked her to please pass along my compliments to her for such a beautiful and cheerful greeting!

 

 

 

Funny quirks of spatial perception

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I was amused yesterday when I went to the grocery store to pick up a few things.  I found a spot in the area I usually like to park, and as I pulled alongside the grey car I was going to park beside, my mind quickly registered that that car was parked a bit crooked.  No biggie, as I figured I knew where the lines were and would park aligned with them.

At first glance it looks as if I managed to park straighter.  (see photo above)

However, I soon realized that the habit of reversing into a spot has me always looking to my sides and gauging the distance from any car at my side.  Even though I had made that mental note about the crookedness of the grey car, it seems that the habit of aligning myself with the neighbouring car was MUCH stronger than my sense of fitting into the rectangular lines.  Haha!

In the second photo you can see how crooked I was with the view to the line on my passenger side. 😊

 

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“Will you share with me?”

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Completely at ease;

Perched on my purse; treat in hand,

You don’t mind, do you?

 

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Hahaha!

I can only be filled with admiration at the audacity, charm, and cuteness of this little furry friend I saw a couple of days ago.

I was almost done my work at the cottage I was cleaning and had already brought supplies onto the porch, along with my water bottle and purse.  The last thing to do was finish mopping the floor.

It wasn’t long before I heard the distinctive sounds of my chipmunk friend coming to check me out.

I learned something new that day.  And I shouldn’t be surprised….really.  My chipmunk friend has a tremendously keen nose. After coming up the stairs and investigating a bit, it crawled up on my purse which I had left open by about four inches, leaned in, tore off some pieces from my apple inside, sat on top of my purse, and munched quite happily on it. Did this a few times.

 

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It could smell the tempting scent of my fresh apple – which was intended to be my after-work snack – from a good distance away.

Funny thing was,  I’d forgotten that I had put an apple into my purse when I left for work, and the way the chipmunk was holding its hands together while eating, it looked more like it was eating nuts. Which puzzled me, because I definitely remembered not having any nuts in my purse!

It wasn’t until after the chipmunk continued on its purposeful way, that I looked inside my purse and found the food source!

Feels good to have shared with my little furry friend.  And yes, I DID finish eating the apple.  Haha!

Hmm….I’m thinking claw scrape marks?  As the munching was done while sitting on its haunches outside and on my purse, keeping a steady eye on me.

 

 

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And a few more photos….of its arrival and just hanging out…..

 

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And then on its merry way again….

 

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Until next time, Chippy!  ❤

 

 

 

 

 

The Purposeful Turkey

 

I always enjoy animal encounters.

Sometimes they are just a fun rendez-vous; at other times, a gentle lesson for me to ponder.

This past Monday in the late afternoon, I was driving along a country road that I use fairly often.  Coming up to the intersection with another country road, I noticed a wild turkey purposefully walking from the left side shoulder (ie. oncoming lane) straight across the road, heading to my lane.

Nope. Not interested in that potential kind of turkey encounter.

I honked my horn….also purposefully.

Had to chuckle when I saw the turkey take immediate note of said sound. Turned right around to head back to safety of the other shoulder. Watched me as I passed by. And when I glanced back via my rearview mirror, the turkey once again and with confidence purposefully started crossing the road again.

There were no other cars.

Yep. One smart turkey.

 

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