Cartoon Mom

Sonja's manga drawing of me; April 15, 2016

Wavy lines in blue,

From photo – add manga touch;

I have become….art!

 

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You may have noticed the change in my gravatar image.  I wanted something more recent, as the other photo was taken during the winter.  It is spring here now.

I was inspired to pick this particular portrait of me.  As it’s a cartoon drawing, it isn’t quite as noticeable as my other one (especially in the midst of other blogger gravatars), but I wanted to have some fun with it for a while!  It’s something new and different.

This drawing is a birthday present to me from my daughter, Sonja.  A manga-style drawing of me! So cool!  She’s been drawing since she was very young, and it was in her teen years that she developed an added interest and passion for animé and manga art.

She had done some similarly styled cartoon portraits of her brothers for their birthdays recently –  and so I asked her a while back if she’d do one of me.

I am thrilled with this drawing!

I love the swish of the hair and the smiling eyes!!

 

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Where have I been?

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A December day

Grey sky and wet roads – NO snow!

Nature is confused?

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Hello Friends!

I feel out of synch with the rhythm and flow that was my writing here.

As I wrote in my last post, it started with getting sick, which progressed to the period of recovering.  And that ended up being dragged out somewhat due to the tenacity of the cold virus, as well as only allowing myself two days of rest and pushing myself back on to my part-time jobs….especially when I depend on the income.

Let’s just say that things got really busy from then on, and I was mostly only able to do catch-up of essentials in the various communications.  Wordpress was on my to-do-list but only once came this close to a new post (I got the photos uploaded).

As Christmas approaches, the baton of busy work is being passed along, so I’m thinking…..”grab this time to get a foothold back into the blogosphere.”

Note:  The photo  is from a recent day.  As I was heading to a job, I was struck not only with the lack of snow that normally would have been covering everything by now – and we do have periodic non-snowy Decembers – but I particularly noticed the left and right running “carpets of red, dried conifer needles” skirting the road.  Our generous snowfalls tend to cover up these fall sights.  Happily, this time I got to see it.

 

 

 

 

A Week of Inactivity? Not so….entirely.

Hello, Friends!

Yes, it’s been at least one week, since I posted last.  And yes, I have missed writing haiku and little stories.

It wasn’t that I chose to have a break.  You see, my body decided to make that decision.  I caught that heavy cold thing that’s been making its rounds hereabouts – although I had no intention of doing so – and it threw that wrench into my blogging routine.

It started to make an appearance in my throat area on Monday night, soon after I had shared that post about Leah, my senior lady friend.  Tuesday and Wednesday were spent mostly curled up under warm bed covers…..sleeping.  And more sleeping.  Not even hungry.  Just feeling feverish and weak.  And I cancelled all extra activities….even though I didn’t want to….

By Thursday I mustered up enough energy to do my usual work for Thursdays, because I needed to get back on track as there was more work scheduled coming up, including a somewhat busy weekend.  And I depend on the income to help pay for some of those activities.

Things continue to improve, even though I am still not quite over it; however, I can get on with things again and enjoy them.  I just need to make sure I have my trusty bottle of water and enough kleenex on hand, wherever I go.  Hahaha!

So, I see at this time – with joy and curiosity – that other blogging friends have posted comments to which I need to respond.  And apparently, there are some awards to devote some time and energy to as well.  🙂  Bear with me – I WILL get to them in time!

Oh yeah, and as a side note, it seems that I inadvertently shared my cold germs with my boys, as each and every one of them, strangely starting on the same day (Monday), is now “wrestling” with a runny nose and other symptoms and asking for a pot of soothing herbal tea to share with me…..as well as other of our home remedies.

It was in that spirit that I decided to make a pot of home-made chicken noodle soup – I doubled my usual batch – as that dependably soothing and  warming food eases the discomfort in our noses and tummies.

 

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It was well received and much appreciated!  With seconds and thirds had by all.  🙂

 

A Bag Works, too!

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See the empty bag?

Whoosh!  Splonch!  It’s empty no more!

She just CAN’T resist.

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Hahaha!

If it isn’t a box, well then it’s a paper bag…..that traps cats.

Works like a charm.

Every time.

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“That enclosed feeling like a box….and bonus!  My two-leggeds can carry me around with those handles, while I settle in…..” 🙂

What a Surprise – A Liebster Award!

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Hello, Friends!

Can you see the HUGE grin on my face?  Hahaha!  And I’m trying to contain my rambunctious giggling urge!

I have been nominated by my friend, Jessie , for a Liebster Award!  What a thrill and an honour!  Thank you so much, Jessie!!  🙂  If you haven’t visited her blog yet, I keenly invite you to drop on by, as her writing is uplifting and caring.  Jessie focuses on the positive, even when it comes to a sad subject.  As her blog title states, “Spread Love Not Hate.”

Ever since I started blogging earlier this year, once in a while I would see other blog pages displaying this award or that one, and I would think “How wonderful for them!  Who knew there were awards in the blogging world?  And…..maybe some day, I might…..?”  Well, Jessie answered that one, didn’t she!

And the next bit is….

The Rules

  1.  Mention and thank the blogger who nominated you.  Add a link to their blog            (Note: I had some help from Jessie and another blogging friend, Paul, on how to TAG in lieu of adding a link.  That way by clicking on their highlighted name, it automatically takes you to their homepage).  Thank you as well, Paul !! 🙂
  2. Answer the 11 questions.
  3. Create 11 questions for your nominees to answer.
  4. Notify your nominees of their Liebster Award.
  1. Where are you from?

I was born and live in Canada.

2.  What made you start your blog?

I’ve always enjoyed writing.  It was my old school chum, who kept nudging me to give blogging a try (he also blogs actively), and my older son had started a few months before I did (he is pursuing a career as a writer) and he, too, was encouraging me to dive into the world of blogging.

3.  What is a country that you would like to visit?

So many to pick from!  Haha!  And I have been lucky to have travelled to some already.  One country that has been intriguing me for a while is Iceland.  All the Scandinavian countries I find fascinating, and Iceland especially.

4.  Favourite novel?

Again….so many to pick from in this category.  So, I will pick the most recent one that I have read which resonated with me the most.  “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho.

5.  If you would do a social cause, what would it be?

I would like to be of service in promoting the idea of Basic Income as a system to be adopted by our government.  It has been successfully implemented in a few places….even including a community in one of our provinces (Manitoba).  Germany has been working on it.  The Scandinavian countries are focusing on it.  And I tend to look to those countries for inspiration that are coming up with more sustainable ways of living for all their people.  Basic Income would allow citizens to receive a basic income that would cover their costs for shelter and food and take the pressure off of job security.  It will replace the welfare system.  People would then seek work more along what they enjoy doing and feel happier as well.

6.  What is your favourite blog post?  (share the link!)

About a week ago, I came across this blog post, and I just loved the photos as well as the flow and feel of the poem.  The description of the changing leaf colours along with the leaves falling to the ground and how this transition to November feels during that time touched me, as I feel similarly. Here is the link:

https://kunstkitchen.wordpress.com/2015/11/07/last-of-the-fall-leaves-november-is-upon-us-the-memory-of-trees/#comment-1533

7.  What is your favourite season?

Each of the four seasons brings with it unique and beautiful aspects; however, overall my favourite is spring, because when winter finally reaches an end, the transition to spring with the promise of new growth and budding early blooms, along with the return of songbirds to liven up the skies again with their music…..that always has my heart soaring.  Plus, I was born in the spring time.  🙂

8.  What is your pet peeve?

Greed.  Hatred.  They stem from negativity.  I don’t get why people want to dwell in negativity….starting with their minds and then their hearts.  How they can be so hurtful to others and not have that tear them up inside.

Love is by far the strongest force and capable of doing amazing things, and with love at the core comes peace and community-minded well-being.

9.  Favourite colour?

I have bounced between a few, such as blue, green, and yellow with blue being the predominant one.  These days, though, I am having fun with purple!  🙂

10.  What would you improve on yourself?

My confidence.  Over the past six years I have managed to increase my confidence some more; however, I am finding that even though in some areas, I can tackle things without much hesitation, there are other areas, where I become hesitant and doubtful.  I need to feel confident in dreaming big….dreaming of things for me to achieve beyond what I have thought possible before.  And then going for it.

11.  How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Loving.  Friendly.  Enthusiastic.

My Questions: 

  1. Where do you live?
  2. What languages do you know?
  3. What aspect do you like the most about yourself?
  4. Describe one fun childhood memory.
  5. Name a blog post you like and why (please add the link).
  6. What has surprised you most about blogging?
  7. What do you hope to achieve with your blog?
  8. List 5 other interests in your life.
  9. What kinds of music do you enjoy?
  10. Describe an encounter with a person who inspired you.
  11. Have you any pets and what are they?

My nominees: (no obligations!)

Zoe

Leyla

Laura

Sue Dreamwalker

Nyambura

Traveling Rockhopper

Keith and Laila

Micah

Kuku

Vonita

kunstkitchen

Hemingway……and Blask

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Are you scratching your head yet?

Hmmm….so what does Hemingway have to do with Blask?

Nothing.  Although I’m sure the REAL Hemingway was quite familiar with drinking out of a wine flask.

I really wanted to talk about my new theme, Blask, but there wouldn’t have been a picture for my post, so I looked through recent photos of our cat, Hemingway, to add in and jazz it up a bit, haha! – you have already seen a few Hemingway pics….when she was hiding in the beer case and the kleenex box.

Now, as for the theme bit,  it all happened rather spontaneously two days ago.  My older son has been working on his own blogging page for almost a year, and then once I worked at it more regularly, we would talk about some of the cool people we were meeting and exchanging conversations with, and whose photos we’d get to see from around the world, etc.  And I could tell from his facial expression that my middle son was interested. Finally, two days ago, he decided to take that step and enter the world of wordpress.

I was sitting at my laptop at the same table, working away, but also close by in case he had any questions.  At the point where the theme choices came up, he was scrolling through them, and so, together, he and I picked out a couple to see how they would look for his page.  Meanwhile, the thoughts returned to my head about wanting to switch up my theme.  I’ve enjoyed the one I had been using – it was a big improvement over the very first one I had picked, and I was quite happy with it.  However, as I’m sure you know, you go visiting other blogger pages, and there are features that appeal to you.  So, I thought while my son was looking for his theme, I’d have some fun, too.  And so, I came across Blask.  And after sampling some type face (font) choices and background colours, etc, I was won over by the new layout and then switched and saved.

Keeping things fresh, right?  And there are more features on Blask for me to explore…..like creating a portfolio!  That part caught my eye, too, so that’s something I will be exploring in future.

So, in case you have dropped by recently for a visit and wondered at the big change in my page……now you know why.

And for new viewers to my page, I say, “welcome!”  And I hope you enjoy your visit.  🙂

Back on the Road Again….

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Unusual view;

Short things up close are taller

While tall things look small.

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Why the title?

Firstly, I have been away from blogging, although not entirely by choice.  It became a necessity.  My laptop was not doing well, and so I decided to take it in to the Geek Squad at Best Buy.  Exactly.  Enough of this dilly-farting around.  Get to the meat of it finally.  Solve it.  Or fix to make it as good as possible again.  Trust me, I missed my blogging world.  And then there was the keeping up with daily e-mails and messages (that’s when the iPhone had to step in more….only for the messages though).  So, as you can imagine, I fell quite a bit behind on that part.  On the other hand, it did free me up to do other things, like tackling projects or tasks that had been…..well, you know, put off for that “other” day.  And then came the day when I could pick up my fixed computer…..oh, what a wonderful feeling!  And so I can re-connect again with my blogging friends.  Hello again!  I’m back.  And I can see that you all have been busy!

Secondly, I had a chance to go for my walk again after many days of not doing so.  And I tend to take photos of things along the way…..the sky, trees, animals/wildlife, flowers, fields, etc.  So, I had this notion to take some photos from a different angle – from really low – how does the road look from there?  For example, a chipmunk would see the road this way.  A pretty cool view!

Thirdly, I am inspired to think haiku lines again.

A Little “Eureka!”

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You know that feeling, when you feel like jumping for glee, when you’ve figured something out that’s been puzzling you for a while.  Yes, that one.  Okay, here I go!  Eureka!!  See that extract of the mountain range in the photo?  True, it’s a bit of an exaggeration, as I don’t feel quite that high over the Canadian Rockies, but I wanted a photo to give the essence of that jump up feeling.

All right, you gotta bear with me just a tad.  In between checking out new blogs and visiting some that I already follow, today I once again worked on getting a handle on this gravatar conundrum. So, I did some more poking and finally found the place to access my info – well yeah, you writing folk know what it’s like when you have that opportunity to edit something….so I tweaked my ABOUT write-up first.  I think it sounds better now.  And THEN I found the part where it says to connect the blog to the gravatar!

Earth-shattering, isn’t it?  Just nod your heads and play along…..

I am one of those not-quite-so-well-versed in the ways of the techie-thinking world, so for me this was big.  Well…..you see, because a couple of kind-hearted new blogging friends were being of help and saying that my gravatar wasn’t properly linked up – thank you, Laura! – or that they couldn’t access my blog at all.  Kram, Anna.  It is solved now!  Check at your end.

Oh….those little things in life….those little “eurekas” that give us added joy!

Thank you for listening…..and smiling……and shaking your heads and rolling your eyes……no, no!  Go back to smiling.  Yes.  Like that.

Enjoy your day!  Mine has been a sunshiny and blue sky dotted with white clouds warm kind of day.  🙂

P.S.  I am also uploading extra photos for the profile display….woohoo!  Yep, I’m on a roll!

P.P.S.  If you are interested, the photo above is one I took of a section of the Canadian Rockies, flying on my way to Vancouver, heading even further west after that (in 2010).  See the pretty little lake nestled nicely among those peaks.

P.P.P.S.  Okay…someone please tell me that this DID work.

P.P.P.P.S.  Just click on my tiny gravatar picture, and it will take you to the information page.  I just tried it myself.  🙂

NEXT STEP – Learning how to jazz up my blog page some more – all of you fine bloggers are impressing me to no end with your creative designs and ideas!

Which means…..back to the drawing board…..

So different from anything I have known before……so stimulating, so thrilling!

I finish reading through a couple of poems from a new blogger and look at the lower corner of the screen monitor.  Almost 4 a.m.  Wow.  And I have been staying up into the wee early hours for the past couple of days.  Possibly because it’s quiet in the house…..possibly because after I get the other things done, I indulge in exploring and connecting with my “new friends” in the blogging world.  And what a world it is!  I had no idea how my perspective, my perception would change.  Blogging is opening up doors and windows to a wonderful, exciting bigger world of creative writers and artists and photographers.  The discovering….the inspiring….the admiring of the far-ranging and incredible variety of thoughts and ideas and images.  I am equally humbled and profoundly grateful for all of this newfound excitement!  My initial foray into such reaches of online social interactions probably started with facebook, and over the past six-and-a-half years, I have thoroughly enjoyed and revelled in all that facebook offers and entices – the connecting with old friends and the making of new friends and communicating with friends I see in person often or just here and there.  And so now it feels as if I have made my way to that inviting french door at the far end of the room that I have spent some time traversing – with its glass inlays and sunshine streaming through – that beckons me to open it and step into new and more wondrous places!  This is bliss!

Taking a Step into the Unknown….Again

On my list of new things to try for this year is also to regularly explore and work on the experience of blogging. It’s a whole new world for me! My son, who is a writer, has been doing it for a while and encouraged me to consider it as part of my writing endeavours. A place for me to stretch one part of my writing “muscle.”
So……here goes!