Fun License Plates #2

Continuing on with some more fun and creative license plate words and names that I have discovered in the past two weeks….

 

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So…..it’s either Joy’s Mazda…..or Joyce’s Mazda?  Either way, it’s definitely her toy!  😀

 

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Again, some options are:  someone who enjoys putting a religious touch to things…..OR…..it’s someone’s favourite song?

 

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Well, and here,…..Fawn has a pretty spiffy looking Nissan!  😀

Okay, now three more added to my new and burgeoning collection.

 

 

 

 

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Fun License Plates #1

The silly ideas one gets whilst standing behind a car and one’s gaze drops to that car’s license plate…..because it ISN’T just a random selection of letters and numbers but sometimes inventive, creative, or just funny words!  😀  They are personalized expressions of these car owners and meaningful to them in a myriad of ways.

Here are three that I have spied just in the past month….all in Ottawa.

I suppose this might be the beginning of a new photo collection?

 

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Aieee Caramba?

 

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This one has me intrigued.  Is it a business?  Or someone likes catlids….as opposed to doglids.  Who knew they had lids?  Eyelids, maybe?  What other lids could they be?

 

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Some cool dude, right?

 

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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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For All My Friends on WordPress…

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It’s been exciting and fun with all of my WordPress friends this year – learning new things and getting to know some of you more, sharing stories and photos from our parts of this beautiful world.

Thank you so much!

Michaela  ❤

Cooking Classes with Maggie

Ever since mid-September of this year,  I have been attending weekly cooking classes at one of the local grocery stores near where I live, hosted by Chef Maggie.  They take place every Tuesday from noon until 1 p.m.  It’s the same store that I mentioned in a previous post, entitled A Time for Giving Hugs . In fact, I took the photos of Mary right after one of these cooking classes.   ❤

On average the group of attendees who come to these classes are approximately 15 people, and we listen and watch attentively as Maggie guides us through the featured recipes she has picked for us.  She puts it all together, and near the end of each class we get to sample the just prepared dishes.

In the photos above, Maggie is showing us the steps to a nourishing quinoa (with veggies and chicken) dish.  And you can see some added detail via the large rectangular mirror as it reflects to the viewers everything more clearly.

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Here is my serving up close……it tasted delicious!  That red pepper sauce added great flavour!

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In these next photos, everyone is lining up to get their portion of the dessert, which was vanilla ice cream with a delightfully generous helping of the made-from-scratch Whisky Caramel Sauce that Maggie showed us.

And here is the photo of the dessert…..Mmmmm!

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Generally in the days that follow, I end up cooking for my lads at home the featured dishes from that Tuesday.  Happily, I’ve been getting encouraging and positive feedback from them – they are enjoying these newer meals!

However, I didn’t get to trying these two latest recipes out yet, because Christmas snuck in first.  Haha!

I plan to make both at some point this week.

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In the next two photos you can see the location of the kitchen area, which is on the upper floor, and you can see the many food displays on the lower level of the store.

That Sketch Effect

Having some fun a few weeks ago….

Conrad holds up his phone as if to take a picture and says to Stephen and I, “Hey, make some weird faces!”

Stephen and I immediately contort our faces, and click, click goes Conrad’s phone camera.

We all look at the result, especially to see our silly faces – haha!  We end up laughing!

THEN….Conrad discovers effects in editing mode, so he goes through the choices….and the three of us laugh some more.

When he reaches the Sketch effect, we all say, “Wow!  That looks cool!”

We are now….cartoons??

 

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“Song Titles”

The theme for this week’s photography assignment was “Song Titles.”  It’s a fun exercise in that it encourages to look at photos from a different and newly imaginative angle.

The following four were my submissions:

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Song – “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” (by Randy Newman)

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Song – “Downtown” (sung by Petula Clark)

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Song – “Sunrise, Sunset” (from Fiddler on the Roof)

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Song – “The Rose” (sung by Bette Midler)

Face Within a Face

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Somewhat familiar,

A blending of art with fun.

Would Van Gogh approve?

 

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I took this photo four years ago, when my uncle and his girlfriend came over from Germany to visit with my parents in Toronto and also squeeze in a visit with my crew.

When all four of them came up to Ottawa, we all got together to spend the day…..and played tourists in Ottawa as well.

It was a gorgeous day in September, as we walked about in the downtown area, visiting the parliament buildings and the Rideau Canal locks, among other sights.

When we were walking past a school of fine arts along one of the streets in the market area, on an easel standing outside there was this over-sized framed “painting” with a hole where the face would normally be.  It was an invitation to passing tourists to have some fun with this famous image of Van Gogh’s self portrait.

So, my uncle decided to have some fun – in my family we enjoy being silly! – by making one of his faces, and I went along with it.  Haha!

 

 

To be Inspired…To Dream

It’s the second day of my 3-Day Quote Challenge!

Having dreams, nurturing them, and having them come to life is such an important part of our lives, but it isn’t necessarily something that everyone does.  For so many reasons.

Dreams are a big part of the fabric of our lives, and they deserve to be protected and believed in and achieved.

There are many quotes on pursuing one’s dreams.

For today I picked this one –

Don’t be pushed by your problems. Be led by your dreams.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Often we have dreams, but also often we get into a mode of thinking that tends towards the negative.  This quote looks to living your life positively….by focusing on your dreams….that which gives you passion and gets you all fired up in life.
And important, too, is that dreams don’t just occur in younger years.  They can spring forth in later years as well.
For my personal example, here is a photo of me at a drumkit, performing with a band in the League of Rock show in December of last year.  I have loved music all my life; however, circumstances and choices made through the years kept my music dream on the back burner…..until they brought me to a place where I jumped into music once again, after my children were well into their teen years.  I started drumming only eight years ago!  When I was 48, I signed up for lessons and the path led ever further…..to playing and more learning and performing.  I haven’t looked back since.  It’s been a blast of a ride!  Lots of dedication and determination and….PRACTICE…..haha!  And meeting all kinds of amazing people and musicians along the way.
I let go of some dreams of my youth but then nurtured other ones to add to my life’s fabric.
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And my nominee today is Conrad .
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(photo taken by Steve St. Jean at the League of Rock Showcase; December 17, 2015)

Always Learning!

Hello Friends!

I have been nominated by my blogging friend, A , to the 3-day Quote Challenge.

Thank you again, my friend, for such an honour.

For today’s quote I picked one that seems to have become imprinted in my brain and heart from the first time I saw it several years ago.

A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.”    – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

It appeals to me, because I have observed this experience in my life over and over.  Whether it’s in learning a new skill….or reading something with new ideas….or hearing a new song that touches in a deeper way….or trying out a new food.  Endless possibilities in life, really, for our minds to experience something new and to then move forward in personal growth or personal preferences.

For a simple example, in my case, I developed a liking for olives much later in life.  Before that time, I would steer clear of them.  And mostly because I didn’t know that much about them and partly because the flavour seemed so foreign.  Then!  One day I was given a new food to eat which included olives – black, milder ones – but still, it turned my mind over to the idea that, hey, olives are pretty fine.  Try them again.  And try them in this.  And then, well, perhaps the green ones aren’t so bad anymore.  And try those.  And before too long, I can’t imagine having certain foods and dishes WITHOUT olives.  It’s inconceivable!  Haha!  I love them so much now!

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As I understand it, the 3-day Quote Challenge is comprised of:

  1. Post for 3 consecutive days.
  2. Select and post 1-3 posts for each of those days.
  3. Nominate a blogger to go for the 3-Day Quote Challenge on each of those three days.

And so, I nominate my writer/blogging friend, Stephen , for this challenge.

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AND….in the spirit of the above quote, I’m including a photo of a Tea Party to which I was invited last year.  On the subject of new experiences, it was the first ever tea party for me.  And fun!   I met someone new – the friend of the host.  And there were some incredible delectables!  Taste combinations that were new to me as well.  My mind was given such a treat that day!  Moving forward again!

 

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