Six Word Story #21

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A Castle Located in the City!

 

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Last week on our way to the National Art Gallery, we passed by the Château Laurier, which is a beautiful hotel situated in the downtown area of our capital city, Ottawa.

It always catches my eye!

In these days of more modern designs in buildings and skyscrapers, some of the historical buildings still manage to hold their own as they stand apart from the others.  Even after so many years, they shine with their beauty, elegance, and charm.

And especially something that looks so much like a castle!  Canada is a relatively young country, compared to so many other countries that have long and rich histories which include all kinds of castles dating back to medieval times and earlier.   Our castle-styled buildings are few and unique.

For more information on the history of the Château, check here.

 

 

 

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Six Word Story #20

 

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Eye-catching Splash of Letters and Numbers!

 

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Two days ago, while on our way to a special eatery as part of my oldest son’s birthday celebration, I spied this most colourful Canada Post mailbox!  Usually, they tend to be of a plain red colour….to match the red logo that you see on the left side of the box.

This one is clearly being a non-conformist mailbox and therefore worthy of a photo moment.  🙂

If you look closely, you can see a mish-mash of partial postal codes from across Canada.  AND….you can also clearly find the complete postal code of a well-known and much-loved resident of the North Pole, whose postal code most suitably is….H0H 0H0.

Yes….a couple of times in the past years, in our family we have sent Christmas wish letters to that very same postal code.  🙂

 

 

 

 

Six Word Story #19

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Top Floor Dwellers Encounter Dizzy Spiralling. 

 

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The outside spiral staircase attached to this modern style residential building stands apart and also fits right in.   Everything else on that building looks squarish and angular, and then the stairs have that flowingly rounded aspect to them.  So cool!

It’s at the one end of  the block of buildings, which also houses the Maritime Museum….in Reykjavik, Iceland.

(Photo taken in May 2016)

 

 

 

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!

 

 

 

Six Word Story #16

 

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Old Classic Lines Get a Make-over

 

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Yesterday I was out for a lunch date with a girlfriend, and afterwards we walked up the street for a bit.

I noticed this old-style beauty and spent a few minutes admiring it.  All sides.

 

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Including a personalized license plate name….

 

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Six Word Story #15

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Imagine driving this dazzling shimmery car!

 

What would it be like?

The car itself would be fun to drive.  And the colourful effect is occurring under flourescent lighting.  Would it be the same outside in the sun?  And what about on overcast, cloudy days?  Would it just look like a plain silvery car?

Unfortunately, I don’t have the answers to those questions, so my imagination will always be wondering…..

Six Word Story #14

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Sky-filled darkened clouds create dramatic expectation!

 

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On my walk last week.

Fascinating how looking to the west at one point sets the mood for something….that pause in the air.  What might happen!

And then 10 minutes further down the road.  I look toward the east, and it’s an entirely different light and mood.

 

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Six Word Story #13

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Silently watchful, her gaze is mesmerizing.

 

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I’d let Hemingway out to prowl in the yard outside one afternoon, but since it was quite cold that day, she returned to the door much sooner than usual.

I happened to go past the door and saw her watching me……

Instead of her usual “let me back in” look, this one seemed almost spooky……those eyes.

 

 

 

 

 

Six Word Story #12

 

Hemingway, taken by Conrad April 2nd, 2017 on his phone

 

Relaxed….yet watching with utmost concentration.

 

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This photo of our cat, Hemingway, was taken by my son, Conrad, a couple of days ago, when he was also immersed with computer tasks….(you can see a bit of the computer cord).

He happened to show it to me just this evening, and my other son, Jason, and I immediately “ooh-ed” and “ahh-ed” over it.

What can I say?  All six of us in our family are majorly fond of our cute ‘n furry friend!

And seeing this photo – and it’s been a while since I posted something with Hemingway in it – I decided it would make for a fun, new Six Word Story.  🙂

Her face with the attentive gaze is clear in detail, while the rest of her body and long-haired fur have a nice out-of-focus look.

Six Word Story #11

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Septic pumping in winter is unusual.

 

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Haha!  That’s because, generally, it’s easier to have the septic tank pumped in either the spring, summer, or fall.  And, generally, that’s when we’ve usually had it done.

However, it got missed this time.

And so last week we found ourselves with a “backing up of septic material” scenario thrust upon us.

We had to immediately put a hold on any water usage activities last Tuesday evening, such as dishes, laundry, showering….even basic personal hygiene….and well, er…..those other daily bodily emissions.

Wait, what?!?! Can’t use the toilet?  Eek!

Actually, we all handled it rather well.  It sounded better being dramatic…..haha!

Yep, all of us in the family have done our good share of wilderness camping, and so we have a handle on what to do.  Yes…..even in the wintertime.

And, of course, a phone call was made to our regular, local septic pumping expert.  Since it turned winter on us again the day before – after we were given a taste of spring-like warmth for a few days – that meant that the caps on the tank would need to be freed of the now freshly falling snow, as well as pried open before the gentleman would come over to do the pumping.

So, that’s what all my lads were busy doing on the Wednesday…..

 

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After those tightly wedged – and frozen! – concrete caps were extricated – a BIG job! – then my husband, who had gone into town earlier to get some supplies for this activity, unveiled the new green rings and caps to go on top of the two tank openings.  And their design is such that it should make future jobs of septic tank access and pumping much easier.

Here he is, drilling away…..

 

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The septic pumping gentleman, in the first photo, did his usual fine job….this was Thursday by that point, and we were happily on our way to being able to have running water in the house again.

One suggestion he did leave with us though is that when the weather turns warmer and more spring-like again, that since our tank is at least 29 years old, we may want to have the soil around the tile bed tested, just to make sure all is well.  It may be that a new tile bed needs to be put in.

We shall see in the months coming up.