“Refreshing Watermelon Smoothie Counters Sweltering Heat!”
I have a never-ending love affair with fruit smoothies!
On almost every day I am concocting yet another batch for my lads here at home. And it’s never the same blend twice – haha!
My base ingredients tend to be water, banana, pineapple, and apple (any kind that I have on hand). And then things change from there on….influenced by whims and fancies or more simply if it’s all that I have in the fruit basket. Anywhere from a mix of berries to fresh mangoes – although I freely add in frozen fruits, too – kiwi fruit or pears; always a surprise!
And my must addition is fresh plain yogurt. Sometimes I add in hemp hearts for a special treat.
These days with the summer heat being particularly pronounced, I have been adding in fresh watermelon as well, lending such a light and sweet refreshing flavour.
Ooohhhmmm! Looking at this photo is making me want to head into the kitchen and make another fruit smoothie!
Family fun with an unusual car!
Last Saturday was my first time to participate in an annual event that takes place in Ottawa, Ontario, in the Glebe section of the city. This event is well known as The Great Glebe Garage Sale.
My oldest son, Stephen, had gone twice in previous years and he felt that it would be something I would enjoy experiencing. So, this year it worked out, because one of his friends offered to let us set up a table just outside the front of his home. And in spite of some occasional rainy moments, which seemingly never deterred the throngs of keen people walking by, my sons, Conrad and Stephen, and I settled in quite nicely and had a good time. We also took turns to have a break from tending to our display table and go for a walk about in order to see what other people had for their displays.
On my turn, one of the things I saw was this father pushing his wife and their young child down the one street for a fun ride in this green sleek car.
A different mode of transportation – environmentally friendly. Haha! Yes, yes….low on horsepower but high in manpower!
It looked like they were having a great time!
A Castle Located in the City!
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.
Eye-catching Splash of Letters and Numbers!
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. 🙂
Top Floor Dwellers Encounter Dizzy Spiralling.
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)
Boldly colourful painting welcomes store visitors.
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!
Old Classic Lines Get a Make-over
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.
Including a personalized license plate name….
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…..
Sky-filled darkened clouds create dramatic expectation!
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.
Silently watchful, her gaze is mesmerizing.
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.