The Lost Tree

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A small patch of woods

In the fog’s embrace; spooky,

Arms stretching…imploring?

 

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It was a somewhat foggy morning yesterday, when I was heading for work.
Funny how something can suddenly grab your attention.
As I turned left on the road and then happened to glance to my left, something immediately caught my eye!
It was the effect of the light caused by the foggy greyness and the patterns of the bare tree silhouettes.
I kept on driving, but that image stayed strongly with me.
So I stopped the car. Thought about it. That kind of imagery doesn’t happen all the time…..so better to grab this photo op while I can.
I drove back and turned around and slowly repeated my path…..taking photos with my phone. Then I noticed the spot again. It was the one with the large tree in the left foreground with its arms reaching out and to the right, towards that unknown area.
It had a spooky feel to it.


Had me thinking…..what a cool setting for a story. Or a scene in a film?
Something is definitely prodding at my writing self…..

Life creates art.

 

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The Liebster Strikes Again! Haha!

It’s been a few weeks, but the sense of surprise and joy and thrill is still with me, as I now have a chance to acknowledge this exciting award that my enthusiastic blogging friend, Dottie, has nominated me for in her post, along with four other keen bloggers.  Thank you, Dottie, for this exciting recognition!  This is my second nomination.

 

liebster award #2; blue, from dottie

 

Dottie, you gave some wonderfully creative questions!  I hope you enjoy the answers.  🙂

Describe your creative process.

Sometimes I get the idea of the post swirling around in my head until I can write it down, and edit, and re-write.  Sometimes I will be taking photos – most every day there is something that catches my eye and imagination – and then an idea will come to me in connection with the photos, so I sift through those until I have the ones I like best.  Then I meld all that together in photo and writing format.

 

What was the last thing that made you cry with laughter?

Tricky, this one.  I laugh lots every day.   However, you’re asking “crying with laughter.” I have had moments of laughing so much that tears streamed down my face and my abdominal muscles became sore.  I can say there have been times with my kids and also with my parents, where we just laughed ourselves so silly which included tears.  But I can’t specifically pull out a memory on that one.  

 

If you had to wear one outfit for the rest of your life, what would it be?

My first temptation would be to say….a onesie.  I don’t have one….yet, but I have been seeing people sharing photos of their adult onesies, and they look SO warm and comfy for when you’re at home.  And such variety in the styles as well.  But, then, I’m thinking it’s not practical for being outside and about.  So, in that case, I think I’d go with casual pants and a comfy shirt with short enough sleeves, so my hands and arms would be free from distracting material when in the kitchen, or drumming, or writing, or taking photos.

 

What’s your wish for mankind?

I always wish what I think so many people would like to see….that everyone achieves happiness, love, peace, prosperity, and great health.  Not so much division where a few control so much and the great majority face unnecessary hardships and harsh struggles.  And I would also like them all to realize that finding their joy and becoming empowered is what can provide the clearer way to better lives, which includes taking full responsibility for their lives.

 

The desert island question:  what are your 3 must-haves?

Well, I hope the essentials of water and banana trees are covered.  🙂  After that I’d hope to have a couple of books to keep me company (one being a comedy) and a harmonica and a drum.  Music has been a constant companion for me all of my life – something to lean on in down times and something to rejoice in during the up times.  And although a guitar would be more diverse, when the strings give out, then what would I use for replacements?  A drum and harmonica should last a good long time, thereby allowing me to make mouth music via harmonica or via singing whilst drumming.

 

Share one of your pet peeves.

When people don’t take responsibility for themselves.  For their actions.  For their health.  All part of the mainstream thinking of finding something or someone else to blame, when things aren’t going right or going well.  It’s never anything to do with them.  Excuses galore.  And that mentality where everything needs to be turned into a lawsuit.  Imagine if people would accept their decisions and actions as what they have done and to be accountable for that.  It doesn’t have to be negative.  In fact, ultimately, it becomes empowering and positive.

 

What’s your idea of the perfect meal?

When everything tastes delicious, and you can tell that the food was prepared with love and a desire to provide the best.  It could be sushi.  It could be a five-course meal.  It could be a main meal salad.  It could be a delectable bowl of chili with fresh-baked biscuits.  It could be beer-battered fish and hand-cut chips that melt in your mouth.   Food that has the kind of flavour that gets your taste buds singing!  🙂

 

Name your favourite feel-good song.

That’s hard.  I have so many favourites!  But these days I will always break into a smile and get dancing, when I hear Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” song.  🙂  That song needed to happen, and I’m glad it did. 

 

What’s your favourite quote?

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

I first heard that quote during a talk by Dr. Wayne Dyer, and I was so intrigued by it that I wrote it down as a keeper quote.  In my experience I find that it definitely applies.

 

What’s your defining characteristic?

In a world where so many of us share characteristics like being cheerful, being friendly, being helpful, how can you pinpoint a defining one that sets you apart?  Well, I DO love to laugh.  I laugh every day, as there is always much to enjoy in life.  Whether it’s jokes or a funny cartoon or accidentally doing something silly or purposely doing something silly.  Sometimes it’s in the sharing of some amazing moment during an activity with friends or family, or even strangers.  And it’s a defining aspect for me, because consistently over the years, people have said to me that I have a distinguishable laugh……often described as infectious!  They enjoy hearing my laugh.  There have been instances of people crossing the room, an outdoor area – or a hall – to tell me how much my laugh has had a beneficial effect on them.  Hahaha!  And it’s a positive feature, so I’m keeping it.  🙂

 

What would you do if you won the lottery?

I would divide the money up.  Keep a portion for personal dream fulfillment along with close family needs.  The rest of the money I would try to have set up in such a way as to  create a constant flow of money so that those funds could be donated to various groups who volunteer their services to help others and can use the monetary support for supplies in their various duties and activities.

 

11 RANDOM FACTS ABOUT MYSELF

1.  I love indulging in slow-paced days, where a sense of time evaporates.

2.  I love days filled with things to do and see, as it requires a different energy for those.

3.   Every so often I still try and imagine what it would be like to fly – like a super power – without a plane; just like in my sleep dreams.

4.  I tend to have crushes on my teachers; when I was younger and going to school and even now when I find myself learning new things, like in music.

5.  For most of my life my favourite colour was blue, but for the past four years it’s been purple.  Probably has something to do with having purple strands added to my hair. 🙂

6.  I was given a second chance at delving into great rock legends via my kids, as they grew into their teens.  I had always played them lots of classic rock and pop at home, but in my youth I hadn’t really gone that in-depth with musicians like Hendrix, The Doors, Led Zeppelin, etc.; however, as my kids explored all these legends – and in great depth – I got to learn right along with them.

7.  I had a surprise encounter with an exhibitionist in Paris, France…..many, many years ago, when I lived there and worked as an au pair.  🙂

8.  Also, over the years I have become known among my friends as an enthusiastic wearer of band shirts – haha!  I have a diverse collection of various shirts – many of them tie-dye as a base and then band names on them or silhouette images of certain musicians.  Others are black with images on the front and sometimes the back.  Some of them include:  The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Santana, Pink Floyd, Trans-Siberian Orchestra.  Plus, I also would get shirts of local musicians as a way of showing my support at concerts and in public (more visibility for them).  It probably really got started big-time once I started getting back into music about seven years ago….when I also started going to shows and concerts on a more regular basis.

9.  In the past I was active as a Leader in both the Girl Guides and Boy Scouts, and as some of you may know, Leaders are given fun nicknames by the kids in their groups.  So, with Girl Guides/Pathfinders I became known as Orca  (they actually asked me what name I’d like…. 🙂 ).  And in Scouting, when I started in Beavers, I was given the name of Rainbow, which I kept all the way up to Cubs and Scouts.

10.  In addition to English, which is my main language, I also am fluent in German (my family ancestry) and French.

11.  Finally, I have never lost my love and enjoyment of playing games, whether it’s cards (like Crazy 8s, Solitaire, UNO, Wizard), board games (such as Chess, Settlers of CATAN, Trouble, Alaska, Mole in the Hole), various computer games and video games (Black Ops, Worms, LEGO Racer, Pharaoh).  These days my main games tend to be Scrabble, Mahjong, and Sudoku.

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FOLLOWING NOMINEES FOR THE LIEBSTER AWARD!

Seeking Romance

Sitting In Your Little Room

Wandering Wives

Poet Rummager

Ramblings

 

The idea of the award is to recognize and promote new up and coming blogs of a good standard with less than 200 followers (on WordPress).

For anyone new to the Liebster Award this is how it works –

  • In a post – answer the questions that your nominator posted for his/her nominees.
  • Share 11 random facts about yourself.
  • Make up 11 new fun questions for your nominees.
  • Give some love back to your nominator, include a link back to their blog and their post.
  • You must nominate 5-11 bloggers.
  • Notify your nominees of their Liebster Award.

Note to Nominees – There is no deadline for this. Please add a link to your new post below when you’re finished. The aim is to raise the profile of your blog.

 

QUESTIONS FOR THE NOMINEES

  1.  What kind of books do you enjoy reading?
  2.  Who has been an inspiration to you?  (Someone personal in your life or someone more famous)
  3.  Where is your favourite place to go, when you want to wind down or re-energize yourself?
  4.  Name five things that make you laugh.
  5.  Where have you travelled?
  6.  What are some of your goals and dreams for 2016?
  7.  Have you ever had an encounter with someone that felt strongly serendipitous?
  8.  Name a blog post you like and why.  (Please add the link)
  9.  What would you say is a weakness of yours?
  10.  Have you had an opportunity to meet a famous person and how did it go?
  11.  What’s your favourite drink?

 

And my link:  A Natural Model

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…..

Writing that whispers

I feel disconnected from my writing flow.  Why?

Well, it’s that “life is happening” scenario.  You’re probably familiar with that list of things that create upheaval in one’s life.  You know that item – third from the top, I think it is.  Yes, that’s it!   Moving time.

Again?  I did move twice already in the past two-and-a-half years and was hoping to settle in a bit in this third place for a while, but…..*sigh*….one doesn’t always know what twists, turns, detours, and scenic routes will occur in this life journey.  In addition to a foundation of a grand mix of relationships and events, there is also a liberal sprinkling of magic, mystery, and adventure to experience.

There is a reconciliation of sorts at the base of this latest move, so that’s a good thing.

And in order to take advantage of this transition, along with it being that “classic” time of year for cleaning, the whole moving process is being stretched out a bit longer in order to include massive purging of accumulated stuff (some of which has hung about the old house for close to 30 years!) – a greater portion designated as garbage and another almost equal-sized portion being given to the local, community-supported secondhand store.  Add to that some reassigning of rooms and rearranging of furniture AND THEN packing at the temporary place to be moved back to the old place…..and you get the picture of this sizeable endeavour.

All the usual recreational activities have been put on hold until the move is completed, and that’s also where my writing hasn’t been given its rightful share of time.  And since it’s been calling to me….quietly and coaxing, whispering even……I am saying, “to heck with that carload of reusables that won’t make it to the secondhand store today!  Tomorrow is another day!  I want to write!”

So there.

I am giving in to the whispering….

Ahhhhh…..that feels so much better.

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!