Saturday, January 24, 2015

365 Photo(s) of the Day - All WORK(out) and no play...


My Mr always gives me a choice when our day starts and it falls on a weekend, the choice being when and if I actually want to work out.  Even when I say I do, loud and clear I know that HE knows me better than I know me.  And therefore he knows things can change from moment to moment.  I must say, he does this very delicately.  

So my choice today (though there was this terrible big debate going on in my head) was to make myself work out FIRST before I could change my mind.  I knew that if I hesitated or put it off to a later time that just was not going to happen.  So, I looked at my workout as the thing I HAD to do.  


Because part of my day would be the "REWARD" - creative, crafting craziness! I often use my card-making, sewing, reading, baking, tatting, reading... all the things I truly enjoy as the "carrot on a stick" for myself.  

Its a system which works for me.  Heavens I've found I can really do a ton of chores very quickly and efficiently to "earn" fun time for myself.  How about you?  Do you have a treat system for yourself as well? 


Even better, today was my first ever "Crop".  I was invited by Terri (bottom left) who has done this sort of thing before and who arranged all the details.  It was really fun, inspiring to see what everyone else was doing.  There were a range of projects going on though a majority were focused on scrapbook pages while I chose to make a few greeting cards.  Its wonderful to see how every person's work is diverse and unique.  I absolutely soaked up some new techniques and learned new things.  

What a lovely bunch of ladies, I do look forward to our next get-together.  I now know just what I'll pack for the next one.  


Friday, January 23, 2015

365 Photo of the Day - Lake Scene


I couldn't resist taking a photo of the tip of Hayne's Point provincial park with some sort of bird in forefront.  I'm not sure what this bird is. 


Some sort of Heron perhaps?  Do you know what species this is? 

365 Photo of the Day - Frozen Fountain (for Jan 22)


I pass by this fountain near Pioneer Walkway here in Osoyoos BC fairly often and though its always interesting to watch I especially like how it looks when it freezes and its a terrific subject for photos.  


It appears this ice was formed at a time when there was wind because obviously much water was thrown over to the side beyond the perimeter and it formed some very odd looking nodules.  I like how ice crystals sifted over and filled up crevices.  Ice in two completely unique forms - the soft rounded bits opposed to the crunchy flaky shards. 


This area really makes me think of some of the national parks we have visited. I'm not sure whether my mind is marrying the shape of these formations to stalagmites or perhaps I'm thinking of formations caused by hot springs or geysers.  Some of the ones we saw had layers like this.  


And just how cool is this?  I can only deduct the wind was steady in the direction of these icicles.  

Hope you enjoyed these fun frozen fotos!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

365 Photo of the Day - Flame & Tuesday Throwdown


365 Photo theme - FLAME

I must confess that I let the day slip away on me and my camera.  I kept thinking all through the day "I should really take a picture of THAT" and "THAT would make a great photo of the day" but I didn't jump on it and therefore I had to be creative this evening.  

And somehow it seems to be appropriate, this flame.  As I gaze at it I feel like it rescued me from the darkness.  It makes me think that even when darkness falls a candle will continue to burn, if I allow.

This candle is HOPE

My hope is in Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior!

1 Peter 1:3-6 New International Version (NIV)

Praise to God for a Living Hope


3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.

As well, we all have the ability to be hope for others.  I found this little quotation which I'll share with you, so you can perhaps have an impact wherever you can shine your light: 


LIGHT FOR THE DARKNESS

The hero is one who kindles a great light in the world, who sets up blazing torches in the dark streets of life for men to see by.  The saint is the man who walks through the dark paths of the world, himself a light. 

- Felix Adler

I also took time out to create a card for the Tuesday Throwdown #228 challenge - Embossing.


Though my photography is a bit skewed I was happy with this card!  

Supplies: 

Embossing folder - Cuttlebug
Stamp - "Oh Snap!" - Studio G
Stamp - Dog - Recollections
Tombow Markers

Uh, yeah - if you could see inside you would realize this is a BELATED birthday card.  LOL!  

Thanks for visiting.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

365 Photo of the Day - FROST


Today's theme - FROST

I'm loving this 365 challenge to myself, it's causing me to view each day through the lens of my camera (or iphone) and capturing something I feel is worth sharing with you.  

This morning we were greeted with a hoar frost and fog.  It makes almost everything look special by coating it all with a fuzzy frost... sort of like flocking. If you get up really close to this frost it adheres to each surface with a furry layer, almost silvery.  


I've been wanting to capture this tiny nest cradled in the low branches of a sumac tree for a bit now.  I've gone past it many times but today made it even more interesting.  


After the soft wooly closeness of this morning's fog, it was beautiful to watch it melt away in the early afternoon and reveal the world beyond the grey.  My husband and I took the opportunity to go for a long, long walk in the warmth while it lasted. 

I hope your day was nice too.  

Monday, January 19, 2015

365 Photo - SNIP! and APWP #23 challenge card


Today's theme: SNIP!  

I was quite surprised to see my friend out pruning in the snow.  I was under the impression that pruning was generally done in the spring and fall, and apparently it is, generally.  However my friend says that farmers seem to prune earlier and earlier each year and it seems to be ok.  I learn something new every day.  I love the power-snippers, they just lop off branches in the twinkling of an eye.  Hmmm - I'd be afraid I'd lop of a finger perhaps.  Oh my. 


pretty & oh so sparkly

I absolutely love when the snow is like this.  Crunchy on top with a million glittery diamonds upon the surface.  

What was it like today where you live?

I managed to create a card for the Always Playing With Paper #23 Challenge:


I chose to go with the sketch: 


The photo doesn't do my card justice.  I generally try to wait until daylight and take my pics outside, natural light can't be beat.  At any rate, this is my attempt. 

Supplies: 

Brad and pattern paper - My Mind's Eye
Stamp - Stampendous

Thanks for visiting me.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

365 Photo a Day - Jan 18 - EAT!


Photo theme: EAT!

I'm sorry... am I making you hungry?  

I truly enjoyed every moment of my time away from home and I especially enjoyed having many delicious Mom-meals too but I did miss cooking and baking myself.  I'd watched quite a few cooking shows and I filed away a few tips in my mental tool box which I'm dying to try.

Sunday is always a restful day, with church in the morning we decided to make lunch our biggest meal.  Sometimes we crave breaded cutlets and we like to serve them in a hearty artisan bun.  Today it was accompanied with some french fries and a simple dip of mayonnaise mixed with sriracha sauce and finally garnished with beautiful oranges. (on sale by the box at our local grocers)  Fresh oranges in the winter are like tasting a bit of sunshine in my mouth. 

My husband was a little frightened of the knife stuck into the sandwich but I told him that the professional chefs do that on all the manly cooking shows.

What did you have for Sunday dinner? 

PS - I'm getting a hankering to share a Silhouette Cutting file in the coming days, check back!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

365 Photo of the Day Jan 17 - OF and about CTS #106 Challenge


Photo theme: CREATE!

Ah how sweet it is to craft again!  After a month away I was at a loss when I was deciding what to do.  I decided a challenge would be a good way to begin so I decided to take the plunge.  

First I made myself do all of the housework, laundry, floors and get my nest's twigs all 'just so' before rewarding myself with a moment of creating.  And how good and sweet reward it is! 

I chose this CTS #106 challenge for my very first card: 


This is my take on today's challenge: 


Supplies: 

Embossing Folder by Elizabeth
Die Cuts by Memory Box

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, January 16, 2015

I'm reminded why my Mr is THE best in the west!


Yesterday my sweet husband met me with flowers, today he scooped me away on a dinner date.  Sigh sigh sigh!   How thrilling to zoom down the highway in our Frisky little Fiat.  I can't wait to drive!   But tonight it was about encouraging him to be chivalrous and me encouraging that.  After a month's absence I'm reminded why I fell head over heels with him in the first place. 


He treated us out to Indian dinner in Penticton.  We try something new each time - we've only begun to eat this cultural deliciousness in the past year, really.  

Do you like a particular cultural food?  


 

Thursday, January 15, 2015

365 Photo A Day - Jan 15 "The Wheels on the Bus"


Time to head home after a full month at the coast.  Hardly slept a wink last night as I was dreaming of the moment I came home to my handsome Mr.  It turned out to be anything but boring! 

Mom drove me to the bus and we shared a Tim's coffee until the bus arrived.  I got pretty misty before we parted.  It will feel very strange to not wake up at her house tomorrow.  I had a lot of luggage - thank goodness for the backpack I received for a Christmas gift and the duffel which came with my gym membership and I still had to sit on my suitcase!

Our bus set off and we rolled rolled down the big ol' highway.  The route I was on stops at quite a few places along the way.  I always enjoy the trip.  Unlike the bus trip down to the coast, this bus had sparkly clean windows because I guess it started in the city and the most muck gets splashed up through the passes.  So I press my nose against the glass (not REALLY coz who knows how many other perhaps not so clean noses have done this before me?) but I do sit on the right side so I get to see all the scenery scroll by on the journey. 

I was stunned to witness the trees damaged by an ice storm by Hope BC.  I had seen articles on the news but it was still shocking to see the extent of the broken off branches for many miles alongside the highway.  Actually, I tried to get a few photos of that - my attempt at one is the bottom left image in the collage above ... but it turned out very blurry because the bus seemed to sort of "shimmy".  I chalked that up to me sitting in the middle of the bus and perhaps that's the way it is with it being a long vehicle.  

We continued on, shimmy shimmy down the highway, each mile drawing me closer to home.  Another funny thing is for a while whenever the bus turned a sharp right on the highway for quite some distance, the horn would go off.  Now I don't know if this was an intentional thing or not on the driver's part and I forgot to ask.  



On past Yellow Lake where despite the gloomy day there were several gatherings of folk ice fishing. 

Then we arrived in Penticton and our driver announced to us that the bus needed to be looked at by mechanics due to that "shimmy" which we'd felt - it was not "normal".  Hmmm.  We were asked to wait in the depot until they found out what the problem was and upon that we would then find out how Greyhound would see us to our final destinations.  In the end (and after a delay) we were informed we would be getting a taxi home.  Wow!  Thats an hour and a bit in a taxi.  

I commend our driver and Greyhound, they organized this very expediently and us six passengers were quickly bundled into two taxis and we set off for the last leg of our journey.  



And nicely rolling home when we had to be detoured for a bit due to an accident south of Okanagan Falls and north of Vaseaux Lake.  

But we eventually got to Osoyoos (home sweet home!!!)  I noticed the cab fare rang up to about $140... good thing I wasn't paying.  

My handsome husband was waiting for me with a bouquet of flowers and I just melted into a happy puddle.  And that was my exciting day.  

Do you remember a most unfortunate travel day too?  

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