Weekly Photo Challenge: Monument


“Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.” – Winston Churchill

Limestone Court House

A cenotaph is a monument to commemorate those who died in war. This one sits in front of the courthouse in my home town. Among the names is my great-uncle, who died following a plane crash in France.

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Capture Your 365 (April 8-14)


Our toilet overflowed last night….I’ll spare you the mental images, and share these ones instead. Happy Thursday!

 

Whinge to Winter


Whinge: To complain persistently and in an annoying way.

Yesterday, it was 21C. The sun wasn’t shining but it was warm & humid!

Today…

Return to winter, wheelbarrow

If it keeps on, I may have to do more than whinge and complain. I may be forced to do something drastic…

Eat gluten-filled toast in the bathtub! I’m not suicidal…just whinging!

Spring Cleaning (with a little jazz?)


The snow has finally melted on the back patio (that we never use) and the evidence of my laziness is exposed. Rather than climb the stairs to dump the guinea pigs’ water in the toilet (when it was full of soft, soggy shavings), I developed the unfortunate habit of taking one step out the back door, and chucking it…

Consequently, my back porch and patio looked like a cotton field ready for harvest. In addition, the sun had dried the soaked stuffing to the concrete and it couldn’t just be swept up. I had to scrape my toe across each and every fleck of fluff to loosen it before flipping it into the dustpan…and since I’ve been too lazy busy to go buy a pair of runners, I had to do it in my new sparkly $7 Mary Jane’s. It quickly became a dull dance, so I decided to try and make it more interesting by adding a few jazz steps: Rond de jambe, step, rond de jambre, step, chassé, chassé, chassé, smile…By the end, all I was missing was a spin and some spooky fingers…and something to throw at the robin that was chuckling loudly from the apple tree. Surely he had more important things to do that watch this old bird bust a few moves….

Saturday was even nicer, and just like every year since we moved in, I vowed that this would be the year that I would wage war on the weeds and win! So I slapped on some sunscreen and put my booty in action. I spent hours cutting and laying garden cloth, shovelling cedar wood chips, cutting down small rogue trees, and generally just getting down and getting dirty. It was not as much fun as Mud Hero…I was rewarded with a Baconator Burger for dinner.

By Sunday, my back and my booty were both bargaining for a whole morning in bed, boasting aches and pains. They both lost and I battled my way to church, a little late. They were both rewarded to most of the afternoon on the couch…

There are still days of Spring cleaning to do outside, but it will have to wait until my back and booty bounce back…that, and it’s supposed to snow tomorrow… (I may need more bacon!)

Weekly Writing Challenge: Fifty Words


I told this story to Little Guy last night and he laughed out loud.

I had a friend in school. My friend’s neighbours had a cat that roamed the neighbourhood. Every night she heard them calling for the cat to come home. They would call “Here kitty-kitty…here Stupid”…

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For this week’s challenge, you must write a fifty-word story. Not five thousand, not five hundred, but precisely fifty words!

Capture Your 365 (April 1-6)


It’s kind of sad when you start to have a crisis about your mid-life crisis…Lately I feel like I have just enough energy to get through the day but not much more than that. My level of creativity is sagging (just like the rest of me)…

I started a post of semiotics, the art and science of making connections between the ordinary and making them extraordinary…the problem was, I suddenly couldn’t make connections. Then I read an article about the epidemic of sleeplessness…the only result was that I didn’t sleep a wink!

Maybe I have brain rot! Too much precipitation + too many radical temperature changes = brain rot! The April prompts are really a stretch, and I’m worried that my brain may just implode. On that note, here’s some of the first week of April – no foolin’!

Focused: “Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.” -Greg Anderson

Focused: “Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.” -Greg Anderson

Framed: “Mix a little foolishness with your serious plans. It is lovely to be silly at the right moment.” -Horace

Framed: “Mix a little foolishness with your serious plans. It is lovely to be silly at the right moment.” -Horace

Where You Work: This is not my desk...but it is partly my 'handiwork'

Where You Work: This is not my desk…but it is partly my ‘handiwork’

Look up: “Climb if you will, but remember that courage and strength are nought without prudence, and that a momentary negligence may destroy the happiness of a lifetime. Do nothing in haste; look well to each step; and from the beginning think what may be the end.” - Edward Whymper, Scrambles Amongst the Alps

Look up (hint: Big Guy is in that tree): “Climb if you will, but remember that courage and strength are nought without prudence, and that a momentary negligence may destroy the happiness of a lifetime. Do nothing in haste; look well to each step; and from the beginning think what may be the end.” – Edward Whymper, Scrambles Amongst the Alps

In the Window: “Frost grows on the window glass, forming whorl patterns of lovely translucent geometry. Breathe on the glass, and you give frost more ammunition. Now it can build castles and cities and whole ice continents with your breath’s vapor. In a few blinks you can almost see the winter fairies moving in…But first, you hear the crackle of their wings.” - Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

In the Window: “Frost grows on the window glass, forming whorl patterns of lovely translucent geometry…In a few blinks you can almost see the winter fairies moving in…But first, you hear the crackle of their wings.” – Vera Nazarian, The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

 

References:

Capture Your 365 – Prompts

www.brainyquote.com

www.goodreads.com

Mini Mid-Week Smile


“I’ll be back – I’m just taking the fridge to the bathroom”.

It was one way to grab my family’s attention…as I headed up the stairs carrying the bottom shelf of the fridge, and one drawer. They were “glued” together after a carton of freezer coleslaw leaked everywhere…

Keep smiling — it makes people wonder what you’ve been up to.

~Author Unknown

Have you ever said or done anything crazy just to get a reaction? Do tell!!