Periodical Past Post Probe


The Photo 101 course is over and it’s time once again to help you kill precious brain cells “WOW” everyone with my pithy writing (or is that mundane memoirs). Either way, don’t worry – I will still post photos from time to time (like Wilderness Wednesdays) so that I am only assaulting engaging your visual senses (and not just painting terrible mental images with words). Just for fun (and to try and dust off the cobwebs from my rapidly ageing brain), Iperiodically probe  past search terms and popular posts, to see what people are reading and how they got to jennsmidlifecrisis! What I found was quirky, strange, and sometimes, a little disturbing.

The top 5 posts are related to:

  1. Hooker boots, real amateurs in hooker boots (Hubby videotaped me once, unbeknownst to me, trying to walk across the lawn in really high heels. It’s ridiculous! And not for public viewing!), and “These boots were made for walking…”
  2. The Psychology of Eating a Chocolate Bunny. Apparently there are an awful lot of people in this world who are overly concerned with what their chosen method of murder munching a chocolate bunny says about them.
  3. Midlife Crisis Jokes, midlife crisis clichés (for men or women), and funny jokes about midlife crisis. That makes sense.
  4. Urinals. Yup! There are posts I research and struggle over, and next to no one reads them. And when I pieced together these few interesting stories, I expected it to be the same. Some of the other related searches included: urinals, peeing, peeing down leg, pee petition, unisex bathrooms, and bathroom stories. And the strangest of all – “my fix-it-up-life urinal”. Sounds like someone’s life is in the toilet!
  5. Death of a Pair of Shoes. So there are others in this world who mourn the loss of a good pair of shoes…a moment of silence please.

Moment’s over!

There were over 1,500 unknown search terms, but here are a few other highlights:

  • Looking for mens’ thongs and gstrings (well, you won’t find them here!)
  • Swimsuit and matching flip-flops
  • Bathing suits size of postage stamp (one of my favourite expressions)
  • Golden time ebay prego test (buying a pregnancy test from ebay doesn’t sound like a smart idea to me!)
  • Moo moo suit

I’m not sure this is what they had in mind…

  • Wonder woman outfits for 40 year olds (Hmm…)
  • Men who love to visit ‘breastaurants’ (again, that one post that seems to haunt me)
  • Mud Hero

    Mudder Pond

    Yes – that’s me!

  • BFFs/GFs and boyfriends (apparently my theory of Girlfriend-Boyfriend-Ugly Best Friend has been considered by others, but as yet, has not made it in to any science journals)
  • Mom takes picture of son in girls lingerie (disturbing)
  • Muddy boobs (not touching this one!)
  • Voluptuous mannequins
  • Christie Brinkley

There were others that were simply too ridiculous or too rude to share…

Karen Blixen wrote: “To me, the explanation of life seems to be its melody, its pattern. And I feel in life such an infinite, truly inconceivable fantasy.” It’s a good thing that this list is not the explanation of life, for there is no melody or pattern, just the wonderful world of weirdness. As for this post being a good idea, it was truly an inconceivable fantasy.

Happy Monday!

Photo 101: Triumph


Sometimes I’m such a guy! Show me a babe with great curves and I’m lined up with the rest of them, gawking, drooling and making inappropriate comments…out loud! I can’t tell you the difference between makes and models, or tell you what’s under the hood, but I know I’m in love!

I fell in love with a number of classic cars at the car show this Canada Day!

White Mustang GTO1969 Black Mustang GTO

“Well-behaved women rarely make history.” – Marilyn Monroe

It’s the weekend – I have to go make history!

Photo 101: Edge


I ran away to my parents’ for a few days to enjoy summer…and it has rained every day! We “escaped” the house for half an hour one afternoon and went for a walk along the river bank. I just missed catching the crane on the left coming in for his landing. After he landed, he walked down the road around some picnickers and their car, before heading into the water.

“Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.” – A. A. Milne, Pooh’s Little Instruction Book

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The old granary

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At the top of the Falls

Photo 101: Glass


Today’s challenge was to incorporate glass in today’s images, using it to introduce a story or add a layer of complexity to the image.

These photos were taken inside a 19th century Pump House.

“Of all the means of expression, photography is the only one that fixes forever the precise and transitory instant. We photographers deal in things that are continually vanishing, and when they have vanished, there is no contrivance on earth that can make them come back again.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson, The Mind’s Eye: Writings on Photography and Photographers

Photo 101: Treasure


I treasure many things: my faith, my family, my family heirlooms . But today, on our 19th anniversary, I wanted to let Hubby know that I also treasure him and the life we are building together. These rings are not the ones he gave me on our wedding day. I loved the rings he gave me, and when my engagement ring broke beyond repair, I was heartbroken. And while I now wear a new set of rings, I still wear my gold wedding band on my other hand. Our life together hasn’t always been easy, but it reminds me of the promise we made when we were kids (back when the earth was cooling), who promised to forsake all others until death do us part.

“I love being married. It’s so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life. ” -Rita Rudner

Wedding Rings - b/w

Wedding Rings on Stones

Happy Anniversary!

Photo 101: Landscape


It was supposed to rain last Sunday, but instead we had sunshine and marvelous white clouds. Perfect for a short photography “adventure”. I hopped in the car with my son, each armed with a camera, and I took my usual route to work. There are special places along the way that I enjoy – places where the sun plays in the trees, where the mist lays low in the meadows, or where the trees burst into colour in the Fall. Little Guy wasn’t interested in getting out of the car to take pictures at the first stop, and consequently, he missed the 4 wild turkeys feasting and the hawks circling over the field. He was the first one out of the car taking pictures at the next 3 stops (and out the window…and in the car…and everywhere in between).

At the last stop, we parked in a subdivision and walked to our spot. I got to show him how the clouds made patterns on the fields as it blocked the sun in one place while still shining in another. I also showed him some settings on his camera and let him experiment with the wild flowers growing along the edge. On the last leg of the journey, my “city kid” rolled down his window and let the road wind tie his hair in knots, and he sang into it and experimented with sound.

It was a lovely day!