You normally have to be bashed about a bit by life to see the point of daffodils, sunsets and uneventful nice days.Alain de Botton
It’s Halo Night!
Even though we haven’t actually played Halo in a couple of years, choosing to play Overwatch instead, Big Guy connect weekly on Wednesdays. It’s his fault I became a gamer. However, video games are good for me, I’ve learned some things, and there are a bunch of reasons that I play! I could probably add to that list now.
Big Guy has helped me try out some other things too! He ran in Mud Hero with me (so he’d know where my body was buried in the woods). He took me to the gun range for my 45th birthday. He also bought me my zombie killing axe after I won an axe throwing “tournament”.
Last year we were planning to ride in a tank. Instead, the highlight was my Tim Horton’s steeped tea, black (after a 40 day fast) and standing in line outside the liquor store with a group of scrawny, tattooed small town mountain men, to buy pink champagne!
My, how the times have changed!
Tonight, on the eve of my 48th birthday, I will be fighting for world domination as a battle angel with my Big Guy. Tomorrow night, I will be fighting for world denomation as a Spartan with my Little Guy (who is now significantly taller than me and loving it)!
I know I’ve always said I’ve wanted a daughter, but who better to have beside me in the event of the apocalypse, than my boys!?!
Shiny! For the majority of the world it means an object with a reflective surface, like sunshine on the lake, chrome on a hotrod, or a honking big diamond in a ring. But the nerd in me actually went to a few different places. In the space-western t.v. series, Firefly, Shiny is an expression meaning something is cool or valuable. And, in the video game, Overwatch, it’s a catch-phrase of Jamieson Fawkes, aka Junkrat, an Australian scavenger and anarchist who likes to blow things up! But since Covid restrictions mean I can’t leave home, I can’t fly into space (yeah…that’s the reason…) and blowing things up is just dangerous, I’m sticking with a literal interpretation of “shiny”. Of course, these items are also shiny, because they have value to me.
Little children love bright and shiny things – and in my experience, most grown-up women aren’t very different!Sheherazade Goldsmith
Still confined to home and possibly facing yet another lockdown, my opportunities to photograph are seriously limited. On the other hand, it forces me to be creative with what I have in my home. This week, Cee Neuner’s Black & White Photo Challenge was for Triangles, Diamonds or Squares, so I spent some time yesterday playing with the light and shadow on my bedroom light fixture. While there’s plenty of room for improvement, I had a lot of fun trying to see the light from many angles.
It’s just a reminder that no matter what life throws at us, we can always choose to look at it from another angle.
The shadows are as important as the light.CHarlotte Bronte
Birds, the topic of Cee Neuner’s Fun Foto Challenge this week, are something I have photographed a lot over the years. And all kinds of birds too – Early Birds, Really Early Birds, Cardinals, Ducklings, even recently, a Hawk and an Osprey. But when I saw this was the challenge, 2 cheeky moochers immediately popped into my mind.
Could you resist those faces?
It’s only 12 days until the first day of Spring and we are quite ready for it!
We are sick of bulky winter clothing that smells damp and mouldy. We are sick of clomping along in heavy boots with curled toes to keep our feet from sliding. We’re sick of tripping over snow shovels on the front porch, and tip-toeing across icy patches on the walkways.
But winter struggles to maintain its hold. The sun wrestles with cloud cover, and from time to time, we wake to frosty fence posts or powdered rooftops. Icy winds whip from the north, tossing debris and scattering leaves. March feels like a month of brown and beige, and blah. Gray skies and matted brown earth.
The days of March creeping gustily on like something that man couldn’t hinder and God wouldn’t hurry.Enid Bagnold
Already, I have heard little birds talking about it. I know that soon, soon my friends, little green things will start to peek from the frozen ground.The ice will melt and the wind will lap it up and whisk it away. And we will emerge from our slumber into the warmth of the sun, and let all nature embrace our weary souls.
Well, that may be a little melodramatic, but did you feel hope stirring? Spring is coming… and until it arrives, grab hold of 3 things.
And hope. Never let go of hope!
Hop ise the thing with feathers that perches in the soul –Emily Dickinson
And sings the tune without the words and never stops – at all –
"Whatever you are not changing, you are choosing." —Laurie Buchanan
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