Lockdown, Day 43,958…

It’s staring to feel like it, at least…

I no longer have control of my hair. I usually can’t remember what day of the week it is. Important things absolutely MUST go into an online calendar with multiple reminders, else I would forget them…and the couch and I have become well acquainted.

It’s a good thing I have lots of little projects to keep me busy; this blog, creating home-made essential oil products (email me if you’d like to order some), my photography, and gardening – when it isn’t SNOWING!! And I have discovered my new workout routine. Dancing to GBX (George Bowie), whose radio show on Clyde1 in Scotland gets me out of my seat a couple of times per week. If it weren’t for him, I may start growing roots into my couch or desk chair. So a big shout out to you George!

But when I saw the meme below the other day, I thought it was a perfect representation of how I’m sure many of us feel right now. How are you handling this quarantine? Comment below with your thoughts. And thanks for reading. Cheers!

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Happy Mother’s Day!

I won’t go into a lengthy blurb of what it means to be a mother. You could be a biological mum, a step mum, a pet mum, someone who is like a mum, or a dad playing both roles, doesn’t matter…this day (in North America, Australia and NZ) is for you.

Every mum on the planet is proud of her children. They have all sacrificed something in their lives. They have done their best to raise their families. This year, we are making another type of sacrifice. This year, most of us can’t be with our mums. But we still love you. So we are sending out virtual hugs and having video chats and telephone calls instead of in-person visits. Hopefully , we can see each other very soon!

For all you do and all you are, we love you! I would like to wish you all a beautiful day, filled with love and happiness.

Image by ThruJensLens Photography

Be Kind

I see a lot of posts and memes lately, all about people doing good deeds for one another, and praising front line workers and others who are still working and risking their health during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Did it seriously take a global health scare to get us to be nice to each other? To appreciate the small things and thank others for their good work? I think this crisis has opened a lot of peoples’ eyes. We need to care; about ourselves, our families and friends, and take better care of our planet. We all have our roles to play, our own personal journeys, but…

We need to appreciate more. We need to help each other out, and we need to thank each other and give encouragement, not just during the pandemic, but always.

Friday Funny

As a writer, I am expected to know proper spelling, grammar and sentence structure. I pride myself on my ability to do so. And I cringe when I read posts, news articles ( our local newspaper is horrendous!) and memes with terrible spelling or no punctuation. It makes me twitch lol!

But today, I saw this funny meme, and thought it was quite cute. The supposed child DID put each word in alphabetical order! Sometimes it’s nice to not take ourselves so seriously. So enjoy!

Alphabetical Order indeed!

Inspiration

So, if you’re just “tuning in” (yep, I’m showing my age here!) to my blog, my birthday was this past Tuesday. The one gift I had my eye on, was a beautiful camera lens. Made by Laowa, it is a 100mm F2.8 2X Macro. It is manual focus, but so much fun to play with!

I’ve found new and interesting things to photograph in the past two days, things I would normally not have fond to be interesting subjects. And I have a list of other things I want to shoot now too! Anything with any type of texture is fair game now!

It’s amazing how in the few short hours I’ve had this lens, I’ve found a new side to my creativity. Little things can bring so much inspiration. What things inspire you? What gets your creative juices flowing?

Below is just one photo, taken in my first photo shoot with my new Laowa lens.

Macro Of A Pansy

A Year Older…Wiser..?

So yesterday, the big clock in the sky turned over and clicked one more number onto my Life Odometer. I remember as a youth, dreading growing older, but now more than ever I realize it’s a privilege to say “Hey, I’ve lived another year!” Two years ago, I wasn’t sure I’d see my 50th birthday. But now I’m 51. As we get older, we realize that every breath we take is a gift. Every moment that makes us smile, everything that fills our hearts with joy or love is precious.. Cherish it! We all have down moments and bad feelings, but don’t live there. Rise up, realize that you, we, are all here to make each others’ lives and this world, a better place. That is my advice to you all. Live, love, and do good in this world. And if you’re fighting your own demons, like I am with cancer, please don’t give up!

Cinqo de Mayo

Welcome to May 5th. Cinqo de Mayo. Also my birthday! Even though Cinqo de Mayo has nothing to do with tacos, it actually falls on “Taco Tuesday”. I mean, every Tuesday is “Taco Tuesday”, and who needs another excuse to eat tacos anyways?

And remember, if you’re having a rough day, that tacos fall apart, but we still love them anyways. Enjoy!

Be Kind To Yourself

Read the words in the meme (thank you, Word Porn) below. They ring true for me. Some days, I am very productive, and others I don’t feel like doing anything except binge watching a TV show. The last 5 years have been particularly trying, due to my cancer, the surgery, and inevitably, the effects of Chemotherapy. But I have learned that even with my scars and imperfections, I am just right. My zest for life and positive attitude have gotten me through so much, and I will soldier on!

So, don’t dwell on the mistakes of the past. Don’t look at your scars as horrible flaws. Remember, when you look at yourself in the mirror, how much you’ve survived. Your record thus far of making it through is 100%. Be kind to yourself!

Saturday, May 2nd

Well, if you’re on Facebook, or other social media, you may have seen posts suggesting that today, the first Saturday in May, is World Naked Gardening Day. (This IS a thing!)

The weather here today was decent enough for me to get out and do some gardening, albeit fully clothed! And after coming in and listening to a podcast, I have a new idea for a photo story. So, a productive day for me here.

This is NOT me, lol!