Turning Over a New Leaf

Hello Followers and Friends!

It is exciting to be back in the saddle of writing once again.

Soon after Christmas/16, my whole world fell apart, and it has taken a couple of months to rebuild strength and will to continue as I did before.

It is August now, and so many projects that I previously talked about have been completed, started, or grown.

I have made my Citronella votive candle batch, it took an entire afternoon, but the candles turned out very pretty!

My front flower bed came up beautifully with both the crocuses and tulips, as well as some other surprise arrivals. My flower bed has since been overgrown with weeds, and I am in the process of cleaning it out once again to give the flowers some breathing room.

I have built ad filled my new raised garden beds behind the house as well. The layout is a little different than originally planned, but it serves me well. Now I have 3 raised plots, 2 reserved for veggies, and a third for herbs and flowers.

My Crafting Center has been moved and shuffled and forgotten since Christmas, but recently I have begun to once again refresh the room where my art supplies live, with plans again to create new and beautiful works of art in that space, when time and energy allow.

I also continue to take weekender trips, to explore, photograph new areas and beautiful scenery, and calm my spirit and refresh myself. The wild mountains hold a big piece of my heart, and the Kootenays and National Parks along BC and Alberta will continue to draw me.

My plan is to restart my writing processes, and continue to post weekly about what is happening in my world.

Please comment, share, and respond to ideas that you like, and we will build each other up together!

Winter Wonderland… At Night

Nothing is better than a delayed winter… nothing except the 3rd significant snowfall of the season being a large flake, no wind, Christmas spirit wonderland.

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I needed to get some shopping done earlier in the evening, and surprisingly it WASN’T busy in the stores. But I did hear my first Christmas Carol of the season, and it put a smile on my face.

Later, as I was driving and watching the snow fall, I decided I wasn’t ready to go home just yet, so I headed for the park downtown, took my camera and took some night time snowfall shots.

Other than the snowy vortex of doom while highway driving at night in the winter months, along with slippery sidewalks and roads, and the wind that causes chills that make old bones rattle, there is so much to smile about when the snow flies.

I love snow, especially at night. Everything sparkles, and once you get cold, you head inside for some mint hot chocolate, crisp apple cider, and warm hugs.

My Favorite Hideaway

The mountains are calling… I must go to my getaway spot in Canmore. Spring, summer, fall, and winter, it’s beautiful any time of year.

It takes about 4 hours to drive to one of my favorite places in the world… Canmore Alberta

http://canmore.ca/visitors/about-canmore/town-statistics

This is a gateway city: the first stop in the mountains on the Trans Canada Highway, and the last stop before entering the national park string that starts with banff up in that same area. From Canmore, it is an easy day trip into the parks to see banff, Lake Louise, Jasper, and everywhere in between. Wildlife viewing opportunities are very common, and breathtaking views are a given.

The tourism, art, and recreational activities in this city also go above and beyond to deliver the best possible experience for the traveller while they stay here.

 

Regardless of when you choose to come, this city, my favorite Canmore is always alive, and will help you to relax, unwind rejuvenate yourself, and promises to bring the best of nature, art, and convenience to you at your pace. It is hard not hard to fall in love with this place, and once hooked, it will be a spot you and I return to again and again.

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A Photographer’s World, Take 1

I love to take pictures… I like vivid colors and finding new angles on whatever I am taking pictures of. I only have a simple Canon camera, but it is all I need in order to do what I love. I never photoshop any of my pictures, although I do play around with camera settings to catch the best lighting and pull out the colors.

Whether it is here in the house, out in the yard, somewhere in a hidden corner I found here in the city, or somewhere across the western Canadian provinces, I take pride in my work, and love to share my findings with the world.

 

MY FLICKR:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/143967890@N07/albums

 

The Colors of Fall

Fall is a beautiful season… the sunrises and sunsets, the changes in the trees, and the variations in the weather all make for an incredible display of brilliance and color.

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As the seasons turn around us, we are reminded that change and transition can be beautiful, and is a necessary part of life and growth. The beauty in our world, from the smallest leaf to the biggest sky shows us that we can find something good in everything around us, even if it is not immediately apparent.

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Sing To Me, Autumn

By Patricia L. Cisco

Sing to me, Autumn, with the rustle of your leaves.
Breathe on me your spicy scents that flow within your breeze.

Dance with me, Autumn, your waltz that bends the boughs of trees.
Now tell me all the secrets you’ve whispered to the seas.

Sleep with me, Autumn, beneath your starlit skies.
Let your yellow harvest moon shimmer in our eyes.

Kiss me, Autumn, with your enchanting spellbound ways
That changes all you touch into crimson golden days.

Love me, Autumn, and behold this love so true
That I’ll be waiting faithfully each year to be with you.

Source: http://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poems/nature/fall/

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Autumn

By Miteshwar Singh

Thou tomb of summer
Vaulting its great might
Threshold of frosty weather
Into view of end a bite

Painting of nature
Earth’s view enchanted
Thou leaf of Transition
Root of death’s bed

Dilapidated souls- crunchy leaves
Picturesque of thy might
Dancing flames of fire
Singing death even bright

Red, Gold, Orange and green
Rainbow fall foliage
And pumpkins of corn fields
So drowsy a gaze

Thou dirge of the dying year
In whose charm dance scarecrows
Ripe nuts brown shake and fall
Mesmerizing thou pose

Thou leaf bright and dark
Barrier of youth and age
Piercing trumpet of winter
Truly the trick of the mage

Source: http://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poems/nature/fall/

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