Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Cheer Up, I Brought You Flowers

I have to admit that I have been a wee bit down lately.  Not terrible, just sort of blah. I know it will pass soon and that it probably has something do with the weather which is hovering somewhere between Winter and Spring. I am so eager to get into my gardens, and in a couple of weeks, I will be starting some seeds, so that will definitely lift my spirits. In the meantime, my wonderful husband has helped by bringing home some cheerful blooms.
Now, I doubt you will believe me when I tell you this, but I've had these hydrangea since March 6. They were given to me for free because the florist said they had already been in her shop for a week. So they are over a month old, and they still look fantastic. I figure they must sense my mood and want to stick around to help.  After all, they are my favourite flower in the entire world.
The tulips are such a beautiful color, and Spring is always just around the corner when we see tulips in the stores. Also a sure sign of a change in season are the geese.  They've been returning for about a week now.  I've also spotted a few crows.
These spider mums are white but have been painted a lovely shade of peach.  I've been seeing more and more painted flowers in the stores. Sometimes they're dyed too.  I'm typically not a big fan of the dyeing and painting as they often use gaudy colors, but this peach is alright.
I hope everyone is enjoying a good start to the last week of March. 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Change on A Cold Morning

Okay, so how many of you out there enjoy eggs in the morning?  And how many times has your egg tasted like fish? Yep, it's a thing, and no, it wasn't bad.  I mean, it tasted awful, but by way of nutrition, a fishy egg is actually good for you.  It is more than likely due to the chicken's diet being high in Omega 3's.  I'm all for nutrition, but if all my eggs start tasting like the one I choked down this morning, I'm switching brands.

To top off that yucky start to the morning, I went out for a walk, and realized it was way colder than I originally thought.  But Bear was looking forward to the stroll, so I continued on. I also wanted to try the camera on my new phone.  

A few days ago, the camera on my Nokia Lumia Windows phone just up and died. I wasn't due for a new phone until the Fall, and I thought, "Well, no big deal, I can live without a camera on my phone, I have my DSLR." To make a long story extra short. I was wrong.  An hour into the morning, I decided I needed to get a replacement. 

I was very disappointed to learn that no service provider carries any type of Windows phone.  I just love the Windows operating system and interface;.  I could order one from the U.S. for $500, but that seems unreasonable when I could get one free with a relatively short contract of two years. So, I am now the proud owner of an LG G5 Android smartphone.  I try not to compare it to my Windows phone, but it really is rather difficult.  I imagine over time that I will get used to it and forget about my former obsession. We'll see.

However, the camera is wonderful.  It shoots RAW, and I can even process those images right on the phone.  That's amazing!  I'm pretty sure this camera will eventually make up for what I miss about Windows. Did I mention it also has a wide angle lens?  Perfect for all those walks in the country. 

Here are a couple of shots from my chilly morning walk.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

In Like A Lion

We have seen every type of weather the seasons have to offer in March.  You just never know what this month will bring.  This year, it began with snow and a roaring wind that lasted 2 days and created some beautiful drifts. Some of them are very impressive.  Once the back roads are cleared, it would be worth a drive out to where there are more trees to see more of Mother Nature's decor.
It is still beyond reason how cold it is out there, so I quickly grabbed my phone out of my pocket to take a few photos around my yard. What a big change! The weather never ceases to impress me.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Saturday's Critters

I thought I would share a sweet picture of a chickadee I took a couple of days ago and link up with Eileen's "Saturday's Critters."

These little fellows are not shy at all and I can stand there all I want, nothing keeps them from filling their wee bellies with sunflower seeds.  They are so sweet and chipper and make me smile every visit.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Crystals and Shadows

I've been lazy.  I toss my phone in my pocket whenever I go out and leave my DSLR in the closet.  I was glad I decided to pick up the bigger camera and head out as the sun was starting to go down.  The snow started to catch the light in such a way that there looked to be large diamonds everywhere. Even among the shadows, light was gleaming.  A few even tricked me into taking a closer look, but each time I discovered another snow crystal.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

March First Magic

I am having a rather sleepy morning.  My body feels like having a wee break at the moment and I am so grateful for my blog friends when I feel like having a cup of tea and a sit down. 

I did go for my usual walk this morning, and even though this photo reflects a usual day, it is anything but.  I failed to capture it in the photograph, but the air is filled with the finest glitter.  It is the prettiest thing to walk in and I just couldn't help but feel like I was surrounded by something magical. Indeed, whenever we stop and truly immerse ourselves in the nature that surrounds us, it does feel magical, but glitter floating around everywhere you look sure helps!

I also took the time to sign up for the tea cup/mug exchange over at The Enchanting Rose. I decided to stick with just the mug this time, as I had an extremely difficult time finding a tea cup last fall and I would hate to disappoint anyone.

I always love the first of the month.  This morning I took my time with my calendars, I have several, and savored the moment of the slight change in decor with the new art as well as lingering on the feeling of time passing. Most of the time, it goes unnoticed, but today I feel it at a level that is both uncomfortable and deeply satisfying at the same time. In many ways I do not want my life to change from where it is today, and yet can hardly wait to see what the future brings.  I read a tidbit recently that stirred something deep within me that said aging is scary, but fascinating. For myself this means the ever expanding perspective.  I think some people call this wisdom, maybe it is, but who can say? One moment, you can be quite certain of something, and another moment will creep up and change your mind, or at least add to it giving you food for thought.

Well, the glitter show continues outside, so I had better go enjoy a little more of that before it's off to the city for groceries this afternoon. 

Happy March Everyone!