Friday, February 27, 2015

Haiku My Heart Friday: Sunrise

As dawn is breaking
We gather on the sand to
Witness the sun's rise.
I've been getting up early enough to see the sunrise most mornings since I've been here on the beach in Florida, but I'm not the only one. Like pagan worshipers of old, we watch as the sun climbs out of the horizon and into the sky, celebrating the birth of a new day.

For more Friday haiku, visit Rebecca's blog at corazon (dot) typepad (dot) com.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

By The Beach

The Back 2 Back retreat weekend is over.  As these things always do, our three days together with Dina Wakley and Dyan Reaveley flew by much too fast.  I'll post more when I get home to my computer and can download the many photos I took but for now, here are just a few.
I'm relaxing at the beach now.  Figured I would treat myself to a few days of sun, sand and sea.  Spent yesterday getting here and running errands (simply had to get a pedicure to celebrate the freedom of wearing sandals again, wasn't possible to get it done before I left home, what with all the snow and bitter cold!), picking up groceries, etc.  Got settled into the condo I rented, which has this view out the front door.
Today was a relaxation day. I slept in a bit, had a walk on the beach, picked up some seashells. Then lunch, journaling, a movie to watch, followed by a dip in the pool, another beach walk, a quick trip to the grocery store and a stop at Dairy Queen. Exhausting, right?

My early morning beachcombing was going much better before this guy showed up with his bulldozer:
I think his job is to clear the seaweed but in doing so, he buries all the seashells! 

No worries, there will be more opportunities, although I might have to start a little earlier in the day. In the meantime, there will be more art to be made and journaling to be done. A daily dip in the pool will be mandatory. Some nappingay be required. I must say, it's going to be hard to decide what to do first!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Making Tracks

I had intended to post photos of the cards I made after last weekend's Stamp of the Month demonstration at Bizzy B but I wasn't able to download my photos.  I suspect my memory is a little overloaded and I need to do some computer maintenance, move some stuff onto my external hard drive, but I didn't have time for that.

Instead, I'm making tracks, heading off to Florida. Not only will I be escaping the snow and cold (it's minus 17 Celsius outside as I type this, with a windchill of minus 27, which equates to minus 17F - brrr!!!), I will also be enjoying a weekend of art making with Dyan Reaveley and Dina Wakley. Can't wait!

Stay tuned for posts from my travels...

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day (Belated)

Hope you spent yesterday with someone and/or doing something you love.  Me, I spent some time playing in my art journal and I also braved the not-as-cold as-I-thought weather to visit Bizzy B for their February Stamp of the Month event.  As always, the cards Daniza made with the featured stamp and die were quite lovely.

This month's stamp is an acrylic cling stamp of a woman's face, made by Joy Crafts. As always, the cards Daniza made with the featured stamp and die were quite lovely:
The die is a flourish that is also made by Joy Crafts.  Here is a card Daniza made using three of them layered on top of each other:
Very simple but effective, wouldn't you agree? Here are a few more of Daniza's delightful creations:
This design was my absolute favourite:
Stay tuned - next post, I'll show you some of the cards I made with my newly purchased SOTM items!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Haiku My Heart Friday: Grateful

Kind words of comfort
Help to ease the pain of loss;
Grateful for the love.

Two weeks ago tonight, I was sitting at this very computer composing a Friday haiku when my sister phoned to tell me our brother Craig had passed away.  The terminal cancer diagnosis he had received just before Christmas meant that this news was not completely unexpected but at the same time, it was a total shock to hear he had left us so soon.  Needless to say, that interrupted blog post didn't get published.

It has been a busy and emotional time since then.  I am so very grateful to all of those who have sent cards, emails, flowers, Facebook messages and texts and posted online offering words of comfort to myself and my family.  Anyone who has lost a loved one will tell you how much these messages mean to the recipients, each one a layer of warmth and love that wraps those of us who are suffering in a cocoon of caring.  Thank you all for your support at this difficult time.
The four of us: Janine, Jay, Craig and Cynthia
At the funeral last week, we didn't have very many pictures of us four siblings together (the older we got, the rarer it was to have us all together in front of a camera, unfortunately). I found a few more this week from the olden days (apologies for the not so perfect quality of these photos, I don't have a scanner, so they are photos of photos.)

First there were two of us, me and Craig:
Then Jay made three:
Love the angelic smile on baby Jay's face!
Then four:

With Grandpa Harrison
With Grandpa and Grandma Fawcett,
and the stockings she made (still being used all these years later!)
Grateful for old photographs, helping to preserve memories of days gone by and happier times.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Tub Cats

Almost two years ago, I posted about how my then foster kittens liked to play in the bathtub - you can read it again here.  Fosters no more and luckily for me, they have grown out of the stage where they would try to climb the shower curtain.  They still like to play in there though.  Sometimes I'll be in another room and I'll hear this noise, the sound of something softer than a bowling ball banging around against the sides of the tub.  That means at least two of them are chasing each other around and rolling about in there.  I often wonder if my neighbours can hear the same sounds and what it is they think I'm up to?! ;)
All I have to do is turn on the tap just a little bit and there's at least one cat in the tub, checking out the stream of water.  It seems to fascinate them.  This was the scene yesterday morning:

Hard to believe Matisse is small enough to fit in that corner spot but she does.

Almost two years later, these 2 munchkins are still weaving their loving spell around my heart.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Blue Monday 2015

As I was driving home tonight, the radio station I was listening to advised that today was "Blue Monday". I see I have written about this topic before, back in 2009 and 2011, so you can read about what I'm talking about.

I'm not sure why the radio said it was today instead of last week, since Blue Monday is commonly proclaimed to be the 3rd Monday in January and if you check your calendar (as I did!), you'll see that today is actually the 4th Monday this month.  Then again, I suppose it doesn't matter, since others such as Dean Burnett, a neuroscientist and current Cardiff lecturer, describes it as "a PR stunt based on pseudoscience" (according to this article).

If you do have the winter blahs (I must admit, I am definitely darned tired of this super cold weather. They say we're not having a polar vortex this year but minus 20+ windchills on a regular basis are not fun no matter what you do or don't call them!), I do hope you don't live in the Northeastern states of the U.S., who are currently hunkered down facing a doozy of a snowstorm tonight that could dump 1 to 3 feet of snow on their real estate.  That would definitely add insult to injury any day of the week but especially on Blue Monday.

Here's a little something blue for you.  It's a card I made yesterday.  It's simple and sweet (if I do say so myself) and can you tell I am dreaming of spring?
Stay warm, everyone!!