Monday, October 31, 2011

find a place

from my 2012 inspirational calendar...available here
I had my first physio appointment week after my surgery. It went very well, with the big exception that I was told that "protocol" had changed for this type of physio, and that I would have to have my arm in a sling for 12 (yes, twelve!!) weeks.

Luckily, I finished one of my window commissions for Christmas early, another was completely cut and glued before my surgery (I think I'll be able to do the grouting one handed by the end of November), and a third commission I just received today is happy to wait. 

In the meantime,  I'll just keep visiting those places in my mind and hope for some peace  (and patience!!)

Thursday, October 27, 2011

hop to it

I took this grasshopper photo in the summer...John found this guy on one of our swing cushions, and I photographed him in the low light just before sundown using my macro lens. I really like the angles made by the cushion, his legs, and his antennae.

I, on the other hand, won't be hopping to much any time soon. I had surgery on my shoulder on Monday to fix a torn rotator cuff. I damaged it in a silly home accident in late January, so I'm glad to finally have the operation. But this is one of those "be careful what you wish for" things...the last few days have been difficult...I'm not good with pain. But....I am feeling more human today, so things are looking up! I am not allowed to lift or carry anything for 6 weeks, and will be one handed typing for a while! No glass work...but at least now I feel up to reading so that will keep me occupied.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011


I took a lot of bug photos this summer. I find it challenging. It requires a lot of patience (something I'm not terribly good at) and some luck. I took these photos on Saturday...some of my best yet. I'm really happy with them. I used my macro lens and cropped very slightly. And yes, I laid on the ground to take these! This guy was on our walkway.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Fall Colour

Capturing fall colour is more difficult than it seems. We are lucky in our part of the world...the fall colours are truly amazing. But it is hard to capture the full scope on camera.
The key for me is to move in closer....
...and closer....
...and closer still.

Throw in some sunshine late in the day, and I'm happy with the results!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Dublin Shore

A few photos from Tueday's mini tour...these were taken at Dublin Shore...a working government wharf.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

mini tour

My nephew from Vancouver, BC visited us for a couple of hours yesterday. He was in Halifax for a few days of work, and rented a car to come to see us (well, perhaps the beaches were the real attraction!) It was great to see him. He is 9 years younger than me...the oldest son of a brother who passed away from brain cancer when I was 16. My brother would be so proud of the man he has become.

We did some touring, and took the dogs for a walk on Rissers Beach. John's leg is in poor health these days...a set back after April's knee surgery. He enjoyed the beach from a rock, and managed to meet someone while we were walking...a man who summers in Crescent Beach, and winters in Victoria, BC. John can meet people wherever we go!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Flower Power

I finished this window a couple of weeks ago, and the glue is still drying. The background is a pale blue colour, which is still showing a fair bit of will dry clear. The flowers are bright red, orange, and a combination red/orange glass. Bright and cheerful. I'm still debating whether or not to add grout.

Friday, October 14, 2011

letting go

We just returned from a trip to first trip back since moving to Nova Scotia 3 1/2 years ago. It's a 16 hour drive, but we divided it up over two days. The dogs were fantastic travellers. Going back to Ontario made me realize just how much a country person I've become. I'm used to wide open spaces, and quiet...lots of quiet. You don't get that in big city living. As they say...a great place to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there.

One of the best things was being there to see our grandson learn to ride his bike without training wheels. I was the first to try, but I wouldn't let go of his seat so John took over. We went to the park three days in a row and our grandson's progress was amazing. He rode on his own on the first day, but by the third day he was starting on his own and zipping around and around the park...turning corners and riding by other people. The look on his face was pure joy and pride. I'm so happy we helped him discover his own abilities. A good lesson in believing in yourself (for him) and letting go (for us).

Monday, October 10, 2011


Riley is one year old today. (or is that 7?) Although she joined our family only 7 months ago, I can't imagine us without her.

Happy Birthday Riley Rooney Roo. (official name Rose Thistle Riley)

Thursday, October 6, 2011


A special note to Pat Mac: Thanks so much for ordering a calendar...glad to hear it arrived safely and you like it. I can't respond to your comments because there's no email attached, and I have no idea why...but blogger won't let me leave a comment on your blog. (I've tried many times before as well...I have this problem with many blogs)

This is one of the prints from my calendar. Someone told me they thought it was depressing, but I don't see it that way.
I received an order for this print from my etsy shop a month or so ago. She also sent me an email explaining why she purchased it. It was very thoughtful of her to do's so nice to hear why people think your artwork is inspirational. Here's what she said:

"It's a gift for my father.

My family bought him a row boat for his 60th last year but he only gets to play in the summer months. It's his most favourite thing in the whole world (next to us of course).

Last September he was diagnosed with cancer and two months later, slipped on the ice and tore his shoulder. The message came to him loud and clear. He picked up his oars and took control of his life- started green juicing, meditating, went all veg, started a supplement program and now, nearly a year later all is in remission- and he's in the process of retiring from advertising- so he can spend more time up at the cottage rowing his boat. He had surgery on his shoulder in April, has been doing his physio work and was able to be back in his boat rowing again this summer.

The message, on your print... well it seemed this was meant for him :)"

So, whatever inspires you, I hope you can picture it in your mind and can visit there whenever you need inspiration. Something that's easier said than done.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

the lady and the clown

Not everything goes to plan when I'm taking photographs. A couple of weeks ago, I tried an impromptu portrait session with our two dogs. I had my new lens (50 mm) and my focus was off. However, my biggest problem was the models. One was a true lady...but one was a clown. I'll leave it to you to decide who the clown was.

Mulligan gives Riley a look of disdain

Monday, October 3, 2011

thank you, thank you very much

I've been awarded the "One Lovely Blog Award" by Grant at Sideways Glance.

The Rules:
1. Thank the person who shared the award with you by linking back to them in your post.
2. Pass this award to at least 15 recently discovered blogs and let them know that you included them in your blog post.
3. List 7 things about yourself.

I was nominated by Sideways Glance and I am very thankful and appreciative of being included. Thank you very much Grant!

I am going to cheat here. I'm supposed to link to 15 recently discovered blogs. Well, I stopped cruising around the blog world several months ago. I felt I was wasting too much time in front of the computer. Don't get me wrong, I have learned a lot of things by blog visiting, and sometimes I'm quite inspired by other blogs. I've also made some great connections through my blog. I just got to feeling that I was too busy reading about other people's lives so I made a conscious decision to blog out. At the same time, I stopped updating my own blog as often.

Here are 7 random things about myself:

1. I spent a career in power suits and high heels. I left that career 13 years ago and now spend most of my time in "farm clothes" and rubber boots. My fellow bankers would never recognize me!

2. I was an Ontario girl for my whole life (with a one year exception when I lived in Alberta). That changed 3 1/2 years ago when we moved to Nova Scotia. The biggest challenge was not in changing provinces, but in moving to "the country".

3. I have washed the bum of a baby guinea hen. I once spent a day walking around with a baby bird wrapped in a towel and tucked under my shirt to try to keep it warm and alive (I failed). I bet not too many people can say that.

4. My worst fear used to be getting cancer. My brother, mom, and sister all died from cancer. I faced that fear last year when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. So now when something challenges me, and I'm nervous, I think to myself....I've already faced my worst fear, so I can handle this challenge with no problems at all!

5. I love taking photographs, but feel most creative when I work with stained glass creating my "window art".

6. Although sometimes I wonder why I have pets, I can't imagine my home without them. And maybe someday I'll be able to add a cat back into my life :)

7. (the best for last) My best friend is my husband and life partner. Everything is better when it's shared with him.