Shadow Play

the lines of my shadow provide me with a mirror more realistic than the tangible can portray …

the lines on my face (some may call them wrinkles) provide me with a vivid road map of the journeys i have ventured upon and experientially been graced with …

Proud Expectant Mother

I’m proud to announce that I’m going to be a new Mom!!
I’ll most definitely be a hands-on full-time Mother, who will stay up with her new baby 24-7 for as long as she needs to / is able to (but I do have to sleep sometimes).

MacBookProHer name will be MacBookPro … weighing in at 6.8 pounds and a 17 incher! 😉

Memories of Rafting Adventures

One of my most precious memories this summer has been rafting down the Bow River with my beloved Bill, as his first mate. A remarkable nimble Captain he was, keeping us dry, entertained and safe from crashing into the many piers along our 3 hour tour.

I wanted to share just one of the captured moments with you … such a classic Bill moment!
Enjoy ….
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City and colour

Markets of any sort draw me within, lulling me into an inner frenzy, excited at the prospect of buying and supporting locally, lessening our environmental footprint. However, local here in Calgary pretty much means that the produce is imported from British Columbia. It seems, although factually I am not entirely sure, that Calgary does not cultivate any amounts of vegetable fare. In my opinion, Alberta focuses solely on its animal and oil-sands byproducts. I am saddened by this … the environmental impact is huge, the human ramifications, prolifically evident.

The weekend Ogden market is very similar to many marketplaces across North America. Colourful and vibrant, alive with the buzz of farmers / vendors, families and weekend warriors. I reminisce to past experiences of visits to the markets of other exotic locales … Africa, India and Guatemala come to mind, as if I were transported there by the sounds and smells of my current positioning. The only missing element is the swathe of brooding insects on open-faced presentations of raw fish and meat.

What rings true worldwide is the vitality and beauty of the outdoor displays … every colour under the rainbow tickling my senses. Mountains of peppers are meticulously positioned beside a celebration of succulent apples; swathes of vegetables happily adorned with delectable soft fruits and berries culminating into a cascading waterfall of colour, from one stand to the next. Choices everywhere. Quality is the desirable, invoked partially though the trial and error of taste test here and there. Heaven!

Here’s a couple of my favorite photos from India that I’ve pulled from my journal archives, to splash your desktop with colour and cultural festivity!
Spice heaven! …. [ 209 kb ] spicesDOWNLOAD for your Desktop.

Salaciously picante chilies … [ 347 kb ] spicesDOWNLOAD for your Desktop.

After our shopping extravaganza, I opted to give my hair a healthy trim before joyously hitting a few yard sales on my bicycle ride home. Staying inside seemed a crime on my favourite of days, with the luxuriously warm sun beating itself into a last-ditch frenzy, before Summer’s end.

Bootcut Seven jeansWell, on my first sojourn, I hit the mother-lode! Two stylish sisters were moving province / country and wanted to rid themselves of all their funky wares. Never a slave to fashion, I nevertheless dote on cute groovy clothes. I actually bought my first pair of ‘designer’ jeans. Seven jeans, that fit me like a glove. Her initial purchase price-tag of $250 left me gaping and speechless. How could anyone spend that much on denim? But intrigued by the tight stylish fit that worked wonders for my 40 year old butt, I bartered her down from the asking price of $20 with a few loonies to spare for other items. Unheard of, for me to spend that much on garage sale clothing, no matter the treasure value!

I actually did quite well walking away with an investment of less than $40, kitting out my wardrobe to new heights of fashion, this including a gorgeous Aldo leather attache / purse. Wicked!

After strutting my wares for slaDE~ to appreciate, we summoned enough energy to treat ourselves to Summer chillers at the local Second Cup. A strange and somewhat disturbing event was noticed after sitting down to read the papers, outside. Four police officers were enjoying their afternoon coffee, while one of their vehicles sat for at least 25 minutes idling. I get agitated when I see a vehicle idling for over 5 minutes in the inter, but for half an hour in the summer? Truly uncalled for, I think, regardless of the owner and badge. I actually had the nerve to approach them, asking why they let their cars sit in such an environmentally unfriendly state. I queried whether they needed it to be left running for the purposes of a quick escape? Their response was to keep their laptops cool, by way of air-conditioning. Do I sound alarmist in stating that such a matter is completely unnecessary, especially in 17 degree Celsius weather? Taxpayers hard earned dollars literally evaporating before our very eyes and noses, let alone taking a toll on the environment. Shouldn’t such public figures set a better leadership example in our shifting cultural and mental awareness? Global warming apparently was on the back-burner of their minds. Sadly appalling really! But unfortunately, all too common amongst us all 🙁 as we sit idling by.

Speaking of Mother Earth, slaDE~ and I watched a powerful pseudo-documentary on the worldwide tribulations of the effects of religion dividing the already segregated factions of our countries. The movie “Earth” by Deepa Mehta is an intelligent and deeply moving personal account of the partition between India and Pakistan in 1947, both astoundingly brutal, precise and cinematographically beautiful. Another must-see movie for those interested in World historical events, that continue to reverberate worldwide.

Say something!

People have important things to communicate. Speaking from your heart allows the emotionally difficult, the ordinary, and the wonderful things in our lives to be communicated and received.
— David McArthur and Bruce McArthur, The Intelligent Heart

A day of “Pottering” around

Phoenix rising

potter

verb
1. do random, unplanned work or activities or spend time idly
[syn: putter]

Today was one of those days, mucking about randomly, enjoying a casual Sunday whilst doing the tasks I find get left by the wayside during the week … laundry, housekeeping duties, etc. But to my joy and bliss, I had both the men in my life keeping me company. Normally slaDE~ is skydiving at the dropzone, but with a sore ankle, he opted for the safer side of domesticity 🙂 and Bill, my lovely 82 year old boyfriend entertained us with his wit and charm (almost back to his normal self, after having spent the last 4 days with us healing from his eye surgery).

Okay, all potter / putter analogies aside, last night we went to see the 5th installment of Harry Potter (and the Order of the Phoenix).
WOW, wow, WOW.
Not only is it incredible cinematic wizardry, but the 3D IMAX version is worth the 5 week wait that I’ve patiently held out to see this magical movie with slaDE~. A must see … my favourite of all JK’s movies yet!

Psst … The 3D broom flying along the Thames is fantastical!! I’d happily see it again, in a heartbeat.

Lost Prairie Photos

What a jam packed weekend! After 7 long years of absence, I returned to Lost Prairie to many old time friends.

Sadly, I’ve yet to find the time to write about each glorious day, but I wanted to get some photos up so that you could enjoy the splendour. Forgive the old cliche / Chinese proverb, but what they say is true about a picture being worth a thousand words.

http://cre8tivevisions.com/LP2007

Check out Joe Jenning’s photos here: http://www.skydive.com/prairie/pages/prairie.htm

A grand ‘ole time was packed into 3.5 days!

Down and out

I literally feel as if I’ve been run over by a steam roller, several times over. I have a canker sore that makes speech almost indecipherable and I feel like ka-ka.
Here’s hoping I can sleep better than last night!

b l A H ……………