Friday, 13 March 2015

Random 5ive Friday 13.3.15

It has been a great week!
When one is retired, 
the work world excitement about Friday
becomes a bit irrelevant... 
But Random 5 Friday 
has renewed my excitement for the day!

Today's Random Five


My daughter got engaged in November.
They recently sent out their Save The Date cards

Original Photo by Ronnie Fung
As part of their engagement photo shoot they had a pillow fight...
They used the photos AND the feathers in their cards!

Original Photo by Ronnie Fung
I love how creative they are!


Last weekend it was time to "Spring Forward"
...and someone asked 
"just how far forward did it spring?"

 However, it seems to be edging closer this week...
compared to last week's photo of the backyard, a lot of snow has melted!
The dogs are venturing further around the yard now,
as evidenced by all those footprints!


I had a visitor this week!
We haven't seen a lot of the squirrels this winter,
we assumed because of the extreme cold..
So it was nice to see this little fella 
lapping up the water from melted snow on the railing!
...and to see that all the snow has melted off the BBQ!
Other winters I would have been using it
but this year it was piled too high with snow out there
and far too cold for this delicate flower...


I just couldn't wait any longer to get going with my seeds
so I was pretty thrilled to see the local Garden Centre's post 
pop up on my Facebook feed announcing that it was open 
with seeds and decor items for sale

Needless to say I headed straight there
and, also needless to say
I came home with more than seeds...

What can I say?
I fell in love...
I thought it would be perfect for my herb garden 
... easy to move indoors in winter


I have continued to work through our vacation photos 
as I had time this week...
Random fact number 5 is that I LOVE the ocean...
so here is a shot of Shete Boka in Curacao
If I listen carefully, I can still hear the roar!

Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend filled with good weather and good friends!

Thanks again to Nancy
for providing the inspirational meme,
and for the time she puts into it!!

Please take the time to visit her page
and the Random Five contributions of others...


Friday, 6 March 2015

Random 5 Friday!

So Happy...
That Nancy, over at A Rural Journal
has begun blogging again!

Also happy
that she has re-instituted her 
Random 5 Friday

Please wander on over and join in...
Random 5 Friday is simply:
"where you share 5 random facts about you, your day, 
your pets, your kids, whatever!"

My Five Random Facts for Friday March 6, 2015


The timing of this renewal of R5F is perfect,
and it was just the push I needed,
to begin to end my own blogging hiatus!
Sometimes, life gets in the way
Sometimes I try to do too much
...and since Nancy was one of the first people 
to leave a comment on my very first blog,
and my first 'follower' on this blog,
what better way to start back into it.
I have missed it...


In November the external drive which held ALL of my photos
decided to stop working....
According to the data recovery company it was a mechanical problem
which had to be fixed before they could recover the data...
it was also the longest data recovery they had ever experienced.
They didn't say if that was because of: 
the total disorganized manner in which files were kept,
the 70,000 photos in addition to other files,
or the mechanical problems
it took over 2 months to complete
and everything was not saved
What was saved was not organized in any way 
and some recovered files were inaccessible

I now have two external drives
and am beginning all over again
Lesson learned!


While all of that was going on
we have been experiencing the 
winter in decades!

I am not a lover of cold weather or snow...
but sometimes you just have to sit back and admire the beauty...

from inside

and from outside


Last fall, I won a photo contest!
This was the winning photo, taken while on our honeymoon in Curacao in 2012

I won a trip to Curacao!
We went for two weeks in January...
Just what the doctor ordered for the winter we have been having!
(Have I mentioned it was the coldest, snowiest, longest winter in decades?)
Included in the prize, among other things, was a painting class
with a local artist and I had a ball!


I love to garden!
Last summer we put up a greenhouse
I can hardly wait to get in there and start puttering
...but it is covered in snow

(Have I mentioned it was the longest, snowiest, coldest winter in decades?)

I want winter to be over so I can get in there!

In the mean time I guess I will have to settle for store bought signs of spring

 They (whoever 'they' are) 
are calling for above zero temperatures this weekend!
I feel that it is my right, as a Canadian, to complain about winter weather
but I promise you will never hear me complain about heat in the summer
I also promise there will be no more cold, long, snowy winter complaints next week

Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend!

Big hugs and an extra Thank You to Nancy 
for returning to blogland
for Random 5 Friday and
for being YOU!