What I’ve Learned in Nine Years of #Blogging #WritingCommunity


Nine years of blogging! The best thing I’ve learned from blogging is the sense of community. Bloggers come from all over the world and from different walks of life and are from a wide range of ethnic and religious backgrounds. I think that’s what makes each post uniquely entertaining and beneficial from a learning standpoint-…

When Dreams Come True- #followyourdreams #inspiration


Ever since my daughter was a young child- maybe five- she started talking about studying marine animals to save their environment. We smiled, bought her books on sea creatures, and thought it was sweet how much she cared about the ocean. The years passed. Filled with dreams, she took swimming lessons right up to lifeguard…

Four Decades of #love- It’s Our #Anniversary


DH and I have been together for forty years- hard to believe! We met July 9, 1982, on his eighteenth birthday. It was also our high school’s graduation party. There was a huge after-dance party out at a friend’s farm with at least half of the grads attending. So many people, loud music, alcohol (the…

In the Pink- #SundayStills #PhotoChallenge


This week’s Sunday Stills Challenge is one I couldn’t resist- PINK! You can check out Terri Webster Schrandt’s post and join the challenge here. We’re having a cool start to summer here in the Pacific Northwest, but the plants are loving the weather. My garden has exploded into a jungle! lol Pink is one of…

A #Memory Post for #SundayStills #Photography


This week’s Sunday Stills Challenge is all about taking a trip down memory lane. I hope you enjoy my journey. We took a summer vacation back in 2012 to the province that was to become our home. This is a mini golf course we checked out. Our grandson- the showman 🙂 The greatest legacy one…

February 20 is #LoveYourPetDay #SundayStills


This week’s Sunday Stills challenge theme is ‘Love Your Pet.’ See more responses on Terri Webster Schrandt’s blog here. Pets are a staple in nine out of ten households, and while dogs and cats are popular choices many families cherish a variety of other creatures such as chickens, llamas, bunnies, birds, gerbils, and even mice! Above…

Amethyst, the color of Tranquility- #SundayStills #Photography


Amethyst (purple quartz) carries a tremendous amount of spiritual and metaphysical power. According to crystal healing experts, it emits a high vibration, infusing it with divine energy for purification, wisdom, balance, and tranquility. Attribution Link: https://eragem.com/news/amethyst-symbolism-meaning/ Most appropriate to those who wear amethyst as their birthstone, this gorgeous purple quartz remains closely associated with St. Valentine….

What’s For Dinner- Hearty Multi-Use Potato Soup #recipe #cooking


No, that’s not me. My kitchen never looks so neat and tidy! lol It’s been windy and rainy 🌧 here on Vancouver Island, which makes me crave warm, comforting foods like homemade soup. There’s really no comparison between do-it-yourself cooking and processed meals. While I do like to go out for breakfast with Momma, dinner…

The Shades of Autumn- #SundayStills #Photography


Autumn is as rich and mellow as fine wine, so it’s fitting this week’s Sunday Stills Challenge is ‘Ruby Wine’. I received a new iPhone 13 Pro this month and have been practicing with its many camera features. The photo above is one of our Japanese maples taken in portrait stage mode. “The leaves are…

Counting my Blessings #Inspirational #Life


This holiday season I’m counting my blessings With so much craziness in the world, I’m finding it more important than ever to be grateful for what I have such as a relatively healthy family, food for our tummies, and a warm roof over our heads. There are many who lack these basic necessities, and there…

Enjoying the Outdoors- #SundayStills #Lifestyle


The Sunday Stills Challenge hosted by Terri Webster Schrandt is sports and hobbies this week. You can join the challenge here. Being Canadian, hockey stands out as one of our favorite sport activities. From Wikipedia The contemporary sport of ice hockey was developed in Canada, most notably in Montreal, where the first indoor game was played on March…

Geometry in Nature #SundayStills #photography


Terri Webster Schrandt gave us a challenge to find geometric angles in this week’s Sunday Stills. You can join in here. There are plenty of interesting shapes in the rocks and seed pods from a dandelion in the picture above. I think the universe is pure geometry – basically, a beautiful shape twisting around and…

Coastal Sunsets- #SundayStills #photography


This Week’s Sunday Stills Photo Challenge is- Sunrise, Sunset. Visit Terri Webster Schrandt to Join in the Fun! I’m almost never up in time to catch a sunrise, but have witnessed some beautiful sunsets on Vancouver Island. Perfect happiness is a beautiful sunset, the giggle of a grandchild, the first snowfall. It’s the little things…

Shades of Pink- #SundayStills #FlowerPhotography


This week’s Sunday Stills Challenge from Terri Webster Schrandt is PINK. You can see Terri’s photos and join in here. My garden is a riot of color right now, how is yours doing? The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed…

Shades of Gray- #SundayStills #PhotographyChallenge


This week’s Sunday Stills Challenge is the theme of GRAY. Stop by and check out Terri Webster Schrandt’s blog here to join in the challenge. May is full of bright, beautiful color in my part of the world, but it can be moody at times, as well. (Kind of like me, lol) The photo above…

National Pets and Kids Day- #SundayStills #BrightSquares #Photography


April 26th is National Pets and Kids Day and Terri Schrandt, the hostess of the Sunday Stills Challenge featured here, is celebrating! The photo above is my grandson with his Newfoundlander foster dog. He’s getting so big! (The kid and the dog, lol) Someone looks grumpy 🙂 Grandchildren are the dots that connect the lines…