Monthly Archives: October 2010
I’m posting earlier in the day than usual, but there is much to do today, and I likely won’t have another chance to sit at the computer later. I’m also cheating a little… The picture I’m sharing is one from yesterday AND is one my mom took. But I didn’t think anyone would mind.
Be safe and blessed while you celebrate Samhain tonight.
For those who celebrate Halloween, have a ton of fun.
For those who don’t celebrate the season, just enjoy your evening.
We celebrate Samhain, and have a little Halloween fun too.
Samhain (pronounced Sow-en) is the Celtic new year. The celebration of the beginning of the dark half of the year. It’s a festival of the bounty received from the years harvest, and a time of remembrance. So say a prayer for those you have lost, and celebrate their lives, their love was a gift and this is the festival of thanks. It’s not about ghouls and ghosts and vampires or the creepy things that make up the frivolity of Halloween… but we enjoy that part of it too. So get all dolled up, go out trick or treating, let out a witchy cackle, and then settle in, hold your family close, warm yourselves with a glass of hot cider, and remember the blessings of the past year.
Much love everyone!
I just had to share a photo of the old guy today. Cosmo (www.cosmoindustries.com) had a Halloween party today, and Ronnie went as a pirate. He came home with a big grin on his face, eager to show me his costume, so of course I had to snap a quick picture. I asked him to give me a thumbs up, but instead, he gave me a “captain hook”. I couldn’t help but laugh.
Singing: “One little, two little, three little witches…”
…and Optimus Prime.
Here’s Mrs. Tracy Painchaud (dressed as Belle) taking a photo of Mrs. Rhonda Carlston, Lily-Ann, and another girl in their class all dressed as witches. And, of course, Optimus Prime is there – bogarting the limelight. LOL
If you couldn’t tell, the wee girlie’s class had their Halloween party today. And guess what? Lily-Ann won a pumpkin. She can’t wait to carve it this weekend. Love, love, love the celebration of Halloween and all the tremendous fun that goes along with it.
Here’s the wee girlie’s school costume from the back. I love making tutus and have to show this one off. It’s SUPER full and flouncy. And I made up a matching bit to put on Lily-Ann’s hat (braided the tulle and sewed on a bow and some dingleballs).
So… if you think back to yesterdays blog post. Or heck. You don’t need to think back, you could actually just go back to it if you really wanted to. Or you could just stay on this post and SAY you went back. In any case… (think it might be time for bed, I’m quickly losing that quality of cohesiveness required for cognizant coagulatory contemperance communicative abilities)
Let’s just keep working together and get through this post before I fall asleep on the keyboard.
So… as I was saying…
Yesterday I mentioned how that first bit of snow rarely sticks around for long, and I hypothosized that the beautifully thin veil of crystal beauty which had descended upon us would likely vanish by afternoon. Well… I took these photos this afternoon. At about 12:30 actually (so very shortly after noon). And it was just the beginning of what has become a rather thick blanketing of crisp cold first snow. LOL Tomorrows trip with the wee girlie’s class to the pumpkin maze may be an interesting one.
Watching Lily-Ann for the brief time we had available to us before heading to her school filled me with nostalgia. It wasn’t as long ago, as we sometimes think, that we met the cold with that same enthusiasm. So what else could I have done? I grabbed my camera (albeit for only about two minutes – you know, cold fingers and all that) and shot a few black and whites… capturing the moment for when a 30+ year old Lily-Ann feels a little nostalgic.
I’m not always a fan of what compression does to photos… RAW to JPG… but you do what you have to do, I suppose. LOL
Oh! I likely won’t have the results back from my FoodSafe final exam for a couple weeks, but I’m pretty sure I aced it. Easy peasy. So you can bet that the Lentil Ladies 2.0 Collective Kitchen will be up and running before too long.
And be safe out there. It’s easy to forget the keys to safe Winter driving after several months of sunshine and lollipops.
Initially I planned to write about taking my FoodSafety course. I have my certificate from the CHEP leadership training, so now only need my FoodSafe certificate in order to lead a Collective Kitchen group. I took a quick pic of my notebook and some of my notes, and was all set to share. Then I got home.
Well… you couldn’t see it downtown (where I am taking the course) but once I was home, you couldn’t miss it. There was snow. Albeit a thin layer of it, but it is there. Shining white like diamonds in the moonlight. Shimmery, beautiful, new. Chances are it will be gone by noon tomorrow (thankfully), but that first bit of snow really is a pretty sight. A little touch of faery magick in the otherwise dreary and dark late Autumnal world.
So while I’ll be happy to have it melt away, the new snow still puts a touch of magick into an otherwise drab and boring night.
We spent much of our afternoon and early evening with my family. Visiting, eating, playing… it’s always a nice time. I’m so thankful to have them near by. I can’t imagine the wee girlie growing up without family all around her, I’m happy she can grow up like I did, with a strong supportive extended family. I really do feel very lucky.
I couldn’t decide between two images today. One showing off the wee girlie’s drawing skill, and the other showing Lily-Ann and my sister Marie “getting down”. LOL So here’s both.
Early this week I created what is my new favourite layout. I’m really proud of this one. It features a photograph that you’ve seen on this blog before… but that had a regrettable bit of negative space (specifically a garbage bin and a shovel). Extracting the wee girlie, the snow, and the snowflakes (and duplicating the snow so that it appears on both sides) made for a much more pleasing image where nothing competes for your attention. It is the simplest layout I’ve created, but I do think it is the most beautiful as well.
This LO (short for layout) has been awarded LOTD (layout of the day) at Enchanted Studio Scraps and is now up for LOTW (layout of the week). Wish me luck. Voting is this weekend.
I used the Magically Pink kit by Sugar Pie Scraps. It’s a wonderful kit that was just released last week. It’s available for sale through ESS. I only used two papers, and two elements (star and wordart) from it… but I have to admit that I had a hard time limiting myself. Lots of great stuff in the kit.
For a special Halloween treat, head on over to ESS and visit the blog. Every day leading up to the 31st they are giving away part of a huge mega-kit. All you have to do is visit the blog, and click the image to download… try to get there every day, and you’ll get the entire kit for free.
Enchanted Studio Scraps Blog – http://enchantedstudioscraps.blogspot.com/
It is Poverty Awareness Week here in Saskatoon, and one of my favourite annual events is Hands Across the Water. Unfortunately, due to my pain level, I wasn’t able to participate this year. I have to admit, it broke my heart a little.
Hands Across the Water brings people from across the city together. We all gather at one end of the Broadway Bridge, and in silence, make our way onto the bridge – holding hands. The goal is to make a chain from one side of the bridge to the other. We hadn’t made it the last two years… but I’m hopeful that the people who gathered today were able to make it across.
As some of you know, I’ve suffered from FMS for the last decade. It’s typically diagnosed in women who are between 40 and 60, but I was diagnosed in my early twenties. Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain syndrome that effects the muscles and soft tissue. I’ve gotten used to the daily pain, and cope quite well. You’d be surprised what can become “normal”. I don’t like to dwell on the negative, so don’t focus on what the pain has taken away from me, rather I choose to look at the opportunities I’ve had because of it.
Earlier this year I found myself in the emergency room because of debilitating back pain. We don’t know the cause yet, only that it doesn’t seem to be going away. I hate taking medication, and always try to wean myself off of prescriptions as soon as I’m able… unfortunately it’s looking like I’ll need a higher dose before that happens as I’m finding I’m having breakthrough pain more and more often these days.
It hurts my heart a great deal when I end up missing events like Hands Across the Water. My city, my community, is so important to me. And awareness events, and political activism are how I demonstrate my commitment. Poverty, equality, human rights… these things need our attention, our focus. And I feel badly that my pain has kept me from being as active this month as I’d have liked.
I am also sorry that I didn’t feel ready to share this before now. Even as I type this blog post I’m wary about sharing it. Chronic pain, and Invisible Disabilities, are not well understood… and those of us who deal with them on a daily basis often feel a lot of guilt associated with each. They take us from things that deserve our focus, and despite our best efforts, they take over completely from time to time.
So. I hope you’ll understand. And I hope you’ll forgive my absence tonight. I was with you all in spirit.