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Winter still going strong… crazy.

I’ve been in a bit of a funk lately.  I’m sure it’s the weather…  we’ve been breaking records left and right for the cold and snow, records that go back as far as they’ve been recording temperatures here in Saskatchewan – and that’s 120 years of recorded cold and snow levels.

It’s not unheard of to have a freak snowfall in April…  but we’re not talking about an odd, one-off, Spring snow.  We’re talking about a Winter that appears to be never-ending.  We still have over a foot of snow covering most of the yard (and three feet in some corners).

I have seeds awaiting planting.  And I’m dying to be spending time with my hands in the good dark earth.  I need to put on a pair of clam diggers, and get out in the sunshine.  This weather is just making me feel like curling up into a ball and never emerging from my bed.

Normally I spend my birthday outside, having a picnic or bbq.  Heck, on several occasions I’ve spent it on the beach.  Never in my now 36 years have I been kept indoors by snow.

In spite of the weather though, I had the best birthday I’ve had in a very long while.  Lily-Ann insisted that she and her Daddy go to great efforts to make the day special – and I am so grateful that she did.  I love Damon, but he’s never been one to make a fuss or do anything to make someone feel important on their day…  which means I’d gotten rather used to having crummy birthdays.  LOL  If I’d had one of those along with this crummy weather?  I’m not sure I would have gotten out of bed.  😉

My girl really did make me feel so special.  She got her Daddy up in the morning and the two of them made me breakfast in bed – something I’ve never had in my adult life.  Then we all watched a couple episodes of Friendship is Magic before heading out to build-a-bear…  where Lily-Ann and I picked out, and put together, and chose clothing for a Pinkie Pie stuffy.  Whom is now sitting beside my bed being super cute.  On our way home we all got smoothies, then vegged for a while before Supper.

My parents had bought me a gift card for Persephone Theater, and with it I bought tickets for Damon and I to see Ride the Cyclone – a musical about a group of dead teenagers.  It was very well written, and had us laughing all the way through.  Some fabulous performances as well.  It was a great way to wrap up a wonderful birthday.

So.  I’m 36.  I wish it actually looked like Spring, but I had a lovely birthday just the same.  Yep.  That sums it up pretty well.  😉

I’m pretty lucky as far as the weather is concerned…

I’m pretty lucky, as far as dealing with weather conditions as a photographer.  In all my years as a professional photographer I’d only ever been forced to reschedule a session due to inclement weather twice.  Scratch that.  As of this evening it’s now thrice.

Still, I shouldn’t complain.  Three times during my professional career?  That’s less than once every two years.  I’d say it’s a darn good track record.  Seems Mother Nature is generally on my side.  😉

These winds though, WOW!  While they’d be fabulous for a glamour shoot – a woman wearing a gauzy dress, with flowing hair, and a big wide brimmed hat?  How much fun would that be???  But a couple looking for some relaxed and romantic, quiet and calm captures?  Not so much.  So we rebooked for another time.

I love working in the open air, you simply won’t find a studio environment that can offer even a tenth of the qualities you can find out in nature.  The light, the setting, the amazing effect both can have on your subjects…  Nope.  You’re not going to find that in a studio.  Heck, I used to have one…  and I didn’t use it.

Yep, given me the real world any day.  Real people, enjoying themselves in a real situation.  Loving themselves and the experience.  It just doesn’t get any better!

 

Ugh.  Just realized I’ve got bug guts on my screen.  Ewwwwwww……….  😛

Gotta love Summer!  (and yes, it’s from something getting squashed earlier while I was working outdoors – because even when I’m processing an image, if I can be outside?  I’d rather be.)

Good bye to January and it’s blahs.

It’s no secret that with January comes my annual case of the blahs.  The holiday festivities are over, there is little going on, it’s the coldest month of the year, and my thoughts are of Spring and the fun of the dog shows that come with it (yet it’s still too far away to really begin any of the planning or fun).  There are good things in January…  like my Dad and my brother’s birthdays – both which happen to fall on the 11th.  But over all?  I’m happy it’s drawing to an end.  I am SOOO ready for February!

Winter Cat - an image and poem I downloaded from FB

It Snowed!

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.

It Snowed!

At the playground, again.

Stopping at the playground on our way home from school is becoming habit.  😉  But I figure we might as well take advantage of the mild weather while we’ve got it.  Soon enough the sand will be covered by snow, and it will be too cold to do much of anything.

Playground Sand.

Crazy Saskatchewan Weather!

Well, we hit some crazy weather while out on the highway today.  It was this crazy four minute storm sandwiched between beautiful blue skies.  Just nutty.

Seriously, we were driving along only a couple minutes outside Saskatoon.  Blue skies, fluffy white clouds.  Then BANG.  Dark skies, and visibility of only two or three feet ahead.  We got pulled over just in time for the visibility to clear and for hail to begin pummeling us. Then as quickly as it came on, both the hail and rain lifted.  Blue skies once again.  It was absolutely bizarre.

After the Rain!

I took this picture right after the rain stopped.  You can see the dark clouds lifting as if they’d never been there at all.  Click the link below to see (and hear) the hail.  This photograph (with no rain) was taken only seconds after I stopped shooting video.  Crazy crazy crazy.

http://www.facebook.com/video/?id=532787352#!/video/video.php?v=421246082352

Gotta love Saskatchewan!  😀

Happy 100th Post!

Well, here we are…  post 100.  LOL  Thanks for sticking with me this long.  🙂

I wanted to say thanks to @EcoSteward for the nice tweet the other day.  She said:

Have been reading the blog posts of @greengrrrl – I think you’d enjoy them too.  Check them out at https://td365.wordpress.com/

I wasn’t sure if my posts mattered to anyone but myself and my Auntie Kathie (Hi Aunt Kak!).  So knowing that you are reading, watching, following… and caring, means a lot.  Thanks so much.  And thanks also to @EDay40, who retweeted @EcoSteward‘s message.

Okay, on to the photo of the day…

Today it rained, then snowed, then rained some more.  So the wee girlie took her umbrella out for the first time this year.  She was quite happy to be needing it.  And I, experienced something new…  rain on my face.  On my WHOLE face.  LOL  It actually felt really strange to have it hit my eye lashes and lids.  Not at all something I’m used to.  After 30 years of glasses, you really don’t know what it’s like to know the feeling of rain on your entire face…  It was pretty amazing.  😀  It was a good day.

Here’s Lily-Ann and her umbrella:

girl in the rain, holding a pink umbrella

Out in the Sleet

Snowy & Blowy

It’s snowy, blowy, and cold.

I know.  It’s April.  In Saskatchewan.  Of COURSE it’s snowy, blowy, and cold….

BUT IT WAS REALLY NICE!

I thought spring was actually here.  I shared pictures of us outside in the lovely warm glow of the sun.  Shared a picture of the new life peeking through the old rot.  And now.  Now.  After all the early, lovely, life affirming spring time lovelies.  Now, it’s snowy, blowy, and cold.

I’m staying inside today.  Here’s a picture from my window:

the view through my bamboo blinds, the big evergreen in our front yard.

Snowy & Blowy.

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