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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Just around the corner

Winter - that is.  Just around the corner is lurking snow and freezing cold temperatures and ice and more snow ............(can you hear me grumbling?)

I have been wondering how much enthusiasm I will have in the depths of winter to pull on a winter coat - hat - mitts - clean the car off and make my way through snowy mornings to the gym.  (to be truthful - very little enthusiasm!!)

Then yesterday W sent me (and drakor) an email - subject line "Winter Sports"  (le sigh)  Couldn't wait to see what HE was talking about........ 

I shouldn't have been surprised when I opened the email to find a link to this.........



The actual website is called "EroProfile" - go check it out..... you know you wanna !!!
I picked the tamest of the pictures............ cause... ummm.... cause?? I don't know why!!  hell could it be that this "tough ole bird" is shy about sharing nude pics???

Anyone wanna place bets that this winter I may be a "snow angel"??? LOL yeah go on place a bet.......... I bet you lose!!

But I will enjoy snuggling up in front of a warm fire perving pictures such as these.......  

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Professional



 For the last two years W and I have said we wanted to go to "Pumpkin Inferno".  Basically it is a HUGE display of professionally cut/decorated pumpkins displayed at Upper Canada Village (an historical restored village from the 1800's) 

The only problem is the village and therefore the Pumpkin display is approximately 1 1/2 hours from home...which is a 3 hour return trip.......... to see pumpkins??!!

Well on Sunday coming home from Montreal we virtually drove right past it.  W suggested we drop in and see it.... so we did.

I was quite excited to see it - and for an excuse to try out my new fancy dancy flash!!  The gates opened at 6:30 and we were there on the button.  Honestly it was easy to forget that every single display was created from pumpkins - carved separately then pieced together to make one LARGE - sometimes life size - display.

I was busy snapping everything I saw with my new fancy dancy flash - completely forgetting the warning in the instructions that the flash burns out batteries F.A.S.T.  
Well they weren't lying!!  I think the batteries died about 1/8 of the way through (of course I had practiced with it at my daughter's - but hey!!  I didn`t know they meant THAT fast)

So the quality of some of the pictures I am about to share with you could be a whole lot better - lesson learned - always keep spare batteries in the camera bag!!

I hope you enjoy `Pumpkin Inferno`

These were the path markers
swans on the lake
a butterfly from the bug garden
a choir of pumpkins - lights synchronized to the music
one tiger made from god only knows how many pumpkins
almost life size car
 this one needs no introduction

it really was hard to remember each character was carved built from multiple pumpkins

in the stables some horses of course!!!




and truthfully what can be spookier than a church in amongst all the creatures?




I am glad we saw the Pumpkin Inferno - would I go again ??? Probably not.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Party Time






Saturday was my birthday..........and after a rather slow start (everyone kinda forgot it.. until late in the afternoon) I had an amazing birthday weekend,

First off W gave me a brand spanking new flash for my camera!!  I love it!!  but dear god I ran through the battery power in no time flat (see my sad face??)  

On Sunday we headed to Montreal to celebrate with the grandkids,  Pumpkin carving was on the list of 'party games'  

I had great fun shooting the kids getting all slimy from the guts ........ and their new kitten's reaction to all this excitement. 


"hey what's going on?? why didn't someone call me??"

" ewwwwww ...........this is just gross!!!!  ewwwwww I think I threw up in my mouth"

"what is THIS??? can I play in it??"


slimy fingers


my artistic daughter free hand sketching the pattern........





The finished product - cat by middle grandson - spider by youngest grandson



Reaction of 4 year old to the finished product!!


There's more to my weekend celebration - but that can and will wait for tomorrow.....

Sunday, October 26, 2014

On the Road Again





We're heading down the highway to Montreal again today............. 

Hopefully I will have some spectacular photos to share with you ...... OR... some so/so photos when we get back tomorrow..........  

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Patriotism







We have a custom here in the Great White North that when our fallen soldiers are brought home, we line the 401 highway  or our 'Highway of Heroes' to pay our respect as they travel past.

Yesterday Corporal Nathan Cirillo made that journey home.  The motorcade started in Ottawa - where he was shot on Wednesday - and traveled the highway all the way to Hamilton - his home town.

I have never joined the crowds of people lining the highway before - but yesterday I felt compelled to...........  

I have never felt such patriotism before in my entire life........ 
Flags flying......... people sharing their shock and anger and disbelief......... a voice in the crowd said "I have never felt this feeling of being part of something bigger than myself before - it's a good feeling!"

And we continued to peer over the railing of the bridge we were standing on - peering down the 401 - waiting for the motorcade.

And then it came................



And as it drew near - the crowd broke out in a spontaneous rendition of "O Canada" and I had such a lump in my throat.

The focus - for whatever reason - has been on Corporal Nathan Cirillo - 

BUT the day before Cirillo was shot another soldier - a soldier in Quebec was run down by another extremist ....... and he died a hero's death as well........ 
 

(photo credit to facebook)