Happy New Year

Celebrate endings, for they precede new beginnings.     

Jonathan Lockwood Huie

…and cheers to a fresh start in 2018…my only New Year’s resolution is to take more pictures!

morning-walk

Taking A Chance

This is one of my favourite pictures I’ve taken this year… (but it almost didn’t happen)…

Great Bear Rainforest reflection

My birthday this year was a significant one.  I wanted to mark the occasion by doing something I’d never done before and by going somewhere I’d never been before. But, once I booked the trip with Ocean Adventures to spend a week in the Great Bear Rainforest and the deposit was made, I almost instantly regretted it!

It’s funny how sometimes we want to do things, but we are also fearful of the unknown, and that can hold us back.  Since I’m a Type 1 diabetic I was fearful that I might have some kind of diabetic emergency and would have to be airlifted out (many of the places we went on the boat were remote and inaccessible because of the timing of the tides in the inlets).  But I’ve been diabetic for ten years and all the traveling I’ve done has been in the last ten years, and I’ve never had a diabetic emergency because I’m careful about monitoring my blood sugar. I had to be realistic that yes something could happen, but I know how to take all the precautions so that something doesn’t happen, so why not trust myself?  (And, since I’m quite klutzy, the thing I should have been worried about was stepping into a hole while walking through a meadow of wildflowers wearing ill-fitting rubber boots and almost breaking my ankle…yes, it almost happened).

Then, there was the fact that I’ve never spent any significant time on the water.  Sure, I’ve been on boats and ferries, but never for hours and hours, let alone, days at a time.  Why did I think I would enjoy being on a boat for seven days?!  And did I mention that there would be five other people on the boat that I didn’t know and we would be in close quarters for those seven days? What if we didn’t like each other?  What if those seven days were spent hating the people I was sharing the experience with?  But, really, we would share a love of nature and photography, at the very least, so even if we had nothing else in common, at least we shared that.  (And, of course, it ended up that we all enjoyed each others company, and even had a few tears when we were saying goodbye on the dock at the end of the trip).

So, sometimes your desire for a new experience trumps fear.  Sometimes you have to suspend your own disbelief and take a chance. It might work out or it might not, but at least you’ve had the experience.

It starts with an idea and that idea grows and then you take action to make it happen. Sometimes you just have to trust yourself and take a chance. The worst that could happen usually doesn’t come to be.

That’s the most significant thing I learned this year. That seems appropriate for a significant year.

sick day

I have a cold.  It’s your regular, run of the mill cold – itchy watery eyes, runny nose, aches, pains and fever and no energy. I’m feeling pretty miserable right now.  To make matters worse I can’t sleep because new windows are getting installed on the floor below me so there has been some sawing and lots of hammering, all the usual construction noises.  Great.  (I’m actually typing this with my eyes closed right now because my eyes are watering!).  Fun times at my place today! I picked up my camera and took a few pictures of the things that I have tried to distract myself with to deal with my miserableness (because I think the cold itself just has to run its course).

I brought two of my fuchsias inside to see how they would do indoors. One of the flowers fell off and I just thought it looked pretty with a black backdrop. (Took this one with my iphone)

I’m drinking lots of herbal tea

These are the two books I have on the go at the moment, but my eyes are too sore to read for any length of time.

Really great movie (in my top five).

This is my favourite movie. I own it, but watched it on Netflix.

I’m not a big shoe person, but I did need new shoes to wear at work this fall. I ordered these from Beyond the Rack at a super good price in August and they finally arrived today. Yay!

I’ve held onto the Riders/Eskimos ticket stub for five years. It’s the most memorable game I’ve ever been at. A huge thunderstorm knocked out the power at the stadium for over an hour, and the teams left the fields, while fans waited it out under the stands (some diehards stayed in their seats). When play finally resumed, probably only 17000 fans remained (out of about 30000), we were behind before the stoppage, but we ended up winning. We also won the Grey Cup that year. It was awesome.
The Jim Cuddy concert in January was one of the best concerts I’ve been to. It was the perfect place to be on a frigidly cold prairie night.

If I could sleep, I would probably be having weird dreams! I always have weird dreams when I have a cold.

gorgeous weekend

Finally, a beautiful weekend!  The weather was just right – 25 and sunny.

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The dahlias are still my favourite this year.

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The tiger lilies are blooming.

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I’m not really a beer drinker, but this is a light, crisp beer that is refreshing in the middle of a bright summer day.

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My favourite Malbec.  About $13 at the liquor store here, so cheaper everywhere else!

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Saturday night, sitting by a fire, one of my favourite parts about summer.

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Lunch at the Condie Nature Refuge a few minutes outside Regina.  This is where I encountered my first wood tick.  Actually, it came home with me, attached to my neck.  I tried to take a picture of it because I’ve never seen a tick before, but it didn’t turn out.  They are nasty little things and are especially prevalent here this year. I am going to dream about creepy crawly things tonight, I’m sure.