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“Creativity is piercing the mundane to find the marvelous.”  Bill Moyers

Browsing through the 365 forum and admiring the work of this one fellow who is just insanely creative – he has mad Photoshop skills, manipulating and creating fantastic images that somehow include an image or parts of images of himself.  Sometimes it’s a stretch to figure out how he has included himself . . . never-the-less his creations are absolutely mesmerizing.

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“Let food be thy medicine, thy medicine shall be thy food.”  Hippocrates

It’s what’s for Lunch!  

I’m not perfect.  I struggle every day with my weight, fitness, body image along with millions of other women in North America.  I do make a concerted effort to eat as healthy as possible, because theoretically I know that what I put in to my body affects how my body (and my brain)  functions on a daily basis.  Most of the time I do well . . . and this is one of my favorite lunches.  Salmon, avocado and fresh sprouts on whole grain Thinini, and fresh veges for crunch and munch.  Yum!

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“Be the change you want to see in the world.”  Mahatma Ghandi

Love my Cherry trees.  We planted two in the front yard just a couple of years ago.  I look forward to their blossoms almost as much as I do the Stellata Magnolias!  I converted this photo to B&W using Lightroom, did some HDR in Photomatrix, and added some texture in Photoshop.

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This is the original photo – SOOC before any editing.
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“Free the child’s potential, and you will transform him into the world.” Maria Montessori

Baby Girl is having so much fun exploring the new space she is living in for the next few weeks.  She’s discovered that she can stand on the stool in the washroom and wash her hands (ie: play in the water!).  I just love watching her move around in this new environment.  She squeals with delight at something she’s discovered, or mastered.  I am accomplishing nothing as I follow her through the house watching her discover her new world . . . can’t wait for the weather to clear up so I can get her outside more!

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“The world is mud-luscious and puddle wonderful!”  E.E.Cummings

Today’s adventures included a tromp through the yard, stomping in all the recent rain soaked mud puddles and discovering the secrets that our two acres have to offer a little 16 month old explorer.  She was quite excited to don her new pink rubber boots, and then go exploring.  Of course, Grandma was more than willing to encourage said exploration!  

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“The sweetest joy, the wildest woe is love. What the world really needs is more love and less paperwork.”  Pearl Bailey

Because I was gone to California longer than anticipated, the paperwork has piled up on my desk.  Being that it is tax season, I have a lot to do to get our financials ready for our Accountant in the next week or so.  Having Baby Girl home with me now puts a bit of a crimp in my plans to deal with it . . . but we’ll work it through!  Minor challenge for the pure pleasure of having her here with us for the next three weeks.  Luckily here in Canada the tax deadline is April 30th.  Today she didn’t take her normal nap in the morning, and only slept 1/2 an hour this afternoon on the way home from taking GG (Great Grandma) to a Doctor’s appointment.  She insisted on sitting on my lap while I worked, and she watched her favorite show – Bubble Guppies (the song of which is now permanently etched in my brain!)  All I can say is that she is pure joy.  So far she is enjoying herself here and not missing Mommy near as much as Mommy is missing her!  But we are only on day one . . . 

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“The modern airplane creates a new geographical dimension.  A navigable ocean of air blankets the whole surface of the globe.  There are no distant places any longer:  the world is small and the world is one.”  ~Wendell Willkie

Well I have to say that Baby Girl traveled amazingly well!  We were lucky enough to get an empty seat beside us so I was able to let her stretch out and sleep.  It was her regular nap time anyway, and she obliged by sleeping the entire 2 hour flight.  That in addition to charming anyone who happened to pass through her aura!  I’m happy to say that the entire trip was uneventful and peaceful.  Even the Border Guard was enchanted by her!  I had all  her documentation in order, from Passport to Birth Certificate to Notarized permissions from both parents.  She was granted entrance to Canada with no problem.  They even stamped her passport for her – something they don’t normally do for US Citizens.  Stay tuned for more updates on Ella’s Canadian Adventures.

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“I have found adventure in flying, in world travel, in business, and even close at hand… Adventure is a state of mind – and spirit.”  Jacqueline Cochran

I’m flying home to Vancouver, BC tomorrow.  My original itinerary had me returning home last Friday, but I extended my stay when my Granddaughter’s Daddy had Quintuple Bypass Surgery last week.  If you’ve been following my posts, you  know that I am taking the baby home with me for a few weeks to give Mommy and Daddy some “space” to deal with his recovery.  

As I was packing, I reflected on how many times I fly now.   I used to avoid flying as much as possible, and would need an Ativan to relax me when I flew.  I was an absolute basket case otherwise.  About 12 years ago I went through some life altering experiences that changed my whole perception of flying, and of dying.  I now fly quite often with no problem whatsoever . . . not an ounce of anxiety.  I look forward to it in fact . . . as I am able to travel such great distances in such short times to see people and places that I love and am passionate about.  Being able to fly, and being able to fly often, is a real blessing in my life . . . 

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“Boys are found everywhere—on top of, underneath, inside of, climbing on, swinging from, running around or jumping to. Mothers love them, little girls hate them, older sisters and brothers tolerate them, adults ignore them and Heaven protects them. A boy is Truth with dirt on its face, Beauty with a cut on its finger, Wisdom with bubble gum in its hair and the Hope of the future with a frog in its pocket.” Author: Alan Beck

I had the opportunity to spend the day with my little 2.5 year old Grandson today.  What a little sweetie he is.  Such a joy.  So full of energy, and love.  I took many pictures of him today but this one seemed to epitomize his energy, as he climbed and climbed and climbed and climbed!  So fun! I love my Grandchildren so much . . . and feel so incredibly blessed to be able to spend the time with them that I do.

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“The world is a playground and life is pushing my swing.”Natalie Kocsis

 

  I was trying to get a “panning” shot here – but didn’t have my monopod so it didn’t turn out so great.  Didn’t have anything else to use today – so this is my pic for the day.  It kind of epitomizes how the week here has gone . . . kind of a blur.  
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