Friday, December 2, 2016

This Festive Week

Here we are again with another weekend rolling in. What's coming up on your agenda? I'll be plugging in my slow cooker once again today, so Crock Pot Friday continues. And while that's going on, I will apply a sealer to a bookcase I painted. I took a break from the furniture painting madness for a little while but I'm getting back into it again. Oh, speaking of cooking, I'm in the market for a food processor and I've been doing some research on them. There are so many choices and I'm up to my eyeballs in information, which is giving me a headache. If anyone has a recommendation to help with this process, please share in the comments.


Have you been to the stores lately? It's Christmas everywhere. I've never minded that as long as it didn't start too early. This year I saw signs of it in early October, and in one dollar store, they were preparing shelves for merchandise placement at the end of September. Whaaaaat...? Yeah. Crazy.

Thank goodness the holiday tunes aren't played that soon. As much as I enjoy listening to them, I do have my breaking point. And which song would drive me nuts if I had to listen to it over and over again for weeks on end? Definitely 'The Twelve Days of Christmas'. How about you?

You know, we hear a lot about Rudolph and his bright nose and stuff, but what about Santa's other reindeer? We don't know much about them. Well, leave it to Mad Magazine (I was a huge fan back in the 70s) to supply some information on the rest of the team. Here's a little bit about one of them:

Who knew? (shrug)
And those are nice antlers, aren't they?

Speaking of Rudolph... It seems his employment history includes some...um...transgressions.
Well, at least he cleaned up his act.

And that's a wrap, folks! Wishing you all a terrific weekend.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Let The Festivities Begin!

I am so excited. You know why? Because starting today, the entire month will be dedicated to holiday posts. That's right...blog post after blog post of festive fun!



Christmas has always been my favourite time of year. Not because of all the commercialism but because of the people I share with it who make it magical. I have decades and decades worth of wonderful memories because of these amazing people.



December for me is a month of celebrations and joy and singing and togetherness and treats and bright colours and family and smiles and giving and hope and a whole bunch of good things. Of course (and unfortunately), it's also the start of this:



I don't subscribe to that and so:


And everything else not included above.


All this divisive nonsense will end when we start to focus more on what we have in common. Which brings me to the video below. I don't often share advertisements but this one is just too good not to. There is a strong message here.



So the floodgates have been opened and the holiday madness begins! Don't say I didn't warn you...

Happy Thursday and happy December!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Project 366: Week 47

One of my favourite photography themes is urban decay. I am fascinated by and drawn to uninhabited areas, deserted buildings, abandoned homes, decommissioned factories and so on. This is the weathered, the grungy, the forgotten. A previously functioning part of a city that has fallen into despair.

What is the appeal? Perhaps it's the history behind these areas that were once alive. Each one has a story to tell. Or maybe it's the spookiness of it all. As I walk through these eerily quiet places, I feel like I'm on a set of a horror movie. But most of all, I believe it's the imagination it sparks. I picture them as post-apocalyptic visions into what our world would look like if humanity would end. Chilling. And sobering.

This week's photo theme: Urban Decay


Friday, November 18, 2016
The Busy Wall
"There is so much to appreciate in this area from a photographic perspective.”

Project 366, Day 323: The Busy Wall


Saturday, November 19, 2016
Double Entry
"Door number one or door number two? Which will you choose?”

Project 366, Day 324: Double Entry


Sunday, November 20, 2016
The Red Door
"Still eye catching despite the peeling paint.”

Project 366, Day 325: The Red Door


Monday, November 21, 2016
Closed
“Out of business.”

Project 366, Day 326: Closed


Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Deserted
"No signs of life."

Project 366, Day 327: Empty


Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Missing Pieces
"It looks like there were other buildings attached to these walls at some point.”

Project 366, Day 328: Nooks and Crannies


Thursday, November 24, 2016
Vegetation
“Plant life lives on in this abandoned area.”

Project 366, Day 329: Vegetation


What I've learned this week:
The smallest things can bring you the greatest joy.
Sometimes there just aren’t enough hours in the day. Other times, there are too many.
Gain control of your emotions before you speak and avoid saying something you’ll regret.
If you try to appeal to everyone, you’ll end up appealing to no one. Just be yourself.

Have a wonderful day, everyone!