Sunday, August 30, 2009

I am not alone

As I work around the yard it becomes abundantly clear that I am but a cog in a very big wheel. The variety of cogs is not only impressive but magnificent and never in this lifetime will I get to see them all except perhaps through pictures. That is why I thought I'd share these pics of a few of the wild creatures I see on a daily basis. (If I'd just remember to always have my camera with me, I'd have a lot more to share!)

The magnicient ring-necked pheasant
The peckish laying hens
(Okay, not so neighbour believes in free-range)

My neighbour's Meat Kings
(Don't think about it!)

The Amazing Hummingbird Moth

The Grey Petaltail Dragonfly

Architecture brought to you by your friendly neighborhood spider.
Every one of us has a job to do.

Looking at me looking at it!

Leopard Frog Jump!

Sally, the salamander!

There's seeds in them there pinecones!

I just want to have a sleep...I won't eat the bark. Honest!
I love them all, those creatures big and small!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

An Octopus on Rollerskates

"Talent without discipline is like an octopus on roller skates. There's plenty of movement, but you never know if it's going to be forward, backwards, or sideways."

H. Jackson Brown Jr., author

Not only do I sometimes feel like that octopus, I'm sure I often look like one as well. Problem is, I can't skate very well at all!

That being said, I thought I'd share some images that might shed some light on where my eight legs and arms are spread.

The flower gardens:

The fruit & vegetable gardens:

The yard:

The house exterior:

Before Reno

After Reno (A few things left to do)

A little added luxury

The house interior:

First Reno

Last Reno

Ensuite when we bought the house

Ensuite after reno

(There are a lot more renovations,an entire house full, but I think the pics above give you the jist of how big a reno this is!)
Of course, there is my top priority, family & friends; and I guess what has clearly become my last priority, the studio; and, lest I forget, the blog. Oh, and of course there's the off & on day job, the commuting to the city (45 minutes one way); the daily chores, including gathering everything from chanterelles to fiddleheads to blueberries; making jams and preserves; etc.;etc...Ever heard of an octopus with 12 or maybe 16 arms?

My husband often says "There are two reasons things don't get done: you don't want to do it or you don't know how!" After writing this post I conclude that there is a third reason: TOO MANY THINGS TO DO!
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