Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter E

This week’s challenge – photos that have two Es in the topic word.

I should mention that most of these photos are taken with my cellphone as I don’t actually have a camera. Well I do but it’s completely manual. It was great when I didn’t wear glasses, plus it’s a 35 mm film camera. Anyway, some day I do intend to buy a good camera but for now will use my cellphone or borrow someone else’s camera like I did when I went on vacation this past summer.

Anyway, here are my choices for pics with two Es.


Deer in the trees


Freezing pine needles


A pair of Canada geese and a couple of swans.



Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge







My New Book!

So happy to announce that my book “Playing in the Rain” was finally released on Friday. It has been a long wait. myBook.to/PlayingintheRain

With a new book release comes a lot of work – marketing, promoting, book trailers, updating website, book signings etc. And since this is the first book of a trilogy, I also have to start working on the other two books. The second has been written but not edited and the third is about half-way done.

On that note, I’m going to grab my notebook (I like to write in long hand) and head outside to write. It’s a beautiful day and I’ve already spent most of it tied to my computer.



Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – The Letter D

This week is Letter D – 4 letters words that start with D.

One of the best things about these photo challenges is that I get to peruse through old pics and reminisce as I look for suitable photographs.

Drink of the fancy kind

Dragonfly – my favourite insect

Daisies of the Gerber variety

Drooping trees after an ice storm (2013)


Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter D – 4 letters words that start with D

#SoCS – Motive


The prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “motive.” Use the word “motive,” in any form. 

I sit and wait

For something to motivate

But today I’m feeling lazy.


There’s so much to do,

So much to plan

My brain is full and hazy.


But suddenly

An idea flickers

Like the lit wick on a votive.


And now I work

And see results

I finally have my motive.


The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS Sept. 9/17

Here are the rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The’,” or simply a single word to get your started.

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours.  Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.

8. Have fun!


Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – The letter C

This is my first post for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge. Some of these photos were taken a few years ago and some are recent. Without further ado here are my picks of pics that start with the letter C and are at least four letters long.

Chicken Coop

I took this photo of an old chicken coop on our property after an ice storm back in 2013.


Crocuses – I love this first sign of spring.


Cooler full of Capelin

Capelin – I had never heard of these fish until my trip to Newfoundland this summer. Because of these, we got to see a lot of whales from the shore as they dined on spawning capelin.



Please check out Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge to check out more of what this challenge is about.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: C – The C word needs to be at least 4 letters in length


A month ago today my husband and I returned from our summer vacation – the first in a very long time. We spent eight days in Newfoundland, the only eastern province we had yet to visit. It was everything we hoped it would be and more.

Newfoundland is a large island. We spent our time touring the Avalon Peninsula and drove a total of 1819 kilometers. The scenery constantly changed from barren land to forests, from ocean vistas to lakes and streams. We visited museums and archaeological sites – learning as much as we could about the history. We hope to return some day to visit the western part of the province. It is truly the land that time forgot. 

I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I enjoyed looking at them again.

If you travel, perhaps you’ll consider Newfoundland. It’s fantastic!!!!

Bell Island
Iron ore mine – mine #2 – Bell Island
Flatrock – Me taking pictures of a whale. The first of many we saw from the shore.
Flatrock – Humpback Whale
St. Johns Harbour from Signal Hill

Newfoundland is not only surrounded by the ocean but there are lakes, ponds, rivers, and creeks just about every turn of the road.
Harbour Seal sitting on a rock
Grates Cove – Iceberg
Salmonier Nature Park
Cape Spear easternmost point of North America – modern lighthouse
Cape Spear – Original lighthouse
St. Mary’s Ecological Reserve – Gannets
Brigus, Nfld
Brigus – entrance to Wilcox Gardens




#SoCS – Every Garden May Have Some Weeds


This week’s Stream of Consciousness Prompt is to write about whatever comes to mind using the title of a book you are currently reading.

The book I’m reading at the moment is The Forgotten Garden.

My gardens aren’t exactly forgotten. In fact, I think about them at least once or twice a week. I think about how they need to be watered (especially my window box flowers and hanging baskets), how I should weed them, thin out some of the plants etc. The problem is in the doing.

Every spring I am eager to see my perennials pop up. I planted perennials because they are so much easier to maintain than annuals (I think so anyway). I usually buy a few more and plant them here and there. I pull the weeds and yank out perennials that have gotten out of hand. I water my hanging baskets and window box flowers (usually the only annuals I have). After a couple of weeks, I start to neglect them a bit. Not completely, they don’t die, but they do wilt a little until I water again. Some of my hanging baskets don’t get as full and lush as they should be, and weeds sometimes get a little out of control until I weed again.

A green thumb – maybe. I certainly enjoy my gardens but life and other things get in the way. Perhaps I’ll pay more attention when I’m retired. Then again, I can’t really see me spending every day in my garden. I like plants and flowers but weeding and watering – not so much.

The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS July 15/17