Thursday, August 3, 2017

Everyday Adventure - Day 31 - Your Choice

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I am ending my Month of Everyday Adventures with gratitude. I am so thankful that I took part.  I am also thankful to:

  • Hubby for adventuring right along with me.
  • L for asking about Tiny Pleasures and thus motivating me to jump into Everyday Adventures.
  • L, P and E for their constant support and cheerleading.
  • The many friends, some who I don't keep in touch with as well as I should, for their kind comments.
  • Everyone who took the time to view and "like" my photos over on Instagram.
  • All the other Everyday Adventurers who shared their lovely photos and allowed me to see new ways to adventure every day.
  • Tammy Strobel over at Rowdy Kittens for organizing the challenge and inviting us to share our Everyday Adventures.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Everyday Adventure - Day 30 - Boats

I really didn't think I'd get anywhere near the water, so I didn't think I'd have the opportunity to photograph boats.  I had chores to do, and errands to run. Hubby and I had a brunch date. We were going to make some paper boats to photograph, but it turns out I didn't need to. One of my errands took me out to the mall. When I returned to my car, I found these parked beside me:

They weren't the only watercraft cruising the town. Everywhere I went a saw boats, kayaks, canoes and paddle boards on their way to the water.  

After supper Hubby and I decided to head to the water ourselves. (OK, we really headed out for gelato, but the gelato shop is located conveniently near the water.)  It was a beautiful evening for a walk at the marina. (And for gelato.)

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There were more boats than I could photograph.  Even the under-construction water park is anchored by a pirate ship. (Anchored. HA!)

The thing is, it is unlikely that we would have headed to the marina if I weren't taking part in Everyday Adventures. Our evenings are usually spent quietly at home while we mentally prepare ourselves for the next day of work. Not even the call of gelato can get us out the door. I'm so grateful that Tammy of Rowdy Kittens organized A Month of Everyday Adventures. The challenge was just what I needed to inspire me. Well, that and gelato. 

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Everyday Adventure - Day 29 - Gardens

These gardens are in a park near my workplace. I like to walk there on my lunch break. It is so lovely there that Hubby and I often visit on our days off.  

It's nice to be able to enjoy the gardens without having to do the work ourselves. If they were ours, I would only see the work that needs to be done. As it is, I can relax and enjoy the beauty of the scenery.

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Monday, July 31, 2017

Everyday Adventures - Day 28 - Yummy Food

Handsome Hubby, sunny day, yummy food, a pint from the Friday cask -   doesn't get much better than this. A perfect adventure.

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Everyday Adventure - Day 27 - Mountains

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We drove across Canada when we moved to the coast. I had never been west of Sault Ste. Marie, so I was excited about seeing more of our country on our way to our new home. I was particularly looking forward to being amazed by the prairies; I had heard so much about these wide-open spaces. When we finally got there I was underwhelmed.  The area of Ontario where I grew up was at least as flat. 

Amazement didn't set in until we first glimpsed the Rocky Mountains. I was dumbfounded, and kind of terrified. I couldn't believe we were going to drive through those mountains. Would our little car make it? I was so awed that I shot most of a roll of film as we drove toward the mountains. (Yep, it was in the olden days when we used film to take pictures.) 

Now I live in a place where I am surrounded by mountains. It was hard when we first moved here. I missed the horizon. There were days when I wished someone would just move the damned mountains so I could see.  Those days are long behind me. They have been replaced by days, like this one, where I once again look at the mountains with amazement and awe. 

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Everyday Adventure - Day26 - Snail Mail

I am lucky to have a few friends that still send me snail mail. It's wonderful to find something other than bills and flyers in the mailbox. On the day of the "snail mail" prompt though, I received no mail at all, so I wandered around trying to find something other than a letter to photograph. I was hoping to find an interesting mailbox - something like the one below.

Photographed while on holiday - Summer 2016

Instead of a colourful personal mailbox, I found this:

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This is the side of a Canada Post mailbox.  In fact, it's a mailbox that I pass at least 3 times a week, yet I never noticed the new paint job.  I'm sure it was plain, unadorned red the last time I used it.  How did I miss its new look? I quite like it.  I particularly like that it includes the postal code for the North Pole. 

My participation in A Month of Everyday Adventures helped to bring my attention to a change I hadn't noticed. The thought made me smile - until I turned around and discovered that my picture-taking hadn't gone unnoticed. A woman seated at the outdoor cafe across the road was watching me. Busted! Though I can't imagine what she thought of my mailbox photo-shoot, the look on her face made me think she didn't approve.  I moved on before things got too adventurous. In hindsight, I should have smiled and waved. I feel like I missed an opportunity to share the adventure. 

Friday, July 28, 2017

Everyday Adventure - Day 25 - Meditate

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I could have staged a photo for this adventure. I was tempted. In my defence, it is difficult to take a picture of "meditate". It's definitely an activity that is confined to my "headspace". 

It is easy to find things that we associate with meditation. Lotus flowers. Cushions. Stacks of smooth stones. Nature. All were certainly possibilities for this photo, but none of them would accurately reflect my budding meditation practice. Instead I'm sharing the view that greets me most mornings. The Headspace loading screen. It takes a while to start on my ancient iPad, but that just gives me a few more minutes to meditate.