Last weekend I tried something unusual. I actually found, and more importantly took, a few hours to do nothing but relax.
It was Sunday. Waking later in the day after getting to my bed in the wee small hours of the morning, I now figured I was faced with the usual weekend catchup of household chores and obligations with fewer hours to accomplish them. But a quick rundown of what needed to be done, left me pleasantly surprised. It seemed that after spending Saturday in ultra-efficient mode, I was left with little but laundry, food preparation and dishes. Perhaps, I began to dream, this just might be possible.
A glimpse at hubby, sipping coffee and reading the newspaper, confirmed the decision had been made for him. It was most definitely going to be a Me Day.
It was divine. Neither of us can recall the last time, if ever, that we did something like this. Between baskets of dirty clothes and some dishes, we did nothing but read, watch movies and pig out on snacks and wine. This was fun and games in worn-out, working-people fashion.
I'm not expecting the opportunity to repeat any time soon, especially not this weekend when we are to be blessed with the company of Little Missy. Highly anticipated for sure, but there's no doubt this is going to be a different kind of fun and games. After chasing our gorgeous 17-month-old granddaughter for two days I will be needing some me time again very soon. Now that I've had the practice I'm pretty sure I know how it's done. For those who don't, however, these photos provide some suggestions:
iPHOTOS.com People Relaxing
Friday, January 10, 2014
Thursday, January 9, 2014
While researching information for a newsletter recently I came upon this great site from Better Homes and Gardens to Make Your Own Valentine's Day Gifts It has a number of unique ideas that offer a personal touch to your Valentine message and won't break the bank.
And you can find wonderful graphics, illustrations, photos and fonts to complete, or put your own spin on, them. Online graphics sites such as iCLIPART.com and Acclaim Images , to name just a couple, offer budget-friendly, safe options for accessing quality images. These links will show you just a few of their beautiful Valentine's Day collections:
iCLIPART.com Heart Backgrounds
Acclaim Images Valentines
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
However, given the anticipated arrival this spring of no less than three new additions to our family, my interest was piqued. A bit of a shutterbug myself, particularly when it comes to snapping pictures of my loved ones, it would certainly be nice if I could do justice to the beauty of these precious little ones we will soon be welcoming. I know there's a big difference between how I photograph a newborn and how the best do it.
But there's always room for improvement.
Having seen the professional results of the photographer who snapped our granddaughter a couple of years ago, I decided to do a little research and get myself educated before our next big events make their debuts. Here are just a few of the informative sites I discovered with tips on posing newborns. One common theme throughout is that while taking a cutesy picture of your little one might be the goal, safety needs to be the first consideration.
Tips for Posing Newborn Babies
Newborn Posing - Wrapping
Rock the Shot Forum Newborn Posing Tips
How to Pose a Newborn Safely
Take Great Pictures of Your Newborn
Stephanie Cotta Newborn Posing Guide
Rachel Vanoven Posing Newborns Safely
MCP Actions Styles of Newborn Photography
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Running fast forward through the pre- and Christmas seasons, there was no time to stop and think about much else. Then we faced the nastiest stuff winter could blow in. It was super nice of it to wait until after the holidays, sure, but there's no distraction now to take our minds off it. Nights are long, mornings are dark, snow has effectively shut us down and a bitter wind chill has dropped temperatures to Arctic levels.
So, it was, while suiting up to head out for work this morning — the only disadvantage to finding employment six blocks from home — that it all came to a head for me. It's the first week in January and I'm done with snow, cold and bleakness. I'm fed up with needing 10 extra minutes each morning to swaddle myself in outerwear. I long to shed socks and shoes and run barefoot in the grass. I'm sick of the cold that manages to seep into my old century home despite our best attempts at insulation. And the idea that it will be months before the situation changes and I can't do a thing about that simply overwhelmed me today.
However, after a rant in the general direction of my patient husband, the perspective changed a degree. Enough for me to be chagrined by my behaviour, though it had served its purpose. The pressure was alleviated so I could again see how good I have it. The supposed hardships I've been enduring are small potatoes in the big bin of rotten veggies life can throw our way.
Humbled I made my way to the office, whereupon seated at my computer I then stumbled upon a video of a baby laughing at the family dog chasing bubbles. Thank you to whoever posted it for the final step in brightening my day. Cute works every time.
So in the hopes of spreading a little sunshine your way, here is a collection of illustrations with only one thing in common. They are all absolutely adorable.
iCLIPART.com Adorable Illustrations
Acclaim Images Adorable Illustrations
Monday, January 6, 2014
A glance out the window had, I thought, provided the evidence I needed to dig out the most protective winter wear I owned, stuff to keep me toasty and dry, nose to toes. Having made the trek out the driveway on foot, however, I soon ascertained that the evidence was misleading. Nothing could protect me from what had fallen, particularly where my lower appendages were concerned. Despite covering the bottom half of my legs, my footwear was little defence against the hip-high drifts and snow-plowed piles that blocked my path.
I'm sure I provided some early morning chuckles for the neighbours as I waded through the buildup of fluffy white flakes, only to find myself stuck at the end of drive, buried to my bottom. With some effort, and no small amount of giggling on my part too, I managed to extricate myself and with considerable pluck, laboured through the remaining mounds before dusting myself off and continuing on my way, slipping and sliding up the road. I suppose I could say it was good exercise but no one would say it was a good way to get around.
Two words came to mind. Snowshoes and skis. The former would sure have come in handy getting from my door to the road, while the latter would have made the rest of the trip an easy glide. Yet, I own neither.
Pfft.. And I call myself a Canadian.
Anyway, here are some illustrations of people and things who know how to get exercise, and around, in winter:
iCLIPART.com Skiing Illustrations
Acclaim Images Skiing Clipart
ClickArt Online Skiing Illustrations
TOONClipart Skiing Cartoons