Wordless Wednesday – Fall Colours in the Hills



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I’m out

A while back my blog buddy Linda published her book All Good Stories. It was a fun read that I highly recommend. You’ll find the details on how to buy your own copy in her post here, and at the same time you’ll be helping out and encouraging a talented and passionate writer.

Linda G. Hill

I’m out. Of money, that is. It’s official. I went to the grocery store today to pick up some essentials and I got the dreaded “Insufficient Funds” screen on the debit machine. Though it’s killing me to do so, I’d like to ask a favour.

If you haven’t already, please buy my book. If you have, or if you have a friend who might like it, please direct them to it. Reblog, share on social media, have a parade down the main street of your town or city, whatever it is you normally do to get attention. If I can get to $100 in royalties, Amazon will pay me next month – they hold smaller amounts.

If you know me, you know I never ask for anything. I hate asking for anything. Please, just share this post. And if you have 99¢ and want to read a really funny book…

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Share Your World 2016 – Week 43

Here are my answers to Cee’s Share Your World questions for week 43.

What are you really glad you did yesterday?

I spent a good part of my Sunday outside being constructive, doing repairs and tying things up getting the house ready for winter.

I still need to trim back the raspberry bushes, check and clean out the gutters, and we’re waiting for the last of the leaves to fall to start raking those up.


Yesterday was a good start, though. Weather permitting hopefully everything else will be done next weekend.

Would you prefer a one floor house or multiple levels?

Our house is on two levels; the main floor and a finished basement. We split our time fairly evenly between the two levels, and at least for the moment, it works well for us.

I really don’t find the stairs to be a burden at this point so as long as my heart failure doesn’t get any worse, I don’t think we’ll need to move into a one level home.

Have you done something you truly want to do today?

Nothing special really. We tried a delicious new chicken recipe for supper with a yummy baby spinach, apple, and red onion salad. Does that count?

What plans did you have as a teenager that didn’t happen? Are you happy it didn’t work out that way?

I really didn’t have any concrete plans at that age. Dreams perhaps, but not realistic ones, and certainly no plans on how I was going to achieve them. I guess you could say it took me a while to figure out my path.

At one point in high school I thought there was a chance I might become a professional football player. I was pretty good, with above-average speed and even better instincts. During the two years I played I received a few letters from some U.S. colleges inviting me down to their summer recruitment camps.

After quitting football at sixteen I threw myself into tennis. I played a lot of local school, city, and provincial tournaments, having more success in doubles than in singles.

For some reason I kept the unrealistic dream alive until my mid-twenties that I could make a living playing. Despite holding down a full time job to pay the bills AND by then being a full time smoker (!), I’d still go off to try to qualify whenever a satellite circuit tournament was held anywhere within a days drive.

So this was 26-year-old me in 1990 at the Casio Open at the National Tennis Centre in Toronto.


Look – I had hair!

If I don’t look thrilled it’s because I’d just had my ass kicked 6-0, 6-2 by someone ten years younger than me😦

I may not have realized it at the time but going all the way to Toronto with my doubles partner to get stomped in both singles and doubles was exactly what I needed to get my head out of the clouds and start making serious, more realistic plans for my future.

Looking back now I know I wasn’t good enough anyway so I’d say that it all turned out okay in the end.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

Last week was pretty relaxing and uneventful, which was a nice change from the few weeks previous which were fun but very hectic.

This week I head back to school, slowly chipping away at that diploma in photography I’ve been working on. The course I’ll be taking this semester is Portrait Photography. Not exactly one of my favourite subjects. I’m looking forward to it because it will be good to force myself out of my usual routine of landscapes and architecture shots and extend beyond my comfort zone.

Many thanks to Cee for running this challenge. If you haven’t played along yet, you might want to give it a try – it’s a lot of fun.

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Thursday Doors – October 20, 2016

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Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world. Feel free to join in on the fun by creating your own Thursday Doors post each week … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday – The Real Reason Why the Chicken Crossed the Road?


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Tuesdays of Texture – Week 43, 2016

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Here’s my contribution for this week’s Tuesdays of Texture over at de monte y mar. These are from a recent visit to a local pick-your-own farm that specializes in pumpkins, squash, and gourds. Head on over to check out what others are … Continue reading

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Share Your World 2016 – Week 41

Here are my answers to Cee’s Share Your World questions for week 41.

Do you believe in love at first sight?


Despite the fact that I do consider myself a romantic person, real love is something much deeper than anything you’ll find out from a first look at someone.

Attraction, infatuation at first sight? Yes absolutely. But love, that takes the time needed to get to know someone.

Your first car?

A 1994 Nissan Altima at the age of 30.

Unlike most young men I was never bitten by the car bug so it took me quite a while to get my first car.

I’ve had my driver’s license since my early 20’s and I’d rent from time to time if there was a short term need, but living in a city with great public transit and an extensive network of bike paths, I didn’t feel a need to tie up that much money on a vehicle.

Today, living in the burbs and working in the city, not having a vehicle is not much of an option. Though I am proud of the fact that we did manage to keep it down to one vehicle, and we have arranged it so that we can travel together on weekdays.

Who taught you to ride a bike? How did it go?

I think I was maybe 7 or 8 when I got my first bike. My dad helped me a bit at first but he saw that I had good balance and coordination so he pretty much let me figure it out on my own without any major incidents. It took me about half a day to get the balance thing down, and then just remembering to put a foot down when I stopped – you only forget that one once😀

Ugly and rich or beautiful and poor?

Not much of a choice there is it? First of all beauty is in the eye of the beholder anyway, and neither beauty nor money is a guarantee of happiness. So kinda right in the middle on both fronts while being healthy, happy, and loved, that would suit me just fine.

This makes me think of that old Northern Pikes song (Canadian band from the mid 80’s to early 90’s), She Ain’t Pretty, She Just Looks That Way. It’s just a reminder that true beauty is on the inside anyway.

What was the first dish you could cook?

I’m really not sure. Being five years older than my brother with parents who both worked, I had to learn to fix simple meals for us both from a pretty young age. If I had to guess I’d say it was probably my mom’s fluffy scrambled eggs recipe. Basically it’s just eggs whisked and cooked slowly in milk, in a pot over low-medium heat and then served on toast with LOTS of ketchup.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

We’ve had two great weekends in a row. Last week was Thanksgiving here so we did the turkey dinner thing at our place. The previous weekend we hosted a big retirement party for my SIL.

This weekend we’re hosting a small dinner party with family in from out of town. Then I’m looking forward to a few weekends of quiet time and getting the house ready for winter before we start gearing up for the holidays. So how many days left till Christmas?

Thanks to Cee for running this challenge. It’s a lot of fun; if you haven’t played along yet, you might want to give it a try.

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