It’s that time of year again to let go of what no longer ‘sparks joy’

Tuesday, 5 January 2021

It amazes me how much stuff I continue to accumulate. I’m not even sure where it’s coming from, but there’s no end to it.

Actually, now that I’ve given it some thought, I have a problem. I have so many hobbies, so many crafts I want to try, ideas on recycling, reusing and upcycling that I keep everything with the intention of doing something with it, someday. The problem is that someday rarely comes, especially in this household!

For every item that makes its way to the garbage, I see it living in a pile with a million like it and I shudder. I can’t send this off to the landfill. There has to be something I can do to reuse it, recycle it, so I put it aside until I find something to do with it, or 6 months have passed and I’m in declutter mode and it finds itself in the garbage.

Then there’s the family historian in me that wants to protect important and valuable items and papers to pass down to the next generation. Although I’m learning that old boxes of papers and photos are not considered, by everyone, an exciting treasure. Who knew? 🤷‍♀️😉

It’s been a while since my last purge and I can feel it’s time to do it again. I was sort of forced into starting in my bedroom. My bed frame broke a couple of nights ago and my first thought was to replace it with a smaller bed. I love my queen sized bed but my room is just too small for it. The pandemic made me long for a separate space where I could be, to read, to write, to just be alone. With a smaller bed, I can add a small desk or a reading nook. Oh the options are exciting!

Watching World Juniors in bed.
©WQuinn 2021

I found a new, unused bed on Kijiji which, thanks to my brother, will be delivered tomorrow night. My old bed needs to be dismantled which means my room needed to be decluttered. Hence the purging starting tonight.

My room feels airy and light. I’m in the decluttering mood and can’t wait to tackle my closet next!

Lunchtime walk to the river. Love the contrast between the black water and white snow-covered ice. ©WQuinn 2021

Blue Jays are so clever

Monday, 4 January 2021

Well now, that wasn’t so bad. First day back to work went well. Everyone looked rested, healthy and ready to get back to it.

I started my day, as I usually do, feeding my cats and then the birds. I bought some “critter” food from Lowe’s which is essentially corn with a handful of peanuts 🥜 in their shell. The squirrels don’t care for it but the blue jays love it, especially the peanuts. Yesterday, I started hiding the peanuts. I put one in the platform feeder under other seeds, then watched the blue jay toss the other seeds aside, looking for the peanut. So, this morning I hid one in the Christmas tree. I wasn’t sure he’d find it as the birds had yet to come near the tree.

Blue Jay perched atop the Christmas tree. ©WQuinn 2021

I kept my eye on the tree but he wasn’t coming for it. Then I got busy with work and when I checked the tree again, the peanut was gone! I can’t believe he found it! Then he kept coming back, looking for more!

A few night shots from around the yard and one of the Hilton Lac Leamy. All season they have been creative with the lights, first a heart for the front-line workers during Covid, then a tree for Christmas, and now 21.

My faerie tree alight for Christmas season. ©WQuinn 2021
View of the house from the river. ©WQuinn 2021
Night view of the river using the night sight setting on my Pixel. ©WQuinn 2021
Night view of the river, using the night sight setting on my Pixel. ©WQuinn 2021
Home alight for the night. ©WQuinn 2021
Mom walking to the house. ©WQuinn 2021
Happy new year from the Hilton Lac Leamy. ©WQuinn 2021

Back to work tomorrow

Sunday, 3 January 2021

Had a quiet day today, preparing mentally for going back to work tomorrow. It’s funny, last week I had to stop myself from starting my work laptop and working a few hours. Today, I’d like another week off 🤣

The Christmas tree came down this afternoon. We put it on the veranda for now until we get more snow, then I will move it to the backyard and decorate it with food for the birds and squirrels.

The village will be next to come down. I took a picture of a special guest I added to the park…do you recognize him? My nephews are storing their Lego collection with us and I took the liberty of “borrowing” one of my favourite Star Wars characters for my Christmas village 😉

Close-up shot of the Christmas Village and my surprise guest – R2D2! ©WQuinn 2021
This morning’s view of the backyard. ©WQuinn 2021

Welcome 2021!

Friday, 1 January 2021

It feels weird starting a new year on a Friday, a Monday seems more appropriate, don’t you think?

I spent some time this morning playing with my tablet, practicing digital painting using the S pen. I really enjoyed it and found myself completely immersed in the moment. It’s a new tool for me with lots to learn but I’m happy with the outcome of today’s playtime.

Vibrant sunset with trees reflect in water
Sunset Reflections.
©WQuinn 2020
The river is open again! ©WQuinn 2020
Blue Jay reaches into the garland for a seed. ©WQuinn 2020