Wednesday, 3 June 2020

This is the year for robins in our yard. Normally we have one, maybe two and rarely do we seem them. But this year, wow, we have many and I’m enjoying watching them.

My signs this day were…Robin again and a woodpecker. I’m reading up on the spiritual meaning of both birds and see how it applies to my life.

I don’t have much to write tonight as it was a quiet day. I spent most of it in front of my work laptop laying out another infographic. We’re doing a series of them on COVID-19. Thankfully we’re keeping the look consistent across the board. The only challenge I have is to find a colour to match with the COVID-19 red logo. So far I’ve used a teal, green, brown, grey and purple. The colour has to not only compliment the red, but also have a high contrast ratio so it passes accessibility requirements.

When I find a colour I think will work with the red, I then need to test it to ensure it’s passes WCAG level AA. Then I test various tints…most often the tints don’t pass and I’m back to square one. It can be a lengthy process but, in the end, it is so worth it to have an accessible print document.

I did manage to get outside this morning before I started work, and took some pictures. We had a foggy start to the morning which made for a great backdrop for the lilacs.

Lily of the Valley
Photo of the Day, 3 Jun 2020 ©WQuinn

The geese were up for a visit a couple of times during the day. This morning, I sat on the stairs, after having taken the flower and robin pictures, and I sang a little, then started to whistle. Apparently my singing is ok but my whistling not so much. The geese ran away, all the way to the river. It was the most comical thing to watch…those little wings up and wiggling along with their little bodies! I took a cute photo of it:

Geese and goslings running to the river. ©WQuinn 2020


Tuesday, 19 May 2020

This is how I started my day…so peaceful:

Spring morning by the river

The work front has been pretty quiet since Covid hibernation kicked in. Today, though, I received a new project…two infographics to design. I was eager to get started, and get back into design mode.

There was a niggle of doubt that I could be creative and do a good job but I quickly quashed it and got started.

I like to start all of my projects with a mood board. It sets the mood of the project by collecting all the info I need in one place: Colours, fonts, images, and logos.

If corporate looks and feel is mandatory, then the colours, fonts and logos are set. If not, then I have some goto fonts to choose from, depending on the feel of the document. I like fonts with large families, like Segoe UI, which as extras like semibold, semilight, black and light.

Most of my designs adhere to accessibility standards, especially colour contrast. I double-check all the colours to ensure they meet the standards, add them to my mood board and then I’m ready to design.

Creating the mood board takes some time at the beginning of the project but I feel it’s worth it because I find it saves time in the long run. Once the colours and fonts are chosen and meet accessibility, and you know what images you have to work with, everything else falls into place…well usually!

It was fun designing again!

This evening’s walk ended with this cloud in the sky. My first thought was it looked like Mother Mary praying over my yard. Blessed I am!

139/366 Photo of the day, 19 May 2020 ©WQuinn


Tuesday, 28 April 2020

I slept-in this morning, to almost 9:30 am. That’s unusual as, but boy, did it feel good!

Lots of sunshine and warmer temperatures today. It got up to 15°C, pretty sweet.

A couple of days ago, Mom noticed one of my starter plants that I grew from seed in February, was about to bloom. For some reason, I thought it was a holly hock. This morning, I checked on it and it was blooming. Not a holly hock though but a malva zebrina! Such a beautiful flower 🙂

118/366 Photo of the day, 28 Apr 2020 ©WQuinn
Malva Zabrina

I spent some time out side, transplanting and pruning my plants, and some time in my bedroom, cleaning out my closet. I’m trying to declutter but managed to succeed in moving things from one spot to another spot! Ha Ha. Better luck tomorrow. I did manage to find a ring I thought was misplaced and am now wearing. I also stumbled upon a story I wrote last April. 9 hand-written pages. I sat down to read it. Enjoyed it and wished I had more. Then I remembered that day in April. I was writing my daily pages – three pages, hand-written, of anything that comes to mind. This day, the three pages were filled with a dialogue between a man and his therapist. The three pages morphed into nine. The dialogue was finished. But the story wasn’t. I remember, Mom was up now, my quiet writing bubble was gone. I tried to get on with my day but couldn’t. The story wanted to be told. I went into my bedroom, closed the door, and typed and typed and typed. Eleven pages, single spaced. I found the document this evening and read it. I enjoyed it. I added another page or two. There so much more to add. But I need to sit with the story for the night to see what comes next. I LOVE when things like this happen… Getting the nudge to clean the closet, finding something unfinished, opens the door to be creative, to finish the project.

I went for a walk as the sun was beginning its descent. Here’s what I saw…more of nature’s beauty that filled my soul, I hope fills yours too!


Monday, 20 April 2020

20 04 2020

Sipping my tea this morning while watching the birds (inside…it was too cold to be out, brrrr), I had the thought, “I love Sundays” only to realize seconds later, it’s Monday. My heart sank, sigh. It’s Monday.

I find it strange to feel like this, about Monday, while in quarantine mode where everyday seems like a weekend… The good news for the day was the sunshine…all day sunshine.

I started my morning with a headache again. Took a couple Motrin, an ice pack and went back to bed for an hour. Felt a little better, then applied some essential oils to my neck, did some stretching exercises and got on with my day. Eventually the pain subsided… Thank God 🙏 because I had plans for my day!

Now, the soap didn’t quite turn out as well as I had hoped for. I made one loaf, three rounds in the silicon tray and one special mold.

The loaf looked a little too glossy, kind of like the gel phase. And the circles and special mold were soft and squishy. I did a little research and it could be too much humidity and/or old lye. I was relieved to learn the batch will be useable. It’s been cut up and placed on a rack to do its thing for the next 4-6 weeks.

Lemon poppyseed cold press soap © WQuinn 2020

You’ve no doubt heard that invention is the mother of necessity…well…we ran out of chips. No biggy, probably a good thing for my waistline. However, our next grocery order isn’t for a couple of weeks. So, I decided to try making my own.

I watched a few YouTube videos, found a few recipes and started experimenting. Wanting to avoid deep frying to perhaps try a healthier alternative…as if there’s such a thing as a healthy potato chip…I opted for microwave and oven chips.

I cut one potato using a mandolin, but the slices were too thick. I cooked then anyway and it took quite some time to get crispy.

Next, I cut another potato, this time by hand. I divided the pile into two, one for the microwave and one for the oven.

Counter clockwise from top left: thick microwaved, thin microwaved, and thin oven baked potato chips. ©WQuinn 2020

The microwave was faster, but the ones from the oven tasted better.

Now that I can make my own potato chips…chips that are very tasty…I have no desire to buy a bag from the store. If I get the craving, I can cook up one potato and be done, instead of eating an entire bag. That’s got to be good, eh?!

Some days I have one picture, other days I have a lot. It’s all about being in the moment and capturing those fleeting moments, like Dukes sleeping, and the chickadee sticking around longer than normal so I can get a good shot.

Had a catnap with Dukes ©WQuinn 2020
Black capped chickadee ©WQuinn 2020

And I ended my day with another gorgeous sunset! Amazing!

110/366 Photo of the day, 20 Apr 2020

Edit: necessity is the mother of invention…not the other way around 😉