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


Friday, 24 April 2020

114/366 Photo of the day – tonight’s sunset with geese – 24 Apr 2020 ©WQuinn

I didn’t realize the impact the Nova Scotia shooting had on me, until I read an email from my Deputy Ministers to our Nova Scotia colleagues, offering their condolences and support on behalf of the department. A wave of sorrow and grief washed over me. And that’s when I realized, the melancholy I felt yesterday was related to the events that took place over the weekend in Nova Scotia.

Although I didn’t know any of the victims or their families, I know and love Nova Scotia. It is my home away from home. I lived there for a short time in 2010, made some beautiful friendships and fell in love with the spirit of the land and it’s people. It will be my retirement home one day.

I grieve for the victims, their families and friends and the innocence lost. There are many small towns around the province that don’t lock their doors, ever. Or they leave a key close by that everyone knows where it is. The friendliness, the way they open their doors to strangers, their love of life and family and the simpler things.

I love you Nova Scotia. I pray for you. I send you a big virtual hug and healing, loving energy to help you through this time.

Beautiful Nova Scotia in pictures:


Saturday, 4 April 2020

Mom just showed me a photo from this day, two years ago. It snowed, the yard was covered in it, and the river was open but still had ice on it.

Today was warm, about 13°C, and sunny. I spent most of the day outside, starting with a walk to the river and around the yard, camera in hand of course 😉.

And the afternoon on the veranda transplanting my seedlings.

The last ice on the river left the east shore with passengers…

Geese riding the ice flow © WQuinn 2020

And today’s photo is a downey woodpecker

94/366 Photo of the day, 4 Apr 2020 © WQuinn


Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Oh, what a wonderful afternoon and evening! So much sunshine.

Ashes napping in the sun © WQuinn 2020

Today was grocery day, picking up an online order I placed with Walmart last week. Trepidation loomed until I decided to let it go, asking my angels for help, and it helped. Everything went smoothly.
No contact with anyone, opened the hatch door, groceries were placed inside and we were on our way.

I placed an online order with the IGA last week as well, before the Walmart one actually, but there was a hiccup with the system on check out. There’s a charge pending on the credit card but I didn’t receive a confirmation. I’ve been in touch with the local store to no avail, and the parent company, also to no avail. So, I’ll know if it’s a go tomorrow morning if I receive an email confirming my order is ready for pickup or they call with substitutions…

On a happier note, we went for a walk around the yard and picked up garbage. You’d be amazed at the crap that lands on our lawn throughout the year. The cigarette butts alone could fill a garbage bag. And they are thrown out of windows as the cars zip by.

90/366 Photo of the day, 31 Mar 2020 © WQuinn

Snow is melting fast in the yard, making it easier to walk around. We ventured down to the river and watched the geese and ducks on the ice.

Geese lined up at the edge of the ice © WQuinn 2020
Geese on an ice flow © WQuinn 2020

Spring was in the air today!