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!


Today was almost the end of the painting of a day. I considered many excuses of why I could skip it tonight, including painting two tomorrow.

I went for a walk at lunch, even though it was downright bitter cold! I was ever so thankful for doing so, because I saw a tiny piece of blue sky peaking out from the grey clouds that have become the colour of our sky for way too long this season. I noticed two young women, walking ahead of me, carrying skates over their shoulders and then I remembered that Brewers Creek (ruisseau de la Brasserie) was close by, and must be open. I made my way to the creek to take some pictures. As cold as it was, it really was beautiful. Some of the houses along the creek are stunningly beautiful, big and old.

10/365 Photo of the day
10 Jan 2019 ©WQuinn

I met a sweet dog on the path, on my way back to work. There is nothing quite like puppy love, is there? It was a good lunch break and I felt energized and ready to get back to it.

Now fast forward four hours, two late nights and early mornings catch up to me and I’m sleepy and feel my energy drop. I have dinner with my family – thank you to my nephew James for cooking a superb meal – followed by a really nice visit and a couple of glasses of wine. It’s a 30 minute drive home and I think of excuses to skip my painting and writing and just go to bed when I get home.

It’s late when I arrive home…well, late for me (9:30 pm) and, after feeding my cats, I decide to stay up, have a tea and paint. I figured if I went to bed, even though I’m tired, I’m also wired and would probably be on my phone, reading Reddit posts for god knows how long! So, I might as well be painting.

The painting started off pretty well, then took a turn I wasn’t overly happy with, so I kept at it until I got it where I liked it. It took me about 35 minutes from start to finish and I can say that the feeling of accomplishment, of sticking with it, even though I was tired and ready to throw in the towel, I’m proud of myself for sticking with it. Just goes to show how much this project means to me, how committed I am to making a change in my life and embracing this time to be creative and connect.

Now, if only I could summon that willpower for loosing weight 😉

10/365 Painting of the day
10 Jan 2019 ©WQuinn