Last day before holidays!

Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Canada Day tomorrow, then off for the rest of the week! Yes baby!!!

It was a busy couple of days at work and I am ready for a few days off. I set the tent up down by the river, looking forward to sleeping out!

Took lots of pictures this afternoon of the sky and flowers. Enjoy!

Photo of the day © WQuinn 2020

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Sunday, 21 June 2020

Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers out there, with us and with us in spirit.

Another hot one today. I tried to accomplish a few things but it was just too darn hot. Giving up, I put on my bathing suit and walked down to the river for a swim. First time this year and what a treat!

View of the river
Photo of the day, 21 Jun 2020 ©WQuinn

The water was perfect. Not cold, not hot, just right. Now, the clay and weeds I have to walk through to get in is another story 😉

We both had an ice cream craving which soon found us standing in line at Dairy Queen. Not too many people for ice cream. The line for ice cream cakes however snaked around the building!

An empty Dairy Queen container, once filled with Peanut Buster Parfait…YUM!
©WQuinn 2020

Spent an awesome evening with my sister in her backyard paradise… swimming, playing ball in the pool, laughing, eating, family love time!

Cumulus clouds over Ottawa
@WQuinn 2020

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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

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Tuesday, 14 April 2020

I woke up with the aid of an alarm clock this morning. To get the garbage bins to the road in time for pickup. I really needed the help to get up. I think I might be getting lazy. It might be time to get back in the habit of early to bed, early to rise. The Covid-19 self-isolation routine has progressed to late nights and late mornings.

It was so lovely seeing the sun this morning, so I pulled my rocker into the kitchen and watched nature while I ate breakfast. Clouds rolled in the sun peaked out every so often and when it did, the trees across the river lit up like silver. It was incredible to watch. I took some photos but don’t think they captured the beauty.

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©WQuinn
Sunlight highlights tips of spruce trees so they look like silver. © WQuinn 2020

By the way, I normally take the garbage out the night before but the heavy winds would have knocked the bins and garbage around the neighbourhood!

Funny enough, I found myself picking up trash that blew over from my neighbours recycle bin, during my afternoon walk! Stuff was stuck in tree branches and long grass. I followed a Doritos chip bag down the hill towards the river. In retrieving the bag, I noticed the pathway through the forest to the river was finally free of snow and ice.

This is one of my favourite spots and the place I like to swim in the summer. We had lots of rain yesterday which brought the water level up higher than normal and it looks so lovely! I love to sit here and watch the geese and ducks, the beavers and otters and enjoy nature.

River laps at shore © WQuinn 2020
© WQuinn 2020
© WQuinn 2020

Today was also an interesting cloud day. Do you see the faces in the clouds in these two photos?