On this day reminders from OneDrive

Sunday, 31 January 2021

I like getting reminders from OneDrive of what I was doing on this day last year or even ten years ago. Especially when it’s vacation photos of tropical paradise. Take today, for instance, it appears to have been a great day for vacations.

Last year I was in Quebec City, taking night pictures in old Quebec.

Seven years ago I was visiting Dominica.

Ten years ago I was snorkeling in Grand Turk.

And eleven years ago I visited Aruba. I remember being surprised at how desert-like the island actually is, nothing like the magazine articles I had seen! It’s quite a sight, cactus 🌵 next to the ocean.

Today, I remembered those trips fondly, wondering when our next one will be and where we might go.

Then I took my camera out and photographed the Frost Faeries, and a turkey in the tree.

Afterwards, I made a tea and browsed the seed catalogue, planning my garden.

My, how times have changed.


Monday, 23 March 2020

82/366 Photo of the day, 23 Mar 2020 © WQuinn

It’s been a week since we’ve been socially distancing. Doesn’t feel unusual yet as I tend to be a homebody. I’m fortunate to be able to continue working and have several projects on the go to keep me busy.

I’m enjoying the online music concerts throughout the day, like Sean McCann from Great Big Sea every day at noon and Alan Doyle, also from Great Big Sea, at 5 pm.

Movies and TV are wearing thin though. I feel a project coming on… It’s still percolating though.

Blue jay © WQuinn 2020

Today was day two of my bird count day. Oh, good news, they are extending the feeder watch project into April to give us something to do during our self isolation/physical distancing period. It will be fun to see what birds will be showing up in April that we don’t have during the winter.

Saw my first Robin today. I heard one last week but didn’t lay eyes on it. Lots of black birds around these days. Oh, and I saw three hairy woodpeckers! Usually only see one so that was cool!

Chipper is back! © WQuinn 2029

I went for a walk this evening, around the yard, enjoying the snow and fresh air. I stopped and looked over my shoulder to find I was being followed…by wild turkeys!

Turkeys following me on my walk © WQuinn 2020


The day started off overcast but by noon the sun was shining bright!

I was teleworking today and took advantage of having large patio doors in the kitchen, taking pictures of the birds and squirrels…and the turkeys!

After supper, I went for a snowshoe around the yard, camera around my neck, taking photos of the snow, the moon, the sunset and blue hour. A fabulous 40 minutes flew by, red rosy cheeks and cold toes all that remained!

It was tough choosing a photo of the day but my love of animals seems to win out more and more over my love of nature and sunsets.

close up photo of a wild turkey
049/365 Photo of the day
Wild Turkey. 18 Feb 2019 ©WQuinn

Look at that face! So cute. And it looks like he/she is wearing a bonnet with two pompoms in front!

The other two contenders for tonight’s photo were a sunset and blue hour landscape.

Inspired by blue hour, I decided to paint an image using only one colour…blue!

watercolour landscape monotone blue
049/365 Painting of the day
Blue Hour. 18 Feb 2019 ©WQuinn


It’s funny. I’m sitting here staring at a white page. A blank white page. Wondering what to write. Trying a couple of sentences here and there but nothing is right. Of the three creative projects I was to complete today, this is the toughest. Rarely am I without a word to say. Yet, for some reason, tonight I am blank. No inspiration.

I say that but have just completed a paragraph. Plus a sentence. So, I’m not as blank as I thought I was. Just writing in circles. Some days I feel like I’m running in circles. This merry-go-round of life, goes around and around and around and some days, I’d prefer to jump off and go at my own speed and in my own direction.

I’m referring to the ole 9-5 workday. I’m blessed beyond measure to have a full-time job. A good paying, government job. A job where I can use my creative talents as a graphic designer. And allows me the flexibility to telework and to work in a creative and free environment. Don’t get me wrong. I’m happy to have this job. I’m grateful I’m able to go to work everyday and be creative and make a difference. I’m proud of my work and what we’ve accomplished.

But sometimes, especially after I’ve had a vacation, I find it hard to get back into the daily grind. After a day of freedom, real freedom, to go back to semi-freedom, or perhaps work disguised as freedom? Maybe it’s the February blues. No, I think it’s more likely my night away, spoiling myself with a night at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier. Walking around Ottawa for nearly 2 1/2 hours, enjoying a beautiful night taking photos. All of that followed by a leisurely morning of painting, photography and writing, all finished before noon! Now that’s a productive morning!

So, today was a good day, although I felt tired for a good part of it. Feeling kind of like I was coming down with something. Later in the day, the sun came out (first time in several days). It wasn’t long after that I noticed I was feeling better. More energy and more uplifted. Maybe there is something to be said for February blues?

I watched the sunset from my chair in the living room, marveling at how red the sky got. There’s a large Manitoba maple tree just outside the window with branches all over the place. It’s a great place, during the day, to watch the birds and squirrels coming and going. Also a great place to watch the sunset behind all those branches. As I watched the sun go down, and the red fade to lighter hues, I knew I would paint that sunset with the branches in front. And so I did…

watercolour of red sunset with tree branches in front filling the page.
036/365 Painting of the day
05 Feb 2019 ©WQuinn

Photo of the day

Shortly after the sun made an appearance, the wild turkeys dropped by. As they walked by, the sun shone on their feathers, highlighting a wide range of beautiful colours.

photo of a wild turkey, the sun shining on it, highlighting the colours of it's feathers, browns, oranges, greens and blues.
Wild turkey in sunlight
05 Feb 2019 ©WQuinn

Today was a good day. And will you look at that…I had something to say and the page is no longer blank!