Grandma B (91) pulled out some treasures when we visited her today. She was showing the girls a quilt made by her grandmother (Emma Sophia Flodin) in 1921. (And I had my camera ready at this unexpected moment!)
We're in Saskatoon for the U14 Ringette Provincials tournament. Both Sophia's team and Bronwyn's teams won both of their games today!
We drove to Saskatoon this afternoon (for ringette) and saw many deer along the way. The kids reported seeing 80. The camera settings were far from ideal when I grabbed it and took this shot, but a little processing helped.
P.S. Another winter shot is fitting as we approach yet *another* nasty cold spell. Saturday, March 1 is expected to be the coldest day of the winter (around -41/-58 wind chill)... it's on everyone's mind. And we have subs for our paper routes for the next two days! I feel bad for them.
G had her annual heart checkup today (all is well!). She and Neil were playing a game in the waiting room. I took a picture of her in the same spot 7 years ago when she had just turned 1. (Analog: Brown Betty filter)
This morning's sunrise included colourful sundogs! And the only place I could really see them is a place I absolutely cannot stop on the road to work... so here's the best result of my attempt to capture this phenomenon out the passenger side window, without looking through the camera.
I think it works for bittersweet (today's CY365 prompt)... sweet sunrise; sad that I couldn't get a proper photo of it. (I feel this frustration a couple times a week!) And, of course, bitterly cold. Again.
Yet another photo about this brutal winter we're having... predictable? (today's CY365 prompt) Or perhaps it's that the extreme cold had to make another appearance before spring arrives. I asked Neil to take this picture of me this morning when we got home from delivering papers in -46 wind chill.
I really tried to choose a picture that was not the TV screen (I did take several others), but ultimately, this is what best represented this day for me and my family. We loved watching the Olympics (which ended today), we got up to see this game at 6 am, and the result was what we had hoped!
P.S. I took this photo during the afternoon replay. When it was happening live, I was at the rink for G's 8 am ringette practice. I watched the end of the game on my iPad, but didn't see this part as I didn't want to use that much data.
Getting the dishes done (especially pots and pans) is a big deal at our house. We're very busy AND we cook a lot. There aren't enough hours in the day... we're lucky if we can get to the end of the dishes once a week (it's usually longer). It happened today! Always exciting!
Thanks to technology, Neil was able to watch the last 10 minutes of today's men's hockey semi-final between Canada and USA - in the waiting room of our eye doctor's office. And we won! :) (Weeks ago, I had scheduled eye checkups for us this afternoon. Bad timing!)
Receiving this button with G's team photos was a fun surprise! We watched her play centre in her game this evening. She's skating so well!
And what a day for Canadian women in sport! GOLD in both women's curling and hockey in the 2014 Winter Olympics. So exciting! (especially the hockey game, won in OT) I enjoyed seeing the final moments of both games at work today, along with my coworkers.
In the front yard (today's CY365 prompt)... S greeted me when I got home from work because she was excited to tell me about the crazy candy she ordered from Japan 3 weeks ago. I love seeing her smile like this! (Even if I'm not thrilled about the candy purchase.) BlackBerry pic, improved with Analog: Booster filter.
Here's Dash, finally. (For those who don't know, he's an Aussie; 4 years old.)
Today (Family Day) was gorgeous! I was able to go outside to take pictures with just a fleece sweater on. The kids had a blast playing outside in the snow and sun. (Neil and I spent most of the day cleaning the dining room, living room, and laundry room, and folding/sorting/purging clothes.)
I checked the weather at 8:15 pm (not going anywhere... just a wee bit obsessed) and announced, "It's plus 1!" G headed outside immediately (okay since there's no school tomorrow). She's been wanting to try this snowball maker she bought with Christmas money. Her face says it all. :)
I took some "geared up" photos (today's CY365 prompt), but this is a slice of reality around here... after playing outside, G "geared down," dropping everything on the floor and moving on without a moment's thought of putting this stuff where it should go! (We need to work on that!)
Today was Heritage Fair at school. This is a big deal for grades 5 to 8! S worked many hours on her project, especially over the past couple of days. M and her partner also did a fantastic job on their project about ringette. Thanks to Neil for taking this picture while I was at work.
P.S. Sophia used a book called Boulder Monuments of Saskatchewan by G. Ian Brace. Much to her surprise, the author showed up at Heritage Fair to see her project! She still doesn't know how this happened -- and neither do we!
So glad I'm doing this! Some days are challenging; some are easy. Either way, I'm capturing our life in the present, and that's what I set out to do. Seeing the patchwork quilt of our days makes me happy.
M and G writing out Valentine's cards for their classmates - at the rink, during S's ringette game. We looked for cards online, then printed and cut them apart right before going to the game. (Analog: Marble Arch filter)
Peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart - Unknown
Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice. - Anton Chekhov
You miss 100% of the shots you don't take. - Wayne Gretzky
You are getting your wants confused with your needs. - Stacy Julian's dad
We are weaving character every day, and the way to weave the best character is to be kind and to be useful. Think right, act right; it is what we think and do that makes us who we are. - Elbert Hubbard
I have made this letter longer than usual, only because I have not had the time to make it shorter. - Blaise Pascal
Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.
- Cyril Connolly
To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of
to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others;
to leave the world a little better;
whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;
to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is the meaning of success.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson