Friday, May 14, 2021

Flowery Friday 2

Linda has been working hard on garden stuff. There have been several trample and grab raids, I mean, shopping trips for bedding out plants and baskets. The selection has not been as nice as she would like, but to my uneducated eye it all looks great.

The garden is being firmly brought under her green thumb for another season. Hanging baskets are in progress. We're still getting frosty nights, so the dahlias are not planted yet. Stay tuned for a garden tour.

This Friday's flowery tour starts April 25 and goes to the end of April.











Of the Day
Driftwood

Celina



Artsy

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Metal

From tulips yesterday to metal today. Small delicate flowers to heavy clunky rusty metal. You never know what you're going to get with this blog.

Normally we think of metal as being a smooth shiny surface. Kind of boring. But leave it for a while and it gets interesting.








More recently.




Of the Day
Driftwood
You could be forgiven for thinking this was metal, or rock, but no, it's actually driftwood. Or was. Maybe it's petrified.


Celina

Flower

A different sort of artsy


Wednesday, May 12, 2021

First tulip blooms

Last year the tulips really put on a show. I love to get the light shining through them just right so they look like molten glass. Nothing really quite like that so far, but only a few have opened up. Oddly enough, the very first one was in the back garden, really early May. Next was the side bed, then the front patio. All these are sheltered from the sun to some extent. The front beds get the best light, and as I write this a red tulip is opening up. You can bet there will be photos of it soon.






The summertime dramatic clouds are getting started, with me not getting a good angle on them yesterday. I'm hoping to be out and about this year and get some good photos of the popup thunderstorms. Not that I'll become a storm chaser or anything. 

The various wine kits are coming along, in between lots of puttering around the house. I've got a (self-generated) list of things to do, and plan on chugging through them in an orderly way. Spring is here, after all. Though really, today is one of Calgary's summer days. They can happen any time, really. It's like someone put the seasons in a blender.

Found this photo while I was looking for the driftwood of the day, and was thinking beach thoughts.


Of the Day
Driftwood
If I'd had more time, and some supplies, I'd have totally fastened some sharp stones on this to look like teeth.

Celina, from an outdoor morning.


Flower



Sunday, May 9, 2021

Snowy Serendipity Sunday

Early May. Still snowing every now and then, which isn't a surprise. 

In the current binge news, we are still going hard on Grey's Anatomy. Rolling our eyes a bit (a lot) in places. Still, if you take it for what it is, relax, and go with the flow, it's pretty amazing in places. Sometimes the back and forth, will they or won't they, gets on our nerves and we want to scream 'get on with it!' or 'Tell them!', but that's a sign you're invested in the characters. 

Not all of them are likeable, or even trying to be likeable. Some of them are jerks or worse, at least some of the time. We are constantly amused by the 'man-whore' (and that's what he calls himself), but he's good at what he does, and he is growing up. As well, some of the guest stars make us perk up and go hey! Like one of the characters in some scenes with him, from Sarah Conner Chronicles.  Or like Cynthia Stevenson, who was Joy Lass in Dead Like Me, pondering a cow or a pig. 

We woke up to some light snow this morning. Not a surprise for May in Calgary. Normally daffodils are pretty cheerful in the snow, but these don't look too happy about it.


I liked the snow almost sliding off the truck, but first, not one, but TWO serendipity! The first from fall 2016, and the second from 2017. These may have been blogged and not tagged as such. 




Yesterday was bottling another wine kit, the Double Noir. Enough was left so we had a sampler. It's really tasty right out of the carboy. Some bottles got washed yesterday, and more today. Maybe I'll work on some of the boxes and glass shots that I almost have in mind.

Of the Day
Driftwood, though I suppose it could also be a micro-landscape.



Flower
Well I guess, almost a flower. First rose shot of the year.


Celina



Front Garden, but first yet another serendipity. I can't believe I didn't blog this, one way or another. Like I said, maybe I just forgot to tag it. I like seeing these. It's one way of going back and revisiting shots. 



Artsy


Friday, May 7, 2021

Flowery Friday 1

Last year I got so far behind on flower photos, and knowing many of my readers like to know what's going on in the garden, I started doing a weekly catchup of flower photos that hadn't yet made the blog. I'm thinking I'll do much the same this year.

There's not a lot of rules to let you know what to expect. Generally it's flowers from our garden that haven't been blogged for whatever reason. They'll be in date order, oldest to newest, and might be quite  behind the times, depending entirely on how many photos I take vs how many get blogged. There's no rule about how many get posted, but generally it will be all up to whatever date seems appropriate. I probably won't tell you what they are. Beyond a few that I know, like rose, lily, tulip, daffodil, peony, it's all Latin to me. That might mean only a few photos, or it might mean many. You'll just have to wait and see.

This has been a long break in blogging by my standards, nearly a week. I've been thinking. I'm pretty sure that aside from the possibility of a few hours here or there between now and the end of June to wrap things up in a neat bow and hand them off, I'm done paid work in oil and gas. I might get paid for photo or writing projects, but I'm not out pounding the pavement looking for 'work' in those areas. Just my own projects, for my own amusement, and whatever money happens is a happy surprise.

I've had lots of breaks between contracts, of course. Every contractor does. But most of the time you're hustling for the next contract. Well, except for me over the last several years. I haven't looked for work since May 2012. In fact, potential employers have tracked me down, once even when I was in New Zealand. It's flattering. But this one is coming to a close, and there's an air of finality about it that's hard to describe. Before, I'd said I was done, but left the door open for something interesting. Now, just on the walk today, I was thinking, 'what would it take to make me accept a contract?' 

It would have to be something pretty special. I don't enjoy the work as much as I used to. My financial advisor tells me I don't need to be doing it for the money. Excel has become an anger inducing experience, and let's not even talk about Word, or (gasp) MS Access. With COVID I don't even get the pleasure of seeing actual people, and no idea when that will change. Even then, I'm not going to miss the commute, though going downtown made it very convenient to keep a Repsol membership to swim. 

I've been making lists for a while, but it's coming time to dive into the actually nitty gritty and start getting them done. COVID permitting, of course. Don't get me started on Alberta being the worst jurisdiction in North America for infection, and right up there with the other bad boys of the world. Kenney is to blame, trying to pander to his idiot base.

So, a happier topic. Flowers, starting April 12, going to April 20.











Of the Day
Driftwood


Celina