Today is Day 19 of the March Slice of Life – the daily writing challenge hosted at “Two Writing Teachers”.
The theme for the photo challenge I am using for inspiration today is “Bread”
Bread is my weakness. I lad of all kinds – especially freshly made and warm from the oven, butter melting into the bread itself. Yum
I have tried to buy whole wheat bread and buns, so at least I am getting a bit more fibre. But I could easily eat 3 or 4 slices of toast at a time.
Lately I’ve had an obsession for raisin bread, made in the store – as toast, with cinnamon and as French toast, with cinnamon, rolled oats and then maple syrup.
I still enjoy a toasted English muffin – with jam or with peanut butter and banana or even cream cheese.
For dinner, we usually have a small whole wheat bun, warmed in the microwave. It is especially good with chili and stew.
Toast for breakfast and for an evening snack – I suppose it is better than cookies or cake – for me anyway.
Today is also my Dad’s birthday. He would have been 95 today. But he only lived to 49, dying in 1972 when I was 20. From him I got my love of reading, my facility in math. I share his frame and hair. I learned a guiding lesson – no one is any better than anyone else, treat everyone with respect.
I may have repeated this story before, but it tells so much of who my father was.
At his funeral, an older man came up to me to give his condolences. He was a custodian in the branch my father was manager of. He shared that my dad always asked about his family and knew their names. He took the time to speak with him most days.
Dad never was a yes man. If his boss said something stupid, dad told him so. He would have gone far in the bank – but he wouldn’t bow to anyone.
I still miss him.
Today is Day 17 of the March Slice of Life – the daily writing challenge hosted at “Two Writing Teachers”.
The theme for the photo challenge I am using for inspiration today is “Green”
Green is one of my favourite colours – for grass, leaves – a definite sign of spring. It is also the colour of my eyes, sometimes. It’s also the colour for St. Patrick’s Day. No green drinks for me today though.
But the green I thought of was the colour of the new/old wine glasses I just bought. I was at a thrift store and tho I don’t buy glasses there, I was struck by these ones. A set of 4, they sparkled in the window bookshelf. When I picked one up, I was struck by its heavier weight and how well it fit in my hand. Two dollars each seemed steep for a used store, but I fell in love with them.
We have used them every day since, with a glass of red wine at dinner. My husband likes them as well. They fit his hand easily.
I visit thrift stores for their books usually. When I was teaching, I went for the jackets – too much glue and paint splattered on me made these cheap jackets a necessity in the classroom. But I always look at these stores as a win –win : I come out with something and I have donated to a good cause.
Today is Day 16 of the March Slice of Life – the daily writing challenge hosted at “Two Writing Teachers”.
The theme today for the photo challenge I am using as inspiration is “Money”
Money has never been that important to me. Yes, I need it and have worked hard to save it and it is nice to have. But, I don’t obsess over it and don’t worry about it much anymore. As a single parent, I worried but I was always able to find a way to pay my bills and get what my children needed.
Since my remarriage, we have gotten rid of all debt, paid off our mortgage and now live comfortably. My kids are settled, we have both retired and we are able to get what we need and usually what we want.
But now it is health that we worry about, and what hinders us. My hubby’s heart issues prevent us from travelling out of the country. And for that matter, even travelling too far away.
We had great plans to travel once we retired – to England, Australia, France. Money wasn’t an issue – now health is.
There is a saying by Lee Strasberg:
“Good health is the most important thing… More than money.”
So very true. Please – protect your health!
Today is Day 15 of the March Slice of Life – the daily writing challenge hosted at “Two Writing Teachers”.
(The theme from the photo challenge I am using this month for ideas is “Blue and white”.
BLUE AND WHITE
I wasn’t sure what to choose for blue and white until I noticed my heart-shaped container dresser. It is one of ten heart-shaped containers on my dresser that I use to hold my jewelry.
This one is ceramic, bought at a yard sale several years ago. It is hand-made and just a bit funky.
I still look when I go to yard sales or thrift shops, but I haven’t bought any of these containers for a while – even though I have been tempted a few times.
As I get older, I have come to realize that holding on to so many things has definitely contributed to too much stuff. I have collected birds (not too many) angels (too many), apples (a few) and spoons. But will my children even want any of these things? Probably not. They are already after us to downsize.
I read “The magic of Tidying Up” and when the author described holding everything you own and asking “Does it bring me joy?”, it struck me as almost an impossible task (at least for me).
I know I need to declutter. But while I still use these heart-shaped containers, they are safe for now. And yes, this little one, does bring me joy.
Today is Day 14 of the March Slice of Life – the daily writing challenge hosted at “Two Writing Teachers”.
(Today’s photo challenge prompt is : Clouds.)
I have always been drawn to clouds – in all their variety. On every trip I snap photos of clouds – big white fluffy clouds, dark menacing ones and all kinds in between.
Today’s clouds hinted at the flurries that have been threatening all day. We haven’t had much snow lately, but the dark clouds hold snow I am sure.
The sky was gray, with hints of white and blue this morning. As the day wore on, the gray extended in all directions. The temperature is at freezing, but by the weekend, we will have warmer, spring-like weather, again. Crazy weather once again.
Today is Day 13 of the March Slice of Life – the daily writing challenge hosted at “Two Writing Teachers”
(For the photo challenge I am using as the prompts for this month, the prompt is HA!)
The last laugh is on us here in Ontario. I know I have often said how thankful I am that I live in Canada and not under Trump rule. But, then on the weekend, another member of the infamous Ford gang was elected (with irregularities) as the new leader of the PC party in Ontario.
It was bad enough that crack-smoking Rob Ford was mayor of Toronto. Now we have his brother Doug chomping at the bit to be Premier of Ontario.
(Source: Toronto Star, page 1 from Sunday March 11, 2018) with my drawings)
The election is in June. Right now we have a liberal majority under Kathleen Wynne, who is unpopular. It is setting up to be a repeat of the 2016 U.S.election.
The alt right/religious right and white supremacists are surfacing from under their rocks to try to impose their hateful agendas on Ontario.
I shudder at what is to come and what is at stake. Hopefully, enough people will wake up, look at the disaster that is Trump and PC and vote against them.
Today is Day 12 of the March Slice of Life – the daily writing challenge hosted at “Two Writing Teachers”.
(Just a reminder that I am using a photo challenge to get the prompts for each day)
I don’t usually like pastel colours – I lean more to bold reds and blues. But then I realized that if I added an “S”, I’d have an art medium I have used: pastels.
Some pastels produce darker, thicker colours. The ones I used did not. I drew a quick rainbow – the colours were much softer.
The pastels are part of a bigger kit, which I haven’t used very often. I much prefer to use paint, but it was a relaxing exercise.
I did use pastels in my classroom and the students loved them. They loved to blend colours, using fingers most often to get the effect – blended colours and coated fingers. The means was definitely more enjoyable than the end result for them. For many of my projects, I have to say the same.
Today is Day 11 of the March Slice of Life – the daily writing challenge hosted at “Two Writing Teachers”.
As I thought about what was iconic in Cambridge, my mind quickly turned to the huge silver maple key near downtown Galt. It is part of the Cambridge Sculpture Garden and has been there since 2010. It was created by Southwestern artist David Hind.
It is huge – well over eight feet and sits facing the road, standing on its end. It is easily missed if you aren’t looking out for it. Once you see it though, you won’t forget it.
It is whimsical too. One maple key, standing up to the wind. It looks delicate but is quite sturdy. It is even part of the Canadian Roadside attractions tour.
Canada’s flag has the one red maple leaf, so this silver maple key couldn’t be more appropriate.
Today is Day 10 of the March Slice of Life – the daily writing challenge hosted at “Two Writing Teachers”
When I think of savory, I think of dishes that are spicy or salty. I seldom eat these, even chips. My go to snack has always been sweet – cookies, cakes, chocolate.
I’ll even eat cheese and crackers before salsa and chips.
Sometimes though, mixing these contrasting flavours can be delicious. This morning, while I cooked maple bacon for my hubby’s brunch (I had already made myself French toast with maple syrup), I couldn’t resist stealing one slice of the bacon. Yumm.
Sometimes a mixture of sweet and salty can make a great trail mix or spiced nuts. Usually though, I prefer unsalted nuts (I k – kind of bland, but healthy)
Today is Day 9 of the March Slice of Life – the daily writing challenge hosted at “Two Writing Teachers”.
After several weeks of spring-like weather (and a few records broken), we’ve had flurries and colder weather for a couple of days.
But, some of our plants have already started to peep out of the ground.
The forecast is for near freezing temperatures and more snow on and off for the next week.
This changing weather will really have an impact on flowering trees and plants. Can they survive? Do I cover them up? Or trust that they will somehow survive?