Some recent “Bling” purchased at a “Bling Party”. A friend buys old, antique, and vintage jewelry and has parties where she sells them. Lots of fun and terribly dangerous for the likes of me!
I finally found some old photos of Mom, taken about 1936-1938 or so. She’d be 12 or 14 or so.
At first she couldn’t identify the location. However, after I showed her the photo on my iPhone and could enlarge them for her, she readily identified the location as “a botanical garden in Lincolnshire”. In looking for a likely place, I found that Lincoln has an arboretum and photos seem to indicate that the pond she is kneeling at, minus the flowers, are a match with the one at the arboretum. Gone are the gardens, sadly.
This week’s Photo Hunt challenge was “Two”… Just us two, me and my dolly, Susan. I was about 4, I think.
I should mention that the front of her hair really is cut off. I overheard people say that hair grows back faster if it is cut (probably in discussions over the hideous haircut and perm you see on my head in this photo). I thought this applied to dolls’ hair, as well and clearly recall “trimming” her bangs in hopes of making it grow. I can also remember clearly the smell of her hair and the smell after it was washed it with baby shampoo., and the texture of her hair…
I try to avoid waiting for anything but it is inevitable. When I am waiting, I often haul out my camera or my phone and just snap away.
I spend a lot of time waiting at the chiropractor’s office and often get caught up watching the patterns that the vertical blinds make on the walls and windows. Interesting how different the same image looks in colour as opposed to black and white.
One of the few times I enjoy waiting is when it is for a train to pass. Sadly, it doesn’t happen often enough, these days. With the freight trains, these days, it can take several minutes to go by. Here is one of the railway crossings. The barriers look very much like ET, don’t they?
My computer is being annoyingly slow (and the keyboard seems reluctant to allow me to use caps and I have to go back and redo those) so I may get this up before morning… or I might not. We’ll see.
This week’s Photo Hunt theme is “Covered”.
The first is a roadside hubcap seller West of Ottawa. the guy has a number of large racks covered in used hubcaps, some of them really cool!
The other day, we went for a drive and I visited an old, abandoned “Sugar shack” that I have been to before. There are a number of things strewn about the property. Some are covered in moss…
And, specially for Mumbai Daily, here is another something covered so well that you can barely see him… Can you? In fact, I didn’t even see him until I downloaded the photos from the camera.
There he is!
My contract ends today and my new six-month contract begins on Monday. Since I haven’t had a chance to take any real time off this year, yet, I decided to take this week off. I don’t get paid holidays under the contract I am on, though I do get benefits and pay into unemployment insurance as well as have my pension deductions, I can’t really complain.
Unfortunately, since my niece had an accident in my car and I didn’t want to go through the insurance company, I had a rather hefty repair bill. Actually, only part of the damage was from her accident. A couple of months ago, I was rear-ended by an SUV which pushed me into the vehicle in front of me. The damage looked minimal so I didn’t bother contacting the insurance company. I should have. While the only visible damage was to the rear bumper cover, the actual bumper, which in the Toyota Corolla is sort of spring-loaded and when hit moves forward and then back to cushion the impact, moved in, bent and then didn’t spring out again. Had we been in another accident it could have totaled the car and possibly caused injuries to whoever was in the car.
So not only did I have to have the front end straightened and pulled out; rad, oil lines, and washer fluid bottle replaced; front bumper cover, light assembly, and lenses replaced — I had to have the rear bumper cover replaced, the rear bumper pulled out and straightened. I also have been trying to get the rusty side door replaced or refinished so had it done at the same time. They also threw in some paint touchups and cleaned the interior… It was a whopping bill ($4756.21 CDN) and I really should have gone through the insurance but by the time I realized that there was more damage than I anticipated, it was too late to report it to the insurance company. Oddly enough, the other driver hasn’t, so far anyway, contacted me or my niece and she has tried to call him a number of times and left texts. He may (or the car’s owner, as he was driving someone else’s car) have contacted his insurance company but so far I have heard nothing from them, either.
I also had to rent a car until I got my car back so add on $700 and that is the full amount. But my car looks like new… of course, it practically is, what with all the repairs…
I wasn’t going to let the fact that I didn’t have my own car to hold me back so we took the rental out for a couple of our usual drives.
I stopped by a spot I had photographed in the Spring, a “sugar shack“, a building in which they used to make maple syrup. The roof had fallen in since my first visit and the moss was greener.
We found another small cemetery which I was able to catalogue and photograph, the Pepper family cemetery. Just 5 headstones representing 7 people. The gate is especially pretty.
There was another cemetery, far too large for me to catalogue but with three lovely little angels.
Then we happened on a couple of lovely apple trees. The first was a MacIntosh apple tree gone wild and the second… I’m not sure about. I managed to find a couple from the first tree which were free from worms and which were within reach. They was stunning in the early evening light.
Tomorrow we plan to head out on another jaunt. Hopefully, it is sunny because we want to head up into the Gatineau Hills to see the fall colours.
Monday was my 55th birthday and I had a party. I ordered a specialty cake from Kate Green Cakes in Beckett’s Landing.
This was my cake. Unfortunately, the light in the Elmdale where I held my party was pretty bad and the cake looks far too yellow… The photos below mine are the ones kate Green took., including a detail of the sugar paste poppies.