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Thursday, September 13, 2012


That's how long ago I started up this blog,    not that it is used near as much today.     Everyone who reads this are all on Facebook and it often seems pointless to post about the same things both here and over there. However,    I am reluctant to stop blogging altogether so I decided this is a good time to post something here.  :-)

So!    I am halfway through my 3 week vacation at home,    and I'm loving it.     Except for the fact that I have finally succumbed to a nasty head cold that has been going around like wildfire,    my time away from work has been both productive and enjoyable.

During the first week, I worked on my "big" project, which was re-doing my bathroom. It's been 10 years and needed freshening up.
I rather like the aquas, blues and greens as it is very calming to walk into.     When I first re-did my bathroom 10 years ago I was 50 years old.     This time,  at 60,   climbing up to paint the tops of walls that I can barely reach without falling off a ladder (I have a height thing) I was thinking that if I do this again in ANOTHER 10 years........ well I just can't picture myself doing this again at 70.      I think I'd hire someone just to paint the walls,  LOL.

I have several small wood pieces that are used for storage in here, 3 apple crates, a bookcase, and a couple of small counter top storage items. All of these I re-painted as well, to match the colour scheme.
The "old" bathroom look was fun, red, blue, green and yellow. But the 10 year old towels were getting thin and I couldn't find the same colours.      So I decided an entirely new, more grown-up look was in order.    I like it!

And yesterday my photographer buddy (sister Pammie) and I FINALLY got out with our cameras.    We went to a peaceful little cemetery just a few minutes drive from our house.

It was the most perfect day for it.     Neither Pam or myself can hack hot weather,   and after the scorching summer we had this was bliss to be out in.      The sun was shining,   the temperature was NOT hot, and there was a breeze.      

It was a lovely couple of hours spent wandering and snapping photos of pretty little things left at gravestones,     and of the beautiful treed vistas.

There were just a few trees here and there that were showing the very start of autumn colours beginning, but mostly everything around the city is still green. Very late for autumn colours to start showing here!

We only got through a very small area so we can go back again and again when the need for peaceful surroundings hits us.     That's nice.  :-)

While we were there,    a small funeral procession came in,    led by a hearse and then a piper.     We moved off to a discreet distance and then listened as he played Amazing Grace on his bagpipes.     That always reminds me of our Dad's funeral 36 years ago,    and makes me a bit misty-eyed.      It was so beautiful.

Pretty well treed cemeteries are our favourite place to walk around in,     there is so much peace.     We always pay our silent respects when we go in,    and as we leave.

Each September while on vacation we have a "photo date" with a young friend I work with,  Shilo.     We have had lovely weather,     but there have been 2 separate days where it was cloudy,  rainy and windy.     Twice now we've had to cancel our outings with her because those were 2 days Shilo could get together with us,    and then weather barred us from going both times.      We have one more chance next week when she's on a day off,    and so far the weather forecast looks good!

Last year we started an annual outing that we call "DAMS" day.    (daughter, aunty, mom, sister)    Pam and myself,     another sister Brenda,   and her daughter (our only niece who is now 15) all go out for brunch and then browsing around little shops.       That was supposed to be this coming Saturday,    but Brenda caught this evil cold,     now our niece Ceara has it,     and I have just got it.      So we've had to cancel,    nobody is feeling very well and we don't want to pass this on to Pammie either.       We'll just have to pick another time,    and enjoy ourselves when we're all feeling better.    :-)

Other than a couple of birthday get-togethers (one being an afternoon with my best friend Michele) I don't have much more planned for my vacation.     Just some rest,    relaxation and feeling better before I have to head back to work.

This coming Saturday is the official First Day Of Autumn,     welcome to my favourite season!  

Love Jude


Blogger Jeremy Ryan said...

Glad that you have enjoyed your time off and made good use of it. I'm a BIG fan of the color BLUE.

Re-doing the bathroom sounds more like work and not a vacation. :) At least you have something to show for your vacation.

The PC term for the height thing is called vertically challenged. Funny how with age we shrink. I saw my partners cousin about 3 years ago and you could tell she got way shorter. Somehow that doesn't seem fair. Just as long as your able to reach the faucet, counter top and cabinets I suppose you will be fine! :)

Something else I have to look forward to...shrinking.

Cold season, yeah folks down here are going through that as well. I sure hope that you feel better. I also hope that I can continue to avoid and out whit the germs.

Enjoy your weekend and good luck when you finally have to go back to the daily grind. That will be tough but once your through the first day, it all seems to gel.

I miss your regular posts here but understand that FB is the new medium for communication. Gotta stay hip to the technology.

All my best - Jeremy

10:42 PM, September 14, 2012  
Blogger Jude said...

Well it wasn't too bad, it was a couple of days work on the bathroom really and I can't do something like that when I'm working... so it's best on my 3 week vacation. :)

I AM vertically challenged, I'm only 5'2" and at my age who knows, I might have shrunk some!

I still have next week off before I need to head back to work, so hopefully I'll be feeling much better before my vacation ends!

Have a great weekend my friend, and thanks for stopping by! xoxox

11:07 PM, September 14, 2012  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bon dia, Jude!

Yeah -- so happy you're still blogging. Congrats to your Blog presence for 8 years...that's amazing! I know exactly what you mean as for as posting here and on Facebook. I used to feel the same way but I feel that my drab thoughts aren't suitable for FB for the sheer sake of boring content. I know close friends would care but others would just pass on by. So thank you for sharing your thoughts here on your blog.

Yeah for house projects! The bathroom looks great. I don't paint that much during projects - Ro says I'm not talented in that department so I supervise! You did a great job - love the color!

Glad to see that you and your Sis enjoyed quality picture taking time. Beauty just minutes away from home - funny how snapshots have a way of reminding us about those precise moments. With just a glance of a pic that you took, you can remember the sound and smells during exact moment you snapped the pic. Thanks to running, I've ventured out to morning runs and walks further away from home just so I can snap shots that normally I wouldn't. We're getting older but still so young at heart.

Hope you're off to a great week. Sending you much Love from Phoenix, Arizona! xoxoxoxoxo

6:33 AM, September 18, 2012  
Blogger Jude said...

Xavier you are so right! We're getting older but still young at heart. :-)

The things you talk about never "bore" me, I enjoy catching up on what's happening in your life, your feathered loved ones and your spiritual moments.

And yes, photographs hold a lot of memories don't they.... just like hearing a song that you haven't heard for a long time, it brings back the feelings of that time.

Have a wonderful week my dear friend! xoxox

8:53 AM, September 18, 2012  
Blogger Dick said...

Well I'd guess that you are back to work now. I hope the rest of your vacation was even better than the first part. I tend to keep track of my time by the week and since yesterday was Sunday, today must be the first of the six Saturdays.

My blog is almost 7 years old and I, too, have cut back a lot on how many posts I make. A good part of my cutback is because what I was doing when I started the blog, the original reason, isn't happening anymore and my day to day life is pretty boring. By the way, I don't do Facebook so the only way I can keep in contact with my old blog buddies is through their blogs.

I like that cool blue look. I have read that overall with people, blue is the most popular color.

11:43 AM, September 24, 2012  
Blogger Jude said...

Thanks Dick, glad you like the "new" bathroom colour. :-)

I do miss your posts on your blog, but every now and then is better than never hearing from you. I love when you take trips with Pat and post photos. :-)

1:27 PM, September 24, 2012  

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