Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge – Bend

thanks to Sue W and GC for hosting the Weekly Prompts https://weeklyprompts.com/2023/01/21/weekly-prompts-weekend-challenge-bend/

Bending implies that you or something is flexible, either physically or mentally. When a person bends mentally they are able to see both sides of an opinion or argument and can ‘bend’ or change their own way of thinking. Bending physically is easier to demonstrate in photographs.

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A bend in the path
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Bending over to pick up a stool
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Bending over to get in the picture
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Bends in the wooden stairway at the AGO
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Bending beams at the AGO
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Gargoyles bending over at the castle in France
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Bending in for a kiss
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Bend and stretch
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Bending her body coming down the bend in the slide
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Bending over to bowl

Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge – Warning

thanks to Sue W and GC for hosting Weekly Prompts https://weeklyprompts.com/2023/01/14/weekly-prompts-weekend-challenge-warning/

It’s too bad that people can’t use common sense and avoid dangerous situations or take precautions. It’s for that very reason that we’re inundated with warning signs wherever we go. I do appreciate signs that give us helpful information and directions, especially when we’re hiking in an area new to us.

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Olive would be a snack for a hungry coyote.
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Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge – December 17, 2022

thanks to Sue W. and GC for the prompt ‘wish’ https://weeklyprompts.com/2022/12/17/weekly-prompts-weekend-challenge-wish/

What do you wish for this time of year? Presents, time with the family, solitude, Peace, good health…..?

My wish for all is whatever brings you happiness. Presents are nice and I love to give them but the other things on my list are more important to me. I loved spending time with my granddaughters and my family this year. That was my number one wish in 2022.

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My son, daughter-in-law in England

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My Granddaughter in New Brunswick

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Travelling with my husband when he was well

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Walking on the beach at my cottage with friends

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Evening Walks on the beach with family
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Celebrating with friends

Weekly Prompts Weekend Edition – Easy

thanks to Sue W. and GC for hosting Weekly Prompts https://weeklyprompts.com/2022/11/19/weekly-prompts-weekend-challenge-easy/

When I need to take it ‘easy’ I like to doodle or paint. This particular painting was ‘easy’ to do and helped me momentarily to take my mind off of our health issues. Thankfully we are both fully recovering.

I call it The North Shore After the Storm

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Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge – Heaps

….Thanks to Sue W. and GC for hosting Weekly Prompts https://weeklyprompts.com/2022/10/22/weekly-prompts-weekend-challenge-heap/

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Heaps of snow
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…of raw shrimp in the shell
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….of blooms
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…of soft pillows
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…of gourds
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of tomatoes
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…of vegetables
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…of stone
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…of squash
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….of children’s books

Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge – Review

….thanks to Sue W. and GC for hosting the Weekend Challengehttps://weeklyprompts.com/2022/09/24/weekly-prompts-weekend-challenge-review-3/

Reviewing my day in Hamilton. Had I known that I was going to do this I would probably have taken more photos.

My daughter and daughter-in-law had appointments in Hamilton to get their hair done and the car isn’t very reliable anymore for long trips so I volunteered to drive them in my car. I haven’t been back to the downtown core of Hamilton since our daughter moved to New Brunswick.

The first thing I did was drop the girls off at the salon and then I drove to Denninger’s. It’s a German deli that has been in Hamilton since Rudolf Denninger immigrated to Canada from Germany with his wife. The family owned business has grown from the original store on King St. in Hamilton to 5 stores, a warehouse and a manufacturing facility, employing 300 people in southern Ontario. https://denningers.com/pages/about-us

The visit was bittersweet because so many things in the store reminded me of my father, who passed away almost two years ago. I picked up many things that had a special meaning for me. My father loved chocolates, herring and small oranges like clementines. The cashier asked me if I was all right because I had tears in my eyes. I told him they were happy tears. I spent way too much money.

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After my shopping trip at the deli I drove back to Mulberry and MacNab because I knew that I could park there for free and I walked up James St. to the wool shop. I had some money left on a gift certificate from the Hand Knit Yarn Store. It wasn’t for a large amount but I thought I would check out the new merchandise. I haven’t been there since before COVID, over two years ago. Everyone was very friendly and using up the remainder of the gift card was no problem. Again I spent way too much money. https://handknityarnstudio.com/

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After my purchase of yarns I walked around the corner to Arcana Salon https://www.arcanasalon.ca/ to check on the girls. Andrea had another 1 1/2 hours to go, so I walked back towards my car and my favourite coffee shop in Hamilton, Mulberry Coffeehouse https://www.mulberrycoffeehouse.com/. Along the way I stopped to take some photos of flowers and Interesting doors.

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Once I was in the coffeehouse, I ordered a tea and a breakfast sandwich. It was very busy, as it always is and I was lucky to find a seat at a counter. I pulled out the book that I am currently reading but I didn’t get too far. Josie walked in with her new haircut and wanted to visit the Farmers’ Market which was within walking distance from the cafe. When I finished my tea we made the trek to the Hamilton Farmers’ Market and we were delighted to see that most of the vendors had survived the COVID restrictions and closures. I purchased two large bunches of basil and garlic after overhearing another customer talk about making pesto with his purchase. I thought it was a great idea. In the next post I’ll show you our busy day making and putting the pesto into jars.

Andrea met us at the market. We walked around a little bit more and I treated myself to a bunch of flowers. My Dad also enjoyed buying flowers for me and my husband used to do it weekly. We headed back to the car with our bags of produce in hand and then made our way back to Toronto.

That evening we shared a meal together and I cooked up the spaetzle that I bought earlier. Kevin had made a lovely beef stew that complimented the German noodles perfectly. To burn off some of the calories from our meal, the girls and I and Olive went for a long walk through the neighbourhood. What a perfect day!

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Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge – Twin

….thanks to Sue W and GC for hosting Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge https://weeklyprompts.com/2022/07/16/weekly-prompts-weekend-challenge-twin/

It’s difficult for me to post on the weekend when I’m at the cottage. I have no electricity or internet. I’m lucky if I get a bar or two on my phone. If I do it’s short lived and I can quickly check for messages or a few emails. Hence this weekend challenge is being posted on Tuesday.

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Husband’s gift to his twin granddaughters
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Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge – Middle

thanks to Sue W. for hosting the Weekend Challenge MMihttps://weeklyprompts.com/2022/06/18/weekly-prompts-weekend-challenge-middle/

Closing in on the middle of flowers can sometimes be tricky. If the wind is blowing the petals move about. Some flowers are so dense that the middle is never revealed until the petals start to fall. Tulips centres are dramatic and reveal themselves soon after the flower has opened.

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