Friday, July 31, 2015

Oh, Interwebs!

This is not man-made. It is a "fairy stone" formed by glacial concretions. See more of them at SpiritRock Shop.
Welcome to my periodic round-up of things I've found online that make me smile, cry, laugh, think, shout, or drop my jaw. 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Accidental Photography Expedition

Putting on the collar. (I'm in love with that little flick of his tongue.)

When I signed up for the Providence Bay Writers' Camp, I learned that the gorgeous photos on Gail Anderson-Dargatz's website (go take a look; I'll still be here when you come back) were all taken by her husband Mitch Krupp, many of them taken on Manitoulin Island. So I knew I had to bring my camera with me.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Apprentice Classics

Six participants in the Providence Bay Writers' Camp stand before a waterfall.
Most of the group at the 2015 Providence Bay Writers' Camp:
Mark, Wynn Anne, Gail, Dianne, Sonal, and Rosanna. Missing: Meg and Chantal 
Shortly after I retired in December 2013, I looked for ways to nurture my interest in writing fiction. At that time, Gail Anderson-Dargatz was offering novel mentorships -- something for which I was not ready (I'm still not). In February 2015, however, she announced a one-week writers' camp to take place in August on Manitoulin Island. This was right up my alley: immersion in writing and a great vacation all in one. I'll write about the vacation part in another post; for now, I'll tell you about the writing class.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Oh, Interwebs!

Look again. It's a Swiss bunker. See more pictures here.
(I probably walked by one of these when I visited my sister in fall 2014.) 

Welcome to my periodic round-up of things I've found online that make me smile, cry, laugh, think, shout, or drop my jaw. 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Mudslinging and Wordcraft

Dianne's hands

Don't you love it when travel and learning and experience collude to make a good experience excellent? That's what's happening to me this week.

Monday, July 20, 2015

The Down-side of Training a Large Dog (Updated)

Don't let those puppy-dog eyes fool you. 
I had a rough day of training our dog Kane last week. He's come a very long way from those early days when he spun me in circles and dragged me to the ground, but just in case I thought he was 'so over that', he gave me a little refresher course in An Excited Dog is a Powerful, Wild Beast 101.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Grammar Ninja: Encyclopedias and Babies

Don't be deceived by my radio silence, my grammar-loving friends. Grammar Ninja is alive and well and biting her tongue on a regular basis. Today's rant is short & sweet.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Well, I'll be.

I love this counter top even more now! 
Have you ever had something that you really liked a lot and then found out it was even better than you'd first realized? That's what has happened with our counter top.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Oh, Interwebs!

It's stinking hot outside, so here's a picture to bring a little reminder of how it could be: winter on Mount Washington, NH, which experiences "extreme cold, year-round snowfall, dense fog, heavy icing, and exceptional winds are some of Mount Washington's prominent features. The peak isn’t terribly high either — just 6,288 feet — yet it endures some of the planet’s most extreme weather comparable to those experienced on top of Mount Everest or on the South Pole." Read and see more here.

Welcome to my periodic round-up of things I've found online that make me smile, cry, laugh, think, shout, or drop my jaw. 

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Feed me, Seymour!

Poor Audrey II (the voracious blood-eating plant from Little Shop of Horrors). I completely identify with her/his appetite. Mine is insatiable. Truly. I can -- and have eaten a full turkey dinner with all the fixings while nursing an infected throat and then, half an hour later, wolfed down pie à la mode.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Skin Deep

February 2015 | The yellow tinge in this photo is because of the lighting, not because of the make up.
On a whim, I decided to have my make-up done professionally for Valentine's day this year. It was eye-opening in two ways.

1. I always thought I was pretty good at doing my own make-up, but I had room for improvement. (I now pay more attention to my eye brows.)
2. My eyes really 'popped' with the techniques a professional used.

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