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Burlington (17)

Hope Rises


I completely embrace this and – well yes, I have completely felt overwhelmed with the news, ISIS, Ebola, Politics… all going to hell. I have to remind myself “I can only control ME and how I react”

This is a good reminder if I allow my depression, anxiety, and fears overwhelm me? It’s like a pebble in the lake, it ripples out and effects those around me. I need to find the things I can control and the effect I can make.

It is a privilege to be alive, and the fact is, we need to start living each moment in the reality and while acknowledging the future not allowing it to overwhelm our present.

(PS: I know I’ve dropped off the planet, life is busy, I’ve really been trying to apply some focus on the moment instead of going through the motions)

Originally posted on SeeingSpotsPhoto.com:

Hope Rises

Hope Rises

“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.” – Marcus Aurelius

In the news this past week, I’ve seen powerful images of the people of West Africa who have been devastated by ‘the Ebola’, NYC gripped with fear, polls suggesting we close our borders to countries in need (which is reactionary and virtually impossible to enforce in today’s international society), three separate attacks on the brave people in uniforms that keep the citizens of Canada and the US safe and the pain of another community affected by a school shooting.  CNN is a total bummer.

With media being what it is, and the state of our world being what it is….it is so easy to feel overwhelmed and helpless in the face of all of the negativity.  “ISIS!  Ebola!  and YOU! ” It’s easy…

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BrockvilleCanada (20 of 25)

Foodie Foto Friday

A day late but oh well.  Life is a fast roaring truck barreling down the highway for me and I’m grateful for my down moments.  I’ve not spent much time on social media as of late, but when I go on I’ve tried to spend time actually reading through posts and news updates instead of scanning the bits of data like a montage on the news reel of my friends and families lives.

Last weekend hubster and I had a bit of a slow two days, it was nice.  The original plan was  chores and homework on the rainy day Saturday, but by noon we were pacing and ready for any excuse to get out.  Off we went to Alexandria Bay:

Appetizers of hot wings and fried pickles became a tasty lunch.   Only one more week before the stores of A-Bay close as they end the summer season to return next Memorial Day.

I adore hot wings!  The hot spicy sauce dipped in blue cheese dressing will not be denied!

I adore hot wings! The hot spicy sauce dipped in blue cheese dressing will not be denied!

The next day brought the sun back and the blue skies called to us. Back to A-Bay for an afternoon dive followed by a cafe lunch with much people watching.  I tried to love the local beer.  It just didn’t happen, sorry ruby canoe.


Thin sliced steak over greens with sweet cherry tomatoes. A fabulous lunch on a warm afternoon enjoying patio dining

Do you ever just eat an appetizer for your meal?!

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BrockvilleCanada (9 of 25)

FB Quotes

So I came across this picture of Meryl Streep (I adore her choices of character and find myself taken away in her movies) with this quote. The quote was first attributed as BY Meryl Streep before the original author requested that his authorship be recognized. Which could lead me onto a whole other blog about how people take Facebook posts at “Face” value and rarely bother to research the origins or validity of the post. But back to the quote:

Words that Meryl Streep lives by … “I no longer have patience for certain things, not because I’ve become arrogant, but simply because I reached a point in my life where I do not want to waste more time with what displeases me or hurts me. I have no patience for cynicism, excessive criticism and demands of any nature. I lost the will to please those who do not like me, to love those who do not love me and to smile at those who do not want to smile at me. I no longer spend a single minute on those who lie or want to manipulate. I decided not to coexist anymore with pretense, hypocrisy, dishonesty and cheap praise. I do not tolerate selective erudition nor academic arrogance. I do not adjust either to popular gossiping. I hate conflict and comparisons. I believe in a world of opposites and that’s why I avoid people with rigid and inflexible personalities. In friendship I dislike the lack of loyalty and betrayal. I do not get along with those who do not know how to give a compliment or a word of encouragement. Exaggerations bore me and I have difficulty accepting those who do not like animals. And on top of everything I have no patience for anyone who does not deserve my patience.”

- “I have no patience for cynicism, excessive criticism and demands of any nature” Maybe … aspire too (?) … I see myself approaching some of these “patience” limits. I trust my gut more, I avoid people who suck the joy out of life by embracing the negative. I don’t know that I avoid people with rigid personalities – they kind of fascinate me since mine seems to be so malleable to my place in time.


- “In friendship I dislike the lack of loyalty and betrayal. I do not get along with those who do not know how to give a compliment or a word of encouragement.” My past has seen a betrayal with women as friends and if I had stuck to the feelings I had from that? I would not have the women in my life I have now. My expectation of the type of woman who is my friend is really pretty simple: Be strong, be confidant, love yourself, and aspire to support one another when any of those fail.

Do you relate to this at all? Or does one line or another strike a chord? I’m a total quote person. I adore motivational pics and posts.

Diving the Keystorm

So our first dive was quite an experience. I was completely fascinated as we moved down the bow to the prop. So much so, by the time we got to the propellor and my DH asked me my air? I was down to 1025 PSI, when you dive the 1/3 rule applies and I had just gone past it. I didn’t make that mistake again this weekend. All was fine we got back easily with the current pushing us back to the bow, but a lesson learned with having a video camera and exploring, keep your computer in your view and check your air often! The time just FLIES down there…



By far one of Ontario’s best wrecks, built in England, this 256 ft, 2,300 ton steel freighter sank in 1912 after hitting a shoal. The coal cargo was recovered seven years later. A visit to the Keystorm reveals why she is such a favorite. She streches from her bow at 25 ft depth to 115 ft depth at the props. It is an inviting superstructure with easy access through her wheelhouse area. About midship it is suggested that you back away 50 to 60 feet to view the entire panorama. Don’t miss the air pocket trapped in the achor nest and the fatal gash on the underside near her bow!

Many thanks to this SOURCE: Divetech.ca

Darn it we missed the fatal gash!!!


Foodie Foto Friday

One thing I miss VERY much is living in Bavaria and being able to cross over the border and sample different tasty meals.  One favorite of ours was Czech Goulash:

Czech Travels

Goulash in Doubravka, Pilsen, Plzeňský


A savory broth, chunks of oh so succulent beef, fresh sliced red onion, and this amazing bread dumpling so incredibly chewy and ready to soak up the broth which was made with the local dark beer (Pivo).  Feeling the urge to try out some recipes.

May your foodie journey take you around the world!
Have a great weekend!

Teach a Girl to Fish

Um, what? Wait no.  I’m not the girl that likes to sit with a pole in her hand and just.  Well – sit.  It looks boring I must say (IT being fishing).  So when a buddy texted to ask if I wanted to join them by the river and check it out, I was like SURE.  And promptly packed my camera gear with the thought I would quickly be bored and want nothing to do with it.

I was wrong.  Yes. There, I said it.  Move along nothing to see here.


First Fishing Trip EVER, Blackstone River, NY

and only….

Fishing Black River

yup! This is the guy that said hook your OWN worm.

Fishing Lures

Got Lures?

First Fishing Trip EVER, Blackstone River, NY

Learning to “cast” my line

A few things:

  • You don’t just STAND there with a pole in your hand
  • If you want a worm on the hook?  I was told put it there yourself, this is a bit of a “squeamish” moment for me, because the worm will try and curl itself up and generally that means its going to try and wrap around your hand.  UGH.
  • Casting takes skill
  • Knowing how to actually HOOK the fish once it bites – takes skill
  • There is not one type of reel
  • There are many things under the water that can catch a hook
  • There are several methods to fishing and equipment you used based on the water and location
  • It is, actually … FUN!

I had a great time, I did get antsy a few times and end up pulling my camera out to snap some photos of the Black River Trail, but I don’t know that many of them turned out INSPIRING.   I see myself trying this again, but not in the “lets go buy my own equipment” type of trying it.

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Fishing Lures


Sun Star Black River


The end of the River for you Canoe



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