Chasing the Sunset
One night, I was chatting on the phone to my sister and I looked out the window and I just had to go and take pics of the sunset. If you know me at all, you’ll know that I’m a nature lover and I just love to appreciate a beautiful sky. So I had to run out and get these pictures. I was on foot so I walked as fast as I could in the direction of the sunset, all the while still having a convo with my sister on handsfree.
There I was snapping photos in the street with headphones on and talking away, which at first probably looked like I was talking to myself (the best/worst thing about handsfree). After I took enough photos, I turned to go home and every time I turned around the sky had changed and I’d be like, “Lyd, I’m going back for more pics, I just can’t help myself!” I turned around and headed back three times. That’s how much I LOVE the ever changing sky.
Seriously if you want to find a silver lining in your day, look at the clouds, look at the sky. And just think about how awesome it is. And how awesome nature is.
These photos were taken over the course of no longer than 20 minutes. Isn’t it crazy how the colours and intensities changed so much?? This series of photos ranks at the top of my personal favourites.
Hope you’re having a great day!! The weekend is almost here so hang on in there my friends!! (and if your job makes you work on the weekends, let’s not forget that work = money!!) XOX
That Honey Moon
Just after midnight on the morning of Friday the 13th, I stepped out on my back deck to capture the “honey moon”. Apparently, it’s the combo of being Friday the 13th and having this honey-coloured moon at the same time that makes it a rare occurrence. You can read the article about it and why it happens here.
I took these pictures with my Canon SLR camera and it never fails to blow me away. I can’t believe I can zoom in so much with it… I have a pair of binoculars and this camera puts them to shame.
I know it’s a bit after the fact but I still wanted to share these photos!!!
Happy Monday friends. Hope you all had a great weekend and an awesome summer solstice!! Summer is finally here WOOO!!! :) :)
Have a great day! XO
Long Time No See
Hey pals. Happy Monday! Hope that you all had a lovely weekend and that you’re stoked for the week ahead. Summer is almost here, and I know how excited my fellow Canadians are to enjoy it to the fullest!! One of the pics above is of the tree in my neighbours backyard (loved watching the seasonal transition!). I think I get more enjoyment out of watching that tree than they do for having it (think how crazy it would be to rake up after all those leaves in the fall?)!!! Also, a selfie of Craig & I with the town mascot Chimo! Sharing some of the things I’ve been up to lately! Hope everyone has a great week!
What I’ve Been Up To….
Doing: Going for walks, we’ve been walking everywhere! Watching the birds out my window: there is a crow versus grackle rivalry happening in our backyard, the grackles attack the crow and vice versa. It’s pretty awesome to watch the birds going about their daily lives. And I’ve been spending moments in heavy contemplation, doing lots of reflecting, and dreaming about the future.
Watching: In the past two months, I’ve been watching the little changes from spring into summer, we see it happen every year but I never took the time to really appreciate it. When I’m not looking out my window, I’ve been following a few shows: Nurse Jackie, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, The Bachelorette (getting sick of it fast), MTV: The Challenge, Free Agents (definitely my fave reality show EVER) AND last but not least, Orange Is The New Black (finished it in a week and can’t wait for more!!!!). (OK that was more than a “few” shows, oopsy.)
Listening To: HAIM and Banks and 2 Chainz (still keeping it gangsta don’t worry)
Thinking About: The future, all the while trying to live in and enjoy the moment (what can I say, I multi-task). LIFE. Always thinking about life!!! And I’m thinking about all the senseless crimes that have been making headlines (and have been forever making headlines). Sending peace and love to all the families of fallen victims.
Looking Forward To: Swimming, more campfires, getting our business up and running (it’s taken a long time but finally getting close). Whatever else the future brings!! :)
Missing: Family and friends, and the convenience of living in a big city! Small town living is so different, and it’s definitely not for everyone. I just really miss being able to find anything and everything you’re looking for at any given time! (groceries (specifically health food items), things to do, stores and restaurants that are open late, etc)
Thanks for reading! XO
Today marks the 54th day that I’ve been taking part in the #100HappyDays challenge. The basic concept of the challenge is to post a picture everyday, for 100 days, with the hashtag 100happydays. The main point encouraging us to live more in the moment and appreciate the little moments in a day. I really liked the idea of this and am always looking for something new to post on Instagram, so why not try this challenge!? So far it has been really enjoyable to think about what I’m going to post each day, at the same time, since I’m trying to live in the moment, I often to forget to snap a picture of that moment… Nonetheless the challenge is working and it’s been fun!
It’s not like I don’t have happy days on a regular basis, in fact, I always look for the good in any situation BUT I just really like doing photo challenges, so this was right up my alley!! The main reason that people say they can’t follow through with the challenge is because of ‘lack of time’ - and that makes sense totally… but I think that was the whole point of the challenge: to appreciate the little things amidst the busy moments!!
Above are some of the pictures that I’ve posted so far. When I look through what I’ve posted, one thing I realize is that I’m okay with finding happiness in the simple things. So far it’s been lots of pictures of nature, some animals, and some food…like I said, the simple things!! :)
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Easy Oven Roasted Potato Recipe
These are my fave potatoes ever! They are easy to make and taste like something you could get at a restaurant… plus you could make them for dinner or breakfast!!
You might already do potatoes like this but if you don’t, check this recipe out!
Things you need: potatoes (I like to use white potatoes, but any type are good here), extra virgin olive oil (or any oil you have on hand, coconut oil for even healthier option!), herbs and spices, salt and pepper, garlic powder or fresh, chopped garlic.
The secret is to heat your oven to 475F, super hot, basically just under the broil temperature.
Here we go:
These potatoes taste great on their own, or with a bit of BBQ sauce or ketchup!!
Tips: use 1-2 good sized potatoes per person if serving as a side, you could make these on the BBQ also: just wrap them in tinfoil and flip the package half way through.
Fishing (with the best lighting ever!)
We went fishing with our friends (you may remember them from my first time ice fishing!) on the long weekend, just for a little evening fish! I made sure to bring my camera because you just never know what you might see, I was so glad I did because the way the sun set that night made for the best lighting!
It doesn’t take much for me to be impressed by nature and around here it seems like the sky changes every 10 minutes, meaning lots of opportunities for sweet pictures. I’ve been challenging myself to try to live in the moment as much as possible, and enjoying nature is one of the best ways for me to do that!
To get to the fishing spot we got to cross the Abitibi river on a cable ferry (the last wrench driven cable ferry in Ontario!). It was my first time on a ferry in a vehicle so naturally it was pretty exciting for me lol!! We were crossing at the same spot where we crossed the ice bridge in the winter time.
We didn’t catch any fish that night but I caught lots of photos that I’m happy with!
Hope everyone is having a great week so far! Come back tomorrow to check out one of my favourite easy recipes! XO
Dam Road Trip
On the weekend, I passed on one of Craig’s fishing excursions and I went on a long drive with Craig’s mom, Cindy and stepdad, Grant, instead. They picked me up with a cooler full of food and we headed north in search of an adventure! Our destination was Otter Rapids Generating Station (which is a massive hydro dam) with a few stops along the way.
The drive has always been successful for them to see wildlife in the past so they were sure we would see something. Cindy and I had cameras in hand and we all kept our eyes peeled. Sadly enough, we only saw partridges and some other birds! They couldn’t believe it!
No worries though, we still saw lots of beautiful nature at it’s finest. We stopped at another dam in Fraserdale along the way, it was smaller than Otter Rapids but it was still interesting to see! These water flows were so strong that even the bridge going over them vibrates a bit. Crazy to think about how much power water produces. Plus the sound of it is thunderous and the mist seems to reach a couple hundred metres away.
After our final destination, Grant brought us to this gravel pit that was just loaded with rocks with fossils in them. I felt like a kid again searching for fossils. It’s funny how you don’t appreciate some of the random things you do and learn about when you are young until you are older. I filled my pockets with rocks like a 6 year old and now I can use them for a DIY project!
The only signs of life that we saw on the whole trip (other than the birds) were a beagle (someone lives right near the dam), and bear droppings. It’s the furthest north that I’ve been so far (if we only we could’ve seen the actual bears!)! So as you can tell by the map, northern Ontario is pretty uninhabited. It’s crazy to think about how much forest and untouched land there is up here. Here’s the thing though, on our road trip, we couldn’t help but notice how much clear cutting has been done… and sadly, I couldn’t help but wonder if the lack of animal sightings had anything to do with the serious clear cutting. I don’t know what to say about that except, SAVE PAPER PEOPLE. Trees take so long to grow and WE NEED THEM FOR OXYGEN and for animals to live in!!!
I had a really great day with the two of them and hoping that we see a bunch of animals the next time we go out, to make up for the ones we didn’t see this time!!!