#1 Fan of the Farmer’s Market
The first time I went to our local farmer’s market this summer, I came home buzzing with excitement!!! I was sooo happy to know that I could finally get fresh, local, and in-season food. Since then we’ve been trying to visit every weekend and we always get an assortment of what’s available.
Every time we go we make sure to chat up the vendors and find out all the details of what they are offering. My favourite thing about those convos is that you can always see the passion in their eyes about what they are offering. Their passion is half of their natural sales technique.
The second half is the pure quality of what they are offering; from fresh veggies, garlic, and jams to handcrafted wooden toys to homemade soaps and bath products and MORE, the Farmer’s Market is a hot spot for awesome and unique stuff.
Some more of my favourite things about the farmer’s market:
- Supporting local business owners
- Reducing our carbon footprint by getting items that were produced close to us
- Getting seasonal, locally grown, non GMO foods
- Finding unique things that aren’t in stores
All of this love for the farmer’s market has inspired me to get interviewing as many of the vendors as I can so I can tell you more about them!! Stay tuned for a series of posts featuring vendors from the Cochrane Farmer’s Market! If you’re in Cochrane, come check out the farmer’s market before the summer ends, only open Saturday mornings from 930-noon. And if you’re not in Cochrane, check out your local farmer’s market and let me know what your fave finds are!
My First Dare Ever
A week ago today around this same time, I was reminiscing about the hilarious first time I ever played “truth or dare”. I was at a sleepover and my new friend was teaching me how to play the game and I chose “dare”. (newcomers always pick dare because they don’t know how to play the game) My BIG dare was to yell “I love (my favourite actor’s name)" out the window. I was probably about 7 or 8 at the time and all of my favourite movies around then had Robin Williams in them: Hook, Aladdin, Fern Gully, and Mrs. Doubtfire (of course). I totally remember just loving how funny he was and always anticipating his next movie to come out.
Back to the dare: the funny part of the story. I was SOOO embarrassed to have to do this dare, I seriously had to psych myself up to do it, which is hilarious since the dare was so basic and lame. To me, it was an opportunity for total embarrassment. I got ready for it, went to the window, and yelled at the top of my lungs, “I LOVE ROBIN WILLIAMS!!!”. I still LOL when I think about this story because it’s so ridiculous.
I wanted to tell this story on the blog when I thought about it last week and then, sadly and coincidentally the news broke later that day about him dying. I have lots of moments in my life that I would call “synchronicities”, I will think or say something and then within a day or two, that subject comes up again in a different way (unfortunately this time it was extremely tragic). It always boggles me.
I think it’s safe to say that everyone was pretty shocked when that sombre news broke. I know people die everyday but it’s not often that someone that you never met can actually be the source for so many good memories! Vanessa Hudgens said it nicely on her blog: "Over the years, he has brought my family together thru much laughter and tears in his work." I can totally relate to that.
"No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world." -Robin Williams.
You’re only given one little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.
Sweet Rosy Sky
We had a really weird day earlier this week where the sun had a haze in front of it all day making for some rosy coloured sunlight. It looked strange enough outside but the colour of the sun inside our house all day looked like the light of a sunset even at the peak of the day. There was rumour of some forest fires miles and miles away but I don’t even know if that’s what caused the mysterious lighting!!
I love the second pic the most because of the cute, tiny black speck which is a soaring bird! The bottom picture is from the sunrise on the same morning. Craig was up to feed the cats and caught it on the iPad. (he’s the best!)
Sometimes (usually whenever I DON’t have a pen around) I write sweet blog posts in my head and then forget to actually share them (a problem I’m trying to correct!!!!!). Hopefully, realllll soon, I’ll start overloading y’all and it will be awesome I promise!!! And until the aforementioned posts come out, maybe you could reminisce with me by perusing The 60 Day Project from last summer (so many fun times!!).
Hope everyone is having a great weekend! MORE SOON!!!! XOX
A week or two ago we went for a sweet little drive into the country… You know, the usual, we were hoping to spot some wildlife but we only ended up seeing cows!!! Just my luck. Cows are still fun though and it was even funnier because they were totally responding to us.
We stopped on the road and rolled the windows down and the big ones all started running away from us so we were calling them back and two of them stopped perfectly, one of them “moo”s super hard at us and then they kept running away.
Then with the baby ones, that brown one held a good pose for us and kept coming toward us (we think he wanted to come home with us). We kept calling out to them and that black one just starts moo-ing at us with a mouthful of hay. It was pretty funny and cute.
It’s so crazy to think that we have lived here almost eleven months and the amount of wildlife we have seen has been so limited!! Most of the people around here are hardly phased when they see something because they are so used to it but I’m still keeping my eyes peeled and my fingers crossed for wildlife sightings!!!
I haven’t even seen a moose since we moved here and I only saw one bear! Anyways — my search continues!
Hope you had a great long weekend! I’ve been making lots of changes to the blog and I’ll share the new features soon!! Thanks for reading! XO
Here are some of my final favourite photos from the #100HappyDays photo challenge that I did! When I look back, I think I got a healthy assortment of “good” photos and some pretty poor quality ones as well… Here’s the thing: my cell phone broke just shortly after the challenge started so that made it like an extra special challenge because I had to find ways to get these photos daily… So luckily enough I used mostly my SLR and Craig’s iPhone, and my iPad a few times (older version so the cam sucks!). So ya, it was like a double challenge for me, cool hey?! haha. (»click on the photos for more info!!«)
In other news: it’s raining AGAIN and it feels like Fall here!!! And not in that awesome “Indian Summer”, warm sun, light breezes, crispy leaves. It’s more like: “hey I’m sending a bone chilling, dampness just to remind you that the snow is just around the corner”. Not to be a downer but I know I’m not the only one who feels that way right now!!!!
Another thing: This past year has probably been the craziest one of my life (which is pretty crazy because I’ve had some wild years). Anyways.. I don’t want to bore you with details but I can delightfully say that things are finally starting to come together and that is amazing news for us. (Insert the happiest emoji possible here) And in the true nature of life, we still have so far to go! Breathing it all in and enjoying the moments. Like I’ve said before: find the happiness and positivity in each moment and they are all good moments. Life is always good, even when it’s bad. Trust me.
Also: what’s new with you??? I missed you!! How do you like the new layout? What should I add or change?
Thanks for stopping by!
PS. that last picture ^^ was shared on the “Northeastern Ontario Tourism” page on Facebook and I was stoked to see it there!!! :) It’s the first time something like that has happened for me so wooooo. AND it was shared twice by different German pages and since I’m half German I thought that was pretty wunderbar, YA.
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