Five sounds I love
- Delta, British Columbia, Canada
- I took very early retirement from teaching in '06 and did some traveling in Europe and the UK before settling down to do some private tutoring. As a voracious reader, I have many books waiting in line for me to read. Tell me I shouldn't read something, and I will. I'm a happy, optimistic person and I love to travel and through that believe that life can be a continuous learning experience. I'm looking forward to traveling more some day. I enjoy walking, cycling, water aerobics & and sports like tennis, volleyball, and fastpitch/baseball. I'm just getting into photography as a hobby and I'm enjoying learning all the bits and bobs of my digital camera. My family is everything to me and I'm delighted to be the mother of two girls and the Gramma of a boy and a girl. I may be a Gramma, but I'm at heart just a girl who wants to have fun.
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Five sounds I love
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Okay, my prediction is that either Jane or Marie will go tonight. What do you think?
I know I wrote about this TV show last year, but I have to say this year has to have the best dancers yet. I mean, okay the first few who got cut weren't that good and Wayne Newton did his best and I think only stayed as long as he did because of his fans. However, I have been blown away by the rest of them. Here's a bit of what I think of those who remain thus far.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Body image doesn’t necessarily equate to objective measures of attractiveness or subjective opinions of others. For example, someone might see me as attractive but I might have a poor body image. I might see someone whom I consider extremely unattractive but they might have a good body image.
As I was going through the family photo albums in preparation for my Dad’s recent celebration of life, I found many photos of myself as a child, teenager, and young adult. Most of my life I didn’t give my body or face much thought but as I got older, I thought of myself as too fat and just average looking. Now, looking at these photos, I can’t imagine where those images came from. I look at myself at age 19 and think "Wow, I was really slim and I had great legs!" At age 22, in a photo where I was caught off guard, I see a hip and pretty young woman with beautiful long dark hair and dressed in the latest styles.
So, why then did I imagine myself to be plain and fat? Well, truth be told, I did gain weight a couple of times in my life. First, after my back surgery in ’86, we moved to Ottawa where we didn’t know anyone. It took about a year to completely heal but in the lonely meantime, I hibernated at home while the kids were at school and hubby was at work. Over time, the weight came on. Dear hubby never said one word about my weight gain – ever! And it did come off, finally. The second time I gained weight was after my husband died. Food became my comfort as I avoided people and any activities where I thought everyone would be staring at me and thinking "poor Leslie." For me depression, anxiety, and emotional stress were the root causes of my poor body image.
I found that I needed to develop a positive body image and a healthy mental attitude towards myself as a woman. I had to accept that I’d gained weight and for health reasons I needed to get it off. I didn’t like my teeth, so I got them fixed.
I must remind myself that I am attractive to some and not so attractive to others. I should only care about how someone sees my heart and soul. I surround myself with people who influence my body image with positive comments.
If only we could see ourselves as others see us. It could be a great motivator to either help us improve our character or relieve us of our insecurities.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
I was starting to get a bit depressed from all rain we've had this year, so I decided to find some sort of rain music to cheer myself up. Hope you like this - if only it WOULD rain men! lol
I'm cooking comfort food tonight - homemade stew from my late Mom's recipe - complete with dumplings. It should do the trick. What do you all do when it rains so much?
Friday, October 19, 2007
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
This was the view from our hotel patio.
That day was obviously laundry day. Everyone hangs their laundry out their windows in Italy.
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Naturally I took along my camera and here is a shot through the trees of one of the fishing vessels that line the docks. I used the telephoto feature to make it look like it was peeping through the trees.
Here's an image of some of the hundreds of fishing boats lined on a Sunday afternoon.
You can buy fish right off the fishing boats by walking down a switchback wooden pier to get right up to the boats. Salmon is very popular, but you can buy all sorts of fish, including tuna and shrimp.
More boats lined up on a Sunday afternoon, here in a small inlet safe from open waters. Notice the two ducks swimming along
There is a "Fisherman's Wharf" at Steveston Village. Note all the seagulls hanging around.
Finally, a shrimp boat tucked away from the open waters, just waiting until Monday morning.
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Then I came up with a great idea...photography. I've always loved taking photos, so last year I finally gave in and bought myself a new digital camers - a Samsung Digimax 7.1 mexapixels. It's a very good camera for a beginner like myself so after using it for a while in the classroom, on holidays, and with family and friends, I've decided to start taking things seriously.
Yesterday, on my daily walk around the neighbourhood, I started noticing trees - the shapes and sizes of the trunks and branches along with the colours and textures. Standing under some of the gigantic trees and looking upward, I felt as though I could climb them and reach all the way to the heavens.
An idea was born. To honour my parents who have just been reunited, I will work on a series of photos of trees, photographed from below looking upward. Eventually, I'd really like to design cards with my photos on them.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
As a young boy, Dad was always on the soccer field and won his first medal at the age of 11. He was a popular player throughout his youth, and the Vancouver Sun published many articles about his prowess on the field. He later went on to play for the St. Andrew’s Football Club, which won the Dominion Cup in 1947. The team was inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame in 1986. Dad never lost his passion for soccer and became a linesman and referee, and ultimately the Northern Commissioner for the sport in the 1960s.
Dad was also an active participant on the golf course and enjoyed many a round of ‘flog’. He remained active in golf even after his retirement and played with the BC Tel Pioneers. He and Mom enjoyed many years of travel across Canada and to places like Morocco, Greece, Britain, Hong Kong, Japan, and especially to Spain where they returned many times to visit good friends they made there.
Flowers from my church family and Dad's retirement scrapbook.
The Memory Table
Dad's RCAF medals and memorabilia plus wedding picture
Dad's soccer trophies, medals, and memorabilia
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
The leaves are already starting to drop.
Maybe this is artistic? Or is it just a dead cedar bough?
These actually looked prettier in person.
It's quite fascinating looking up into a tree.
This tree was absolutely stunning in its brilliance.
Sunday, October 07, 2007
Jason and I with our sparkling cake
L to R: Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Leslie
Leslie with Sammy Davis, Jr.