It has been an “off” day. I woke up this morning, got ready to go to work and felt crappy. My eyes were puffy and sore, I had a headache and I felt EXHAUSTED! As I mentioned yesterday, I’m not sure if I’m fighting something, or the last few months have caught up to me. I had a very quiet day at work, so chose to call in sick, and sleep. I slept for HOURS! I guess my body was telling me something.
THEN…when I woke up and flipped on the t.v, I saw that there had been a shooting at the Parliament in Ottawa. Not to get political, I don’t want this blog to be a venue for my opinions on that, but I wasn’t surprised. The world is in a state of disarray, and here in Canada, we are not immune. In the last two days, there have been attacks on soldiers and I’m assuming, politicians and we are but one country in a messy world. sigh. Why can’t we all just get along????? All this turned today into one of those days where I felt helpless to help the world.
But maybe it’s not my lot in life to change the world. Maybe all I can expect of myself is to change my own life, and the lives of those around me for the better. So I’ll keep trying to do that, to see light and beauty around me, to remain positive and hopeful in myself and humanity, and not to become cynical and bitter. Not always an easy thing, especially after days like today, but I commit to trying.
On a much brighter note, I think the sleep did me good. I still feel headache-y and tired, but I’m sure tomorrow will be more energetic.
So today’s pictures are all from home. BUT…some are wonderful (IMHO). Before I share those though, I will just share that today’s Photo A Day Challenge prompt is “V is for…” Violin…
And I used this picture on the 365 Days in Nature group…because it makes me smile.
And the smiles continued. Who couldn’t smile with this fluffy face looking at them? Hi Neva! She’s such good company when you are home during the day.
The condo across from ours is all under scaffolding. I feel the owners/resident’s pain.
These are the “tossaway” apples I have to make green juice. They are on our deck until they’re used.
I was out on the deck for a while (despite some rain) to take some shots of the birds that are going NUTS for the berries on the tree by our building. Not only did I take pictures….I consulted the Bird Book that was my Dad’s, and my mom has passed on to me to identify birds I don’t know. I LOVE this book…thanks Mom!!!
I didn’t need the book to know that this is a Robin. I didn’t know though, that they grab the berries, and swallow them whole. Which seems crazy to me, if you think about the size of their stomachs vs. the size of the berries.
I did need to book to identify these. The closest thing in Dad’s book is a Cedar Waxwing. (though the body colour is slightly different than the book, the head, the mask and the yellow tipped tail are certainly waxwing-y)
And they too down big berries in one fell swoop.
I think this one is a female Northern Flicker.
And I’m so excited. I’ve acquired a hummingbird feeder, and look what came by for a drink today.
Speaking of birds, we had chicken for dinner tonight. :) I baked it in curry sauce, made some basmati rice, steamed some peas, and had some chutney and mini naan bread on the side.
I’m now off to hit publish, get some sleep (again) and hopefully tomorrow will be more energetic and normal. Have a lovely Thursday all! And to my niece Katie, Happy Birthday!