It has been a long time. I miss my blogging friends and admit that facebook has substituted for the wonderful times I used to have reading about the lives of people from around the globe. Nothing against facebook at all. It has served us very well in many ways, and I still get to read about people around the globe, as many of my facebook friends were former students who have settled all over the world. My facebook page is linked at the side of this blog. For anyone interested, there are lots of posts describing the past year. But today, I have a yen to blog. I will not link up with any memes until I find some time to look up old blogging friends and leave comments. For now, just a catch up of some thoughts and recent photos.
Bill and I still live happily in Yaletown, Vancouver, BC, across from David Lam Park. Last winter, we saw no snow at all, but this winter has been very different. Here was the scene in the park a couple of weeks ago.
A few days later, all the snow melted and green returned to the park. Right now, though, more snow and a cold spell (dipping to minus 7 Celsius over night but more like O degrees in the daytime) has turned the park white again, and the streets are too icy for biking (one of our favourite activities).
Photo credit: Evelyn FordWe love the idea of remembering a child's generous and kind spirit by passing it on to those around us. Every month, Bill and I pass out a few photos of Sean, along with a Tim Horton's Gift Card and a snack bar to 6 people we find within walking distance of our apartment building. Last time we went out, we met Davin Boutang, a gentleman who is now in the process of rebuilding his life. He sells Hope In Shadows, a calendar with photographs taken by people who have recovered from dire circumstances. The street vendor gets to keep $10 of the $20 paid for each calendar. The rest goes into helping homeless people. Davin was very proud of this picture that was in the calendar. I took a photo of it from the calendar, so this is a photo of a photo of a photo of a photo (I think I have that right). It may not seem impressive at first..
Here is one of our first selfies. It definitely makes me smile. :)
I still love birds and enjoyed meeting this Red-tailed Hawk named Rusty a couple of weeks ago during a public education project at Granville Island. He was rescued and will not be able to return to the wild because of an affliction called Bumble Foot. He is very much loved by his rescuer.
We still love to attend movies and all sorts of cultural events. On Christmas Day, we saw La La Land and enjoyed it very much.
I met Mary, a dear friend (grandmother to Lilee-Jean) a week ago at Granville Island. This is the view of the Burrard Bridge, as seen from the island.
Do Not Say We Have Nothing. I set up my camera to catch this photo but must have erred with the settings as it is out of focus. Even blurred I hate this photo of myself but am trying to accept my wrinkles with grace. I post it here because Bill looks great and I love the memory.
Cameraperson. For those of you with a yen for interesting photography and deep reflection, this one is well worth your time. I snapped a couple of photos of the screen. Kirsten Johnson took us from her childhood..