Election 2015, the Blue Jays an’ other shtuff

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Monday October 12th, 2015

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GO JAYS GO! The Toronto Transit Commission representin'! My bus ride to the polls. #cometogether Monday October 12th, 2015

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Sunday October 11th, 2015

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Lady bug lady bug, fly away home...

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Koko, a sweet distraction from my studies... October 2015

Two major events are occurring in Canada presently – the Federal Election which will elect a NEW Prime Minister come October 19th (all fingers crossed) and the Blue Jays present bid to become ALDS Champs which will move them one step closer to playing in the World Series. I am a true blue baseball fan especially when playoff time arrives and I am definitely a voter.

This is a very exciting time for us Canadians. It’s been 22 years since the Blue Jays won the World Series which I remember watching with heart on sleeve pint of beer in hand…and it’s been ten years of Stephen Harper’s “dictatorship” that has seen our country’s good name drown here at home and upon the world stage. I barely recognize this country anymore. It is time for change and
I guess you could say this is one helluva’n October we’re not likely to forget.

Standing in line yesterday at the advance polls awaiting patiently my time to exercise my right to choose, I became a little verklempt. I am an emotional creature, yes. But when I consider there are people in this world dying for the right to practice democracy, this knowledge drives the point home that I am truly privileged and lucky to be have been born in a free country. I have a burning, passionate desire for change on the political front. It’s time Harper became a name of the past. #heavesteve is a popular hashtag I use faithfully. I believe, I KNOW I am not the only one who feels this way. In fact the voter numbers from the advance polls shows an increase of 34% over Election2011 and a 90% increase over Election2008. I can’t help but feel this is due to a massive burning desire felt all across this beautiful country of ours to #heavesteve!! I have never felt as invested in an election as I do now. Hence the emotional me standing in line waiting to vote yesterday.

And if that weren’t enough, I also watched game 4 of the ALDS playoffs while eating my Thanksgiving dinner beside my handsome hubby whom I deeply adore. AND. THEY. WON! 8-4 over the Texas Rangers #thisishowwedoit. They were down 2 games going into game 3 in Texas Sunday to play do or die. They came back big time winning the next two games to secure the 5th and final one of this series back here in Toronto. Tomorrow. When they win. This city will erupt with the likes of which have not been seen and heard in almost a quarter of a century. Yep. I’m damn excited. I’m thinkin’ the same can be said to occur nationally next Monday October 19th when we attend Harper’s going away party. I am going to stick my tongue out at Steve, jump up and down and clap my hands like a little child. Oh and do my happy dance. And most likely cry lol.

In other news a lovely ladybug flew in for a brief visit Sunday afternoon…

I’m also on a week off from classes to study for midterms next week. I have four in total. Three written and one oral practical exam where I have to show the examiners all the massage techniques I’ve learned in proper sequence. A little nervous about that. Wish me luck!

Until next time…

Peace, love & light,

Jules

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Day 2 – Black & White Photo Challenge

I’ve been nominated by Lucile de Godoy (http://wp.me/p4W3q8-Kd) to participate in a 5 day/5 story black & white photo challenge. You must check out her blog, she’s one very smart, cool lady living in one of my favorite cities, Amsterdam, and her photography is spectacular. I’m pleased to call her a new friend ☺

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There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats.

– Albert Schweitzer

This is our cat George 🙂 taken today March 5th, on a Nikon D90 35mm 1:1.8 edited with PicMonkey.

For day 2, I’d like to invite Joanne at Mum…How Much Longer? (http://wp.me/p1xf1m-3ft) to join me in this challenge.

The rules of the 5 Photos-5 Stories challenge are:
1) To post a photo every day for 5 days
2) To write a story to accompany your photo for 5 days (this can be fiction or non-fiction, a page, a paragraph or a poem)
3) To nominate a different person each day

Rule of Thirds

‘The Rule of Thirds is a photography concept that puts the subject of the photograph off-center, which usually results in blank space in the rest of the image. If you focus closely on your subject and use a wide aperture, your photograph’s background will also be beautifully blurred in that blank space. The blurred area behind your focal point is referred to as bokeh, and when executed well, it adds depth and artistry to an otherwise simplistic photograph.’

Kindly click the link below for more of this week’s entries 🙂

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/rule-of-thirds/

I don’t take this rule consciously into account when I shoot but I know I’m aware…it’s just how I naturally see things. Apparently I tend to lean towards the right lol.

Just some every day household beings…shot with my Nikon D90, 35mm

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Sleepless in Snow Town

It’s 6:00 am here in Bala, Ontario…I fell asleep with the little one woke up at 1:00 and have been awake ever since reading blogs. I did take a few sweet night shots with the Nikon though which amused me greatly. And I do love having the uninterrupted time to just read scroll read scroll appreciate and find new blogs but man I’m gonna pay for it today. I see a large nap in my future…My favorite tag is of course photography ~ so much beauty to behold. Loves it.

What do you do when you’re sleepless too?

6:00am…my usual waking time. Might as well make the coffee lol

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George

A L’il Lift Me Up

In an effort to combat the greyness…a few colorful festive shots playing with my new 35mm lens in manual focus 🙂

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our wee little tree 🙂

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George’s spot

peekaboo

peekaboo i see you

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him

ball

peeking at you again

elephant

latin elephant

 

duo

duo

ribbon

golden

May the sun be shining wherever you shine 🙂

Blessings,

Julia

Fur Bros.

For several months in the winter of 2004 I cat-sat for a friend…these photos are the result of the awesome time we spent together. Very loving, silly, affectionate friends. I am neither a self-proclaimed cat lover or dog lover. I most defintiely am an animal lover 🙂

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brothers

brothers

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conversation

hi

hi

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i swear it’s here somewhere…

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kittychillin’

lickit

lickit

loungecat

lounge cat

noble

noble

sweettalker

sweettalker

toes

pussin’ toes

what up

what up

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sweet green pea

Thank you for being here 🙂

Peace, love & light,

Jules