Good morning…

7:22 am. It is an absolutely gorgeous day so far. Our balcony faces East, I’m bathed in sunshine. It’s going up to 21 degrees. Sigh. Life is wonderful.

Janet Edmonds

Two weeks ago today my dear friend Janet died in palliative care in St. John’s, NL. 51 years old, bone cancer. Surrounded by close friends and family. She died as she lived, gracefully. She was an Actor by trade, a phenomenal one at that. We worked closely together a number of seasons at a summer theatre festival in Newfoundland many moons ago. The picture below was taken last summer when she visited Toronto. We had 3 glorious hours together which I shall cherish for a lifetime.

It’s too soon to clearly express…I’m still processing it. Heartbroken is a word I’d use. And grateful. Through action she taught us that no matter what life throws your way it can be met head on, eyes and heart wide open, with great humour, love and dignity. She didn’t allow cancer to define her. Instead she showed it her boot and said, Well if you’re here you’re coming with me. Try to keep up will ya? Lol. She had the BEST laugh. Chesty, charming and catching. She was unique which means there was only one ❤

It turns out another friend, who lives in Halifax, my hometown, has the same cancer. It was only a few days after Janet’s passing that I learned we’re talking months now. Well fuck. I couldn’t get home to see Janet. I was in school see and she was no longer able to handle visitors. But I’d had it. I was heartbroken and homesick (hadn’t been home in 5 years). I sure as HELL was going home to see Lynn. So, I put it out on Facebook asking for airmiles or aeroplan points to get me and my daughter Lily home, it’s important. I’m not working yet see…poor student, couldn’t afford to do it on our own. Lo and behold an angel came through for us. I found out Thursday morning and by that afternoon our eager arses were sitting on the tarmac in Halifax.  

Still processing our trip home too. It was an unforgettable whirlwind of love, salt air and meaning. Lily, who’s 8 now, got to spend quality time with her Auntie Danielle, my friend for 30 years, and her Nanny Jean & Auntie Joan on my husband’s side. 

Lily & Danielle

We were treated like gold, as is the East coast way.

Anni & I…I am a lucky woman ❤

It was also my 45th birthday on the Saturday…

Myself, Genevieve & Danielle…friends for 30 years…birthday brunch ❤

Old friends 😃

Myself & Rebecca, choir camp buddies since our teens…seeing ONCE the musical at Neptune Theatre, a gift for my birthday ❤.

Friends of mine who were in the cast of ONCE…Kirsten, Amanda, Cam, Me, Jon-Alex and Margot ❤

Myself and Margot Sampson…a fellow performer ❤

Doug & Danielle ❤…our loving hosts for the weekend

Myself & Jeremy Webb…Actor and Artistic Director of Eastern Front Theatre ❤

Kendra & I…friends for 40 years – HOLY poop!! ❤

Myself & Lesli Chandler…we performed together in the musical Cabaret at Neptune Theatre in the late-90’s ❤

Luckily Lynn had enough energy to see me Sunday afternoon. We had a whole 2 hours together!! I got to massage her feet and legs…it was…beautiful. Magical. Spiritual. Our time, it was love. She said she felt Janet was with us ❤. I feel indescribably lucky. Felt so good to give something of myself to one who has given so much of themselves to others. I love you Lynn. More adventures to be had 😄

Sigh☀️

At the airport Sunday evening waiting to depart…sad faces.

Here it is, Saturday again.

It’s been two weeks since Janet passed away. Still hard to believe. But I strive to live, love and be better. Every day.

Our time here is brief my friends. Make it count ❤

It’s 8:50 am…and I am bathed in sunshine.

Wed. May 31, 2017…after a 12 hour day at school. This is the face of a soon-to-be graduate. 2 more months of classes!!

Peace, love & light,

Julia

Reeeeeelax

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Self-Portrait...Samsung GalaxyS3

Chillin’ in the gorgeous warmth of the sun sipping a Corona post Spring cleaning for my Mum. Beautiful day. Feels good to clean, satisfying…meditative. Feels even better knowing I’m helping Mum.

She’s recently been diagnosed with COPD – Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease – which makes her breathing difficult. So, dust begone! Washed all the windows, cleaned all the blinds & screens.

Tomorrow more chores but tonight I’m treated to a delicious meal of roast beef – thank you Mum! One of my favorite meals.

Tis a good day.

Hoping you too are enjoying wherever you’re at presently ☺

Peace, love & light,
Julia

Subway “Street” Series

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Pose

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Gamer

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Denim

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Stride

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Steel Drum

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Incognito

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Subway Jam

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Reader

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Chillin'

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Warm cuppa

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Peaceful

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Hangin'

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Poser

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When will it end?

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Music prayer

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Silence

All photos shot with Samsung GalaxyS3 between January & February 2015 and edited with Pixlr

Cee’s Daily Post Photo Challenge

Another Rule of Thirds challenge, thank you Cee – I love it! Kindly click the link below for more entries:
http://ceenphotography.com/2015/02/20/daily-post-weekly-photo-challenge-rule-of-thirds/

Taken on our road trip to the west coast of Canada, September 2012 with Samsung GalaxyS3.

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Lily

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Steven

I hope you’ve spent an enjoyable day thus far ☺

Peace & love,
Jules

Miles

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Victoria BC 2013

He played Miles for me
Just because I asked
“Hey Irish!” he calls out
As I’m watching him
Taking it all in
How does he know?
But he did
I wish I could remember his name

Begs the question…

“Is there a house under there?”
Walkabout this morning with Lily and Mom’s pooches, in Bala, Ontario.

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Front door...

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Back door...

Beautiful sunny day, lovely walk, chill invigorating ☺