Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers

This week I chose something that has multiple layers of meaning that may not be evident on first inspection.

Jacket

This jacket is itself a layer of clothing. The badges and buttons give another layer of meaning to the jacket. For me, however, the most significant layer is the positioning of the jacket in the chair. It gives an added layer, almost making the jacket seem alive, human, despite no one being present. Through this viewpoint I get a sense of the past and feel as though I am going through layers in time.

 

Remembering

Many of us have paid our respects today, in one form or another, to those who have served their country.

I always remember the boys that flew in Lancaster II LL637 EQ-P during WWII. To me they are family and despite never knowing them in person I know them quite well through my research. I feel very privileged to know them and through my research I will never forget them.

WWI however, I know little about, but that is slowly changing by volunteering my time at my local museum. We are busily working on a trench display, preparing for next year, when we look back 100 years.

Volunteering my time is great fun and I work with a wonderful bunch of people. Old and young come together when volunteering and I think that is an important part of remembering. There is always someone who can fill you in on a time well before your own and make it come alive through their own excitement of sharing their experiences. Often those older volunteers have been through quite a bit and have first hand knowledge of what wars are really like.

As we see the end of another Remembrance Day, I not only remember those that have fallen but those who live on and those who volunteer their time to help us make Remembrance special.

Thank you.

Poppies

Weekly Photo Challenge: Habit

Thanks to a terrible internet connection for two photo challenges and being rather busy, I’ve missed posting for some time.  I doubt I will get time to back track and complete the ones I have missed but fingers crossed I’m back to doing the weekly challenge as normal.

Habits. When I think of habits I always think of the bad ones. You know, the ones your significant other really hates, like letting a piece of food grow its own ecosystem in the refrigerator instead of throwing it out. Of course they don’t have any bad habits, noooooo.

Anyway, some months ago I started to change some of my exercise and eating habits. I walk the dog twice a day, do exercises like lunges, squats, bicep curls etc twice per week, run nearly 5Km on a Saturday morning and eat things like flax/linseed meal, nuts, veggies and so on. I have also started substituting some flour with almond meal and sugar with raw honey. Healthier habits I hoped would make me less tired and give me more energy. It worked for a short while but now it seems I’m worse off than before. I’m really, really tired and I have no attention span. Where is the vigor I expected to feel from all my exercise and healthy eating?

After some frustration these past few weeks, feeling like a limp noodle, I decided to look into things a little more. Women are suppose to have 18mg of iron per day. I’m really lucky if I get 8 or 10mg per day. Exercise can zap some of that iron, and calcium rich foods and the tannins in tea and coffee can inhibit iron absorption. I usually have several dairy products and sometimes tea with my highest iron sources. I love, love, love cheese, sour cream, yogurt and milk. I often have at least two or more with my iron sources.

Vitamin C however, is suppose to help absorption. So, it is out with having dairy and tea with meals and in with some high vitamin C sources to see if I can improve my less than brilliant state. I’m hoping this change, along with eating more iron rich foods, will help bring me back to life.

As part of my healthy habit I eat flax/linseed meal. I quite like the stuff and eat it sprinkled on salads and incorporated into baked goods, if enough other flavourful items are added. This muffin contains 3 Tbsp flax/linseed meal, 1 tsp baking powder, 1 egg, 1Tbsp olive oil, 5 or 6 chopped pecans, 2 dates, 1 tsp raw honey, and 1 tsp almond extract all mixed up and put in the microwave for 63 seconds. If I’m calculating right, this muffin should have about 3mg of iron. Only 15mg more to go to reach my daily requirement… Sigh…

habit

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Masterpiece

A masterpiece, to me, whether it is a meal, a structure or a painting, is made up of things, that when combined, form something very satisfying or pleasing to the senses.

Frozen banana, avocado, cocoa, honey and peanut butter.

Frozen banana, avocado, cocoa, honey and peanut butter.

Not everyone will agree on what is or isn’t a masterpiece. Sometimes a masterpiece is controversial or abrupt and other times it is subtle or unassuming. Regardless it stirs something within a person.

Blend into a mousse.

Blend into a mousse.

In the end, a masterpiece is devoured repeatedly as we try to fathom what brought the creation to life. However, the simple fact of the matter is, it is all about getting the combination of those initial things just right.

From there, a masterpiece creates a life all of its own.

Love it!

Love it!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgic

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The past few weeks have been rather busy and with the computer in for repairs I’m adding these challenges very late!

Recently I started making some costumes for an up coming evening out. I decided to make myself a Victorian/Edwardian style skirt. No, I didn’t use a pattern. I can however, if you want to know how to make your own, explain step by step how I made this skirt.

nostalgic

I really enjoy making stuff and this old style skirt brought out the nostalgic side of me. I don’t, however, enjoy sewing on all the snaps, hooks and eyes by hand! I’m still sewing them on…

I’ll post an update once the whole costume is done so you can see how it looks!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Companionable

To be companionable means to possess the qualities of a good companion; to be pleasant to be with, to be friendly. Animals have this ability despite their own problems.

For quite some time now my Linus has been struggling with a knee ligament injury. After trying a variety of noninvasive options we finally decided on surgery last week.

On Saturday I did my walk and run as normal. Linus usually gets walked first and then watches me from the gate but there was no Linus on Saturday. No dog to give me an excited deep chested “bow wow” as I finished my run. Linus was at the vets recovering from surgery. It was a lonely walk and run without him.

Linus is home from the operation now but he won’t be going for our twice daily walks for quite some time and he won’t be watching me run. It was a tough operation and due to a number of factors the leg had to be cut open farther than normal which means he had more swelling and bruising than the average dog and will have a longer recovery process.

recovery

I was rather shocked when I saw Linus despite the vet explaining what I was going to see. Linus came out to greet me with a very puffy Frankenstein leg jiggling around, several inches off the ground, as he held himself upright on his other three legs and vigorously wagged his tail. He was excited to be going home but I was worried. Had we done the right thing? I hoped so but it looked really bad.

recovery 2

On the way home I sat in the back seat to help stabilize him from falling over. We don’t live far from the vets but the excitement wore off quickly and Linus spent half the trip standing with most of his weight pressed against my chest with my arms around him supporting him as best I could.

Once home we settled him in to his bed, wrapped him up with blankets and spent the weekend giving him lots of love. Over the first 24 hours the swelling went down quite a bit and now after 48 hours he is starting to bring his leg down a little more. There is still a very long way to go before he will be using that leg properly and a much longer road before we can resume our walks together.

However, one thing is certain, no matter what he goes through he is always companionable.