Saturday, January 31, 2009

beautiful eyes

beautiful eyes, originally uploaded by gawdessness.

gorgeous little one
looking at the baby in my lens

Friday, January 30, 2009

sparkly - iphone

sparkly - iphone, originally uploaded by gawdessness.

dinner out
belated birthday celebration
best friend
and a
pretty light

Thursday, January 29, 2009

touch and dissolve

touch and dissolve, originally uploaded by gawdessness.

melting stars
the ephemeral life of ice crystals

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

beautiful scarf

beautiful scarf, originally uploaded by gawdessness.

a surprise when she turns away

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

hobbies and passions

hobbies and passions, originally uploaded by gawdessness.

perhaps the beginning of a series?
whatever...quality time was spent today adding to my yarn stash
most of which is kept in this armoire in our living room
and the rest in an old, oak library card catalogue in the dining room

Monday, January 26, 2009

happy baby

happy baby, originally uploaded by gawdessness.

at the park this afternoon this little one was expressing her joy at being swung through the air

Sunday, January 25, 2009

the incomplete zoo

the incomplete zoo, originally uploaded by gawdessness.

"No! You can't take a picture of it yet! The zoo is INCOMPLETE!"
"Okay I guess you can, just remember IT IS INCOMPLETE!"
It is an odd and a somewhat nostalgic perspective to being a big person and looking down upon a small person who is in turn looking down at smaller (plastic) people and animals

Saturday, January 24, 2009

cold night at the fort

cold night at the fort, originally uploaded by gawdessness.

a robbie burns celebration was held out at the historical interpretive centre
this was the first thing I saw when I got out of the car

Friday, January 23, 2009

It's easy to love you

It's easy to love you, originally uploaded by gawdessness.

He keeps tripping and falling over the smaller dogs
and today he got so cold he was barking to be let in
and needed blankets and children to warm him from shivering
and he hadn't been out all that long
and love shines from his dark, triangle eyes
as he reaches up to give a kiss of thanks

Thursday, January 22, 2009

fresh frozen

fresh frozen, originally uploaded by gawdessness.

I love line hung laundry
the smells and textures
and even the sound of it
flapping in the breeze
but I have never been able to warm up to
slogging through the snow
mittened hands clumsily trying to
clip clothespins around line and stiffening fabric
to allow them to solidify in the windchill of -25 Celsius
obviously, there are braver and truer souls out there, literally,
than I...

Wednesday, January 21, 2009


zoom!, originally uploaded by gawdessness.

like coloured banners whipping in the wind
the kids race past me
down the sledding hill

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

sticky fingers

sticky fingers, originally uploaded by gawdessness.

ah Nanaimo bars!
Canadian delicacy?
we like to think so
and frankly, I don't really care
what, who or where
or how they come
as long as I get some

Monday, January 19, 2009

the joy of skating on a pond

the joy of skating on a pond, originally uploaded by gawdessness.

bright sky
warm weather
an afternoon spent outside in the park
my nine year old's skates
flashing silver blades

Sunday, January 18, 2009

like a summer day with snow (iphone)

stopped for a moment near the end of my run today to snap this -
it was so warm I ended up peeling off most of the layers of clothing I had piled on
and I saw at least a couple of other runners in their shorts
and I was jealous!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

the weather has broken

the weather has broken, originally uploaded by gawdessness.

the sky was that blue this morning
that speaks of spring coming

Friday, January 16, 2009

snow spray

snow spray, originally uploaded by gawdessness.

the temperature shot straight up today
perfect for sledding in the sun
wearing snowpants and a sweater
my son sends up showers of snow
at the end of his run

Thursday, January 15, 2009

hair apparent

hair apparent, originally uploaded by gawdessness.

my daughter is hoping to donate the hair from her haircut today to an organization that makes wigs for people who experience hair loss during chemo treatments

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

rescued puppy

rescued puppy, originally uploaded by gawdessness.

a local group fosters abandoned cats and dogs and
on Sunday my friend brought this one

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

lucky stars

lucky stars, originally uploaded by gawdessness.

thankful that for now anyway
my big dog who was glazed eyed and and drooling with pain yesterday
is much more his happy self today
ears perked up and bushy tail wagging

Monday, January 12, 2009


twilight, originally uploaded by gawdessness.

I love my backyard most of the time
but on snowy, winter nights
when the sky seems as white as the ground
it is most magical
and it makes me think of my lovely, furry
oldest dog
who loves the cold and snow as much as I do
he had a bad day today
his back end just doesn't work the way it used to
and today he tripped over a smaller dog
and fell and was in so much pain
he looked into my eyes and I could see him ask me
to make it better
a trip to our vet and a lot of painkillers later and he seems
to be okay
but okay isn't good enough
so we are waiting to see what happens
because he can no longer do stairs
and it confuses and worries him
to not sleep where we are
as he has done for the last five years
of his life with us
(we had to carry him down in a blanket sling this morning)
my husband and I have moved into
the guest bedroom on the main floor
you know the kind...
filled with books and boxes and bits and pieces of life that you might need enough not to get rid of
and almost incidentally - a bed for the rare and forgiving visitor
and it is okay
because there are big, trusting, brown eyes looking up at me
and the smile is almost back on his malamute mouth

Sunday, January 11, 2009

bedside light

bedside light, originally uploaded by gawdessness.

I love a quote from Calvin and Hobbes -
"the days are just packed!"
and with our busy and full house
they really are
tonight I pause before head hits the pillow
to take this shot
post it and then

Saturday, January 10, 2009

why an elephant?

why an elephant?, originally uploaded by gawdessness.

on our oldest daughter's thirteenth birthday
we gave her a chain with a gold dragon pendant on it
because she is tough, and fiery like one and beautiful and magical
today our youngest son turned thirteen and received a golden elephant to mark his passage into teenagehood
because elephants have long been associated with never forgetting and strong family bonds
and they are rare and very precious
just like our boy

Friday, January 9, 2009

brick art

brick art, originally uploaded by gawdessness.

can't really take much credit for this shot
I did point the camera and push the button
beautifully crafted from lego blocks by the artist
Nathan Sawaya

Thursday, January 8, 2009

puppy eyes

puppy eyes, originally uploaded by gawdessness.

(love me, feed me, cuddle me, talk to me, feed me, feed me, feed me, love me, feeding me means loving me - oh and I love you too)

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

bicycle icicle

bicycle icicle, originally uploaded by gawdessness.

hill training means finding a relatively steep slope of 400 - 500 metres and running up and down it a bunch of times - many people don't like it, but I kind of do - it isn't easy but it isn't boring either
and the end is always in sight
that I am a morning person doesn't hurt either and
especially with good friends to meet up with
this bike rising out of a snow drift caught my eye outside of the fitness centre that is our meeting place

Tuesday, January 6, 2009


burst, originally uploaded by gawdessness.

blowing bubbles at -25 C

Monday, January 5, 2009

baby kisses

baby kisses, originally uploaded by gawdessness.

just a moment
between a one and half year old
and the woman who looks after him

Sunday, January 4, 2009


hopes, originally uploaded by gawdessness.

bits of hopes for the future buried in the sand
from the resolutions service this morning
at my church

Saturday, January 3, 2009

commuter train glory

commuter train glory, originally uploaded by gawdessness.

this morning it was -30 celsius again
and we were off in pursuit of farmer's market carrots
when the sight of the sun pouring through the ice fog and framed by the bridges caused us to take a brief detour.

Friday, January 2, 2009

-30 Celsius ouside

-30 Celsius ouside, originally uploaded by gawdessness.

means fluffy blankets inside
dragged along by children of all ages
to nest in and under
but they must be sharp eyed and on their guard
for there are hairy interlopers always watching and plotting
and ready to move in and lay claim

Thursday, January 1, 2009

broken bird under the tree

broken bird under the tree, originally uploaded by gawdessness.

when we were taking down the tree today
a little silvered glass bird tumbled to the floor
and shattered
i don't know how old it was,
one of a few leftover from my husband's childhood
but I would rather take them out every Christmas and
try and be careful
and see them
and hear the kids ooh over them
and that smile on his face
rather than leave them in yellowing tissue paper
in a box
in the basement

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When I ask to photograph someone, it is because I love the way they look and I think I make that clear. I'm paying them a tremendous compliment. What I'm saying is, I want to take you home with me and look at you for the rest of my life.
- Amy Arbus