Saturday, February 28, 2009

where you find it

where you find it, originally uploaded by gawdessness.

beauty in the inlaid cover of a friend's notebook cover
on the table
in the coffee shop

Friday, February 27, 2009

music in the air

music in the air, originally uploaded by gawdessness.

or at least hanging from the ceiling in the church basement

Thursday, February 26, 2009

a B & W original

a B & W original, originally uploaded by gawdessness.

a B & W original by you.

but oh so pretty!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009


heavy, originally uploaded by gawdessness.

wednesday afternoons
we are often at the little fitness club in our neighborhood
my kids playing floor hockey
while I, like a very large and hairless rodent
run in place on a treadmill
and then go and do my stretches in the weight room

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

I'm not really a waitress

I'm not really a waitress, originally uploaded by gawdessness.

(that is the name of this particular shade of nail varnish)
although there are days when my feet feel like they do work in a restaurant

I was in the middle of my bath this afternoon, admiring my shiny toes
and realized that I had to have my camera.

This meant having to coerce my oldest daughter to bring it to me...she thought and continues to think that I am utterly mad.

"You want me to bring you your camera, the really, really, really expensive one - and hand it to you in the bathtub?!?"

Yes and hurry before all the bubbles disappear!

She did but she does consider herself emotionally and mentally harmed, poor thing.

Monday, February 23, 2009

ice gems

ice gems, originally uploaded by gawdessness.

leftovers from the winter festival this past weekend
loved the muted colours gleaming from between the snow blocks

Sunday, February 22, 2009

SP from the Oscar Party

SP from the Oscar Party, originally uploaded by gawdessness.

because, you know,
if you have a rubber face
you should use it

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Gorgeous Grafitti Wall

Gorgeous Grafitti Wall, originally uploaded by gawdessness.

on our way from the farmer's market
to the coffee shop
laden with bags of apples, potatoes and carrots
I glanced into the mouth of the alley
that we pass nearly every week
and was caught
and drawn down
to this beautifully painted wall

Friday, February 20, 2009


But I WANT IN!, originally uploaded by gawdessness.

visiting a friend at her acreage
and her cat Artemis
very much wanted to come through
the window and join us

Thursday, February 19, 2009

tomato soup explosion

tomato soup explosion, originally uploaded by gawdessness.

kind of says it all really... the kind of day/week/month the just calls for an early bed time

(my 15 year old daughter (the one who has been sick on the couch and who I was making the soup for...looked at this picture and said- "Wait, you're telling me that the first thing you do when presented with a mess like this - is to go and get your camera and take a picture?!" then she rolled her eyes and sighing, walked away, throwing over her shoulder that she "loves me anyway!")

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

small dog, big chair

small dog, big chair, originally uploaded by gawdessness.

after trying to find space on the couch
already overflowing with sick kid, blankets, pillows
and the other claim jumping little dog(!)
this one curled up
with her back turned
to show she just didn't care

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

treasures we find in our pockets

at the beginning of errands this morning
my youngest grinned at me and held up
the "gem" she had found in her coat

Monday, February 16, 2009


R.O.U.S, originally uploaded by gawdessness.

this is Chocolate
the second of the geriatric Guinea Pigs that we acquired from the humane society last Wednesday
from certain angles he looks like
a basketball in a wig
truly a
Rodent Of Unusual Size

Sunday, February 15, 2009

counting the take

counting the take, originally uploaded by gawdessness.

I like canadian money
the different colours of the paper bills
fives are blue and tens are purple
and the rarely seen twos are a rusty pink
and the pirate chest like looks of
the one and two dollar coins
gold and silver
this little pile is some of what was in the collection plate at church today

Saturday, February 14, 2009

flowers from my son

flowers from my son, originally uploaded by gawdessness.

in our house
feb 14 isn't a big deal for the adults
but I have been making a point
of buying balloons and presents for the kids
for the last few years
I was sweetly surprised
with thoughtful gifts from all of them
including a lovely bouquet
from my youngest boy

Friday, February 13, 2009

I really hate that headlight

I really hate that headlight, originally uploaded by gawdessness.

the possible thought of the
green plastic plaything
strapped to the front grill of a car
in the parking lot

Thursday, February 12, 2009

new pig

new pig, originally uploaded by gawdessness.

missing our little piggy
meant new home for this one

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

pen pal letter from Tanzania

pen pal letter from Tanzania, originally uploaded by gawdessness.

I haven't had a chance to read it yet but my older daughter was quite pleased to get an answer to the letter she had sent a few months ago.

more guinea pigs joined our family - we adopted them from the local animal shelter and will be their retirement home

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

shapes that soar

what happens when my oldest daughter is given a bunch of shape stickers and left to her own devices
my day has been so full that I remember, as I am plugging in my iphone to charge that
I haven't yet taken and posted a picture

Monday, February 9, 2009

Mouthful of Maple Syrup Taffy

Mouthful of Maple Syrup Taffy, originally uploaded by gawdessness.

sugar as a pick me up
and as a reward
for winding many strands of
maple syrup taffy round sticks
for all the kids
at our home school
Winter Festival
this afternoon

Sunday, February 8, 2009

grief and comfort

grief and comfort, originally uploaded by gawdessness.

my two girls awoke to being told their guinea pig had died
but when we went to pick the little furry body up out of the cage
we realized that she was not yet gone
so we bundled her up in a warm blanket and my daughters sat together on the couch
touching her gently and talking to her
and in about two hours she was gone
8 years and one month we had her
a squeaky, friendly little pet
and we miss her too

one of the little dogs was so concerned about the sadness in the room
and tried so hard to make it better
frantically moving from face to face
and offering a furious pink tongued solace

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Mountainous Birthday Cake

Mountainous Birthday Cake, originally uploaded by gawdessness.

at a party celebrating the 50th birthdays of two dear friends
this home made cake was an amazing centre piece
and ode to the adventures the friends have been on

Friday, February 6, 2009

the snow bringer?

the snow bringer?, originally uploaded by gawdessness.

my son with his crown of bleached hair
seems to be conjuring spirits from the ice and snow
with his bright red shovel
instead of clearing the walks

Thursday, February 5, 2009

18 years ago today

18 years ago today, originally uploaded by gawdessness.

I was so scared as my husband, my young husband, drove us to the hospital...
I kept hoping that those odd crampy twinges I felt were the actual beginnings of contractions and that I would already be in labour
and wouldn't need to be induced
and I was also so worried,
could I do this?
and I know that I didn't have a choice anyway but I still wondered if I could get through this thing called labour, transition and birth..
turned out to be a good question
as my blood pressure sky rocketed and my husband, my young husband, was warned that it could be very touch and go for his wife and their baby to be...
it took hours and a lot of nurses and different doctors
and something very memorable called a mid forceps delivery
and finally there he was...
placed on my chest for only a few seconds before being whisked away
so that oxygen could try and turn him from blue to pink
and it did
and heat lamps warmed him
while they put me back together again
a very changed woman
now I was that something called a mother
and I understood with a raw and visceral understanding
what that actually meant

I loved him then and every second of the way
and oh the mistakes I have made
I am sorry for each and every one of them
and yet somehow
in spite of them
he has turned into the most
wonderful man

wishing him this happy birthday and many, many more

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

the gift of delicious alcohol

the gift of delicious alcohol, originally uploaded by gawdessness.

the January installment of the Beer Of The Month club membership
I gave to my husband for Christmas

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

knife's edge

knife's edge, originally uploaded by gawdessness.

if you balance just so
never breaking concentration
you can walk the blade
without the skin giving way and bleeding
and walk on
knowing that falling off either side
is a possibility
but not an option

Monday, February 2, 2009


sister, originally uploaded by gawdessness.

I am one but I don't have one
and there are moments when I am so utterly grateful that that
both my daughters
have each other
and I so hope that continues on for the rest of their lives

Sunday, February 1, 2009

open your golden throat

and sing!

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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.
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