A Day of Nature

Just Me :) Selfie - I was out taking photos - September 15, 2015

Just Me :) Selfie – I was out taking photos – September 15, 2015

I had an amazing day a couple of days ago. I was off work and I finally picked up my camera and I went out to take some photos. (The photos in this post are the ones taken with my One+ phone. The actual camera photos will be posted on my 500px account on the next few days.) :)

My Day in 16 Captures - September 15, 2015

My Day in 16 Captures – September 15, 2015 – The descriptions of the photos can be found below.

It was nice and warm day, not too cold, and not too hot. Just the way I like my days to be. Actually, when it hits September, because it’s the beginning of Autumn, I just love it. This season is the season that I feel most like me. I’m the most comfortable with the temperature, the changes in nature and the beautiful nature views, and the celebrations and holidays that the Autumn season brings. And this year especially, I am really looking forward to this season and the second half of the year. Below are some of the photos that I took that day with my phone.

Enjoy your weekend everyone!

In this collage: A yummy vegan soup. Colourful carrots. A gorgeous flower that we have. Lovely succulents that we have as well.

In this collage: A yummy vegan soup. Colourful carrots. A gorgeous flower that we have. Lovely succulents that we have as well.

In this collage: A lovely path. Leaves in the mists of changing colours. Foliage and a plane flying by. A beautiful dried plant.

In this collage: A lovely path. Leaves in the mists of changing colours. Foliage and a plane flying by. A beautiful dried plant.

A beautiful hot pink rose. A stream in a park. A frog pond in a park. Wild purple and yellow flowers.

A beautiful hot pink rose. A stream in a park. A frog pond in a park. Wild purple and yellow flowers.

In this collage: A tiny orange flower on the pavement. Foliage and plane streaks in the sky. The sun setting behind a tree. The beautiful signs of Autumn in leaves.

In this collage: A tiny orange flower on the pavement. Foliage and plane streaks in the sky. The sun setting behind a tree. The beautiful signs of Autumn in leaves.

Wow! It has been a while.

Me in April 2015 by Lake Ontario near Sugar Beach Toronto.

Me on May 27, 2015 by Lake Ontario near Sugar Beach Toronto.

It has been more than a year since I have posted anything on this blog. Part of me wants to post something at least every week, and part of me gets really scared to put myself out here, or out there in the world. And that is why sometimes I am having a hard time posting anything, because I am trying to think of subjects and posts that would appeal to the readers, and at the same time to deal with my fears of being judged, laughed at, or whatever…[fill in the blanks], for example. Well…maybe it’s time to just speak/write and just be. I don’t want to live my live in the fear of what if. What my life is, is what my life is. So I want to encourage myself to have and live my life as it is, and to write more about what I experience. We learn from each other’s lives and we can enjoy and appreciate what life has to offer. So yeah…more writing to come.

Love to you all!


PicMonkey Collage books April 9, 2014


Yesterday after work I met with a friend at a BMV Books store. I love those stores. You can get new and used books for a very good price. I have to watch it tough, because I often cannot leave the store without making a purchase.

The picture above shows the purchase I made yesterday. I could not help it. I bought each book for $1.99. How could I pass that up? Right? I am looking forward to reading them soon.

Book 1: Motivate Yourself and Reach Your Goals: A Teach Yourself Guide, by Frances Coombes

I have a few book from the Teach Yourself series, and I really enjoy them.

Book 2: Fuse: Making Sense of the New Cogenerational Workplace, by Jim Finkelstein

This one should be an interesting read.

Book 3: The Wisdom Of Teams: Creating the High-Performance Organization, Jon Katzenbach

What are you reading these days?

Enjoy your week!
Cheers :)


Learning to paint at CATS


Community Art Time Studio Logo

I am still getting used to the fact that we are in the middle of March already. I don’t know about you, but for me this year, time seems to fly by even faster. I have not started to work on all my New Year resolutions this year, but I have started some. One of the things I wanted to do this year was to be more creative and learn to paint. I am happy that I had the opportunity to start a couple of weeks ago, at CATS.

CATS – Community Art Time Studio offers free drop in studio time to anyone interested in doing art. You can join them on Thursdays from 1:00 – 5:00 pm. It’s located at 1108 Greenwood Ave, Toronto. You can share some of the studio’s supplies or bring your own.  At CATS you will be spending time with wonderful, talented artists, and they are more than happy to lend you their knowledge to help you create art. You can learn to paint, draw, creating crafts, or anything else artistic that you would like to try. The artists are extremely supportive and encouraging, and very good at giving you gentle constructive criticism when needed.     

I tried my hand at watercolor painting one time when I was there last year, but I realized I wanted to learn to work on canvas and have the pleasure of using very bright colors.  Give me colorful things, show me color, and I am very happy. One of the artists there A, suggested to try to paint with acrylics. She even gave me a cute little square canvas. I was very happy and excited and could not wait to start.

I thought that I was going to start directly on the canvas and that made me a little nervous, but A, instructed me to start from drawing the shapes of what I wanted to paint on paper first to get used to the curves and feel of what I wanted to accomplish. I am so glad I did that, because it gave me more confidence and courage to start working on the canvas itself. So far I have not applied any color to the canvas; I just outlined what I wanted to paint with pencil. It’s a slow process for me, but that it’s ok, as long as I learn and I complete at least one painting by the end of this year. I am looking forward to work on my painting project again when I next visit CATS.

The painting is based on a photo of a cute little pudgy yellow bird on a branch. The branch the bird stands on has beautiful rose color buds. I will try to get the painting as close to the photo as possible. I will post the image here when it’s done, not matter how amateur it will end up looking.   

Have you started working on any of your goals you set out in January 2014?

Enjoy your Sunday!

Fun February

ImageThis year February has been a month full of fun for me. And hopefully for others as well. :) This month, I spent a lot of time with many dear friends. We shared moments from our lives, created and tasted new meatless recipes, and enjoyed Sunday morning breakfasts at Cora’s.

Some of the most interesting and fun experiences were participating in the CineClub. The CineClub came about last December, when I suggested to a couple of friends that we should start a book club. One of them said, ‘What about a movie club?’ I definitely found the idea interesting and we all agreed. We are meeting once a month and so far we saw three movies. How we do it? Each CineClub member takes turns and picks a movie they like to share with the group.

On the day of the showing we get together and the movie that was picked gets introduced to the group. Before we start watching, the reason for choosing it – without giving the movie away – is revealed. At the end of the viewing, the even more fun part begins. We discus what we liked and not liked about the movie, how it affected us, and we search for and share facts about the actors, directors, and how the movie was made. We clarify the story line, discuss what the directors tried to convey and if  was successfully accomplished. Fun, Fun, Fun!

I went into the CineClub with an open mind and I give a great level of attention to any movie we watch, even if it ends up being a movie that I would never picked myself.  That’s why things are getting more interesting and fun for me. The movies I see with the CineClub group stay with me more than any movie I have seen previous. I love the memories we are creating!

And the memories of spending time with dear friends are always sweeter in the cold winter months, especially when we get to share warmth, kitties, good food, drink, and chat. This is why I decided to call this month FUN FEBRUARY. :D

Anything stands out about how you spent your February?

The Hobbit Train

The Hobbit 2 - The Desolation of Smaug

The Hobbit 2 – The Desolation of Smaug

I was waiting for the subway at Finch Station today. My friend M and I were trying to find some seats on the train that was about to leave. And then I saw a new train pull in at the other platform. “Oh my god,” I said to M, “I have to get out! Let’s get out. I want to take some pictures. Who knows when I will see this again?”  I could not help it. What I saw was a train completely covered with images from the second Hobbit movie, “The Desolation of Smaug.”  It was beautiful!  And, I was so lucky too because I had my camera with me and no other commuters arrived for a few minutes.  Just perfect!  I had just enough time to take a few shots before people started showing up.


Thorin Oakenshield

I know not everybody is into The Lord of The Rings or the Hobbit, but I love those movies.  I read the books years before the movies came out.  I loved them.  When I first saw the preview for LOTR, I was breathless and of course I did not even need to see the title at the end to know what I was watching.

Gandalf the Gray

Gandalf the Gray

You can imagine how excited I am to go see the Hobbit sequel. It is coming out this Friday, on December 13th. Can’t wait!

Bard the Bowman

Bard the Bowman & Thorin Oakenshield

Inside the train there were only advertisements for the movie, all along the entire length, but that did not bother me. :) If you are in Toronto and you happen to ride The Hobbit Train, I hope you enjoy it as much as M and I did!

Bilbo Baggins

Bilbo Baggins

Have a good week everyone!

Oh…I forgot. Here is a drawing I did of an Orc from LOTR.



Delightful December

A Late December Night

A Late December Night

I like the idea of themed posts for a blog! I was thinking of a few ideas, and themes, that might go with each day of the week. But then I thought “Why not have themes for each month of the year”? So I would like to start today with Delightful December! For each month of the year I want to write about specific things that I plan, like, appreciate, and particularly enjoy each month.

I like December! And as soon as December starts, I am reminded that another year is close to the end. As I get older every year, I also realize how each year seems shorter than the last. In December I take time to think of the resolutions I made at the beginning of the year, and then, think of new ones that I might like to try on.

Another reason I like December, is because of all the good and delicious things that happen. You get some time off from work -I hope-, spend time with friends and family, eat delicious food, drink champagne -hopefully-, and celebrate the last day of the year being merry and hugging friends at midnight! At least that is what I plan :)

My resolutions for 2013 included not being afraid to be more creative. One of the things I wanted to do more of was drawing.  Before this year, I have not doodled anything since 2003. I figured 10 years is too long without enjoying anything artistic and creative. I did not draw as much as I thought would, but I am happy that I picked up the colored pencils once again. My favourite this year is Listen to Your Heart seen below. It’s simple, but I like the message. The image was inspired by an Oracle Card.

Listen to Your Heart

Listen to Your Heart

This year I also played around with watercolors. See Watercolor Tulip below.

Watercolor Tulip

Watercolor Tulip

Another way I enjoyed being creative this year was by taking photos. I purchased my first camera this June. It’s Panasonic Lumix GF3, and although it is not the greatest camera out there, it was a good price, and it’s perfect for a beginner like me. You can check out my photographs on 500px.

In the year to come, I would like to continue to be creative, save some money, and improve in photography. I will leave the other resolutions for another post.  What are some things you enjoy about December?

Have a good Sunday!!!

The photos in this post were taken by me with IPhone 4, edited with Instagram and PicMonkey.


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