Building sandcastles

Sparkling sandcastle

It’s been longer than I care to calculate since I’ve been on a beach. So, needless to say, this isn’t a sandcastle that I actually built. It is a castle built out of sand. It’s just… no bigger than the palm of my hand.

I saw it sitting on my bookshelf this week, though, and it reminded me of warmer days. Days when the temperature didn’t get tantalizingly close to above zero, and then promptly drop twenty degrees again overnight.

I promise I’m not being entirely negative. It has gotten a lot nicer out than it used to be, and I’m sure spring is just around the corner. I only wish it would get here a little sooner.


In hiding

Cookie in Hiding

Some days, Cookie really doesn’t want to come out of hiding. I did manage to get her to come out of her little box-house the day I took this picture, but it took a lot of coaxing with banana treats. And this was still the best picture I managed to take.

Not that I can blame her much. Some days, you just have to give in to that urge hole up and stay hidden.


Butterfly season

Crystal Butterfly

Well, okay, so here in Saskatchewan, butterfly season is still months away. But a part of me wishes it were here already. All warm and sunny.

Though, truth be told, I don’t mind cuddling up under a blanket inside much, either.

Regardless, this little crystal cutie has been helping to tide me over until the real butterflies come fluttering out. That’s why I wanted to feature her today–so that I could share her with the rest of you, in the hopes that she would help tide you over, too.

Here’s the thing, though. I couldn’t decide which angle I liked best. The one above gives you a fuller view, but the one below is a little more… I don’t know. It seems like the butterfly might actually be in flight, somehow.

So, what do you think? Do you prefer one shot over the other?

Crystal Butterfly 2


Orchid Centre

Remember that orchid I told you about back in December? I’m happy to say I’ve made some progress with it. It hasn’t exactly started growing yet, but it has stopped dying.

It’s possible the two of us have reached a stalemate, of sorts, and that we won’t go any further. I figure, though, that even a little progress is better than no progress at all, right?

Oh, and on another note: I’m utterly in love with how this picture turned out. I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted when I started shooting, but when I framed this in the viewfinder, I knew I’d found my shot. It turned out better than I could have hoped.

Tea time

Vanilla Swirl Tea

I’ve been making an effort to drink more tea lately, especially before bed. Not caffeinated tea before bed, of course–I’d never sleep. I’ve found some nice non-caffeinated teas that seem to help me sleep better, though.

I do drink caffeinated tea during the day, though. It helps keep my energy up, and it’s a little healthier than the mochas and lattes that I usually drink. Not that I’ve entirely given those up. I usually buy or make myself one each day, but at least the tea keeps me from drinking more than that.

Okay, so maybe the fact that I haven’t completely given up the lattes and mochas means that the tea isn’t going to help my health all that much. But I figure even a little difference is better than no difference at all, right?

Vanilla Swirl Tea