pine green

Pine green for me is home. Not literally, but a few years back I took a road trip with my, then, 12 year old daughter.  We traveled into New Brunswick and then back into Quebec. We headed up to Gaspésie and Forillon National Park. We camped, stayed in motels and discovered new things about the province I’ve lived in for most of my life.

New Brunswick, Canada
Forillon National Park, Quebec, Canada

On our way home, we took the ferry at Matane across to the north shore (Côte Nord) of the Saint-Lawrence River. After supper, we decided to drive until dark and stop at a motel somewhere along the highway. So we headed west.

At some point while driving, I realized all I could smell was pine! It was that time of the day up north when you can actually smell the air. The time of day when the smells, the sounds and the colors are all more pronounced. I think it’s the coolness of dusk being greeted by the departing warmth of the day that creates this magical moment.  It takes me a minute to realize that the smell is coming from outside. The road is enveloped in pine trees and the movement of the car is drawing the smell in. Mmmmmmmm, I’m home. I want to stay in this place where the air itself smells like pine. The only thing that stopped me from heading farther north that day was my daughter just aching to go shopping in one of the cities on the way home! So we got to enjoy the pine-scented air, and the whales and the unbelievable sunrises and then, on the way home, we had fun shopping. 🙂

Montebello, Quebec

So those are my pine green thoughts and photos.

xo from jo


so easy to get lost in

This post is in response to a photo challenge launched by Dutch goes the Photo called Tuesday Photo Challenge – Week 45 – Nostalgia.

Nostalgia is a funny thing, even the word makes me feel nostalgic. I have an acute feeling of nostalgia when I think about my Mom who passed away in January 2013, so I thought I would share a photo of her. A great woman with a great smile.

I hope this photo transports you back to the 1950’s for just a fraction of a second.


xo from jo

zz top

This is a challenge launched by Sonya@Only 100 Words.

It’s called Three Line Tales and this is the photo, for Three Line Tales-Week 55 by Edwin Andrade@unsplash, that inspired my tale. tlt-week-55

It was an intimate ZZ Top concert, I just got paid and I was feelin’ bad to the bone. All around me were beer drinkers and hell raisers and one sharp dressed man, wearing a Viva Las Vegas t-shirt, who looked at me and said, “I’m just waitin’ for the bus ’cause I was arrested for driving while blind.” Since I was kind of confused by this, I asked “What’s up with that,” but not waiting for an answer, I put on my cheap sunglasses and started rockin’ to La Grange.

The intimate ZZ Top concert, real. My tale, fiction 🙂img_5093

xo from jo

which way do i go



The photo below is one that I took last July and it answers the question “Which way?”

This is a whimsical “Which Way”. Not so much about people.

Which way would I go if I was a mouse being chased by an owl!?hiding-places-2016-07-29-2

And then I couldn’t help myself for the following picture but I couldn’t find a good free clip art mouse and owl. The question here would have to be, “Which way would I go if I was a snake being chased by a dinosaur?”snake-and-dino

I really love that dinosaur…you will be seeing him here again…I think I’ll call him Rory!

xo from jo

share your world


You may have guessed from the title and badge, what this post is going to be about. 🙂 I came across an interesting challenge on Cee’s Photography and it’s called Share Your World.  I love the simplicity of the questions and it is the inspiration for this post.

Question#1: “Regarding your fridge, is it organized or a mess inside?”

Usually my fridge is organised and I’m not very militant about cleaning the veggie drawers. Sometimes, though, the leftovers can get the better of me and then it’s usually a case of , “Houston, we have a problem.” Unfortunately Nasa is not interested in my leftover problems 😉
img_4438Question#2: “Do you prefer your food separated or mixed together?”

My food is separate on my plate and enters my mouth separately but after that it is one big food party inside my mouth. Unless the food is cooked together, that is a whole different sort of party!

Question#3: “Do you prefer reading coffee table books (picture), biographies, fiction, non-fiction, educational?”

I love coffee table books for the huge hi-def pictures and glossy pages, biographies for the tantalizing tidbits of personal life that we don’t get from a newspaper and I love nonfiction and educational books for the fascinating facts that are revealed. But my preferred is a book from the endless genres of fiction. My favorite of all time is Fantasy Fiction. The Hobbit, Game of Thrones, It, Watership Down and Sophie’s World are just a few examples of the books I love most of all!

Question#4: “Close your eyes. Listen to your body. What part of your body is seeking attention? What is it telling you?”

I don’t have to listen very hard and I can literally hear my hips or ankles cracking when I get up.  You may have already guessed but I am not in my 20’s anymore, not even close! I’m 54, just so you don’t die of curiosity 😉 But back to the question, my body is telling me, “Let’s get physical, physical…i want to get physical…let’s get into physical…” so I have dusted off my, what is that thing called? Oh yeah, my treadmill.  I’ll just dust that off and start getting physical! I’m trying not to hear that sarcastic tone in my head but without success!

Optional Weekly Question: “What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?”

I am grateful that I get to look after my granddaughter once a week for a few weeks and  I’m looking forward to a day trip to Montreal this week. Time spent with my children and my grandchild…priceless in any week.

xo from jo

groundhog day again

The folklore says, if a groundhog sees his shadow, it means we will have six more weeks of winter. That brings us to the middle of march! So, if he doesn’t see his shadow, does that mean that winter is over at the end of February?

Was just reading about Nova Scotia’s Shubenacadie Sam.  He didn’t see his shadow so Nova Scotia should have an early spring. Here in Quebec, we have Fred la marmottepc-mai-2003-c-emond-toutoune-2In English that would be “Fred the groundhog”. He is also predicting an early spring. I can hardly wait to see that! I wonder what an early spring looks like. No snow in March? Hmmmm. Well I’m sure I’ll have something to talk about here when the middle of March comes.

Winter surrounds us yet groundhogs abound, Patience a virtue for sprouts from the ground.

too much tv

Winter, a time for big thick cuddly blankets and steaming mugs of hot chocolate. My favourite pastime in winter is watching tv (no moaning please, you like tv too!) with one of those blankets wrapped around me and a mug in one hand. In the other hand is the channel changer, ready for a quick draw!

20170126_110030-2I’ve been watching a lot of television lately. Way too much and that’s why I’m here. My creative side needs an outlet. I don’t know yet what I’m going to do here but I know it has to do with words and pictures and my garden and maybe a little cooking.A couple of months back I was inspired to write a poem. Last week inspiration hit me in the form of a snowman. And next week, who knows!