Mystery Photo #143

Well, this has been an interesting week.  Not near as exciting as exploring Europe, that’s for sure, but it certainly has been a test of my nerves and emotions.  First of all, my oldest son goes back to college this weekend and is renting an apartment this year instead of staying in residence.  This means that he has to take all of his furniture with him, and every time I imagine his bedroom empty my eyes seem to start leaking for some reason.  I know, get over it right?  I should be getting used to it by now, but it’s still hard :(.

Then on Wednesday I had to deal with an elderly client at work whose wife had committed suicide, and when he started to cry, saying that he didn’t know how he was going to live without her, I almost lost it myself.

When I got home that night I was still feeling rather emotional, so I decided to have a quiet night watching TV and reading.  Everyone else had gone to bed when the phone rang at 10pm.  As it wasn’t a number I recognized, I just ignored it at that late hour.  Then I settled down to finish a creepy book I was reading.  I had just turned the last page at 11pm when all of a sudden there was a knock at my front door. I live in a small rural area where I get very few knocks on my door, let alone at 11pm at night!!  I considered just ignoring it, but then I thought it might be a neighbour with a problem, so I went down and opened the door to find a man from our natural gas company.  He said that there had been a problem because of a contractor slicing through a gas line, and they needed to gain access to check everything out.  At 11:00 at night?!?!  I was not comfortable with letting him into my house, so I told him that I would check if I had hot water and closed the door, letting him wait outside.  I wasn’t letting this guy into my house at that time of night.  It just didn’t feel right.  So, I went up to the kitchen and started running the water.  Suddenly, there was someone behind me, and I screamed, just about having a heart attack.  It was my son, Bryan, wondering who was at the door.  I thought the gas guy had come into my house anyway!!  Once my heart calmed down, Bryan and I both went back to the door to get rid of the gas guy, as our hot water was working fine.  It was after he was gone that I noticed that I had a voice mail message and it turned out to be the gas company advising that they would have workers coming around door to door.  I guess if I had answered the phone I wouldn’t have been so freaked out by my late night visitor LOL!!

Now, it’s Friday and we are heading into a long weekend.  I think I really need it this week :).  Before the weekend festivities begin though, it’s time for the mystery photo. And don’t worry, there are lots of photos to come from our trip, but I have been trying to catch up on a few other things at home before I dive into regular blogging again.  Ok, ready, set, go…..

Mystery Photo #143

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Mystery Photo #142

Hello blogging family, I’m backkkkkkkk!!!!!!  Did you miss me?

I’m a very honest person, so I’m not going to lie to you.  Over the last few weeks, I barely thought of the blogging world at all, but I had a good excuse.  I was on what I hoped would be the trip of a lifetime, and that trip far surpassed my expectations.  Every moment of the experience was perfection, and I seriously feel like this trip brought my hubby and I even closer together.  As you know, Mike and I celebrated our 25th anniversary this past June, so our adventure in Paris, London, and Scotland was like a second honeymoon.  It was romantic, fun, fascinating, exciting, challenging, and simply jaw dropping amazing!!  We were gone for 2 weeks, and as you will see over the next while as I keep posting photos until you are sick of hearing about our trip, we crammed as much as we possibly could into every moment of every day (except at night when we died of exhaustion), and we created the most amazing memories that will last a lifetime.  I can’t wait to start sharing them with you :).

First things first though.  It’s Friday, and we have to get back on track with the mystery photo.  You’ve had a couple of weeks to rest your brain cells, but it’s time to get back to work and start throwing out guesses.  Ok, ready, set, go…..

Mystery Photo #142

 

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Mystery Photo #141

I can’t believe it!  One week from today my hubby and I will be boarding a plane for a two week trip of a lifetime to Paris, London, and Scotland.  It seems like just yesterday that I started planning this a year ago, and now it’s almost here.  Part of me still doesn’t believe we are going, but I have all the tickets and other paperwork, and pretty much every item has been crossed off of my to-do list, so I think it’s really happening :).

I can’t wait to see all the famous places and landmarks that I have only read about (the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Louvre, Stonehenge, Bath, Loch Ness, Stirling Castle, the Royal Mile, Edinburgh Castle to name just a few), and my camera is going to get a workout like never before.  Most of all, I can’t wait to go to the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, which people buy tickets for almost a year in advance.  I just know it will be an amazing experience that I will never forget.  And men in kilts – what’s not to like about that? LOL!  The McLaren in me can’t wait to walk the streets of Edinburgh where my great great grandfather was born.

So, I will try to do a mystery photo next week if I have time, but then for the first time ever, there will be two weeks without a mystery photo.  I hope my blogging family will understand :).  The last couple of weeks I think I have been pretty easy on you, so this week I am really going to make your brains work.  Let’s see what you can come up with, and remember no guess is a stupid guess.  I love them all!  Ok, ready, set, go…..

Mystery Photo #141

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Mystery Photo #140

Have you ever read a book that literally takes over your whole life?  You ignore your family, stay up late reading, get up early to read again, and then read at work when you are supposed to be working?  Well, that has been my week because of one of the most fabulous series I have ever read – the All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness.  The third and final installment of the series, The Book of Life, came out this past Tuesday and I have thought of nothing else since, which is why I am very quickly trying to put together a mystery photo post this morning before work because I forgot all about it (I know Bunny Chow, you’re saying AGAIN?).

Deborah Harkness is an absolute wizard with words.  She is a university professor of history and teaches European history and the history of science.  So, when she writes about witches and vampires, there are so many history and science facts flowing through your brain that it is quite easy to believe that these creatures could actually exist.  Her writing effortlessly transports the reader into the story where you come to love all of the characters like family.  I have now finished the final book, and I actually feel sad that it is all over, like there is something now missing from my life :(.  If you haven’t read this series, I would highly recommend it!

Anyway, on to the subject at hand – the mystery photo.  Thank goodness I use fantastic software called ACDSee to organize and categorize my photos, so that even though I forgot about today’s post, I was able to quickly go to my category entitled “patterns and closeups” to find something that might baffle your brains.  It always seems so obvious to me because I have seen the full picture, but let’s see what you think.  Is this an easy one or a “Cindy’s being really mean again” one?  Give me your best shot.  Ok, ready, set, go….

Mystery Photo #140

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Mystery Photo #139

It’s July so that means it’s wedding season, and today we are off to my niece’s wedding which is taking place about 6 hours away.  We are travelling 4 hours to Kingston, Ontario today to stay at my parents’ house, and then we will do the final leg of the journey to Cornwall, Ontario tomorrow morning.  It will be so nice to see everyone because we all live so far apart these days that weddings are sometimes the only time I see some of my family, and I can’t wait to see my niece, Lauren, as a bride.  She is absolutely gorgeous, so I know that as a bride she is going to take our breath away.

I have a lot to do this morning to get ready to leave, so lets get on with the mystery photo. Give it your best shot.  Ok, ready, set, go….

Mystery Photo #139

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Mystery Photo #138

This is going to be the shortest mystery photo post ever!!  It’s related to a very exciting event for somebody in my household tonight.  Ok, ready, set, go….

Mystery Photo #138

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Mystery Photo #137

Canada Day is a strange holiday.  The reason I say that is because the holiday always falls on July 1st.  That means that it doesn’t always end up being a long weekend, and that sucks, plain and simple.  This year July 1st falls on Tuesday which is kind of like a tease. My hubby’s work is taking the holiday on the Monday instead while my office is closed on the Tuesday, so how to solve this problem?  Take both days off of course!!  So folks, it’s a four day weekend for me.  Yahoooo!!!!!  Happy Canada Day to all of my Canadian friends and Happy 4th of July to my neighbours to the south.  Enjoy :).

I feel like I have been kind of hard on you guys the last couple of weeks posting mystery photos taken with my new iPhone macro gizmo.  So, I decided to give you a break and pick what I think is an easier (but still very cool) mystery photo this time around.  I just love all the colours and textures happening in this shot.  What do you think?  Is this an easy one?  Do you think we can break the record for correct answers this week?  Wait a minute – I don’t even know what the record is LOL!!  Ok, ready, set, go…..

Mystery Photo #137

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