Cataraqui Reflections

Sunday, May 17, 2015

May 2015 Victoria Day Weekend in Canada

Blink - and 2 and a half months have simply flown by. The swans have made their appearance once again at William Bain Park in Trenton, Ontario.

I only noticed the one pair of swans. There may have been others out of sight around the corner unknown to me.

I managed to get only one good picture of a spring flower and I am not sure just what kind it is. A little embarrassing, but the flower was pretty.

For those following my music on YouTube, I recently uploaded seven new songs. There is a link at the top of this page if you would like to go hear a song. I have regular bookings at two of the local hospitals and I have gotten some paid work as a musician through retirement homes and nearby legion halls. I play regardless of whether I get paid. I just like to share this gift that I feel I have been given.

On 23 April 2015, my good friend Elva visited and we went to see The Mavericks. What a sensational band!

If you have the chance to go see this band, I encourage you to do so. They will not disappoint.

Sorry this is such a short post. I will post again once I have taken more photographs.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Happy Chinese New Year!

Hello out there in the blog universe. I am very happy to let go of the Year of the Horse and embrace what is to come in this, the Year of the Sheep, or the Ram.

I like to think of it as the Year of the Ewe, as in You, meaning Me. Did you follow that?

I am a rabbit in the Chinese horoscope. According to Theodora Lau, who wrote The Handbook Of Chinese Horoscopes, I am to have an excellent year with many wonderful achievements. I will have to pay strict attention to details, however, as I might get into some difficulty.

Other than that, there will be no large problems at home or work. In this case, I guess my work is my music.

Speaking of the music, I cannot believe how prolific I have become. I am learning songs at an incredible rate and meshing them with my gear and it is sounding wonderful, if I do say so myself. At last count, I have 47 videos on You Tube, all but three of them are recordings of songs. I have a direct link right on the top of this page anytime you would like to go and have a listen.

I got my shot to audition at the Trenton Legion 110 on Monday, 16 February 2015 and received a positive review.

I was up in Havelock Ontario for their open mic on Wednesday afternoons.

There are usually at least 25 participants and we all get a chance to do our thing. This week was particularly rewarding as those who come often are starting to get used to each other, and the sound was tighter than normal. It was a good afternoon of music.

January was actually a very pleasant month for winter. It wasn't until February began that the snow arrived and has been dumping storms full of the fluffy white stuff ever since. The dogs think that's a pretty good thing.

Oh, the joy that radiates off those dogs.

The birds have been happy to find seeds that I leave out on the snow. They are shy birds, and they will wait in the safety of the cedars until such time they deem it safe to pop out and get something to eat.

I have been going outside just before daylight to put down the bird seed as the doves like to arrive at that time. Well, of course there would come a day when I slept in and didn't get up until daylight had arrived. These doves look pretty grumpy as they wait for me to get out there and feed them.

I get such pleasure from watching them that I don't mind pulling on boots, coat, hat and gloves to go outside in sub-zero temperatures to put out their food.

Which reminds me, I had better get out there with some more bird seed. Check back again for my next post!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

January Blues

Hello everyone, and Happy New Year.

My musical career had a big boost for the latter part of November right into early January. It was great fun to entertain all those folks.

Not sure just what happened at the Malt 'N Salt in Colborne Ontario, where I last performed. The restaurant closed for unknown reasons. I am hoping there will be more Friday night gigs there later in the year, when the weather improves.

The ice hut colony has begun to appear on the Trent River and the Bay of Quinte here in Trenton Ontario.

The above pictures were taken a day before the weather turned mild, and now there is a lot of water along the surface of the ice. Fortunately, the temperature will stay below freezing after today.
Another ice picture, this one showing the Bay of Quinte from a little further west than the downtown area.

This final picture portrays Gowganda Ontario, my home town, a few days ago during a cold snap.

My thanks to the photographer, Vicki Rendall of Lookout Point Camp, for the pic.

The holiday season has come and gone, and with it went most of the excitement in my life. The new year has faltered somewhat due to a mistake I have made that cannot be undone. I won't elaborate, except to say that I had a moment recently that wasn't my finest.

I have, however, attempted to make amends by taking ownership of that mistake and conveying my regret. I believe this was the right thing to do and my apology was accepted. I also scrubbed and cleaned my floors as a form of penance, a metaphorical cleansing for my soul.

Time to move on. It can only get better from here.