Tuesday, March 29, 2021 was a day that shook up my world. My brother had asked me to meet him for breakfast, something that had never happened in the almost 70 years that I had known him. I knew that he wanted to talk about our Aunty Caroline’s will, as she had died 2 weeks earlier and my brother was her Power of Attorney. I was happy to meet him as I drove to the Smitty’s Restaurant for our meeting. It turned out that I had no inkling of what he was going to tell me and even on writing this some months later, I am still in shock.
The last words that my brother spoke to me that day were, “I was worried how you would take this.”
Those were the last words that he has said to me to this day.
Those words tell me that he knew that what he had done was wrong.
If you want to find out more you can now purchase a digital copy of my book on Amazon.
This actually got missed in the last copy of Becoming but it’s an interesting story of how I knew that I needed hearing aids.
I was teaching grade 4 and the students were quietly working on a Math assignment. I had 2 students up at my desk and was helping them with their work. All at once, the whole class stood up. I was shocked and asked why they were all standing. Apparently, the tire alarm was ringing and I had not heard it. It was a wake up call to wear my hearing aids, which I had purchased a few months before, but I was not wearing. I found them very difficult to get used to and found all of the sound that I heard to be too much; sounds like the kids coming in from recess or the sound of traffic.
Needless to say I wore them from then on.
Hearing aids have come a long way and the current ones are much better at noise reduction than the ones I had at the time of the above incident.
I’m going to post parts of my memoir Becoming over the next few days. This is part of the last chapter that I wrote:
Nobody wants to get the phone call that I received on Aug. 28th, 2022. I had had a couple of CT scans to check on some growths that were seen in my lungs during regular imaging. On this day, the thoracic surgeon told me that he thought that there was a 95% chance that the growths were cancerous and they needed to be removed. I was in shock and didn’t hear another word this fast-talking doctor said. The good thing was that Veena, one of my daughter-in-laws who is also a doctor, was also on the call and she got all the information. The doctor, trying to inspire confidence, told us that he was the best thoracic surgeon in Manitoba and that I was lucky to have him as he really was 2 doctors, a PHD and an MD!
There is nothing that makes one appreciate good health as much as being sick and that is certainly true for me.
You can read the rest of the book here (price reduced to $9.99):
I named my memoir Becoming because of all the different names that I’ve had in my life and how each name seemed to match a different persona. Read about my struggles with depression and anxiety and how I found my way through an abusive childhood and a difficult marriage to be where I am now: content with a life full of joy and contentment.
I’ve been working on this memoir for over a year and decided it was time to share it. It is available to read a digital copy for $12.99 on the Blurb website. The link below will take you there.
Session number 2 on Saturday was with this adorable little person and her doggie! This little one loved ringing the Christmas bells and tossing the foam snowballs that I had. I had a great time with this family!
One of my favorite kids came to visit me yesterday and we got some amazing pictures done. I’ve been photographing this little girl since she was born and she just keeps getting more beautiful. She also loves to dress up and follows directions like a pro.
Yesterday I had the pleasure of photographing this beautiful family that I hadn’t seen for many years. I think you will agree, that these girls and their mom are stunning. Sorry, Dad that you didn’t get a picture posted on the blog. The girls definitely stole this show!
I am very upset by the atrocities in the war in Ukraine and I want to do what I can to help, so I decided to do a fundraiser with money going to the Canadian Red Cross for Ukraine. Here is the website I will be donating to.
PLEASE NOTE THAT I AM EXTENDING THIS SPECIAL TO APRIL 24th.
This special means that you will pay only $50 for a full hour photography session, plus get an 8×10 print of your choosing from the session. That’s a value of $150 for only $50 and I will donate that $50 to the Canadian Red Cross.
This is in effect from April 3rd to the 24th (including Easter weekend) and includes up to 4 people. I welcome dogs so please bring your furry family friends. This special is just in time for Mother’s Day and I know mothers love to get pictures of their families, so why not take advantage of this special and use the print(s) as a gift for your mom?
This special does not include newborn sessions as they take much longer than an hour.
Other prints and digital images are available. Ask me for prices if you are interested but please note that I do not sell digital images separately from prints.
I fell in love with this puppy yesterday and I guarantee that you would too! This is 5 month old Hallie, who found her forever home on Halloween. Hallie was shy at first but she settled down beautifully.
Yesterday I photographed the first dogs for my Spirit of Hope Rescue fundraiser and I couldn’t have had better models. Meet Caddy and Yuki, who are a breed called Keeshond. I hadn’t ever heard of this breed so I looked them up and found this: “The Keeshond is an old dog breed, once a companion and watchdog on the barges and boats that traveled the canals and rivers of Holland in the 17th and 18th centuries.”
These 2 were perfect dog models and listened really well to their owner’s commands. It was a lot of fun to work with them.
I am once again raising money for Spirit of Hope Rescue (https://spiritofhoperescue.ca/) by doing photo sessions with your fur babies. The poster below shows the Christmas backdrop that I am planning to use for these sessions but I also want to do some more generic pictures with a plain backdrop. The Christmas backdrop would be perfect for your Christmas cards (for example) and the other one would be a great memory picture that would be appropriate all year round.
Spirit of Hope is an amazing group of dedicated people who rescue dogs from more than 38 Indigenous communities in Manitoba. They have rescued more than 3500 dogs in the last 9 years. We have 2 of those dogs and are very grateful to this organization. Help me to help support them but bringing your pooch for this Christmas Dog Portrait session.
This is my new dog Otis in a formal posed picture. Isn’t he beautiful!
The truth I do not stretch or shove When I state that the dog is full of love. I’ve also found, by actual test, A wet dog is the lovingest.
There isn’t anything that speaks to my soul the way that walking with my dogs on the beach or in the woods does. Being outdoors while walking our dogs give me a sense of calm and peace that I never feel anywhere else. I love watching our happy dogs sniffing the ground and wagging their tails. That kind of happiness is contagious. It makes me forget the troubles in the world because of joy in being in their presence.
We are lucky to have 4 dogs this week, as we are looking after my step daughter’s dog, Kassidy. All of our dogs are rescues. We know that there are many dogs out there that need homes and we prefer to adopt those dogs.
Here are our beasts:
Kassidy is the youngest of the pack at only 10 months. Kassidy thrives on being petted and hugged. She loves to run and play and never seems to get tired. She is the most affection of the pack and will cuddle up to us while sleeping or watching tv.
This is Kassidy in the field by our house.
I adopted Zara 7 years ago from Spirit of Hope Dog Rescue (where we also got Kassidy). Zara is the leader of the pack at our house. She controls the other dogs but all is well at our house as long as none of the other dogs challenge her. Zara will control them with barks, growls and baring her teeth. Her short little legs mean that she can’t keep up with her younger, faster siblings, but they know that she has is the growl of authority.
Otis is 22 months old and is our newest dog. He was originally a street dog in the Bahamas and was rescued by a group that took him, along with 75 other dogs, to Toronto. From there, he was adopted by a couple in Winnipeg and had a lovely home until health issues forced the couple to give him up. Otis is very shy and slow to make friends but once he is your friend, you have a friend for life. Otis is loving our home as he has so much room to wander and sniff. He also loves the beach and playing with other dogs!
Maddie, at 14 is the elder of the pack and has slowed down a lot. You won’t see her in the running or walking pictures as she doesn’t join us on walks. She has had many health issue; one of which meant she had to lose an eye. She continues to have mobility issue but she does the best she can.
Here are some of the pictures I have taken of our dog pack.
The dogs had so much fun on the beach last night when 3 other dogs showed up. Have a look!
I love dogs so it was a lot of fun to photograph the new puppy in our family, as well as, her sister, 12 year old Annie. These are my son’s family dogs in Calgary. Chili Bean, the puppy is a 6 months old goden doodle and is full of energy. Annie is 12 and although she has slowed down, she still likes walks and is very affectionate.
It had been six years since I last saw this family of four. We did this session in our yard and also used the railway tracks. The light was harsh on the tracks but we did manage to get some great images. I enjoyed photographing them again.
I love photographing children as they grow up and seeing the same families over the years. I’ve done a few sessions with this lovely family and their 2 sons, who are now 5 and 7 years old. We had a lot of fun doing this session at Kildonan Park.
I have the best looking people coming for photography sessions. Just look at this family and you will know that it is true! We did this session in my yard, as well as on the railroad tracks that run right beside my house. I realize that we aren’t supposed to go on railroad tracks but these tracks are not used very often and in fact, when a train goes North earlier in the day, it always comes back South that same day. There was no train going North yesterday, so I knew that no train would be coming. As well, there are only 1 or 2 trains in a week.
I like sessions to be relaxed and fun for people. I think you can tell that we had a blast!
Graduating from grade 12 is a special time for students and not being able to have a regular convocation or party is really tough, so a lot of parents are doing what they can to make this event special for their children. Yesterday, I met a few of the grads of 2021 in a special photography session.
We started at Kildonan Park. It was a lovely evening. The temperature was perfect but the wind was kind of brutal at times.
Love the smiles on these 2 girls!
The girls pictured below are part of the provincial basketball team that won at Nationals; so we headed over to St. John’s Park to use the basketball courts. Note the medals they are both wearing! The wind was fierce here!
Another friend arrived and was happy to pose for some pictures. We had a great time. Watch for more pictures here as I get these images edited.