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The December 2013 Ontario Canada Ice Storm… the mess

 CATCH UP:  Welcome Back! Let’s get right into what’s been taking up all of my time…Weather! No, I am not a weather man/person, the whole North American Content seems to be under a sinister snow attack courtesy of Mother Nature herself! 52% of the US as reported here in Canada, is under record breaking snow falls and low temperatures. That’s now. Over the last two months of my hiatus we had (hydro) power in time for Christmas Eve, an 8:15pm New Years Eve countdown (perfect for me!) and got back my laptop!

Now, I can use the amazing “Press This! to post! Be prepared to find simple easy linked posts, sending you straight through to a website that I have found interesting for me, and possibly useful for you all ;D  I will attempt this through WordPress’ Google Chrome Extension. It’s kinda like the PIN IT! is for Pinterest but only for posting on your WordPress Blog.

Why haven’t I used this before? Well, that’s because up until finding the kindest computer man on the planet, I had no hope to ever being able to use my laptop again!  HOORAY! I got our home laptop baby back and up to work just two days ago. Benefits of small town kindness. (If you ever read my blog, many thanks again Ron & family ;) AND, the extension itself is NOT available for mobile device internet browsers, like safari on Apple devices. Outside from the Laptop that was in the shop for four months, we use mobile only, which I actually prefer. So this is a treat being able to have the Laaptop back and I’m going to enjoy it lol.

 

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WELCOME: With a renewed New Years blogging spirit, you will see and hear from me much more than you have before. Not going to make promises, resolutions, or commitments more than a once a week post, for now. Not even sure what I will be posting about, which leaves the mind open for suggestions, learning, and trying new things! I do commit to be true to myself, honest, creative, and complain a little. Looking forward to hearing from you all.

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PICTURES:  

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outside of the damage some of the photos were beautiful. i showed the LO the thickness between the ice & the branches. an obvious difference!


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looking ahead at the girls as we trudge under the falling trees.


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this is not even near “tall” when compared to the real tall trees lining our streets. the devastation was worse in other areas…


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as we turned the corner the next street was like walking in a labyrinth of fallen slick ice trees. each & every tree on this street hung perfectly over the sidewalks. dangerously…

THE ICE STORM:  For now, we in Ontario, Canada have been in recovery from the Ice Storm 2013 that literally fell on our heads and homes this Christmas Season. For a bitter total of 9 days, (plus that for some) 500,000 residents of our closest big city (Toronto), our town, and our surrounding neighborhoods big and small, all had no power. none. absolutely none. meaning no heat, spoiled food, no elevators, city buildings, and very busy emergency vehicle response teams. That was terrifying, besides being in the dark everywhere… the individual struggles alone were/are endless even still.

When it comes to weather-watch, we are all as a town and city, still under much stress or heightened awareness for now, from that devastation. Many of us are still without food replacements, from all we’ve lost in that Ice Storm 2013. (including us, neighbours, & friends we know included!)

Just yesterday at the grocery store normally very quiet and slow on Sunday’s, I watched bunches of shoppers scurrying around, seemingly collecting and collecting all over again. We just last evening again, received more snow storm warnings, freezing rain warnings (that’s the scary one), even blizzard watches in areas, and the coldest Windchill Warnings. OH, my favorite NewsTalk Radio Station just reported “feeling like -42 with the coming windchill, even colder”. It will take 5 minutes before your hands or uncovered skin will be frost bitten. Coldest that I remember in years, arriving today and tomorrow.

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As we walk further, it’s like each tree was mis-planted, UPSIDE DOWN–some of these are not perfectly clear because it was a cold night walk.

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and as you look across the street at this row of trees, they ALL look like they’ve been planted UPSIDE DOWN…it’s very sad

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As I was saying I headed to the grocery store yesterday to grab the necessities because we spent 9 long days plus, trapped indoors in that last ice storm. I wanted to be prepared as much as the next guy. I think we’re still on edge. We are walkers and even during the storm, the sidewalks (understandably so) were the very last things the Town Employees were working on clearing. With as much as 10 cm plus (don’t know the real numbers) of layered ice on the sidewalks and my disability, there was NO WAY I was able to get the kids out and about for any reason at that time. Including food. The Town (& city of Toronto) are all just beginning the clean up. The cost? $75 Million Dollars. As individuals and families touched by this record breaking catastrophic storm, we are all trying to clean up and calculate each of our own personal damage caused as well. For us, we were lucky as far as having heat, power, hydro, however we could not get out to replenish food due to sidewalks.

We all snuggled in together over a long Winters (past) weekend with candles, water, and blankets prepared. OH and a handful of noise makers in case the kids start their back to school week, without school :D Mine had school but some of our family members and surrounding schools did not due to this second snow storm! Some just got back to school today. Happy to report no loss of power yet but, I have to admit it is a worry much on the mind. There is still much more to come tonight and tomorrow.

(.. Ohhh, My aching head…;) 

NOW the good news the brighter side, the silver lining; as my regular readers know I always find and share. We only lost power for a total of 2 days, we had much to be grateful for and spent a lot of time praying for the safety and needs of others. Speaking of prayers, unfortunately, even our church closed and missed it’s very first Sunday service ever! 

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Just after Christmas the street trees looked like glistening tinsel or lined with CHRISTMAS lights

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This was not our tree. This was a neighbours tree that actually crashed completely on their vehicle, which luckily wasn’t damaged

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a look at our ice covered trees

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our backyard ice rink. the trees above our train tracks here were literally crashing and inside every 3 minutes during the Ice Storm 2013, we could hear them falling. Super Loud & when no power: super spooky too

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Ice Storm Bundles ;) This is mainly what we did over freezing ‘holidays’ ….

As a sweet family of three girlies, we got much anxiety ridden time to hang together.  iPads in hand, we searched websites for some crafting, DIY’ing and coloring activities to keep us busy. Over the Ice Storm and this past cold and snowy weekend, we found even more! We were able to print many different items to play with after coloring and decorating. I will be sharing them via the Press This Google Extension which I am so excited about! The next post will be a look into this.

Really good to be up and blogging again. Look forward to catching up soon! How was everyones holidays? Did you get stuck indoors due to weather? Does your family have a special traditional activity you preform together over the holidays? Did you go somewhere warm? Skratch that I don’t actually want to know the answer to that question LOL ;D Kidding, Share away folks! Did you know anyone in your family or friends that was here in Ontario Canada during our wretched storm? Were they affected in anyway? did you travel during this storm? plane flight delays across country?

Happy New Year,

Jaynine ;)

P.S. We are still waiting patiently for nice above minus 30 weather so we can get out and do more of this:

Before ice storm 2013

Before Ice Storm 2013



Onward and Upward .. I Pray

Here’s the plan:  short and sweet, lotsa-links, inspiration, and to the point! Lets see how well I do. Just don’t grade me on this paper ok!? After our summer of personal series of unfortunate events, I have promised the next post would be of enlightenment to the lessons I have take from those **** experiences

The first thing is, I have learned that I can do stuff. I can do DIYs! I don’t just pin them, share them, or tweet them anymore! I have actively taken part in my own role of DIY’er. So much so I started at the top, with an IKEA Hack!

“What’s an IKEA hack J9?!” You ask. 

“A Closet On a Bookcase?” first step was to turn closet on it’s side –that’s when they lost me!


Well, the way I see it is:  Think about IKEA first. In and of itself the thought just scares me. Then, remember the last item-to-build you purchased there. Recall the three ‘life-lines’ you were given upon starting the put-together-project, going into it alone, and sit in that fear for a moment….Then, when you’ve returned from rocking like a baby in the corner over there, and removed your thumb from your mouth, read on. The instructions, piece count, directions, countless trips back to the store for missing items, estimated time of six hours work in reality it’s six days (for me), and you’ve got The first word understood:  “IKEA” right

An IKEA Hack above is a mixture of that horror, picture it:  and Dr. Suess on some elicit street drug, shaking his courvoisier (cognac) on the rox in hand, while slapping my fried brain around with his fatal cocktail, scorching me with an evil laughter … it all causes my poor head to ache…However, I just fell into my ‘hack’ by accident. (I don’t self-created suffering anymore)


Here are some photos from the beginning of my DIY career. (Promise not to laugh too hard) From Instagram

My Wanna Be IKEA Hack

my wanna be Ikea Hack from Shoe Rack to Towel Rack ;D


 Excuse the unprofessional photography but, all I gots an iPhone 4S for now…laugh all you like, I am super proud of myself! 

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IKEA shoe rack to my small space DIY towel rack


super proud! excuse the mess behind the photo. we were in renovations all summer and it’s a rental. 

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last but not least, photo of perfectly fit potty side shot ;P


Next image is linked to my Pinterest account, only because I do not have time to further resaerch all the sources. You all know I send the credit to creator. 

dubbed Neon Lumberjack Wood on FLICKR

via FLICKR


This is the way were headed with the shoe rack turned towel rack hack for our bathroom. I am not sure exactly how or where, but I will be using this type of coloring pattern.

The good news continues from the **** summer, to the white walled blank canvas we now have to work with for our interior decor. TEEN and I are so used to moving our entire lives (unfortunately for whatever reasons..), that we barely sleep in the same bed every night. Around the one year & a half mark there’s an ‘itch’ I get inside, that causes me to look at moving. NO MORE. Since LO, thats against the rules”–like I always say to her, lol. 

The remaining images are designs by others I have sourced on Etsy and Pinterest, are the inspirational creators of the new DIY sensation I feel in my bones as of late. Colour seems to be the main focus. Follow each of the photo links to their (Pinterest) pins. 

 

Geometric Art oEtsy

Geometric Art on Etsy


Unfortunately,I couldn’t find my link to this one. However, its listed in my favorites on my Etsy Profile (link above & sidebar to follow me there)! I thought I would try this one as a DIY project actually, with some fantastic washi tape from Pretty Tape. A fav from Dallas, TX on line. The following photos are the same idea (DIY). Now that Im an expert, you’ll have to come back to check up on our progress :D

Coloured Tree Slices

Coloured Tree Slices on Etsy


We have some of these from our neighbourhood Discovery Walk last winter! 

More Tree Slices on Etsy

More Tree Slice Art via Etsy


More Tree Slice Art via Etsy fav’s of mine

Here’s another idea I have already played with…

 

DIY Washi Tape photo frames

DIY Washi Tape photo frames


However, I prefer ours to look not so perfect–like these:

 

DIY Washi tape photo frame ideas

DIY Washi tape photo frame ideas


Follow link to source for better image sizes.

This last one I prefer above all. I prefer to add little treasuries and pieces we’ve collected on our travels, to the frames. A paper flower TEEN created here (like yellow below), a photo LO painted or ripped and glued there–adding it to the personality of our DIY Washi Tape Photo Framed Wall art. 

DIY Washi Tape photo frames

DIY Washi Tape photo frames


 

I soo look forward to connecting again soon. Leave behind some inspirational DIY projects you’re involved in or excited about. I am always on a hunt for encouragement and simple step by step tutorials LOL!! OK, Much to be done around here. At least its not cleaning up *** anymore!

Blessings and Wonderous Weekends to you All,

JayNine xox 

IMAGE NOTE *** Each of those pins when clicked will forward you to a new window revealing to you it’s credible source. I give all designers their credit and have no intention of offending or infringing on copyright laws by sharing these photos in any way. I do not endorse nor oppose the use of the products connected to any source. I simply share for enjoyment purposes only.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 










Weekly Photo Challenge: Masterpiece | Postcard Photo

Today, I am mixing my Wordless Weekend, with the (hosted by) Daily Post’s
Weekly Photo Challenge: (theme) “Masterpiece” this week.
This is my first photo post, using the suggested tag of: post a day, as per the Daily Post photo challenge guidelines. I will re-post their guidelines snippet in my next entry. It provides readers with an overview of (specifically) the photo challenge details; to entice your interest in getting involved! If you haven’t already heard of this photo challenge, Subscribe here to receive notifications and their inspirational ideas.

These types of post a day challenges, are clearly a win-win opportunity:

To you the writer it offers you a simple activity to increases the chances of your blog being noticed. The fact that these are ‘daily’ challenges, they keep you more connected within your already created WordPress community. A few more benefits for you and your readers: It’s a great chance to extend your reader audience, gifting you with an entire new set of blogs to read; which also benefits you both! We all get to enjoy the fruit of our labor, together! Post On!

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**The photo above is the first ‘masterpiece’ post of mine. I snapped this quick shot, no preview, no focus! Just enough time to pull-over and clicked. No photo effects or special effects like usual. I took only one of this specific view. Normally, I have a chance to take multiple shots and chose the best looking. This is not the case. I just love the way it looks through my iPhone. Today, this one shot postcard looking photo, is my masterpiece! enjoy!

Have any of you decided to take part in any of the Daily Post Challenges?

For future inspiration on your photos, take a look through past Weekly Photo Challenge categories. Suggest your own. Or, just click on some links from other blog entries, in the Comments below their articles! Check the Craft of Photography blog entries, full of helpful tips, hints, and photo taking advice
Jay9;) xo