• This is one of the white roses in our back yard. I never would've bought rose bushes myself, but I've grown to really enjoy them, especially seeing some of them change colour over time!

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    Today is a very special day. It's the 3 year anniversary (or as I like to call it "first-date-iversary") of Bruno and my first date in Copenhagen. This first date almost didn't happen because in typical Ariane-style I got some kind of stomach bug the second day of the conference and missed the last two days, but Bruno dragged himself away from the party for the last night of the conference to come hang out with me for a bit at the apartment I was staying at (he was leaving town the next morning).

  • Aren't succulent flowers just amazing? They always seem so tropical that I can't believe they deign to bloom in the great white north.

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    We woke up to.... drum roll... more raccoon poop today! Wheee. This led to planting all the plants I picked up on sale last week to try and cover all the bare rocks that were seemingly so attractive. Bruno's mom gave us an extra (fantastic!) tip, to put BBQ skewers in the ground too, so they get poked if they try and squat! Imagine a bamboo skewer to the butt, what a surprise that'd be!

  • As some of you know, I read and loved Brené Brown's Daring Greatly. I only just recently remembered to go back and listen to the last couple of podcasts the did for the chapter-by-chapter read-along she did on her website. You can still get to all of the read-along posts here (there's an audio file attached to each post - I'm not sure if they're accessible on iTunes anymore). Even if you haven't read the book, but especially if you have, these little audio/podcasts are about 20 mins each, and really add a lot to the discussion around the content of the book.

    I really loved and got a lot out of a part from the Ch. 7 audio, so I transcribed some parts to share them with you, and bolded the biggest takeaways.

  • One of the plants I've fallen in love with this summer is a variety of sedum I kept seeing around the neighbourhood. Happy to report I've finally snagged one to plant in our garden, from the end of season plant sale at the hardware store!

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  • I didn't forget! Just had a lot going on today, and then got distracted with chasing raccoons out of the yard. (As per usual.)

    This is a calla lily I saw at La Casa de Gelato - it's not often I see them actually growing outside!

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  • I spent part of this afternoon drawing in the shade of my next door neighbour's yard today, and it was so nice! One of the people who lives there is an artist and was working on her art in the yard, so invited me to join for a bit, since our yard is blazing hot when the sun is out. I hope that in fifteen years or so (if we're still in this place, or if we're somewhere else) that we have a nice shady yard as well!

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    In raccoon news, we got this great bench for our front stoop last week, and were planning on adding some plants and making it a bit nicer up there, but yesterday I noticed some dirt on the bench. I thought it was pretty odd, and my gut was whispering "raccoons" just because really, what else would get dirt on the bench - they've been SO PESKY again lately! 

  • These wouldn't stop blowing in the wind, so this was the clearest shot I got, but I still wanted to share it. I love these oddly neon coloured little flowers, they look a little otherworldly, like they should be in a bog or a magical fairy-land something!

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    In other news, I changed the privacy settings on my Flickr photos today, and I am in utter shock that as a by-product, that process changed all the image file URLs on my existing thousands of photos. :( That means almost all the embedded images on my blog are busted right now. I've fixed the last few pages of posts, but it's going to take me a while to even get through the rest of the 365 photos. I may just let the rest be, sigh. Big fail Flickr. Big fail!

  • I feel like things are gonna be okay. Actually, like things are okay.

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  • There's this thing I keep seeing on the internet, all over Instagram and peoples' blogs, and OMG YOU NEED IT!!!!!!!

    At least, that's what you keep saying. It sounds like there is a gaping hole in your life that will be filled if only you can just obtain this magical object! "Where is that rug from??? I need it!!!" "I need that scarf!" "OMG I need those salt and pepper shakers." "I need one of those triangle rings!!!" "I totally need to get a pair of those shoes, I loveeeeeee them!"

    People. Just stop it.

    I know things are pretty or cool or trendy, and you want to express that. So please, search the depths of your vocabulary for another way to express your compliments and desires. It's really not that hard. 

    No, really. You do not NEED any of this stuff. 

  • It's an art day! These are petunias from our next door neighbour's yard - and another dark background, apparently I just have a thing for them! I experimented a bit with more background texture rather than just flat black, it was hard to do, but I think with some practice it could make for more interesting backgrounds.

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    Hope everyone's week got off to a good start!

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