Sunday Check-in: A Wee Bit o’ This and That!

This post is normally dedicated to the Round of Words in 80 Days (ROW80) but the last few days have been quite busy and I want to expand the post to encompass a few topics, not the least of which is the Burn’s Night Supper. I think that’s allowable.

As far as writing is concerned, I have managed to bring my word count up to and over 40,000. I’m now at 40,608. I can’t remember how many words I wrote on Wednesday night but I do recall that it brought me up to exactly 40,000 words. Then Thursday I tacked on the extra 600. I’d guess, in total, that was about 1300 words. I have discovered that any kind of writing, even on my blog, on Friday and Saturday nights probably won’t happen. I won’t bother changing my agenda because there may be some weekends when writing is a possibility and I always like to share photographs, particularly once spring arrives.

WordPress brought it to my attention today that I’ve been with them for exactly 6 years! It’s hard to imagine I’ve been pumping out posts for that long – actually longer because I was on Blogger before that but probably only less than a year. Interestingly, I still enjoy blogging as much as I did all those years ago, maybe even more now. Things have changed somewhat but just subtle changes. There are so many more blogs now, and types of blogs, readers are spread more thinly so they usually spend less time reading. Short, concise posts are usually the ones that get the most attention. I’ve never written here to be popular only for the interaction and the joy of writing. So on I go writing what’s on my mind, short or long…maybe for another 6 years.

My biggest distraction away from writing this weekend was the annual Burn’s Night Supper. I have Scottish heritage and I enjoy celebrating the birthday of the Scottish bard, Robert Burns. A friend of mine, who is also a neighbour, has become by Burn’s Night buddy. We, and our families, have been celebrating together for a few years now. Just living up the street makes it easy to split up the duties for the meal and run back and forth between houses with whatever supplies are needed. This year we asked another couple to join us as well and, to our delight, he showed up in full regalia…and brought a wonderful bottle of Glen Garioch Scotch! Together, he and I “piped in” the haggis to Scotland the Brave, I read the Ode to a Haggis and used his Sgian Dubh (knife) to stab and cut the haggis at the appropriate moment.

There were 11 of us all crowded into my townhouse and we all ate and drank merrily. It was a wonderful evening and I’m already looking forward to next year. 🙂 Happy Burns Day!

Now, no more excuses…back to writing. Until next time…all the best for the coming week.

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Happy New Year

I first heard this version of Auld Lang Syne back in 2010 and it has remained my favourite so I’m re-publishing this post for this New Year’s Eve. Happy 2015 to one and all! May this year bring you love, peace, and happiness. xo

Isobel's Creative Spaces

This is one of the most beautiful versions of Auld Lang Syne¹ I’ve heard. Please enjoy it and have a wonderful 2011!


Auld Lang Syne – Robert Burns
Sung by: Mairi Campbell

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought tae mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
For auld lang syne?²

For auld lang syne, my jo,
For auld lang syne.
We’ll tak a cup o kindness yet
For auld lang syne?

And surely ye’ll be your pint-stowp,
And surely I’ll be mine,
And we’ll tak a cup o kindness yet,
For auld lang syne

For auld lang syne, my jo,
For auld lang syne.
We’ll tak a cup o kindness yet
For auld lang syne?

We twa hae run aboot n the braes
And pou’d the gowans fine.
And we’ve wandered many a weary fit,
Sin’ auld lang syne.

For auld lang syne, my jo,
For auld lang syne.

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Happy Winter Solstice

solstice

The longest night has come once more,
the sun has set, and darkness fallen.
The trees are bare, the earth asleep,
and the skies are cold and black.
Yet tonight we rejoice, in this longest night,
embracing the darkness that enfolds us.
We welcome the night and all that it holds,
as the light of the stars shines down.
~ a Sunset Prayer for Yule

Christmas Bug

Yesterday I went with a friend down to the Glebe area of Ottawa and wandered around some of the stores there. Before going I’d made sure my phone was fully charged, as well as my DSLR camera, in case I wanted to take some photos. Another friend of mine had started posting photos of beautifully decorated Christmas trees on Facebook and I caught the bug. I figured there may be a few stores with some nicely decorated trees and I wanted to make sure I captured them. One store, in particular, Bank Street Framing, was decorated to the hilt. It was kind of magical and many of their decorations had a unique twist to them which made browsing in their store quite enjoyable. I took a few photos and thought I’d share them here – although you will note not all are of Christmas decorations (I got a little carried away). I plan on trying to capture as many nice decorations as I can over the next few weeks and I’ll make sure to post the good ones. Making the most of the season. 🙂

Happy Easter

To all of my friends and readers who are celebrating, very happy Easter to you all. In celebration, I offer you a piece of music that is one of my favourites from Handel’s Messiah. The truth of the matter is, I love the entire Messiah. It has become a tradition to listen to in my house at Christmas and Easter. I know that everyone has their favourite version – mine happens to be the one conducted by Andrew Davis in Toronto with the Toronto Symphony, the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and some of the most beautiful voices: Kathleen Battle, Florence Quivar, John Aler, and Samuel Ramsey.

Here, listen to Samual Ramsey’s amazing bass voice as he belts out beautifully The Trumpet Shall Sound.

Enjoy!