Insta-Friday time! Time to share simple cell phone photos from our week.
Emphasis on the simple this time. I thought that when I got a new cell phone, I would take hundreds of exciting pictures. Turns out, we don't do a lot of photo-worthy stuff on a regular week. We hang out, tidy the house, take the kids to dance and basketball, eat food...not that I'm complaining. It's a nice life.
I take pictures of food, mostly. I made granola bars from my first-ever homemade granola, above. They tasted good, but nobody else ate them and eventually I threw half the pan away.
I made berry oat bars, which I showed you earlier this week on my What I Ate Wednesday post.
I also told you that I made Staple Maple Cake for our Canadian Thanksgiving. Here it is...before I poured on the penuche icing. It really is quite good, despite the rather dull photo.
When I told you that my son made peanut butter cookies for Thanksgiving, I didn't show you this photo. Check out the background. See the torn up tissue on the floor? It's actually chewed up tissue. Jolene the dog likes to eat tissue...and lots of other things, if you aren't paying enough attention to her.
Our one outing this week was the trip to my sister-in-law's house for Thanksgiving. I tend to get photos of the kids in the car. Partly to distract them from fighting for even a short time.
This appearance of unity was short-lived.
When they are really annoying in the car, I turn off their radio station. Their station annoys me like crazy, so I tell them I can't deal with two annoyances at once. Then, my husband and I get to listen to our music for a bit. Here, we are listening to the Red Hot Chili Peppers. I can close my eyes and pretend I'm 20 again...for a minute.
We drove through my beloved hometown of Hamilton, Ontario. Hamilton is roughly the mid-way point between Toronto and Buffalo, New York.
When I was younger, I couldn't figure out why people from other towns seemed to thing Hamilton was ugly. Turns out, they always entered the city via this side, above. Sixty per cent of Canada's steel is produced in Hamilton, and that makes for some ugly buildings next to the very lovely Lake Ontario.
But, if you enter the city from the other end, you will see that it also has beautiful forests, a charming university and an extensive trail system. I grew up on "the mountain," which is actually a tall escarpment rather than a mountain. I still clearly remember the fear I felt each time the Hamilton Street Railway bus would travel down the winding road on the side of the escarpment, tilting towards the (very low) guardrail.
Do you live in the same place you grew up, or have you moved far, far away?
I am excited to be starting a series of prize giveaways soon, so please follow the blog to hear more. I will be starting this Sunday by giving away an environmentally friendly children's playhouse. If you have a child in your life...your own, someone else's, a grandchild...come on by!
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