The beach and childhood

I love marine life, the ocean, sea shells, anything that has to do with water. However, tot only am I not an excellent swimmer, but I haven’t swum in the ocean for quite a while. There is no specific reason as to why, but I think it’s because I like to sit and appreciate the beauty, instead of invading it. I still submerge my feet, just not my entire body. Perhaps, it’s due to my positive childhood memories, and the good advantage I’ve taken of the beach. I don’t know. Maybe, I just got bored of it. After all, I grew up going to the beach and I even went camping on the beach.

My best friend and I used to go to the beach with our mums when we were little, and one day we went to this beach known (but unknown to us) for its high waves. Our mums were getting lunch ready and my friend I went by the shore to collect sea shells and rocks. Being the risk-takers that we were, we decided to go in a bit deeper but we faced our backs towards the waves so we could see our mums. Sure enough, they noticed we were too close to the waves and asked us to go back to the shore, but before we could there, a big wave approached. I remember looking under my legs and my eyes bulging. I yelled, “run” but before we could get ashore, the breaking wave caught up with us. It wasn’t a humongous wave, but it looked very big to us.We were fine, and we laughed it off after the initial scared faded.

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One of my favourite memories is walking on the beach with my late grandparents. We used to buy ice cream and walk on the sidewalk and sand. I remember my grandma and I used to laugh at the fact my grandpa and sister took forever deciding which ice cream to buy.  My grandpa and I would go to the rocks and stone skip into the water. I, of course, picked up the heavy ones because I loved the rippling effect they made in the water. Usually, there weren’t a lot of people nearby, so it was safe to do it. One of the most vivid memories I have of them. I even recall the smells!

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Do you have any good memories of the beach?

❤ ❤ ❤ Love, Ellie ❤ ❤ ❤

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Random Photo(s) of the Day #16 – Inside a water bottle

I was feeling curious, so I took photos of the inside of my water bottle full of water and ice! It’s amazing how something so simple can be transformed into a different world. My friend thought it was an ocean wave!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Work of Art

It’s Friday (technically Saturday where I live) and it’s time for another Photo Challenge. Art is everywhere and if you use your imagination, you can discover different worlds. Here’s my take on Work of Art! Enjoy and have an amazing weekend!!! :D. Remember to spread the love ❤

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This is inside a church. I love this mural!

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Nature is art, and it provides inspiration to your imagination. This place made me feel like anything could happen. You know, like me finding the ring of power and defeating Sauron.

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Army of ducks

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Seagull thinking about life. Hey, they have a bucket list (full of food), too!

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You can see the birds flying and the clouds forming a paintbrush-stroke like pattern

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My late hamster refusing to go inside his igloo until I cleaned it (silly rodent)

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Geese plotting where to poop

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Random Photo(s) of the Day #15 – Mr. Seagull

I haven’t done my random photo of the day in a while! I’ve been concentrating on the A to Z challenge, but now that it’s over, I’m bringing these posts back :). Today’s photos featured Mr. Seagull. The only time I like seagulls is when they’re photogenic and stay away from my food. In the first picture, you can see the shadow of a crow. Enjoy!

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Weekly Photo Challenge – On the Move

Time for another Photo Challenge! Here are a few photos that depict movement. Scroll over to read captions.

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Warm showers: Awesome, but painful to say good-bye to

Warm showers and baths are the best, but I know that as soon as I step out, it will feel like the next ice age. Nevertheless, I prepare myself mentally to overcome such temperature contrasts by stalling before I get out of the shower.

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“Just wrap a towel around,” they say, “you won’t feel cold if you do,” they say. Yeah, that doesn’t work. I’ve even tried dressing in the shower (don’t ask) and I still felt cold getting out. Bath robes work okay, but as long as there’s skin exposed, you’ll feel the cold Arctic breeze. And turning the heat on doesn’t help much either…

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Somehow, I think if I stay longer and under warmer water, it will delay the process. You know, because my mind sometimes thinks (probably denial) that time will stop everywhere and I’ll have all the time in the world to get out. I even try to come up with different issues in my head and try to solve them, just to avoid going through the temperature contrast. I know it’s not going to kill me, but before I even step in the shower, I know I’ll have to go through the painful dilemma of when it’s the best time to get out of the shower. I’m sure this isn’t helping the stereotype of women taking ages in the bathroom.

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Before I get in the shower, I make sure my clothes are ready for me to put on. Once I find the courage to end the shower session, I plan my escape to be in 5 seconds. I put my bath robe or towel on and dry as I walk…more like run…to put my clothes on. I really don’t like the temperature contrast. Here’s a tip: put your socks on first. I have to say that thanks to my eagerness to stay warm after a shower, it doesn’t take me long to try on clothes at the mall :p.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Spring

Another Friday, another Photo Challenge. The theme for this week is ‘Spring’. I love it! Sadly, Ontario isn’t being a great host for Spring so far, but it’s getting there. The temperatures are definitely higher, but I would like to see a bit more sunshine. Here are a few pictures about Spring. Enjoy!

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Rain? No problem! I have an umbrella…wait, you didn’t mention there’ll be wind!

I’ve given up. The only reason I choose to wear an umbrella is so my cell phone won’t get wet. Ontario has had beautiful weather lately…wait, sorry I was just dreaming. The weather has been warmer, but the rain and wind have come out to play. I get it, we do need rain and wind, sure, but umbrellas are pointless when they occur simultaneously.

 

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I walk a lot and perhaps it is my fault for walking in the rain, but my workplace isn’t too far to justify a drive or transit – Forgive me your Highness Mother Nature for trying to stay healthy – I just would like to come home from work without looking like a traumatized wet cat whose hair looks like it’s been electrocuted by the power of all demons.

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Umbrella size does not matter, I have small, medium, big, giant umbrellas, and the wind will often find a way to destroy them, blow them away, hit me with them, and make me look like a fool in the middle of the street (how did you do it Mary Poppins?). Not to mention passing drivers who can clearly see there’s a puddle in front of them (after seeing the car in front drive through it), on a residential street, and seem to have no consideration of pedestrians. They speed up just to make a fast turn. Seriously, how do they know I love getting splashed by passing speeding cars?

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I know I’m from rainy Vancouver, but please Mother Nature just give me a break :(. I don’t mind the rain when it is warm and not windy, or at least don’t brutalize my umbrella! How am I supposed to live my life to the fullest, if my pockets are full of water? I like to end things on a positive note, and I am thankful I can afford the proper gear, but I feel for those who can’t. I’m going to look into donating rain jackets to those who need it. I encourage you to do the same :), or something similar. I’m not too familiar with charities here, so I’ll have to do my research.

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PS: I hope all of you are doing great :D.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: On Top

Hello lovely bloggers! It’s time for another photo challenge. Some of these photos are not great quality, but I still want to share them with you :). I posted the first photo on my blog before, but I love it!

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