Crocus

My mother-in-law insist that we should go to the store an buy some more Crocus to plant in front of her condo…

“Is the spring coming?" he said. "What is it like?"...
"It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine...”

I was been a dick and told her is not worth it. These flowers probably last a week at the most.

The always bloom at the start of the Spring season and basically signal that Winter is done.

It always amazing to me how nature knows these things…

“It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.”

As i grow old, the winters seem to be getting to me more and more. The cold gets inside my bones and my feet are always cold.

This is going to be the year that we work fully on our new yard and garden. I know my wife is planning lots of things and I can wait to get it looking better than it did last year.

Spring is welcomed once more!

Topaz Studio

I couldn’t resist putting these through Topaz Studio (Impression Filters). In this case the queen of the flowers and a favorite of mine: Georgia O’Keeffe.

Goodbye Sunrise

We woke up at 5:00 AM after going to bed around mid nite, so very little sleep.

The anticipation of the upcoming trip back home and the unfrequent flyer jitters meant a fatigued night. We were both sad that our vacations were coming to an end and that we had to say goodbye to family and friends.

We had finished packing everything the night before so all that was left was the toiletries and knickknacks.

We made our way downstairs and placed our bags in front of the door.

The quietness of the hour made us pensive and we sat on the living room trying to absorb the last images of out homeland. Like making mental photographs for posterity.

My brother came downstairs and we put the bags in the car and said goodbye to the city…

The streets were empty and devoid of people. The capital roads, usually full of traffic, were also telling us that we were going to be missed. We crossed the city at record speed and in a few minutes, we were on the road to the airport.

Our goodbye sunrise…

Our goodbye sunrise…

This moment came and changed the whole perspective of the ending of our trip. The mood was quiet in the car. Partly because of tiredness, partly because we wanted to savor the moment.

The sun was saying “So long, come back soon, we’ll miss you…

We promised we will!

New Office

The new office in the new house is coming along nicely...

360º image of the new office...

360º image of the new office...

After months of things to do at the new house, I finally had some time to work on fixing my peronal space, my man-cave if you will.

This new office, contrary to the old one, is located in the polar oposite of the house. While the old ona was in the basement, the new one is in what will normally be the attic.

A lot more light and a lot less space, but I think is more cozy and a joy to be in there. I only wish for East facing windows.

I still have to hang all the art work and pictures, but it is starting to look the way I want it. 

Had to install a window AC unit as the room usually reaches 90+ degrees in the Summer. I can wait to see what it will be in the Winter!!

This one taken with the Yi MeSphere as I thougth an all incompasing picture will tell a better story. It was a bracketed set with a 2 EV difference stiched together using Aurora HDR 2018.

The black thing in the bottom is the mini-tripod. :-)

Selling Tags - an American Tradition

Companies in the United States and around the world all have something called Records Retention Policy.

The Idea is that every seven years they go through the process of eliminating records that are not been used or that they don't need to retain. An oversimplification but all in all a great idea.

As humans, we tend to accumulate things at an always increasing rate.

The word  "hoarder" has entered our vocabulary and is now a psychological and treatable ailment.

In terms of possession, I always say: "If you have not used it in five years, either throw it away or give it to charity ". 

The Americans came up with a better solution...

They call it a Tag Sale or Yard Sale, depending on where you are. The concept is that you set up tables in your front lawn and place the items that you will like to get rid off on those tables with a ticket price or Tag. Usually in the range of 50 cents to $10 dollars.

Is one way of getting an extra income on something you were probably going to throw away.

This Saturday we had our first Tag sale in a really long time!

Setting up the tables...

Setting up the tables...

Through a process of word of mouth, some strategically placed banners, and some social media savviness, people started coming by before we had time to set up all the tables.

It was a multi-family affair

It was a multi-family affair

My wife and I live on a Condo and they don't allow tag sales due to the fact that our street is a Cul-de-sac; so we had our multi-family tag sale at my sister-in-law's house in Stratford.

Customers roam free

Customers roam free

These sort of thing always attract all walks of people and sometimes you get really weird ones. In this case, we had a lady that decided to go into the house like it was hers. We had to politely ask her out for trespassing!.

Breakfast Tacos!

Breakfast Tacos!

My brother-in-law prepared some delicious breakfast tacos as this was a family affair and some of the kids were hungry. We had some chorizo-bacon-eggs-hashbrown tacos that were absolutely delicious!! Thank you Mark!

Thankfully we had a really nice day

Thankfully we had a really nice day

It turned out to be a really great day. Without this turning into a party, it was a great family gathering with a successful outcome. The weather had finally cooperated and we had clear skies all day. I even got a slight tan.

This worked out to be a success!

This worked out to be a success!

After all was set and done, all we had left was ½ of the items we set out to sell and my wife tells me we are doing it again next weekend. I can't wait!