daisy girls after a swim

Here’s some more daisy magic for you….after a pre-dinner beach swim (during our annual daisy photo shoot) the splish splashing continues when Dad turns the sprinkler on to water the daisy patch…

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These annual photos are a tradition I started when Raena was a baby…one day I hope to print a photo from each year and fill a wall in our home to showcase the magic!  Until then, the daisies and the daughters will keep on growing!

let’s go pick daisies

daisy collage fun

This time of year we love to pick the daisies that grow wild in patches of our yard and along the roadsides, here there and everywhere.  Daisies were my mom’s favourite flower and they are one of my most favourite too. Based on my daughters’ joyful picking, bouquet making and daisy chains I would have to say that they love these cheerful blooms too!

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And of course, daisies make great cake toppers when we make a birthday cake in honour of my mom (her birthday and the anniversary of her death fall in the midst of wild daisy season, that seems perfectly fitting somehow). This week, as I remember her, I am drawn to the spots where these blooms grow by the sea, my mom’s fave place in the world….and mine!

 Mom/Granny Kathy, we will always pick daisies and think of you doing the same!

my mom picking daisies

 

painting Tofino

Today we sent my hubby’s French cousins off to Tofino and my allergies started to kick into high gear.  You may not see the connection, but I am yearning to jump in their rental car and join them on the wild west coast.  It is the best place for me to escape the pollens that ail me at this time of year.  At any time, it is my favourite place in the world!  Busy with kids in a musical and events to celebrate World Oceans Day, I will stay here and sneeze and perhaps find a few moments to work on this Tofino painting for my brother.  It is nearly done!  As I add campfire, tent and surfboards perhaps I will be able to transport myself in some way to the peace of the sneeze free shores I crave!

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Rainbow Power – honouring Maya Angelou

 ’Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud’ — Maya Angelou

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Today, as the world said goodbye to Maya Angelou, it seems fitting that my daughters were making rainbow art.  We should all be grateful for the wisdom and strength of this amazing woman who inspired peace and equality to the world.  Author, poet, teacher, civil activist…..her rainbow spirit will live on!  I recently discovered her writings and look forward to exploring them more with my daughters (she has a number of children’s books that I have yet to read).  I hope you will too.

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When asked how she’d like to be remembered, Angelou once told an interviewer ” What I would really like said about me is that I dared to love…By love, I mean that condition in the human spirit so profound it encourages us to develop courage and build bridges, and then to trust those bridges and cross the bridges in attempts to reach other human beings.”

May we all dare to do the same!