Tuesday, April 16, 2013

details : the last 48 hrs





Forever a Metro transit rider.

The picture above was taken on Sunday when D & I were waiting for the bus home from the mall. I've been wanting to capture little moments of Spring, so I've been trying to start bringing my camera with me on a more regular basis.

This weekend I noticed how the rain changes things around me. I got caught walking on a drizzly morning and instead of being frustrated with how wet I was I distracted myself by focusing on the details. The whitewashed wood siding on one of the rowhouses darkened as the rain poured over the side of the roof. A car was painted with long, lines on it's surface that came together and then split apart as they gathered more weight. How each raindrop made waves of ripples in the puddles. I tried to listen closely to the sound of the cars driving on the wet pavement as they got closer and then faded to see how far I could hear them go.

This all may sound a bit weird, but it was so peaceful. Do you ever quiet your thoughts and listen to your surroundings? I'm always surprised by the things I see that I would have missed had I just been sauntering along with my iPod.

And then there was yesterday - the sunniest day we've seen in a week! I took Abby up to the park for an off-leash romp but a few minutes and then she decided to forget her name so our playtime was cut a bit short. By the time we got home I was as hungry as she was, so I whipped up this kale, egg thing that tasted a whole lot better than it looks.


While I was eating I got a surprise phonecall from D asking me if I wanted some soy gelato from HumaniT - my favorite cafe in Halifax. Ummmm, yes. I asked him to pick any flavour he thought I would like and so I got oreo! It was the perfect size for a little treat.


Later on last night when D was watching Game of Thrones, I snuck away to paint for a bit. I started this piece knowing I wanted to use little bits of orange. First I layered in purpley pinks, then yellows and finally some oranges and peach tones. It's not finished yet though, I'm planning to do some hand lettering in the circle at the bottom. I'll keep you posted!

How was your Monday night?
xx Janelle


The
details series:
Life is all about the details - the moments. Over the next few months I'm going to test out a series called details. Since I don't have instagram or a smartphone to capture my daily life, I'm going to rely on my trust Sony P&S and will share the photos here. I hope you like it!


see other details posts here.

20 comments:

  1. Your posts just calm me! Wow, amazing! Thanks for the little bits of appreciation.

    Laurie @ Vin'yet Etc.

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    1. Your comment made my day Laurie! Thank you for giving me a little push to share my "deeper" thoughts more often....

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  2. so gelato....does it get any better??? Maybe if I bring my camera with me then spring will appear around here??

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  3. I love the rain, the sound of the rain falling on our roof. It's just so relaxing. I don't often just take the time to appreciate what is around on me but when I do....

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    1. Yes! Or rain on a tent... It's the perfect lullaby.

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  4. Great post Janelle. Also, you might like this book I read for work, it's all about noticing the details in the world that surrounds you: On Looking, by Alexandra Horowitz. Your post reminded me of it!

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    1. Thanks Sarah! I will add it to my list. I always love your recommendations.

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  5. Well hello neighbour!!! So nice to meet a blogger from my little corner of the world. Audrey from simplygoud.blogspot.ca is also from this area! See you again soon! :)

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    1. Thanks for your comment! I always get excited to see fellow Nova Scotians' blogs. Off to check yours out!

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  6. What a lovely slice of life post - thanks for sharing!

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  7. I love what Dani@Lifeovereasy said... this was a great slice of life post! I am very hungry now...

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  8. We're having the torrential dounpour of rain on one day and then sunshiney wonderfulness the next - kinda hard to plan the outside time, like mowing! Oh well, happy Spring!

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    1. I'll send you some Spring vibes! We had another super-sunny one today.

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  9. I love the colors in your painting. So fun for you to have a bit of time to create. :)

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  10. Painting and gelato? Now I know what's been missing. Ice-cream inspiration! Today is so warm and muggy, I think there is a storm on the way. Hopefully I can get outside for some gardening in the next few weeks.

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