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The Letter P

The Letter P

Centre: Puppy. My favourite puppy of course. Napping on Quadra Island this summer.

Left to Right, Top to Bottom

1. Puzzles: Jigsaws for sure, but also crosswords, sudoku etc. I love solving puzzles.

2. Pyramids: All things Egyptian fascinate me.

3. Pince – nez: It may be hard to tell that is what this picture is of. Really I think of Mr. Peanut when I think of pince-nez but…he actually wears a monocle. I think these glasses would actually give you a headache, don’t you? They may have looked the best here.

4. Pie/Pi: Delicious and ingenious.

5. Pooh Bear: Original Pooh Bear. My Grandpa used to collect little pooh bears. There is something very precious about that serious, addled ‘little cubby all stuffed with fluff.’

6.  Piano: I’m in my second year and really enjoying it!

7.  Puce: It might not be the nicest colour, but it is a great word!

8. Planets: When I was a kid I loved doing research on the planets, plus dinosaurs and explorers. Ringed planets were my favourite. They have a  magical quality about them.

9. Psychology: I would love to study psychology formally. I find the human mind endlessly fascinating. Human ability to cope with trauma, loss etc. is especially of interest to me.

10. Plants: So, I might kill some houseplants but I still have to have them. I need green, growing things in my house and all around me. My little place in the woods is a perfect setting for me.

11. Prehistoric: Another time period I loved researching. Yeah, I know. Add to that my imaginary friends and I spent a lot of time in my head as a child!

12. Purses: are syonymous with adulthood for me. Is that why I don’t carry one? I keep meaning to. I even buy them. And there they hang in my home. Maybe one day.

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The Letter O

The Letter 0

Centre: Oregon Coast: This is my very favourite vacation spot: Nehalem Bay. It is truly a must-visit place. The campsite we stay at is nestled behind the dunes and there is a 15 minute walk to the sleepy town of Manzanita where Kira and I stroll for a Raspberry Mocha and some homebaked muffins.

From Left to Right, Top to Bottom

1. Ocean: I grew up here on the West Coast and I love the ocean. Listening to the waves is one of the most soothing things for me. I love it stormy, I love it calm, I love it swirling with whitecaps and deep, still blue. Unlike most people I know, I love to be on the ocean when it is pitching and rolling. Exciting and lulling at the same time.            
2. Olympia: I am amazed that historical sites like this remain today. I would dearly love to visit them. Perhaps one day…
3. Opera: I love the opera. Ok. Selectively. I love Mozart in particular. I also enjoy the opera I am familiar with via Bugs Bunny. I miss the classic politically incorrect Bugs Bunny of my youth – they did a great job introducing opera and classical music to kids. Along with violence, cannibalism and racism. But hey – it was cartoons!
4. Oleander, white: Loved that book! Movie…not so much. (yeah, I was having a time with the letter O)
5. Orange: Ha! Don’t you love that little orange peel man? I was going to post a pic of an orange grove but couldn’t find one I liked and then I spied that fellow. Pretty cute.
6. Ocelot: Really I just like that word a lot. But the baby ocelot is adorable.
7. Ophelia:  How visually assaulting is this passage?
Queen Gertrude:

There is a willow grows aslant a brook,
That shows his hoar leaves in the glassy stream;
There with fantastic garlands did she come
Of crow-flowers, nettles, daisies, and long purples
That liberal shepherds give a grosser name,
But our cold maids do dead men’s fingers call them:
There, on the pendent boughs her coronet weeds
Clambering to hang, an envious sliver broke;
When down her weedy trophies and herself
Fell in the weeping brook. Her clothes spread wide;
And, mermaid-like, awhile they bore her up:
Which time she chanted snatches of old tunes;
As one incapable of her own distress,
Or like a creature native and indued
Unto that element: but long it could not be
Till that her garments, heavy with their drink,
Pull’d the poor wretch from her melodious lay
To muddy death.

8. Oddyseus: Yet another ancient legend that coloured my childhood.
9. Owl: Amazing creatures. I also love that a grouping of Owls is called a parliament.
10. Outer Space: So beautiful. And do you remember being a child and the term ‘outer space’ was enough for you? Now Pluto isn’t even a planet!
11. Orchids: The flowers stagger me with their beauty. To be so hardy and at the same time fragile and particular. Adaptation is one of my favourite films too. That car accident scene was so shocking wasn’t it?
12. Oriental Gardens: My favourite type of garden to visit — if I only had the space! This is a pic of Dr. Sun Yat Sen Garden in Vancouver. When I was in college I would go there sometimes on my lunchbreak and just get away from the city.                                                                                                                                     

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The Letter N

Top to Bottom
Left to Right

1. That’s my Nana – when she was a young girl, just dating my Grandpa
2. Nutmeg — recently discovered how fabulous this is freshly grated over sweetened, milky tea
3. Love, love, love the Nine Inch Nails!
4. A smattering of Natural Wonders – I prefer most things natural: food, gardens, tea
5. A Neuron – incredibly beautiful and so powerful
6. Naan – just yummy especially with butter chicken…
7. Novels – my favourite type of literature
8. Nonsense – refreshing & restorative
9. Nebula – part of the Eagle Nebula here: the astonishing beauty of interstellar gases and dust
10. Nancy Drew – some of my favourite childhood reads, along with the Bobbsey Twins & Trixie Belden. I also loved Agatha Christie and Edgar Allan Poe – what kind of a kid? 😉
11. Narcissus – Mythology. Imagine dying of thirst lest you shatter your own image?
12. Aren’t Nurseries the most calm and peaceful rooms? you know, when there is no crying baby in them?
13. A stunning shot of the Nightsky.
14. Numbers – I have an affinity for remembering telephone, visa and address numbers – I have an aversion to math.
15. I could spend hours in garden Nurseries – the steamy, earthy warmth and all of the growing things feel like coming home.
16. Noodles – love them from all nations and in all sauces — with the exception of most spaghettis

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The Letter M

The Letter M

Top to Bottom, Left to Right

1. M – Cousin Extrodinaire – actually caught mid-Mutthead in this pic
2. Mother – Something so peaceful and right seeing a Mom and her new baby
3. Mist – Ethereal
4. Marmalade – I love it, why don’t I eat it? Strange
5. MacBeth, Lady – She’s such a powerful figure, dangerously powerful. Sadly, most of her keeps getting cut off in this mosaic – frustrating
6. Magicians, Alliance of – Yay! There’s going to be a movie.
7. Mythology – Favourite since childhood
8. Matrix – I love the 1st one. It still gives me a rush to watch it today. Hey M – remember the theatre fiasco that night? Coward
9. Music – Like another language. I can read a little. I had about 1 yr of piano. I should really go back. Playing was a great way to clear my head.
10. Mushrooms – So beautiful. So gross. Like eating dirt. Mouldy dirt. Except for that one time my brother sauteed them in butter…with maybe some garlic…
11. Meadow – Just looking at the picture makes me breathe deeper. So relaxing
12. Museum – Haven’t been to any great museums, but have visited lots of small, unique museums — some which perhaps don’t even qualify as museums…
13. Macaw – Such vibrantly coloured birds & so intelligent
14. Manatees – Adorable. Look at those little faces
15. Mountains – Ummm…that was a picture of a local mountain range. But it keeps uploading as the mist picture…weird
16. Moss – Fresh, green, sproingy carpets. Love moss – creeping, hanging, waving
17. Mulder – My big grouchy kitty. She is the most dominant pet in the house – though you might have the impression that’s Kira!
18. Mars – Stunning.
19. Maze – Imagine having the space for your own garden maze? I find mazes of all kinds exciting. But don’t ever try and run through a maze with me (especially corn mazes for some reason).  Invariably I run straight to the centre – where’s the fun in that? I can’t get lost and wander – even though that is what I’m hoping for. It’s utterly bizarre.
20. Me – yeah. That’s me. 5 yrs ago? 6? That is the me I keep saying is my goal. And then…I keep postponing the goal. Maybe I should put this picture up where I can see it more often – you know, so I can believe it’s possible!

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The Letter L

The Letter L

Top – Bottom Left – Right

1. L: My beautiful Mom
2. Lost: My current obsession
3. Looking Glass: I wish the whole thing fit in the frame, it’s a handcarved antique
4. Lollipop: Nothing makes me feel young again like a Disneyland-style lollipop
5. Lions: Out of Africa is one of my favourite films – the image of the lions resting on Denys Finch-Hatton’s grave is one that is still with me
6. La Luna: Isn’t it stunning?
7. L: My vivacious Aunt
8. Letters: I love getting real mail, or finding old letters in the leaves of dusty books
9. Library: One of my favourite places to visit ever since I was 7 and sick in bed and my Mom brought me a stack of Bobbsey Twin books from the local library – magical places
10. Lemons: Mmmm…from wedges in my water to Lemon Meringue Pie, I love lemons. If it’s a flavour option the only thing it loses to is chocolate.
11. Listen: Love listening to music while walking, or right before sleep. Lately I am really into audiobooks – they let me multitask. 🙂
12. Lynch, David: Freaking Genius. So intriguing.
13. Lyre: love their balanced shape – have no idea how they sound but have always been drawn to them?
14. Lilacs: Some of my favourite flowers – they are so fragrant. They remind me of simpler times. And the garden is just about to explode with new growth when they are in bloom. Harbingers.
15. Literature: Classics are the genre I prefer to read. My, my, how precious I sound.
16. Limes: Citrus yes, but quite different from lemons. They make me want a crisp G&T from the freezer. I like 2-3 thin slices of lime soaking in my gin since the night before. Yum.
17. Lists: I like to write them. I like crossing things off – gives me a nice sense of accomplishment. Generally lose them and have to write another.
18. L: Cousin In Law — is that a real term?
19. Languages: Utterly fascinating – if I could study languages full time well…what would I do with them?
20. Leia, Princess: I was 4 and I knew who she was. I was going to be her when I grew up. I even had a stuffed pup named Leia whose floppy brown ears were rolled up and held with pins so she looked the part. Once my Mom did my hair like this for me in Gr.1. I totally loved it. But as I got closer to school I chickened out and took it down. Princess Leia didn’t even back down from the Interrogation Droid. Sigh.

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ETA: Oops! Just had family drop by and as they were leaving I called out, “Goodbye K!” and as the words left my mouth, it hit me – I left him out of the mosaic! That’s what max 4 hours sleep per night will get you.

The Letter K - Revised>

Centre: Kenneth/Ken — my beloved Grandpa. Whom I first called Bugga. I still miss him.

From Left to Right, Top to Bottom

1. K: Named after Centre. 3rd grandchild for #6. I call him nephew – though technically he’s my First Cousin Once Removed. You’d think they could have come up with a better term…
2. Ketch: Not that I sail much, but I do love it. Especially the beauty and balance of Tall Ships.
3. Kumquats: Such yummy juicy bursts!
4. Kilts: My family dress tartan – Royal Stewart. There’s just something about a man in a kilt.
5. Koalas: So cuddly and loving. And drugged out on the eucalyptus!
6. K: Aunty!
7. Keys: Love the promise and mystery of antique keys.
8. Kittens: Not that I don’t like cats, but kittens? I want to take them all home.
9. Kitchen: My favourite room in most houses.
10. Kira Ligons: Just look at that face! Doesn’t she look like she can talk?
11. Kiln: I’ve done ceramics off and on. It amazes me that kilns are so ancient and still used all over the world.
12. Kids: They’re everywhere, and well, I have a lot of fun with them.

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The Letter J

The Letter J

Left to Right – Top to Bottom

1. Jungle — lush, green, teeming with life
2. Jellyfish — peaceful, elegant, ethereal
3. Juno — mythology fascinates me
4. J — baby brother
5. Journal –kept one on and off forever, love buying new ones
6. J — cousin
7. Joshua Tree — favourite album of all time
8. Justice/Judgement — always searching for justice; have a tendency to judge others
9. Jeeksy — cat of infamy
10. J — cousin in law
11. Jingle Dancer — would love to be one
12. Jupiter — loved space as a child, one of my favourite Mozart Symphonies
13. Jealousy — might rear its ugly head now and again
14. J — little sister
15. Junk Drawer — my Nana’s yielded many treasures & hours of fun
16. Jabberwocky — incredible imagery, fantastical language

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