Yarn Haul

During the COVID-19 isolation period, I spent a lot of time crocheting – I completed one afghan and have almost completed the second. Yesterday my cousin offered to take me to Michaels and do some yarn shopping and I jumped at the chance as I have a couple of projects in mind that I would love to get started on.

Some people may think I am crazy – I came out of the store carrying 34 balls of yarn! But from my perspective I know that I have saved myself a few trips to the craft store. These balls will get me started on my projects even though I know I may need to go back if I haven’t bought enough.

I love the colour combinations I have chosen both for my own blanket and the one I will be crocheting for my cousin.

I have stored the yarn in the box I keep under my bed for that purpose. I look forward to picking up my crochet hook once the heat wave has broken and I am able to get creative once again.

Do you enjoy shopping at a craft store?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

(This post is linked to Becky’s Square Challenge on differing perspectives.)

Two For Tea

It had been a long while since I had visited my cousin due to the COVID-19 isolation period. As part of my social ‘bubble’, I was able to visit him this past weekend for tea and a chat.

I brought with me some of the biscuits I had baked – a remnant of our childhood as our mothers used to bake these often. As we bit into the shortbread, our taste buds took us back to a time in the past.

We drank Cinnamon Chai Rooibos – another tea that we grew up on. This tea is one of my favourites and I enjoyed sipping the cooling liquid while we chatted about the past and the now.

As we were chatting, the air conditioning unit cooled us a bit. We are currently experiencing a heat wave so we were not keen to sit outside on the balcony.

We did not stop talking for two hours until I had to leave to go home! Seeing a person face-to-face is a much better connection than talking to one another on the phone.

I enjoyed my visit and I am sure we will get together again before the summer is over and I have to get back to my work schedule. The visit buoyed me a bit and I look forward to connecting with others in the upcoming weeks.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

(This post is linked to Becky’s Square Challenge on differing perspectives and to Trent’s Weekly Smile, a challenge which focuses on sharing all things positive.)

Green, White and Lilac

One of my favourite things about walking in the neighbourhood is seeing the flowers in everyone’s gardens.

I loved these (name unknown) and enjoyed looking at them every day that I passed by while they were flowering.

The lilac ones, of course, were my preferred colour.

They both looked stunning, however, lining the fence of the sidewalk. The flowers are no longer there and the greenery has taken over. The lush green of the plant has its own beauty, though, to admire.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

(This post is linked to Becky’s Square Challenge on differing perspectives)

Portrait of Blossom Tree

I have been walking past a tree filled with blossoming buds for weeks now. At the beginning of last week, the tree was in full flower – it looked stunning and I could not help but admire the sight.

I have no idea what type of tree this is, but I do admire the size and beauty of its blooms.

When I took photos of the tree, some of the petals had already fallen to the ground. The surrounding area looked so pretty – just like it would in a picture book.

Seeing the tree was definitely an added pleasure to my walk. The blooms indicated that I was passing the mid-Mark of my exercise period.

I no longer see the beauty of these blossoms as the tree is now fully green. I do remember their beauty, though, and look forward to seeing the blooms once again next year.

Do you know the name of this tree and it’s flowers?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

(This post is linked to the Sunday Stills photo challenge)

Autumn Snowfall

Yesterday I woke up to a snowfall. This is the third time this Fall – the prognosis does not look good for winter. Seems like we are in for a long, cold one.

The freshly fallen snow does look pretty though, and I love the quiet that the falling snow brings with it.

The white layer of snow does bring character to a grey city back lit by grey clouds. Living here surrounded by all the cement and bare trees can be a little depressing at times.

Today the snow still looks pretty. I am sure tomorrow will come with lower temperatures. Brrr!

Have you had any snowfall yet?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

A Father’s Day Gift

My husband is not easy to find gifts for – as my children agree. However, I often find an acceptable present for him while roaming the shelves at my local bookstore. My husband now knows that I do this as he always guesses what my gift is (he is, of course, aided by the shape of the offering!). He guessed correctly on Sunday that I had bought him a bibliography – though he could not guess whose. He was happy to see that I offered him one on Bruce Lee – someone whom he has admired for years. The author did his research for 10 years and it looks like he was thorough.

My husband’s guesses made me smile. After being together so long, he definitely knows many of my choices. I think now he would be disappointed if I did not find an interesting book for him to read!

What has made you to smile during the last week?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

(This post was inspired by Trent’s Weekly Smile, a challenge which focuses on sharing all things positive.)

Staff Appreciation Lunch

Last week Wednesday, the parent council at our school organised the annual staff appreciation lunch. Each year we gather in the library at lunch time and eat the hot lunch that the parents have organised for us. The food is always delicious, and the chats at each table enjoyable. It is not often that the staff as a whole get together to eat. The atmosphere was relaxed in spite of the work waiting for us in the classrooms.

The lunch was definitely something to smile about last week. 🙂

What caused you to smile last week?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

(This post was inspired by Trent’s Weekly Smile, a challenge which focuses on sharing all things positive.)

A Missed Opportunity

Yesterday I was manning the desk at the Kindergarten Orientation table and registering parents and their children as they came in. Between moments while waiting for people to arrive, I realised that the decorations on the table would make a perfect backdrop to some photos showcasing my books.

I could not help but smile. Since starting my bookstagram account on Instagram, I am often thinking of different ways to present the books I read.

Do you sometimes see the perfect photo background?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

(This post was inspired by Trent’s Weekly Smile, a challenge which focuses on sharing all things positive.)

Square in September: A Sunset

As we were eating supper last night my daughter, who is able to see out of the window, mentioned what a a beautiful colour the sky was. I, of course, grabbed my iPad to capture the colours. These are the photos with no filters:

It is not often the sky is streaked with pink – and we were glad to have seen it.

Did you notice the sunset last night?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

(This post is linked to Becky’s Square Challenge, Square in September. This month we are posting pictures featuring in the pink, i.e., photos featuring the colour pink,  something ‘in the pink’ of health, or those which leave you ‘tickled pink’)

Square in September: A Sitting Room in Pink

During our visit to Paris, we spent a day at the Chateau de Versailles, one of the well-known palaces of the Sun King, Louis XIV. When visiting the Grand Trianon, a retreat built by Louis XIV for his mistress at the time, we were not surprised by the opulence of the rooms. One of the sitting rooms was decorated with fabrics of a deep cerise pink.

A sitting room in the Grand Trianon at the Chateau de Versailles. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

One can imagine the King and his mistress, the Marquise de Montespan, entertaining their friends in this room.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

(This post is linked to Becky’s Square Challenge, Square in September. This month we are posting pictures featuring in the pink, i.e., photos featuring the colour pink,  something ‘in the pink’ of health, or those which leave you ‘tickled pink’)