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Currently …

Currently . . .

— Enjoying some in-home dinners with friends.


— Getting some Christmas baking done (and I refuse to say “Holiday” or “Seasons” when I mean Christmas).


— Listening to non-stop Christmas music.

— Learning how to play more Christmas music on the piano (Silent Night, Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree, Deck the Halls, Angels We Have Heard on High).

— Buying local and attending local artists and craft fairs (wow Denman Island).

— Still really really missing our dogs — the grief caught me off guard the other day while walking and it wasn’t pretty.

— Dog-sitting for the next few weeks. Meet Tim.


— Taking a wee break in knitting since I can’t get much knit before now and Christmas — that sweater took too long. Finished two hats and may begin more socks.

hats at www.dianeschuller.com
— Finished watching a really eye-opening little video. I recommend taking the few minutes to watch it. It’s called, “The Lab: Decoy. A portrait session with a twist.” A photograph is shaped more by the person behind the camera than by what’s in front of it. To prove this Canon invited six photographers to a portrait session with a twist. ‘Decoy’ is an experiment from The Lab, designed to shift creative thinking behind the lens.

— And, if you feel you’d rather not, then this really short video of a woman (over 100 years old) taken by her son is certain to put a smile on your face and make you feel warm inside and out.

— Currently grateful for: the feeling of the Christmas season; being surrounded by music; time with friends; the patter of rain; memories of Christmases past.

Wishing you a week ahead of all things ‘warm’;

conversations with friends;

long walks taking in the scents along the way;

and finding peace in the spirit of Christmas.


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Toffeeapple - December 14, 2015 - 9:40 am

Thank you for the links Diane, I shall see them again later.

I hope you have a happy and peaceful Christmastide and a lovely New Year.

Roberta - December 15, 2015 - 12:01 pm

I look forward to your posts.. Lovely photos and thoughts~Merry Christmas!

Gabriele - December 16, 2015 - 5:13 pm

You are right, Diane. That video of the lovely 101 year young woman was delightful. Thank-you, and I wish you the very happiest Christmas ever!!

Candace - December 20, 2015 - 9:58 am

Tim looks like a nice guy to have around for awhile. Merry Christmas, Diane! I’m going to go check that photo video out now.

Steve - December 22, 2015 - 11:05 am

Your cookies look as delicious as your photos. Tim is a handsome guy. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Jennifer - December 24, 2015 - 9:32 am

Recently, I struggled to take some photos of my son. Though I have been long interested in portrait photography, I am really uncertain of myself when there is a living, breathing human being at the other end of the lens. How to capture that personality in a natural and expressive way? It’s a challenge! My son kept asking me, “How do you want me to pose?” How indeed! So, I enjoyed the video The Lab: Decoy.
I also watched the other video with the one hundred year old woman in the snow. She reminded me a lot of my 91 year old Mum. Such joy over something so simple as snow!
Merry Christmas to you Diane. The cookies look yummy! Enjoy your holiday and all the best for the new year.

Ms S - January 7, 2016 - 1:12 pm

Hello Diane,

It looks like you had a lovely holiday. Wishing you all the best in 2016. We go to the island every spring for a week. Last year we worked in a short visit to Tofino. Now I’m hooked. 🙂