New year, new decade(?) and new adventures all come together in this month's installment of the Photo Blogging Challenge. Between New Year's Eve fireworks, checking out the Banff/Lake Louise Snow Days, a visit to Contemporary Calgary's new home, a vacation including new-to-us National and State parks and other activities, there were plenty of photos to choose from.
The annual SnowDays winter festival in Banff National Park continues to evolve. Highlights for 2020 include snow sculptures in Banff and ice sculptures at Lake Louise. Pack your camera and skates and enjoy a mid-winter day in the Canadian Rockies!
There's so much jingle-jangle during the holiday season: Salvation Army Santa's at donation boxes, Christmas music streaming from the speakers in every store, the tiny bells attached to my holiday socks, and my nerves after a long-day of shopping or too much holiday hostessing! No wonder PBC host PJ assigned Jingle All the Way for this month's theme. 🙂
For the past several years, Lego has released holiday bonus sets - usually two per year. These sets are only available with a minimum purchase, starting on Black Friday. The first 2019 bonus set is the biggest one yet - in terms of the minimum price threshold, the piece count and the completed height. It's a lovely Christmas tree, and is a welcome addition to our mantelpiece holiday decor.
What we eat can trigger a sense of enjoyment, indulgence, guilt, satisfaction or some other feeling. We often cook as a way of caring. We eat "comfort" foods and share meals with family and friends to foster a sense of connectedness. When we're stressed, angry, sad, lonely or bored, our emotions can trigger "bad" eating. Fundamentally, our food choices are about nourishing our bodies, minds and relationships. But they're complicated by a lifetime of food-related memories, pressure to "eat right for the environment," and fear of being judged for our food choices - often silently and without taking into consideration budget and time constraints.