Do It Myself Blog – Glenda Watson Hyatt

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Happy Sweet 16, My Faith

Filed under: General — by at 11:57 am on Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Sixteen years ago today, my aunt placed a tiny 5-6 week old (exact birth date unknown) brown tabby kitten on my lap. There she stayed. I wasn’t sure she could walk the first couple of days. Faith and I have been inseparable ever since.

Faith sleeping on both of couch

She was still such a young kitty that she tried, repeatedly, nursing from my neck. She still does on occasion. (Do cats have bad dreams and need comforting?) There’s nothing like being awakened by a kitty claw in the jugular vein and being smothered in kitty kisses.

Faith is equally content curled up behind my knees. (Not my most photogenic side…oh well…)

Glenda laying on the couch with Faith asleep behind her knees

While working at my desk, Faith often in her cathouse, right beside me…when she isn’t sprawled out on the desk.

Faith poking her head out of her house

M-m-m good! Smile

Faith licking her lips

How could I ever say no to this adorable face?

Faith laying on couch, looking directly at the camera

She is constantly washing herself…

Faith washing her face


Faith still washing her face

And the photo shoot is over…

Faith with paw over her face

Happy sweet 16, Faith! Thank you for being a good kitty.

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6 Signs Spring is Finally Here

Filed under: General — by at 2:28 pm on Friday, March 30, 2012

Spring – particularly late spring when it is a tad warmer – is my favourite season because it is when everything comes alive in bright colours without the heat of summer.

Last Sunday Darrell and I trekked around False Creek. With camera at the ready, I was on the hunt for sure signs that spring is definitely here. See what I found…

1. What is spring without pussy willows?

Pussy willows against a blue sky

2. The temperature is warm enough to curl up with a book outside.

Two women resting on reclining benches and reading books

3. The birds are twittering about. Winking smile

A sculpture of a gigantic bird

4. Canoe paddlers are practicing on False Creek.

Long canoe paddlers

5. Snow is still atop the local mountains and only there.

False Creek in foreground with snowy tipped mountains in the background

6. My favourite part of spring: the blossoms!

Pink blossoms on a bush

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A Big Thank You

Filed under: General — by at 4:01 pm on Friday, December 23, 2011

Your Gift Amount of $394.80 is going towards Christmas MealDear readers, friends and family,

Thank you for your generous support. Because of you, 120 people will enjoy a Christmas dinner at the Union Gospel Mission.

Your generosity has warmed my heart and brought a tear to my eye. Regardless of what is happening in the world, the giving Christmas spirit is still alive and well. Thank you.

I would also like to thank each one of you for your support and friendship throughout the year, and I’d like to wish you the very best for 2012!


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Continuing a Christmas Tradition

Filed under: General — by at 2:07 pm on Tuesday, December 20, 2011

No matter how lean the year had been, Mom always found four cans of soup and four packages of Jell-O – “This is a meal for a family in need,” she would say – for us four kids to give to the Christmas hamper at school. I felt like an important piece of the Christmas season was missing until I had taken my soup can, my contribution, to school.

On Darrell’s and mine wedding day, Mom and my brother Kevin packaged up the leftover food and delivered it to the Union Gospel Mission. Since then, the UGM has held a special place in my heart.

Three years ago, I decided to do something more than a can of soup and a package of Jell-O. Thanks to you, my readers and friends, we fed 100 people Christmas dinner at the UGM. Since then, we have fed another 100 people or more.

Can we do it again this year?

The UGM is once again offering a hot meal for $3.29 during their Christmas campaign. Reminiscing the good times the six of us Watsons had around our dining table, I can contribute six meals.

Would you join me, please? Click the orange ChipIn button below to give whatever feels right for you at this time. This ChipIn widget expires on December 23rd. I will forward the total amount to the UGM on Friday.

Thank you and Merry Christmas!

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Point, Click and Wheel

Filed under: General — by at 3:49 pm on Monday, May 2, 2011

My most upsetting moment on my recent trip to Austin wasn’t waiting four hours for a wheelchair taxi, getting on stage, or even missing my flight to San Diego.

My most upsetting moment was dropping and breaking my camera on Day 2 of South by Southwest (SxSW). I was lost without it. What is a blogger without a camera?

(Photo credit: Darrell Hyatt)

That devastating lost was soothed this weekend with a trip to Black’s and the purchase of the Olympus TG-310. Being waterproof and shockproof I can now drop it in a puddle without any ill effects. And, the red matches my scooter – colour is an important consideration when choosing a camera! 😉

Yesterday, during a brief spell of quasi spring weather, Darrell and I went on a photo wheel around our neighbourhood. Here are a few highlights:

These three trees are my favourite sign of spring in the neighbourhood. They will be loaded in pink blossoms in a few more days…

Trees on the verge of full bloom

Viewing the SkyTrain tracks from underneath is an interesting perspective, kind of artsy…

Our existing Whalley Library…

Small, old Whalley library

Our new library to open in the Fall. I can’t wait!

Large, modern Whalley library under construction

A brightly coloured touch of spring…

Red and yellow tulips

Darrell and I ended our pleasant photo wheel at Tim Horton’s, of course…

Tim Horton's coffee shop

Enjoying my mocha latte, I looked over at another table where a group of four had just sat down. My jaw dropped and my eyes popped out of my head. There on the table was a camera with, I swear, an 8-9 inch lens. I had instant camera envy! Sigh. One day…maybe… For now, I will enjoy my new red one.

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