Featured Image: View from my front door
The view from my front door

Welcome to ‘Gaelyne’s Sanctuary’. If you’ve visited in the past (welcome back!) you probably noticed I’ve given my site a new name and look. I’ve spent several months working on this revamp – mostly trying to find the time to work on it. I chose the name ‘sanctuary’ because I found working on it has given me a sense of peace while the rest of my world seems to be falling apart. My husband was fighting lung cancer, so life was a little crazy then. It’s a place where I can come and make one small corner of the world a little brighter.

I have a variety of interests but they boil down to cooking, writing, taking photos and playing Bingo on Facebook. I hope you enjoy your visit and feel free to talk to me in comments or on the contact page.

What's in my Sanctuary?

My Blog

I had a few off-site blogs before deciding to have a blog on my own site. I don't blog very often, but when I have something I want to share, I'll write about it. The topics range from general, fitness, cancer, diabetes, vaping and maybe a rant here and there.

Recipes

I love cooking, sharing recipes and enjoying myself in the kitchen. Most are recipes I wanted to share with my kids or have available so I wouldn't lose them. I don't do fancy stuff, but I like challenging myself with learning to cook something I've never made before.

Photos

I enjoy taking photos with my camera and have a few projects I do such as Photo of the Day, and 12 of 12 days and a group on Flickr and Facebook called Challenge Friday. If I happen to cook something I'm pleased with, I'll often take a photo of it for my pic of the day. Mostly the photos I take are snapshots of my life, which is pretty mundane, I think. But my world is different from what my family in the USA experiences so sharing seems a nice thing to do.

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Photo a Day 2019

These photos are my Photo a Day 2019 selections.  I don’t take pics everyday, but I try to on most days, even if it’s pretty

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Photo a Day 2018

These photos are my Photo a Day 2018 selections.  I don’t take pics everyday, but I try to on most days, even if it’s pretty

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Challenge Friday

I’ve joined another photo group, where a challenge word is given on Fridays and we have a week to take photos that represent our interpretations

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Random Instagram Pics

My Facebook Fitness Page

21Dec21 I came home to find Neurmal sunning herself in the office window.  #catsofinstagram #2021pad #latergram
12Dec21  Finally finished sharing my backlog of snaps to Instagram so took a celebratory selfie - which was also for 12 of 12 day - in my new chair.  the pillow behind my head makes it look a bit like I was wearing a headset!  #2021pad #selfie #celebratoryselfie
23Feb22  This was a screen capture from my Strava account where I'd listed what I did, and it showed my stats down below the photo.  This was a relentless 10 round bike and squat exercise my coach at Dark Horse rowing had come up with.  This was pure torture!  #2022pad  #rowing #darkhorserowing #homegymlife #keepmoving #iamadarkhorse  #recumbentbike #squats
15Dec21  I got my booster shot! It was 4 months to the day since my 2nd vaccination.  It took about half an hour from the time I walked in until I was finished, and most of that time was either filling out forms or waiting the 15 minutes after I had my shot.  #2021pad #covid19 #vax #booster #latergram
7Jan22  Yes!  An American Christmas card!  This was from my son and daughter in love in Texas. #2022pad #belatedxmascard #lovefromafar
6Jan22  It didn't last more than 5 minutes!  They both like sleeping in the chair but Neurmal generally gets there first.  Noble decided he'd try to fit in too.  He didn't like it.  LOL!  #2022pad #catsofinstagram #Iwasherefirst #stopcrowdingme #getyourownseat
4Jan22 Noble and I had a bit of a sleep in.  At least this time he let me have some bed too.. #2022pad #catsofinstagram #sleepingin
22Jan22 I mailed my sister an older iPhone so she can get better hearing aids that work best with the iOS platform. That and she was given an Apple watch for Christmas and needs at least this model phone to make good use of it.  And that was why I had this phone. I bought it to use temporarily with my watch while I waited for a newer phone.  When it came time to sell this phone, I just had a hesitancy I couldn't explain - but I really thought it'd be best suited to go to someone I know and care about rather than a stranger.  And that's exactly what's transpired.  With luck, she'll get it this week!  #sisterlove #iphonegift #betterhearingsoon #sharingthetech #2022pad #latergram
30Dec21  Oh thank goodness!  For the last few years I'd been trying to get a 'permanent' 5yr disability parking permit but my previous GP kept writing that my issues might clear up or might not.  My new GP didn't even need to ask what problems I had and listed the most serious (and permanent) ones first. I was so pleased to get this in the mail. #2021pad #disabilityparking #finally #latergram
24Dec21 And this is of course, His Highness, Erik, the Great Grandfather.  And proud to be too!  He was a wee bit tired as he cooked all the meat for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day too!  #xmaseve #goodfriends great-food #latergram
07Feb22  A New Years postcard from my youngest - "I mailed that a month ago!" Hey, I'm just happy it arrived!  This is their artwork and they are most happiest hiking in the mountains.  I love the colours on this!  #2022pad #NewYear22 #latergram

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