Saturday, January 19, 2013

Party Time!!!



Let the PARTY begin!!!

Hi everyone! Welcome to 'OCEAN BREEZES'.



Along with most of you here, I have been invited
to this 'blog party' by our host Vicki to have a chance to 
get to know a few more bloggers. So here goes......



My name is Jim and I have been part of this 
wonderful 'blogishere' since 2010.


This is me and our dog, Sophie.

In 2009 I was forced to retire due to a brain injury
resulting from a fall while skating. No, I wasn't
wearing a helmet and recommend that we all
do when participating in any recreational sport.



I was a teacher for about 28 years before I retired.
I worked with a wide range of students with
'special needs'.....from academically challenged
to high functioning students in the autistic spectrum.



Teaching taught me to be patient, both in school and outside.
I must admit that I was more patient with my students 
than I was in my personal life most of the time.
But that is getting better! lol



So why do I blog. As I said I was kind of forced into it.
The nature of my injury was such that I needed to 
learn to focus my thoughts on something specific.
And I had to learn to spell again. You see, a hit on the head
can do some scrambling of that very sensitive 'tofu' mass
in our heads!



So for once, I listened to my husband, Ron, 
and started  a blog.

And since I consider myself an very amateur photographer,
I thought, hey, I could combine the two..........
writing and photography.



I have had a camera ever since I can remember.
For years I carried around an old Nikon F professional
35mm. I have a trunk load of negatives/photos to prove it!



I know all us bloggers do this for different reasons. And I
read many blog posts daily and see why people do this
on a regular basis.



And then there are the other bloggers we meet!
And one of my favourite and most talented
is Vicki from 'Two Bags Full'.



I am assuming most of you know her since
you are at this party she is throwing!! And 
if you don't and are just crashing this party, lol,
you must check out her blog and take a look at the talent
that this incredible and generous woman has.



So what's a party without music! And dance!
Here is a video that will get us all movin' and shakin'!
It is one I featured a few weeks ago here at 'ocean breezes':




Stay as long as you wish....this party could go on for a while.



Just to note, the photos in this post are taken from
some of my past posts.



I hope you enjoyed your visit and come back again.
Also, please check out the other 'party goers'......
I hear we have a 'full house'!!!






56 comments:

  1. Jim!!

    I've been reading here for quite a long time (years, maybe!) and I just learned a whole LOT about you that I didn't know before. I'm so glad you joined this party!!

    xoxox

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    1. And welcome to the party Lisa! Take a look around because you never know who you will find here!! Thanks for the visit and have a great day.

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  2. wow, i love learning more about ya Jim ... so fun!! i love this blog party. going to chase down lots more folks. have a great weekend. take care. ( :

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    1. Hi Beth! Enjoying the party? Now don't wear yourself out!!! lol

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  3. My friend -- Your story here has truly moved me to tears. I had no idea - not about your fall - not about your love of teaching special children -- I can sense the gentle spirit that you share with Ron and Sophie. Now - I truly understand your great love of photography and all that is special to you. Maybe for the first time -- I think I really do undertand why you are so loved.

    Your photos here are beautiful. Beyond beautiful actually. You know I am a great admirer of your talents with that camera. I am so happy to play just a small part in bringing new people here to your amazing blog. I want them to come to know you as so many of us do -- and to love visiting here.

    My post will publish EARLY in the am (I get up at 4 am to get ready for work- ugh) so -- you can expect LOTS of visitors once that post is up and running.

    Thank you Jim for participating in this first ever "Vicki" event. You are so wonderful to support me and My blog -- it is an incredible journey that we are all in together. When I come to Halifax next - I will be expecting a hug.

    xoxo,
    Vicki

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    1. You are welcome Vicki and thank you! Looking forward to that hug!!!

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  4. What a fantastic post Jim. Learned a few new things about my "sorta cousin" who spent summers in PEI.

    Sorry about your accident Jim. I knew you had an accident but I didn't however realize just how serious and life changing it was.

    Funny I was just saying yesterday on my blog I need to get out of my comfort/lazy zone and meet some new people/bloggers and grow my blog(s).

    It's late now but tomorrow morning first thing, I'm going to head over and say hi to vicki and see what's shaking over at her blog.

    This chick could never turn down a party!

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    1. Hope you have a BLAST here at the PARTY!! I think you will really like Vicki and meeting all these other party-goers. Have fun!!

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  5. Thank you for sharing your story. Your photos are breathtaking. It looks like your blog has been good therapy for you. I'll be back to visit again!

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    1. Hi Cindy! Good to meet you too! And welcome here and I hope you enjoy the 'party'!
      Jim

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  6. Hi! Just popped in to see who you are since I saw your blog at grow your blog party. I wouldn't consider you as an amateur photographer. Your photos are amazing! I'm not a photographer but I do like to look at them =D especially if those are as great as yours.

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    1. Good to meet you Virpi and welcome aboard! Thanks so much for your compliment on my photography. I enjoy finding things to photo.
      Jim

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  7. Hey Dad....you make me feel good all over so why not spread the love.

    snuggles and nudges....!

    Sophie Doodle!

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  8. Hi Jim. I started following your blog (through my reader) because I thought it'd be interesting to follow a fellow Maritimer. I've come to really enjoy it - the photos are wonderful and the thoughts are an occasion to stop and reflect. I'm sorry to hear about your accident. Thanks for sharing with this post (I think it's the first picture of you I've seen as you're usually behind the camera!) Hi to Ron and Sophie too!

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    1. So good to meet you ColibriNB!! I am happy you enjoy dropping by here. I am always amazed that what I write is interesting to anybody!! lol I am getting better in accepting photos of me and sharing them. Have a great day.

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  9. Love this post, Jim! I always enjoy learning more about my favourite bloggers. Sorry about your accident; that must have been a very difficult time. But I'm glad that you're okay! I hope you continue to blog and share great posts and beautiful photos with us. Cheers from Kingston to all of you!

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    1. Hi Martha! Always good to hear from a fellow Canuck!! Are you guys freezing in Kingston like we are here? Have a good one!

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  10. Party hearty, dude! I enjoyed seeing a retrospective of some of your best shots!

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  11. I love the ocean!!! I miss it so much!! We had to relocate to Arizona. Im from the beachside in Florida:):) Thanks for joining the party!!

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    1. Hi Sandra! Good to meet you and thanks for dropping in! Now that is a contrast! Beach in Florida and desserts in Arizona!!

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  12. It's always a treat to connect with others more fully, Jim. So glad you share your life with us. I'm walking the beaches you photograph in my mind.

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    1. How was the 'mind' walk, Barb? Good I hope. Thanks for stopping by and hope your weekend is going well.
      Jim

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  13. You have a lovely blog, thank you for sharing. I am a new follower and 'Grow Your Blog' participant. Have fun at the party!

    Evalina, This and that...

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    1. It's almost time to take a break from this Party!! all that dancing around!! lol Great to meet you!

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  14. Beautiful photography. I found you through Vicki's party. It's a great time, isn't it? Come to my blog too and enter for the vintage lace book giveaway. See you soon!

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    1. Hi Socrates! Thank you for visiting and commenting. Great to meet you.

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  15. What a pleasure to meet you and visit your blog, Jim. I enjoyed your photos very much. So glad to hear that you found a way to exercise your brain and stay focused...very inspirational. I found your blog through the Grow Your Blog party.

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    1. Hi Michelle! I was over at your blog and am really looking forward to following and learning some things from your expertise in gardening. Thanks so much for the kind words and stopping by.

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  16. Wow, what a gift you have for photography. Breath-taking! I'll be back and I'll be following, because your stuff is just too beautiful to miss out on.

    Elaine
    Retiredknitter@gmail.com
    http://mynext20yearsofliving.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Elaine! Just looked at your blog and looking forward to it as well!!

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  17. I love your photography-just beautiful-I love to be inspired by beautiful things. Kathy in Missouri

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    1. Hey Kathy! Thanks so much for stopping by! Great to meet you. I will visit you very soon.
      Jim

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  18. Your photography is amazing. Reading your story was so touching. I too am a teacher.

    I will be back when I need inspiration from beautiful photos.

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  19. Very amatuer photographer? Hardly! Jim, you are one of the very best photographers!

    The traffic sign on the beach is a fav of mine, btw.

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    1. Thanks Terry, you are very kind indeed.
      That photo is a fav of mine too. It was so surreal in a way when I first saw this in PEI a couple of years ago....it all worked for me.

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  20. These photos are amazing! I really enjoyed reading your story.

    www.modernworld4.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Gina! Thanks for stopping by and welcome here. Looking forward to seeing your blog too.
      Jim

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  21. I love the photography and music here! -Glad I found your blog by way of this "party". Hope you are enjoying the tour also ;)

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    1. Hi Lisa! Just checked out your blog and I WILL be sticking around! Good to meet you and welcome aboard!
      Jim

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  22. You're simply awesome, Jim!
    I knew about your fall, but I didn't know how bad it was. I'll be wearing a helmet now when I skate.
    Your pictures are gorgeous, and your story is impossible to forget!
    You are a wonderful and generous blogger!
    I'm going to crash this party on Tuesday! I can't do it before then. :(
    Thanks for another shot of Caro! :)
    Talk to you again on Tuesday!

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    1. Yes, wear that helmet no matter how awful it looks!!
      Crash away on Tuesday and I think you will LOVE what you see and find Louise!! You like Caro too?! I hope Terry does as well!!

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  23. I loved learning a bit more about you and wallowing in all your fabulous shots!

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    1. Oh Fiona, coming from you that is a compliment! Thanks.

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  24. With such a big following already, I think it's obvious that you are doing something right. I hope your blogging has helped you as much as its helped those that visit you daily. I know we all look forward to much, much more.

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    1. Stew, you better watch it, my head will start to swell with all these compliments!!
      I have to pinch myself to snap me out of it!! lol
      It is my pleasure to have met you and learned about you views of life. Thanks Stew.

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  25. Hello Jim,
    Hope you are enjoying your party and everyone can see how amazing you and your blog are! We also learnt a little more about you, my nephew is autistic (as in Auty and the Angel). I am sure you are missed incredibly by everyone at your old school. Thank you for such a great post with just some of your amazing photos.
    Best wishes,
    Ivan

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    1. The party is a good one Ivan. The hostess, Vicki, knows what she is doing for sure.
      Auty and the Angel was how I 'found' you!! That's right. People with autism are fascinating.....at least from my perspective. I never worked with kids on the lower end of the spectrum (actually Ron did when we lived in Vancouver). I worked mainly with students at the higher end. It was very challenging and I so admire the parents and their perseverance.
      Thanks for the 'vote of confidence' here. Blogging is a wonderful journey for me.
      Jim

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  26. It is lovely to meet you! Your photography is breathtaking ~ I'll be back to explore further!

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    1. Hi Bobbie! Good to meet you too! Thank you and please drop by again.
      Jim

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  27. Jim I loved your story...very inspirational and certainly hit a chord as I am a teacher now administrator retiring soon...avid gardener, writer and photographer...I look forward to reading more of your blog and following you on your journey.

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    1. Hi Donna and welcome here. It is good to meet you. Another teacher in the mix. Looking forward to taking a look at your blog.
      Jim

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  28. I have always loved seeing photos of Sophie and admired your words of wisdom and photography. I am sorry about your fall and injury but perhaps the "plan" for your life was to be able to reflect on the world around you and share your insights thus joy with the rest of us to enjoy.

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    1. Thanks so much. I`ve heard a lot about you!!

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  29. Jim - love your blog and enjoyed the music at Vicki's Party. I am glad you joined. Please stop by if you haven't already and sign up for my giveaway. (I'm tardy because my motherboard died and went to the grave!) But, I have a replacement now! Hugs from Alaska. Karen

    www.alaskabluemoose.blogspot.com

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