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Nova Scotian Valentine Cards (New for 2020) — Feb 14, 2020

Nova Scotian Valentine Cards (New for 2020)

Love is in the air, and my Nova Scotia-themed cards for Valentine’s Day are back! I’ve also made some new cards for the new year. πŸ’Œ

To save these to your computer for writing on and sharing, simply click on a card, right-click and select “Save image as…” Then you can either print them out or post them on social media, and send them to your Valentine! πŸ’πŸ’˜πŸ’•


Chinese New Year 2020: Year of the Rat — Jan 27, 2020

Chinese New Year 2020: Year of the Rat

Happy Chinese New Year! You might think we’ve already rang in the new year, but China runs on a slightly different calendar to ours. Chinese New Year is typically celebrated a few weeks after the Western New Year, with dragon parades, lighting up lanterns and families getting together for some good food and celebration.

Chinese New Year dragon parade

In the Chinese calendar, 2020 is the Year of the Rat. Unlike the Western zodiac, which uses constellations to roughly represent each month, the Chinese calendar uses twelve different animals for each year. The Year of the Rat begins a new 12-year cycle, which ends with the Year of the Pig.

Chinese zodiac

Chinese zodiac table

Each animal is said to have a set of personalities which defines them, not unlike the Western zodiac signs:

  • πŸ€ Rat: imaginative, generous, curious
  • πŸ‚ Ox: confident, honest, patient
  • πŸ… Tiger:Β sensitive, tolerant, brave
  • πŸ‡ Rabbit:Β affectionate, kind, merciful
  • πŸ‰ Dragon: enthusiastic, lively, intelligent
  • 🐍 Snake: charming, intuitive, romantic
  • 🐎 Horse: diligent, friendly, clever
  • πŸπŸ‘ Goat/Sheep:Β artistic, calm, happy
  • πŸ’ Monkey: witty, lively, curious
  • πŸ“ Rooster: shrewd, honest, punctual
  • πŸ• Dog:Β loyal, honest, courageous
  • πŸ– Pig: sincere, tolerant, optimistic

What animal in the Chinese zodiac are you? I was born in the Year of the Pig. 🐷

Steven Universe: Future Fan Art (2020) — Jan 14, 2020
Welcome to 2020 at Surfing the Sea! — Jan 1, 2020

Welcome to 2020 at Surfing the Sea!

A new decade has arrived – and with it, a new beginning. 366 more days (this year is a leap year!) to make it the best year ever, to forget about the year just gone, and to make new memories.

With that in mind, here’s my resolutions for this year:

Bullet; RedΒ Be more creative and productive
Bullet; OrangeΒ Be more open about my emotions
Bullet; YellowΒ Socialize more
Bullet; GreenΒ Walk with my dog more often
Bullet; BlueΒ Start saving money instead of spending it all in one go
Dark blue bulletΒ Be more tidy

Happy New Year, and here’s to the next ten years and beyond!



Happy New Year 2020

Merry Blogmas 2019! — Dec 25, 2019

Merry Blogmas 2019!

The 25th day of the 12th month has arrived – for the final time this decade. As a new one is about to dawn upon us, it’s a time to reflect not just on the year gone by, but also plant the seed of hope for the next ten years to come.

There’s also something magical about Christmas; no matter who you are, how old you are, your colour, your nationality or if you’re male, female or any other gender, nothing beats the feeling of a child overwhelmed with excitement on Christmas Eve waiting for Santa to bring home the presents.

A very Merry Christmas to you, and I’ll see you all in the new year – which is also the start of the roaring 20s!


Decorating the Christmas Tree
Decorating the Christmas Tree
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