Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Preserving Myself In The Snow!

We have snow again but for a brief time at Easter, the weather was beautiful!
All the kids were home for Easter & it was a great time had by all...

 Everyday that it was to rain, I could here the woodpecker. It was knocking the insects out of the rotting trees, at the edge of the woods.

                                        You can see that that was one hungry woodpecker!

 Baxter is growing up so fast! He loves being outside when everyone else is out, such a pack dog!

 This is where I displayed all things spring & Easter. After the arrival of the family it was filled with Easter Lindt goodies, I'm going to have to workout twice as hard at exercise class!

The stuffed Bostons were placed in a basket with a miniature butterfly quilt & Easter eggs.

 The real Bostons are having to put up with me dressing them in clothes. Baxter doesn't mind it at all!
I don't have anything small enough for Bridget yet.

 I tried to tighten up the shirt & cut into the back... when it should have been the front! Oops, I'm glad the shirt was .50 cents!

 My plant that was a gift, several years ago from my girlfriend Sandy, has finally bloomed!

 It had these flowers on it when I received it & had never flowered again, till now! It is beautiful!

 So nice to see green, even if it is in the house, with the snow piles still around outside.

                                                    The pink geranium is blooming too!

                                                 I started decorating the outside with spring!

 I found these in the potting shed as I used the wee boots a couple years back. Just need to see spring!

 Poor Lucy is looking her age & will need to be painted this summer. She will have company as the cement goose from London ON will be joining her. I think I'll make clothes for a male & female this time. They have never been together as the London goose came from Florida, when we sold our property there.
 New hope for outdoor flowers! I made this back in 1990, when I was doing counted cross stitch. I don't know how I found the time, with four kids at home & a full time job?!!

 The weekend was one of fun! The clean up of fallen & cut limbs to be shredded in the wood chipper or burnt in the wood pile in the opening in the woods.

                                                         Boys & their their toys!

                The snow was melting in the sun & a boardwalk was made to go into the woods.
Later that afternoon, Nicholas & I would step too far over the stream from the pond & fall into the water. Not a nice feeling to sink quickly into very cold water but a good laugh for both of us!
Thank you Bill for pulling me out! My hero! LOL

 Mitchell, Donald, & Nicholas, my three sons! Never a dull minute when these three are together.
There was lots of laughter & memories were relived & laughed about, all weekend long.
                                                  I look forward to seeing them this Christmas too!

 I can't believe how small I am next to them. They are still my boys, in my mind, such grown men now. Where does the time go?!

 I was so happy to have Nicole with us too, she was so helpful with keeping the dishes caught up & helped with the many meals of feeding this bunch.

 She also helped so much with taking the puppies out for walks & they too enjoyed having her with us. She will be back home this Christmas & once again, our family will be complete! XO

 Bill & I were so happy having our family together, it was a very Happy Easter!

 The flowers bloomed on time, not for Christmas but for Easter. How beautiful are these $3 bulbs!!

 The Coop had Easter lilies for $5 & they were fragrant too, lovely blooms & more to come!

                               I looked out the window yesterday to see these Canadian geese!

                                           I changed my lens & started taking these photos.

I thought of my Kansas friends & how they curse these birds because of the messes they make.

                         They were making sounds & flapping their wings, I was entertained!

                                                                              A dance?!

                                                               They settled & then....

                                They were leaving. The surprises that you see here in the backyard!

Oh I wish the snow would stop here, it's like living in a real snow-globe that gets shook !
More snow this week too. Oh my,  were is spring?

The lawn furniture was placed on the front porch this weekend. The weather was gorgeous & the pups took in the afternoon sun too. We had ice cream cones on the porch too! It really was a perfect weekend...  till the snow of Monday morning.

 Donny sent this photo of the road on Renous area. It was tricky with the weather & the truck was hauling the trailer back to London. Bill, Donny, & Nick made it home, in 16 hours. The 401 was under construction & made for a longer trip. Everyone is safely home now & the house is so quite.

I had a great Easter, a fast 72 hours with the family but like I told them, 'I'll take what I can get.".
I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter too!

With the weather in north east New Brunswick this spring, it sure has been The Serenity Prayer for me. I have to except things I cannot change... these snowy days but I do have the wisdom to know the difference... this too will pass.
I use to arrive in May or June & soon, I know that these days will be a memory.
Till then I have so much sewing to get caught up on.
The next post will show the progress on Oh Canada Eh! quilt. Nearing the finish line!!

Have a wonderful week, wherever you are!


Monday, April 10, 2017

The Aftermath Of Winter

The snow has been melting on these nice spring days & the destruction of the snow removal aka snowplow, has made a mark on neighbours & myself.
Oh the joys of rural living,! I feel it is living the dream, from where I come from, it's an oasis  that is one of those... if I knew then, what I know now... next winter will be different, for some of us.

This was Bill's doing, with his snowplow. On the top left of the garbage box, you can see a chunk that his plow took off & as the snow disappeared, you can now see how wonky the middle of the box is.
He moved it closer to the frozen in marker. I get nervous placing garbage near the back, all that snow is the ditch, it teeters. Glad he's home this Thursday! See the lane on the left, it's more like a road 7 the blue box on wheels has to be pulled out to the road every two weeks. Oh my, rural living! lol

 Here are the patio stones that are placed at the side of the road, for the garbage box to go on in the weather with no snowplows.
The snowplow managed to break the majority of the stones. On the left & right of the stones, are 75 tulip bulbs that will bloom in red & white, for Canada's 150 celebration. I want to paint the Canadian flag on top of the garbage box, or a new garbage box if this one cannot be put back together.

                                     This is what I call the 'Humpty Dumpty Garbage Box'!

 Because all the kings horses & all the kings men... will not be able to put this back together again!
It belongs to my next door neighbours. Margie kept telling Dellie to move it off the side of the road.
After two plows it was still in one piece & then it happened on the third plow & ever plow after that!
It's one of those 'I told you!' from his wife Margie. lol

Then further up the road & around the bend, there's Heather's mailbox, or what's left of it!
Two years ago the plow took it out three times in one winter season. So she thought she would be clever & put in a steel one... it's now in three pieces & she collects her mail at the post office these days. I collect mine in a lock box, off the highway, on a curve, that's next to the bridge. Crazy spot for mailboxes & lucky the traffic flow is light.

So I survived my first winter & a spring is just beginning, you can see what the snowplow has done.
Winter is now in the review mirror! And spring awaits ahead!

Sew Oh Canada Eh ~~~~~~~~~~~~~

It is peaceful in my sewing room & old Tom, 18 yrs young now, doesn't mine any of the noise because he's deaf. But I think he can feel the vibration of the sewing machine because he starts to purr as I sew. Bill & the boys use to say the sewing machine puts them to sleep as I use to sew at night, when they were in bed. Now my felines enjoy having a snooze, when I sew! lol

                                I put a pillow in the copper box, that lines the wicker basket.

                                           It's easy to move around, on each end,  it has handles.

 I was sewing the other day & turned around on my swivel chair & nearly jumped! There was Rexton's large green eyes taking me in! He & Tom are becoming cozy these days. lol

                     Mr. Boots is usually upstairs, taking in the sun & grazing on the cat grass.

                                                   The Manitoba block is now done.

                I walked into my sewing room the other day & there they were again, together!

                                                                    Quebec is done!

                                                                     Ontario is done!

 Nova Scotia is done! I'm not pleased with the blue water showing through to the center of the lighthouse. If I had more fabric for the leaf, it would be redone. I'm hoping when it all comes together this will not be as noticeable.

                                    I'm nearly 1/2 done & I'm working on Newfoundland today.

Block 4 ~~~~~~~
                                   I changed out the flag & replaced the stars with bumble bees.

Boston Puppy Update ~~~~~~~~

                                    Bridget-Loree,  yesterday she weighed in at 9lbs 4 ozs.

                                                    Baxter-Loree,weighted in at 12lbs 8ozs.

The two of them are enjoying the sunshine on the front steps these days. The longer days, mean later bedtimes now. They go to bed by 8-9pm & get up at 6-7am to go outside. I put them out nearly every hour & their training is coming but not perfect yet.

I had my camera on hand & took this photo of them. Baxter still has a piece of pink on his nose.
Bridget wanted up on my lap too, she's too small to jump up on the love seat in the kitchen.

The family will be arriving on Thursday afternoon & the puppies are going to love their attention!
I'm going to enjoy a break from them as I've not had a day off since February 13th, the day they arrived at the Hardwicke House.

I still miss my little man, Boris Loree. These two have filled the quietness in the house & upset the cats but everything is working out. My days fly by so quickly & I'll be glad to see the longer days into summer. The sun feels so good & there are days when a winter jacket is not needed, layering is a must though.
This time next week, everyone will be gone & the house will be quiter with just me & the five pets.
I'll blog next week & will tell of our first Easter in the Hardwicke House.

Have a Happy Easter, wherever you are. I'm looking forward to the goodies that Bill & Nicholas purchased at the Lindt Factory. Nick purchased a two pound rabbit!

Happy Easter!