Wednesday, January 10, 2018

All The Fur Babies

Anyone who loves animals and has one or several of their own understands how remarkable a relationship can be with these furry beings.  Each of these critters has their own special story and their own unique personality.  Not unlike children, what works for one will not work for the other.  We get to know them so intimately that we can tell from the slightest sound or motion they make if something is not quite right.

Animals have always been in my life, particularly black cats.  Sooty is my third black kitty.  He follows in the footsteps of Zeke, the first that was given to me as a newborn.  I had Zeke until I was 17 years old.  A few years went by before I adopted a 3 year old black cat that I renamed Zeke Junior.  Junior was with me from the time I was 20 until I was 37 years old, another 17 years.  It took me a little while to get over the loss of that one, but then one day my sister invited me over to see her litter of 8 kittens. One was grey and 7 were black.  I have never seen anything so wonderful.  I giggled with joy playing with these tiny black fuzzballs.

After playing with them for a while, one of the wee black fuzzballs climbed onto my foot and curled up as if to have a nap there.  I scooped him up and put him on my shoulder next to my neck.  I didn't go to chose a kitten that day, but that little fella chose me, and so shortly after tea with my sister, we drove to the vet to have him looked over. And, so now here he is, my third.  

Of course there are wonderful stories about the other 3 fur babies shown here that I will save for another time, or perhaps their story is already somewhere on this blog - maybe this is even a repeat.  I can't keep track of all that I write here, and I suspect that none of you will notice if I do repeat myself or mind if I do. 

Being the most picturesque of the beings in our house, I have more photos than I know what do with, but here are a few of my recent favourites.

Bear

Crush

Georgia Winifred

Sooty

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Christmas Treats

I am up to my ears in sweets! Gingerbread houses, (made from graham crackers) and all kinds of different candy; I've baked shortbread, sugar cookies, and gingersnaps.  Then there are all those squares I bought to support our school's fundraiser. If we eat these treats at a reasonable rate, (which some of us will not) we'll still be eating them in July. It really is a lot of fun though, and my 12 year old boy is fairly certain this is what Heaven is all about.

I hope you are all enjoying your baking and your giving of baking and your eating of the baking and mostly that you have a very Merry Christmas!



Saturday, December 9, 2017

The Tree

I've got our home into full Christmas swing. I've really enjoyed making Christmas cards and they are on their way.  Next is to wrap the gifts and then into the kitchen for my favourite part, the baking!  
 
I love this tree more every year.  It took me over 4 hours to put it together and I had help putting the lights into it this time.  There are so many memories in its branches, and we add more every year.
 
I can hardly wait until school is out for the year, and I can cuddle up with my family for Christmas movies and games. Even when we are all off in our separate corners doing our own things, I love the feeling a full house gives me.
 
This picture was taken just before sunrise.  Every morning, this time
of year, I am so lucky to have a fantastic view.
 

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Snow Covered Spruce

For the past few weeks, I've had this crazy notion that I wanted to hand paint all of my Christmas cards. I couldn't get the idea of snow-covered spruce trees out of my head, and so I headed over to Youtube for a quick tutorial.  I had to improvise a little, as I don't own professional supplies, and I've now got 15 little pictures done, ready to matte and place onto cards.  I can't tell you how much fun I am having painting these little trees,

I've handmade cards in the past. One year, I drew a few different snowman scenes, then I made several copies and coloured them to adorn my cards. I've used my stamp collection to make sets, and I have a Cricut machine which was fun to use one year.  

In the past few years, I have truly enjoyed the process of making and writing out these cards, then shipping them off.  I would love to add more of my blog friends to that mailing list, so please send me an email with your address if you enjoy receiving Christmas cards.



Saturday, November 4, 2017

Marshmallow World

Well, as you can see, I am now fully into winter. It continues to snow as I'm writing this and I can hardly wait to finish my lunch and head out into the quiet to walk my dog. This is his favourite weather for many reasons - the temperature is perfect, he loves to eat the snow, and he loves to play in the snow.  At times, he goes absolutely crazy with joy for the fluffy, white stuff and it is so much fun to watch him.

 
 
 
Halloween was fun here; we carved 43 pumpkins and I had painted several others. It wasn't the display of last year, but it still looked great. I usually do up a detailed post for the occasion, and I'm not sure what kept me from it, but there it is, and it's over, so moving on.
 
The big reveal for Stephanie's tea cup exchange is coming up, and I am so very disappointed that I managed to miss it. I looked in 1 week too late   I had some great ideas this year for my special friend too, but I suppose they will just have to be put off until the next one. Let's hope I don't sleep through that one too.
 
Actually, what has been taking up all of my spare time is a current obsession with reading novels. Every time I've sat down over the past month, all I can think of  is to get back to my current book. You can see the titles under the GoodReads section in the sidebar if you're interested. It is unusual for me to pick so many wonderful books in a row, hence it turning into an obsession. But my good luck has ran out, and my current read isn't keeping me near as enthralled, which is why I've remembered that I have a blog and several blog friends.  I suddenly felt the need for a visit, so here I am and I hope you all are well, and I will "see" you soon.

Monday, October 16, 2017

An Enjoyable October

It is warm here. Unseasonably warm, and I am loving it.  We had a major frost, that has killed everything - it looks like winter without the snow and it feels a bit surreal, but I can't complain about a warm breeze this late in the season. The snow can stay away for as long as it wants. Although that carpet of dazzling white is beautiful, it makes life more difficult, and who needs that?
 
I have been spending my time getting my yard winter-ready and decorating for Halloween. Harvest will be done today barring any major disasters with the machinery. Things will slow down, and I am feeling so very grateful. It has been a good year.



These Pumpkin Peppers or Pumpkin-On-A-Stick were fun to grow and even more fun to decorate
with. But be warned, the thorns on their stems and leaves are very mean.


Yes Sooty, the jack o' lantern print is why I crowded your favourite chair with a cushion., and yes, I am
aware that the black cat and pumpkin thing has been done.  But no, it can never be overdone.


 
Beautiful bug on a beautiful leaf on a beautiful day.
There are so many lovely gourds and pumpkins adorning my home, but there are only a few that look like something
out of a painting.
 
 

My precious Bear... he sure does get rambunctious this time of year.  He loves to play in the leaves - it's game on
if you toss a few onto his head!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Autumn Blessings

I have truly been enjoying my yard this year, especially now when the garden is paying me back in full.  I'm sure you all must think that all I grow are various types of squash, but cucumbers, corn, potatoes, corn, carrots, beans, peas and lettuce have all been plentiful this year and enjoyed by everyone.
 
It makes all kinds of sense to grow your own food if you can, but why do I spend so much energy on pumpkins and gourds? I have been asked this question many times, and have even been accused of being off my rocker. I'm not sure that I can articulate a clear answer here and I don't really think there is a need to, but I'll give it a go.
 
With the gourds and pumpkins that I adorn my yard with, it is about making our ordinary fall, extraordinary. To add colour and texture and of course with anything that grows, there is that element of magic. How all of these seeds that pretty much look identical can produce so many various types of squash is fascinating.
 
And then of course, there is the treasure hunt! You just never what you will find among the vines. "Life is like a mixed gourd patch, you never know what you're gonna get." -Me.  
 
I guess, the answer is  - FUN.  I find it enjoyable.  Speaking of enjoyable, I've picked up an old project from about 2 years ago and I've finished it.  The goal here was to use up yarn ends. So I present to you my hobo blanket. I thought I would donate it, but my son has claimed it as his own, so it stays.


Bear is thoroughly enjoying the cooler weather, and he loves the pumpkins too!


Another creation using scrap bits of 2x6 wood. 


I love to go fro drives in the fall.

One of the paths to my fire pit. No, I do not plan to rake those leaves.