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Thursday, April 5, 2018

Memories

Life has a way of bringing you up short and making it clear what is important in living each day. One knows this and yet we still think about tomorrow or worry about what might happen or dream of better days. Sometimes, those better days never come.

Such is the case for my son-in-law Joseph Patrick Chiasson. How suddenly life can be taken away. He leaves behind two beautiful daughters who will miss having a father as they grow into maturity.

I will only be able to write this in bits and pieces, as my heart is crying for my girls and for Joe's family. Bear with me for there are things I want to say.

I remember the times when Joe and I put up the swimming pools for the girls when they were small. We always had the pools here, because I had room. We'd put them up, then take them down. The next year, repeat. Each year the pool got a little bigger and a little harder to handle. He took me for a ride on his motorcycle one Mother's day, just because that was what I said I wanted. It was fun and scary at the same time and I clung to Joe so hard I could have crushed his ribs. Joe coached Rae in soccer and basketball, and I was so happy to be his 'assistant' for a year or two. What an experience that was. I loved it. So many memories, but so many forgotten things too. Sad. There is so much more in Joe's life, and I have only mentioned some of my special times with him. His life was full, and he has gone much to soon.

I sat one afternoon this week, and got out all the photo albums of when the girls were very small. Joe was a wonderful dad and you can see the love for his girls in his eyes. Thank goodness for pictures.

His Memorial Service won't be till the end of the month. It will be a long few weeks.



So many people are heart broken.
Rest in peace, dear Joe. I love you.





Thursday, March 22, 2018

This is Spring?

Here we are enjoying? Spring. March the 22nd. Stores are closed, school was cancelled, as was choir practice. No way was I asking anyone to go out in this....



The wind is nasty and cold, and this is the 4th storm in 2 weeks I think.

I have been doing some abstract work the last little while. I cannot get up the nerve to
finish my painting of Squeak. Something is just not right, but perhaps in time I will get
the muse I need.

Aslan, meanwhile has been just as naughty as ever. He would disagree. He would think he was helping.  

Here are a three of the abstracts. They are fairly small. 5x7 in. Will use them for cards. I used coloured pens for them. I gave a few to a little granddaughter of a friend who was having fun finding animals and faces in one I had posted on face book.  
As an aside, I am using facebook wisely, I hope and have got rid of apps that were there. Not sure, just how it will work. I do post photos on Instagram if anyone is interested. You can fine me at bonnie1142. It's not any more exciting than this but a lot of Aslan and his antics.





I certainly hope it warms up a bit for Easter. The Sunrise Service could be a little chilly. There's always hope.......isn't there?

Guess that's all for now. My dear daughter will be up tomorrow to plow us out. In the meantime, I think I need a good book.

Cheers!




Wednesday, February 28, 2018

February Ending

Ah yes, the end of February....Spring is on the horizon (I hope). I mean, I know it is coming but you know how it is. The weather can not make up its mind....one day cold, one day rainy, one day warm.
I know that we will probably have more snow. March is such a strange month. I can't help but wonder if the global warming has anything to do with the weird weather we have.

I had a wonderful but tiring week last week. It seems that I go for days on the regular routine, and then in the course of seven days I go, go, go. On the Monday things just worked out so that I, along with Dawn and Lindsay were able to go the Ironwood to see Heather and the new lambs. This is always a joy, to see the wee babes, bottle feed some of them, and to have a chance to see Heather. The weather even cooperated and the day was lovely.

Wednesday evening I went to the opening night of the high school play, The Wizard of Oz. Granddaughter Lindsay was in it, and the students did a marvelous job. It was long, about three hours, but well worth seeing. In fact, I went again to the matinee on Sunday to see it again. It was thoroughly professional. I am amazed how well the students perform. My favourite character was the cowardly lion, who was perfect for the part, and did an outstanding job. All of the characters were well played, but the lion stood out.

By Sunday night I was worn to a frazzle, but wouldn't have it any other way. It bugs me that going and doing is hard on this old body, but I guess one just has to do the best they can. I'll always have fibro, but going to the play and seeing Heather is special and the chances of doing that come along only once in a while.

As usual Aslan has been up to his attention seeking self. He is worming himself further into my heart, but he is a pest sometimes. He managed to spill my coffee all over my desk the other morning. Not a pretty sight, but it was the first time he did that.

My granddaughter Rae was home for a day or two from university so I was also able to spend some time with her and Colton last week as well. Tomorrow is her 21st birthday. Wow. Oh my. Time does not march on, it races....


This little fellow was one day old.







I sat in the pen and had several of the babies suck on my fingers, chew on
my boots and jacket. I told the girls that the time spent with the lambs
was soul lifting. Felt good, just enjoying the new life and not
thinking of anything else.


I have also been doing what I call abstract doodling, and Aslan is always on hand to help out. 

Ah, the sun is shining. How lovely. On that bright note I will end this. Hope you have a good day
as you are reading this. I'm going to try.
I shall end this before Aslan stars walking on the keys....

Thursday, February 15, 2018

February Beginning

Outside a fine snow or freezing rain is falling. Perhaps it is the in between stuff that falls when snow is turning to rain. I am, to be truthful, quite weary of winter, with its ever changing forms. One day, inches of snow fall, another day it pours and the snow disappears to reveal a very grundgy world, and then it snows again, the roads freeze and the radio voices tell of cars off the road, black ice and all that goes with Nova Scotia winters. It may be doing one thing in the Annapolis Valley and a totally different thing on the east shore, and again in Cape Breton. It can even be different from here to 30km from here.
When I was younger, I used to enjoy the winter, with my girls, and then my granddaughters. Younger and more energetic to be sure. Now I just hope that I can get out once in a while to get food and mail.
I wonder if there is anything else I can write about besides weather?

Of course there is always my best friend.

And the days have passed again before getting back
to this. I seem to always leave this on the
back burner.
It's a wonder it hasn't burned dry. 
Each day brings it's own tests
and sometimes burdens
but so far I've gotten through.
Forgetting to take your pills for a whole day is not a good thing either.....
The days are noticeably longer and that's a good thing. The skies are brighter today and the sun has made an appearance for two days.
Unfortunately it's warmth doesn't dry up the water in my basement. It's the 2nd time in just a little more than a week. Needless to say, Aslan is not impressed. 🐈💧💧💧💧

I will close this even though I have said nothing much. At least I am trying.



Monday, January 8, 2018

Pictures....

I must admit that after checking the "help" for blogger, I was no further ahead.
But, as you can see this morning, it worked.
So now I have a post of pictures, which since they are here,
I will post.








It snowed again last night and school is closed again today.
Winter marches on.......

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Waiting for the Storm...

Thursday, 4th - As I begin this 1st post for 2018, we are awaiting an expected weather bomb....snow, rain, high winds. Preparations are made, but I am sincerely hoping against hope that the power does not go off.  Schools are cancelled already and some businesses have closed. It is 10:30 am. and the snow is just beginning. We shall see what takes place.

Well the storm arrived and with it fierce winds. We were very lucky that our power was only out for 4 hours. I can't imagine how cold it would be for the workers trying to fix the downed lines and reconnect the power. Once the storm had passed, the temperature  returned to bone-chilling cold with wind chill. Once again, I have remained in the house, rather than fight the wind and snow. I am becoming a real wimp I think. Thank heaven for daughter Dawn who ventures forth into the weather and picks up milk and bread for us. Oh I hope this weird weather soon decides to level out and give us a break.

Sunday, 7th - Well, other than having more snow, the weather sort of improved but the temperature dropped so we are back in the deep chill. It is supposed to get a wee bit warmer tomorrow, which I will believe when I see it.
Dawn came today with the tractor and plowed the driveway. The Captain didn't even suggest that he could do it. He hasn't really been outside. He wanted to go to the library, but decided against it. I think the cold really bothers him, which is one reason why he isn't plowing. He didn't even say anything when Dawn came today. I honestly think that his legs are so much weaker, that he couldn't get up on the tractor. He is shuffling now which means even his "good" leg is getting weaker.
We had church this morning but not many turned out. I think the cold was the main factor.
I have decided that I am posting this tonight, so with a few pictures to go with this, I'll sign off.
Now that's nice. I cannot get my pictures to work.....hmmm.
Well that's not fun. I'll end this anyway, and try to see what wrong, say I just like I know what I'm doing.😉


Sunday, December 31, 2017

Year Ending

29th - Ending, because it has not quite ended. It has been a long year, and I shall not be sad to leave it behind, although I probably will not see much difference in the new year.
I took down the Christmas decorations and now have to put them away in their tubs and put them in the attic. Oh, my aching back.

30th - Christmas day ended with a power outage. Actually the power went off just as we were eating, so we finished by lantern light. We were one of the lucky ones, considering some Nova Scotians didn't get their power back till Wednesday evening. Ours was only out four hours. This week had continued to be extremely cold, and I haven't driven since last Sunday. I managed to get down to Dawn's for a few hours on Thursday, but Heather came to pick me up. It was a fun time with my girls, and Heather and I even won a game. Rae's special friend was there as well, and didn't seem to mind being one male with four females.
Aslan took a few steps out on the porch this afternoon, onto the snow and ice, looked around at all the white stuff and immediately turned around. We have been having snow flurries all week, and there is about three or four inches in places.

31st - This year is ending with extremely cold weather. There has not been a real break this past week. All or most of Canada is suffering from this polar vortex. I would like it to warm up but that of course would mean a snow storm. I shall have to take the bull by the horns and go shopping Tuesday, as Aslan requires his food and litter, which is very important.
My dear daughter Dawn picked me up for church this morning and when she brought me home she proceeded to shovel out my driveway, bless her heart. We tend to get flurries "off the bay" and it seems that we have had snow every day. Some people are lucky.......hah! I suppose it is great for all those who enjoy winter sports and activities, but with the cold, it can't have been too much fun.
And so, I shall end the year, as I do most years, by going to bed at my usual time and trying to get to sleep and stay asleep until the new year.
I did get all the decorations etc. put away in the attic, and only had to rest my poor aching back for about twenty minutes. Done for another year.
I shall leave you with a few pictures, mostly of Aslan of course. Since I have finished the Christmas crafts, I haven't taken as many pictures as I did when I/we were working on decorations.

Aslan helping with my felting

Checking on my painted decorations

Deciding that I didn't need to felt right then

The chief inspector

And now checking out the poor little tree.
He broke about 3 branches.
Good thing I could put them back on

At least the tree wasn't decorated

Rae and Colton

Lindsay

Dawn and Aslan

The Christmas Card I painted for this year.
I'm not sure what it says about the state of my mind.....

And so I bid farewell to 2017, 
not knowing what 2018 will bring,
but as I ponder that I think
Not knowing is a really good thing.

A Very Happy New Year
to all my readers.
Perhaps in the new year 
I will settle down and
do more posts.