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Sunday, June 2, 2019

June is here....

So the whole month of May has passed, most days overcast, rainy, or drizzly with one or two days of sun thrown in haphazardly. Dreary, my friend dreary. The bloom on the magnolia was welcomed, though it took a while to become full bloom, and the leaves are just filling out now on the trees.
Today was sunny and warm, and guess what is coming tomorrow......rain. We get one day of sun at a time it seems.

I have missed posting for two months now. It seems to beckon me and then something gets in the way and I put it off. I almost did that today, and I may have to leave the rest of this until tomorrow. Nothing much happened in April, so you didn't miss anything. Same old, same old. One day runs into the next, and before you can turn around and count to ten, the month has whizzed by, leaving me in the dust, or the mud, considering the rain that has fallen.

In May I was able to spend one afternoon at Ironwood Farm, and saw the little lambs. It was a chilly day, but it was great to get to Heather's and I really enjoyed it. We went out to lunch at the Flying Apron, and had great food as usual. Dawn and Lindsay went too. Those little lambs are so cute.

This one had unusual black markings




Our eldest granddaughter Rae graduated from University on the 17th. Four years of study, one trip to the Gambia, and lots of hard work got her to this place in her life. I must say, I was extremely proud of her. I was able to watch the proceedings on line and I had a few tears watching. It was a special day.  She will continue living in Halifax, working at a few things. Job hunting is on the agenda during the summer after her present work ends in July. She has become a "city girl."  Lindsay will be graduating from high school in June. Where or where have the years gone?

I have been enjoying the uke group. It's a time for just pushing everything aside, and just playing. Great fun. My fingers don't work as well as I would like, but I push on, faking a few chords along the way. It doesn't matter, because there are others who carry the song along.

I shall end this here, so I can post it. I see the sun is trying to break through the clouds, but it isn't working too well.

Until next time here's a picture of Aslan...the book/knee loving kitty.





Saturday, March 23, 2019

Mid March

Oh dear, I had a partial blog written, and just erased it all, since I had started it in February.  So far, 2019 has not been great for the communities up around here.  We have had 3 deaths of seniors, and an accidental death of an eight year old boy.  It does seem as though sorrow walks among us.

Mid March and there is snow still on the ground, though it is gradually disappearing. With rain expected tonight, it will probably be gone by morning. The bare ground is a mess when the temp gets above zero. My driveway is a series of ruts and puddles.

I  make home made cards for friends, birthday, sympathy, etc. A friend has kept hers and was going through them. She showed them to me, and there was one that I couldn't believe it had painted. I am using it as a header.

(A week later)...... Here are a few more cards that I did.......



Don't know how to turn this one




or this one

The first day of Spring has come and gone and brought with it lots of rain so that most of the snow has gone. Hopefully now the days will begin to warm. Orchard pruning has begun, and I know that lots of folks are planning their gardens. It is the end of March break here and my #2 granddaughter will be coming home tomorrow, from a school trip to France and Italy. We never had trips like that when I was in school. My big trip was by train from Windsor, Ontario to Stratford, Ontario to see a play. It was a day trip. Of course the kids have to spend a lot of time fundraising as a group. I saved all my recyclables for her. 

I guess I can't finish this off until I put a picture of dear Aslan..........



I was trying to read......


This is all for now.  It only took me a couple of weeks to finish this up.
Hope everyone is ready for some nice weather.
Have a good one.


Tuesday, January 22, 2019

My Goodness.......

It is cold, very cold! The weather is driving me nuts. First there is snow, then it changes to rain, then the temperature rises, and water pours into the basement, then the next day it is freezing cold again....
I am procrastinating because I have to go and get the mail, which means cleaning off the car, because it snowed again, and the wind is blowing, and it is -11C. I don't want to go out. Brrrrrrrrrrr. And, guess what? We are going to get.......more rain tomorrow or Thursday. Can't wait to see where the water will go this time.

Church was cancelled on Sunday because of the miserable weather, and I miss that time of worship. The weather was really messy. I was supposed to play at the local Manor, at their Church service,but of course that was cancelled as well. The roads were treacherous.

My driveway is an ice rink, because of the freezing temperature following the rain. It wouldn't be so bad if the snow would come, and stay, because the temperature stayed cold, instead of this up and down thing that is going on. At least then I could get used to it. Oh well, it is what it is.

I decided to join a local ukulele group that has just started up, and meets at the community hall, Sunday afternoons. We had one meeting, and then the 2nd one was cancelled (of course). I'm not sure if I am to play at the Manor next Sunday, but if not, I hope to get to the uke group. They are at the same time. I was surprised how many people came to the first meeting. Probably twenty, made up of beginners, who wanted to learn, and various other stages of ability. I figured it would be a time for "me" which I am having trouble accomplishing.  Getting out 2 times a week is not working that well. Usually if the weather is decent, I get out to get groceries, or other errands that I have to make. Me time is hard to get to. I haven't done very well at it.

I managed to steel myself, and ventured out to clean off the car and get the mail. It was bitter with the wind blowing. It looks nice out, with a bit of blue sky and if I didn't know better I would think it was pleasant out.  But, I know better.

Aslan, doing one of his 'let's drop right in the middle of mom's work'.


I don't know who is going to dry me bonkers first.
The Captain or Aslan?
Or perhaps it will be the weather,
or cabin fever,
or the water in the basement.
It won't take much.





Wednesday, January 2, 2019

A New Year

Ah yes, the old year passes and with it all the things, good and bad that happened during it. 2018 was definitely not one to write home about. In fact it wasn't one to write a blog about, apparently....
With the Captain getting weaker, and using the walker all the time, the death of my son-in-law, and also my friend Kathy, it just seemed that I couldn't pick myself up, and that's the awful truth.
So, I'm not jumping up and down and celebrating the new year, but rather, continuing to take one day at a time, and hoping for the best.

One thing I have to do (doctor's orders), is to make time for me at least twice a week, and that doesn't include choir practice or church. I can't believe how difficult it is to do that, but I am trying.......but I will probably have to try harder.

Thinking about Kathy....I still find it hard to believe that she is gone. Until she had problems with her heart she sang in the choir. In fact she was in the choir since she was a teen. Her soprano voice was so beautiful, and even now I can hear her when we sing some songs, or if I play one hymn in particular where she sang the descant. Kathy had a unique sense of humour and an infectious laugh, and choir practice was a hoot sometimes, with Kathy leading the laughter. She was a sweetheart and a beautiful person, but she was stubborn too. She knew her own mind and there was no changing it. Though she had problems the last few years, and had to stop singing, her death was still a major shock. She was 59 I think. Sad, sad, too sad.

Christmas and New Years were very low key here. The Captain is not into celebrating in any way, shape or form. He has never been, so it is hard to get up any enthusiasm for decorating, or gathering with family. Now that the granddaughters are grown, there is little incentive. I did manage to put up and decorate a table top tree, and Aslan quite enjoyed it.

Of course Aslan 'helped' take the tree down.

My Christmas card this year

Granddaughter Lindsay, singing carols and playing her uke
at the local mall. Her travel group was raising funds for their
trip to Europe in the spring. 

One of Aslan's crazy sleeping positions


So I will end this here
as we enter the new year.
Life goes on,
even if,
it's direction is unclear.
Perhaps that's a good thing.
Now if I can just get these legs
to move forward.
These fingers to move over the keys
to write more posts.
To take me time.
To be thankful for what I have.



Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Oh Deary Me, Weary Me

Here I am, on the 29th of October. The days are flying by. People are beginning to talk about Christmas, and I say, "not yet". There is the whole month of November before us, and an important day, November 11th, Remembrance Day. It is a special day.

I am still wandering around in a fog of no energy. Life is monotonous, each day running into the next. The thing is, I don't mind the monotony, since I have no energy. Too much excitement would probably kill me.

Dawn pretty well has the orchard wrapped up for the winter, except for odds and ends. The freeze did its damage, and crop yield on some varieties was down or non existent.

Okay, so now it is the 30th. Had to make a quick trip to the store for Halloween candy. I probably won't get many children, so of course I bought chocolate bars that the Captain and I would eat.

Two weeks ago, my washer quit, and a new one purchased. Then, my laptop decided it didn't want to open for me. Took it to the shop, and it was the hard drive....thus a new laptop purchased. Of course, everything is different on this one, and I'm just getting used to it. I also lost my email contacts.

Can you believe it is November 12th......... I really need to get ahold of myself, and move forward with something. Every day I tell myself that it would help if I wrote because I have to let loose instead of keeping everything in my poor old head. At this point, I move to begin writing and end up just staring out the window.

I do have something of consequence to write today. Granddaughter #1 has left on a great adventure with members of her university class and their professor. The have gone to The Gambia, and had a very special Remembrance Day service, where they laid poppies on the graves of Canadian Airmen who had died there during the 2nd World War. One of the men was actually from Nova Scotia. The students had researched information about these men, so the occasion was very meaningful. She has eight more days there, doing some work for their course.

13th - uh huh, another day....and it is snowing. Of course this really improves my mood, with the overcast sky. The snow isn't sticking, but it is a sign of things to come. It is supposed to get very cold toward the end of the week.

Aslan having a nap on my lap

Aslan getting in my way as I attempt to finish Christmas Card

He found a new place to nap

One of his weird positions (not unusual)


So it is now the 14th of November and I am going to finish this off
and post it.
I have a visual fields test this afternoon and my Christmas Card is ready
at the printers. 
The Captain is not doing that well, and is a constant worry.

Ah well. Such is life on the mountain.
The wind is bitter cold today.
I am  not looking forward to going out.


Saturday, September 15, 2018

Endings and Beginnings

Though summer doesn't end until September 22nd,  it always feels that summer is over when ads start promoting back to school sales. The weeks have passed, and I really have had no inclination to write.  I have no idea why, but perhaps it's because my thoughts have been running in all directions.

This summer has been strange with regards to our weather. A big freeze hit the orchards and vegetable fields, along with  blueberries and grapes in early summer, and recently the days have been extremely hot with high humidity, though it is not as bad as a few weeks ago. The air conditioner has been working overtime most days.  We have also had rain that fell so fast it flooded the streets in a town close to us.

Summer was for the most part uneventful. Days ran into weeks and before I knew it, September loomed large. Today, #1 Granddaughter began her last year of University, and #2 Granddaughter began her last year of High School. Amazing. Both had spent their summer working hard, one as a camp assistant cook, and the other a day camp leader. I am a little sad that they are growing older, but am also very proud of who they are becoming.

There were no trips to the camp this summer. The Captain is finding it harder and harder to walk, and would not have been able to stay overnight. A friend of his is planning to take him to the camp for a day. I could have taken him, but was concerned that if something happened to him and I was alone, it probably wouldn't have been good.

I was fortunate enough to get out to Ironwood Farm a couple of times. I guess that is the only thing I did this summer. I can only go for a few hours, having to be home for supper or at least bring supper home as take out.

I have spent a lot of hours needle felting, and acquired quite a few of the little 'critters' as I call them. Some of them have gone to a nursery school, and some I gave away. I even sold two bears. I was amazed at the price of felted creatures crafters were asking on line, on Etsy. That's not for me though. Totally out of my league.....I needle felt because it lets me go away to a world of fleece, poked fingers, and creative thoughts. It's good for my mental health, I think.







I am finally going to post this, because I have been working on this for days, a little bit at a time. I am having a little difficulty getting used to the new med and the side effects are bothering me a bit. I hope they gradually go away.

Cheers everyone. Be back soon (perhaps).



Tuesday, May 29, 2018

And so it is May, past the middle of May, and I don't know how I got here. The days roll by and all of a sudden I realize how many have past. I look back, and wonder what, if anything I have accomplished.
I have spent some time finishing a painting and sending it off to a friend, and I have made some felt critters for some friends at a coffee shop. I've also done a few abstracts, but that is about all.
Weariness is my constant companion, and after a visit with the doctor, and a change in meds, I am not sure how I am feeling. I am half way through stopping one and beginning another and trying to decide if it is making any difference yet. Blood tests and an x ray also added to my itinerary, and another Dr. appointment in a week. If wishing could make me energetic and strong I would be jumping up and down, getting out to weed and clean out my garden, such as it is, and get a wrought iron pole for my bird feeder. I fear my friendly birds have felt abandoned, since I haven't put food out for them in weeks. A couple of raccoons were raiding the feeder so I decided to stop.
My daughter is busy in the orchard now as Spring had bought decent weather most days. Blossoms on the early varieties are ready to come out. I must get over and take a walk through the orchard, since she has also planted new trees. That will happen, if and when I ever get that strength and desire to move.
 I hadn't realized how depression can sneak up on you and take over without you realizing it. I have had no desire to eat for months, and told the doctor that I didn't care if I ate or not. Along with other symptoms, it seems that though I thought I was doing okay the old depression was having its way with me. Hopefully the switch in medication will work. I didn't realize my not caring attitude was affecting my health and causing my girls concern. Now I must do my best to set their minds at ease.

Here are a few photos of the work I have done, and perhaps I will throw in a few of Aslan, who does his best to keep me from working on my projects, bless his little feline heart.










This post has sat for days, so I will publish it today as it is now the 29th of May. 
Ahhhhh.....someday perhaps I will get things done in a proper manner. .......