Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Salix Discolor Muhl....or....Pussy Willows♥️


      Don't you just love Pussywillows?
      So much more than snow!
      I rooted a branch about 25 years ago...
      Stuck it in the ground at the side of the house...
      And now...it is a mammoth Pussy Willow Tree...
      We have had to trim it several times...as it almost fell over!
      The roots are very shallow on Willows... 

      Unfortunately....now...it is almost impossible to get any thin branches...
      They are way too high!
      But...
      I am going to ask the boyfriend tomorrow...
      To get the trusty ladder out...and just see... 
      If I can snip a few...
      For my front step planter...wish me luck!!

      I captured these photos...while raking in the backyard...
      I did not even know they were blooming!!!
      SO...
      I zoomed in...
      And got a few good shots...

      See the tiny rain drops?
      I think these are very beautiful...
      And I even like when it "blows"...
      Except... 
      They do make it kinda messy, when they all fall at once!

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  I hope you are all having a great productive day so far...  I have done a wee bit of ironing...changed the sheets...have a few rugs  in the washer...
Going out later...gonna hit the Greenhouse and get some flowers for my table and planter...
Also...a few odds and ends left at the grocery store...don't want to have to go near there after today!!! The crowds get crazy before a holiday...
I hope we can get out to the cottage perhaps on Saturday...hope they change the forecast!

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           SO.........how are your preparations coming along?
                      Turkey or Ham??
                           Hosting or being a guest?
                                How many for dinner?

         Have a great day...

             The sun is shining...cold...but sunny!

               On the menu tonight...

               Pepper steak served over no-yolk noodles...
                 Loaded Spinach Salad...

                         Cheers!  :o)
                          linda



Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Really Mother Nature???


Good Morning!!!
This is what we woke up to in Southern Ontario.... 
Really Mother Nature??
What did we do to totally pi$$ you off??
The storm has actually gotten worse...
The winds are kicking up...and snow blowing sideways!

                                GEESH!!!
 Hope the weather is better where you are...
  

                       Cheers!   :o)
                           linda

ps......be back later with a cheerier post!
 








Monday, 14 April 2014

Kudos To The Kalanchoe....Remember This Wee Guy??


         I have shown you this guy before...
         I have waited for a few weeks...
         And lo and behold...
                             Yesterday...
         He showed me his true colors...
         What a beautiful deep rose colour he is...
                              Well worth the wait!

         And then....I spied another guy...bloomin' in the other room...
        He is from Thanksgiving...a trio of Kalanchoe in one pot...
        This lovely orange one has started to re-bloom...
        Patience pays off...especially with Kalanchoe...
        They will bloom...if you wait!


        Hope you all had a great weekend...
        Crazy weather eh???
        Today is dark,damp,humid,windy and has just started to rain...
        The wind gusts are unbelievable...20*c...dropping to 0*c overnite!!!
                      And...guess what...SNOW for tomorrow!
         
                               Hold on Spring...  

                   We are still waiting for you...we are being patient!!

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             On the menu this windy muggy Monday...

                   Seared Tuna steaks...with a balsamic glaze...
                               asparagus...fries...Tomato salad..
                           (can never get too many tomatoes,eh?)

                Enjoy the rest of your day...
                    Getting my table ready for Friday dinner...  
                       Turkey and all the fixins'...
                              &...
                          All my kiddies♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️


                               Cheers!   :o)
                                linda  
 

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Hello There Handsome........

Yesterday when we were out doing some yardwork...this wee guy was flitting about the back yard. Taking sunflower seeds from the feeders, and going to the maple tree...and hammering the life out of them! Not sure if he was actually leaving the seed there....or breaking the shell, and eating the seed.
Somebody else was watching as well...

Always lurking...getting closer...

That is why Mr Downy headed up into the branches...
To get away from the infamous Red...who was already to jump up...
And...I think...grab whatever the woodpecker had been working on! 
Oh well......
Another day with Red...
Never a dull moment!! 


Hope you are all having a great day...
Lovely and warm here....but cloudy...
Lots of rivers overflowing their banks here in Ontario...
Hope you are all safe from that...

Enjoy the rest of your day....

On the menu tonight...
           Crispy baked pork chops...baked potatoes...brocolli
              Sliced tomatoes with Goats cheese and avacado...


                                     Cheers!  :o)
                             linda

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Why The Sleepover Was Postponed.......


 It seemed like a great idea....at the time...

Once we got there...we knew...no way!!!

It was very cold inside the cottage...

I guess 'cause the ground is still pretty frozen...

The cold seeps in from the basement...

The bedrooms were warmer...as they are on the second floor...

The sun shines in, and warms them up...

The kitchen and living room were pretty darn chilly...so...

We worked around the snow....got some much needed raking done...

Sat on the beach deck for a while...watched the Seagulls...

We put up one of the Summer screens on the sunporch, so the sun would get in there...and perhaps warm up the kitchen which is directly behind...

Next weeks weather is dipping down again...so...we'll have to wait...

A few more weeks...***sigh***...so worth the wait tho", eh?

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So...I fed the birds....swept....raked...filled the truck with laundry!!!

We ate our chili at home...and pretended we were at the cottage...

Only difference....we were warm, here!

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Hope you are all having a great day!

Did some more yard work here today...snow finally gone!

On the menu tonight...

       Spaghetti and meat sauce...rosemary bread...greek salad

Enjoy your evening....

            Cheers! :o)
              linda