Sunday, 22 April 2018

The Calm Before...During...& After The Storm...














The Storm blew in late Friday April the 13th evening...

It blew and snowed and hailed and ice pelleted and freezing rained us and snowed on us for 3 days!!!!!! 

Monday there was no school, so we got our Miss V for the day!!!

Besides baking, we also made a shell bracelet, and made upcoming birthday cards for her Aunt and Uncle.

She even got to help her Papa try and  move the VERY heavy snow on our court....

She is getting pretty darn good at cracking those eggs! 💛💜💚

 


These are her cupcakes...full of blueberries, chocolate chips and butterscotch chips. We also added 4 bananas to the mix...

My cake is below...enjoyed as always with fresh berries and Greek Yogurt...

She later iced hers and added about 4 inches of sprinkles!!!

They were packed for her to take home to Mommy, to share.

Oh...another bright note during the hideous storm...

Another of my Cactus bloom...lovely bright Fuschia colour...

 



Do you think this Squirrel at the cottage could get right INTO the bird feeder????

Geesh...and the Chickadees and Nuthatch were trying to get in!!

 


On Friday we headed off to the cottage...for our first sleepover, and delivery of new appliances...

All went well...it was still pretty chilly down there, so we got as much done in one day outside as we could.

Saturday am, was very chilly, so we puttered around inside for a while, and then packed up and came home. 

we did have a beautiful fire after dinner on Friday...so I was a happy camper...


On a cuter note...my son sent me this pic of Miss N...

LOOK at those blue eyes!!!!  And the blonde hair!!!   What a dollie!!!

She was 5 months old yesterday...wish we could see her more often...

Her Baptism is coming up in 2 weeks, and I have made her something I think is
 pretty special...I will show you after i give it to Miss N....

 


Hope you are all well...and enjoying this warmer weather...

Raking #2 for yards here at home...they are looking much better...

We are heading back to the cottage in the morning...supposed to be 17*C!!!

Hopefully get some more raking done there...and cut down all the Miscanthus!!

Then on Thursday...Miss V arrives again...sleepover and PD day...YIPPEE!!!


          So....have a great Earth Day...and a fabulous week....

                           See you soon...

                                   Cheers!  :o)

                                       linda ♥️

 

Thursday, 12 April 2018

The Good....Some Not So Bad....And The Downright Ugly....






Here at home, the last of the beautiful Easter Tulips are taking their final curtain call...

I finished the shawl for my daughter while in Florida...and as you can see...she can make anything look beautiful!  ♥️

Got some baking done...delicious sour cream coffee cake sure hits the spot, with a steaming hot cup of tea...and a side order of greek yogurt and berries of the day!

Taco Tuesdays are becoming a regular around here...love these!! Quick and soooo good!!

The Birds have returned to my garden...and I couldn't be happier!

My front planter is still doing great...I plant the potted bulbs right in their pots!!! That way, I can just remove them...let them dry out...and transfer right into my garden! I cut the Pussy Willows off our huge tree at the side of our house. I need a ladder to get the few branches that are low enough. Sometimes they root in the soil...but I have never been successful when I transplant them...

 





This book was a Christmas present from my daughter Lissa.She knows that I LOVE Jann Arden, and follow her on IG...she has a very good sense of humour...and of course, and excellent singer! One of Canada's finest!
The book deals with her aging parents...very sad, and yet very funny too. If that makes any sense....I read it in Florida...I must say, I did shed a few tears...
Her Father passed away...and her Mom is now in a nursing home out West...she shares photos and visits with her Mom on IG...truly a remarkable life she has.

 


Ok......are you ready for the UGLY?????

Just look at the state of our beach at the cottage...after that huge wind storm about a week ago...have you ever seen such a big mess????????????
I guess everyones broken bits and bobs are now on our beach...
Difficult to clean up, as the stones are all wedged in between.... 
UGH!!! This will take us many weekends to clean up...and hopefully burn!! 
2 new big logs....very heavy...oh boy...
And...those dark ominous clouds followed us all the way home!!!

 








We also had SNOW last week...

GEESH....

Come on Mother Naaature...

Make up your mind!!!
It is raining...dark...damp...cold today...

Flashback to a rainy day in my garden last year...

Beautiful Daffodils outside my window...covered in rain drops...

                          I WISH IT WAS WARMER AND SUNNIER!!!!!!!


Hope you are all well...and keeping yourselves busy!!

We will be driving to the cottage on Friday...hoping that some of that junk is gone from the beach...
I am going to be optimistic...
Put the fresh sheets and electric blanket on our bed...
Call the Appliance guy and set up delivery on new fridge and stove for the following Friday...
Plan a sleepover for that night...make chili! hahaha!


    Enjoy your day...

          see you soon...

               Cheers!  :o)

                 linda ♥️

 

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Easter Weekend & Cottage Visit.....





We decided to have our family Easter Dinner on Good Friday...

That way...the weekend is free for other activities...and visiting others... 

I got a few appetizers together, and everyone brought something to add...

My daughter Erika, had given me 5 HUGE bunches of different coloured Tulips!

I had them everywhere...they sure can cheer up a room!!

Miss V had made the Bunnies for Papa and I...and one for her Mom and her Aunts ♥️...

My daughter Lissa brought me a gorgeous potted Hydrangea...

Apparently the blooms change colour! Can't wait to see that!!


Miss V added a few Easter Eggs to my front door display of fresh flowers...

It took me forever to get the Christmas one out!! Frozen solid!!

We want warmer temps!!!



Auntie Lissa brought Miss V a basket of goodies...these cute Bunny Glasses were included!!




Later in the evening...Miss V grabbed me, and we went out to capture the Full Moon...she took pics of it on her Ipad...a girl after her old Nana's heart ♥️




Little Miss N is growing quickly!!

My son took these photos...

Above she is modelling the hat and sweater I made her...

And this is her all dressed up to see her other Nana!! 

She is very shy...

I did not get any good pics of her at all...:o(

But...she sure is a delicate little doll!!







We visited the cottage last Saturday...

Still pretty nipply, but all the ice and snow has gone...

Boyfriend got the water on!!!

YIPPEEEE!!!

Now...if Mother Nature co-operates, we will be sleeping over in no time!

Tulips and Daffodils bursting thru the leaves...

More raking......
 

Chickadees are back...

 
Made a delicious beef stew with the leftover roast beef...

                                    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~




Hope you are all well....and had an enjoyable Easter weekend with your loved ones...

Time seems to be slipping by so quickly these days...SLOW DOWN!!!

I have had my hair cut this am, and plan to sew up a few outdoor cushions this afternoon...

Rain headed our way...LOTS of rain...And WIND...geesh...and maybe some
snow on Friday.....

I need some warmth...who's with me?????

      Enjoy your day...

            See you soon...

                 Cheers!  :o)

                linda ♥️