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February 19, 2017

Snow Surprise.

We went to bed last night with mud all
around our landscape. Rain lightly fell.

But look what we woke up to this morning!
Yup, snow. It was almost all gone with our
very warm, sunny days. At some point
overnight though, winter came back ....

Emerging Art.

Now that the final coat of paint has
been added to our walls for most of
the house, we're slowly hanging our
art. I was so excited to find this tiny
vintage floral picture for our music
room. It fits really nicely with the
vintage lamp on our Victrola. We
are having so much fun decorating
our new home. It's been a very long
journey but so worth the big wait.

February 15, 2017

Our Valentine's.

A busy day with classes and commitments.
But we still managed to share gifts and love.

And sweet sugar cookies, decorated with
icing and sprinkles. The best kind of day.

Festive Statement.

My course is being held in a historic
building that was a grain mill years
ago. I love how the centre is now full
of unique businesses with an eclectic
feel to the space. The decorating is
incredible and this box of greens and
candles is one of my favorite. On the
coffee table in front of the fireplace, it
takes up a good chunk of space but it
does make a lovely festive statement.


I'm taking a fascinating course right now.
On Tuesday, in our notes was this great
quote from our instructor. After this past
difficult year, I'm thankful for a timely
offer of new education and the wisdom of
a very talented facilitator and mentor. A
true gift in the midst of adversity that
has been part of my every day life all year.

New Grandbaby.

That growl is quite sweet! Meet Ben Solo,
our latest and greatest grandbaby. Just 2
 months old, he is fierce and very sweet, all
wrapped up in a tiny body. Cuddly and cute.

February 13, 2017

Re Purposing.

We've had a lot of fun over the last few years hunting for treasures to fill our new house. Some have been absolutely perfect and some have needed some "tweaking" to make them perfect. And some have come to us as donations from others. We have an old radio just like the one above, without the interior components. When it was given to us, my first thought was to turn it in to a book case. My dh's first thought was to chop it in to firewood! He collects old radios but had no interest in one that didn't have the "guts" inside. But guess who won? Yup, I did. And then when we were out shopping one afternoon, we stopped in at the Antique Mall and look what we came across .... this very lovely re purposed old radio unit, chalk painted a soft white. I love the look and hope we can make this work. Now he's all interested in seeing what we can do with the "freebie" we received. A new project to work on together, now that we're both on the same page. 

Have you been gifted furniture that you've re purposed?
Would you paint over an old piece of furniture?

February 12, 2017

Making Sense.

Dear friends. I'm trying, trying so very hard to make sense of all that has happened since January 20th. But the craziness of the last few weeks is starting to wear on all of us and I can't sleep. Eating is far from my thoughts. And relaxing? Out of the question. Key on my mind is why anyone thought that the individual in power (I won't even attempt to place his name on my blog) would be a great leader. I realize that the other options weren't top notch either but really?? Really?? What were those who voted for him thinking? I wish I could meet someone who did vote for him, someone who could clearly explain to me the thought process that went in to placing an X beside his name. I wish I could meet someone who could share their joy and satisfaction in knowing they can sleep at night because their vote was, in their eyes, successful. I wish I could meet someone who can eat without feeling sick and relax, content in the leadership in place. It just doesn't make sense to me ....

There are protests around the world. And yet, I have not seen one "rally" showcasing how excited voters are now that their choice is in power. Is anyone wishing they had voted the other way? Is anyone ashamed of their choice? Or heartbroken now that the true picture is being revealed? Is there anyone out there who regrets placing their X in the box? I can't imagine what that must feel like, just like I can't imagine what it feels like for anyone who was truly enamored and is so giddy with pride now. It boggles my mind and daily, I try to make sense of it all.

The only thing that I can see that has come out of all of this mess, this chaos, this uncertainty, is the power of the people pulling together. Even in my country, far north of the political dissention, has stepped up to show our support. Solidarity reigns and in the end, will win. Maybe it will be the best thing of all, even only the end result could be an impeachment so he can't go further with his plans for destruction in his quest for ultimate power.

Dear friends, in all of this, I am filled with pride that the world has spoken, the people have not backed down, that protests have been, for the most part, peaceful, that each baby step has purpose and that we are all in this together. Even though we don't live in the U.S., we can and will be greatly affected by this one individual's actions, as will all of our vast world. We need to continue to pick up our placards, craft our words, wear our pink hats and march for each other and those who will come after we are all dust in the wind. This is critical and history making. The only hope we have now is that this solidarity will overcome the monster that lurks and plans. Stay strong my friends, for you are important, you matter, we care and we will not let him win! 

Stepping down from my soap box. Wishing you a beautiful Sunday, with blessings for a sunny day, an appetite to replenish body and soul, and a good night's sleep to begin our week once again. 

X Chy