November 20, 2017
We all had this past week off from school and
work. Our original plans went sideways ....
.... but that's a long post for another day. We ended
up taking a few days off from the chaos to have fun.
Christmas shopping and yummy lunch with our
girls. It was so good to have a break and laugh.
November 17, 2017
As pretty as the snow is right now, I
much prefer a greener landscape.
In the Spring, we're going to start
to plant some cedars and firs so that
there will be green all year long,
once the leaves fall from the trees.
Our little garden bench, looking lost
and forlorn in the bitter cold wind.
Our perennials are now buried deep
beneath a white blanket until Spring.
And our tiny little teeter totters are still
happily "playing" away despite the cold.
Is there snow in your region?
Do you miss your garden like me?
November 11, 2017
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October 31, 2017
Our little guy in his Baby Groot costume
for Halloween 2017. He had a great time
and ended up with quite a bit of candy.
We both had fun taking him out and loved
having our neighbors come down the lane
to our sweet little cottage for treats from us.
When we were building our new home, we
realized that the space under the stairs was
going to be totally a wasted space. So we
designed a desk alcove so that we had one
more spot to write and keep life organized.
I think this turned out pretty good, don't you?
I have two contracts with the two charities I
work for. One is full time and one is part time.
I often have to literally lay out my files and work
in order to keep it all straight. This was just
before we were off for our event. I wanted to
make sure my work was done before we left
so I could truly enjoy the evening. And that's
what this was all about in this picture that day.
We recently hosted a fundraising event for
our theatre production set for next August.
It was a great night, with yummy treats (see
above), music, a authentic screening of the
Twilight Zone and a dance part way though.
We made money, but more importantly, we
raised awareness of our production and since
then, more donations and offers have come in.
Worth the planning, the meetings, the big
discussions and all the sweat equity that night.
Our beautiful landscape when the sun
is shining on the freshly fallen snow.
A blue sky with few clouds and bright
sun to warm the Earth. Incredible shot.
Wishing the snow would be just this
amount for the entire Winter season.
But we know that soon it will be in abundance
and we'll somehow find ways to survive it all.
On Saturday mornings, grieving kids in our
community gather together to explore their grief.
Their loved ones have died at different ages and
for many different reasons. Such sad stories.
But these kids are heros, as they struggle to figure
out what grief is, with our guidance and our love.
We use art and music and other creative modalities to
help them on their personal and unique journeys. I'm
honored to be present to these brave and courageous
kids and their families. Inspiring and deep work.
It's a long story for another day but
we finally got our freezer today.
It's got a really neat wrap on it which
truly beats a white shell. We will have
this set up in our garage and we didn't
want it to get all marked up and dirty
from being in a place that tends to
attract dust and dirt. Great choice.
I went to the Oil Kings hockey game
with dh the other night. It was so windy.
Safe inside our new arena, we cheered
on our junior team, even though they
lost the game. Their new jerseys are
green, black and white, so the arena
was bathed in green. It was a fun night
and I hope when I go again, they win.
I love when we can light candles for
many different reasons, especially for
holidays and celebrations like this one
we call Halloween. A bit spooky ....
.... and truly comforting at the same time.
Our Fall shelf on the front door mirror.
Another view of this tiny scene. Scary
ghosts, Fall leaves and a Cherished Teddy.
Candles in the foyer to welcome all
the little "Trick or Treaters" tonight.
Candles on the piano in the dining room
to greet our guests as they arrive and climb
the steps to the front veranda. I love how
they flicker and dance through the windows.
At one of the boot sales at the Antique
Mall this past Summer, we picked up
a handful of cross stitched linens that
I've started to turn into creative art.
This one says "Trick or Treat" and I
found the best little frame in my stash.
Hard to see in the candle light so I'll
take a picture of it later in the day light.
The snow arrived today, along with
some dense fog and very wet rain.
A perfect day to bake. A couple of
bananas were turning dark brown ....
.... so into the mixer went all the ingredients
to make scrumptious chocolate banana bread.
Pictures to follow ....
I truly was not one of those moms who couldn't wait for her kids to grow up. I cherished being surrounded by my little ones, even on the days that seemed like they would never end when things didn't go as planned. I dreaded the idea of my kids leaving home. And moving on. I feel fortunate we had a larger family, so the leaving took longer and I'm grateful for the extra time we got.
My house is quiet now. We still have two at home and one grand baby as well. Most days and nights, our home is filled with noise and activity. But I do get a glimpse every now and then of what it will be like once everyone is gone. Yesterday was a prime example and today will be more of the same. By 8 a.m. everyone is up and ready to leave the house. Two days every week I have quiet all to myself and the house is still. Some days I love the time I have to do work I have at home, to tackle projects, to write, to dream, to garden, to clean, to fold and to read. Other times, I find it a bit unnerving and end up putting the tv on so there is chatter in the background or music to work by. And in those moments, I'm appreciative of the fact that both daughters who reside with us won't be leaving any time soon. The quiet is lovely but only in little bits. I still need life and activity around me to be truly happy. I may be an introvert but I still need my noise and my people around me. Do you need yours too?