winter 2016

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

tulips and teacups

I love tulips!  Especially in the winter months when we're snowed under in a world of white outside and no sign of spring on the horizon.  They can certainly brighten up the house and bring a lot of cheer.  This is my second bunch of tulips and so far I've been making them last a full week and up to 10 days each time I've bought them. 

The teacup is Royal Albert's American Beauty.  The vintage post card is from 1911.

The snow from last Friday's storm left some interesting drifting in the front yard.  I edited the photo to show the textures.

Murray snowplowing the driveway on Saturday morning and ruining the pretty snow.  We got 20 cm. with that storm.

We had another 10 cm. last night as well and it snow-squalled all day today.  Winter is settling in it seems.

This is bouquet # 3 in yellow.  

This teacup is by Johnson Bros.

I'm hoping to buy a mixed bouquet this week for.  Unless the Mister buys me something else for Valentine's Day.  Haha.
We'll see.

We went to a pancake supper today for Shrove Tuesday.  Will you be eating pancakes today or perhaps in the next week?  I like them with real maple syrup on them and sometimes I get fancy with strawberries or blueberries and whipped topping.  :)

Well, I hope you are having a good week so far.  Thanks for visiting and I hope to be back with another post later in the week.


Thursday, February 4, 2016

red sky in the morning

Wednesday morning's sunrise....sailors take warning.

I was dressed so I grabbed the camera and ran outside to capture the sunrise.  

Before the light went out of the sky it shed its glow over the clouds even further.  Spectacular!

It snowed all day long from 10 until about 7:30 then changed to freezing rain before changing to rain as the temperature crept up overnight.

At the height of the storm yesterday afternoon.

I didn't go outside to take these pics.  :-)

I'm longing to spend some time out here in the warm sunshine.  
We only got about 8cm. of snow and this morning we woke up to fog and rain with a temperature of 9c.

Our view this morning.

Remember our snowmen?  They couldn't stand the heat.  Haha. This is how they looked on Monday.  They didn't even last 24 hours.  Today there is just a small lump left of the one on the left side. 

Not much going on here.  I'm still working at the puzzle and have reached the most difficult stage of finding pieces which are so much alike in colour that it's very frustrating.  I'm guessing it's 2/3 done.  I'll post a photo when I've completed it.  

Are any of you sports fans?  Will you be watching the Super Bowl this weekend and eating lots of 'super bowl' food with family and friends?  Have you noticed that magazines, TV shows and grocery store flyers talk about all these special dishes one can make to eat while watching the game on TV?  And there's not much that is 'healthy eating' going on either!  All I can think of is all the fat and sodium in it.  LOL  I guess for one day a person can go all out and have fun.  Maybe we live a boring life and need to have more fun!! 
I hope you all enjoy it and that your team wins.   

Have a great day and thanks for visiting.


Monday, February 1, 2016

the last day of January

Sunday afternoon I heard them.  That familiar sound of a motor, and I knew it wasn't a snowblower, so I grabbed my camera and ran out on the back deck.  These paraglider (?) fly over us every now and then and I love to watch them.  I only got one decent photo before they were out of range.  (there are 2 in the photo)  The last day of January was a lovely calm and mild day.  We went to church in the morning, came home for brunch then decided to 'play' in the backyard.  :)

Hi everyone.  It's a new day, a new week and a new month too.  Happy February to you!  I hope you all had a good weekend.

We got about 5 cm. of wet snow overnight on Saturday.  Perfect pack snow for building a snowman or two.  I built the little one first then I helped Murray build the big one which is 4 feet tall.  I expect as the temperature rises today to +7C that they will be shrinking a lot.

A wee little snowman on the deck railing. {it's melting fast!}

Here we are in February.  Tomorrow is Groundhog Day in North America and it's to be sunny and cold here in New Brunswick which means Mr. Groundhog will definitely see his shadow and we will have 6 more weeks of winter weather.....which we'd have anyway and usually it's 8 more weeks.....typical for us in the northeast.

I found these daffodil sprouts poking through yesterday!!  I've seen them in February before but not January.  And is that dandelion leaves?  An early spring?  

We welcome February because we are one month closer to spring even though there will be more cold and snowy weather, and.... maybe we'll get out on the snowmobile as Murray has only been out once for a quick run {we need more snow}.   Plus, I'd like to get out snowshoeing more too.  What are you doing to enjoy and embrace winter?

 Have a great week ahead!

P. S.  It is 9 degrees Celsius at noon hour as I hit 'publish'!  


Friday, January 29, 2016

a little redecorating

It's almost the end of January already.  Where did that month go??  In a couple weeks we'll be celebrating Valentine's Day and I thought it was time to do a little redecorating and put away the frosty snowy theme I've had out since the middle of November.  January has been kind to us weather-wise and the past week has been unseasonably mild so a fresh look was in order for the dining room hutch.  I blog at the dining table and when I look up this is what I see, so, you can see why I enjoy changing up this area often.  I like something pleasing to look at when I look up.  :)    

I added some pops of aqua with the white to give the hutch a fresh look for the season that can carry into spring too.  The aqua teapot was a gift from my husband for Christmas.  It's from David's Tea and has an infuser inside it for loose tea.  It has gotten a lot of use this month.  I love the aqua colour and stars on it which has a vintage look, I think.  The aqua plate is one of 5 that we found in the 'attic'.  It has no markings but looks like Fiesta Ware or Medicine Hat Pottery from Alberta.  

A mix of old and new.


A deer this morning with a hoar frost on the grasses and trees - sure sign of a warm up.


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Thanks for visiting.  Take care and I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.


Friday, January 22, 2016

it is very puzzling indeed

Yes it is ~ puzzling and challenging!  I bought myself this puzzle to occupy my hours during this cold month of January.  However, I think I will still be putting the pieces together in February.  All 1000 pieces!!  I have it on a card table in the dining room as we use our dining table daily.

It took me hours to do the outside edge.  Well, maybe not hours, but it sure seemed like it.  I finally had it all together, measured all 4 sides and found one side was an inch shorter.  I had all the straight edges on the table connected together but something was amiss.  I examined it carefully and found the 'missing piece' on the left side (hey, it fit!) and found where it should be along the bottom edge.  That part was done and surely the rest would be easy.  
Hahahahahahahaha!!!  Who am I fooling.

Tip:  Use your dining room table space to lay out the pieces and don't fish from the box!  I finally figured this out 2 days ago.  We still have room to eat.

These pieces represent parts of a tree with tiny coloured lights going up the trunk.  They have been in this position for 2 weeks as I can't figure it out.  I don't have the patience to do puzzles.  I want it done now.  Also, my fingers and thumbs are not as nimble as they used to be and even picking up pieces to try them in spots is quite frustrating.  Maybe this is all good exercise for me - my fingers and my brain.  Do you think?

This is the picture.  See the tree on the right?  And all those pretty clouds?  and all the bluish white snow?  And the people?  And the train station windows?  When you get all the pieces laid out it becomes very overwhelming.  I have sorted them out by colours  which helps.  I've found faces and legs and parts of the train and wreaths, and the dog.  I found the Lionelville sign and the words on the train...they were easy.  So was the signature of Thomas Kinkade in the bottom right corner.  The 4 boys in the foreground have been challenging.  

 Here was my progress on Jan. 19.  I missed a few days.  Some days I'd make the effort to find one piece and place it....which sometimes led to a few more pieces.  

Look at this!  I spent some time on Wednesday evening then again last evening (until 12:30 am!! waiting for Murray to get home from a business trip) and made some huge progress.  I'm still looking for the top of the heads for green shirt boy and red shirt boy.  Blue boy is missing his body and head but it's coming.

I haven't done a puzzle in years so this is a great accomplishment for me.  I see my friend Vee is doing a puzzle too and I'm sure there  are more puzzle-doers out there this winter.  It really is a good pastime and the challenge is excellent for the mind.  Right Vee? 
Are you making a puzzle this winter?  Perhaps you've tackled more than one.   Kudos to you!!  


 The white tulips are still going but I had to throw 3 out as they flopped right over.  Aren't the yellow centres pretty?

I sat the vase on the window sill in front of the snowy outside then changed it to black and white and a bit of HDR.  

Sunrise this morning was so pretty and look where the sun is coming up now.  It was further to the right a couple weeks ago so it is gradually moving left to the east and rising earlier too.

I mentioned in my last post about the deer tracks in our yard and wondered when the deer were visiting in the night.  Last night, with the almost full moon shining on the snow, I noticed a dark shadow under the bird feeders (which are on the clothesline) and it was a deer eating the seed on the ground.  I tried to get a photo but it was too dark and the camera wouldn't focus.  It saw me too, and decided to run to the back lawn so I opened the door and tried to take a picture but still no luck.  You'll have to take my word for it.  

I hope those of you who are in the storm's path today in the eastern US are safe and don't have to be out on the streets and roads.  Up here we stock up on food and 'storm' chips.  You gotta have potato chips to get through a storm.  :-)  There is a potato chip company in New Brunswick called Covered Bridge Potato Chips that makes 'storm' chips..... a large bag of 4 different savoury flavours.  I found some just before Christmas and we ate them one weekend when it wasn't even storming.  Haha.  

Thanks for visiting and your comments on my last post.  Have a great weekend my friends.  Be safe!  And maybe dig out an old puzzle for something to do. 


Monday, January 18, 2016

plodding along through January

Fresh PEI-grown tulips!

Well, we are past the half-way mark in January as it plods along and things are still pretty quiet. I haven't been snow shoeing the past week but I have been getting 'out' in the fresh air as we looked after our grand-dogs on the weekend.  And, I've been shovelling snow from the decks.  ;-)  We had about 2 cm of snow on Saturday from the 'big storm' that was supposed to hit but drifted east and hit Nova Scotia instead.  It is clear sailing for us the rest of this week with no snow in sight - just cold and sunshine.  

A sunrise last week the day after the 38cm. snowstorm.  Love the blue and coral together.

Future firewood.

While at our son's on Sunday we got a fire going in the wood stove to warm the house up for their return from snowmobiling.  

A pretty lane through the old orchard.

The "Wedding Trees" planted nearly 50 years ago by Murray's father and where our daughter and son-in-law were married in 2008.

I caught these three deer on the hill yesterday afternoon.  There are lots of deer tracks in our yard and I noticed yesterday, driving along our road, that every single yard and field had deer tracks through them.  Today I had to stop twice on one road near here to let deer cross.  Murray wondered aloud what time the deer pass through the yard in the night.  I don't always look out if I'm up in the night as it is too cold to roam around the house barefoot in the dark, but it has me curious too.  

What's been happening in your neck of the woods?  Are you snowed under or enjoying balmy temperatures and sunshine?  
Are you glued to Downton Abbey once a week?  I just finished season 4 on Netflix and will have to wait for season 5 then 6 to come out.  

Birds feeding during a snowstorm last week.

I've been bird watching in the backyard all winter.  We have had chickadees, goldfinches, American tree sparrows, blue jays and a red squirrel.  There have been lots of sightings of Snowy Owls along the Northumberland Strait coast recently and I've never ever seen an owl in the wild.  Have you? I did see this one at our son's yesterday.  It is perched on a fence post next to the garden to keep unwanted birds out.    LOL   

I don't think this is a rare owl.  
Do you?

Thanks so much for your visits and comments.  I'm spending less time on here blogging it seems but try to visit here and there when I can.  I hope you all have a beautiful week ahead.  Stay Warm!!


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