red and white Christmas

Friday, November 21, 2014

just an observation

November 19, 2014 ~ sunlight dancing off the prism onto the wall.

January 21, 2013 ~ sunlight dancing off the prism onto the wall

January 10, 2014

I pull the living room blind at night for privacy plus the sun shines in there in the mornings for most of the year.....until about the 22nd of November.  When I see the light from the prism....hanging off the candelabra....splashing on the wall in November....I know that the sun won't be shining into the window again until January.  We have about 8 weeks or so of no sun shining in the living room as the sun gets closer to the equator for the shortest day of the year around December 21....the first day of winter.

I had to stand to the left of the window to look at the sunrise this morning.
Then I went out on the back deck and took a photo.

Sunrise from the deck ~ November 21, 2014

Just a silly observation I made.  The long days of the winter equinox are upon us.  I happened to capture the sun shining on the prism in January the past two years but this is the first time I have captured this in November (top photo).  A silly notion but it fascinates me.  I'm certainly not looking forward to winter but when mid January comes around we start to see the lengthening of the days again and there is a light at the end of the tunnel.  Only 2 months to go!

Okay.  Am I crazy to notice these things?  Do you notice them too?  Please say you do.  :-}

And it has nothing to do with the fact that I have Vertigo right now.  Speaking of which....I am seeing my physiotherapist who is trained in doing the  Epley Maneuver on Monday morning.   You can click on the link and read how this is done should you be interested or there are also YouTube videos you can watch.  Should be interesting!!  Hopefully it doesn't make me sick.  I'll let you know how it goes.

I hope you have a great weekend.  Are you going to observe the sunrise and note the changes in it? Let me know if you do.  :)


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

a parcel in the mail

Johanna, of the beautiful blog ~ Silber und Rosen or Silver and Rose ~ writes from Germany.  I have followed her blog for a couple of years and always enjoy her beautiful tea posts with her pretty china and lovely tea time goodies all beautifully presented with flowers or candles and her special touches.

At the end of October Johanna had a drawing for a lovely gift of a candle and package of serviettes.  My name was one of the ones drawn!  I was pretty excited.  We could choose the colour of candle and also the style of serviettes that we preferred.  Since Christmas and winter are coming I chose the white candle and the sweet napkins with the robin sitting in a heart wreath of holly and berries, which are so sweet.

When Murray brought in the mail yesterday I was delighted to receive a parcel with my name on it.  When I saw the return address I knew what it was.  I was amazed that this parcel came all the way from Germany in just over 2 weeks!  Sometimes the mail takes a lot longer than that and I really thought I wouldn't receive this gift until about Christmas time.   Johanna added a sweet pink bow with 2 ornaments attached - a star and a heart - to the gift, as well as a lovely note card of the photo of the vignette she used in her blog for the drawing.  Thank you so much Johanna.  I love it!

Johanna has an on line shop where she sells many beautiful things.  It is in German but you can order through her.  {click on the link}

I decided to share a tea time setting with this pretty candle and the serviettes and added one of my new Christmas mugs from Johnson Bros. that I purchased at HomeSense recently.  My treat is a couple of chocolate digestive cookies.  

Have you started your Christmas decorating?  I have been doing a bit here and there.  I managed to 'acquire' a case of Vertigo last Thursday.  Yep.  "I'm dizzy, my head is spinning.  Like a whirlpool, it never ends".  Oh my.  It's not fun at all.  I have to be so careful with every move I make  ~ standing, sitting, lying down or getting up, leaning my head forward, backward and sideways.  Have you ever had Vertigo?  So my decorating is going very slowly because of this dizziness.  I may go and have the 'manoeuvre' done by my physiotherapist as I hear it will actually make it stop or it won't.  And I may vomit in the process.  Yikes.  Doesn't sound very pleasant does it?  Has anyone had that done.  My GP gave me a prescription that might help but recommended I try the thing with the physiotherapist first.  I'll let you know how that goes, if I don't chicken out!

There's another beautiful sunset tonight (no photo).  It's zero Celsius and very windy.  Brr.  The snow we got yesterday has almost all melted again.  I hear Buffalo NY got a ton of snow!  I feel sorry for them.

Have a great evening and stay cozy and safe.



Sunday, November 16, 2014

criss crossing the sky

Criss Cross # 1 ~ November 8

Criss Cross #2 ~ November 10

Jet contrails and a few clouds make for interesting and beautiful sunsets.  
The back of our house faces west so I'm always watching, the skies especially at sunset, to see what will happen.  I captured these sunsets 2 days apart while preparing dinner as the sun sets about 5:20 these days.  

This one was taken November 15, 2013.

One of my favourites.  ~ November 15, 2013

Keep your eyes on the skies for some glorious sunsets.   They happen all year around.  


We had a dusting of snow on Friday morning that melted by noon.  It looked so pretty on the trees and little puff balls lay on the branches and dead blooms.  I didn't get outside to take photos but got a couple through the window.

One of my containers all dressed for winter.

Not quite a winter wonderland but still pretty.

I hope you have a great week ahead.



Thursday, November 13, 2014

good fences #38

I've shared this gate and the fence down the lane several times over the years but I just love it so.  The gate is really over grown now.  One used to be able to see the rest of it on the left but it's buried with weeds now.  These photos were taken on October 31.  There is still lots of beauty to be found here this late in the season, before the snow comes and stays.

An old cedar rail fence runs down the fence row dividing the two fields of this farm.  It's covered with moss and lichen and the trees and bushes have grown up next to it and through it in some spots.

I am going to link with Theresa's Good Fences today.  It's an interesting meme with lots of participants from around the world.  Join us if you can.

Have a great day!  {it's sunny and +1C here}


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

let's talk about the weather

October 31

It's November so let's talk about the weather.
It's what we do a lot about here in the Maritimes.  Do you?  Often after one greets another with.... 
"Hi, How are you?".... we will say.... "It sure is chilly today.".... or "It's so hot!.... or "Nice day out there eh?"  You know the drill.  It's what we talk about with friends....and strangers.... in the checkout at the grocery store.   November gives us all types of weather to talk about.

We had our first snowstorm on November 2.  About 10 cm. of snow and ice pellets along with a wicked wind transformed the world around us.

The back deck on November 3.  

We're still trying to figure out how to remove the winter snow off this huge deck.  We normally would have shovelled the snow off the old deck, which was a third of the size at 10 x 12 feet.  We've talked about buying one of those 'miniature' snowblowers.  The ice pellets that fell left a hard crust and that's not easy to remove with a shovel or snowblower!  And.  See those hemlock trees?  Well, when the sun is so low in the sky during most of the day these trees shade the pergola part of the deck which will take even longer to melt.  I suggested we might wrap the whole pergola in plastic for the winter.   What do you think?  

The snow brought out the robins.  A flock gathered anywhere the snow had melted under trees looking for something to eat.  I haven't seen them since that day so I guess they have moved on.

We had heavy rain last Friday then cold and cloudy on Saturday.  The snow melted down gradually leaving just piles where the ploughs pushed it back in parking lots.

Yesterday, November 11, was Remembrance Day.  We went to the cenotaph at the park nearby for the service.  It was a typical November day - cloudy and cool with an east wind off the water.  By afternoon though, the clouds moved out and the sun shone bringing the temperature up to 10C.  It gave us a chance to finish up our yard and garden work for fall.  We could hear the farmer up the road harvesting the last of his soybean crop as the huge harvester drove back and forth across the land.   I cut greens and red dogwood sticks to add to the milk can by the front door and to make up a couple of containers for the decks.  We put up some Christmas lights but have more to do.  As Murray said "It's not cold enough to do that."  {in other words we'll wait for a finger freezing day to do it}  :-)
We've had our first snow and our Indian summer.  Now we are ready for whatever may come.

November 11 - sunny and warm - a gorgeous afternoon!

The pumpkin has been tossed into the garden for the birds and deer to enjoy.

It's foggy here this morning and will be quite mild with a few showers then the cold will move in for a few days.  I know the west and even the south into the US have had extreme cold and snow already.  
It's coming.  

How's the weather where you are today?

Have a good day no matter what.

Be blessed.


Sunday, November 9, 2014


The lane in autumn.  October 31, 2014

A gnarly old apple tree.

The good-byes have been said and now we are left to carry on.  
Thank you so much for all your kind expressions of sympathy at the passing of my brother last week.  It's been a difficult week for us all but we have that eternal and blessed hope of seeing him again.

Following the beautiful and emotional service and reception on Friday, we drove the country highway then along the narrow lane to the rural cemetery for his final resting place.  It's a place I will never forget.  It was pouring rain and cold but the lingering rusty leaves on the oak trees surrounding the old cemetery and littering the ground gave the spot a warm glow on the dreary day. We stood under big umbrellas and our tears flowed as the rain fell.  Oh how we'll miss him.   

"For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us."  Romans 8:18

Again, thank you and God bless you.


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

beyond the sunset

Sunset after the storm ~  Monday, November 3, 2014  

Beyond the Sunset
Beyond the sunset, O blissful morning,
When with our Saviour heaven is begun,
Earth's toiling ended, O glorious dawning;
Beyond the sunset, when day is done.

Beyond the sunset O glad reunion,
With our dear loved ones who've gone before;
In that fair home-land we'll know no parting,
Beyond the sunset, for ever more.
 ~ Virgil P Brock

My dear brother left this world for heaven on Monday evening.  
We are deeply saddened but we also rest in the fact that he is with his Lord and Saviour 
and we have that blessed hope that one day we will join him.  

 Thank you for your kind comments, thoughts and prayers in my last post.  I am overwhelmed and I appreciate each one of you.   


Saturday, November 1, 2014

a new month

I went for a little walk Friday afternoon along the road.  The sun came out for a couple of hours this afternoon and I needed to get out to think, breath, reminisce, cry and pray.  It was the last day of October.  I have a lot on my mind.  Remembering my father's passing 45 years ago on the 29th of October.   And now waiting....

 Autumn days do that to me.  Especially late in the season when things are dying.  The season of summer is dying.  The land is laid waste and bare as the trees.

The little brook was flowing fast today with water from the recent rains.

A few apples, berries and leaves cling to the trees.

Goldenrod gone to seed and still rather pretty.

Do you remember this scene?  I've shared it a couple of times lately showing the progression of the landscape.  By Sunday morning it might be white.  Yes, it's calling for s**w.  I doubt we'll get much.  Enough wet snow with rain and cold will be just plain old miserable.  It will be November.  And it won't last.  It will get nice again for a couple more days before real winter weather comes.  

As the seasons change life changes also.  I shared a while back that my brother is battling cancer and now he is nearing the end of his season on earth.  The family is gathered watching, waiting, praying, reminiscing, laughing, crying, and singing worship songs as they say good bye to a loving husband and father. Soon he will be with Jesus and we will celebrate his home going.   My heart is breaking in grief for his dear family.  He's my only brother and just a year and 4 days younger than me.  We were in cribs side by side.   One of my earliest memories is the old metal cribs.  But, I have lots of memories of the wonderful times with my brother and will cherish them forever.   
 Until we meet again. 

John and I ~ June 27, 2014

Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.   They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.  Isaiah 40:31

I may be absent for the next while as I take a bit of a break. 



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