summer 2016

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

tulips in the snow

Sunrise one morning a couple weeks ago.

It's a storm day here in New Brunswick.  We are getting a nor'easter but this one is bringing snow, ice pellets, freezing rain and rain ~ depending on where you live.  This weather is spawned by the terrible weather in the southern US where there were tornados in Georgia and so many were killed or injured, and so much damage was done.  I can't imagine going through that and my heart goes out to those affected.  

We are still being visited by deer.  This mama and baby were eating the dead grass where the snow had melted.  Last evening at dusk there was a mama and twins in the yard!  We are becoming a popular spot to visit.

We are in the ice pellets/freezing rain area at the moment.  Schools were closed before 7 AM this morning due to the 'impending bad weather' although it didn't really start until after lunch time here.  The salt truck has made a pass by the house already.  I'm grateful that Murray was able to work from home today and didn't have to drive to the city.  


I bought a bouquet of tulips over a week ago at the grocery store.  They are grown in Prince Edward Island and shipped to local stores every winter.  I really enjoy having fresh blooms inside during the winter months.  These were a rich rose and white colour but they faded as they aged.  I did a photoshoot with a few one day in the snow on the deck.


Thanks for your good wishes regarding the cold I've been fighting that I mentioned in my last post.  I'm afraid it finally got me on Saturday afternoon.  We had gone to town to go for a walk on the old train bridge as it was a mild zero Celsius degrees, although cloudy and raw.  By the time I got home I had chills and couldn't get warm and my sinuses stuffed up.  I went to bed early and I stayed in bed until 2 on Sunday afternoon.  I NEVER stay in bed when I'm sick and also NEVER not get dressed for the day but on Sunday I did.  I felt awful - coughing, sneezing and runny nose.  Yesterday I felt a bit better and got some cold meds at the pharmacy which knocked me out for a couple hours in the afternoon....due to lack of sleep the previous night....and today I feel so much better except for a dry cough.   I'll live.  ๐Ÿ˜€

The last of the pretty tulip bouquet deserved a photoshoot too.


I hope you all have a nice week ahead.  I will post some photos of our walk on the train bridge in a couple of days.

Take care my friends.

Pam


Sunday, January 15, 2017

some photos from our yard last week




Incoming.....before the rain and mild temperatures came on Wednesday last week.
I haven't been far to take pictures....these were taken in the backyard....and have only been to town twice last week - on Monday and Thursday.


Lots of crow tracks all over the backyard as they scavenge for birdseed dropped from the feeders.  We have 3 regulars and sometimes they bring friends.


We had 3 days of mild temperatures, two of them were rainy and foggy, so we lost a considerable amount of snow, and what was left froze on Friday night when the temperatures dropped drastically again.

Up to their necks in snow.



Crow tracks are everywhere.

This was a fun find.  A doorknob in the snow to a....hobbit hole??
It's actually attached to our old front door which was leaning against the deck posts and the wind blew it over weeks ago.  It got buried in the snow except for the doorknob.  lol

On Friday morning as the sun was just coming up these three deer made a visit to the yard.  

You can see the ice on the neighbour's driveway and our driveway looks the same, along with pretty well everyone elses!  Murray went to the government garage near us and got some sand to spread on it.  The crows like that.  ๐Ÿ˜œ Apparently, they are like chickens and enjoy eating grit for their gullets.  

We've both been fighting colds since we got home and Murray had a touch of 'something' on Monday night after his first day back to work which kept him home and in bed all day Tuesday.  It struck me on Friday afternoon - chills and the worst aches and pains, along with nausea.  Thankfully I didn't get sick and just rested.  It lasted 24 hours as by late Saturday afternoon I was feeling better.  Have you caught any of the 'bugs' going around this winter?  

We still haven't been out on the snowmobile or snowshoes.  Our snow is crusty and the trails are icy and down to dirt in some spots so we have to wait for the next snowstorm to have a good time enjoying the outdoors.  And there's none in the forecast this week!  Have you been out and enjoying winter?

I hope you have a great week and I thank you for visiting.

Take care.
Pam


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

I'm home again




My favourite tree in our backyard.

Murray had some snow blowing to do.


We are back home from the wild west, back to our quiet house, back to lots of snow, and back to routine.  We had a wonderful vacation visiting our daughter and family and enjoyed our three grandsons who kept things very lively for 11 days.  The quiet here at home is almost deafening.  :) 



This was Boxing Day morning as we had flown out on Christmas morning so got to celebrate a second Christmas with these 3 sweet superhero boys.  The littlest one practically lived in his Captain America costume.  The other two are wearing pj's in this pic.

Superheroes need smoothies to give them strength.  
Captain America, Iron Man and Spider Man.  ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜


On our second night there we went to a park to see the Festival of Lights which was so amazing.  The family went sliding on the hill while I walked and took pictures.  We'd never seen anything like this at home.

Just a small part of the light display.

And this is the sliding hill.  Magical!

One day we walked to a sushi restaurant nearby for supper in the crisp cold air.  Well, Murray, Jennifer and I walked.  The rest went in the truck as it was too cold for the little ones.  The food was so delicious and it was great to get out and enjoy the fresh air.

Another day in the new year Murray and I went to the huge mall.  We love this road that cuts across the prairie farmland north of Calgary.  The views are amazing.

The Rocky Mountains are way off in the distance on the horizon.  

It was a great trip and although the kids were fighting colds and fevers we remained healthy but oh so tired.  It is exhausting being around small children for days when one isn't used to it!!  And, how we miss them!!  They keep us young and active and alert!  Those of you who have grandkids nearby are certainly blessed.  Never take that for granted.  You are such an important part of their lives and they have so much to learn from each of us.  Enjoy them!

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Since we've been home (last Thursday night) we had a bit more snow added to the already 2 plus feet on the ground.  Winter is in full force here and it's been bitterly cold yesterday and today.  There is a warm front coming in tomorrow which will bring the temperatures up above freezing along with rain....not something we like in winter as it just adds to the mess, but is common....our January thaw.  


I took these next photos on Sunday morning on the drive to church with my cell phone through the window.  We'd had a fresh few inches of snow the night before and it was still snowing lightly.  







I hope to get out snowshoeing soon and maybe even on the snowmobile with Murray (when it gets repaired) and take some photos out in nature.  

Have a great week and thank you for visiting!!

Blessings,
Pam



Saturday, December 31, 2016

HAPPY NEW YEAR!





Happy New Year Friends!

We are still on vacation in Calgary with our daughter, son-in-law and grandkids and had the privilege of visiting the Festival of Lights the other night.  This was at a park in Calgary and the lights were amazing.  Everyone had a blast sliding on the hill while I walked around and enjoyed all the lights and Christmas music playing.  

Since Canada is celebrating it's 150th birthday on July 1 there will be lots of special events to mark the occasion throughout the year all across our beautiful country.  The maple leaf symbol in the photo was adopted in 1967 when Canada celebrated it's 100th birthday and each triangle represents a province or territory.  And of course the maple leaf is our flag symbol known around the world.

I wish each of you a very blessed year ahead full of good health, peace, hope and prosperity.  God bless you!

I'll be back in a while.  Take care.

Pam



Friday, December 16, 2016

it's almost Christmas




Only nine more sleeps until Christmas day.  How this month has flown by!  Are you ready?  I'm not.  But that's okay.  It will all come together by the 24th.  Right?

We are under the polar vortex today as is most of the continent and it's bitterly cold!  At least the sun is shining.  But, that wind!!  How it blows and roars from the north.  

I looked out the window one morning last week and there were 6 deer grazing on the trees right in our backyard.  I captured these two as they left.  So beautiful.  We have never had deer in our yard as much as this winter and in the daytime as well as night.  Their tracks are all over the yard.

A beautiful sunrise the other morning.  

The 'little brown shack' out back.  

We ran an errand downtown last Saturday afternoon just as the sun had gone down and the streetlights were coming on.  The almost full moon was shining above the trees.  Queen St. sure looks quiet compared to most cities!  

Fredericton's beautiful city hall decorated and lit up for the holidays.  It would be much prettier at night.

We've had a lot of snow this month and the deck didn't get cleared off after the first big storm then it froze so I guess it will be there for a while.  We didn't even get the bench chairs put away before the snow came.  

The kitchen windowsill looks as wintery as the view outside.




Snowflakes in the living room window with millions falling outside.

Did you catch the full moon the other night?  It was so beautiful as it shone across the snowy landscape making the snow sparkle like diamonds and, you can even see the stars in the sky.  Gorgeous!  We've had cold clear nights for viewing all week.

There was a beautiful hoar frost on the trees and branches yesterday morning before the cold front moved in.

The drive to town in the afternoon was spectacular but I couldn't take any pics.  This one is of the hill behind us.

And here is the reveal of the inside of the new mudroom/entry of our house.  It was finished last Friday when the painter came and painted it.  Murray still has to hook up the power to the outlets and I will paint the wood trim again after Christmas but it's done and we love it!


This is taken from the top of the down stairs looking toward the door.  The door leads to a deck across the front of the house to the garage.  


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I will be busy with finishing up preparing for Christmas, and spending time with family and friends for the next while so I won't be blogging again until January.  I hope to visit your blogs when I can though as I enjoy seeing all the decorations and preparations you are making.

I want to wish each of you the blessings of the season as you celebrate with family and friends.  Have a safe and wonderful holiday.

From our home to yours ~


MERRY CHRISTMAS!  ๐ŸŽ„

Blessings,
Pam



Thursday, December 1, 2016

our first snowstorm leaves a winter wonderland overnight




It's December!  We went from fall to winter overnight on November 30 and it looks like winter is here to stay but you never know.  Last year started this way and we had very little 'winter' after Christmas.  

I woke yesterday morning to a bright light beside me and thought someone was shining a fluorescent light in the window.  When I squeezed my eyes open I could see it was the phone lit up and when I looked at the digital clock it was dark.  Aha!!  The power went out. Okay.  Up we get to see what was going on outside.  What a shock to see about a foot of heavy wet snow everywhere.  Our landscape was changed overnight and we had now power!  Welcome to winter!

As we got around, and we realized we couldn't brush our teeth, wash up, flush the toilet or have a hot cup of tea, reality hit.  

Murray decided to start the snowblower and clear the driveway as the snow was pretty well stopped.  But first he put the modem on the battery backup for me.  ๐Ÿ˜Š  He knows I need to be in touch with the world.  Haha.  The neighbours were outside doing clean up and their 2 year old was enjoying playing in all the snow.  After a while I went out and filled the bird feeders and then took lots of pictures. After that I did some shovelling but that snow was so heavy that I took it easy and only did the back deck steps and a path to the backdoor. I love the first snowfall when it coats everything it lands on.  It was a nice day and the temperature was at the freezing mark with no wind.  It was bearable.  We got about 25 cm. of snow!



This was on November 29 - the calm day before the snowstorm.






When I filled the bird feeders we had dozens of Goldfinches at them and on the ground.


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What did I do all day?  Well I sat here in our living room with this pretty view (minus the lights on) and read and kept in touch with the world spent time on social media - dressed in a tuque and puffy jacket with a blanket over my legs.  I was grateful when Murray said he had to go in to work for a few hours mid-afternoon.  The roads were plowed and bare and the mall was open.  ๐Ÿ˜€  Perfect!



We got home around 7:00 and the power was still off but about 7:30 it came on again after over 12 hours being off. It didn't take long for the house to warm up.  I wonder how my ice cream fared in the freezers??  lol  BTW....there are still people without power for the second day in a row.  I feel fortunate we have power today.

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Guess what?  We woke up this morning to another snowstorm and another 15 cm. of snow being blown around by gusty northeast winds.  But, thankfully, we still have power...so far!  Schools are closed for a second day in a row and even the mall is closed.  The roads are terrible and it has started to rain now on top of all that wet snow.  What a mess.

I was saddened to see the news about all the terrible wildfires near Gatlinburg Tennessee and also in the hills of North Carolina.  What devastation!  The Gatlinburg one reminds me of the wildfires in Fort McMurray, Alberta in May.   I pray for rain for these states (and in Colorado) that will quench the dry earth and for safety for those affected.  

Thank you for visiting me and your kind comments on my post about our house renovations.  We are thrilled with the new look and space.  

Have a great day!  Take care!

Pam




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