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Friday, November 28, 2014

let it snow, let it snow, let it snow

Our deck and pergola around 7:30 Wednesday evening.  It was so pretty.

Sleigh bells ring....are you listening....

It started around 6 on Wednesday evening and stopped late morning the next day.  We got 30 cm of snow.  I even measured the snow on the picnic table to prove it.

Around 7:30 Thursday morning.

As the sun came up behind cloudy and snowy skies we found a winter wonderland.

There's my wood ruler measuring the snow at 11 inches on the picnic table.  LOL

It looks like the adirondack chair has been upholstered in cotton batting or, perhaps a snowman fell asleep in it.  :)

So, of course, I had to take my camera outside for a little walkabout in the yard and capture some pretty snow pictures.

The container on the front deck is looking very festive now.  So much prettier with snow on it.

This is probably my favourite shot.  It's our neighbours yard which has changed a lot from last year as Tropical Storm Arthur took down their two huge Manitoba maples in July.   It's still beautiful though and the wreath around the wood swan planter on the bench makes a nice focal point along with the cedar rail corner fence.  

And another season of this has started.  I did my share of shovelling the front deck, along with the stairs and a direct route to the backdoor on the back deck.  I'm paying for it today with sore muscles and sciatica.   I think it's time to buy that mini snow blower for the back deck don't you?  We haven't even touched the rest of the snow on it.  Yet.

This is the lighted snowman on the back deck.  I thought it looked like Marge Simpson last night with the snow pile up on the snowman's hat and the blue lights.  LOL

I went to town today for our Black Friday here in Canada.  The traffic was crazy and the streets and parking lots busy and still snow packed and icy from the storm.  I mostly just looked and didn't really buy much.  I just can't get in the mood for it and feel so overwhelmed when I get in a store or the mall.  Do you get overwhelmed with shopping this time of year?   I am hoping to get to the farmers markets on a Saturday and buy local products.  There are a lot of beautiful home made products that I would enjoy giving as gifts rather than imported things from the box stores.  I think it's really good to support our local economy and those who work hard to produce things right here at home.  How about you?  What do you think of this idea?

Well, I expect my American friends are filled with turkey and pie after Thanksgiving and I hope that you had a great day with family and friends.  Enjoy the weekend.  


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

backyard wildlife

American Goldfinches

We've had a lot of action at the bird feeders the past few weeks.  I had missed the Goldfinches for a few weeks in the fall but they returned again.  These two feeders are hanging on the clothesline well out of reach of the squirrels.  I just reel it in and out to fill it.  It's fun to watch the squirrels trying to figure out how to get to it from the deck or the garage roof.  I think they got the hint but they still come around and scavenge on the ground and the deck.

The Mourning Doves stayed away most of the summer after the deck was built in June.  I think all the noise scared them off but they finally came back the past couple weeks and they also feed on the ground.  This one land on the picnic table on the deck the other day.  I think they are so pretty.

The Black Capped Chickadee is our New Brunswick provincial bird.  They love the black oil sunflower seeds and will toss the striped seed aside, which is great for the other birds and the squirrels.  I usually only buy black oil seeds but Murray got a mixed bag last season by mistake so I have to use it up.  I add a bit more black oil to the mix each time though.

American Goldfinches

I hung this feeder under the eave on Sunday about 5:00 where I usually hang one of the hummingbird feeders in front of the dining room window.  Five minutes later a chickadee flew in for a treat.  I was surprised as it was dusk and they were at the silo feeder too.  I took this the next day.

A Downey Woodpecker at the silo.  

And last, but not least ~ the big. grey. squirrel.

This guy was cute.  He was all over the deck cleaning up the seed on the floor and then once that was done he tried to figure out how to get up on the table.  He checked out many angles from the railing and the floor then all of a sudden.....he jumped right up on the table!  Needless to say he cleaned up the leftovers.

We also are seeing deer again.  It's rutting season and hunting season is over.  They are making their way across the hill at sunrise in this photo.

Today was beautiful and warm at 14C.  Even last night the temperature only went down to 11C.  It sure was mild for late November.  
This is the sunset tonight.  It all of a sudden got the deepest rose colour so I had to snap some pictures.  Spectacular!

Red sky at night won't be a sailor's delight tomorrow as a nor'easter is coming up the US coast and bringing heavy rain and wind to Nova Scotia and wind and lots of snow to New Brunswick.  We might get up to 25 cm. of snow by the time it blows by on Thursday.  

I'm doing much better today.  I even made 2 batches of cookies.  

I hope you're having a good week so far.  I know it's almost Thanksgiving in the US and many of you are really busy preparing for family and company and a big feast.  I hope you enjoy your time with family and friends.  Don't eat too much!  :-0}


Monday, November 24, 2014

what I found and an update

An oak leaf in our yard.  There isn't an oak tree anywhere near us that I know of.  I wonder where it blew in from?  

One day last week I went for a walk around the yard and found a few things to photograph.  
There isn't much going on outside these days.  We have had some sunshine, cold, dustings of snow, rain and clouds.  I haven't been too far in the car to take pictures so the yard would have to do. 

This old plough tine which I unearthed in the yard last year is getting a nice patina to it.

The bird bath fairy might have to don her skates on this day.

The cement 'pond' (birdbath) isn't fit to drink from either.

There is frost on this mini pumpkin that I tossed into the garden.

The large pumpkin that I chopped in half has had its seeds devoured by the crows.

The frost got to these mini white pumpkins.

My little tree in the dining room brightens the gloom of the darker days and in the evenings.  I have it decorated with just a few vintage ornaments and sitting in a #2 crock.  The Santa face topper was on hubby's bedroom tree when he was a boy and I'm sure the rest of the ornaments were on their big tree or perhaps displayed on the mantel.  


I saw the physiotherapist this morning and he did the Epley Maneuver for Vertigo on me 4 times.  Wow!  If you have never been dizzy before, this treatment is kind of freaky but I think it worked.  The first time I got so dizzy that my eyes started fluttering very fast like something from a horror flick.  It was really freaky!!  The rest of the times it didn't do that so he thinks the crystals went back in place to the middle ear where they belong.  At the end of each procedure, when I sat up, I was very dizzy and hung on to the bed for dear life!  I was quite nauseous and light headed afterwards for about 2 hours but am fine now and even ate lunch.   It wasn't a pleasant experience but if it works then so be it.  Hopefully I won't have to do this again but Vertigo can return unexpectedly just as it came unexpectedly.   It's amazing to think that there are tiny crystals in the middle ear which help us keep our balance and that  they sometimes get dislodged into the wrong canal.   A Mr. Epley discovered a method of moving these crystals back into place and thus restoring balance.  It doesn't always work but I sure hope this was successful today!   Thank you for your kind thoughts and prayers about this.  I'll keep you updated as to how I'm feeling in a few days.


Now, I'd like to wish my many blog friends in the United States a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving Day on Thursday.  I hope you enjoy your time with family and friends.


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.


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