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Thursday, February 25, 2016

weird wacky weather




Sunset on Sunday past.

We have been having some really weird weather here again this week.  Monday and Tuesday were sunny and nice but Wednesday it snowed then we had freezing rain for hours.

The full snow moon on Monday evening at sunset was so beautiful and orange when it first came up. I wish all the wires weren't in the way.  Note the brown field across the valley.  We had very little snow left since last week's rain and mild temperatures.

Another deer picture....or two....

I took these on Wednesday morning just as it was starting to snow.  There were almost 40 deer all over the field.  I couldn't count them all as they kept moving around and hiding in little dips.

Lots of Goldfinches at the feeders yesterday too.  The males are starting to get their brighter yellow plumage for spring.  :)

Do you see how 'yellow' it looks in this photo?  At sunrise (behind the fog and clouds) this morning the light had a yellowish tint and looked kind of eerie.  Then I heard thunder.  Yes, thunder in February.  The temperature was 1C and the storm system from the south was hitting the cold one so we had thunderstorms with lightning for a couple of hours.  The temperature is slowly rising and is supposed to go up to 13C - another record breaking day in February if it reaches that.  We had a 12C day last week.  

Layers of fog across the road make the old apple tree stand out in stark contrast. 

 You could hear the ice falling from everything as the temperature went up.  Trees, wires, cars etc. were coated in half an inch of ice.  The sound of the cars going by the house was really weird and loud too, as the road was very icy and slushy, so the sound was magnified.  Schools are closed today due to the terrible driving conditions but people have to go to work.  There are thousands of people without power as well.  I hope ours doesn't go out.  I'm thankful we have a generator but I need Murray here to run it and he's at work.  The wind is blowing and gusting and the water from the heavy rain is flowing across the icy ground.  It's a miserable day.

ice coated maple branches

It is hard to believe this is the same storm system that has affected so many along the coastal US with tornados and severe weather.  It has a long trail from the southern states up through eastern Canada from southern Ontario to Nova Scotia.

Some of my blog friends down south shared about the tornado warnings and so far they are all safe.  That would be so terrifying.

Often I go to town on Thursdays for groceries etc. but decided to do that on Tuesday as I knew the weather forecast was not good.  I'm glad I got my 'storm chips' on Tuesday.  Haha.  We indulged in them last evening while watching Netflix.  Speaking of which...does anyone have any suggestions for a good (decent) program/series to watch?  Some of the shows are not what we want to see and we love BBC shows but there doesn't seem to be much on right now.  We've watched Call the Midwife (I did and loved it), Foyle's War (our favourite but not available now and we'd definitely watch this one again),  George Gently, Musketeers, and Sherlock and a couple of American series but we're running out of options.  Also, remember that American Netflix has different programs from Canadian so I need to hear from my Canadian friends on this one.  Thanks.  :)

I hope you all have a safe day if you are under this stormy weather system.  Take care and thank you so much for visiting.

Blessings,
Pam




Saturday, February 20, 2016

this and that from the past week




The deer on their morning commute over the ice and snow on Tuesday morning.

Hi everyone!  Another week has passed by all too quickly as we inch ever closer to the end of February.  
It was a good week with snow, freezing rain, pouring rain and high winds, sunshine and spring-like temperatures.  It has felt more like March weather than mid-February so we will have to deal with it for many more weeks I'm afraid.

The deer on Wednesday morning with most of the snow gone.

Most of our snow melted away from the rains and we had 3 mild and sunny days in a row after Tuesday's nasty weather.  

The deer have been on the move and there are about 25-30 in our area lately.

This was on Thursday morning.  Very little snow.

I had a tea party for two of my very good friends on Thursday afternoon and we had a great time catching up over tea, muffins and cookies.

I took this photo this morning when it was snowing a bit.  There were about 15 deer that must have spent the night in the field just behind us as some were still laying down when we got up at 7:00.  You can see how close they are to our backyard where the small trees are.  I really don't want them sleeping in the backyard so this was pretty close!


  This is a good thing.  :)  The morning sunrise is shining right into our living room now and I have to keep the blind closed more.  

On Friday morning Murray asked me what I wanted to do that day. (He has Fridays off, for the most part.  Sometimes he ends up working from home.)  I thought maybe we'd go into the city and run errands but he asked if I'd like to go to Moncton for the day.  Well, you don't need to ask me twice about that!  I wanted to meet up with my sister-in-law and have a look for good warm boots and a jacket for snowmobiling.  Well, we got to meet my SIL but the boots and jacket were not found, although he found a pair of boots.  But, we had a great time just looking around and driving around my old home town and seeing what's new.  Oh my, the changes in 6 months is incredible.  

These two new stores opened in the past 6 months....you might recognize them.  They are in the two big shopping areas in Moncton and Dieppe.  I don't know how they'll compete in the market place and with our Canadian dollar so low I wonder how they will stay open.  We didn't buy anything as we aren't really sports enthusiasts (hunting and fishing) plus we found their prices were quite high.  Or maybe we're just too cheap!  :)

Cabela's

Bass Pro Shops

I love how they decorate the store entries with the rustic lodge theme.  The Bass Pro Shop has a very Maritime theme to it as well with a replica of the Hopewell Rocks and even a fishing boat up in the air as in the photos below.



So that was my week.  Our son called this morning and invited us out to dinner with him and his wife.  How sweet is that!?  We are going to the Moco Kitchen in Mactaquac Park which is only 10 minutes away.  It is a very nice restaurant and we tried to get reservations for Valentine's weekend but they were booked.  Why do we always leave that to the last minute anyway.  This is a nice surprise for us and I know we'll have a great time that will make up for not getting out last weekend.  :)

I hope you are enjoying the weekend and that you have a wonderful week ahead.  Thanks for visiting.

Blessings,
Pam


Tuesday, February 16, 2016

it's finally finished





Yes!  And it only took about 6 weeks, but I finally finished the 1000 piece puzzle I started just after the new year rang in.  I put a big push on to complete it and worked until 12:30 am on Sunday night (Monday morning) then spent about 4 hours yesterday finishing it.

Placing the last piece at 4:30 in the afternoon.
And here it is.....


It is now back in its box and I may pass it along to someone who would enjoy putting it together, hopefully faster than I did.

I started a new puzzle too.

It looks pretty simple and I love the photo.

And....it didn't take very long to do either.  :)

Twelve pieces.  :)  Perfect!  This puzzle was one my Mum bought years ago and comes in a box the size of a matchbox.

Isn't it cute?
I think I'm done with doing puzzles for a while.

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We woke this morning to a fresh snowfall of about 8 cm. topped by freezing rain.  Schools are closed again today, as they were last Tuesday, due to poor driving conditions.  The temperature is supposed to rise to 7C with a lot of rain coming later today.  I just checked The Weather Network and it says it's "freezing fog" at the moment.  I've never heard of that term before have you?  

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I am now going to bake some whipped shortbread cookies as I have friends coming for tea on Thursday afternoon.  Enjoy your day and I hope you all have a great week ahead.  Thanks for stopping by.

Blessings,
Pam





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.

Blessings,
Pam





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. 

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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.  

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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.

Blessings,
Pam



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'!  

Blessings,
Pam


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