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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Blue Skies......and snow


The days have been running together as usual, and sometimes I have to think about
what day it is.  I am having trouble settling down and finishing the various
tasks that are on my to do list.
When I come to writing something I can hardly remember when I took the pictures.

It doesn't matter I guess because it was just so great to see the blue blue of the sky
even if there were puffy clouds.



Of course I knew it couldn't last, and on Sunday past the picture below is what I woke to.


It was pretty, but it was April 10th......



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Floyd had a pretty good hour with the patients at Rehab last Wedenday.
He was up to his regular tricks, flirting with all the gals, and
shaking hands with the men. He had so many hugs and kisses that he
was totally washed out when he got home.

Below is a picture of the gang, friends of Floyd. There is little lambchop, baby bear,
Ed Eagle, Baby Lamb, Mr Crow and Black Kitty.
They talked to the group, up close and personal and again each got lots of hugs and
kisses, and each ended up being cuddled by someone.
We also sang a few songs, and I played my uke. Then to close off we sang
a couple of hymns and I played the piano.
This unit at the Rehab is for Alzheimer patients, and they laughed and sang,
so I guess Floyd accomplished what he had set out to do.



I think that is all I have to share today.
The sun is shining as I write.
Frost covers the ground.
Snow is forecast, but I think I heard that it won't hit the valley.

We shall see what we shall see........I'll let you know


Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Sunday Sunrise, Food and Floyd

Oh my. I thought I should get this posted before next Easter...... one day runs into the next and my writing sits in draft stage until I get around to actually posting.

Around 50 people braved the frosty early morning to attend our Sonrise Service on Easter Sunday Morning. The service is short, but quite lovely as the sun rises and scripture read, praises sung and Easter greetings said. I didn't manage to get a shot of the whole group before we started, so my shots don't show the whole group.

The ground is covered with frost



Two little sweethearts, one with a big smile, and the other
not too sure whether she wants to be there or not.

Colton, Rae, Dawn and Lindsay


Easter breakfast, following the service back at the church.
This photo was a posed one. "Take our picture Bonnie."


Enjoying the breakfast, prepared by our great Social Committee

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This weird looking little fellow is Floyd. He has been retired for a decade or more, but is making a come back for at least one visit. He used to go, with his various friends, to entertain kids at the local schools, libraries, birthday parties, and even told a few children's lessons during church or in Sunday School. His favourite time was with the little ones who came to what was called Baby Band, which doesn't exist any more. All of this activity was many years ago, so he should be rested up for his visit to a local Rehab centre. He was invited by the activity director, and he thought quite hard about it, but in the end decided that he was willing to give it a shot. He will take a few friends.......a black cat, a crow, an eagle, a cow, and perhaps a few more. Here's hoping he will be on his best behavior, as he tends to get himself in trouble at times. He has his 'retired' shirt on so will have to dress up a bit for the occasion. Perhaps he will pose for a picture in his dress up shirt. You can see that his tongue is quite long. He actually had to have tongue replacement surgery after the little ones pulled it many many times. He has had ever so many adventures over the years. We shall see what happens on Wednesday if he still has the old spark. He's taking me along, so here's hoping I still have the spark as well. Perhaps I will take a picture of his friends as well and post on the next blog.

Floyd....4 years old forever

Have a good week all

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Spring?

I'm sitting here, using my laptop, and gazing out the den window at the barn. The sun is shining on the front of the barn across the road, whispering that Spring has arrived. Yes Spring is here, and with it will come a snow storm, forecast to hit us tomorrow. Spring in Nova Scotia. I know the warming temperatures and the bare ground was just meant to lull us into thinking that the snow had left for another year. Well, we shall see what we shall see.
I am glad to have my laptop back, though there were still a little bugs I had to work out when I got it home, but things are better now.
We had a time change here, and it is now light later in the day. We lost an hour last weekend, and I am still trying to find it. :)
This past Monday marked the anniversary of Sadie's death. I found it hard and thought about her a lot. It is hard to believe that she has been gone a year, though I don't hear her little nails clipping on the floor as much as I did, but every time we have chicken I think of her. My didn't she love chicken.
I have not considered having another pet......

I see that I started this on the 20th, and it is now the 22nd. What was bare ground is definitely white now, and the wind is cold and blowing hard. However, if I just look at the sky it is quite blue, and beautiful. Two robins just flew into my view. I can't think that they are too impressed with it all.


Yesterday, when the storm began

and today, or earlier this morning. Not too much snow, 
but it is cold.

I wanted to put this picture in because it is of the plant
a friend gave me when Sadie died. She said, 'I hope it lasts a while',
and here it is a year later. The vine has really grown, and I have one
of the plants rooted in water, which I hope to get potted soon.
It's a living reminder of my little girl.



Friday, March 11, 2016

Something Different

Well I must say that I am experiencing something different  as I write this. I am trying to post this from my phone (which I just  purchased a week  ago ) I takes some getting used to, that's for sure. I have made quite a few errors but am gradually making headway.
Unfortunately I managed to give my dear little laptop a drink of coffee early one morning more than a few months ago, and since then the keyboard has been slowly dying. I am waiting for a new one now...thus my attempt using the phone.
It is nice to have this as a backup but is not as easy as the laptop.
I just stopped by to say hello and to say that I am trying to keep up with my blog reading.
I am off to make my own version of scones.
Have a good day..... I shall return when my new keyboard arrives

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Bumps in the Road

I totally understand that there always will be bumps in the road, and things don't always turn out the way one would like. This is especially true in my life what with the fibromyalgia and depression always hanging around, ready to pounce on me without notice, but the Captain is different, until recently.

I had great plans of posting at least every Sunday in this new year, but that fell apart, as I see that my last post was the end of January. I keep forgetting that I started this blog to help myself, by writing things down, and lessening the stress in my life by doing something for myself...... ah.......yes. Most of the time it does work, because I write about, what else, the weather, or nice things that I have experienced, showing pictures of where I live and where I have gone, and bragging about my granddaughters. It's not really very exciting, but it is what it is. I also greatly enjoy reading blogs that I follow, as they are a window on other parts of the world that I can never hope to see in real life.

The Captain, a few weeks ago, had a bit of a spell. I don't know what else to call it. It only lasted about 10 minutes, but it scared his friends enough that they called the ambulance, and came and got me. (He was at darts at the community hall). The Captain, being a very stubborn man, declined to go to the hospital, though the paramedics strongly encouraged him to go with them. Since he said he felt okay, he wouldn't go. I called the doctor the next day, and she wanted him to go to the hospital then where he would have tests done to see what the problem was. Again, he refused, and therefore, because of the doctors thoroughness, and the Captain being asked not to drive until an answer was found, we have spent the last four weeks driving to hospitals and doctor appointments for the tests that could have been done, had he gone to the hospital when it was suggested. He has had an ECG, a CAT scan. a 24 hour heart monitor, blood tests and several visits to the Doctor. Still to happen, a visit to the stroke team and an appointment with a heart specialist. There is, at this point no clear answer, but a strong possibility he has been having mini strokes. I didn't mention that he had had 2 or 3 of these spells before the last one, and of course hadn't told me or anyone else, including the doctor.

And that is where we stand now......at a bump in our road........definitely not knowing what the next bump will bring. Here I sit rehashing all that has happened and realizing that considering how tired I have been during the past weeks, I have managed to do all that was expected of me. My patience has been tried, as the Captain has a short fuse, and misunderstands what I say, or doesn't get everything that is said to him by the doctor. I am being worn down trying to answer the one word question, why?
Heaven help me, I don't know all the answers, and it is funny, well not really, but when I do answer the question, the Captain then questions my answer or says I'm wrong. Give me strength, Lord.
I know that if it wasn't for my girls, my church family and my friends, I would be bouncing off the padded walls in a locked room.

I don't usually carry on so on this blog, but I guess I have to get it all out, before the top of my head blows off, hits the ceiling, goes through the roof, and then I would have to clean up the mess, as it is actually going to rain today on top of all the snow we've had.

And that's life on my little part of the mountain....such as it is..... Things could be worse. So many folks around are facing difficult health issues, death of loved ones, and loss of a home because of fire. I need to count my blessings, go around the bump and keep going, one day at a time, which has always been my motto.

There is a verse in Scripture that I chose at the beginning of the new year to make mine. It is from Philippians 4:8
            Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things.

I try, but there are some days it is a real test.


This snow will mostly be gone today if the forecast is right

My dear Heather visited on Sunday, and brought
me a valentine cake. A time with her was just what
I needed, after a long four weeks.

Sometimes words flow from the brain to the fingers,
and it is hard to rein them in.
I wonder, should I let them run,
or start all over again?
No- I'll leave it as is written,
For this is who I am.
Stressed, sore muscles, weary and concerned
I can just do what I can.

Have a good day, all........


Sunday, January 31, 2016

An End to a Busy Week

It seems to have been a very long week and I am quite weary tonight. I haven't had a chance until now to write this post.

I haven't too much to say this week, but I do have a few pictures to share.....be prepared for white, white, and more white.

The old apple tree in the back yard

The snow stayed on the trees a long time








Some of the pictures were taken in the early morning,
and I think that is why they are more blue and white.
Either that or my camera has a mind of its own.

We enjoyed a nice meal out with friends this evening, which was a good time.

Let's see what the next week brings, and what surprises might be in store.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Missed a Big One

Thankfully, the big snow storm that has battered the eastern United States, veered off  before doing any damage here in NS.  It is headed off across the Atlantic to England, Scotland and beyond, hopefully loosing strength as it travels, because I'm pretty sure that they don't want it. We did feel the chilling wind as the storm passed, but I think temperatures are going to moderate somewhat.

I thought I would get this writing done earlier today, but I did not sleep very well last night, and then I was up at 6:30 this morning, so my lack of sleep hit me hard this afternoon and I must admit that I had a little nap. Perhaps I tired myself out with my 'thoughts, after reading my book for an hour, pre sleep visions of skiing around the field next door, or going for a snow shoe hike through the orchard, or skating on the community rink.'  All of these things I would love to do, but can't. In my mind I think I can, but then reality trips me up and I see myself stuck in the middle of the field like a frozen out of work scarecrow, unable to move another foot, or sitting on a snow bank in the orchard waiting for Dawn to rescue me, or worse yet, laying flat on my back on the rink while little 4 year olds skate circles around me, then used me for a resting bench. Why is it that I think I am so much younger and healthier than I really am?

I did accomplish a few things this week. I finished a painting that has been on the go for months. I saw the picture on Ruth's photo blog, and asked permission to paint it. I am not totally pleased with the end product, but it is not too bad.



I also did some felting, but it didn't turn out the way I wanted it......oh dear.....
I guess it is alright. It is a felted cushion, for a tractor seat, though it might end up on a rocker.



Some pictures of our last snow fall

Dawn heading out on her snow shoes.....




I am sure I had more I wanted to say in this post, however, I have just run out of steam,

I wonder if sleep will be elusive again tonight........