Sunday, 13 May 2018

Me On A Sunday - May 13th

I would first like to apologize that I haven't been around reading & commenting on everyone's blogs, it's just that I had taken ill in the earlier part of last week & spent a few days in hospital.  I am now home & resting but not much to blog about right now.

I shall be back in form hopefully by next week, with my version of a list for the 2018 SPSH.

Please know that I keep all of you in my thoughts & send happy thoughts even if I'm not about in blog land.

                                            ...Mary-Lou 


 

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Take Three Thursday - Questions

In an effort to notice more of the ordinary in my life, I have decided to share what I have noticed this week in Take Three Thursday.   The idea is to take 1 - 3 photos that are linked some how; by theme, by colour, by date, by moment,  by points of view. There is no formal link in but please feel free to join in.    What have you noticed this week?  
 
Have a look at what others have  noticed this week:  
Maggie at Farmers Wife Day by Day
Karen at Random Reflections


Answering the age old question & now that we have the answer, I move on to other questions.  (I always knew it was the egg that came first ...)
  Hello, Mr Skunk, where did you come from & more importantly where do you live?  Under the easterly neighbours deck?
Photo taken from our kitchen window

What are you hunting?  Naughty girl, it better not be my chipmunks.

Monday, 7 May 2018

Me On Monday - May 7th

Good Morning To You All

Source: Internet

We have had a fair amount of rain over the last 4 days combined with a day of marvelous sunshine.  The garden is coming on very quickly, making up for the delay to spring.  Happy to say - Hallelujah - spring flowers:  
Yellow Daffodils
White Hyacinthe
Blue Scilla
Pink Tulip
Pink Hyacinthe
White Daffodills
Bi-colour Tulips


 
 " I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose, I would always greet it in a garden. "   Ruth Stout


Saturday, 5 May 2018

Five In Five On The 5th

Joining in with Sandie's Five in Five On The Fifth at: Sandie At Itchifingers

On Friday in Southern Ontario we had a major storm go through the areas, some of us had wind gusting at force 1 hurricane strength.  We lost power twice on Friday, once for about 45 minutes & the second time for about 5 hours.  Most thankful for the hydro crews working through the night to clear downed trees falling on to hydro lines, which was the major cause of power outages.  Of all the downed trees, it seemed healthy evergreen trees fell from the roots pulling loose.  Near us there is a stand of mostly dead trees & surprisingly enough there was only one knocked over.   We did not loose any trees on our property, just lots of twigs & small branches down & all the roof shingles are still accounted for.

So my Five in Five On The 5th were actually taken in more than 5 minutes ... so  give you 5 of the trees knocked down near me.













f you reveal your secrets to the wind, you should not blame the wind for revealing them to the trees. Khalil Gibra
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f you reveal your secrets to the wind, you should not blame the wind for revealing them to the trees. Khalil Gibra
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/khalil_gibran_105414?src=t_wind

"If you reveal your secrets to the wind, you should not blame the wind for telling them to the trees."   Khalil Gibran

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Take Three Thursday - Pushing Through

In an effort to notice more of the ordinary in my life, I have decided to share what I have noticed this week in Take Three Thursday.   The idea is to take 1 - 3 photos that are linked some how; by theme, by colour, by date, by moment,  by points of view. There is no formal link in but please feel free to join in.    What have you noticed this week?  
 
Have a look at what others have  noticed this week:  
Maggie at Farmers Wife Day by Day
Karen at Random Reflections

This week what I most noticed while cleaning up winter's debris in my garden, was the willingness of the spring bulbs to push through what I had yet to clean up.  Tulips in my garden are often the first to push through with the large alliums & bearded iris follow.  My daffodils seem to hold back to be sure it's safe to come & bloom.  I am only too glad to see these shoots coming on strong.  I will not see it as a reproach on my tardiness in getting things tidied up (col).
The first is the tulip growing up through a hollow stem from a daylily - amazing
 

The second is the giant allium pushing through the leaves & now the leaves provide a sort of skirt.

And lastly is the bearded iris pushing through the leaves.



Truly I can now say, welcome spring, you are most longed for in your true arrival.

"She wore her yellow sun-bonnet, She wore her greenest gown; She turned to the south wind And curtsied up and down. She turned to the sunlight And shook her yellow head, And whispered to her neighbor: "Winter is dead.”  AA Milne

Monday, 30 April 2018

Me On A Monday - April 30th

Well didn't that month go by fast!?  Happy Monday everyone

It's been busy in the garden this week.  We were able to get all our front & side gardens cleaned up & we made a start in the back garden by cleaning up the two gardens by the patio.  In our water feature we found not only lots & lots of leaves, but 3 dead mice; so once again we are going back to the Pinterest idea boards for a better solution to a above ground water feature.  
Maybe Something Like This - Source: Internet
During the last ice storm, one of our evergreens broke when the ice on the branches was too heavy.  Luckily the break was only partial & Mr Man was able to screw the branch together & wrap with tree bandage to hold it together.  Hopefully this will allow the wound to knit back together & grow some strong bark.  This method worked a couple years ago on our burning bush that broke from too much ice.
The Wounded Branch

When I was tidying through some "stuff",  I found a book/journal that I can honestly say I don't remembering purchasing.  Maybe as one of my last "Listening" moments from my April's Angel cards, I should take this as a sign about getting my better eating plans & ideas into place - doing rather than thinking about. The only thing I don't like about this particular journal is that it starts on Mondays & I'm a Sunday week starter.  What about you, what day do you consider the start to your week?


May's Angel card is Emerging;  "your Angels are guiding you to honour your true feelings by expressing them to yourself & others.  They are also guiding you to a new level of inner peace as you let your true self come out & play."



 The tulips & daffodils are certainly emerging from their winter slumber & do feel now it is safe to come out.


I haven't been creative at all this week & I feel I need to spend some nurturing time this week as I do feel a little empty.  

We had lots of hospital visits with my sister.  A little set back came about on Saturday when the surgeon was in to tell her that they found bacteria in & around a piece of metal from the car accident days, I think one of pins that held her hip & pelvis together.  She then had a visit from the Infectious Disease Doctor who discussed a 3 week treatment plan to rid her body of this bacteria.  YIKES!

Mr Man says one of my weirder things is I collect my dryer fluff/lint & place outside for the birds to use as nesting materials.  When I was little we use to cut up bright coloured wool , a colour for each of us & then we would watch to see which nests had what colour(s).  

And off we go to begin a new month - the merry month of May.
"The world's favorite season is the spring.
All things seem possible in May
."   Edwin Way Teale




Thursday, 26 April 2018

Take Three Thursday - Rushing

Thank you everyone for the well wishes for my sister.  She had surgery on Wednesday & we are told everything went really well. She will have an extremely long scar, from the top of her hip to the knee, but she will walk again (hopefully without pain).  We are grateful to the surgeon & medical team.

In an effort to notice more of the ordinary in my life, I have decided to share what I have noticed this week in Take Three Thursday.   The idea is to take photos that are linked some how; by theme, by colour, by date, by moment,  by points of view. There is no formal link in but please feel free to join in.    What have you noticed this week?  
 
Have a look at what others have  noticed this week:  
Maggie at Farmers Wife Day by Day

Karen at Random Reflections 

This week what I have noticed is the rushing water all about. It has been raining rather heavily for two days so with the accompanying snow & ice melt, everything is busting to capacity.  Our little village is built around a conservation area that was once home to a woollen mill, which is part of the village's beginning.  Part of the mill's origins is a dam which is still in use today to control the water flow down steam, not provide power to a mill.  Standing beside or over the old dam truly gives me a sense of the power of water.






Water is fluid, soft, and yielding. But water will wear away rock, which is rigid and cannot yield. As a rule, whatever is fluid, soft, and yielding will overcome whatever is rigid and hard. This is another paradox: what is soft is strong.
Lao-Tzu