Monday, 24 October 2016

Memorandum Monday: October 24th


Linking in with the other Monday Memo writers who are updating us on all the newest things seen, done & heard, through our hostess, Sian, at: From High In The Sky

Hopefully as everyone is reading what is new from the patio, Mr Man will be coming out of a successful eye surgery.  Thank you all for your kind thoughts & prayers.

 It is a new bag of peanuts for feeding the Blue Jays.  You can look out on the patio & see not a sign of any bird activity, then throw the peanuts out & even before the first peanut hits the patio, there are dozens of squawking Blue Jays.  The cats love bird theatre!  Oh yes & look who also turns up - a very wet Charlie!

New on the baking front, I have found a recipe for Maple Shortbread (Canadian Living magazine) & while I have not yet baked them, I have a new maple leaf cookie cutter, a new jug of fresh Quebec 100% pure maple syrup, along with a new roll of parchment paper already for a day this week of baking.  This will do nicely as a treat before the traditional Christmas goodies get made.



 On Friday & Saturday I had renewed energy for the clearing out of cupboards & closets, which has seen me take a huge black bag of clothes to the charity shops.  I think some of this energy is due to nervousness about today's surgery.  Still it feels good to tidy & sort, not only clothes, but crafting paper, which I will be donating to the local kindergarten class. Even the food cupboards got a clear out.  I really do not need to have 10 cans of cream of mushroom soup!

The fur girls received a new box that has been entertaining them for  hours.  I love how they share all new adventures together.


I hope everyone has a wonderful week ahead; one that is filled with new adventures, stories & connection.
 



20 comments:

  1. I can only imagine the feeding frenzy when you offer up peanuts for the blue jays. I hope your husband is recovering well! -Jenn

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    1. Recovery is now on. The Jays now sit outside the bathroom window & STARE in "hey lady, we're hungry out here, forget the make up - not working anyway!" At least that is what the look says to me (lol);

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  2. Stopped and said a prayer for Mr. Man's successful surgery and speedy complete recovery. I am betting maple shortbread cookies would speed that along - they sound fabulous.

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    1. Thank you so much Susanne for the prayers. Maple shortbread being made this week.

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  3. hope all went well with the surgery. I love your bluejays and the idea of bird theatre when they are not having fun in a box. Have a good week

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    1. Thanks Helena. Bird Theatre has some star players & it changes seasonally. Late Autumn & Winter it is the Blue Jays, summer time it is the chipmunks & squirrels.

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  4. Here's to a quick and pain-free recovery for Mr. Man! Your maple cookies sound wonderful. Our neighbor gifted us with a packaged cookie from Montreal several months ago. They were chocolate with a maple frosting. Every time we go to Niagara-on-the-Lake I look for them in the grocery store, but have yet to find them. They did not last long!

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    1. Karen I will check out the grocery stores around here for those cookies - is there a name on the package? Montreal is such a vibrant & unique city. Thank you for the well wishes for Mr Man. Other than a small bruise under the eye - no outward signs - pain is managed with Tylenol.

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  5. Hope Mr Man is home now and recovering well.
    What a lovely photo of the birds and the squirrel.

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    1. Thanks Deb. Mr Man is home - he cannot lay down, he has to keep his head down for 7 days - not a comfortable position & difficult for sleeping.

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  6. Maple shortbread! Post the recipe if it is good although I suspect maple syrup is cheaper there than it is here. Good luck with the eye op to your man

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    1. If the cookies turn out as promised by the recipe, I will share the recipe. Maple syrup is expensive but probably not as bad as shipping it overseas. Some of the best syrup is made in Quebec.

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  7. I saw a jay in my garden last week - quite different from yours but I thought of you. Have fun using that cutter and most importantly of all I hope that the surgery sees (literally) an end to all the problems.

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    1. Thanks Lady Ella. Mr Man turns out is an easy bleeder so a few complications during surgery but they knew right away what to do & fix. He has a gas bubble in the end to hold the lazer stitching off the lens, so he has to keep his head down for 7 days - awkward position & sleeping has to be upright. First check up today (Tues) & everything looks good - he's a quick healer.

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  8. Hope your hubby is recovering well.

    I haven't seen a Jay in a while ... I'd follow your advice but the bears might eat all the nuts lol

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    1. The Blue Jays swoop & dive in so quickly there is not much time to share with the squirrels or chipmunks. Chipmunks stay 100% in their tunnels during the winter & cold. Mr Man is recovering, a few hurdles to overcome but a great surgical team.

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  9. I hope all went well with hubby's surgery, lovely to see the blue jays and squirrel.

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  10. Blue jays love peanuts out west too!! I would love your maple shortbread recipe!! Headed north of the border tomorrow to reinforce my cupboards with Canadian favourites!

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  11. I'm so sorry that it has taken me this long to get gathered and come to add my good wishes to the rest. I hope by now that his recovery is progressing well and that you are both enjoying a little time together as he gets better

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  12. I bet those cookies were delicious. Your fur babies are beautiful!

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