Thursday, 20 July 2017

Take Three Thursday

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 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 peek at what others have found this week:

Maggie at FarmersWifeDayByDay
Karen's Random Reflections 

This week my noticing was around the crops of some of the local farms.  There are 3 major, but not exclusive crops grown in the area; corn, soy & winter wheat. Most of the fields are rotated in crop production year after year;  corn, next year soy, next year winter winter & then back to corn.  They all grow at different times & all have different weather requirements.  Corn loves heat & humidity with lots of rain.  Last year it was a horrible year for corn, lots of heat & humidity but no rain.  Most of the soy & corn are grown for livestock feed.

Corn, you can almost hear it growing, so far it's been a perfect year for it: (I think this is such a gorgeous farm).

  
Winter wheat is just about ready to harvest.  This year there are fields & fields of this crop.



 And soy, which always seems to be like the youngest child of a large family, it has to grow through the stubble of last year's corn crop.



 

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Five In Five On The 5th - July

Five In Five On The 5th is Sandi's lovely meme, please join with me in seeing what everyone else has shared at : itchifingers

I finally have something to share & I am just squeaking in with my July submission for Five.  I had taken lots of photos in the garden on the 5th, but I felt I have shared so much, BUT finally I did something off the patio.  I had an afternoon adventure, which became a rather spontaneous time for me.  My friend & I did have plans for lunch, but locally as I had to be in to work & as always she had several other things to take care of in that time frame.  She is one of those ladies that believes she can accomplish so many things within a shortage of time, but that is a whole other blog post. I believe the Universe has sent me her to help me with being spontaneous, because she is that & more!  I was late to work ...

We ended up having lunch at a little inn in a small village east of where we live.  Both of us have eaten at the inn before but not since the new owners took over.  It once had very formal flower beds & was known for its afternoon tea.  Now it has been re-invented as a international fine dining establishment with an overtone of Italian Renaissance, well that's what the menu says. 
Looking In

A once formal pond

Looks like "he" belongs in Beauty & The Beast

A formal fountain within the wild pond

Looking out to the car park
Oh what the heck, I'll break the 5 photo rule & show you the dining room & what we ate ... the bread was worth all the carb breaking rules.

Main Dining Room

Quiche with salad & cheese stuffed crepes


Monday, 17 July 2017

Memo, Mail & Me: It's Monday July 17th


A big good morning wave & hello to any of those still doing a Monday check in.

Male Yellow Finch
                                           CURRENTLY:



Mail: a reminder for a check up; made appointment which is a 6 week wait!

Wearing: this weekend it was all about the white jeans; which leads me to my thankfulness of Resolve Laundry Stain Remover.  White jeans on me are like a magnet for slobber, dirt smudges & food drips.  I like the look of white jeans but sometimes the work involved to keep them clean is not worth the bother.  I know, first world problems.
 
Readingcontinuing on with my Summer Reading List I'm now reading "Thank You For Being Late".  I find it a slow, difficult read, although there are some interesting stats within.  I may not finish before it's due back at the library & I'm ok with that.  In between I am reading the 3rd book in the Harry Potter series, The Prisoner of Azkaban (my favourite book & movie).



Watching: the TV is getting turned off more & earlier these days - not a lot of new.  I watched the mini series; Prime Suspect - the early years.  I found it slow.  I do like the Prime Suspect series with Helen Mirren (the original).  Game of Thrones, new season started Sunday, we will have to wait for the DVD copies at the library starting in September. 

Inspired By: a F/B page "Bash Your Stash" lots of layout ideas.
 


Making: I am working on my Summer Manifesto album.  I had purchased this 6X8" album a couple summers ago & wanting to keep the spine colours in similar colour range.  I didn't do a 2016 summer album & it is now that I am missing it, so this year's is in full swing.



What Made Me Chuckle:   This is so my thought this week reading Sanditon on a tablet.


Source: Internet


Drinking:  a drink called An Arnold Palmer; 1/2 lemonade, 1/2 ice tea.  I must admit I do about 1/4 lemonade & 3/4 ice tea to cut the sweetness of lemonade. 



Planning: for another week of training a new staff member.  Last week's training went really well, she caught on brilliantly &  I didn't have to observe with her on Thursday,  she managed a shift entirely on her own.  Yeah!

Hope everyone has lots to look forward to this week.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

TakeThree Thursday - Brown Is Not Dull

In an effort to notice more in my life, I have decided to share what I have noticed this week in Take Three Thursday.  The idea is to take 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 peek at what others have found this week:

Maggie at FarmersWifeDayByDay 

I have been a little short of leisure time this week due to training new staff at the clinic so I have pulled from my weekend finds in the garden.  Normally if you say oh look at those brown things, I would think, dull, boring but I have noticed that colour can be very deceiving in what is beautiful.  Thank you Mother Nature, you decorate our world with such care & beauty.  

Brown but not dull:



Monday, 10 July 2017

Memo, Mail & Me: It's Monday July 10th

Good morning & hello to any of those still doing a Monday check in.

Currently:

Received: in the mail my renewed driver's license & this time the photo has my eyes open.  I'm good for 5 more years!

Reading:  The Magpie Murders - it's a story within a story & my favourite part is the who done it within story, which is the magpie murders.  I would recommend.


Adventure: Mr Man & I have found another new to us tea house, Miss Jenny's Tea House.  When we arrived our hostess instructed us to pick our own tea cup from the selection on the sideboard.  Mr Man has discovered through our sipping adventures, that he likes cucumber & cream cheese sandwiches; me, I'll take another scone thank you very much.




Hygge: Over the last week & weekend we were on vacation so we spent a lot of time on the patio, reading, sipping, snoozing.  There was also lots of little jobs done in the garden - it's been rather dry this past 10 days, so we needed to water the gardens.  We leave the lawns to fend for themselves.



Seems like we aren't the only ones relaxing during the vacation week.
 
Smokey Puss


In Bloom:  the delphiniums are having a marvelous bloom time.  It's the first time they have not toppled over & I think it's because there hasn't been any rainy windy storms. 


Looking Ahead: I feel refreshed & ready to tackle the next two weeks of training new clinic staff.  I have spaced out their start dates so I can give each one a week of my attention to get them started successfully.
 
Source


Hope everyone has a glorious week ahead & my thought for the week is; What lies behind us & what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us ... Henry David Thoreau


 

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Take Three Thursday - Mr & Mrs

If an effort to notice more in my life, I have decided to share what I have noticed this week in Take Three Thursday.  The idea is to take 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?

This week I noticed an increase in the types of birds we have in our garden.  I think it's because we changed the location of our summer bird feeder, we have had a return of the finch pairs, new sightings of House Finces, a Blue Indigo & now a twice daily visit from Mr & Mrs Cardinal.  Mr & Mrs Cardinal use to be fly byes & did not linger in our garden.  We use to attribute this to the fact that we had mobs of Bluejays, which seemed to over whelm the shy Cardinals.  Along with the feeder location we changed the type of feed we put in the silo, which I believe has been a huge reason why the finches are back.  They have such a sweet song although very nervous, so when they are on the feeder we have to be ever so still.
Mr Cardinal


Mrs Cardinal
 
Mr & Mrs Gold Finch


If you told me 5 years ago I would become concerned over bird feeder location & type of feed, I would have said you were nuts. I notice more & more types of birds visiting my yard - maybe the chipmunks & squirrels put it about, our garden was a safe place, who knows.  I just know how much simple pleasure there is in pausing to watch the birds & hear their song.

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Summertime Jane Austen Book Club

Welcome to the Summertime Jane Austen Book Club;  the official, reading of Sanditon began on 1st July.  Our two reading hostesses are:  Ruth and Julie



Our local two libraries did not have paper copies of this book & the one & only second hand shop with books, did not have a copy.  Yikes what's a girl to do!!  Capitulate with technologyI am reading Sanditon on my e-reader!  I have not read too far into the book as yet, reading on an e-reader is not a first choice & a very different style for me.  I miss the texture of paper, the sound of turning of a page, even that faint scent of ink to paper ... sorry I'm off on another topic.

So far, to me, Sanditon reads very much like an outline, sort of the first draft of a great Austen idea.  A few of the other members of this summertime book club have mentioned the long run on sentences, which are there in abundance, which again makes me think Jane (as a fan, she & I are on first name basis) was drafting her thoughts out & had she lived to finish this book, she may have gone back to edit & shorten some of those sentences. (spell check has indicated to me this was a run on sentence (lol)). 

Why not join us for a good read & if you feel so inclined, review sharing.  Tea & a biscuit or two are always at the ready.



Monday, 3 July 2017

Memo, Mail & Me: It's Monday July 3rd

Good morning & hello to any of those still doing a Monday check in. While our official Monday Memos hostess, Sian, is taking a summer break.
Winter Wheat - looking right.  It is one of my favourite fields to look at

It's a holiday Monday (in lieu of, since Canada Day was on a Saturday).
 
Real Estate Office Covered Their Building With A Fla


We had a wonderful Saturday celebrating Canada Day in spite of the weather.  It has rained every day since my last Monday check in.  The dosing of rain on Saturday did come at the right time as it put out the small bonfire we had at the church for marshmallow roasting.   All the church bells were rung at 1:50pm, playing O'Canada - it brought a tear to many an eye.  Fireworks were amazing.

At home we had maple leaf cookie decorating - can you tell the difference between the girl team & the boy team?  We also had burgers (both beef & veggie) shaped like maple leaves.




Since it's a holiday there is no mail today & last week's mail was just flyers & not even those were worth reading!

I have hired two new ladies for the reception positions soon to be vacated, so training begins week of July 10th for one & July 17th for another.  I am feeling positively drained from resume reading & interviewing.  I had one applicant that had an appointment Friday at 9am - she called at 9am to say she had slept in & could we scheduled later.  I said if you can't show up for the interview what makes you think I would have confidence in your showing up for the job!  Bye bye ... 
 
Winter Wheat Field Looking to the left


I hope everyone has a fabulous week ahead & Happy Independence Day on the 4th to my American friends.

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Happy Birthday Canada


150 Years Strong & Proud
 




I would not want to live anywhere else. 
 
 HAPPY BIRTHDAY CANADA!