Thursday, 5 December 2019

5 in 5 On The 5th

It's been SO long, too long,  since I joined in with Sandie's 5 in 5 On The 5th.  You can find out more about this lovely prompt here:  5-in-5-December-2019

My five today are little handmade, knitted or crochet ornaments I have been gifted over the years.  Each is so very special to me because of the gifter (is there such a word, not according to spell check) & the time it took to make.  Every year when I place out I have a little thought towards the crafter who made (spell check doesn't like this word either).

These five are part of my Christmas Joy

Wednesday, 4 December 2019


In case you have missed it, Eileen at A Bracelet of Days is hosting the 2019 Winter Photography Scavenger Hunt.

The search runs from December 1st to March 31st 2020. The usual rules apply so all photos must be your own work and must be taken between December 1st 2019 and March 31st 2020.

Eileen will be hosting a link up at the end of each month so you can share your finds.

Here's the list:
  1. in the bag
  2. contrast
  3. the way to go
  4. colours
  5. a garden gate
  6. vintage 
  7. I stood here
  8. 11 o'clock
  9. solitary
  10. the little things
  11. industrial
  12. time for tea
  13. a keyhole
  14. flavour of the month
  15. letters
  16. a barrier
  17. a line
  18. a chain
  19. an alley
  20. monochrome, i.e. varying shades of the same colour

If you find any of the above hard to get you may substitute one or both of the subjects below.

Alt A. chequers or chess

Alt B. a community market

Monday, 2 December 2019

Me On A Monday - December 2nd


Good Morning - I hope every one is well.  For the month of December, I'll be back posting on Monday mornings.  Our December started with a winter storm.

Currently it's all a go for the start of the Christmas season.  My two Christmas trees are up & decorated.  I've tempered the overall decorating to simpler.  I no longer want to style my decorating as though Christmas threw up at my house.  I have sorted through a lot of it it & donated to our church Christmas bazaar.  I went through everything with the attitude of "I don't live in a storage container", which is the thought I've been holding in my mind a lot this last few months of de-cluttering V2.5.  

Currently my pocket book & wallet are still intact, no Black Friday or Cyber Monday sales tempting me.  "I don't live in a storage  container" carried on strong as the flyers & email came fast & furious. 

Currently I am struggling to read a book I requested from the library.  I cannot remember who recommended; The Ten Thousand Doors of January.  I'm going to give it one more try before I return to the library.  I've even tried to jump a few pages ahead hoping it might engage me.  I've now got a few of my regular December reads on request at the library; The Christmas Cookie Club & The Stupidest Angel.  Of course reading also leads to watching ...

Currently I (we) are watching Series 7 of Inspector Lewis, all of which we got from the library.  I really like Lewis & Hathaway together - now that is the mighty duo!  We are anxiously awaiting the arrival of Series 9 of Vera at the library.  We really enjoy Vera.
 Mr Man is catching up on his Dr Who series. I've also started my Christmas movie watching; always start with black & white version of Miracle on 34th Street, then I move to Christmas Vacation.

Currently awaiting to hear if a course I've signed up for, is a go in the New Year.  It's one of those decisions I was waffling on, back & forth & I've decided, yes, what's the worse that could happen?  The worse would be I'm still older & I didn't take the chance.  The worse could be I don't like it, & that the university registrar was wrong, so I drop out.  The worse could be I fail at it, so I couldn't move on to the next course ... you see where I'm going with this ... it's a risk & I'll survive it, no matter how it turns out.  Lesson one & two from my church Elder - what's the worse that can happen & you'll survive it.  

Currently Eileen at A Bracelet of Days is hosting the 2019/2020 Winter Photo Scavenger Hunt.  Please join in & check out Eileen's blog post about the list & dates; Winter-photography-scavenger-hunt

Friday, 29 November 2019

TGIF - November 29th

Thanks Dr Brene Brown for this new take on an old acronym, TGIF to mean Trusting, Grateful, Inspired & Fun.

Trusting: that one of my sisters, who is traveling in the middle east, gets home safely, soon.  They had an encounter on the seas with pirates.

Grateful:  that the man we hired to rake all the leaves came out on a chance day to get all the lawns & gardens cleared of the wet packed mess that the leaves had become.  He's got all the proper equipment to make short work of this.

Inspired: by one of the elders at church.  She's an amazing lady of 80+ years & has given me some sound advice about taking risks in life.  She openly shared some of her risks taken & some risks she passed on & why/how the outcome of either choice shaped her life.  She's amazing, kind, funny, loving & I think she needs to write a book.  All her wisdom & stories have certainly inspired me to look at some of my own risk(s) pending.

Fun: a wonderfully too short a phone call (3 hours) with my best friend.  Grateful for phone plans!

Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Wisdom On A Wednesday #2

Hummingbird sitting in my Birch tree

A bird sitting on a tree is never afraid of the branch breaking because her trust is not in the branch,  but in her own wings.

Friday, 22 November 2019

TGIF - November 22nd

Thank you to Dr Brene Brown for this re-take on TGIF; instead of Thank Goodness It's Friday, we now go with Trusting; Grateful; Inspired & Fun.

Trusting: that my book/reading dry spell is over.  I've got 2 books out from the library & two waiting for me to pick up.  The two that I have just started to read, & I'm so far enjoying; Akin  by Emma Donoghue and Winter Solstice by Rosamund Pilcher.

Grateful: for some better quality TV (time well wasted) in a few  series; Press; Poldark (oh swoon over Aidan Turner) both on Masterpiece; His Dark Material on HBO (I've read the books).

Inspired: by some Pinterest posts for Christmas cards.  I've now got all mine made & envelopes addressed.  Just need to get to the post office to purchase stamps for mailing December 1st. 

Fun: we got our online Advent Calendar - this year's location is an online, not real,  little village in the Cotswold, truly a magical place both in reality & an online version.  There are a few fun things in the calendar to do before December 1st.
Source: Internet (Cotswold Village)

Monday, 11 November 2019

Lest We Forget - November 11th 2019

Poppies From My Garden

In Flanders Fields

By John McCrae, Canadian physician Lieutenant-Colonel

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
    That mark our place; and in the sky
    The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
    Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
        In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
    The torch; be yours to hold it high.
    If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
        In Flanders fields.

Memorial Statue of John McCrae - Guelph, Ontario

Friday, 1 November 2019

TGIF - A Month of Thanksgiving #5

Thank you to Dr Brene Brown for this change up on TGIF; Trusting, Grateful, Inspired & Fun.

Trusting: that this new chapter in my life is a page turner of joy, wonderment & personal growth.  I have struggled with some of my decisions moving into a life I want.   I envy people that can make tough decisions quickly & then make the most of that decision.  Me, I'm a brooder, worrier & a waffler.  
Grateful: for the people that have read my blog posts over the years & for those leaving comments.  It has truly amazed me where this blogging journey has gone; is going.

Inspired: by a lovely letter from a patient couple at my last clinic job.  She & He did notice all those little extra bits of attention to detail.  It mattered.  My last two paid jobs certainly felt like that joke quote; "doing a good job here is like wetting yourself in a dark suit, it gives you a warm feeling but nobody notices."

Fun:  having the time to play with all my acquired stamping stuff &  getting into my stash of scrapping stuff.  I also attended a specialty  card making workshop.  It's amazing how the mind opens to being more creative when it's not bogged down with worries & stuff. 

November's Angel Thought is "Retreat" .  

Monday, 28 October 2019

Tardis Door

As promised, this is Mr Man's Dr Who door to the Tardis.  He made everything himself except for the peel'n stick Police Public Call Box sign, which by the way, was really difficult to get on straight & level.

The door is actually to our cold/fruit cellar which is just off our home theatre room, in the basement.  The door knob will one day be replaced by a dark blue one to blend/fade into the door.  A door knob isn't part of the Tardis's door, but we have to have quick access to this little room as it also serves as our safe room during tornado watches & warnings in the summer months.   And yes that's a snitch, caught from our first Quidditch game, sitting on one of the surround speakers!


Friday, 25 October 2019

TGIF - A Month of Thanksgiving #4

Thank you to Dr Brene Brown for this change up on TGIF; Trusting, Grateful, Inspired & Fun.

Trusting:  that all the peanuts I have been feeding to my chipmunks help get them through the winter months.

 Grateful:  for some amazing tools to use in the garden, the electric, battery charged,  hand clippers are amazing. 

Inspired:  by the courage of my friend who underwent surgery & now chemo treatments for breast cancer. It was during her regular mammogram check up that the lump (deep & small) was found.  Ladies please don't forget to get your mammogram!

Source: Internet

Fun: Mr Man is a big Dr Who fan, so when he was working on his home theatre room, the cold cellar/fruit cellar is just off that room, so he turned that door into the Police Call box front from Dr Who.  He built most of it himself & just ordered the peel & stick logos online. 

Friday, 18 October 2019

TGIF - A Month Of Thanksgiving #3

Thank you to Dr Brene Brown for this change up on TGIF; Trusting, Grateful, Inspired & Fun.

Trusting  that I've read the bands of our garden woolly caterpillar correctly; Folklore believes "If the rusty band is wide, then it will be a mild winter. The more black there is, the more severe the winter."  The photo is from the Internet, ours had even bands.
Source: Internet
Grateful for a bountiful Thanksgiving dinner this past Monday.

Inspired or Intrigued:  by nature's wonderment in this large mushroom puff ball.  There are several people in our little village that gather these puff balls when first formed to cook & eat - they say quite tasty.  This puff ball has split as it is older so not one for eating.

Fun  a lovely drive out to witness Mother Nature's spectacular Autumn wardrobe & what made it fun was that Mr Man agreed to stopping when ever I wanted to take a photo. 

"Kindness, is like snow, beautifies everything it covers".  ...Kahlil Gibran

Monday, 14 October 2019

Thanksgiving Monday

Source: Internet
Thank you for each new morning with its light, for rest & shelter in the night. For health & food, for love & friends, for everything, thy goodness sends.   ... Ralph Waldo Emerson

Image result for Thanksgiving images
Source: Internet

Friday, 11 October 2019

TGIF - A Month of Thanksgiving #2

Thank you to Dr Brene Brown for this change up on TGIF; Trusting, Grateful, Inspired & Fun.

Trusting that the advertised over the counter cold relief medications actually do work.  Seems my parting gift from my current employer is a head cold!   6 more days!

Grateful that the overnight frosts have not killed off the majority of my summer pots of pretty pink flowers.  Still time to enjoy & savour the joy.

Inspired with all the online postings of some beautiful cards made during World Card Making Day (Oct 5th).  Here's 3 I made at a workshop.

Fun  with a friend when we went to see Downton Abbey, the movie.  It was delightful to see The Dowager again & of course our Edith does look delightfully happy (still).  I really liked the actress that played Queen Mary & I got very teary during the scene of the review of the troops when they played God Save The King (remember it was 1927 & King George V was on the throne).  The entire audience had a laugh out loud moment at Mr Mosley's curtsy.

Friday, 4 October 2019

TGIF - A Month of Thanksgiving

Thanks to Dr Brene Brown for giving us TGIF; Trusting, Grateful, Inspired & Fun.

Lace over brown burlap table runners

Trusting: That the skies will clear, the rain will stop for some sunshine time to go out & photography the beautiful Autumn leaves.

Grateful: For a stash of beautiful Autumn papers that I already own.

Inspired:  by Pinterest 31 Days of Thankful prompts.  Lots of free inspiration there. In the end the exchange rate was too much to join in the official 31 Days of Thankful.

Fun: Decorating the house for Autumn, The Harvest & Thanksgiving celebrations.  Thanksgiving is such a wonderful holiday to celebrate.  There's the food that is traditionally only made at Thanksgiving - ooohhh pumpkin; there's decorating & there's no pressure of gift giving - just count your blessings. 

Monday, 30 September 2019

2019 SPSH - The End On Monday September 30th

Here's the list of those linking in to SPSH.  I hope everyone gets a chance to go visit the other's blogs to see what they have found for the search.  

This is our last link in for the 2019 SPSH.  Thank you all to those participating, I hope you had fun.

In no particular order & if I have missed your link please let me know in the comments & I will add you.

Ruth:This West London Life
Deb:Deb's World
Eileen: A Bracelet of Days
Maggie: Farmer's Wife Day by Day
Karen W: Random Reflections
Melissa: Daily Life Bits & Pieces
Bless: My Two Cents
Joy: Diary of A Retired Teacher
Karen: Karen's 365 Photos
Jane:  Jane's Journal
Susanne: Snaps & Snippets
Tanya: Of Sowing & Growing
Sharon: My New Uneventful Life 
Live and Learn
Amanda: Amanda's Scrapbook Pages

My final entries are:

# 16 An Out of Season Treat Being Enjoyed:  mushroom stroganoff.  I got the craving while reading "The Flat Share" 

#17 A Sail: sail club having a lesson.

#19 A Funny Or Meaningful Bumper Sticker:  this little bettle bug from Hawaii was covered in them. 

A:  Bird or Bee House:   our bee house

B: Fresh Product - the best corn on the cob - Van Tol's

and that folks is what they call a wrap ..thanks so much to all those that joined in.  Eileen over at Bracelet of Days will be hosting the Winter version of PSH.  It begins December 1st, so be sure to check out her link to get the list on December 1st.  Eileen

Friday, 27 September 2019

TGIF - September 27th

So playing along with Dr Brene Brown's TGIF (Trusting, Grateful, Inspired & Fun)

Trusting: that Mr Man's scheduled (another) new type of treatment for the good eye will work.  It's thankfully 90% covered by our national health plan.  Because of the 3 surgeries on the left eye, the right eye has developed serve dryness.  It apparently is quite a common "reaction".  The treatment will "express" the lipid glands in the eye & one treatment can last up to 6 months!  Now we wait for the appointment.

Grateful: for blog friends' book recommendations.  I think I forgot to mention I read one recommended by Ruth,   The Flatshare, a delightful read,  there was some cooking talk in the book that inspired one of my SPSH finds.  I've just finished one from Karen's List, The Stationery Shop.  I had a lump in my throat at the end which spilled over into tears.  To me it confirms how connected we all are by events & choices we make in reaction to those events.

Inspired:  by this quote;  "We must not confuse the command to love with the disease to please."  ... Lysa Terkeurst

Fun: It's October coming up soon & for Canadians that means the  month of Thankful & Grateful.  The fabulous Cathy Z has a short online workshop for 31/30 Days of Thankful.  I am thankful that Cathy recognizes the need for 31 / 30 days of Thankful for both her Canadian customers, who celebrate Thanksgiving in October, hence 31 days & for her  American customers that celebrate Thanksgiving in November, hence only 30 days.  There is a F/B group which is no cost.  You can sign up here for Cathy Z's online class, which has a cost: czclasses

Thursday, 26 September 2019

Take Notice Thursday - Improvements

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 Notice 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?

This week it's all about card making.

From September's card class I tried stamping using a mask, which just means you stamp an image on a sticky note first, then stamp your image on the card base, put the stamped mask on top & then stamp other images close to, the mask prevents over stamping.  I like but it is a fiddly method. The mask was made for the purple flowers.

Using pearlized paint on a stamped image to highlight areas.  I liked this method.  The pearlized paint colour is called champagne.

Stamping & embossing an image then die cutting it out - again a bit of a fiddly technique.  I made this card for Mr Man's birthday celebrated earlier in the month.

In just under 2 years I've gone from being very scared about stamping a single simple image to trying multiply techniques for one card.   I may not be learning something new everyday in September, but I am trying something new in September.

The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honours the servant and has forgotten the gift.

— Albert Einstein

Monday, 23 September 2019

Me On A Monday - September 23rd

Source: internet

Autumn is Mother Nature's way of teaching us that change can be a good thing.   Autumn arrived in this part of the world at 3:50am this morning - welcome.

This weekend we dropped off 4 bags of yard waste to the local recycle centre.  Truly thankful that we have this so close & it's free.

I noticed that the neighbours' Black Walnut tree has been totally defoliated by the tent caterpillars.  I'm trusting that the tree will survive the winter & come back in the spring.

We have a federal election coming up in October & every where these ugly signs are popping up -.  Thank goodness we have rules about the length of time this can go on before an election. It's usually 40 days.  This election it is truly a case of who do you dislike the least.  I wish we could have a two tier vote - one for the candidate in your riding & a vote of who you'd like for Prime Minister.  Alas it is not so, the vote you cast in your riding goes towards the total of seats for the Prime Minister.  I am inspired by the right to vote, & I'm inspired by the representative in our riding.  I'm just not inspired by the leaders of the parties - not any of them.
We had the fun of  a country slow drive to my favourite (& only) scrapbook store.  The soy is quickly ripening & the corn continues to grow.
soy bean
silo corn (cattle corn)


Monday, 16 September 2019

Me On A Monday - September 16th

Good Morning.  We had quite a wet weekend with lots of rain that was mingled with thunder & lightening.  While our wet weather was not from Hurricane Dorian, I read that this hurricane was even affecting weather in Scotland! I also read that "the black blob" in the Pacific is again building & will impact our winter weather.  The blob is an area of water that is heating rather than cooling.  

With that late & cold damp spring we had, we are still seeing the effects in things like an over abundance of Eastern "tent" caterpillars.  We do see them every year but usually just in their favourite tree of choice - regionally it is the black walnut tree, but this year they are in every thing; trees, shrubs, plants.  Nasty things.  I know some folks that cut the branch off & burn the whole nest.  The only chemical treatment is banned in Canada.  

Currently watching on loan from the library, the DVD  series,  George Gently.  We just wrapped up series 6 & only 2 series to go.  We have had two other series recommended to us, Inspector Morse (which I think is a really old series) & Inspector Lewis (a spin off from Inspector Morse).  Our librarian recommended Inspector Morse series because we watch the Endeavour series which apparently is the prequel to Inspector Morse.  British crime series are the best.

I have some very late in the season sunflowers about to bloom - very tiny blooms but still a show.  These sunflowers were planted by the chipmunks - I scattered sunflower seeds about the garden for them to forage on.  I guess one of them thought hiding a few seeds in my flower pot was a good idea. 

I laughed quite a bit this week when in the mail we received an advertising  card from a local realtor.

In case it doesn't show well, the card says "Things To Do In August" and then lists 4 activities that all take place in September.
Details, not only is God hiding in them, but so is the important  information. 

I hope everyone has a good week.   A reminder that the last link in for SPSH is Monday September 30th.  How are you doing with your search?