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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Interesting???

June, Bonnie. You haven't written since June....... I give myself a hard time for disregarding this blog. Writing this was something that would take your mind off some things, and give you a chance to explore......
"Be quiet"  I say to myself. I don't need this little voice in my head to be giving me a hard time. I have a zillion excuses for not posting, I just can't remember them. I think someone has running stitched the days together and gathered them up into a few days. Surely 55+ days have not passed....... oh dear. I'm fooling myself.

This summer has been interesting. Yes, that's a good word. Interesting. All encompassing. It has been the Captain's summer. I have taken him to the camp, and at least 10 museums and even a Graveyard Walk, which was more difficult than he thought. It was difficult to run the walker over the rough ground around the old grave stones. We were both tired the next day.

The early mornings are getting crisp, showing that the end of summer is near. This morning, the air was still, and I looked across the hay field, and noticed, standing out against a green background, a maple tree with leaves already turning red.

I decided the other day to use a gift card given to me by daughter #1, to a local coffee house. When she first gave it to me, I thought that I would never use it, that the opportunity to go sit and have a coffee just wouldn't exist. Then I came to the conclusion that I would have to make the time to go, and spend even a short while in the quiet, that I needed it for my own mental health. Of course, this was the reason my daughter gave it to me in the first place. I am just a little slow.....

This is being written on different days, because life gets in the way. The desire to write ebbs and wains and the result is a hodgepodge of this and that.

Saying that, I think I will give up on trying to write anymore. It has taken me days to get this much done. I will add a few pictures and call it a day. I will start fresh soon, I hope.

Granddaughter Lindsay. Gala Days Princess

She was named Miss Spirit 
which she has lots of.


Aslan and I having a bit of a cuddle.
Can you tell by the bags under the eyes that I needed it
more than he did.

Life has been a bit rough of late. Looking forward to better days





Friday, June 23, 2017

Camp, Bugs and Museum Visits

Hello friends. I have a couple of things to write about this time, and a few pictures to share. I took the Captain away last week, to spend a few days at the camp, and to go to Shelburne for museum visits. It was......an interesting.....week.

I have mentioned the camp in a previous post from last year. It is not my favourite place to stay at this point in my life,but the Captain likes to go, and so we went. The black flies, mosquitoes and wood ticks were there in abundance, and just about drove me crazy. Swat, swat, slap, slap and swat again. I was always checking my pant legs for ticks. The first time, after walking the path to the outhouse, I had at least 5 ticks on each leg. It was hot, and because of the bugs, I spent most of the time in the camp. There was no sitting out under the big pine. We stayed for two nights, then headed to Shelburne, where we stayed in a lovely cottage in town. It was the complete opposite to the camp, and very comfortable.

We used to live in Birchtown, a community very near Shelburne, and we were keen to see the Black Loyalist Heritage Centre, as well as the museum complex in Shelburne itself. I had been to the Centre once before, with my daughter, Heather. It is a fascinating place, and one would need to go several times in order to get through all the information they have accumulated, and it is dedicated to the Black Loyalists who came to Nova Scotia after the American Revolution. The largest Black Community was in Birchtown. If you have read or heard of The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill, it was here that he got lots of information as he was researching for the book.

The interpreters were very knowledgeable, and extremely friendly. I felt as if I had known these folks, as they made us feel so welcome and comfortable. We were fortunate enough to hear The Storyteller, dressed in period costume tell a story. She captured you the minute she began and it was truly a great experience.

The Story Teller - Louise Delisle

I wish I had taken more pictures of the Centre, but I just didn't think of it. There was just so much to read and see.


The School House Museum, built in the1830's

We also visited the Museum complex right in Shelburne. There was the museum, the Dory Shop and the Ross Thompson House. Again, no pictures except for this one of a very old fire engine....and I'm not sure which museum I saw this in.


In order to make it easier for the Captain to get around these various museums, he took his walker. It certainly helped me to understand how difficult it can be for people with disabilities to get around. There is usually an upstairs in these old museums, and I carried the walker up and down stairs, as the Captain was able to walk up and down, with some difficulty, but he and I made it. I was a little weary at the end of the museum days. It was nice to be able to rest at the cottage, where I could sit and enjoy a cup of coffee.

HOWEVER....this creature was at the camp....I was not impressed!!!!!!!

I do not know anything about this house but it caught my eye
as it seemed to be totally engulfed with ivy.

We headed back to the camp for one more night, then back home, where little Aslan was very happy to see me. It was a long week, but I'm doing okay.



I guess this is all for this time.
Summer has finally arrived.
I hope it will be a good one.

Cheers!




Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Finally...

...something to write about, but it has taken over a week to get to it.
Last Sunday, after Church,I went with Dawn, Rae and Lindsay to visit Ironwood Farm, and Heather. I love it when we can all get together, especially at Heather and Rupert's. It was a bit cool, but we had a wonderful visit with the ewes and lambs, and there sure were lots of lambs. Other friends from Halifax, Eva and Dave, were there too, and I consider Eva one of my 'girls' as well.

I couldn't get enough of the little ones. I could have pulled up a chair and sat there all day, but we were on a rather tight schedule, so I could get home by supper time for the Captain. Still, it was an excellent day. I will share some pictures of them.







Rupert's Greenhouse is thriving.

I have many more, but I will leave it here. Well, perhaps I will post another picture of Aslan.  Let's see...........

Always a little helper?

Guess that is it for now.
Be back soon, I hope.

Cheers


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Really????

.....the first day of Spring.  The 1st day of Spring came with snow, freezing rain, rain, wind and school closures. Ah Spring, you disappoint. Perhaps if I wasn't so impatient for the change of the seasons, I wouldn't be so disappointed. Just when it gets a bit warmer and dryer, the weather changes and voila.... cold and snow.....

I have been very lax in posting, and it isn't the first time this has happened. I could blame it all on Aslan, well maybe not all of it, but he does take over the laptop as soon as it is turned on.



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Here it is a week later, and it is about time I finished this 'draft'. I honestly can't seem to get done what I want to do. This is my 3rd week with a cold. I can't seem to get rid of it. I am functioning at a low level, but I wish that it would leave and I would get more energy. It seems I am always wishing for more energy. Perhaps Aslan would share some of his with me. The little rascal is a going concern.

Except when someone comes to the door and he runs and hides, or he is having a nap, he follows me around, checking on everything that I am doing. It is like he needs the attention and wants to be a part of what is going on. I was trying to get a card painted, and as he was sleeping somewhere, I thought I would have no problem.......I get my paints, water and brush out, and begin.......suddenly out of no where, in the blink of an eye, Aslan pounces......on the paint tin (thank heaven it was water colour), grabs the brush in my hand and here we go again. It put him on the floor and as quickly as I can, I put the things away. It matters not that I keep putting him down when her interferes....he certainly does not take NO as a threat.  I feel that I shall have to lock him in the bathroom, or in the basement, but I really wouldn't feel right about doing that.....time will tell. If I stand still for a minute he will jump straight up to my chest and expect me to catch him, then he purrs and rubs up against my face as though this is what I am meant to do. He is a riot, and one good thing about his antics is that he makes the Captain laugh. 

Ah well, he is still a kitten, and I hope that as he matures he will be less of a pest. He is in hiding right now which enables me to write this without interruption, because someone came to the door.





And so I bring this post to an end.
We had more snow last night.
Spring is dragging her feet,
though she will soon have to make an appearance,
Soon....let it be soon.

Cheers


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The Day After

Well, we had quite a winter storm Sunday night through all day yesterday. The snow fell and the wind blew, and the snow fell faster and the wind blew harder and, well you get the idea. A blizzard is what the weather folks called it. Who am I to disagree? It definitely left a great mound of snow in my driveway, especially where the wind whipped up great drifts. The power flickered twice but didn't go off, through all the mayhem. I am very thankful for that.

Front yard


Kitchen window last night

The front door step

The Captain is out tidying the drive after Dawn sent her driveway plow man down. She then came down and shoveled.  There was just too much snow for me to handle. Oh yes, we are expecting about 15 cm on Thursday.

A strange kitty pose

Checking out the curtains

Laid back Aslan

I do believe that's it for now
Cheers, till next time
Stay warm

Saturday, February 4, 2017

February Already...

Here we are, the 4th  day of February….wow, and we have only had one snow storm to speak of, and one ice storm, in which our neighbour province New Brunswick is still feeling the effects with homes still without power after almost 2 weeks Their trees are still coated with ice. We were lucky here, in that we didn’t even lose power, but schools were closed for two days.

                I am writing this on my lap, and Aslan is sleeping beside me, having given up trying to sit on the keys. It is easier this way, because he can still be near me but I don’t have to keep pushing him off, as I do when working at my desk.


Well, that didn’t last very long. Two sentences and Aslan decided he wanted to play.

We have a bit of snow on the ground now, probably 3-4 inches. It covers up the dirty snow and brown slush, so that it looks quite nice when I look out on the fields. The roads are bare just now and that makes it much better for drivers.


If I don’t soon finish this it will be March……I started this 3 days ago. Aslan is in the basement giving me a chance to write this without interruption.

It is a sad, sad state of affairs in our world these days, but I am very thankful that I live in this province and this country. Nova Scotia, the ocean playground. I was going to say, in the summer, but even in winter some folk play in the ocean, surfing. Brrr. Not me. The water is even cold in the summer.


Things are piling up for me to do.  Oops,  guess who just found out how to open the basement door. Here we go again…………close the laptop, quick…………..

I was looking at the number of blogs I have written over the years. I started out with great gusto, and each year thereafter, the numbers declined. 2016 was a disaster for both blogs. But I am hanging in. So many thoughts spin around in this poor head of mine. It appears that I kept most of them to myself last year.
If there is a paper or a book Aslan likes to lay on it

unless he finds a pillow to hide under

There are times when he is quiet

I will end this now
Enough for today
I have to hurry up
Before Aslan comes my way.

Love that dear little furry, silly, laptop loving kitty cat

Saturday, January 14, 2017

First Snow Storm

It must be January.....church cancelled due to weather......40+ cm of snow. It looks beautiful of course, but.... it's the shoveling that is the problem....

The Captain wants to plow the driveway, so I had to shovel a pathway so he could get to it. We'll see what happens.

video
Aslan is upstairs sleeping, after a very busy morning. It is amazing how much energy he has, and the things he can get into.0000000000000000000000000000000000 (Aslan decided to join me andadded all the 0s before I could close the top)

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I am not even sure when I started this post, but the heavy snow we received has now gone, because it has rained for two days while the temperature stayed mild, and now the weather has done a one eighty and it is bitter cold again. Such is winter I guess.

Little Aslan has become quite comfortable with his surroundings. He can tell when I open my laptop and races from where ever he is to pounce on it and send the settings all whacky. I am able to this now, because he has discovered the basement and is presently investigating it.  He has caused me to be extremely neat, making sure all loose items (pens, pencils, paper, etc.) are put away so that he can't get them in his nightly antics. He is a little sweetheart despite his getting into everything that is not nailed down.

Pictures of the big snow.......




So the week has come to an end and I must say that I have had more energy than in
past weeks. Still dragging a bit, but I'm positive that the weird weather
has a lot to do with my moods. 

One foot in front of the other.....
the only way to get ahead....

Till next time,

Cheers