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Friday, May 28, 2010

Retaining Rock Wall

Last night hubby and I thought we heard something but dismissed it.This morning we woke up to this !!Part of the retaining rock wall fell, and wouldn't you know it... its exactly where the groundhog had been digging his hole. Behind it is the neighbors house and front yard... see our grass is mowed....... his is not and its full of dandelions to boot tisk tisk !

This is our culprit !!
That's a lot of work for us to try and redo this and its sooooo hot out there, I suggested to my hubby leave it where it is on the ground I will put a bag of earth on it , plant flowers and call it a rock garden...... you know make lemonade out of lemons... LOL!!
Nope he wants it back to the original .... men..... the thing of it is he is not feeling well these days and has so much pride... do you ladies have one of those??
I ((hope)) he comes to his senses and calls a neighbor down the street who owns a little digging/loading machine to help us........
As we were out there contemplating what to do.... we looked at the end of our yard(its a retaining rock wall all the way around the yard ) there was Digger the groundhog staring at us from the other wall !!!
I don't know who I am more upset with men or groundhogs !!!!!!
Anyway that's what's happened today!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Lilacs are in bloom !!!!!

The lilac trees are in full bloom can you smell them???
As we open our front door we are in lilac heaven, the smells is so heady and wonderful.

No rain yet ladies.... they have been promising us a thunderstorm for a few days but the sun is out before the clouds and not a raindrop in sight.
So we focus on the lilacs aren't they gorgeous !!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Fire !

This is a water bomber spraying the water over the fire.

This water bomber just filled up and is leaving Porcupine Lake to the fire ,notice the next water bomber just over the top of the first one you see , waiting its turn to land and fill up, they can fill as they land it takes about 8 to 10 seconds to fill the tank and they are off again.

This was near where one fire was blazing in the forest.

Another water bomber filling up its tank.People watching on shore.

Our district had a fire last week, actually we had 3 forest fires bordering on 3 sides of our city.
Our forest are tinder dry and its very very hot out ,plus we haven't had a good rain yet.
We now have a total fire ban , which means no fires allowed in the forest at all, up here where I live its all forest anywhere you look there is a pine tree, lots of people go camping and boating and to their cottages, everyone enjoys a good camp fire at night, to keep the flies at bay , toast marchmellos and tell wild stories to your friends and neighbors sitting near the fire.
Its the Canadian thing to do !!

I have been looking for pictures to show you and finally found some.Two fires are out , one is still smouldering and does flare up, every day we see and hear the water bombers fly over us , going to the fire to douse it with Porcupine Lake water.

Its scary... and its not even officially summer yet...... Oh My !!
I hope we get some rain soon, even our grass is yellow now... we seem to go from one extreme weather to another... we have 2 seasons up north, winter being the longest and then summer, which is either wet or very hot.. this year its HOT!!

Here are a few pictures to show you... now don't worry about me or my family were not anywhere near it and in no danger .

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Victoria Weekend

Victoria Day
The Sovereign's birthday has been celebrated in Canada since the reign of Queen Victoria (1837-1901).

May 24, Queen Victoria's birthday, was declared a holiday by the Legislature of the Province of Canada in 1845.

Just in case you had forgotten! ;)

Just a casual weekend at home,a no stress weekend, going for long country rides that may or may not include an ice cream cone and maybe a BBQ or two.... rent a few movies for the evenings ....
what are your plans??

Wednesday, May 19, 2010


The sun is shinning....... the birds are singing....... my groundhog crossed the street and is living there now( we put huge stones in the mouth of his tunnel at both ends)........
All is good in my little world !!!!!!!
The weather man says the sun over my little city will stay there for the next week, and get this........
>>>>>>It will be hotter and hotter each and every day !!!!!!!!!

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Were thawing out finally!!!!!!

Yesterday hubby and I bought a new air conditioner a big one this time and with the help of my son it was installed in our bedroom last night.
Funny how we crave the sun and then we are too hot and need an air conditioner !!
Were such funny creatures !
I slept like a rock for the first time in a long long time.Maybe that's why I feel so good today!!

Ohhhh Happy Day !!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The SUN is HERE..... The SUN is HERE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I am going to go outside and enjoy some of it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Laser Scissors !!!!!!!

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Can you believe this !!!!
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Get a load of these babies !!!
This was one of my Mother's Day gifts in the bottomless bag of treats my kids gave me !!
Long ones, short ones, scalloped ones, etc...
Ok... OK... I have a scissor fetish.... I never meet a pair of scissors I didn't like !!!

Admit it.... these look like fun don't they!!!!!!!!

I got such a kick out of playing with these scissors !

Straight as an arrow !!!! >>>>>>>HE HE HE >>> that is so cool ladies I can't even tell you LOL!! !!!!!!!!!!

God I am so easy to please !!!

These are "some" of the scissors on my desk......... LOL!!!
I admit it freely I love scissors !

Tuesday, May 11, 2010


I am working on a needlepoint of a hydrandea bloom.
I have done so many over the years , its very relaxing to sit and do needlepoint,while you watch tv or listen so some music you might enjoy.
It gives me peaceful time to myself.
This one will be turned into a pillow when its done.

This is the instruction sheet,I take a snip of each color of wool and tape it next to the color chart, I find if you do that before you start it will save you tearing your hair out later on.
I have seen myself chose a color and do a whole section only to discover it was the wrong color.... very frustrating !
This way its very easy to double check.

I also make small bundles of the same color and I put a piece of masking tape with the color name and number attached to avoid confusion.Some colors are almost the same just a tad lighter or darker.

Also what I do is take a highliner pen and as I do a section,and some are very very tiny,just a few stitches...... I highlight each section as I go along.

I use masking tape on the outer edge of the whole piece of needlepoint to avoid unravelling while I work on it.
Some ladies put the the needlepoint piece on a special rack that is tight and keeps it in place,I have several of those in different sizes but I am happier just holding it in my hands to do the work.
What I do later when its all done I spray it gently with water( dont rub) then I will pin it on a wooden board with ordinary thumb tacks to shape it.Wait till its dry to work on it.

I like to do the corners and work inward.There is no right or wrong way to do this.

When I am done this is what it will look like as a pillow.
I just love those colors.

What's keeping your fingers busy and happy??

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day Mom !
I wish I could say that to her myself....
I miss her so much no words can explain how I feel.....
She was my mother , my friend, she was kind and caring, she was fun and silly
She was unique... one of a kind and she was mine.
I will save the first peony for you Mom

Wishing you all a wonderful Mother's Day!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Backyard Squatter

This little guy has been living in my back yard for 2 years, I was very surprised to see him again this year.
He chose to live behind our garage ,we have a rock wall behind that and he is right at home there,some of our stones have been falling and we wondered why... now we know that's probably his little den.
I don't feed him because I don't want him thinking our house is his home... LOL!!

And here is my one and only tulip that divided into 3 this year. Yes only one tulip grew from hundreds.... I am not kidding!
I will take another picture when it opens... poor thing has had to struggle we had snow yesterday and hail too, and our weather man is calling for more snow 1 cent.....
No summer in sight for us yet!!
I want to thank everyone for their concern, my migraine is gone .. that was so painful I could not even stand light in my eyes, let alone think ...
It lasted about a week, woke up with it and went to bed with it..... not pleasant !!
I hope it stays gone... so far so good !!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010


This is how I feel......
I will be back when it settles down.