Wednesday, April 16, 2014

WHAT A DIFFERENCE A DAY MAKES!!!!!!!!

Last week Spring finally came to Jerseyville.  The sun beat down upon the farm with a glorious, snow melting warmth.




Atticus, Rufus and Daisy happily lounged on the porch with us while we cleaned away the winter and put out the summer furniture, a bit early I know but I really wanted to sit outside for Easter.



What a beautiful day it was, finally after such a horrendous winter, even for Canada, Spring had arrived.



I went to Josmar Acres and purchased some hearty Pansies, I know they can take the colder evenings.  After a long, satisfying morning of fixing the porch, I sat for a welcoming cup of tea and a good look at my country books for some ideas for summer decorating.

But alas, Spring can be a cruel mistress!  This is what we woke up to yesterday morning.  Not only this but it had poured rain on Monday and the basement flooded near the furnace which caused it to shut down.  While my husband was setting up the sump pump he broke a mirror ( I think this is why the furnace stopped, the first of 7 years of bad luck).

Today, the furnace is working, the basement is dry, I am doing Easter decorating and the snow is beginning to melt.  Brenda, from Rescue Dogs Match popped in with a lovely Easter pot of flowers.  Life goes on, Spring will come, and you would think by now I would be prepared for the unexpected weather, even in April, after all, I AM CANADIAN!





Friday, April 11, 2014

HELLO! I AM STILL HERE.....& IT'S MY BIRTHDAY TOMORROW!!!!!!

I have been a bad blogger!  I cannot believe I have not posted since March 24.  I just don't know where the days have gone.  Last year I posted every day, like I had done almost for over 3 years.  I have just been so busy with another fundraiser for the Dog Rescue, a MayDay Bazaar to welcome Spring.  We have been working on the closet/office and finally we have had some nice weather so I have been working to make it look a little presentable outside.  The farm looks like a sink hole but at least the porches look nice.

A I said, tomorrow is my Birthday.  This year I am very happy to have my birthday.  I started TOPS September 25th. and as of the other day I have lost 40 lbs.  I feel great.  Lots of energy and I just feel lighter and like this is my year.  Onward and upward.  This is the first time I have fully commited myself to a regime of weight loss and exercise and I am not looking back and regretting starting earlier I am just looking ahead.

I saw this today and it says it all for me.

For my Birthday present this year I went to see someone I admire, Cher.  My daughter-in-laws mom, Donna, also a dear friend, went with me, that was her Christmas present.  I saw Cher years ago and I must say she is as beautiful, fit and strong voiced as she was then if not more so.  The woman is 68 years old, age is just a number.  Her show was a feast for the eyes with old songs, new songs and a wonderful video duet with Sonny singing I Got You Babe.    She did a Burlesque montage, a fabulous set with her Gypsy, Tramps and Thieves album and the finale took my breath away, she actually floated across the stadium while singing her beautiful last song.  Pat Benatar opened for her and boy can she belt it out.  She is 61 and a real firecracker.  I highly recommend seeing this show if you can.  It was a great Birthday present and as an extra bonus I fit into the dress I bought in November for the concert.  Funny story, I had to wear a slip underneath and I only have one half slip and it was a little big so I tucked it into the top of my tights.  Going up the escalator I said to Donna " Something doesn't feel right".  My slip had come untucked and was heading for my ankles.  Now that, although a good thing weight loss wise, it could have been very embarrassing.

So, tomorrow my lovely family will be here, I am going to have a very small sliver of my birthday cake, I did not care if I had one but my hubby looked like he was going to cry when I said no cake this year so I did pick up a little one.  I will do a nice big catch up post on Sunday, lots to catch up on.  So I hope you all have a nice, sunny weekend and if it is anyone elses Birthday this weekend, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!










Monday, March 24, 2014

THE VILLAGE POST OFFICE!!

As you know, I live in a small town.  So small that I go to the neighbouring town ( 5 minutes away) to pick up my packages from the local Post Office.



I am one of those old fashioned people who loves to send packages and letters.  I never miss Birthday Cards, Christmas Cards I even send Valentine's and Easter Cards to my little sweethearts.  Having an Etsy business I am at the Post Office quite often.  I also order a lot online so when I receive a pick up notice in my mailbox, the lovely old kind that sits on the side of the road across from our farm, I cannot wait to pop over and see what wrapped goodies have arrived.



Our Post Office is not as quaint as these but it is still a small brick building and every Spring flowers are out front.  The postal workers, Debbie and Jeannette always greet you with a smile, a laugh and they know everyone by their first name.

As I wrote in a post earlier this year, here in Canada the Postal services are changing.  They have done away with many Postmen and replaced door to door service with those ugly community pick up boxes.  Some areas do not even have a pick up Post Office their packages are left sitting out in front of the community boxes.  So far this has not been our plight here in Jerseyville but everytime I walk up to our Post Office door and there is a notice posted I dread it will say they are closing.

I hope this does not happen.  I would miss seeing Debbie and Jeanette every week, meeting other people in the post office for a chat having that human interaction.  We have enough machine communication in our lives it is so nice to see friendly faces, to walk into a shop where they know your name, to feel like someone actually cares. 





Thursday, March 20, 2014

BLESSED OSTARA, SPRING IS COMING!

March 21 is the beginning of Ostara, the pagan welcoming of Spring Equinox.


This is a time of rebirth, blessing the earth.  It is a time to plant seeds, walk in the woods and welcome the baby animals into our beautiful world. 




Easter comes with Spring along with new life, new flowers, and the earth renews herself after a long cold winter.  The word Easter comes to us from the Norsemen's Eostur, Eastar, Ostara, and Ostar, and the pagan goddess Eostre, involving the season of the growing sun and new birth.  The "Easter" Bunny was originally a symbol of fertility and their rapid reproduction rate cannot be denied which is why it is the symbol of Ostara and of course why our culture has embraced it as the symbol of Easter.

I usually celebrate Ostara by starting my summer seeds, walking in the woods with the dogs and getting the yard ready for Spring.  Unfortunately it is still freezing here so I will celebrate by bringing some lovely store bought Spring potted flowers into the house and lighting candles to bless Eostre.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

NOT SPRING YET BUT THAT DOES NOT STOP SPRING CLEANING!

Despite the cold weather I still had to start my Spring Cleaning.  In my last post I told you we are redoing the upstairs well, it is not a simple task.




Every Spring there seems to be more clutter hidden in my house.  Closets are tumbling out ( that is why we are building a nice big one, by the way that is not my closet) , drawers are full and for some reason there is a lot of paper.  Are we like spuirrels and chipmunks.  Do we feel a need to gather over the winter?




Every Spring I clean, declutter and donate.  Every Spring!  There are two of us, 3 dogs and 3 cats in this house.  I blame the cats, they look like secret hoarders to me.  I have tried to follow the rule as in the first photo.  As a matter of fact I donated practically my whole closet the Rescue Dogs Match Yard Sale last May.  I knew I was going to work on myself so losing all  of those clothes was a good start ( 36lbs. so far!)
I also try to keep a routine for cleaning but with organizing fundraising, a hubbie, six pets, two grandbabies, 3 Etsy Shops and a life it does not always happen.

After this Spring Clean and the new upstairs I vow to try to keep to a routine and stay organized.  I found some great cleaning ideas at CRAFT GOSSIP.COM have a look they are really handy ones.



I am so tired of things falling out of my kitchen cupboards that I am going to invest in some container and a labeler.  And plugs, don't get me started.  How can the television, a receiver and blu-ray have so many cords.  Check out IT WORKS FOR BOBBI for some really good organizing ideas.

I use lemons for everything from my hot drink first thing in the morning ( a great cleanse) to getting the water stains off of my tub (well water).  You will be surprised how many uses the little lemon has, check out PROTOTYPE MAMA for 18 of them.

I am glad I am getting all of this done now so that if Spring ever gets here I can just sit and smell the flowers (well, maybe for an hour).




Wednesday, March 12, 2014

WILL IT NEVER END?

Yesterday here in Southern Ontario, the temperatures reached a balmy 10 degrees c. that is around 50 degree f.  It was so uplifting.  We were out of the house at 7:30 a.m. to go and stay with our little babies and you could smell the earth.  We even took the sweethearts for a long walk, joy!




This is what we woke up to this morning!  Holy Hanna, will this ever end?  How can it be so lovely one day and so horrid the next, it is still snowing we are well over a foot deep.  I am really getting a little down about all of this.  Two years ago if you recall, my son and daughter-in-law lost their cat Kaysar, and we searched for him for weeks.  That was in March and it was so warm we were out after midnight without coats.

I am getting ready for a MayDay Bazaar for Rescue Dogs Match so inside I am surrounded by images of a blissful, warm, colour filled Spring.  Everyone please say a blessing to the Spring Goddess to bring Spring to us.

On another note have you ever listened to the Beatles song "IN MY LIFE".  I listen to it all of the time you should it really is a wonderful song, one of their best written.

 IN MY LIFE

There are places I remember
All my life, though some have changed
Some forever not for better
Some have gone and some remain
All these places had their moments
With lovers and friends
I still can recall
Some are dead and some are living
In my life I've loved them all
But of all these friends and lovers
There is no one compares with you
And these memories lose their meaning
When I think of love as something new
Though I know I'll never lose affection
For people and things that went before
I know I'll often stop and think about them
In my life I love you more
Though I know I'll never lose affection
For people and things that went before
I know I'll often stop and think about them
In my life I love you more
In my life I love you more

Songwriters
LENNON, JOHN / MCCARTNEY, PAUL

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