Deck the Halls

December 10, 2014 § Leave a comment

DecTree
The tree is decorated…

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The village is set up…

cards
Cards are ready to be posted…

gifts
And gifts are wrapped.

It’s only December what now??????

Actually, I’m still waiting on a few packages to be delivered and I have a bit of running around to do. But really, other than some baking I’m all but ready for Christmas. Who’d have thunk it, especially because I started out this holiday season very humbug. I’m feeling better about it now.  :D

It’s been snowing ALL DAY so there’s little worry that we won’t have a white Christmas which is always a relief. Not that I’m a fan of the snow and cold, I’m not. It’s just that, around these parts, without snow it just isn’t the same.

Besides, if it’s warm enough to snow it’s not so cold that this is happening…

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Come get me when it’s Spring again!

Happy December!

December 1, 2014 § 1 Comment

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Merry Christmas! 

May your holiday celebrations be filled with cherished family, beloved friends and amazing food.

She Touches My Shoulder

August 6, 2014 § 2 Comments

How easily I forget her…

While I worry about how I will take care of my father
While I work at making a happy union with my husband
While I ache not knowing the whereabouts of my son

She touches my shoulder
Gently, so unobtrusive
Reminding me that she’s still waiting

I’m ashamed about how easily I forget her
She deserves so much better

While I self medicate against a horrific past
While I am only here in the now half the time
While I make my life’s work overcoming

She touches my shoulder
Sweetly, and smiles
Reminding me that I once was her

Waiting for my mother to love me
As much as them

Waiting for my mother to know
How much I loved her

I can give her what I didn’t have
But I don’t know how to start

She touches my shoulder
Nudging me into wakefulness
Reminding me that it’s not too late

Awwwwwwwwwww

July 8, 2014 § 2 Comments

I was right, Mom was tickled and thought the outfit was adorable.  Little one seemed nonplussed but wore the bonnet anyway.  I think it’s because Mom has always been a stickler for protective head wear and she’s used to it.

Either way, she wore it long enough to get a bunch of too cute pics and I’m happy.

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Not too shabby for 50 cents worth of fabric and less than an hour of my time.

If anyone is interested I’d be happy to post a sketch of the pattern and instructions, just leave me a comment.

A Little Bit of Inspiration

July 2, 2014 § 2 Comments

And some LEFTOVER fabric…

Turns this…

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Into this…

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And then you end up with…

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Cute eh?  It’s a birthday gift for a friend’s 3 year old daughter.  Mom will love it for sure, as for the little one I can only hope.

Oh well, one nice pic of her wearing it and I’ll be good even if it end’s up at the bottom of a closet.  It cost nothing to make and took at most an hour to put it all together. Hardly blood, sweat and tears.  :D

 

 

 

 

Sunshine, Daffodils and Misplaced Tulips

May 21, 2014 § 2 Comments

The forecast had called for rain but we were lucky to get a gorgeous sunny day instead.  This is great news for our flowers, grass and gardens. We’ve had too much rain already and not nearly enough warm sun.

So, finally, things are happily growing where they should be…

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That’s the front garden with violets, daffodils and a hosta sprouting out of last year’s autumn leaves. I have to get in there, clean it out and put down some fresh soil.

This, however, is totally out of place…

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It’s a two toned tulip growing, quite happily, in the middle of the most weed infested part of our lawn. I can only imagine that some local squirrel stole the bulb from one of our more ardent gardening neighbours and buried it there knowing full well no one would look for it on “this” lot.  ;)

We need to dig up that whole patch of lawn so I’m thinking about transplanting the tulip and bringing it inside. A matter for some research. In any case, it’s really nice to have something other than snow, cold and boredom to talk about.

:D

Speaking of Ends…

May 18, 2014 § 1 Comment

I recently ended my procrastination about Spring cleaning and finally cleaned out the mudroom.  A long awaited chore that bounced from list to list until I eventually forgot to write it down.

I just woke up yesterday morning and decided I was going to do it.

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Recycling

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Weird how much that accomplishes, just doing something. Instead of planning, debating, discussing, and writing endless lists about…the only thing that actually changed anything was just getting in there and doing it. I know, it’s not Plato, but it’s still a pretty good metaphor.

HappyGnome
A smiling Gnome agrees.

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