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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Come back Spring, I miss you

Sadie sits at the window and wonders why we are having snow today. We had two beautiful days in the seventies and now today it's thirty five.  Don and I got carried away with the nice weather. We got all the oak leaves out of the flower beds. Those nasty oaks are the last to fall and then they huddle together all winter like a blanket over the dirt. The beds look so fresh now and I thought I saw the beginnings of peonies trying to pop up. We also uncovered the tarp and put out the fountains and flower pots. Maybe we jumped the gun a little with that. It was such a warm day that I stayed outside as long as possible even  into the evening. Hopefully. This cold snap will pass and we can get on with spring. 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Sunday, April 13, 2014

A little surprise in the mail

It is such fun to receive a package in the mail and when it comes from my sister it is even better. Linda sent me a little box that she made. It was painted and stamped on the outside. When I opened it there were two bird pictures on the left and a beautiful vignette with eggs on the right. 

It was just what I needed to complete the decorating of my baker's rack. 

I set it up on some books beside a tall bird cage and it was perfect.  Thank you dear clever sister. 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Be who I am

I came across this on a blog today and had to repost it. It came from a blog called Metamorphosis. 

i have decided to give myself permission to be who I am - fully and wholly and without apologies.

I give myself permission:

to believe what rings true to me
to share with an open heart
to create only what makes my heart light up
to love, love, love what I create
to be as great as I can be
to be as flawed as I am
to have a body that isn’t the same as it was when I was 20 or 30 or even 40
to celebrate my older and wiser self
to be good at some things and not so good at others
to feel great some days and not so great on other days
to not always look fantastic
to be productive some days and not on others
to be a couch potato when I need to be
to be inspired by many different things
to allow inspiration to take me to different places
to leave those things behind that no longer light me up
to not finish things if they don't need to be finished
to have days when I get nothing done
to be silly when I feel like it
to be an inspiration to others
to live up to my fullest potential
to shine brightly
to love deeply
to feel how I feel
to look how I look
Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could learn this at a younger age?   To just be who we are and stop trying to be anything else. 

A little bit of Spring

A little warm weather yesterday brought out the spring in my step. Sadie and I went to Marilla Reservior for a walk. I took along my camera. There are no leaves out yet and everything was brown. The ice was still on the lake. We enjoyed walking around the lake. 
Sadie posed for a picture. 

The tress made a good subject for pictures. 

Guess who visited last night?

The black bear is coming out of hibernation now and boy is he hungry! He already visited the feeders a few nights ago tearing off part of the bottom of our big wooden feeder and bending down the metal pole with the two finch feeders. But last night he was really looking for some food and totally destroyed our feeders. Here he is sniffing and trying to find some food.

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The next picture a minute later shows the feeder completely torn down.
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I know he is hungry….but….he just can’t do this. One time long ago he tore the front porch light right down because he thought it was a feeder. Bad bear! Bad bear!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Here comes Peter cottontail

Do you remember the song Here Comes Peter Cottontail...hopping down the bunny trail?  We would always sing it at Easter time as children. Here comes Easter once again.  What fun it was looking for our Easter baskets.  Our childhood was magical and full of traditions. Hats and new shoes for Easter Sunday. Ham at our Easter dinner. Using the good china. Mom always made the day special. 
  At this time of year I think of my very favorite bunny story...Peter Rabbit. I read it to my children and as a teacher read it many times to my children. The Beatrix Potter illustrations were so unique and gentle and the story so simple but intriguing that I never tired of it. My favorite page was Peter hiding in the watering can. Please enjoy these lovely illustrations. 

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Balancing your time

Now that the weather is starting to get nicer it is harder to find time to spend on the computer. During those long winter days it was easy to while away the hours blogging and surfing but now that I can start to get outside I want to do things. That means I have limited time to visit my favorite blogs. I could always squeeze in the time between housework and activities before but now I seem to want to pick up a book or go for a walk.
In fact Sadie loved her walk on the Pitt trail today.  Also I am knee deep in kitchen decisions too which take up a lot of my time.
       I can understand how some of my friends have given up blogging completely. I shall really miss them and their daily comments but I understand fully how life is meant to be lived.
  I will keep on blogging because it is in my blood. Even on the days when I have nothing much to say. This is a record of my life.