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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Easter table-scapes.

Easter is a fun time to decorate a table for a family dinner.
Our dining-room is very small though, 12 x 12,  and I have a growing family to accommodate.
It's a tight squeeze.

This was last year's table
I  had to cover the table cloth once again with plastic or no one would eat on it. You see, it was a gift from my youngest daughter when she travelled through South America and found it in a market in Peru.
It is a piece of art and I love it. No one wanted to be the one 'who spilled the wine'. :-b
My son-in-law said, "If you don't cover that with plastic I'll have to eat on the porch."
So I did.




In 2012 the centerpiece was tulips.



Easter 20ll 
I had to have some daisies.
and a chocolate bunny for everyone  (the little one was for Riley)
Dinner was served buffet-style so no plates on the table yet.
                   
We are squeezing one more munchkin in this year as now we have Gwyn in a high-chair along with Riley and Bradley at the table.
I'm thinking back to when I was young and there was always the 'kid's table' at family gatherings.
Perhaps we are not far off from reaching that plateau.

While the snow blew around our house today, Annie watched me clean the house for this year's dinner.
"You missed a cat hair. Not mine, of course."

From the look on her face,  I think she is at a loss as to why I even bother today with all the dusting. It's not like I won't have to do it again the morning of.

OY!

Now I know you are wondering "How the heck does she set a table with  6 cats in the house?"
This old house is just like all other older homes. The dining-room has two doors that I can close off  before the dinner just to tick off the cats.

I'm joining http://jannolson.blogspot.ca/ for Share your Cup Thursday.
Deb

A happy start to the day.

I have wonderful news...
on Molly (now named Maggie) and her kittens


Here is a facebook update written by Louise Hindel from The Ottawa Cat Rescue Network.

Maggie-E has been adopted to the same family who adopted her son, Brent. That is the end of the Maggie-E saga that began in the fall when a very pregnant stray, who had been turned away by 2 shelters, came into foster care. She is the young cat who had 9 kittens. All of her kittens have found good homes. Agnes and James were adopted together; Laura and Fitz were adopted together, Maggie was adopted with Brent and the other kittens, River. Ailish and Aden were adopted into homes with other cats.


I'm so happy for Maggie and her babes, who, with the help and wonderful care from The Ottawa Cat Rescue Network, have found permanent, loving homes.  Thank you again to all who donated and sent prayers and good wishes to the rescue in response to our plea for this homeless, pregnant cat.  May they all have a long and love-filled life in their new homes.

And to celebrate, let's have a little music shall we...

Thanks, Donna B.

Hugs, Deb

Monday, April 14, 2014

In the blink of an eye it changes

It was +24 this morning. That came out of nowhere. It was the first 'hot, windy and sunny day' so far and we were out as much as possible to enjoy it.
Kane was actually too warm today and his slow, methodic walking showed it. He came home and headed straight to the cold water dish.

We made our smoothie for lunch today. This time we threw some blueberries, cantalope, banana, kiwi, pineapple, apple, strawberries and plain yogurt together. Yep...tasted great.


My lilac bush at the front of the house has buds on it and that worries me as we are expecting a snow storm and ice pellets tomorrow. This weather is just too much. I want to warn the birds that are singing their little heads off of the up and coming change. I feel so sorry for them. I feel sorry for us, too. haha!
My shamrock is blooming again.

It will remain Spring inside even if 'ol man winter' is at our door again.
I'll just take to a hidey-hole tomorrow like my little friend, Audrey does.


The others never know whether to lie on a blanket around here or not. You never know what lurks inside.

As I type this the wind is picking up and the rain is starting. Snow and ice pellets expected tomorrow. Geesh...

Canada has four seasons...Almost winter, winter, still winter and construction. :-b

hugs, Deb


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Snippets from the weekend.

Almonte was 'a happenin' town on Saturday. The stores were showing off their Easter decor and staging their Easter goodies right as you walked in their doors. It was beautiful with all the yellow, greens, creams and purples. Easter baskets will be filled to the brim, I expect, with all the cheerful customers lining up at the cash. I found a little ornament for the Easter tree and also a 'thrifty' treasure to hold some chocolate delights for the kids.

 Oh, did I mention it was A BEAUTIFUL DAY? Winter coats were ditched and Spring attire could be seen everywhere. After a great lunch, we took Kane for a long walk and enjoyed the sunshine.

Sierra helped me feed the birds and squirrels today and then had herself a manicure on the tree bark. I think she's a good cat to stay on our property. That's why she's allowed out for awhile most mornings.
Sierra


The little knitted egg was this year's addition to the Easter tree.  

I finished a little blanket in the basket stitch for Riley.
Now I'll make a little pillow and then wrap it up with a bow for her Easter basket.

I have a bit of a sore back today so this is my 'day of rest'.
Although, I do feel like putting together a tasty spaghetti sauce so that much I'll do. 
I don't 'rest' well.

It was a quiet weekend for cat-sitting as everyone will be travelling for Easter soon.
Next week you will meet 2 black beauties, 2 tabby sisters, a gorgeous tuxedo, a calico and a marmalade tabby. 
Time to fill up the cat-bag.

Audrey watches me dress from atop my armoire. She is worse than a full-length mirror. She is my 'encouragement' to keep up my daily walks.
"That's a little snug, don't ya think, darling? "
"Okay...so it was a long, cold winter."

"Oh, zip it, Audrey".

hugs, Deb

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Priorities

I'm passing on to you a list of 'the dirty dozen' foods that are causing health issues in people.
Why? Because they are the most contaminated by pesticide use.
Please read...

We have changed our diet a little since we have reached our 60's. Actually, the retired-guy will be 60 on his next birthday but 'who's counting'. *wink* Our health and fitness takes top priority, and now that we are daily 'juicers', we will be purchasing these fruits and veggies in the organic isle at our market.
That will be a first for us. We always thought the difference in price would be far too much but my daughter shops organic and she tells me different. I guess it's just a matter of shopping around.
It won't be long before we are eating from family gardens.

The sun is out, the snow is all but gone and the wind is dying down a little.
It is a beautiful day.
New life is springing up everywhere in many shapes and colours. 



I find myself taking deep breathes outside. We are all so in need of this wonderful change.

I've had so many birds visit this week I can't even begin to tell you how many different ones. I am just loving seeing them back at our feeders.
And of course, so are the cats.

Rae-Rae has a big cat-tree in her window to enjoy the action at the maple tree but she has taken to the bed more these days. It's very important that she have her scent on the new quilt that arrived.
Again, it's all about priorities.
She figures the birds will be there tomorrow.

hugs, Deb

Friday, April 11, 2014

Kitty in a window & Music to her ears

That's our grand-kitty Joe watching the squirrels and birds in our maple tree.

We had a visit from Gwyn and her mom today. After playing with a few toys, Gramps introduced her to his guitar and played a little song just for her.

She was delighted, for sure.
I think she sees her Gramps in a whole new light now. Such a fascinating guy. ;-)
Just a little music before nap time.

Not everyone appreciated his talent, though.

"Holy Catfish....who's killing who in there?" 

:-)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

More signs of Spring

After two days of rain and lots of sun today, we have finally lost most of our snow.
It's time now to ditch the winter boots and grab the rain boots.
We'll be heading back to Temple's sugar bush soon and this time will walk the trail.
There are a few props for photos back in the bush.

Taken at the sugar shack 2010
Now we own our own 'ol tractor. 
Audrey and Annie are very excited to finally have their window open even if it is for only a short time.
They can not only see the birds that are only feet away in the tree but also hear them.
                                                       Love the transparent ear flaps
Can you tell who is who?

I found this old cartoon in a photo album I wanted to share with you.

Click on photo to view

Hope you are out and about on this beautiful Spring day.

Hugs, Deb