Monday, May 2, 2016

Rainy Sunday

It was a dark and rainy Sunday.
Family members met up at one of our local restaurants for a yummy breakfast with the intent to come back here to plan the future veggie garden. It was a no-go; too darn wet.
So instead, a quick walk about the property and off they went, pumpkin loaf in hand, until next time.

The funny little greenhouse read +6C early this morning under dark sky and heavy clouds.

It's a wet start to one of my favorite months but I know that farmers need it and that's a good thing.
I look forward to our local out-door markets opening soon. I'll be lined up for the blueberry scones and freshly baked oat bread.
Summer 2015

I got my 'early' birthday present  from my sister.
She saw this and thought of her tea-drinking, cat-lovin' sister. :)

It now holds begonias that will be placed in a shady area as they do not tolerate hot sun very well.
For now they will thrive in the funny little greenhouse.

A recipe.
If you would like a quick and easy cookie recipe
this is my all-time favorite one.
You can prepare these in one large bowl.

Chocolate Chip Cookies
I always add pecan or walnut pieces at the end.

This recipe can be found in the 
Canadian Mennonite Cookbook

1/2 cup softened butter
3/4 cup  brown sugar
1 egg
1/4 tsp. vanilla
1 cup flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. baking soda
2 tbsp cornstarch
1/2 cup chocolate chips
I add 1/4 cup of pecans or walnuts

Mix above in one large bowl. Drop by teaspoonfuls on parchment-lined cookie trays. Bake 350 for 10 min.

2 1/2 dozen.

My little chickadee came by for a snack.


I've been showing off cats that I cared for through my cat-sitting service that I provided for the area that we have recently moved from.
Let's look back a bit...

Meet Caesar
I know...
Isn't he a lovely boy.
The last time I cat-sat this handsome fella I brought my knitting along.
Any excuse to stay longer. :)
He loved nothing more than to sit by my side and watch that I didn't slip a stitch.
We spent many wonderful hours together as he was a playful, loving cat.  
 I miss this guy so very much.

hugs, Deb

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Around and about the mouse-house.

I learned something new this weekend. Mushroom compost smells awful. Awful, I tell ya.
So I hope it performs miracles around here to make up for the putrid smell.

The forecast is rain all day today. My seedlings are tucked safely away in the funny little greenhouse where the radio plays classical music most of the day. The retired-guy gets a laugh out of that. :-)
Even on cool, wet days it is fun to spend time out there.
Annie will be happy to have her cat grass this week. Cat grass does benefit an indoor-only cat that has a tendency to have hairballs.

Zucchini & Peppers

My pansies are kept in the greenhouse at night as something finds them very tasty.
I expect it's our resident bunnies.

I always have company.
A young Pileated Woodpecker.
and the ever-present
It's an afternoon of movies
& (if you are a cat)
play-time with a feather wand.

I wish you all a Happy May.

hugs, Deb

Friday, April 29, 2016

No time like the present.

Sunny, simple days. How we longed for them only weeks ago. Now we are expecting beautiful days right through until next week. There's no time like the present to get the outside work done.

Well, for some of us anyway.

I mentioned many posts ago that a tree had broken and fallen part-way down, lodging itself into the branches of another large maple on our property. It was hanging over the little grave-site for my beloved cats at the back along the old stone wall. I was unable to get back there for safety reasons after the fall leaves had fallen to clean up so over the winter things got very messy.

                               No-Go Zone
(taken last fall)
 Finally, we ( yes, the retired guy and myself) took the 40 foot tree down with the help of our tractor, 'ol Nellie. Another first for me and just a grand old time for him.
Future fire-wood. :)
The stone fence in this photo was built by my ancestors (on my mother's side) over one hundred years ago.

So yesterday I raked for an hour and tidied things up. I noticed some of the head-stones need to be re-painted, as I had used the wrong paint for outdoors, so I have another project ahead.
We will be laying Sierra to rest here in May. I don't need to tell you that the thought already brings tears to my eyes.

Our resident bunnies were out early this morning playing together. They are fun to watch as they hop towards each other and then jump straight up in the air.  And away they go....................
                                                    (taken from the mouse-house window)

Here's a peek into the funny little greenhouse.


"Hi Red"

"Nice to see you, buddy."

Hope you are all enjoying 
some sunshine as we head towards the month of May.

hugs, Deb

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

David in disguise

While talking with my sister on the phone last night the conversation went something like this...
Her..."Have you ever seen those huge tea-cup and saucer planters?"
Me..."Yes, they're cute, eh."
Her..."I saw one the other day for sale that had kittens all over it. I wondered if you'd like that. Would that be something you would like for one of your gardens? Maybe for your birthday?"
Me..."Uhhhhh, yaaaaaa."
Her..."OK...just act surprised."

She kills me.

The sun is out but it's cooler than we are used to at the end of April in Ontario.
Yes, folks. It should be warmer here by now. Apparently, the warmer weather is on it's way and more sun; glorious sun.

I think I may have to name our white-tailed bunny that now calls the mouse-house home.

and Red was back at the feeder bright and early this morning.

My favorite visitor came by as soon as I headed out to the greenhouse.
And I barely recognized the king of the wild frontier this morning.
He was so dirty from rolling in the gardens that he looked like a grey tabby instead of a brown one.
"David, is that you?"
"Mornin' Deb. You may rub my tummy now."

"But wait, let me get a bit more dirt on my coat first."

Of course, David got his tummy rub and then off he went back to the neighbourhood farm. He probably came by to do a bit of bird-watching but by the time he had his massage he had forgotten why he came by in the first place.

And that's how Red and the resident birds like it. ;-)

hugs, Deb

Monday, April 25, 2016

Simple sunny day

It's fun to check on my potted plants and sprouts each morning as the sun fills the greenhouse.
I always have the sweetest company as they stop by to see what's on the breakfast table. It's been a busy drive-thru this morning.

Annie will be happy to know her cat grass has broken through the soil and in two weeks she will have fresh grass to munch on in the mouse-house. I have two pots growing for her.

Catalpa tree.


Thank you for all the nice comments yesterday. I know we all have those days where we miss our loved ones so much.
Those days hit you out of nowhere.

Time to get out and do more raking.
Planning for the veggie garden has begun. :)

hugs, Deb

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Just thinking of him today.

Audrey has a new favorite hidey-hole. Perhaps she's missing our old dog, Kane, like I am.

No matter what I am doing; raking, cleaning summer furniture, picking up rocks or filling feeders, I look around and miss seeing my dog snoopervising. I guess it will take a long time before I stop thinking of him each and every day.  Perhaps I always will and that's ok, too. Today just happens to be a hard one.

These are a few photos taken of him last spring as we moved to the country and worked so hard to make this land our home.
Even in his advanced years and deaf as a door-knob he took on the job of being a country dog very seriously.
I only wish he had had more time to enjoy his new life.
We moved here when Kane was 14 1/2 years and he left us last November at 15 1/2 years.
He had been our one and only dog since he was 11 months old.

Now Kane rests in peace on our property.
So, his spirit lives on here and I will feel him protecting and keeping me company as I continue to work this little piece of land.
I'm so thankful for the years we had together.

Just thinking of you today...and always, Kanie.

hugs, Deb