Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Food is medicine.

Ahhh, winter. This chest cold that hit was relentless and wore me right down all month.
I'm one of those people that just don't catch things often so I suspect my immune system was weak due to family worries. And by 'family' I mean our cat, Annie.
So now I am working on building myself up to a healthy state again.
And I'm starting with blueberries and lots of them. 

                                         Food is medicine.
                                            2 cups a day

Cora doesn't get it as her goal each day is to catch (in her mind) the squirrel that eats peanuts just outside the sliding door.
And have it served up on a sesame bun. =^..^=

 So, I am kicking January to the curb but I have circled the last day to have breakfast out with friends and look forward to a new month.
One of joy, new beginnings and good health for family, friends and our beloved pets.

I do wish you all that and more.


Sunday, January 26, 2020

Thank you.

Thank you so much everyone for your thoughtful comments on the passing of our Annie.
You are all so kind.
It's still very hard as she is missed every minute of every day.

Wilson being silly.

It has been two weeks and Wilson 
still misses her, too
But it's getting better every day.
I am so happy that we made the decision to adopt again before Annie's passing.
Cora has been a big help to keep Wilson busy.

Cora keeps us entertained.
Her favorite spot to sit is in the loft looking over her domain.

I'd be having a heart attack
if the couch wasn't right below her chosen spot.

I'm getting better; finally stopped coughing and my energy is returning slowly.

Sitting by the fire being entertained by Cora as she puts all her energy
into tracking a fly that made the bad decision to call our home it's refuge.

"yep...I will"

It's been snowing all night and it is a winter wonderland outside.

Our grand-dog, Forrest was here for a sleep-over and spent a good part
of the day running around the wood-lot.
He loves it here. :-)

And our resident birds are being well cared for mostly by the retired-guy while I
rest up.
This cardinal has made Fox Grove his home this winter.
We welcome him with open arms.
Cardinal and Junco

We will soon be wrapping up January.
Here's to a happy month ahead.

be kind,

Friday, January 24, 2020

A hard start to 2020

We have had a hard start to the new year.
We lost our little Annie to cancer January 11th. We fought for three years
but after two major surgeries, which she came through well, it returned with
a vengeance.
I have sat down to write a tribute to her with some of her best photos but can't do it.
It's too soon for me. I have put a photo and small tribute on instagram.

I've been sick for a month now with a deep chest cold.
I'm sure the stress of losing our Annie only added to the
time it's taking to heal.

Wilson has been lost without her but it only would have been
worse without Cora. She has kept him busy to some degree; she does her best.

I hope everyone has had a good start to the new year.
I'm going to just wipe January off the calendar and pray for
a better month ahead.
I'll be by to visit.

hugs, Deb

Friday, December 27, 2019

Merry Christmas

I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas.
It was a whirl-wind here, a wonderful time,
and we are all ready to hunker down
and enjoy some quiet.
All but little Cora.
She is ready for anything...anytime.

I've been busy caring for the wildlife on our property.
We are feeding many types of birds, squirrels, raccoons and a one lone fox daily.

And we finally have our wood-stove up and running. :-)

All the snow you see here...well, it's gone now.
But we did have a white Christmas.

Family arrived at 3 and we enjoyed a Christmas feast together.
These three are mine. :)))

The Night Before Christmas 
was read by the little ones before 
the best part (they think).

Our gift opening was in our little loft. 

Everyone had a great time
and may I say that I am one spoiled mom.
So many lovely things and...

Tickets to see James Taylor and Bonne Raitt.

If I was looking forward to spring before now it can't come fast enough.

Once the little ones wore themselves out racing around and
playing with their flying squirrel stuffies
it was time to say 
"So long, Santa"
for another year.

That's it in a chocolate-covered nut-shell.
It was a fabulous first Christmas in our new home.

I hope everyone is enjoying a peaceful time 
while we wait to ring in the new year.

I'm heading over to visit many of you.
"Enjoy the holidays everyone."

Deb, Gary, Annie, Wilson & baby Cora. 

Saturday, December 7, 2019

December days.

Our fall came in with a blast of snow and it settled for weeks. Then, just as November came to a close, our snow had all melted away.
But it is once again a winter wonderland here in Eastern Ontario, Canada.

How is everyone? I have been busy as you all are with end of summer cleanup and all the fall raking that goes along with living on a property surrounded by maple trees.

I am still feeding my many critters in the woodlot and will continue until I no longer can get back there with the deep snow.
By then the chips and squirrels will be hibernating, thank goodness.

We have an abundance of birds this year at our new feeder, the home-made log cabin.
And I am happy I put it just outside the bedroom window as the cats perch on their posts  or stand at the sliding doors and watch them for hours. Can you believe that is Cora on the right? She has doubled in size and is becoming a beautiful cat.

I am slowly getting ready for Christmas.

 I have been nominated to hold Christmas Day dinner here and I am so delighted. Although...lots to do.
It will be the first Christmas in our new home and I can't wait.
We have been busy getting the loft ready for gift-opening around the tree. There is still some pine to add to the slanted ceiling but it will all get done, fingers crossed.

I am no dummy when it comes to cats and having little Cora experience her first Christmas with us has made me be very particular about what ornaments to place on our tree.
If they are woodland critters and made of wood, fabric or wool they will don the tree this year.
So far so good. She loves to lie under the tree and look up. Maybe the odd nibble happens on a branch, but all in all she is being amazingly good. I just want her to have fun.

Today, she was quite content at the kitchen sink helping grandson get the dishes done. :) =^..^=

It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas.
And it is a wonder-full time of year.

I hope you are enjoying this time of year. I know it can be very hard for many people; my friend being one.
Tragically, she lost her son this year at 27 years of age. For her, Christmas will be a struggle as her grief is still so new.
I pray that she will find some peace being surrounded by her loving family and close friends. I know she and her son will be close to my heart this year.

Enjoy these busy days ahead.

hugs, Deb

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

National Cat Day

 "Happy National Cat Day"
Cora wishes all you fabulous felines a great day.

Three spoiled kitties here just might have had some roast chicken with dinner tonight. :-)

hugs, Deb

Monday, September 23, 2019

Here comes fall.

Thank you for all the lovely and sincere messages about our dear little Audrey. I was really happy to read that so many of you remembered her, missed her and mentioned her funny little ways that you found endearing. The cat of a hundred faces, she was called. 
All of our cats and dogs are precious and we miss them terribly when they pass on.  We don't like to think we had 'favorites' but one might stand out from the rest for it's affection, it's neediness or it's quirky little ways. Audrey was that cat for me. I remember every little look, her disgust for my camera, her stare when she needed my attention, her 'wonder' of anything new in her path.
She was loving and gave the best little hugs one day and just stared at you with disgust on her face the next. She made me laugh. Audrey was a cat's cat and loved her mom, Annie. But her mom was a 'mommy dearest' so she could never be sure of the reception.  I bonded even stronger with her for that reason alone.  And when she became ill I never left her side. 
Her passing hit me harder than I expected. After living and losing many cats over the years you think you can handle it, be strong and accept the loss but her illness came out of nowhere and she was far too young. I still get teary just thinking of her and I miss her every day.

Your comments made me smile, though. Thank you again for your kindness.

Fall weather is here and so much is happening at Fox Grove. Outdoor construction of our deck and chimney is going on presently along with the necessity to get the wood-burning stove ready and waiting for what's to come.

I'm hoping for a rain-free weekend ahead so the guys can finish the deck.  We have lots of wood to burn inside and out and because of a few trees being taken down this summer (time-consuming but necessary) we will have lots for next year, too.

I have been working with the new chickadees that have arrived...
Here is the first brave one. :) Gorgeous little thing.

Cora is all that we hoped for and we adore her. 'We" includes Wilson who is enamored with this little gal and follows her around all the day long. He has trained her to be on the look-out for those dastardly crows. She copies everything he does.
 Annie is calming down and spending more time in the same area with her (if only she would not play with her tail). So our new family member has settled in. 

Pooped out

The maples and sumacs are just beginning to dress
up for autumn.

And the inside is looking Fallish, too.

I baked pumpkin bread today. One for us and one for you. :-)

Thanks for dropping by.
Annie found my fall mat and thought it complimented her markings. 
Deb xo