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Thursday, February 13, 2020

Snowy days

We have snow and lots of it. But the days are mild this week and sometimes you can ditch the wool scarf and grab a pretty spring one covered in birds to head out for a walk.



Last weekend, our grand-dog, Forrest, came with his overnight bag which held his bowl, food and his chewie. :-) He  spent much of his time running amuck in the wood-lot. And look at that snow. Agh!

 He loves it there and at this time of year I don't have to worry
about the critters.  And in the summer he stays on lead.
He's a bit of a goof-ball.

January was a month of very little snow but I expect February will make up for it.
We Canadians never get much of a break from winter. That's why we are a tough lot.

Wilson is a sun-worshiper and no matter where it appears in the house he will find it.



The fire is roaring and these two 
are snuggling the day away
 today.

Cora was scheduled for a spay on the 11th and just six days before she went into H.E.A.T.

This darling face kept us up for four nights while she wandered around screaming like an injured seal. Even Wilson was sleep-deprived by the end of it. The retired-guy slept with ear plugs in. I was a zombie by the end of it. But I still love her.

And now she is back to her old self and peace is restored.
Little being=big voice. It's so good to hear her mouse-like squeaks again. :-)

Hope all is well with everyone.

be kind, 
Deb



Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Hello February.

Well, hello February. 
You are a month I do not normally look forward to but, hey...we are that much closer to spring.
And I could use a new start to the year.

First off, Wilson and Cora want to wish their rescuer, Natalie at Bee Meadow Farm a "Happy Birthday" and may the year ahead for her be the best one yet. They send their love and purrs and thank you again for giving them that chance at a good life in a home where they are loved to the moon and back. We love you Natalie.

And they will celebrate the occasion by staying right where they are...in their bed by the fire. I will sweep later. :-b

In keeping with my need to work on my health and for the good of my soul to NOT buy supermarket eggs, I headed over to see Lucy for her farm fresh, free-range, delicious and nutritious eggs.

It was lovely to be greeted by Charlotte the donkey and a few of her cows at the fence. The chickens are inside the coop on these cold days but will be out and about come the milder weather to live as chickens should.
Just google Battery Hens and I'll bet you a doughnut you will never buy eggs from these large factory farms where the poor souls never see the light of day and live their lives in wire cages piled one on top of the other. It makes me cry...it really does.

We had a pileated woodpecker visit the other day but I didn't get a photo this time. He came right up to the deck and had a go at the suet cake outside the window. Fascinating birds. They stand about a foot and a half.
We sometimes get up to twenty mourning doves at a time at our birdbath. They seem to be the bird that needs water the most. They are so pretty.

We are having a mild winter in Ontario this year, very little snow. Last year it started snowing in October and was still snowing in April. A record-breaking snow year.  And if it's cold one day it's mild the next.
I'd say it's been a perfect winter.

I spent a day going through bins of dishes, pottery and china collected over the years to have my girls rummage through them and take what they want and send what's left to a thrift shop.
I had lots of help. You know...the best kind. :-)

It's a beautiful sunny day today so I'm heading out to enjoy it.
And I see David, the King of the Wild Frontier, has the same idea.
I'll have to warn the critters in the woodlot, give him a hug and then send him on his way.
He will be here every day come spring to help put our gardens in.

We received a beautiful card from my vet and the staff at the Carleton Place Vet Clinic in memory of our Annie.
Thoughtful words were written. And it is very much appreciated.


be kind, Deb



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.

Deb


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.

She.will.get.it.

"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,
Deb

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).
Presents!

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."

Love 
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