Sunday, April 23, 2017

It's Spring Thawing & Puppies Gnawing!

Finally the Miramichi Bay is opening up in front of us. Our backyard has been frozen shut & very winter white. Today it is lovely seeing the water beginning to appear again!

 The water is reflecting the blue sky & fluffy clouds. You can still see the snow & ice on the water but it is now breaking up. Winter is letting go & disappearing!

             I think spring is going to come upon us quickly & soon the trees will be budding!

                                       The season here really are beautiful in its own way.

Now that the large puddles have dried up,  Baxter & Bridget enjoy their runs in the backyard.


            Wow! It is really a sight to see the water again. This winter was a long, icy, cold one.

 The backyard still has the snow drift in it but at least you can look out the window now! The ground has dried up quite a bit, the last couple of days. We even had snow flurries, for a few of them!

 The pups stay up, away from the shore. I was told that someone lost their dog, when it fell threw a crack in the ice & perished. I won't take them to the shore, until I can fully see the shore, after the melting is done.

 They run hard & smell all the new smells of the animals that roam around in the night.

 It's hard to get a good shot of them, they are always on the move or tripping me under foot! lol



                                           This is the best photo I could do with them today.                                                              
 The dirt will be topped with top soil in June & then we can start seeding it for grass. Wow that is going to be a lot of seeding! Mitch, I'm going to miss you this year, Maddy, we're seeding! lol

 The pond is still covered in ice & snow but the drain that was made is working & filling & draining any overflow. The ground is drying quickly. Easter Sunday Both Nick & I fell through the snow & were soaked by the cold water, from that watery ditch!

 The front yard wooded area was worked on by all six of us for two day, it does look neater!

 The little ditch with the water in, has a nice look to it & a bridge going over it, is to be built this year.

                                                 Five more provinces & territories to go!

                                         I finished my ex-large sewing bag! This is the front...
 And this is the back. I used the place-mat, that Lynn made me for Christmas a couple of years ago, for a pocket. It worked beautifully & accented the bag! This huge bag will hold all kinds of sewing & rug hooking supplies now .

I made this hanger from a patterned gift from my girlfriend Liz, She mailed it to me last summer when I was in the cottage. It's from the 2016 Summer blog hop in ON. Thank you Liz! 



Terrorizing Terrors!!


The cats scratching post has been shredded by teething puppies! Bridget is slow at getting her teeth & the front are just cutting through.

The second set should arrive when they're eight months old. They are four months right now & the teething is constant. I have all kinds of toys for them to teeth on but the house seems to be a better option. Grrrrrrr

My beautiful black primitive chair, now has teething marks on the bottom spindles...

                                Oh my, I'm so glad that the dining chairs don't arrive till next month!

Even the corner of my lap top was gently gnawed on by Bridget! She's having quite the teething time.
I was telling Cindy, my insurance broker,  about it last Thursday & she laughed & said, every time we got a new puppy growing up & it teethed on the house, mom would say, "Those a happy memories for later." Bill seemed to like that idea. lol
I'm going to visit the butcher shop tomorrow, to get a nice knuckle bone for her teething.

The house is quite with everyone gone. But this too will pass.
I'm going to try to get that quilt done, so close now & the red & white one from YouTube's,  Sew Easy, is next! Never without a project & those UFO's to be completed too!

Have a great week, wherever you are, spring is coming to us...  so I know it will be great here!

Stay safe & happy!
Cynthia

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Preserving Myself In The Snow!

We have snow again but for a brief time at Easter, the weather was beautiful!
All the kids were home for Easter & it was a great time had by all...

 Everyday that it was to rain, I could here the woodpecker. It was knocking the insects out of the rotting trees, at the edge of the woods.

                                        You can see that that was one hungry woodpecker!

 Baxter is growing up so fast! He loves being outside when everyone else is out, such a pack dog!


 This is where I displayed all things spring & Easter. After the arrival of the family it was filled with Easter Lindt goodies, I'm going to have to workout twice as hard at exercise class!

The stuffed Bostons were placed in a basket with a miniature butterfly quilt & Easter eggs.

 The real Bostons are having to put up with me dressing them in clothes. Baxter doesn't mind it at all!
I don't have anything small enough for Bridget yet.

 I tried to tighten up the shirt & cut into the back... when it should have been the front! Oops, I'm glad the shirt was .50 cents!

 My plant that was a gift, several years ago from my girlfriend Sandy, has finally bloomed!

 It had these flowers on it when I received it & had never flowered again, till now! It is beautiful!

 So nice to see green, even if it is in the house, with the snow piles still around outside.

                                                    The pink geranium is blooming too!


                                                 I started decorating the outside with spring!

 I found these in the potting shed as I used the wee boots a couple years back. Just need to see spring!

 Poor Lucy is looking her age & will need to be painted this summer. She will have company as the cement goose from London ON will be joining her. I think I'll make clothes for a male & female this time. They have never been together as the London goose came from Florida, when we sold our property there.
 New hope for outdoor flowers! I made this back in 1990, when I was doing counted cross stitch. I don't know how I found the time, with four kids at home & a full time job?!!

 The weekend was one of fun! The clean up of fallen & cut limbs to be shredded in the wood chipper or burnt in the wood pile in the opening in the woods.

                                                         Boys & their their toys!


                The snow was melting in the sun & a boardwalk was made to go into the woods.
Later that afternoon, Nicholas & I would step too far over the stream from the pond & fall into the water. Not a nice feeling to sink quickly into very cold water but a good laugh for both of us!
Thank you Bill for pulling me out! My hero! LOL

 Mitchell, Donald, & Nicholas, my three sons! Never a dull minute when these three are together.
There was lots of laughter & memories were relived & laughed about, all weekend long.
                                                  I look forward to seeing them this Christmas too!

 I can't believe how small I am next to them. They are still my boys, in my mind, such grown men now. Where does the time go?!

 I was so happy to have Nicole with us too, she was so helpful with keeping the dishes caught up & helped with the many meals of feeding this bunch.

 She also helped so much with taking the puppies out for walks & they too enjoyed having her with us. She will be back home this Christmas & once again, our family will be complete! XO

 Bill & I were so happy having our family together, it was a very Happy Easter!

 The flowers bloomed on time, not for Christmas but for Easter. How beautiful are these $3 bulbs!!

 The Coop had Easter lilies for $5 & they were fragrant too, lovely blooms & more to come!

                               I looked out the window yesterday to see these Canadian geese!

                                           I changed my lens & started taking these photos.

I thought of my Kansas friends & how they curse these birds because of the messes they make.

                         They were making sounds & flapping their wings, I was entertained!

                                                                              A dance?!

                                                               They settled & then....

                                They were leaving. The surprises that you see here in the backyard!

Oh I wish the snow would stop here, it's like living in a real snow-globe that gets shook !
More snow this week too. Oh my,  were is spring?

The lawn furniture was placed on the front porch this weekend. The weather was gorgeous & the pups took in the afternoon sun too. We had ice cream cones on the porch too! It really was a perfect weekend...  till the snow of Monday morning.

 Donny sent this photo of the road on Renous area. It was tricky with the weather & the truck was hauling the trailer back to London. Bill, Donny, & Nick made it home, in 16 hours. The 401 was under construction & made for a longer trip. Everyone is safely home now & the house is so quite.

I had a great Easter, a fast 72 hours with the family but like I told them, 'I'll take what I can get.".
I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter too!

With the weather in north east New Brunswick this spring, it sure has been The Serenity Prayer for me. I have to except things I cannot change... these snowy days but I do have the wisdom to know the difference... this too will pass.
I use to arrive in May or June & soon, I know that these days will be a memory.
Till then I have so much sewing to get caught up on.
The next post will show the progress on Oh Canada Eh! quilt. Nearing the finish line!!

Have a wonderful week, wherever you are!

Cynthia