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December 1st Blessing List

 

Hi there! Mr Squirrel and I want to give you a very warm welcome to Friday’s blessing list! He’s a very good-looking little chap and posed nicely for his picture. I think he deserves to be the featured photo on this week’s Friday’s Favourites!

And here’s another extra – taken just this morning. The sun came up in a blaze of golden glory. I grabbed my camera, ran outside, (yes in my pjs!) and captured the magic seconds before the sun disappeared behind the clouds.

Such beauty in nature! And it happens every day – what a gift! I’m counting it along with these:

1. Wonder

I’ve had a movie gift card tucked away in my purse since last Christmas and I finally used it this week. Sarah and I, along with some friends, saw the movie Wonder. It’s based on the book by R. J. Palacio. It’s a heart-warming movie, with a beautiful message of kindness and friendship. It has its comic moments too. It’s one of the best movies I’ve seen in years.  And now I really want to re-read the book.

 

2. Audio-books

I love listening to audio-books when I’m doing household chores. I discovered this series a few years ago and  listen to it every year. Dr Chrissi Hart (who has a lovely English accent) reads every single book in the Narnia tales. And does an awesome job! And on top of that? It’s free! Check it out here

3. Baking

Baking is one of the household chores I do as I listen to audiobooks. But I love to bake so I’m not sure I’d classify it as a chore. 🙂 I recently tried a new recipe for Ginger Crinkles – a favourite cookie around here. I’ve tried lots of recipes but this is one of the best – Jamie Deen’s Old-fashioned Ginger Crinkles  Spicy, chewy and so good! Just in time for Christmas baking. Do you bake for Christmas? What are your family’s favourites?

4. Grand-daughter time

Josie got off the school-bus at our house for the very first time last week. What fun! We had a snack and then played a game. I bought this Memory game at the Missions store. After I explained the rules, she proceeded to win the game hands down!  Smart little cookie! and pretty too. Here she is with John, all dressed up for a Father-Daughter Princess Ball in aid of A21.

A proud daddy and an excited little girl!

They had such fun!

5. 1st Birthday

Cian, our youngest grandchild, and the fourth of the 2016 babies, turned one year old yesterday!

I had fun creating this watercolour birthday card for him!

Cian_bday

Happy birthday sweetheart!! Wish we were with you to celebrate your special day! ❤

 

So glad you joined me this week! Thanks for coming by!

Many blessings,

with love,

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Blessing List

 

Welcome to blessing list time!

1. Little feathered visitors

Maritimers were advised to take their bird feeders down this past summer because of the avian parasite trichomoniasis. It mainly affected finches, leaving them unable to swallow. We just got the all clear to put the feeders back up.

It’ll take awhile for the birds to realize “the diner” is open for business again. But they’ll come. And I’ll be so happy to see them.

2. Nature’s decor

Every November I head to the woods and the marshes to gather greenery, berries, pine-cones, twigs and whatever else fires my decorating imagination!  I love the natural look – it’s beautiful, as well as free.

Winterberries are a must! However, it’s a bit of a challenge to get them. They grow in boggy marshes, surrounded by prickly thorn bushes. You have to fight your way through to get to a loaded berry bush. But it’s definitely worth the effort! The bright red berry adds such a lovely color pop to winter greenery.

I’m heading out this afternoon to gather some juniper sprigs as well. They grow in the woods off this little country road. The leaves are all gone now so it will be much easier to find them. I had quite a long hunt last fall. I should leave a marker this year.

This is my 2016 window-box. I have some battery operated twinkle lights to add. They look so pretty against the snow. Speaking of snow – do you know it’s also free? 😉 Honestly, Christmas decorations just don’t look right unless there’s a good sprinkle of snow! We don’t have any yet, but I’m hoping that by Dec 25th, nature will provide.

3. Family photo shoots

I think this one is my favourite ~ those smiles melt my heart!

4. A Wild Wacky Outing

Well, maybe the Wackies weren’t too wild ;), but the wind and the waves certainly were! The Island had an short-lived, but wild, windstorm this week. Wind speeds were over 130k (80mph). The Confederation Bridge was shut down completely for a few hours. That rarely happens. Hope the rest of Canada was ok while it was cut off from the Island! 😉

A rare picture of the Wacky photographer – thanks Ange!

5. Record-setting

Although it’s hard to believe, considering #4 on my list, today is a beautiful, mild day –  12C (54F). This picture of Roger is hot off the press. He’s setting a record – cutting the grass on Nov.25th. Unheard of!

I’m thankful it is so warm – because I have a record to set too. Planting bulbs! I’m very, very late.

Thanks so much for coming by! I love to hear from each one of you!

Hope you have a wonderful week!

with love,

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November thanks

 

I’m late – I’m late – for a very important date . . . Friday’s Faves! 🙂

(but never too late to count blessings)

  1. Sunshine

We anticipate dark and moody days in November so every bright sunlit day is a gift.

2. Warmth

Our unseasonably warm fall has vanished. The days are chilly and the nights are below freezing, so the warmth of the woodstove is especially appreciated. The comfortable old chairs, the singing kettle, the lamplight in the evening and the piles of books make this the coziest spot in the cold weather.

3. Home-made goodness

There’s nothing like sitting down to a bowl of hearty home-made soup on a cold day. There was no recipe for this soup – just whatever vegetables were in the fridge or the cold cellar, thrown in with a little hamburger and a can of tomato sauce and paste. Spices, a few bay leaves, and then simmer all day. Delicious. Enough for home and some to share with a good friend who was under the weather this week.

And you can’t have soup without biscuits – not on PEI anyway! This poor old recipe has seen better days. It comes from the PEI Women’s Institute Cookbook, which I received for a wedding shower gift over 41 years ago. As you can tell, it’s a well-loved recipe. You can substitute butter for the shortening – or use half of each. Also, you can use part whole wheat flour. They won’t be quite as light, but they’ll still be very tasty.

The trick with these biscuits is don’t handle them much. It will be a sticky dough. That’s why I cut them in squares – there’s less handling. Let me know if you try them! They’re so good spread with butter and molasses. (a Maritime tradition!)

4. My happy place

I started dabbling in watercolours a couple of years ago. I like to make birthday cards for the family. It saves a little money and supports my habit hobby! 😉 The giving of the birthday cards has become a sweet tradition. They all seem to look forward to see what I’ll create just for them. I painted this woodland birthday teaparty for Ivy and Ezra’s first birthday. It makes me smile to look at it.

5. And speaking of the twins’ birthday party.

A bottle of champagne was popped and we toasted the twins, Robbie, Dorothy and all who helped get the babies through their first year. It was an amazing team effort, with the lion’s share done by Dorothy and Robbie, of course. We’re so proud of them and their sweet little family!

And there’s my Five – albeit, not on a Friday 🙂

Thanks for joining me!

with love,

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