Hi and welcome!

It’s Friday and time to join in with Suzanne for our weekly list of favourite things.

#1 on my list this week is the safe arrival of our grand-niece “Norah”!! She is brand-new – just born in the wee hours of this morning. 🙂 Lorna, my sister in law, college roommate, maid of honour and long time best of friends, is a grandmother!

It just seems like yesterday we were scared freshmen, hanging on to one another in the registration line at Bible College – and now we are welcoming the first little baby born in a new generation.

Lorna doesn’t have a blog (yet!) – but she often comments here. So, if you’d like to, you can say congratulations to her and her husband, Brian, and to the brand-new parents, my nephew Jeremy and his sweet wife Julianne.

Hooray! Pink shopping coming up ❤

2. We’ve had gorgeous bright sunny days this week – 10 degrees above normal. Such a treat for November.

Perfect weather for beach walking – or swimming if you are Sophie – but I can’t crow like I did in another Friday Fave last November. Sophie was the only brave one this year 🙂

3. Cozy fires ~ as soon as the sun goes down, the evenings and nights cool off dramatically. We have our two stoves going – one in the kitchen and one in the family room downstairs.

And if that’s not enough, Roger started up the fireplace in the study this week as well.

It’s so pleasant to spend an evening together here. The fireplace doesn’t heat like the airtight stoves but there is something irresistible about the bright, open flames.

4. Cozy meals ~  right in front of the fireplace! A simple supper dish and a glass of wine.

One of our favourites – scalloped potatoes with ham and cheddar cheese.

5. The bird feeders were filled this week and it didn’t take long for the blue jays and chickadees to find us.

I couldn’t take a picture of it as it happened- so I have no digital record.

But this little chickadee perched on my fingers and ate from my hand!

It happened once last year – and then again yesterday.

They are such trusting, friendly, little birds.

I love to watch them from the kitchen window and hear their cheery “chick a dee dee dee” calling from the spruce trees.

Well . . .

I’ve reached the magic number 5! And I’ve only touched on a few of my favourites from the week.

Thanks for coming by! I hope you enjoyed your visit.

Happy weekend!

with love,

PS ~ For more FFF, visit Suzanne at Living To Tell the Story.

21 thoughts on “of babies beaches birds and such

  1. Josie Ray says:

    What beautiful photos. I never tire of fireside pics. The chickadee looks the epitome of chickadeean pertness. And the scalloped potatoes? Yuuuummmmm! 🙂


  2. Home Again says:

    I felt like I could identify with each photo…except the last…I did get to enjoy that ocean swim in the warm Pacific.I think I’m planning that supper meal for tonight…I love scalloped potatoes.


  3. Jody says:

    Congratulations on the newest family member and Happy Pink Shopping!Your fireside meal and wine looks simply divine!I am so jealous of the chickadee perching on your hand. When my daughter was a girl, she would go out and put sunflower seeds in her mittened hand and wait for the chickadees to eat. And they did a few times. Sweet.Jody


  4. Such a great five! Congrats on the new baby. That fire looks SO inviting. As does the potatoes – wish I had some right now. Blessings on your weekend.


  5. Susanne says:

    Oh and congrats to your friend on their new grandchild. Very exciting!


  6. Susanne says:

    To have a chickadee perch and eat out of my hand would thrill me to no end! How special!Such a lovely list! The fireplace and scalloped potatoes are definite comfort stuff in my books.


  7. nikkipolani says:

    Fantastic, Kathie! How lovely to have a new baby to fawn over and go all pink over 😉 Your #4 also sounds lovely. It is finally getting cool enough to use the fireplace and I see dinner in front of the fireplace soon.


  8. lovella says:

    I feel like I am congratulating you and your friend on the new baby Norah .. I love that name. . A few years ago my best friends had her first grandchild a bit before me and it was so wonderful to see her become a grandma and to be able to watch and learn and practice a bit too .. One of the things that I enjoy so much more with grands than with our own kids is the photography … the opportunites are endless now.Enjoy.


  9. Brenda says:

    Congratulations on the new grandbaby! Sounds like a fantastic week. BTW, I love the music you choose for your blog. Usually I mute when I hear music, but yours is a peaceful as the scenes you describe on your blog.


  10. Sweet Bay says:

    Congratulations on your new niece!I always enjoy coming here and reading your Friday Faves.


  11. Jerri says:

    I didn’t get to participate in FFF this week, but wanted to drop in and say hi.Congratulations to you on your new niece, and to Lorna on becoming a grandmother! How special!Looks like you had a wonderful week. Sitting in front of the fire enjoying your casserole sounds like a wonderful plan.


  12. What a blessed week you had. Congratulations to Lorna and Brian and new parents, Jeremy and Julianna and to you, a great-aunt. How lovely! And welcome to little Norah. Oh, and your fireplace looks so cozy. Perfect for enjoying that yummy-looking scalloped potatoes dish. I can almost smell it baking right now. Have a great upcoming week.


  13. faith says:

    as always your pictures are stunning. LOVE the chickadee!!How blessed you are to have a fireplace….that is on my list for my next home, years down the road most likely!! and that supper looks just delish!!Enjoy your weekend and God bless you!!


  14. Elizabeth says:

    Congratulations on the new baby! And congratulations on your friend becoming a grandma! Oh what a joyous thing indeed it is to have new babies around.Your week sounds so warm and cozy. What a great blessing indeed.


  15. Willow says:

    Ah! New babies, unseasonably warm weather, beach walking, evening fires. You have had a truly brilliant week!Congrats to you all on Norah’s birth!


  16. kari says:

    Celebrating a new life – how precious and exciting. congratulations to the new grandparents and well done to Jeremy and Juliane. How lovely.that picture of the bird is beautiful. Happy weekend!


  17. Karen says:

    You’ll have fun buying pink. Congratulations! Such a sweet little bird. I miss having a "real" fire. I think what I miss the most is the sound of the cracking and popping, and of course the dancing flames. The gas fireplaces just don’t cut it, but it’s what we have.


  18. ellen b says:

    Oh congratulations to the new bundle of pink. What a sweet name. I’m sure Lorna is going to have so much fun with this new little wonder! I had sooo much fun buying two pink items this week for my niece and grand niece!! I’ll have to show pictures later when their parents do the obligatory photo of the girls with their gifts on :0)I’m glad you had some great weather to enjoy this week. Fires are so cozy and those scalloped potatoes look perfect!What fun to have that little bird eat from your hand.Beautiful photos Kathie!


  19. Hazel says:

    The chickadee?! how adorable! No. 1 is definitely awesome. Congratulations on becoming a great aunt!


  20. Judy says:

    Congrat’s to you on the arrival of your first grand-niece…with a cute name! It all looks so cozy over there…and quite lovely out of doors. Only the seagulls and ducks are appreciating our November weather this year.


  21. Barbara H. says:

    Congratulations on your new little niece!I’ve been enjoying the warmer weather as out furnace has been out. They’re installing a new one today.What a neat photo of the chickadee, and how it must have been to have it come to your hand.


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