a warm welcome to
It’s time to list 5 of our favourite things, big or small,
the things that made us smile,
and made us thankful.
I didn’t have too much trouble coming up with 5 – in spite of a nasty case of bursitis. Thanks for all your sweet well-wishes! I had a cortizone shot and it worked well last time. So here’s hoping it takes again.
While I’m waiting for it to work, I’ve been thankful for:
1. This week’s weather forecast. We haven’t had a stormy winter, or even much snowfall on the Island this year, but it has been so overcast and grey. And that can get gloomy.
So I am particularly cheered by the week’s bright forecast.
Yay for sunshine!
2. Ruby is basking in the sunlight too. She’s has dibs on the sunny spots in the kitchen. Sophie makes way every time.
3. With all this sunshine and relatively warm March weather, could we be getting an early spring?
An Islander’s idea of spring may be quite different than most, especially my south of the border blogging friends.
But instead of writing about it, I’ll show you.
Here’s a picture off Pt Prim on April 10, last year.
April, mind you, a month later than today
The trees on the bank give you an idea of the iceberg’s size.
Here’s another picture of Point Prim taken yesterday, March 11.
An ice-floe with a seagull on top – to give you an idea of scale.
That was the biggest chunk of ice around.
The Strait is mainly open water with some ice near the shore. It won’t last much longer in this kind of weather.
On a calm spring day, you can find my kayaking buddy and me paddling around those bergs.
But I’m afraid this year, we’ll be paddling around floes rather than bergs.
I’m a little disappointed but, oh well, daffodils blooming in April will help compensate 🙂
4. Until they do bloom, I’m enjoying indoor blossoms – I’ve had this geranium all year and it just decided to perform.
and I’m still relishing last week’s tulips.
This shot was taken in the evening light.
5. My final favourite for our 78th Friday’s Fave Five is a bit of a cooking coup.
I’ve been making homemade chicken soup for years, but my stock has never been that flavourful.
I’ve always added chicken bouillon just to beef it up um? chicken it up ?
Whatever! just to make it taste better.
But I secretly felt that adding bouillon was a bit of cooking cop out. A wimpy way round. Almost cheating.
So I did some research online and found this recipe.
oh. my. goodness! Full of flavour!
It has a surprising ingredient.
you’ll never guess . . .
I’ll never love bouillon again. (is that a song ? 🙂
I made Ann V’s Granny’s tea biscuits to accompany the chicken soup.
Then I packed the soup up, tucked the biscuits in a basket, and set out on a mercy mission.
My kayaking buddy has the flu.
And she must get better before those ice-floes disappear all together!
That’s it for my favourite list this week.
Thanks so much for coming! Hope you enjoyed your time here.
For more Friday Favourites, visit our lovely hostess, Suzanne, @ Living To Tell The Story.