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FFF – Notes

Hi there and welcome to

1. The week began on a little sad note – our  kitty Ruby died.

As you can see in this photo with her brother Rollie, she wasn’t very big. In fact, she wasn’t growing.  She was 8 months old, but looked more like an 8 week old kitten. She was never a very healthy cat – but she was a sweet little thing. My niece, who is a vet, thinks that she had a problem from birth which would explain why she never grew.

2. On a happier note, I had all five of my children call or visit within 3 days:

  1. a skype chat with my oldest boy and DIL in London
  2. dinner with my second boy and his girlfriend
  3. another dinner with my youngest boy and DIL
  4. a call from the girlie in Hawaii
  5. and finally, a skype call from my middle boy, John and his sweet wife Kathleen, in Toronto –  he celebrated his 25th birthday on April 26th.


Here’s a long ago birthday celebration – John Alec on his 4th. What a sweet grin.  Is that really 21 years ago? It seems like yesterday.  It’s hard to believe that he’s a quarter century old 🙂

Have you noticed the new song on my playlist? John Alec wrote this song a number of years ago – he’s the guitarist in the ensemble. I gave it the title 🙂

3. More happy notes ~ even though it’s been a grey and rainy week, spring is on the move.  Tiny leaves are unfurling and bright green shoots are pushing up through the dead leaves on the forest floor.

4. In the garden, there are little spots of springtime colour ~  daffodils and primula

(oh how I love you primula – you vindicated me! Yes!! they are the very same ones)

Even dandelions warm my heart this time of year. So sunshiny yellow!

 And inside, this little birdhouse is a cheery sight.


$2.99 at Value Village. I can’t decide whether to hang it outside in the flowerbed or keep it here on my little indoor garden shelf. What do you think?

5. I have a tasty treat for my final FFF note this week. When the weather is a bit dismal, it’s time to pull out the cookie sheets and get baking. I’ve experimented with a lot of ginger/molasses type cookie recipes and I think this is one of the best. The house was filled with such a rich spicy fragrance! I just wish the picture was scratch and sniff 🙂

I didn’t have dark brown sugar and just used ordinary table molasses  – but it didn’t seem to make a difference. They are delicious!!

In fact, I’m putting on the teapot. Why don’t you pull up a chair to the kitchen table and I’ll pour you a cup. Help yourself to the cookies too 🙂

When you’ve finished, you might want to drop over to Suzanne’s, the sweet hostess of our FFF fun. She might need a bit of cheering up. Roger and I heard on the weather channel that some s**w hit her area.

We’ve had it on the Island in April too – actually in May as well – and I’ve heard stories of a few flakes in June. Don’t get me wrong, s**w is lovely in WINTER but not quite as much fun in SPRING. (I’m shouting Suzanne so maybe Mr S**W can hear 🙂

While I’ve been writing this little note to you, the rain has stopped and the sun is peeking out from behind the clouds. The weather forecast promises more sunshine on the weekend –  I’m a happy girl!

Thanks for coming by. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

with love,

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20 thoughts on “FFF – Notes

  1. So very sorry about your sweetie Ruby. What a little darling she has appeared to be in all the photos you’ve shared of her.A fantastic floral photo collage…and I’m after that cookie recipe!

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  2. Sorry about your kitty. We’ve seen small cats like that here too and they never do well.Loved the pic of all the kids with suckers in their mouths celebrating a birthday! And they all remembered to call this weekend…..how nice. Really nice.I enjoyed seeing spring pushing forth in your pictures. Don’t you just love it? I do.Please pass the cookies.Jody

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  3. I’m glad you had Ruby, and Ruby had you and that Ruby had a moment or two of fame via your blog. Wish I could snag oen of your cookies off my computer screen. I’ve been wanting to bake with all the s**w going on here (day five!) but other projects have kept me out the kitchen. Love those primrose centers….

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  4. I’m so sorry about your sweet kitty Ruby.Love the old birthday photo. How do they grow up so fast? Sweet that you heard from all your kids.Thank you for the lovely flower pictures. Refreshing after the bizarre storm we had. But sunshine has been trying to peek through and I actually wore open toed shoes today. There is hope! LOL.

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  5. What a sweet photo of your birthday boy. I love that smile! The flowers are lovely and oh so welcome! Beautiful primula! And finally, is there anything better than skype and cell phone connections with our kids? I think not!

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  6. So sorry to hear about Ruby. Poor little girl. I hate it when my pets die, sigh.Re: the birdhouse – it’s lovely. Put it wherever it looks the best! Hope your weekend is a great one!

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  7. Time connecting with your kids…yummy cookies…a new birdhouse…and some blooms of the season… It’s all good (except the kitty). Have a great weekend.

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  8. I’m coming over….I’ve waited for that invite along time.Yea…we’ve had some cold weather….poor Susanne.Keep enjoying the beauty and I love the template on your photos.

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  9. Yippee for adult children who come around and keep in touch! What a blessing. So sorry about sweet little kitty…Have a wonderful weekend and please pass a cookie this way…

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  10. So glad you were able to hear from all your kiddies. A wonderful blessing for sure! In answer to your birdhouse question…I think I’d keep something that pretty inside to enjoy more. It just doesn’t take long at all for a birdhouse to become so weathered outside, and with all the beautiful painting on this one, I’d say keep it with your inside gardening shelf. 🙂

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  11. Isn’t it great when all the kids check in? The birthday photo was just great. The flowers are just beautiful. Hope you’re having nice island weather.Happy weekend!

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  12. I’m so sorry about your kitty. She looks so cute.How neat to hear from all your children in one week!The flowers are gorgeous, and that birdhouse is so cute!Those cookies sure look good.

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  13. Now don’t tell anyone but I ate 5 of your "virtual" cookies and they were excellent. Yummy! Why, thank you. I’ll have a cup of coffee, too. So sorry to hear about your little kitty. I’m glad that you had so many calls from your children to help revive your spirits.

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  14. I love the photo of the kids. Just wonderful. My youngest is only 12 days younger than yours. :<) We had 10 inches of the s-word this week, but it’s most all melted now. :<)

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  15. So sorry to hear about Ruby. Poor little girl. I hate it when my pets die, sigh.Re: the birdhouse – it’s lovely. Put it wherever it looks the best! Hope your weekend is a great one!

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  16. So glad you were able to hear from all your kiddies. A wonderful blessing for sure! In answer to your birdhouse question…I think I’d keep something that pretty inside to enjoy more. It just doesn’t take long at all for a birdhouse to become so weathered outside, and with all the beautiful painting on this one, I’d say keep it with your inside gardening shelf. 🙂

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