I’m glad to be back in the swing of Susanne’s Friday’s Fave 5. Counting blessings and saying Thank You is a great weekly exercise. Thanks Susanne for leading the FFF team!

1. Such a change in the Island’s weather this week. We’ve gone from very cold temperatures and deep snow

woods_13 to a January thaw – rain, melted snow and unfortunately for some, flooded basements.

Jan thaw_13Rainy weather in winter isn’t so great for photography but I must admit the break from the deep winter bite has been welcome. And it’s looks as if it will continue into next week which is longer than an average Jan. thaw. It’s been so mild that Roger’s been looking out over our garden patch with longing eyes. But for now, he’ll have to be satisfied with Veseys Seeds catalogue.

Vesey_Catalogue2 Speaking of gardening and seeds leads me to my second blessing of the week – my indoor blooms. A little splash of colour brightens up any grey winter day.

african_violet_13 I’ve never had what is commonly called a “green thumb” so whenever my African Violet reblooms, I’m very thankful and, I must confess, slightly astonished. I have quite a record for killing houseplants. Last March, James and Nora gave me a beautiful orchid for my birthday.

orchid2The blooms were gorgeous – emphasis on past tense . . .

The orchid didn’t do anything all year long. I thought I had killed it.  I wondered about throwing it out – it was just a bare stalk. But, I’m glad I didn’t because, lo and behold, look what’s happening now.

orchidLife! Yay!

3. It will be a few months before my eyes are treated to this beauty again.

tulip field3Aren’t they lovely? Just  like bright ribbons flowing to the sea.

tulips_HouseI feel so blessed that Vanco’s tulip farm is just a few minutes away. It’s a photographer’s dream in the springtime.

And this time of year, we enjoy their gorgeous bouquets. The tulips have arrived in our grocery stores. There’s nothing more cheery in the dead of winter than a bright bouquet of tulips on the kitchen table  – a beautiful promise of spring.

tulip_vp4. I have tulips on my list for town this afternoon, plus groceries, library (yay!) and  a little babysitting time with my sweet grandgirlie. Here’s a picture from a couple of weeks ago – we had her overnight for New Years.

breakfast at nansBreakfast with Nan – notice a spoon in each hand. She makes it quite clear she doesn’t need any help. We couldn’t find a  bib big enough, so a dish towel sufficed. I think I’ll add a pretty big-girl bib to the list today too!

5. It’s a busy day but I’ll still fit my exercise in somehow.  You may be wondering at my new found discipline. Well, to tell you the truth, so am I!

Image (3) Leslie%20Sansone.jpg for post 6253I’ve had a long history with Leslie Sansone and her walking videos – they’re perfect for me. You can do them at your own pace. But I’ve always done them in fits and starts. I’ve never been as consistent as I would like. But I’ve finally discovered the key to consistency.

Would you like to know what it is?gold coins$$$

“Yes . . . . money,” she said, in a sheepish voice. 🙂

A group of fitness folk in our community each chipped in $20 as an incentive for our New Year exercise resolutions. The co-ordinator of the group will draw a name from a hat each week for ten weeks. If you have completed your exercise goals for the week (3 hours minimum) and send an email letting her know, then your name could be drawn for $50.

It’s amazing how this is working for me. I suppose it would be better if I was motivated by loftier goals like better health, more energy, and  losing a few holiday pounds (ahem!) but that’s never worked for long in the past. I always lose the New Year enthusiasm. But this year?? I just don’t want to miss that draw! So I’m doing my exercises. It’s definitely a win for better health whether my name is ever picked. It’s actually a bit comical that it’s working so well for me. But I’m glad 🙂

Well – that’s it for my Friday faves this week. Hope you enjoyed them!

Thanks so much for visiting.

Happy weekend!

with love,

FFF birds on a wire

23 thoughts on “fff ~ mid-Jan

  1. miaslovetree says:

    Sorry I’m late this week- just catching up from a full week with my Mum. :o) How lovely to be close enough to babysit your grandgirlie so frequently. A true blessing. And those tulips are beautiful- perfect for livening up a grey winter.


  2. Paula says:

    I’m a fan of Leslie Sansone, also. Her DVDs are great! I wish you much success!

    Your little granddaughter is adorable. I bet you enjoy spending time with her.

    I have a very bare orchid in my kitchen. I am hoping that it will bloom, but I’m not very optimistic. I received it last Mother’s Day. I’m going to give it a few more months before I give up on it.


    1. Kathie says:

      Paula, I have a friend who works at a florist and she says to cut them back to just above the lowest little knob that you see on the stem. It should come back. Also I have another friend who is convinced that 3 ice-cubes once a week is the trick to keeping them alive. I’ve never tired it but she has a very green thumb.


  3. willowknits says:

    Hmmm, I will look up your fitness video guru. I could use something…

    I grew up in the rain capital of the US, Portland, OR, which is one reason why I live in sunny Southern California. I promise to post sunny beach photos for you each week until your weather clears and you can entice me with tulips and island views.


    1. Kathie says:

      Thanks so much Willow!! I get my ocean fix at your blog 🙂


  4. Gattina says:

    I am so fed up of winter, although we don’t have snow, I am longing to see these beautiful flowers you show us here !


    1. Kathie says:

      Yes Gattina, I think we all will be glad for springtime blossoms!


  5. Susanne says:

    Who cares what the motivation is as long as it’s working. I must admit, that would totally motivate me. Maybe not so much the dollar amount but just actually winning something.

    We had some rain this past week too. That is not the norm for January around here!

    I usually don’t do well with plants either so I totally get what you mean in rejoicing when one blooms! So glad you hung onto that orchid stem! And I can hardly wait for the tulips to get here! My favorite flower!


    1. Kathie says:

      It’s working like a charm for me Susanne- you should find some friends and do it too!


  6. susan2009 says:

    Thanks for disclosing your exercise motivation. That would be me too. I wonder if I can find such a group near me. I already have a tape which I bought off Amazon last year or maybe the year before.

    Your grandgirlie is so cute. I love her independent nature. I am newish to the world of grandmothering (11 months) and I am LOVING it. My girlie won’t let others feed her (except for her daddy). My kiddos never did that. So this is a new experience for me.

    Have a great weekend, Kathie.


    1. Kathie says:

      It’s certainly working for me Susan – and nothing ever really did before. And it’s so easy. I think it’s just the idea of a prize – but of course the real prize will be getting in better shape.


  7. nikkipolani says:

    Oh, Kathie. You’ve done MUCH BETTER with orchids than I have. I’ve given up so as to spare them any more distress than necessary. Plus, my cats like chewing on plants too much to risk anything indoors. It’s bad enough they chew on rose canes.

    By the way, my brother has been enjoying his Paper Lions album. I think he’ll be looking at the back list 🙂 Sorry about the WordPress thing. These blogging platforms — if it isn’t one thing, it’s another.


    1. Kathie says:

      Anne – I really can’t believe that I could be doing better at any plant than you could 🙂 but thank you anyway! So glad your brother is enjoying the boys’ band. They’re up for several awards in the Island Music Award week coming up.


  8. Faith says:

    beautiful pics and adorable grandbaby!! she is getting so big!! Could you fill me in on how a walking video works?? do you walk in one place while watching the video? i don’t get it. I walk outdoors when I can but the temps have been too cold and then all week it was rainy. As I type this we are back to cold and the snow is falling fast!! we had NO snow all week and the 5 inches we had after Xmas melted. I bought an indoor bike which hasn’t been delivered yet and I have some cardio and weight exercises on my iPad which I watch while doing but…how does the walking video work?? i’m curious because I’ve heard of her and people tell me her workouts are good.


    1. Kathie says:

      HI Faith
      Check her out on youtube – there are quite a few of her workouts on there. The exercise is like low impact aerobics rather than just walking in place. There are all kinds for beginner level right up to advanced. Definitely worth having especially in the winter when it’s hard to get out.


  9. Ellen says:

    Ha! I did enjoy your five! That is funny that the money is motivating you, but it is a win win deal for sure! I’m right there with you in the astonishment when things re-bloom at my house. I always thank God for their revival despite my efforts to kill them off. Your little grand is so cute. Blessings…


    1. Kathie says:

      Definitely a win win!


  10. I always enjoy a visit to PEI. Especially after just finishing L. M. Montgomery’s Anne of Windy Poplars. These flower pictures are much needed here in the middle of winter! Thank you!

    I am needing to get back to some sort of exercise…not sure what yet but I need to do something. Thank you for being the second one today to bring this to mind. 🙂


    1. Kathie says:

      You should check Leslie Sanson out on youtube. She has quite a few full length videos there and you could try it. They’re great especially when the weather isn’t fit to head outside.


  11. Barbara H. says:

    Had to smile at the fitness incentive – I need to find a deal like that. I do have some of Leslie Sansone’s DVDs, a couple of new ones, even, and need to figure out the best time to use them. I’d prefer to exercise before my shower, but don’t really want to get up at 5 to do so, and if I wait til everyone has left for school and work to do them, like I used to, then I feel like half my morning is given over to exercise and then cleaning up. But I really need to find a workable solution.

    I am not good with plants, either – when I have had African violets, they never rebloom after the initial flowers fall off. But I do love the splash of color, especially in winter when there is a lack of color outside. I may put flowers on my next shopping list!

    How fun to live so near the tulip farm!


    1. Kathie says:

      Try Leslie Sansone Barbara – it’s so easy just to pop a dvd in. And like she says, you’ll be glad you did!


  12. I love the photo of the tulips in the spring. Just gorgeous! I have a bouquet of Vanco tulip in front of me on the dining room table. Their bright yellow blooms are so cheerful this week with the cloud and fog. The snow has really gone down hasn’t it? There is flooding here too. Your granddaughter is so sweet with her big blue eyes. May I ask where you buy your Leslie Sansone DVD’s? I have thought about buying one before but don’t see them in the stores. Thanks. Have a great weekend Kathie!


    1. Kathie says:

      They have them at Target but you can actually just look on youtube – there are some full length ones there. I have some dvds but I use youtube as well just for variety.

      Aren’t you glad for Vanco? I love having tulips this time of year and so inexpensive!


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