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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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16 thoughts on “Blessing List

  1. Debbie Z. says:

    Kathie, your photo of the winterberries with “bokeh” in the background is just lovely. It looks like the cover of a greeting card. You are an amazing photographer.

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  2. anneliese says:

    I can’t get over your beutiful little feathered friends! Glad they can come feeding again.I don’t see any like that here.I had to smile at your “concern” of the rest of Canada being cut off from PEI. =) Glad it was short lived.

    BTW Thank you for your comment to do with conversations with God. I felt like you “got” me and it made me happy. I sure do hope for the best for you too as you wait to see what God will do.

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    • Thank you Anneliese – I often think, as mothers, we carried our children under our hearts for 9 mos and, after their births, we continue to carry them in our hearts – for always – through our love and prayers. Just like we are carried in the Lord’s heart. I’m sure our prayers for them make Him happy.

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  3. Love that picture of your family! Poor little birds. So was the parasite from the feed? Is that why they ask you to take the feeder down? Glad you are able to have the back this year. Love your natural decorations. So beautiful! That’s crazy that the lawn is being mowed in Canada at the end of November! We had a record setting day here too but boy, oh boy, we paid with the crazy wind all week!

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    • Yes – the birds spread the virus by dropping food and then other birds eat it. It’s pretty sad because they basically starve. I didn’t see any. Apparently we prevented a serious outbreak by taking the feeders down. The virus spreads in warm weather. Now that it’s colder, the birds are safe from it.

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  4. Beautiful photos once again! I enjoy collecting from nature to decorate for winter too. Your window box sure looked pretty last year with the snow on it. I wonder when it will arrive. Yesterday was lovely here too. Have a great week Kathie.

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  5. Your photos inspire me to imagine how I could find winter colors in California to decorate for Christmas. I am in cold Mid Atlantic US right now but my neighbor informed me this evening that she picked some tomatoes from my plant today and that my pansies are in spectacular bloom. Will Roger continue to enjoy the warm weather or will you get hit with another wacky storm?
    That photo of your family is so so cute!
    And your outing with the Wild Wackies looks like fun!!

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  6. Oh yes, those smiles are heart melting – what a lovely family picture. How can it be that your little Josie is SO big already? The nature provided decor is so pretty and your photos are just beautiful. “May the wind be always at your back” and the snow comes in time for Christmas. Blessings to you!

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  7. Oh wow – I had not heard of that parasite. Glad the scare is over now. Beautiful decorations – free and natural! Cute family photo! Wow, that’s a lot of wind. My husband did what he hopes is the last lawn mowing of the year last weekend, but it’s pretty balmy here, so one never knows!

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    • It’s the first year we heard of it as well Barbara. I never saw a sick bird but there were reports of them around. Hopefully it won’t be around next year. I missed having the feeders up this summer.

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