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A New Year Blessing List

 

The Christmas decorations are all packed away, the tree is thrown out on the brush pile and the brand new 2018 calendar is on the kitchen wall. The memories of another happy Christmas time with family and friends are still fresh though. And I’m counting the blessings of sweet times gone by and more to come in a brand new year!

1. Christmas 2017

Christmas Eve service together, Christmas PJs, singsong, and on the menu – appetizers, seafood chowder and biscuits. The next day it looked like nasty weather, so we postponed our Christmas Day celebrations to Boxing Day. It worked out perfectly –  James and Nora were able to   join us for dinner and presents, before heading off to work. What a sweet surprise!

2. The “girls” had their first Christmas.

Everyone trooped out to the barn to have a visit

And to give them an extra bit of hay for a Christmas treat.

They’re getting so tame – they come right up to the gate for a little neck rub.

 

3. Meanwhile in London ~

Christmas pjs and seafood chowder too!

Oh how we missed these loved ones! But so glad to know they had a Happy Christmas too!! ❤

4. Beautiful winter.

Our temperatures dropped sharply right after Christmas. It was cold but so beautiful, bright and clear.

I drove up to the North Shore, hoping to see the two snowy owls that have been spotted in the National park area.

I didn’t have any luck with the owls but got some beautiful shots of the shore.

The Island isn’t ice-bound yet,

but it’s happening.

5. The nights were lovely and clear as well. I captured the full Wolf Moon rising over the church.

And now we’re in a January thaw – today’s temperature was 12C (54F). We’re expecting lots of rain with the possibility of freezing rain tomorrow. It’s a good thing the downspouts are clear (thanks sweetheart!) and the fridge is full (thanks me!). We’re ready 🙂

Thanks for joining me this week! A belated Happy New Year to each one of you – may you and yours experience a year filled with blessings.

with love, 

PS for more Friday Faves, visit Susanne at Living To Tell The Story

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Pre-Christmas Blessing List

Hi there and a warm welcome to Friday’s Fav 5! My last two blessing lists were hampered by computer woes but it’s all good now and I’m typing on a lovely new laptop. Just in time to document all the Christmas happenings!

I’m linking up with Susanne, our lovely hostess of Friday’s Fave 5, at Living To Tell The Story.

It’s been a busy few weeks in this “most wonderful time of the year”.

1. A Birthday Celebration

Robbie’s birthday is always the start of the Christmas festivities at our house. I remember well the day he was born –  35 years ago! Roger was far away in Massachusetts, writing his second year exams in the MDiv program at Gordon Conwell Seminary. When he heard his second little boy had arrived sooner than expected, he got permission from his professors to skip the rest of his exams, jumped in the car, drove 12 hours straight to PEI and surprised both of us at the hospital. I burst into tears when I saw him. What a sweet time!

Robbie’s watercolor birthday card

Happy Birthday Robbie!! You’re a wonderful son, brother, husband and dad. We’re so proud of you!

2. Christmas Concerts

Kids Church Christmas Concert

I’ve always loved watching my own five children in their concerts and now it’s just as fun watching our grand-children. Isn’t this the best thing about being a grandparent? I get to do the things I loved most all over again! (but with a little more sleep 😉 )

Josie’s best friend, Hazel, on her left and her cousin, Lucy, on her right – showing the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Isaiah took his part very seriously.

but he had a little smile for Mummy, who was stage right.

Oscar’s Nursery school concert – he’s the little blondie on the far left.

Isn’t he spiffy with his blazer, bow tie and pocket square?

He sang his songs and did the actions perfectly!

At Josie’s school concert, the kindergarten class portrayed the Nativity scene from the Bible, while the Grade 1 class joined them singing “Away in the Manger”. Josie (whose class is short on boys) played the role of Joseph. The two boys in the class were determined to be the Wise Men. (Can’t blame them! 🙂 )

They also sang a fun version of the Reindeer Hokey Pokey. I think Josie likes the stage – the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree!

Wish I could have popped over to the UK to see this sweet little concert.

Kinsey played one of the innkeepers in Bethlehem.

She played her part perfectly! Such a cute song!! (And love those British accents! ❤ )

3. A new bird sighting

The red-bellied woodpecker. Very elusive.

I could only get its picture through the kitchen window. Every time I opened the door, it flew off. But I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I can sneak up on it yet!

4. Christmas Food!

Christmas cookies are always on the holiday menu. Some peanut butter balls too. Gumdrop cake and plum pudding are generally gifted to us (yum!) Also seafood chowder for Christmas Eve. And a large chicken (no turkey please), with all the trimmings, for Christmas Day.

5. James, our youngest son, and his wife, Nora, are both nurses and are on duty this Christmas. So we started a new tradition – the pre-Christmas family get-together. Something entirely new and oh so fun ~  glo-bowling!

The older grands had a great time!

And the babies stayed happy!

We finished the night off at James and Nora’s cosy house – lots of good food, visiting and laughter! I forgot to take pictures though 😦

6. Here’s a bonus for this week’s blessing list – and hot off the press as these girls just arrived this morning! A new addition to our little place on Polly Hill.

Our good friend Peter delivered the new arrivals. He’s featured in another Friday Blessing list found here

The girls saying hello to Roger!

They came decked out in Christmas finery for their initial photo op! Thanks Peter! (He knows me well 🙂 )

They made it into the pen without any trouble and seem to be settling in fine.

We’ve had cattle before, but never sheep.

It’s a whole new blogging oops –  I mean farming venture! 😉

Thanks for joining me this week!

From all our family to each of you – a very wonderful Christmastime and many blessings in 2018!

with love,

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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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November thanks

 

I’m late – I’m late – for a very important date . . . Friday’s Faves! 🙂

(but never too late to count blessings)

  1. Sunshine

We anticipate dark and moody days in November so every bright sunlit day is a gift.

2. Warmth

Our unseasonably warm fall has vanished. The days are chilly and the nights are below freezing, so the warmth of the woodstove is especially appreciated. The comfortable old chairs, the singing kettle, the lamplight in the evening and the piles of books make this the coziest spot in the cold weather.

3. Home-made goodness

There’s nothing like sitting down to a bowl of hearty home-made soup on a cold day. There was no recipe for this soup – just whatever vegetables were in the fridge or the cold cellar, thrown in with a little hamburger and a can of tomato sauce and paste. Spices, a few bay leaves, and then simmer all day. Delicious. Enough for home and some to share with a good friend who was under the weather this week.

And you can’t have soup without biscuits – not on PEI anyway! This poor old recipe has seen better days. It comes from the PEI Women’s Institute Cookbook, which I received for a wedding shower gift over 41 years ago. As you can tell, it’s a well-loved recipe. You can substitute butter for the shortening – or use half of each. Also, you can use part whole wheat flour. They won’t be quite as light, but they’ll still be very tasty.

The trick with these biscuits is don’t handle them much. It will be a sticky dough. That’s why I cut them in squares – there’s less handling. Let me know if you try them! They’re so good spread with butter and molasses. (a Maritime tradition!)

4. My happy place

I started dabbling in watercolours a couple of years ago. I like to make birthday cards for the family. It saves a little money and supports my habit hobby! 😉 The giving of the birthday cards has become a sweet tradition. They all seem to look forward to see what I’ll create just for them. I painted this woodland birthday teaparty for Ivy and Ezra’s first birthday. It makes me smile to look at it.

5. And speaking of the twins’ birthday party.

A bottle of champagne was popped and we toasted the twins, Robbie, Dorothy and all who helped get the babies through their first year. It was an amazing team effort, with the lion’s share done by Dorothy and Robbie, of course. We’re so proud of them and their sweet little family!

And there’s my Five – albeit, not on a Friday 🙂

Thanks for joining me!

with love,

For more blessings lists visit Susanne at Living To Tell The Story
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