things that surprise me


I wasn’t expecting to see a lamb today.

The bigger of our two dogs is a bigger suck when it comes to baths.

I fell asleep on the deck in the sunshine. I was sandwiched in between two very soft, very clean dogs.

Brushing a basset after a bath takes off the finest, fluffiest, whitest undercoat. Clouds and clouds of it.

Chadd made a couch and a chair for the deck. Without a pattern, by looking at a picture.

My internal clock is set to 6:15 every morning, and it doesn’t matter if it’s the weekend.

How much I’m looking forward to reading in bed tonight.

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only sunday

Loki is at the back patio door, trying to convince me to let him out in the rain, just so he can chase the fat robin away. Meanwhile, I’m trying to convince him that I want the robins in the yard.

The backyard planting included a Starlite crabapple (malus baccata ‘Jefstar’) in front of the living room windows. I was (am) hoping that planing the tree would deter the birds from charging into the windows, but I wasn’t expecting a robin to perch on the top branches and have a take-away lunch of the leftover fruit still hanging on the tree!

The weather this April has been so nice, you’d swear we’re half way through May instead. There are the smallest leaves on the crabapple, and I bet you anything I’ll have tulips in bloom by May…


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I love coffee


I am so happy coffee tastes like coffee again.

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not even


Just on the tail end of two terrible weeks of sickness. There was a lot of not even being able to turn over, lift a finger or do much more than cough, wheeze and blow the poor, beleaguered nose. The coconut oil I applied In an attempt to moisturize, resulted in a raised, hot, painful rash to most of my face.

Don’t even imagine there was knitting. Or reading, or anything that involved focusing the eyes.

But, a couple more days may just declare us “all better.” It will be a happy day when I have my sense of smell and taste back!

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yes, pie


I insisted on pie, and Chadd delivered. He roasted our one last pumpkin from October, and baked the pie. The roasting was done on the barbecue, as was the baking, smoked with applewood on our Big Green Egg!

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love birds


I’ve missed having the birds at playable height (the bodies and heads are interchangeable and flipable), so while I was dusting the shelves before the house concert, I gave them their own shelf. It’s a lady bird and her mister, and I love expressing my point of view with them.

House concert?!? Why yes, I can now say we’ve hosted one of those, and it was absolutely amazing. Trying to determine if the house would fit the number of people invited (40) was the most daunting aspect; only slightly less the quandary about light refreshments for a party that size. But I shouldn’t have worried…

Fit, they did. Seated, even, thanks to the fact that the main floor is practically all one room. The music was featured by a trio of friends, teenagers all, who played a wonderful mix of classical, current and original compositions.

It’s so hard to describe; how exciting it was to finally open the doors to our guests, and have a whole hour of interesting, fun music, presented by such talented kids. We had no idea what to expect, but there was flute, accordion, violin, guitar, trumpet, and keyboard, along with beautiful harmonies.

The purpose of the evening was a fundraiser, the beginnings of which were started by an initiative from our church. Our minister declared this to be our Blessing Assignment, and she handed 10 willing volunteers $100 each to raise money for the charity of their choice. We took the $100, but decided not to make the beeswax candles like we had before; instead choosing to “do less work” (my words) and host a house concert instead. (Good decision!)

Ten dollars was the entrance fee, and the light refreshments were cheese, chips, wine and soda (finally decided on after overruling my mother-in-law!). At the end of the evening, the excited buzz assured us that it had been a successful evening; the collection (pie)plate totaling over $600 confirmed it! Elena had done a PowerPoint presentation at the beginning of the concert, announcing that the funds would support the Never Alone Foundation, which is a cancer care and support organization that is dedicated to supplying funds to people with cancer to make their lives a little bit better and a little bit easier. We also had a draw at the end of the evening for a Never Alone rose. The rose was developed by the Canadian Nursery and Landscape Association to be sold to generate funds for the Foundation.

A really great evening in all, and…

Everyone who came assured us that a backyard summer concert would be happily attended as well…so this may just be the first of many!

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time and march


Spring feels so very far away, but…

We registered Sonja for university last week. We had to really start thinking about courses, transcripts and scholarships. It was a bit intimidating, feeling like every decision was the next step to the rest of her life. Grad photos are this month. Only two months until she turns 18…

It’s a funny and kind of amazing step in both our lives, one that I can hardly believe we’ve come. I always used to brag about how, when Sonja would turn 18, I would still be 40; and it’s almost here. Crazy how time keeps up.

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