Thursday, February 19, 2015

Almost like Spring.

Two spiders have set up residence in the bathroom.   Gives me a spring feeling.   The sun is higher in the sky these days and I can feel the warmth as it comes through the windows. 

My old shed on a sunny day.  It's going to have to come down at some point this year.   It's seen it's day.  It's served me well for about thirty five years.

Squirrel in a bit of a blizzard.

Some of the birds around this week.

The Rosemary Focaccia I made yesterday.   It tasted so good I nearly swooned.

That's it, I'm off to check on the fire and bring in wood.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Re: Chimney Cleaning.

I haven't fallen off the roof........although it was quite funny.   After throwing the chimney brush up on the roof, I proceeded to climb the ladder.   Once I stepped on the roof, I had to hang on to the ladder as the gusts of wind were very strong and close together.   I stood there debating, should I try to make it to the chimney with the brush which is about twelve feet long, or should I use common sense and crawl back down the ladder.  Thought about it for a few minutes then figured if I took off at a run between the gusts I should make it okay.   Waited for a moment of calm, grabbed up the chimney brush and took off.   Made it!!! Just in time to grab the chimney and saw young Tommy, who had followed me up, being blown halfway across the roof then he wisely decided to head for the ladder and make his way down.   So, I had to now take the cap on the chimney off.   Got that off and had to hold it between my legs so that wouldn't blow away.   Got the brush down the chimney, had to let go and hang onto the chimney a couple of times but finally got the job done.   Put the cap back on and proceeded back to the ladder the same way, waiting to run between gusts.  I just love these little adventures.

So, today they are calling for a blizzard here.  The wind has come up and some snow is falling but nothing too bad as yet.   I have all the bird feeders filled, a good bit of wood in, my wind up radios and flashlights at hand, because we usually lose power during a bad storm, plenty of candles and I've made salads.  Cats are all in and asleep.  Oh, and a bottle of wine at the ready.  Wine and cheese in candlelight doesn't sound too bad, rather delightful really.   So I say, "Bring it on".

A couple of pictures I took recently.

This was the moonlight coming through a sun catcher.


Through the window.

Friday, February 06, 2015

Blowin A Gale.

It's a wickedly windy morning.  Very strong gusts of wind.   As usual I'm up before daybreak and heard what sounded like a terribly loud crash like something hit the roof.  The chimney cap blowing off maybe??  I have to clean the chimney when daylight arrives as it's a milder day, the ice has melted from the roof and in the next couple of days the temperatures are going to plummet to -18, -20 degrees so it's a job that must be done.   Hopefully the wind will have died down so I won't go sailing off over the edge.  I have my cell phone charging so if I end up on the ground and am conscious,   I can call for help.  Ah, it's not amusing I know but I tend to picture things like that as cartoons and get quite a chuckle out of it.   

So, here we are,  part way through February already.   The needles for my old Singer arrived.  I haven't tried the machine yet but before getting the needles I hauled out an old electric machine my mother gave me, that belonged to my grandmother and made myself a Bohemian Shower Curtain.   I tend to pick up bits of material that interest me when I'm at second hand shops.  I had some pieces that I wanted to use up so that's what I decided to do with them.   My bathroom is small so couldn't get a picture of the full curtain so here it is in pieces.   I know it's not to everyone's taste but I love it.

Time to go.....I'll leave you with this.....

Friday, January 30, 2015

In The Garden, Mostly!

Some pictures from this past week.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Fog in January!

Just a few days ago a major winter storm was predicted for the east coast of Canada.   To quote the weather people, "It will be the worst winter storm Canada has seen in ten years."   I'm more than pleased to say, it didn't happen although some of the maritime provinces got hit.   Yesterday we had unseasonably warm temperatures, going up to around plus seven.   By yesterday afternoon fog was to be seen.   In January!!

The sky is clear as I look out the window.   Daylight has arrived so it's time to go fill the bird feeders.  The dear crows will soon fly in.  This morning they will feast on raisin and fruit buns that a friend dropped off for them yesterday and a container of dry cat food.   It looks like it's going to be a glorious day.   I'm happy!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Sun shiny Day.

Seems it's been a couple of days of endless work what with the new lot of snow we have.  Yesterday I shoveled the two decks and two sets of steps, then shoveled a path down to the driveway again.   Came inside for a break then went out and did the driveway, that's a big job at least for little old me.   Then knocked icicles off the roof as well as using my new roof rake for the first time to haul snow off the roof.   So this morning after walking up for the mail just after daylight, I knocked more icicles off the roof, front and back and then threw up some ice melt disks, a new thing that's suppose to melt through the ice and make a way for the water to run off.  I have my doubts about it working really, but fingers crossed.   Last winter an ice dam built up on the front causing the water from the melting ice to go under the roof, down the walls and over the floor.   What a mess.  Carpets and linoleum had to be taken up and thrown out. 

 The seed catalogues have started to arrive.   Excitement reigns!  I suppose like every insane gardener, I get so excited looking through them that I have to put them aside in order to settle myself down.  Spring doesn't sound that far off now. 

A flock of Evening Grosbeaks arrived the other day.  Beautiful birds.

I intended on doing some sewing over the winter but the needle on the machine broke.  My machine is an old Singer treadle.  It doesn't use electricity, it works by your foot motion.   I absolutely love it and have been using it for years.  

I'd say it must be near a hundred years old.   Anyway, I got in touch with the Singer Company to see if needles were still available and apparently the answer is yes, so I've ordered some. 

And the last picture is of dear Tommy looking out at the snow and wishing it would disappear.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Sunny Day in January.

I noticed a strange thing happening about two weeks ago.   I feel I'm becoming myself again.   Let me explain......I was under a lot of stress in 2013 with what Roger was going through and didn't really realize it until coming up to Xmas of that year I really noticed it.  I thought I was "tough" enough to get through it unscathed. .  Then leading up to his passing in January 2014, it seemed to have gotten worse.   Coming up to summer I thought things were getting back to normal, still I thought it strange that the gardening which is a big part of my life, didn't really interest me as usual and that I was doing things in the garden by rote really.  Of course I didn't realize this at the time, it's only now that I think about it, that it makes sense.   Now, as I said, I feel more like myself, more optimistic, and not minding the winter as I did last winter when I seemed to just struggle through.   Well, I'm not going to waffle on about it, just to say I feel good.

We had snow night before last so spent a good part of the morning shoveling.  Did the front and back decks and both sets of steps.   Then shoveled down to the driveway.   Honestly, I really enjoyed it. That's not to say that I like winter any better, haha.  Came in for a bit of a break and then decided to shovel out the driveway.   Got half way through that when I saw a friend coming down the road.  My wood man and all round great helper.  He said I figured you'd be out at this, then took the shovel and did the rest of the driveway for me.   Later in the morning I shoveled a path to the bird feeders.   Woke up to -16 this morning.  The fire had gone out so it's just now warming up in here.  Looks like it's going to be a lovely sunny day with temps rising to -7.  I can handle that much better.

Cats haven't been out much.  Tommy, in particular gets frustrated when the cold and snow stops him from going out so he takes it out on my plants, his teddy and the other cats.

The snow.

Woody earlier this week.

And, to end off, one of the cheeky squirrels.