Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Old Bones is Back.

Old bones is back! No, I'm not talking about himself. I'm talking about the old bones who always puts in an appearance this time of year.

Yesterday I decided to put up the holiday decorations. A bit early for me as I don't usually do this until at least the middle of December but himself, who will be back from his holiday in Spain in four days, thought maybe the decorating fairy would have all aglow on his return. So...yesterday morning at about 6:00am, I started in. Wasn't much in the mood if the truth were to be told. I decided to put up two trees this year, one, as always in the living room and now one in the new reading/sitting room. I opened the big trunk which contains most of the decorations and also my Santa collection that goes along the mantle each year. By noon I'd just about had it so grabbed a quick bowl of soup, then continued on until early afternoon when I finished. To say I was exhausted is to put it mildly, I had to lie down for half an hour or so. On looking at it all, I can't say that I was pleased. Maybe it was because I was tired because when I got up this morning things looked quite different and I was charmed.

The tree in the living room.

The tree in the sitting room.

Then of course I put a Santa hat on the big cat (we call him, the benevolent king). He never seems too happy with it, note the frown.

Speaking of cats, our cat Frankie has a very loud harsh voice. People are amused by it. If I don't jump and tend to his needs immediately he does things like...knocking over the television, getting up on a high bookshelf and dropping books, smacking one of the other cats particularly Malachi and it goes on. The boy is spoiled rotten because I've been at his beck and call since he was a kitten and he's smart enough to take advantage of it. Now, the poor boy has a cold and is feeling miserable. Consequently, I'm spoiling him even more...sigh!

Well, that's it for now. Only four more days and himself will be back. Gotta go now and plan a special dinner for the old boy.

My Week so Far!

The temperature went down to -10C last night. Bitterly cold this morning. The laundry that I hung out on the line yesterday afternoon and failed to bring in has frozen solid. The sky is clear so looks like it will be a lovely day though maybe a wee bit chilly.

Himself has two weeks of his holiday gone already. It never ceases to amaze me how fast time goes. It's the curse of old age. Laurie was here for four days and that was wonderful. We had a few glasses of wine and a few laughs that's for sure.

Yesterday when I was taking the laundry to the clothes line, I tripped on something and went sprawling across the ground. I heard what sounded like branches breaking over in the woods and was wondering if I could get myself up fast enough to flee. lol. Still a chance of a bear coming though and wouldn't want to be in the way. I'm a little stiff this morning particularly the shoulder and arm.

A few days ago I hauled the ladder in the house as I wanted to reach the boxes of holiday decorations that were stored on top of the linen closet. Too high to reach on a chair. So there I am up high on the ladder with a fair size box in my arms and trying to figure out a way to get down. I do sometimes get myself into predicaments. I had visions of ending up on the floor with a box of Xmas items on top of me with all the cats staring down at me from the bed. I finally did manage to get the three boxes down with very slow movements. I thought the tree lights were there but they weren't. I've been mulling over every since where I could have put them.

So, that's been my week so far. Here's a few pictures of two of the cats.


Stanley in the new room that was added on this past spring.

Frankie, also in new room.

Frankie on rafters in another part of the house.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Storm Hag and Frost.

I don't know what's wrong with me lately. I haven't been able to get into blogging much. Not much to say really. It's been a rather dull and mostly uneventful autumn. We had a brush of snow one day last week....a sign of what's to come. It melted pretty quickly and ended this jays look of confusion. ......."What's happened to the food??"

Himself has gone off to Spain for a month which gives me some lovely time to myself. I've planned on getting a lot of stuff done. He thinks that I might have all the holiday decorations up when he comes back. I thought it would be a bit too early but on thinking about it, there will just be a couple of weeks until the holidays by the time he arrives back. My daughter will likely be here next week for a few days so I'm looking forward to this. Speaking of which, yesterday, while taking a break from cleaning, I made her this Storm Hag. She's a fierce old girl and will protect the home from storm damage during the winter months.

We had a bit of frost last night so before it warmed up and the frost melted, I took this picture of some moss with ice crystals.

And, a Dragonfly garden ornament.

The last touch of summer/fall. This Phlox is still hanging in there despite the many cold nights.

Last night I noticed that the moon and sky were looking rather witchy like so tried to take a few pictures. I wish I knew more about how my camera worked. This is the best I could do.

Friday, November 04, 2011

Amazing Mom.

My mom is amazing. She's 87 years old and runs an exercise class for other women. She's the one in the middle sitting on the floor with her whistle in her hand. She occasionally says it's time to give it up but the women won't let her. Apparently they have so much fun and laughs together.

She's also on a dart team and involved with committees for one thing and another. Among other things, she has a beautiful garden that she works at, bottles pickles etc. in the fall and much more. Yep, she's amazing!