Thursday, May 23, 2013

Update, plus other stuff.

There was another set back with himself.  He had surgery on Friday past.  The wound wasn't healing properly towards the end so a plastic surgeon had to take over.  I'm not going to go into all the details just to say that he seems to be on the mend now.   It was quite a heavy duty operation and the doctors all told him it would be quite a risk as his heart was weak and "floppy".  There was no other choice, it had to be done.  He came through with flying colours.  I was there with him before the operation and for a few days after.   We're back to waiting to get the defibrillator put in, maybe in a week or so, then home.   I just hope there are no other set backs as I don't know if himself could handle any more.  It's been almost three and a half months in hospital. 

This past weekend Gander, which is only an hours drive away got 58 cm. of snow.  Eastport where I live, according to my daughter who came to look after things here while I was away,  looked like a winter wonderland.  Only about ten cm. of snow though.  Other than that, spring and early summer has been quite nice.  I've gotten a lot of work done in the garden.  It never ends though as any gardener will tell you.   The trees are leafing out now giving that lovely lacy appearance that I just love. 

I got such a trill the other day and was so excited.  A huge Raven landed on the platform feeder and went off with almost half a can of cat food.  (My cats didn't like that particular brand.).   I still can't get over how big she or he was. 

You can click on the image to enlarge it.  As you can see, when it came back there was still some cat food stuck to his bill.

I haven't seen the grouse lately.  There are a few purple finches hanging about along with fox sparrows, juncos, blue jays, chick a dees, nuthatches, woodpeckers, robins and crows.  There have been several squirrels here at the feeders every day.  They don't get along very well and occasionally a bit of a fight and chase ensues. 

I took some time recently and made a Storm Hag.  I've been meaning to do this for some time and finally got around to it.   There she is, protected us from storms.

I also made a dream catcher.  A very simple one as I'll be hanging it from a tree outside.   They wear out after a good length of time and it's been a while since I've made a few to put around the garden.

That's about it for now.  Off and at it again.......

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Spring has Arrived.

The good news, himself should be released from hospital by the end of this month.  It will soon be three months since he was admitted.  He's made great progress this past couple of weeks.  The medical staff are all pleased.    Of course it will take some time before he's completely up to par but things are looking good.  

Spring has arrived and the plants are now poking their heads above ground.   I've been so busy that at the end of the day I'm beat.  I finally got to re do the greenhouse with plastic.  I took advantage of one day last week when there wasn't much wind.   Fingers crossed that the cats don't decide to jump on the roof of it and go down through.   Today, weather permitting, I'll stain the floor of the deck and then paint the railings.   We have clean up week on the 20th, so I'll have to start hauling things down to the road that I want to get rid of.   The hot water tank burned up a couple of weeks ago.  I had gotten up in the morning and smelled something like burning plastic.  Following my nose, I found where it was coming from.   Fortunately for me I have friends who didn't hesitate to take me to get a new one, take the old one out and install the new one.   I'm very lucky.  The few friends that I've got have been more than generous with their time especially since himself has been away. 

The birds are very active these days.  A couple of Robins were here last week.

Chick a dee with wind blown head feathers and the look of surprise on his face.   haha.  So cute.

I spotted a grouse in the garden a couple of days ago.  He was here all afternoon.  

And, squirrels in the garden.