Sunday 27 March 2016

Happy Easter !

Happy Easter 2016.  

It will be a quiet Easter for Rob and myself this Year.  We had been down to see the grandchildren a couple of weeks ago and given them Easter treats from us then.

The Sun is out in full force so far this morning, but not yet sure what the day ahead will bring for Rob & I.  I am hoping my friend, Sharon, and I will get out for our walk, and maybe Sunday Easter drive might be the order of the day.

Our BBQ isn't hooked up yet since we had a new propane provider install propane tanks, however I am certain I will have good success cooking the steaks I had taken out of the freezer, under the broiler in the oven.  Fresh asparagus, broiled steak, and baked potato for our Easter Dinner.

This past week I enjoyed another birthday, last Friday, and also was up to a photo challenge given to me by a couple of Facebook friends.  The challenge was to post 7 days of nature photos.

These are three of the photos I had taken over the past couple of years which I had posted for the challenge.  I particularly liked the photo of the Goose I had taken.

The 7th day of the challenge I had posted this amazing photo my Rob had taken the morning after the ice storm we had this past Thursday evening.  He really caught the glory of the ice and sunshine, did he not?

I had a couple of pretty bad days this past week, however made it though them to be feeling actually pretty good so far this day.

Hoping everyone is enjoying their Easter Sunday, and that the sunshine is shining down on you wherever you might be.

Oh yes, the "Terrific Three" puppies are all doing well.  Their eyes have recently just opened, so you know "trouble" will surely follow.  Portia is doing well, and Bandit .....
.... he is a proud father as well.

This is all she wrote this day, Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard.

Tuesday 15 March 2016

It's Been Awhile

It's been awhile since my last blog post.  I still am not up to snuff with even thinking about doing a daily blog post, however will do one when the spirit moves me.  Today my spirit has been moved.

Should anyone follow the Facebook page of our Checkerboard Aussies, they would have known by now Portia had her puppies last Friday.  I am pleased to introduce ....

The "Terrific Three" ...... one Blue Merle Male, and two Red Tri Females.

I hate to disappoint anyone, however all three of the "Terrific Three" have been sold. Two were sold before they were born, and the third one sold last night.  Just think in another week their eyes will be open, and in three weeks time I will be feeding them solid foods ..... totally amazing isn't it, and in 8 weeks they will all be gone to their new homes at the end of April.  Time flies by .....

Saturday my Auntie Gladys came up for a visit.  We met for a light lunch at the local Subway then headed up to Gateway Haven to have a bit of a visit with my Mother.

Aunt Gladys had brought along a family photo she was showing Mom.

Since this coming Friday is my birthday, Auntie had brought me along a gift of a rose.

In the "spirit" of St. Paddy's Day, this rose is a very pale green.  Beautiful is it not?  Just think I almost could have been a Patty .....

Sunday Rob had a day off, so we took advantage by driving down to the Costco in Kitchener.  Since we were so close, we also dropped around to see the grandchildren.  It makes for a long day going down and back, however well worth seeing the kids when we do so.

Last Fall we had bought flooring and paint for our bedroom, however not had time to get around doing anything with it.  Today we decided to start decluttering our bedroom to get going on things.

Six bags later !!! and a whole bunch of empty hangers, I would say we made quite a good dent on it today !!!

There is still plenty to do, but at least it was a good start, and you have to start somewhere to get going where you want to be.

Also today I began my first scheduled appointment with Trauma counselling.  Let's just leave it that I didn't have a very good afternoon, and there had been many tears shed.  I was very grateful that the counsellor is very educated on Bi-polar, and I did actually gain some further information on it.

Today I came away with knowing I have survived 40 years or so having Bi-Polar without harm to myself or others, having no diagnosis until recently.  The counsellor pointed out how much strength I have had to survive all those years with what I had to go through.

As I said, lots of tears, but again, it is a beginning, and I have begun the struggle of hopeful healing.

I can't write anymore about it right now as I find it too emotional and difficult.  Maybe another time.

This is all she wrote this day, Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard.

Thursday 3 March 2016

Difficult Getting Things Done

 Today has not been too bad of a day as I did manage to get a few things done, as some days I find it to be difficult getting things done.

As anyone can tell by these photos it is clear that the help I have around here just "ain't cut out" to what it should be .....

This morning I went for a walk with my friend, Sharon, nice and early about 10 am..  I thought maybe out walking so early I would be tired to get anything else done, but I surprised myself.

Sunday we had been down to the Southampton Market, as I had decided we needed to replace our kitchen cabinet handles as the old brass ones had seen their day.  Rob had started replacing them yesterday so I took it upon myself to change a couple today.  What do you think? much better then the old brass ones?

It sure isn't cheap to upgrade anything now a days.  For each handle it was a cost of $3.95.  We had needed 32 of them.  I have yet to decide whether or not we should change up the hinges or not.  Time will tell once I discuss it with Rob.

I started going through some of the loose recipes I have managed to acquire over the years.  I ended up getting too overwhelmed and stuck them all into a cupboard.  Clearly this will have to be left for a day I have more patience and less other more important stuff to do.  I am undecided whether or not just to get rid of most of my recipes, and just "google" from the computer when I need something, or to organize and keep all my old recipes.  Decisions, decisions ...... there are some days I just hate making decisions, how about you?

One thing this week I had no problem making a decision about was watching The Voice !!!  a new episode began Monday night much to my delight.  If only all my decisions were so easy to make.

I had a friend give me a Facebook challenge last week to post a daily Nature photo for 7 days.  I usually "jump" at such a challenge, but to be quite honest I am still not back to "myself", and haven't stepped up to the plate for the challenge as of yet.  Yes I can not believe I have barely had my new camera in hand.  I hope this changes soon, as much as I hope I start feeling more better.

Portia is due to have her litter of pups (hopefully not just one this time around) on the 9th of this Month.  I have to get some ambition up real soon and get the whelping pen down in the basement cleaned up and ready for her.  This better be happening in the next day or two, or "Houston we are going to have a problem".

I am a little more excited about this upcoming litter then the last litter we had.  This must be a sign I am improving somewhat.  This is a good thing.

I hear the weather is suppose to see double digit figures next week ????  this will be nice considering this last dump of snow we just had.  This Winter has been quite the roller coaster with temperatures, has it not?  I am actually thinking I will be well enough to consider my flower beds this Summer, so that in itself is pretty exciting, with me hoping the temperatures hold true then.

I am over my "break" now, thinking it might be a good plan to get back to some more puttering in my kitchen with this and that while the mood is still present ..... we have to talk ourselves into these moods some days do we not?  The next "big" chore I want to get at is the linen closet and the cupboards in the bathroom ..... YIKES ! I know I should be scared, but yes somebody has to do the dirty work, and I am beginning to realize my name has been attached to it.

That is all she wrote this day, Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard.
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