Friday, May 25, 2018

Better Late Than Never

It's time for the big reveal!!! I hope everyone has had as wonderful an experience as I did.  

In all my travels around Canada, which are nowhere close to being done, one of my absolute favourite places is Whitehorse Y.T..  It is so incredibly beautiful and I can't wait to visit again someday. It was so fun to receive a package from there and to meet a wonderful new friend, Jessica!

I couldn't quite put my finger on it, but I knew from the moment I had the parcel in my hands that I was holding something a little extra special.  As I started to take that parcel apart, I had a smile that I felt right to my core. My name had been given to the sweetest 15 year old girl and she had put her heart and soul into that wee package.  There is one thing in particular that you will not see in the photos, a small item that I will treasure for a lifetime. Jessica had taken a quick peek at my blog, and could easily see that I love cats and nature.  Trust me when I say that this girl is an artist and that the print she gave to me of a kitty and butterfly is just too perfect.  Now for the interesting connection - my daughter is also 15 and as some of you may remember, she too is an artist that draws cats.

I wrote the majority of this post long before it was due. I did that knowing that life was about to get crazy, and it did and my blogging hobby took a seat way far back on the priority bus. I owe both Jessica and Stephanie an apology for not quite fulfilling my end of the deal.

I am very sorry that this was the last exchange, but it was so much fun!  A tremendous THANK-YOU! to Stephanie for what has been so much work! And of course, to all the wonderful ladies whose generosity made it a success.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

It's A Jungle Out There

I'm awake far earlier than I should be and I don't want to wake the rest of the household, so I'm in bed reading. I have my bedroom window open, and after such a dead quiet spell through winter, I am in disbelief as to how wonderfully noisy it is outside. Just listen for yourself...

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Spring Scenes

It seems that our Spring has finally arrived.  I have plants coming up in the garden, more on that later, and I have spent a day or two outside in just a t-shirt (pants too, course). 

My son and I went on a picnic this past weekend and got our first mosquito bite as well a bunch of wood ticks. I'll spare you those photos, but neighbors beware -they are back and they are plentiful!

My dog loves to get his belly wet, and has been spending quite a bit of time in our temporary pond.  I'm afraid it is not going to be there for long though as we are far dryer than normal for this time of year.

It is so wonderful to have all the songbirds back giving life to the outdoors again.

Too bad about that twig obscuring her face, but otherwise a cute shot.

A warm dog is a sleepy dog.

Loving all the geese action!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Sneak Peek

I had a fun morning and I hope all of you did too. I spent a good portion of my morning packaging up a gift for my new friend.  I cannot tell you her name, because she doesn't even know that she is my new friend yet and it is a surprise. What I can do is give you all a sneak peek of what I am sending off this afternoon for the tea cup exchange.  My Christmas card list just keeps getting longer and longer due to this wonderful make-fun project.  Thank-you again Stephanie, I hope this continues for years to come.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

A Long Winter

It is hard to believe that it is April 5th and I had to dress up in full winter gear - snow pants, balaclava, goggles, you name it - I had it on and I was only going out for a bit.  When Spring does finally arrive, I am going to be rejoicing.
On a much happier note, I had the opportunity to take photos of this gorgeous fella yesterday, also still in his winter coat. Also, I have signed up for Stephanie's Tea Cup Exchange. I'm so excited to find out who I will be sending to!  Check it out HERE if you already haven't.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Meanwhile in Canada

It's late March, and it is cold. But on the day we noticed the ice cream shop was re-opened, it was 2 degrees above zero C*.  Apparently, that is warm enough, because there were several customers enjoying their first "Scoops" of the season.  The good news is, it won't melt and if you drop it, you can most likely pick it up out of some clean snow!

Saturday, March 17, 2018


I have to say, I was a little nervous getting out of my vehicle for this one.  I grew knowing that under no circumstance should one try to approach one of these animals.  My husband reassured me that beavers cannot move very quickly and so I would be fine. 

There was no sign of an imminent attack, and so I took my time observing and taking snapshots. He kept his eye on me the entire time and I didn't push my luck. More interesting than the photos were the sounds of his munching. He was very loud! I found it all very adorable, but I was happy to get back to my vehicle again, without incident.

Without further delay, say hello to Beatrice, a fine specimen of Canada's national animal...

I'm sharing my photo on Eileen's critter loving blog HERE today...Thank-you Eileen!