lightstrip…

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busy day yesterday…

in the morning I attached the Philip’s lightstrip that I got for Christmas from my grandsons… I had played with it a bit the day before…

I am pleased with how it turned out…

moved around more plants and made a meal that needs to sit for a day…

after that I finished with making a dozen cards from the watercolour painting I’ve been doing…

felt very accomplished, lol…

paint…

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had some fun painting… well, playing with watercolour paint, lol…

got organized one day, when I taped the papers to a counter in the kitchen… thought that the height would be good for the activity…

the next day I tried different materials to paint with… used paper towel, aluminum foil, saran wrap…

it was fun to experiment and see what using each produced…

eventually, I was able to put them onto card stock… I am pleased with how they turned out…

since then I’ve done another batch… painted, separated the sections, trimmed the corners, put double-sided tape on them, attached to card stock and put them in envelopes…

fever…

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I seem to be in the midst of Spring fever

spent time rearranging plants around the main floor trying to change it up a bit…

moved one of the orchids from the dining room garden to the living room window and placed it into a vase I received when I retired… I think I like it…

I clustered the African violets together and moved a fern from one spot to another…

it will be interesting to see if they all like their new locations…

I am also watching the mandevilla, which I think, has a bud starting… very exciting…

bacon…

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on Sunday I took out a couple of little bacon wrapped steaks to barbecue, being as it was so warm out…

earlier in the day I baked a potato and then cooled it in the fridge so the sugars would be better…

moved Barbie into the middle of the garage and got her going…

the steaks cooked nicely and the potato warmed up just right…

I had a few Brussels sprouts which I cooked with garlic…

it turned out delicious… the steak was exactly the way I like it…

getting more used to using the barbecue…

woodworking…

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my middle grandson brought me a beautiful picture that he made in woodworking class at school last year…

it is a blue jay made from different woods… he did a great job… my beloved would have been very proud…

I’ve put it on the credenza in the dining room… will need to decide if I will leave it there or not…

squares…

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spent time today putting away all the hearts and refreshing the living room table…

often at this time of year I would be filling it with rocks and shells, but that seems a little early…

I gathered up all the silver and purple ornaments and took them downstairs…

then I put some Chihuly calendar pictures in the four squares and added a few other items… one square has my gardening books as I’ve been looking through them to work on the garden design for the summer…

another has a few of my favourite children’s books in it, and some cards with fun pictures of time on Maui…

the third one holds my new pouch and postcards…

the last one has items to read… magazines, my tablet and kobo… and some butterfly things…

looks good and makes me happy

Live…

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this morning I learned something new… well, a few things, lol… I wanted to watch my daughter in a Live on Instagram, and thought I would watch it on my laptop…

searched the internet and discovered I could download an app from the Microsoft Store so that I would be able to…

downloaded it, but of course there were no Lives happening in my feed and the time to watch was getting closer… by then I had both my phone and the app open, to be sure I wouldn’t miss it… just before she was to come on, someone else started a Live and I could see it on the computer screen… yay…

happily watched the presentation and then decided that I would follow the directions to make a pocket for the back of my Chocolate Notebook

went to my chocolate bar box and looked for a wrapper to use… I don’t have many bars just now and no empty wrappers because I send them to my daughter who uses them for a number of things…

I found a Soma Twinkle Bar that I love and decided to use the back of the wrapper… it has the saying “travelling without moving” which seemed perfect, especially these days… I enjoy everything from Soma and not long ago put in an order with a friend to help with the shipping costs…

I put the washi tape into a regular scotchtape dispenser and it worked perfectly…

used mountain scape washi tape to go around the wrapper on the three sides, following the directions provided by Genevieve and then I added tape across the top, on the wrapper only, so that it looked framed!

it was fun to find a new way to see Instagram, although a bit stressful with the timing… and fun to make something…

suspended…

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I’ve been watching the fish more lately and have come to realize that they have favourite places to rest…

one little one looks like it is stuck under a rock on a regular basis… makes me think of how they always rest under the bridge in the garden…

it is interesting to watch them suspended in the water, often for quite some time…

creative…

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I’ve been trying to do something creative most days…

today I cut back all the roses and made a few different arrangements with them…

I liked the look of this Japanese teapot…

this is a fire pot so it was fun to use it in a different way…

here is what they looked like before the rearrangement…

lots of fun…

on my way out of the kitchen after doing the flowers I spent time walking on the spot and watching a bunny on the deck snacking at the saucer where I had just put some seed…

it was nice to see that the sparrows came right up to the feeder, even when the bunny was there… the squirrels always chase everyone else away… they are greedy, lol…