paraffin…

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today I finally made it to Total Wrapture for a pedicure…

I’ve been waiting for a while but things hadn’t fallen into place until today…

it was time to give my nails a rest, so I kept my socks on while I waited for my appointment as I wouldn’t be having them painted…

the last few times when I’d had the paraffin treatment, it seemed that the polish came off sooner so I haven’t had it for ages… since I wasn’t having polish I decided to have the paraffin treatment…

it was lovely and my feet felt so soft afterwards… also nice to leave without worrying about smudging toes, lol…

they will have a good break without polish and will be ready for colour when I start to wear sandals again…

grateful…

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this morning my Seize the Day calendar reminded me to start each day with a grateful heart... it was a good reminder…

I am grateful for the birdseed in the feeders in the front and back yards… thanks to my middle grandson who filled them all on Saturday…

so far only the squirrel has found the one in the front, I had a quiet time watching for the birds through the window as I sat in the sunshine…

both birds and squirrels have found the one in the garden…

I am grateful for an early morning rainbow on the kitchen floor, new leaves on the Japanese Maple, and sunlight shining on orchids…

I am grateful for time to read, food to eat, a comfortable home to live in, and wonderful memories…

sometimes a reminder is just what’s needed…

hearts…

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I was looking through some albums recently and came across this photo from Christmas…

it was an ornament on one of my daughter’s presents… a family tradition has been to give an ornament to each person on one of their gifts…

made me think of all the love signs around the house which I have put out for the month…

there are hearts all over the place… in the kitchen, bathroom, dining, living room, bedroom… and on the stairway

these two hearts are within eyesight in the bedroom… I bought the purple one, and the wooden one was made by my beloved… he was a very talented craftsperson…

I put up some pictures of the various hearts when I wrote this post… I enjoy seeing them and will leave them up for the month…

February is also Heart and Stroke month… a reminder of my beloved, who died just two years after a quadruple bypass…

sipping…

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this morning I had some leftover popcorn from yesterday’s movie…

reminded me of what a wonderful day I had with the boys yesterday…

and today I spent time with my oldest grandson… we shopped, made spaghetti and meatballs for our supper, and watched some tv shows before he headed off with the car…

also had a surprise visit from a dear friend… lovely catch-up from a busy week…

had hoped to pick up fresh flowers but the options weren’t great so I didn’t being any home… but there are still a few blooms floating around the house…

sipping tea and realizing how blessed I am…

movies…

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what a fun day… my son-in-law called fairy early, dropped off the younger boys and headed to the gym…

my grandsons helped me make Thai Curry Shrimp Soup and we put some games on the tablet… once my son-in-law returned we had lunch at Applebee’s, wandered around the mall where I picked up some new tea and got an excellent deal on a pair of leggings… and went to the movies at Landmark

when we got home my son-in-law fixed my thermostat so that it won’t keep going down to 18 degrees Celsius in an effort to save energy… but freeze me, lol… he also fixed the toilet paper holder so the roll doesn’t fall right off…

they left and I put on the tv and warmed up some of the soup…

pretty excellent day…

blown…

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went out in the very cold weather this morning and was nearly blown into a fence… put on my warmest jacket but didn’t realize that the hood wasn’t attached… yikes…

spent the remainder of the day remembering my beloved and how we enjoyed this particular holiday… found this photo from our last Valentine’s Day…

besides the rose, he gave me a beautiful purple jacket which I put on this morning;-)…

cookies…

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a few days ago I dug out my sugar cookie recipe…

I’d had a conversation with a friend about how great my sugar cookies tasted… I’ve made thousands of them over the years, mainly when the girls were in school… I would produce cookies for their classrooms for each and every holiday that occurred…

she suggested I might like to make some for Valentine‘s Day;-)… and also volunteered to lend me a heart-shaped cookie cutter…

I thought I had one so didn’t take her up on the offer…

on Sunday I decided to make them and discovered that I did not have the appropriate cutter…

I went online, found a few different sized heart templates and made a cardboard heart-shaped template…

then I made the recipe and laughed throughout the whole process because it didn’t seem familiar at all…

it took a while as I used a knife to outline each one, but they came out pretty good…

I’d given away all the food colouring and sprinkles a while ago, thinking I wouldn’t need them…

the cookies look rather plain… but taste delicious…

then I had some fun packaging them up for a few gifts…

and enjoyed some with my kids and BS buddies;-)…

sitting…

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today I had a lovely time sitting in the sunshine in the living room…

I started a new book by one of my favourite writers and soaked up the warmth… of course, it was -40 outside, lol… so it really was a treat…

have had numerous conversations recently about our lack of sun… cold weather is much easier to accept when the sky is blue and a big yellow ball is in it… we are not getting the amount of sunshine that we used to…

I spent time taking photos of the light and shadows around the house as the sun shone in various areas…

fun…

corningware…

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been thinking of my beloved a lot lately… Valentine’s Day is coming up and we always celebrated…

as I was washing dishes I was reminded of his strong hands and how he always dealt with the seriously dirty pots…

he could clean them up in no time, unlike me who used the same items to clean them but they never came out as good as when he did it, lol…

today I was scrubbing one of the Corningware pots that we’ve had since we were first married… it looked terrible so I dug out the Mr. Clean eraser

I didn’t take any photos before I started, just part way through, and at the end…

with a bit of elbow grease I was able to improve the look a lot… not as good as he would have done, lol…

not sure what is in them, but they are rather amazing and the pot looks excellent…

those big girl pants