cuteness…

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started the day by seeing a cute bunny as I was backing out of the driveway…

stopped and spent a moment savouring the wonderfulness around us…

then, mid morning, a former colleague and her sweet baby stopped by for a visit… more cuteness

she is a bit shy so was happiest in mommy’s arms, lol…

around noon another colleague came for a visit with her adorable cutie pie… thanks MikeF for the great photo…

when babies arrive in the office it is as though a silent alarm has gone off… before you know it most of the staff turn up, lol… today was no exception;-)… 

nothing like baby snuggles to brighten a person’s day… 

many things make me happy, but babies are pretty much at the top of the list…

and then, when I arrived home, this pansy smiled directly at me;-)…

cuteness overload…

pitcher…

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what a lovely evening…

weather was crazy all day… every time we looked outside it was either pouring or the sun was shining… 

had arranged to go home with my daughter after work so I could attend the youngest grandson’s soccer game… he plays regularly on Wednesday evenings and I haven’t made it to a game yet…

the weather wasn’t looking promising but thought we’d give it a shot…

my oldest grandson picked me up after work and just as I came outside there was a huge downpour… by the time we picked up my daughter the sun was out again…

we dropped him off at rowing… he’s just taken up this sport and is really enjoying it…

then we went to their house for supper… my son-in-law had a delicious dinner all ready for us… butter chicken, rice, corn and salad…

I really feel blessed and treated when someone else makes the dinner…

by this point the soccer game has been cancelled, so we decided to go Pokémon hunting at the Forks…

we wandered around, inside and outside, and I was excited to find the cutest little pitcher… I’ve been looking for one for when I have my loose tea…

hard to tell but it is purple, lol… it is a little whale and it gurgles when you pour the liquid… so cute…

it rained as I was getting into my car to head home and shortly after I took this picture of the sky…

gorgeous, again

packages…

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lots of treats and surprises today…

when the mail arrived there was a box with my name on it… in it was all of this…

two tasting packages, a cute notebook, a card and a hummingbird chocolate bar in a tiny love bag…

at lunchtime three of us did a little chocolate tasting… we had a great time… comparing how the small pieces taste for each of us is way more fun in a group than individually… 

it was funny because I had decided to do a tasting on my own after supper with some of the pieces that my daughter sent me a while ago…

she had sent the parcel ten days before Mother’s Day and it only arrived last week, lol… the parcel today was a replacement because we had given up on the original one… 

after lunch a colleague brought me a package with my favourite summer rolls… had them for my dinner…

the chips were a bonus;-)…

dad…

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been thinking of my dad a lot lately…

he died nearly thirty years ago… he lived with emphysema from the time I was a teenager…

he did as much as he could, but spent the weekends recovering from the week and trying to build up the energy to make it through the next week…

when I turned sixteen, he and I bought a new car together and I began driving him to and from work every day… which also meant that I got to drive to school each day;-)…

he loved sports and we often attended athletic events at the arena and watched whatever sport might be on tv… 

he was the person who taught me to appreciate each person or team’s efforts and applaud everyone’s performance, whether they were the one you were rooting for or not…

to this day I do the same…

he started me on my love of office supplies… when I was young I would occasionally spend a weekend morning with him at work and organize his desk, lol… 

he spent a good portion of his working life helping people figure out what type of work they would be best at, and he was very good at it…

when my beloved and I were first married, he would go grocery shopping with me and add a roast or some other treat to my bag… at first I felt bad that he did this, until I realized it was something he could still do for us… by that time he couldn’t manage physical things like home repairs any longer… buying us a treat was his way of supporting us…

he was a very special man… my girls were not yet teenagers when he died, much like my grandsons who were so young when my beloved left us… maybe this is why I try to keep memories of George alive so that the boys remember him…

a very rare professionally taken picture of mom and dad

chimes…

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the new neighbours have put up some wind chimes… the kind that I like, not the high pitched tinkling ones…

wonder how long I will refer to the neighbours as new, lol…

reminds me of the wonderful ones that we had… they were a gift from friends and had a lovely deep sound… 

one year we decided to make similar ones as our Christmas gift for friends… 

George took ours apart to create the template and worked on them for weeks… 

we had great difficulty finding the correct type of copper, but eventually all the bits and pieces were gathered up… 

during that time he came down with an infection which damaged his heart… he just finished the gifts in time, as he was feeling so sick… 

he never did put ours back together… I think the struggle to get the gifts done really tarnished his love of them… 

a couple of months ago I found the bits for our original set, but apparently some of the pieces aren’t there… 

I can’t figure out how to put it together but with the lovely sound coming from next door I think it’s okay…

rose buds getting ready to open…


funny the things you remember…

wild…

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went to close the curtains in the dining room this morning and was surprised and so excited to see the wild roses blooming…

we brought home a root that we dug out of a ditch around Hillside Beach decades ago…

nothing happened for a few years and then it took off…

ever since we’ve been pulling it out of flower beds, borders, and even the grass…

but it is beautiful and reminds me of fun times with my beloved

gusto…

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wonderful evening…

supper out with my dear friends… we went to Pizzeria Gusto and had a lovely dinner…


shared lobster risotto and roasted brussel sprouts… and ended with half of a chocolate tart… delicious

we enjoy one another’s company and always have things to share…


dinner out was to celebrate one of our birthdays… we have a birthday bag that goes from person to person…

we have used this bag for many years and it has been repaired a few times… but the fun when we pull it out for the next person’s birthday is just wonderful…

the birthday woman wanted to eat on a patio and we thought we’d picked a great spot, but then discovered it didn’t have an actual patio where you could eat, lol…

took numerous emails and texts to work out our plan, but we did

it was warm but not hot on the patio and, as always when we gather, time flew by and we had lots of fun…

dropped off at home and spotted these irises blooming…

nearly missed them… it was serendipitous that I stepped out onto the deck and walked just far enough to see them… 

a final special moment to end a very special evening

clematis…

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been thinking of some fun times with my beloved

for years we tried to grow clematis… at one point we had one that grew for two years along the neighbour’s garage… then it died off…

we tried everything from putting rocks over the roots, to digging deeper holes, to trying different varieties… but nothing seemed to work…

we would laugh because one of our neighbours had one that took up the whole side of her garage, lol…

for the last seven years or so this clematis has grown up the side of the house… 

I’m always so excited when it comes up again… it is still rather scrawny looking…

but here it is with blossoms that are nearly ready to open… 

what a treat

muskrat…

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on Sunday when my grandson was finishing up mowing the dandelion patch that was the front yard, he came and got us to say something was walking across the yard, maybe a beaver… 

we spotted the critter and think it was a muskrat… although it did not stop long enough for me to get a picture…

but we googled and the pictures came up looking like our guest…

since then I keep hearing Muskrat Love in my head…

this is how the front looks now…