usual…

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the usual family dinner is not happening this weekend…

this year I decided to cook a special dinner just for me;-)… will use some technology to eat with my Ottawa kids…

today I made stuffing muffins for my grandsons… one of their favourites… the smell was delightful and a reminder of what makes a meal special… the eldest grandson will pick them up…

I also prepared potatoes and cauliflower for cooking… I tried something different as I prepared them because, if it doesn’t turn out, I’m the only one eating it, lol… I also cooked a small turnip and made fresh cranberry jelly…

usually as I am preparing for a special dinner I am thinking of those who will be enjoying the meal… today I thought about what a sunny day it was outside, even if it was chilly… and how blessed I am to have the food I want and a place to eat it safely…

fright…

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last night I went downstairs to go out for a hot tub… could hear a buzzing noise that seemed to be coming from under the cupboard near the stove…

I ran water wondering if something was stuck in the pipe, or if the pipe was getting ready to explode…

couldn’t decide whether I should call my son-in-law and was thinking I should find a flashlight to look at the pipes…

then I opened the drawer and the sound was even louder, yikes… by now my heart was pounding

after I opened the drawer it occurred to me that the sound was coming from the little IKEA wisk… I had tried to use it for hot chocolate about an hour before and it didn’t work so I figured it needed a new battery… I just put it back but wasn’t sure if the button was on or off but assumed it didn’t matter as it was dead…

eventually my heart rate returned to normal;-)…

doable…

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while I was working in the garage yesterday – a job I’ve been putting off for eight years – I realized that it was doable and wasn’t as difficult as I had imagined…

my system is to take the garbage bin into the garage on Thursday’s and fill it up with various bits and pieces…

today I also brought a table in to lay things out in piles of things I need, things I don’t really know what their purpose is, and things my son-in-law may want to use or for scrap, things to give away and garbage..

I also found some useful items which were put away in the new spots I’ve decided on…

seems like I spend a little over an hour at a time working but I am seeing improvement and actually found some counter space on the workbench;-)…

crunch…

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spent a lovely afternoon in the garden before the rain…

pulled more leaves out of the pond… more are coming down into it every day…

I read and listened to the birds as they crunched through the leaves looking for bugs and seeds… considering how small they are, they made a lot of noise

flocks of white-throated, song, and house sparrows, as well as pine siskins landed in the grass and around the pond where they would carefully jump from rock to rock to get a drink…

then off they went…

after…

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spent an hour in the garage sorting and organizing… I laughed because I always think about the before picture after I’ve done the work, lol…

also was in the garden for a couple of hours watching the goldfish and birds move about…

I filled feeders and put them in different spots…

it is always interesting to see how long it takes the birds and squirrels to find them again, lol…

fishnet…

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went outside to see if I could get the waterfall going… it stopped for some reason early in the week so I had gone out and unplugged it… I wasn’t looking forward to the prospect…

I took a ton of leaves out of the pond and dug around the pump with my hands to clear out some of the muck… the water was cold

got everything working, moved the milkweed, and emptied some of the pots which held dead plants… I left the fishnet in the water hoping the fish will get used to it so when we go to catch them they will be more cooperative, lol…

then I spent time cleaning out the morning glories, adding plants to a pot by the hot tub and rearranging furniture around the lower deck…

it looks lovely and will be a great place for any garden visits that might happen on nice days;-)…

by the time I was finished, I was very happy and pleased with all that had been accomplished…

overwinter…

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the majority of the plants in the garden and front yard have been hit by the frost

I had been waiting to bring in one of the daturas but I couldn’t decide which one to use…

this morning the decision was made for me as two of the three plants I had been looking at were dead, lol…

I went out and was able to lift the remaining planter and then carefully moved it step by step into the house… then I put it onto a towel, lifted a portion of the carpet, and dragged it to the window…

yay for me;-)…

looks great… now to see if it overwinters

dust…

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we finally got the dust to deal with the 3 wasp nests we have discovered around the yard… I had spoken with someone at Poulin’s and they recommended we try this before having someone come out and basically do the same thing, lol…

my grandson picked it up and sprayed it in all the places…

we will wait and see if this works…

fingers crossed…

vivid…

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a dear friend brought my favourite fish and chips, from Captain’s Table and we had a great visit…

after she left I went out, filled the garbage bin with more goodies from the garage, and set it out for tomorrow’s pickup…

then I wandered around the yard and took some pictures of the Virginia creeper… it is a vivid and glorious colour although many of the leaves have already dropped…

I’ve been contemplating how lucky I am to have the time to spend on such activities;-)…