vanishing…

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the pond is doing some interesting vanishing tricks…

currently, every two or three days, it tries to empty itself…


cannot, for the life of me, figure it out… 

everything will be fine for weeks and then all of a sudden it starts to lose water… if I turn off the waterfall it doesn’t lose anything… 

I can fill it up one day and two days later it is so low I am worried that the fish won’t survive… another time once it is full it goes down really slowly over the course of a week…

temperature and wind don’t seem to affect it…

bizarre

pack…

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been busy since I got home…

had a brief rest and then a simple supper of fresh cucumbers with tiny tomatoes and basil from the garden with some goat cheese… very tasty…

then I started gathering stuff… clothes, food, birthday presents… put as much into the trunk as I could so that there is less to do in the morning… getting picked up from the office to head out, so need to be organized first thing…


always giggle when I pack as I remember my beloved… he had a great ability to get any vehicle packed in the most efficient way, but he always had to add a grocery bag or two filled with all of his final bits and pieces of clothes or whatever last minute things he felt were needed;-)…

possibly I am starting to take after him, lol…

thought one bin was going to be enough but now have a bag filled with foodstuff, another with a beach blanket and expect to fill another with my travel items for the car…

we shall see…

sweetie…

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seven years ago today I had surgery to remove my gallbladder… I had already been in the hospital for five weeks with pancreatitis but they had to wait till I was a bit stronger… I do believe that was the most serious illness I’ve dealt with, and the sickest I have ever been…

we had been scheduled to go to BC but had to cancel that trip…

George would come to the hospital every day and he would take a picture of the morning glories which were blooming that day before he left home…

today’s picture reminds me of that sweet gift that he brought me each day…


we only had one pot filled with the morning glories and they had just started to bloom around that time…

every morning, as I hunt for the newest blooms, I think back to those days and how my beloved took those pictures for me…

he was a sweetie

culprit…

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woke up to see x marking the spot above me…


think it was just so I knew where I was… 

it was chilly in the night so I did get up and put on a hoodie… my little cocoon ended up just right…


had a few visitors over the last few days…

the goldfinch has come by both days and let me get a few nice shots…


also had a bunny stop by for a visit…


must have stayed there for half an hour…

some type of bug has been munching on the morning glories… wasn’t so bad when it was just the leaves, but now the flowers are being affected;-(…


going to have to see if I can figure out who the culprit is…

stargazing…

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been planning to spend a night sleeping under the stars for a while and tonight is the night…

it was a lovely day and I spent a good part of it in the garden watching a red squirrel stash peanuts from the neighbour’s feeder…

there’s been a hole beside the back deck for a while and today this little guy spent time going into and out of it, lol…


now we know for sure who lives there…

my bed is nearly ready for tonight… just have to bring out the pillows…


the plan is to be in bed for the 9:36 fly past of the Space Station and then maybe a late night hot tub… looking forward to some great stargazing in the night;-)…

dogs…

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the day took an interesting turn

beautiful morning in the garden and then family arrived from out of town…


had a lovely visit in the garden and then ran around doing a few errands…

we met up again for lunch, in one of her favourite spots…


a few more errands and we headed to my nephew’s for dinner and playtime with the fifteen huskies and malamutes…


the kids all had a wonderful time… supper and time together was delightful… my sister-in-law is a marvellous cook and a great story teller…

she used to live here and we worked together, so I really miss her… happy to have this time together… 

collections…

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being as I’m on holiday, it seemed only fitting that I should get a few treats;-)…

yesterday I picked up this cute case to add to my iPhone case collection… I also got a clear one and will have to choose a few of my pictures to print and put in it…


I’ve been changing up my cases on a regular basis and for the last few weeks was using the one that holds a credit card… works great but will only hold one card and I really need to carry two… 

I also picked up some clothes… a warm hoodie, a long sleeve t-shirt and a pair of patterned pants…


my final treat was this morning when I found three cute plates


I’ve been enjoying eating off different plates for the last while, and have been adding to my collection of fun dinner ware… only need one so it isn’t too expensive to add a few new ones… the two tree ones are Corelle which also means they can go into the dishwasher, and won’t break…

happy holidays… lots of treats;-)…

gardens…

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had a lovely early morning walk to and around the Gardens at the Park…


first time the pelicans have been around this year when I’ve been on my walks…

the Gardens are lovely right now…


the gardeners were everywhere and the sprinklers were rather a danger… took quite different paths so I didn’t get drenched


last week I got a shot of this bench with a woman seated on it from the other side of the garden… looks different from this point of view…


the view from our bench… and here’s the bench


as I left the Gardens the path was beautiful with the dappled light…


great start to the day…

process…

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spent the day doing things around the house…

longest job involved the hot tub... ran some chemicals through, and then had to wait for an hour and run the pump again… 

eventually was able to drain it…


remembered to take a picture as it began draining… takes a couple of hours to empty completely…

then I had to find the shop vac, which I have never used, and vacuum out all the last bits of crud and water from the bottom… that was a process… you’d think it would dump out water in a simple manner, like maybe push a reverse button, but no, you have to take off the top and then dump it… got a wet sandal in the process… didn’t take any pictures…

now to the filling portion… remembered the pic again, lol…


takes over an hour to fill and while I was doing that I got out Barbie and cooked a steak and some zuchinni…

this little guy was having a snack at the same time…


new to the neighbourhood, we haven’t had chipmunks around for years… goes right past my feet but didn’t want me to get too close to take a pic… apparently shy, lol…

steak was delicious, not sure how I felt about the zuchinni, but I did eat it… finished supper with salad and a few tiny new potatoes with dill…

all of the above jobs used to be taken care of by my beloved… some are easier than others and I continue to learn things… 

those big girl pants

years…

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forty-seven years ago on this day I married the love of my life

the years we had together were filled with many memories, two children, and three grandchildren

for the last five years I have celebrated the forty-one plus years we shared together, alone

still not sure if I should be celebrating, but not commemorating the day at all doesn’t seem right either…

some years I have stayed home and had a quiet day remembering some of the highlights… some years I’ve spent time with my daughters…

this year I was up and out of the house by 5:45 on the way to Kenora to watch rowing at the Canada Summer Games with my grandson


had lots of treats in amongst the watching… 

still have many of the questions I pondered a few years back… not sure I will ever have the answers…