Monday, March 26, 2018

Happy Birthday Jamie!

Our little boy is 17!

Yikes where did the time go.
He's growing into a handsome young man
that is making all the girls hearts aflutter.

I posted on Facebook that I wouldn't post any baby pictures
but I never said anything about the blog
heh heh heh

We went to eat out for his birthday
just the two of us.
Like we used to have mommy and Jamie days.
But life moves on and he's into friends, girls and hobbies.
That's ok. That's how it goes.
You just hope you've raised then right
so they become productive members of society
and happy, healthy good people!
That's really all you can do.
They're going to make mistakes along the way
and hopefully learn from them.

My favourite Bible verse is 
                             Train up a child in the way he should go,
                          And when he is old he will not depart from it.
                                                          Proverbs 22:6

One can only hope and pray.

Happy birthday sweetie!
Love you to the moon and back
Mame et Dad

Have a Blessed Day

Good ole hockey game!

Dave and Jamie have been going to Mariner hockey games fairly often this winter.
The Mariners are a hockey team from Yarmouth.
Junior As if that means anything to you.
It's the division that they're in.
And they are very popular. 
They almost sell out every game.

So Friday I decided I'd see what all the hoopla was about.
I tagged along.
I guess I picked the right time to go
because it was touted on the radio
as being the best game of the season
the longest one!

The Mariners were winning 1-0 up until 30 seconds left in the last period 
when the Truro Bearcats scored!!!

Like really!?
It went into triple overtime.

I was so pooped. It was only done at 11pm!

By that time my toes were frozen.

But as you can see, we had good seats.
Up close and personal.

But the Mariners prevailed and they won!

But even frozen I actually liked it...
I'm going back Tuesday night.
This time with a blanket.

But I remembered why I don't go to sporting events
especially hockey.
I get too much into the game. 
I almost had a stroke. Holy crap man!

Oh well I guess

Have a Blessed Day

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Planning ahead

Someday, yes someday spring will show up.

We've had a very mild that means a frikken cold spring!!!
Holy shoot.

My Hellebores is growing well despite the snow and freezing temps.

But we're planning ahead. The picture below you might recognize.
 It's where the goats used to graze.
We've brought fill in and soon we will be putting up a greenhouse.
Maybe even two. Not sure yet.
It's a perfect spot for growing plants. 
Not far from water and nice and sunny.

Simonne and Grenouille are doing well. I had to take a picture of them 
to send away for a contest. Hopefully we win!
Simonne is growing older and we think she's also going deaf. 
We do know that she's got cataracts but the last month or so we've noticed that she's
getting hard of hearing.  Oh well I guess it comes with the territory when you get older.
We love her anyway.

Since we're planning ahead that means Jamie is growing older also.
Yet, I seem to stay the same is that? Hmmmmm
He's going to be 17 this month!!!

Ack! He's got a part time job and a car. He's living the teenage dream.
He's also planning on becoming a firefighter after he graduates next year.
He's become a volunteer fire fighter at the local fire hall. We're super proud of him.

Since the paid departments are few and far between, that means he'll have to go 
away to get training and move away to find work.

I'm hoping he won't go further than Halifax.  I could handle that....but Ontario?
Too far!

Since competition is pretty stiff to get into firefighter school, 
he said if he doesn't get into it the first year, he'll either work for a year and reapply or go to plan B 
We'd be really proud but worry a lot.

Oh well that's why we raise our kids, to hopefully 
be happy, healthy productive members of society.

Right? Right?

Have a Blessed Day!

Friday, January 5, 2018

Belated Merry Christmas 2017 and Happy New Year!!!

Wow it's been quite the year. 
It's been busy, busy, busy!!! 
I just read my last post and the next day was going to be the kite festival. 
Well here are a few pictures! 
We are addicted  to kite flying!

It's hard to take pictures of all the kites at once, but there was a ton of them.

The next day we were off to what Nova Scotians call the South Shore.

They were having a whirly gig festival and I love whirly gigs!

It was in Shelburne. 
Shelburne is also known to be the set for the movie
Scarlet Letter starring Demi Moore.
That was a long time ago. I think it was in the '90s

We then went to the Birchtown Museum. 
Birchtown is known for where the black loyalists settled.

If you've never read The Book of Negros....
well you need to.
CBC made a mini series last year on it. 
Of course it's not as good as the book, but it was still pretty good.
So I wanted to visit the museum and to see the area mentioned in the book and the TV show.

It still boggles my mind on how humans can treat one another.
What gives us the right to enslave people, treat them lower than dirt...
I have to stop talking about this because I get so upset when I start.
Some places in the museum you almost wanted to cry.....

But then we were off to Carter's Beach.
In the summer on nice days, the water is like the Carribean, 
turquoise and beautiful.
It was cloudy the day we went, but nice all the same.
There's also sand dollars!!
I didn't even know they existed in Nova Scotia, but they do.
So cool....and seals and seals, and more seals.

Jamie and a sand dollar.

Well I talked about the Grand Fondo and we participated!
And I didn't come in last!!!
I can't believe that I finished.
We plan on doing it again this year.
We only did the piccolo which is 34km.
This year they had the super gran which was 160km!!
Can you imagine!?

Coming through the finish line!

My medal and jersey

We had a beautiful fall. And I had a bumper crop of tomatoes!!
So much so that I had to make salsa again.
I hadn't made salsa in years. I mean at least 10 years.
We will be making some again next year. We forgot how good it was.
I bottled over 50 jars and I think half is already gone.

The reason for all the different colour tomatoes is because we plant heirloom
varieties. They taste a lot better than the hybrid ones.

We got rid of the side by side because it wasn't what we needed. It was too big for our needs. 
Sooooo we got a golf cart! It's red and when my friend saw it, she said you should make
it into a ladybug!
She didn't have to say it twice!
I love, love, love it!!!!
I zip around the property on that thing like nobody's business.
And we live close to the golf course, so I just drive it there when I play the occasional 
round of golf.
Jamie now refuses to drive it on the golf course. tee hee ;)

I think it's cute.

We also brought my cousin and his wife to see New France
There's also a place called Balancing you can see by the picture.

This fall I started a new part time job. 
No I don't have enough to do with my full time job, my gardening job, my studies etc...
I decided to apply to be a radio host at our local station. I do the radio bingo every second Friday night and I have morning show every second Saturday morning from 7-12!!! 
Isn't that soooo cool!
I love it!!!
I actually have fans.
That's such a weird feeling. Jamie and I were talking while waiting to go see a movie 
and a woman recognized my voice.

I'm still doing the CTV Morning Live gig every few weeks. That's fun also.
I wish I could do these things full time.
Now that would be a blast!!

Well Christmas came upon us and it was nice.
We had new additions to the family. 
Like I've mentioned before, my cousin and his wife moved down from 
Ontario. So we spent time with them. My uncle, (my cousin's father), is in
the process of moving down here also.
Soon all my father's family will be down here!
That would be cool.

Dave had a local artist carve Simonne our Dachshund.
 She carves with a chainsaw.
I love it! 

Well that's about it for 2017.

Have a Blessed Day!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Wine tour

Today we decided to go on a local wine tour.
Our friends Rosemarie and Paul joined us.
We had so much fun.

The vineyard we visited was Annapolis Vineyards.

These grapes were ten years old. My grapes developed downy mildew last year. I was afraid that I had lost them. But we've cut them down to the ground and they told us that they should come back next spring. Phew!

Beautiful grapes...wish they were mine.

The happy crew

Then Dave took us on a dirt road and we found this pretty path beside the road. It followed a river. I can imagine that this fall when the leaves have turned it'll be so pretty.

All in all a nice day. Tonight is the kite festival. Can't wait!
Have a blessed Day!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Summertime! Summertime!!

Summertime is almost over. 


It's gone before it even begun.

It's been a pretty good one so far.

We haven't climbed Mount Everest or anything spectacular like that
but we've done lots of things as a family and just as a couple.

Jamie is 16 now. Yup. 

How did that happen.

So he's got a part time job and his motorcycle licence.
And yes I constantly worry. I'm a mother, that's my job.
But because he has his motorcycle licence he's free to roam where he wants as long
as he's off the road before dark.
So that leaves Dave and I with more couple time.
That's the perks and downfalls of having kids.
You hope that they'll grow up healthy,happy and independent and 
when they do, you're like "What the heck!? Where'd you go?"
But I'm happy for him.
As long as he stays safe.
He's already learned that other drivers are crazy.
I wont go into that.

The gardens are growing well. I feared for the tomatoes since only tiny little green things were growing. But after Saturday night's rain, they seem to have gotten bigger. Which is strange since I know that tomatoes are picky when it comes to watering, so I water them regularly.
They must prefer the rainwater.

It's been a strange spring and summer. It was a cold spring and a hot summer for a few weeks and now it's a cold summer. Some mornings it's only 8 degrees Celcius. Brrrrr

I've had to plant my yellow beans THREE TIMES!!!! Finally they're growing okay.

Rain has not been plentiful, but it's better than last year.

The garlic is doing well. As you can see. I picked some more tonight. It's a smaller, different kind.

Sadly both of Dave's parents passed away this spring. So we had some family business to attend to in Ontario. We also turned it into a family vacation. We stayed with his cousin and did a few touristy things. But mostly it was to relax after the stress of everything that had gone on.

The day before we left to come home we spent it in Toronto. I've always wanted to go to Kensington Market. It's a real hip, funky place. And they had a car on the side of the street planted with trees, grass and flowers. How cool is that!

We also went to the Warsaw Caves in Peterborough. We didn't go to the caves, but took a nice walk in a cedar forest that had kettles and strange rock formations. That's Jamie at the bottom of the kettle.
We also got stuck in a thunder, lightning and downpour on our walk. Memories!

I've also been doing lots of jams and jellies. Here's part of my strawberry freezer jam stash!

The Acadian Festival was on last week. This is my table at the bazaar.

I also visited a quilt expo. Mind boggling! Just mind boggling.

We were actually thinking of selling the camper because by the end of July we hadn't gone once!

But one night there, and we changed our mind. We're staying. 
We camp what's called seasonal. We just park the camper at one campground and leave it there for the entire summer. We prefer it that way. I guess it's like having a cottage.

The girls are happy about the decision since they love camping.

Then a few weeks ago I had heard about low tide kite flying. 
So I decided to go and get pictures and information to talk about it on 
CTV Morning Live.

Here's the short (very short segment) I had on CTV Morning Live

Well by the time I left there, I was hooked!

Not only do I love it, I bought a kite!

Think about it....kite flying while you're standing on the ocean floor. It's just wow.
That's Nova Scotia living! 
That's me, Dave took my picture while I was flying the kite yesterday.

I turned 50 this summer also.
And I have so many things to be grateful for, one of them being my health. I've noticed that, except for my heal spurs, I'm in excellent health. I'm on no medication, no health issues whatsoever.
So I want to keep it that way.

So I'm going to go in le grand fondo

I'm not totally crazy, I'm just doing the little one. 35km.
That's enough.
Tonight I started training. I almost did 10km in 40 minutes and didn't need resuscitating. 
So I think I'll be ready by the end of September!

Well I think that's enough news for today. 

Have a Blessed Evening