Friday, May 29, 2015

Friday Potpourri

Well hello there.....

it's Friday ~ I am on vacation and thought it was high time 
to get my butt in gear and do a little update.

When I last posted it was my birthday eve
and I was looking forward to my party which was held at our place

I did not have to do a thing
I was taken out to dinner and came home to a decorated house

I was surrounded by family and friends that are near and dear to my heart

my girlfriend made my cake and I absolutely loved it
it was so me and all around the sides were musical notes
she knows me so well
I was spoiled rotten with flowers and gifts
it was a great night and as stressed out as Trev was planning it all
it was a huge success.

Trev's birthday was 2 weeks later and was more low key
as he only hits the "big one" next year

we celebrated with dinner out then back to the house for game night
with the best neighbours ever
I made a cake and we had some munchies
we always have a good time when we are together ~ even the dogs.

The weekends are starting to get busier as the warm weather arrives
we have been down to the cottage to hook up the rain barrel
and take the shutters off the windows 

I hope to get down there to clean on Saturday
since I will now have water and we finally are getting some
warmer temps
the sun feels good.

Last post I talked about a couple of my painting projects
and thought I would share some pics

the bathroom was originally a raspberry colour

remember back in the days of Trading Spaces
it used to be a Saturday night ritual
it made me bolder with my colour choices
but after 12 years it was time 

I primed it and then did 3 coats of paint
it has lightened up things so much

it is a soft yellow ~ buttery and so hard to get a picture of!

While I had the paintbrush out I decided to paint the closet doors 
in the bedroom

when I redid the bedroom 3 years ago
I wasn't sure if I wanted to paint the closet doors, 
stain them to match the flooring or get new ones

so one day while out running errands I made a snap decision
and went into the store where I buy all my paint
knowing that they would have the colour on file

honestly it took no time to do and I have no idea what took 
me so long!  The doors basically disappear and I am very pleased

why is painting such a dreaded task when the results are so rewarding?

so this week has been full of sunshine and warm weather
planting flowers ~ getting some sun
Trev found this nest out back ~ the babies were still in it
but they were dead
not sure what happened to the Mama

so he buried the babies and saved the nest for me
he is such a good boy!

It feels good to be back ~ I have been here for 6 years now
hard to believe  but there it is ~ hope to post 
on a more regular basis going forward ~ we shall see

Happy weekend!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Friday Potpourri

Friday morning
and it looks like it is going to be a fabulous day

this vacation week was picked back in the fall
with hopes of jetting off somewhere warm
but since that was not in the cards for us
it was a working at home week ~ well mostly



I put a post out there on Instagram on Sunday
my brother was having some health problems
and I was looking for prayers ~ thank you for those
and your kind words

he was released from the hospital on Wednesday
and although he has a new road to travel
he is here and feeling a lot better



painting was high on the to do list this week
I finally got the closet doors done in our bedroom
along with installing new nobs

then I tackled the bathroom
one coat of primer and 3 coats of paint
can you say complete ~ done ~ finis

I do love it ~ so much brighter
I will share pictures soon


massage and a mani-pedi was in the cards as well
don't you love gift cards

and the weather has been so nice ~ warm temps
the snow is melting.......slow but sure



oh yeah ~ by the way ~ this is one of my favourite cakes ever
old fashion yellow cake with chocolate frosting
I am a simple girl really

it is my birthday eve and I have mixed feelings this year
this is a milestone event in my life
lighting 50 candles on the cake
reflecting on my life ~ what to keep ~ what to change
like cleaning out a closet
I think there will be more on that as well

so tomorrow night we will gather ~ I am so looking forward to seeing
people that mean the world
Trev has been in planning mode with help from a couple of my girlfriends
I know we will have a good time


Cheers to the weekend
hope it's a good one!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Friday Potpourri

Hello there

how was your Easter?  
was it full of family and food
and special blessings

unedited iPhone photos ~ sorry!

we spent Friday with Trevor's family
27 people gathered ~ I joked with his cousin when we walked in
it looked like a mess hall ~ but what a time we had
catching up and sharing 
it truly was a Good Friday

Saturday we got stuff done 
errands ran and I bought paint!
Fat Paint!
I am going to attempt to paint my coffee table and end tables

this is one of my favourite little shops

Wendy knows her stuff and is more than willing to help out
let's just say that I could leave a lot of money there

you can check it out for yourself here.


So I have to talk a leeetle bit about winter
and how I am yearning to open the windows
feel a warm breeze on my face
hear the birds sing

yeah ~ all that

I am doing a little something on Instagram
that every Monday I am taking a photo
and hash tagging it #viewfrommyporch

so this is the last 3 Mondays

March 23rd - we had an igloo like effect 

March 30th - oh look - a roof line and some treetops

April 6th - woohoo - it's a real neighbour!

honestly we have to laugh about it now because we are so over winter here
I am not even joking

front walkway ~ handsome husband is 6 ft tall

as of March 17th we had already received 450 cm of snow
that's 177 inches or almost 15 feet
and up until Jan 27th we had NO snow
so all this arrived in 6 weeks or so

the kids have had 14 snow days
crazy crazy

so now you know why I want to see green grass
and buds on the trees

rant done!

I would be amiss if I said it was all bad
when you are in hibernation mode you get lots
or nothing done

projects were worked on
naps were taken
new recipes were tried
and lots of reading was happening

the hot beverage station was banished for another season
and daffodils brightened up the kitchen spaces

we have had dinners out
with special cakes made for people that mean the world.

Next week I am on vacation
and I have some appointments ~ a massage mani/pedi day planned
time with Mama
and then a milestone birthday to celebrate on the 18th

it is going to be a great week.


Sunday, March 22, 2015

From the Heart

I have written about my 2 nieces before
and how much I adore these girls that bless me by calling me Aunt

Sam & Kat

today I am focusing on the youngest
her name is Samantha

I know I did a post last May titled Motherhood

it was a hard one to write ~ I put myself out there a lot
but I usually do not delve deep
truth be told I was missing out ~ what was it like to see yourself
in another being
would they look like you ~ talk like you ~ like the same things that you do?

I know that if we had of adopted ~ I would see myself in this child
born from my heart and not from my womb
but since that never happened for us ~ that void would always be there

or would it......

enter my beautiful ~ almost 16 (eek) year old mini me
she is so much like me it scares me a little

she loves to read ~ real books

and she is a writer ~ a word girl
I don't think she met a quote she doesn't like
sound familiar?

 a music lover, she has such a soft heart
anything to do with animals and we are both there
and if it is a sad story ~ there are tears from us both

a couple of weeks ago we spent the day together ~ visiting used book stores
drinking cappuccinos ~ talking about authors
she loves Nicholas Sparks ~ I introduced her to a couple of my favourite authors

we talked about music
about the lyrics ~ the words are just as important as the melody
and she likes one of my fav bands ~ I know you know all of their music
which songs should I download?

I took her picture ~ posted it to Instagram and my best friend commented
 "Oh my goodness ~ it is like taking a step back in time ~ she looks just like you"

when I got home after dropping her off
my heart was full
and I was gushing and telling Trevor about how I was feeling
all these years I thought I would never know ~ but I do and it is the coolest thing

then I wrapped him in a hug realizing that he will never feel the same
and I felt selfish for being so excited....
he brushed it off and I toned it down ~ I love this boy 

a couple of weeks later Sam posted the following to Instagram
as she is doing a photo a day challenge ~ the prompt was idol
she wrote:
"I don't have an idol but this chick really inspires me"

it was on this picture ~ taken of her and I at her junior prom
can you say peacock moment??  My heart almost burst in my chest!

I scanned this picture last week and used it for throwback Thursday
she sees it now too

So my little sweet pea is growing up and I could not be prouder of the person she is becoming

Friday, March 6, 2015

Friday Potpourri

Ahh Friday

happy to see the weekend arrive after a long cold week

although this is not the view from my actual door
it is still pretty white out there and the banks are really high

I will see if I can get some pictures taken this weekend


so with the cold comes soup making
sweater wearing ~ tea drinking
snuggling in with recorded tv and our furry kids
kind of days



this looks so good and blueberries
so really ~ it's a win win
love the blue


tomorrow night we have a date
going to a concert ~ hubby is finally using his Christmas present
and we are both looking forward to it



so while those on the west coast get to enjoy the flowers in bloom
open windows with the curtains blowing in the breeze
and thoughts of planting and gardening


I will be dreaming of a time when I can sit somewhere like this
with a glass of wine and take it all in
I would say in about 2 months time!

Happy weekend.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Friday Potpourri

A weekend with no plans is a blank canvas
you can do as much or as little as you like
and this time of year ~ because we tend to go into hibernation mode
they are my favourite kind of weekend


don't get me wrong ~ I love having something to look forward to
and getting together with my peeps
but having the time to lounge over coffee
planning meals that are slow cooked
trying new recipes ~ it's just so much easier to do
during the winter months


we got more snow this week ~ I am over it

busy at work ~ more overtime


I pinned this one awhile ago ~ drawn to the stack
I love all kinds of bowls
some like mugs, some people plates
I am a bowl girl 



I did get to spend some time in my craft room last weekend
it was nice to get creative again


this weekend will be baking some cookies
catching up with some recorded tv
trying a new recipe or two
and getting some rest.