Sunday, April 20, 2014

Family Ties

Small town ~ late 40's
a single woman gives birth to a baby girl
and gives her up for adoption

a couple of years later ~ the couple gets married
and has 3 boys and life goes on

forward wind to 2014
that young woman is now in a nursing home
in the early stages of alzheimers
the oldest son decides to search for his sister

(this is my mother in law and her oldest sister Elsie)

at the same time a city away the daughter has started the search for her mother
and they connect and meet
these are not step siblings ~ they share the same parents

this is the story of my husband's Aunt Elsie and her family 

and on Good Friday it was time for this lost sister
to meet some more of the family

we gathered at Trevor's cousins place
19 for dinner and 21 in total when all was said and done

this is the entire gang ~ a motley looking crew aren't we!

Diane connected with her new found cousins
she brought her husband and her children
and their families
it was a blessed day to say the least

we fell into easy conversation ~ lots of stories to be told
sharing history ~ learning about each other
and this was just scratching the surface

this is my hubby's family
his brother Scott and sil Phyllis ~ seated are Barb & Lee then Trev and I on the right

I cannot wait to gather again and learn more about our new found cousins
it was a very Good Friday

oh ~ and I was spoiled just a touch as well

a cupcake birthday cake came out for dessert

a glass of wine ~ a cupcake ~ ice cream and blueberry cheesecake
with a side of tea
quite the combination ~ yes please!

and roses from my love.

The rest of the weekend was low key but that is ok
it was a gorgeous day today where we spent most of the afternoon outside
and had our very first bbq of the season tonight

hope you had a fabulous Easter weekend.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Celebrating 49


today I light 49 candles
and celebrate life

I look back at the years stretched out behind me and smile
so many memories ~ so many good times
I am blessed to be where I am today



the future is a mystery but one that I look forward to 
with faith and love
friends and family
there is a whole lot of living and loving coming
and I can't wait to experience every single moment



so today I share some of my favourite things
and hope that a little pretty will bring a smile to someone's face



and this weekend I will make this ~ I think for Easter brunch
and maybe just maybe ~ a mimosa to go with it



and I will place my order for one of these
love ~ love ~ love

I hope you had a great week and that this weekend you are surrounded
by those that you love.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Sunshine & Fresh Air

It's Sunday night and I am getting ready to snuggle in on the couch
and watch The Good Wife


meals have been prepared
errands all run
chores are completed
and we also took some time to just kick back too

it was a gorgeous weekend
can I say finally ~ I think I can

the windows were open yesterday
the sun was shining
birds were singing ~ snow was melting
the house smelled like heaven
oh how I love Spring


the first week back to work after vacation is always a long one
it was busy and I made it through the other side

now I am gearing up for a short week
and it is an exciting week as my birthday is coming up
and on my birthday I turn into a 10 year old
and go all diva and princess like it's my day or something


I am sure it will not go by unnoticed 
because I won't let it ~ ha!


as you can see I am in Easter mode
as on Friday ~ Good Friday that is ~ and also my day
we are getting together with family ~ 22 of us
will gather around and celebrate family
and just maybe there will be a birthday cake there for me
because I am 10


the gathering isn't for my birthday though 
it is Easter dinner that because of people having to travel and such
is being done on Friday instead of Sunday
and that's ok

love getting together with this group
there is always new memories made and this time
will not be any different


wishing you a wonderful week
I hope it has warmed up and the sun is shining
the flowers have poked their little heads out of the ground
or they are blooming in beautiful colours

face the sun and let it shine upon you
and smile.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Girls Night

I have been on vacation this week
and promise not to talk about the weather anymore
because sadly ~ it depresses me


I did have a good week although I had to cancel my plans on Tuesday
due to said weather we will not talk about
the balance of the week went along as planned


an afternoon of retail therapy where I bought everything from 
shoes to a new pillow to rest my weary head on at night
and all was good with the world

an afternoon with Mom ~ appointments and a lunch date
then back to her place to get a couple little things done

plans on Friday with my nieces brought home made pizza
and the Hunger Games


it was so nice to snuggle on the couch with both Kat & Sam
and spend some quality time

I do have a question though ~ do teens ever put down their phones?
I had a rule at both the supper table and breakfast this morning
but every waking minute they were here ~ they were on them
too funny!

I also baked this cake yesterday

it was Colin's birthday ~ aka one of thebestneighboursever
so we took it over last night and sang Happy Birthday
then ate our faces off and was on a sugar rush the rest of the night!


this may show up on the brunch table tomorrow
if I can get the ingredients together ~ if not next weekend for sure

Hope you are having a great weekend

Monday, March 31, 2014

Polar Vortex

This will not be a post where I will whine about the cold and the snow
and the freezing rain
but I will talk about it just a smidge...

last Wednesday we had a blizzard ~ the visibility was zero
nada nothing
since it was doing nothing in the morning
I went into work
they came around ~ around the noon hour saying that whenever you feel like
you want to leave, just let us know and go home

well it came hard and fast right around 1 ~ I stayed a little but longer
and then hit the road
we left at a good time because it just got progressively worse as the day went on
by the time it was all said and done we had received 41 cm of snow
and in some places here in the Maritimes the winds were equal to
a category 2 hurricane ~ that my friends is windy!

this picture is taken out my front window looking towards my neighbours house
yup ~ nasty stuff

so we all got over that ~ it was back to work on Thursday
had mild temps and rain on Friday so any effort to get out to get some "snow pics"
were gone as the rain beat it down by half or so
not that I am complaining about that ~ really!

so Saturday it is gorgeous ~ temps above zero ~ the sun in shining
feels like Spring really is coming 
I bought a bouquet of tulips and daffodils from the Cancer Society
then Sunday we get this

stop shaking the snow globe!!

do you have the Timpehop app on your phone?  If you take pictures and post
to instagram, facebook or twitter ~ it will pull your history for that same day
how ever many years you have been using that social media site

last year this time my crocuses were up and there was hardly any snow
I know this because this morning as freezing rain was pelting on my window
it showed me these pictures from a year ago today

so today we have had freezing rain which turned to snow this evening
mass power outages all over the place

so that's enough of the northeast weather!

Good news is I am on vacation this week
and although I wish I could have jetted off to somewhere warm
I chose to stay home and get some things done around the house
and spend some time to just relax

I have a stack of People magazines I have been binge reading

most of the house is cleaned

dinner plans tomorrow night with my cousin with shopping

an afternoon planned with my Mama on Thursday

and Friday I am getting together with my girlies ~ it's home made pizza
and the Hunger Games kinda night

I love the idea of just doing things at my own pace this week
have been spending some time in the kitchen
and taking time in the afternoon to have a latte and a piece of cinnamon bread

Happy Monday!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Thursday Thoughts

I wish I could say ~ hello Spring ~ so nice to see you
but today we have had a rain-freezing rain-snow mix that is not very 
"springish" at all

I know for us here in the northeast ~ Spring does not truly arrive 
until mid April 
but after the winter that just won't quit 
I am looking forward to some green grass and warmer temps

I choose to live in this part of the country
because this is where I grew up ~ where my family is
well most of it anyway and where my roots are firmly planted

we talk time and time again ~ what if you could live anywhere
where would you go? 
would you build a house in an exotic local?
would you spend your summers here and winters in the south?

oh the places we could go
I never stop dreaming about them

but to leave this place ~ the 4 seasons
I do love them all ~ well maybe not "love" the one that starts with a w
but all in all ~ I am happier in the other 3

I have seen most of Canada ~ not extensively
but I do know that we have some beautiful places right here
in my backyard 

so with that ~ my what I have learned this week is

I truly love to read and have been dragging around the same book for over 2 weeks
why you ask?  I need to start putting my phone down at lunch and picking up my book instead.

Cutting a puppy dogs nail too short can cause "mother guilt" and more blood
than you can even imagine.  She is ok now ~ me... not so much.

While planning dinner for the following night ~ make sure you have all the ingredients
for what you are making.  It is really hard to make quesadillas without tortillas.

Watering your plants is good for their well being but 
once every 2 weeks is not working out so well.

An earlier bedtime makes me happy.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Friday Potpourri


Just when Spring was in sight ~ we only have to look to next week 
on the calendar and here we are knee high in snow




this week has been a hamster on a wheel type of week
physio for the shoulder on Monday

we were down to one vehicle so I had a chauffeur
there of course are pros and cons to that
but all is well and we got the truck back last night
looking all spiffy and newish



last weekend I tried a new recipe and we both gave it 2 thumbs up
and will make it again ~ you can find the recipe here

I whipped up a batch of our new favourite biscuits
I keep coming back to this recipe time and again
they are great with any soup, stew or chili


 this weekend will be laying low
caught another little bug so have to try and kick that to the curb

maybe a little project
and a sweet treat from the kitchen
we shall see



I have been spending some time on Pinterest
and found these ~ don't they look delish!
thanks Simone!


planning to get around to visit soon

hope you had a great week 
and that the sun shines on your smile this weekend.