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I'm a mother of four grandmother of seven and great grandmother of one. I have many hobbies and interests but gardening and rug hooking are my main interest at the moment. I live with my husband in the house that we built with the help of my brothers and have been married for 49 years.

Saturday, May 27, 2017


It seems to happen a lot more to bloggers lately that they slow down in posting. I've been hesitant to post because my computer isn't working at maximum capacity with my hard drive being almost full and my iPhoto library  running out of space so I've finally deleted some duplicate photos to make room but it was a very tedious and time consuming job. I'm still getting the same message that my iPhoto is running out of space but I finally managed to upload a bunch of photos anyway.

My daughter Christine announced that she misses reading my blog lately so here Christine, this post is for you

In May Christine bought me 2 plane tickets to go visit her for a week for the Tulip Festival in Ottawa but it rained almost every day I was there. I did get to see the tulips but forgot to bring my camera. I had only one sunny day and I spent the afternoon outdoors weeding her little vegetable garden. I even  managed to get two therapeutic massage while there.  Sleeping in late was also a treat. No getting up at 5:00am.

Prior to leaving for Ottawa, we received a shipment of my daughter Nicole's personal things from Glasgow Scotland that we wanted to keep. I unpacked it and put everything away to be sorted out later.

There were 18 boxes of Nicole's stuff on pallets. George used the tractor fork lift to take it off the big transport truck and deposited on the garage floor. It was a rainy day.  The driver was happy as it made his job much easier.

Here below are some photos of my visit in Ottawa at the beginning of May.

James was anxious for my arrival so he kept track of how many sleep until my arrival. How sweet is that?

 He had received two Smithsonian semi precious stones kits that had to be hammered  out of hard bricks with little wooden mallets and sharp sticks. James and I worked for a whole hour to dig out these stones. He got so excited every time we found a stone. I did help him some. Notice that he's wearing a lab coat and a pair of safety glasses.

These are the stones we found in two bricks.

After the mess was cleaned out, he read a story to his mom.  James is in Kindergarten and is a good reader.

 Daniel played a marble game all by himself.

Again this year, James made it into the War Amp Champs magazine.  He was showing his new swimming arm paddle. James loves to swim under water with his new paddle.

What are the chance that my sister Leona and I would be in Ottawa at the same time. She was also visiting her daughter who lives one and a half hour drive away from my daughter's place. It was a treat to see her and her family.

This is her daughter Linda, grandson Samuel and son in law Richard.

A family photo.

I was resting in bed and James came in and asked me to read him a book...  He said something funny but I can't remember what he said that made me laugh out loud. James is a Senators Hockey fan. He  loves to watch the hockey game with his dad and even wears a Senators jersey.

I hope I still have some readers left. I'll try to do another post next week.
Thanks for leaving a comment. I hope that you all have a great weekend.
Hugs, Julia

Wednesday, April 12, 2017


Yes, it looks and feels like spring is finally here after we survived a rough winter.
I could hear robins announcing they were back and saying to put extra feed for them but I didn't see any and I didn't had time to stick around to see them but I've been waiting for them.

Most of the snow is gone except some big snow drifts in the shade. George sprayed some wood ash on the snow as fertilizer this winter so it looks pretty dirty but I hope it will benefit the lawn.

That's one flowerbed I won't have to clean.  No petals yet but lots of promises. I have a few flowerbeds still under the snow around the yard.

This tiny flowerbed in a sheltered corner of the house isn't doing well except in the middle. where the daffodils is growing well. The corner gets too dry and the clumps are getting smaller every year. So they will be pulled out in the fall and planted elsewhere but the larger clumps will stay there.

Daylilies are starting to poke through and I have over a hundred clumps to clean out hopefully this week.

This bed is cleaned  because I dug it all up last fall and some daffodils are just poking through.

I cleaned this bed a few days ago and some tulips are poking through.

I have a few flower beds that were cleaned up last fall but the majority were left as is.
I'm so grateful for warmer weather and the birds returning. Soon the grass will grow and the spring bulbs will bloom. I noticed the maples are budding.  This has been the hardest winter ever for me, even harder than going through cancer.

It's hard to believe Easter is this coming Sunday and some of the family will be here for Easter dinner. Hopefully I will remember to dig out my camera for a post. We will remember Nicole  as she will also be here in spirit.

I hope you all have a wonderful week. Wishing you all a HAPPY EASTER if you celebrate. Enjoy the long weekend...
Hugs, Julia