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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.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

JAMES & DANIEL UPDATES

I've been wanting to post but life has been rather hectic and I never take my camera to work, always in a rush...
 I thought that I would post some photos of my two youngest grandkids, James and Daniel. My daughter sent me some photos last week  and I've decided that I better show them to you right now before I procrastinate some more.



 I don't know why these pictures uploaded so badly. I've reduced their size again but they are still broken up. They are bright and crisp in the  email even on full screen. Sorry about this... Any way this is Daniel. Growing real fast and napping a lot.






James is sporting his first hair cut. He was so terrified to get his hair cut. Mom and Dad did everything possible to get him to get a hair cut at the barber. He watch daddy getting his hair cut several time but as soon as it's his turn, he freaked out so he'd go back home with his long hair.  This time Mom and Dad took the clipper and did the job wether he approved of it or not and reward him with this new battery operated car. Not really a bribe but it arrived at the right time. He looks so pleased. First he wanted Mama to get in the back seat with him which was impossible so he settled for Brazen the 16 years old cat. She looks rather uncomfortable.



Here he is again waving.

I hope to have a cow and calf story of my latest  adventure on next post but I haven't taken any pictures.   I may just post it without pictures.

Until then, stay safe  and have a great weekend.
Thanks for stopping by.
JB

Saturday, April 6, 2013

ON EAGLE'S WINGS

Friday was nice and warm for a change and I decided to go for a walk in the pasture with my  camera and my new big lens. I wanted to take some  pictures of the eagle's nest way way up on the very top of an old pine tree in the lane.

A pair of eagles have been living in that nest for about 7 or 8 years or so. The nest has grown every year and it's incredibly large this year. It's hard to get a perspective on how large it is but my guess is that it's about the size of a car and my son agrees.


Here is my first shot with my telescopic lens. I was quite a distance from the tree. This shot is from the pasture behind the barn.



A closer view by zooming in, as viewed from the pasture.



This shot was taken in the field on the other side of the lane.


I wanted to show how tall the trees are and I had to go as far as the fence and I still  I could not get the whole trees from top to bottom with my telescopic lens. I'm learning....



So I walked pretty far to almost the end of the field on the other side of the lane to get far enough away from the trees to show the whole length of the trees. I should have taken my regular stabilizer lens with me as well and it would have saved me a lot of walking. Oh well, it was a nice day. You can see  a trace of snow along the shade of the trees. I'm still learning how to use my telescopic lens. I have so much to learn.


Just to give you a bit of perspective, the silos are 60 feet high and the pine trees near the silos are taller than the silos. The grass isn't green yet and the trees are still bare but spring is in the air.


Unfortunately, only one of the eagles was in sight and kept circling high in the air and this wasn't a great shot. I'll try again to get a better shot at some other time when one of them is closer. It's difficult to see them in the lens when they fly so fast.



While I was near the farm with my camera, I stopped in to take a few shots of the new calves. This one
 was camera shy and didn't even gave me her best side. She had a bit of scour but is on the mend.


This  little bull was getting excited to have his picture taken.


This newly born calf was  born in the dry cow area and was due on April 14. He got a bit dirty and the mother was put in a pen by herself because one of her quarter got mastitis. We didn't want the little bull to suckle on the bad quarter. He was still a bit wobbly.



Here is a new litter of 5 kittens. They were born in a calf pen  right in the open before we even got the chance to clean that pen  after the older calf was moved to the larger pen. Here two other cats are caring for the babies while the  mother is taking a break from nursing. Their eyes are starting to open.

I hope that you had a nice weekend.
Thanks for stopping by. I so appreciate the interaction of your comments, even if it's only a one word comment.  It means that you came by.   :-)
JB

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

GOT ME ONE OF THOSE KEURIG MACHINE

I had so much fun with that Keurig machine while at my daughter and son in law lately in Ottawa, that I decided that I was going to get my own. Making coffee or  tea has never been so easy. It's not an identical machine as theirs has 4 sizes of cups to choose from and mine has 2 sizes which is fine by me.


It can get expensive buying all those pre-measured gourmet coffee pods so being frugal,  I decided to also buy the little My K-Cup filter so I can use my own regular coffee. It works like a charm and I love it. All you do is measure the coffee in that tiny filter and snap it in the holder and put the cover on and  chose the size cup and in seconds I have a nice cup of hot coffee and there's no waiting.  It's great for busy people who love their coffee in the morning.



A  lot of you know that I can't have anything with soy or soy by-product and that means that there is an awful lot of food I can't have because there is soy in just about everything.  I've been craving chocolate for a long time.... did I say CRAVING just because I couldn't have any, ha,ha,ha.

While I was getting my little coffee filter today I saw some dark chocolate by the Keurig machines. All the other dark chocolate I've tried so far all have soy in them but not these. Instead of having soy lecithin as an emulsifier, they have the old fashion cocoa butter. I was elated... I bought two and did a happy dance. A little bit goes a long way. It's fair trade and also organic but not cheap.

I pulled a few hoops today on my Childhood rug and I plan to pull some more tomorrow until I get back at it full swing. No pictures...



Here is the first family photo with all four family members present. Photographing kids is like photographing  calves. They never stay still or look where you want them to look.
James was not cooperating at first but soon was smiling for the camera, thanks to playful daddy as little brother Daniel looks on.



This is the War Amps Child Amputee Program magazine called CHAMP. In it are pictures of child amputees that the Warm Amps Charity help through their programs. They are an amazing charitable organization and I support them with a donation every year.


James is part of that program and this year his picture was chosen  for the magazine along with many other kid's photos. You may remember him in his Halloween costume dressed as a little lion cub for Trick or Treating.



A little man with a sweet tooth after a carrot cake for Easter.


James found a small Bunny Chocolate on the window sill  while looking out for a real bunny that sometimes comes around the neighbourhood. He had his fill of chocolate Easter eggs that morning.


You can tell that he's enjoying his chocolate bunny.

That's all for today, but I still have more pictures in my file folder for later. I hope that you are not giving up hope that spring will come. My tulips are finally poking out of the cold wet ground and so are some daffodils. It's cold tonight so O'm putting an extra blanket on my bed. Good night.
Thanks for stopping by. I so enjoy your comments.
JB


Monday, April 1, 2013

I'M BACK FROM MY 5 WEEKS VACATIONS

I had an uneventful flight in what look  a bit scary to me. The small Jazz plane looked old and worn out with crackled paint that was chipping and dirty black streaks.  I was sitting by the window in the 7th row near the back and thankfully had no passenger next to me so I played card games of Freecell on my MacBook Pro to pass the time away until we got home. It sure made the time go by real fast.

 It was very cloudy and all we could see was white all around until we hit closer to New Brunswick. It was dark as we arrived and the city lights were so pretty from the air. My husband was waiting for me at the airport with a big smile. He had a stir fry all ready for me when I arrived. Most of my house plants were in great shape and blooming and the house was clean.

I resumed my farm duties first things this morning and got reacquainted with the older calves and met the new ones. There was also a litter of new kittens.

in a vacant calf pen that had some hay in it but needed to be cleaned but we have to wait till the mother moves her litter first.

I really didn't do much at home except bake some Cinnamon Biscuit Rolls, clean up my mess and made supper and got caught up on my emails and blogs this afternoon.

I've been real slack about posting on my blog lately but I have lots of photos of James and Daniel so you will get sick of looking at my grandkids but I have to post them for my family.


James has learned to wash his own hands by holding the bottle with his left stump and squeezes the foaming soap and spreads it on his hand.


For those who don't know about James, he is missing his left hand from birth and he uses his little stump to do a lot of things.


He realized that he's being photographed.



He can turn the water on and off and even adjust the water from cold and warm. His favorite thing to do is fill a little measuring cup with cold water and then he drinks from it.

The little guy needs a little stool to raise him up. He's only 2 years old after all.


Here I'm holding a sleeping Daniel, what a job...


James love his little shovel and he also love to help his dad to shovel snow.


He like to play in his little house with dad. He's got a phone call for dad.


Meanwhile, Mama is upstairs with Daniel. How he's growing fast. Look at those cheeks.

Nothing like mama to rest on.



James is wearing his paper hat that he worked on at Day care. He has been wearing this hat now for at least three to 4 weeks and he only lost a few stick-on circles.


Look at the nice meal that my son in law's boss sent as a welcome home baby  gift. This meal was catered and delivered on time for supper. Tender spareribs, salad, Italian soup. cake and 2 huge decorated cookies  and there was enough for three adults.


Winding down before bed, daddy reads a favorite truck book to James.



A happy little mama time

That's all for now but I have a lot more photos that I'll be posting as soon as I have some spare time.
Thanks for stopping by. I hope that you all had a great Easter weekend and that you are all eager to start to do some spring things. Have a good week.
JB