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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 12, 2017

IT LOOKS LIKE SPRING HAS FOUND US

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

Monday, March 27, 2017

BLOGGER'S SWEET SURPRISES

Like many, I've slowed down on blogging this year but some of my blogging friends still remember me.
I usually pick up the mail on my way back from work because our mail delivery is so late in the afternoon some times.
This is what I found in my mailbox on Friday.  A  package with beautiful homemade gifts from my talented crafty blogger friend Cynthia of Kyrotime.


Cynthia is so adept with her sewing that she can turn pieces of fabric into the most beautiful creations time after time. She is just amazingly creative and crafty. This is our provincial flower the Violet appliqued on this fabric. Every little petals is cut separately and appliqued as well as the stems and leaves and stitched on so precisely.
I love that little applique worm cut out of fabric and the eye is actually part of the marking on the fabric.  My photo doesn't do it this little quilt justice.  Just beautiful...



As if this piece of art isn't enough, Cynthia also included this beautiful homemade apron. I just love it. Thank you so much Cynthia for your thoughtful gifts and the beautiful letter.



I always enjoy visiting her blog Kyrotine to see what she's up to. It's never boring at her place especially now as she is raising two little cute puppies.

Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment to let me know you visited.
Hugs, Julia


Thursday, March 16, 2017

IT'S BEEN COLD FUR SURE...

March started pretty cold and windy with storms after storms and a mixed of temperatures.
My thoughts have turned to Spring but in the meantime life goes on.

My girls, Jackie and Christine were in Glasgow Scotland for a week to finalize arrangements for Nicole's estate and I was worrying about all the menacing stormy weather predictions. They both made it to Ottawa on Sunday and missed the storm. Then Jackie flew home the next day and  then  the storm hit. Their flight over the ocean was a bit bumpy.



 My son Vaughan greeting his sister Jackie, welcome back home.

In Ottawa, my daughter Christine said  snow drift was half way up her front door and the car was half buried in the snow. It was cold so the snow was light and drifty. Here the wind blew and snow was so heavy as the temperature rose, making it difficult to walk to the barn in the early hours of the morning.


     Lightning McQueen, Daniel's favorite race car


My grandson Daniel celebrated his 4th birthday  with his favorite car cake that his mom  ( Christine) made from scratch. The cake disappeared quickly.  He had a birthday party in town but mom was so busy, I didn't get any pictures but we understand " busy ". He had lots of fun and presents.


            Did you ever had a  box of HAPPY  delivered to you?

Sometimes last week I received a request for my mailing address from Jilda, a Yoga teacher  blogger friend of mine  from the blog TRANSFORMATION  INFORMATION and we've been keeping in touch by email once in a while.  She said she wanted to send me a box of Happy.  I expected a small package  like a book, maybe.  It's not unusual as I have received some books from blogger friends in the past.


As you can see it was inspected by custom. Can you imagine my surprise at the size of the box? My jaw dropped as I received it from the UPS delivery man as I could plainly see Jilda's name on the  package.
 I opened the package and my jaw dropped down almost to the floor again when I saw what was inside.


A floor length faux fur coat and a card. Can you believe the custom inspector also opened the card. The coat fits me to a T.  Jilda has been complaining they didn't get winter in Alabama, just a sprinkle of snow so I guess she no longer needed a fur coat. Thank you so much Jilda for your thoughtfulness. I guess she got tired of me complaining about all the cold we got this winter...

This is the second fur coat I got within a week can you believe?



Last weekend I went to the Salvation Army Thrift store to look for a barn jacket because one of my heifers grabbed the front of my jacket in her mouth and yanked my zipper off and it was beyond repair so I had to pin my jacket shut with big safety pins looking like a complete idiot.  I'm still wearing that jacket and I still look like an idiot with my black tuque and pinned jacket....hehe.

I didn't found a suitable jacket but I found a new pair of tan colored jeans for $7.99 and figured that my trip to the thrift shop hadn't been in vain. As I rounded the corner I spotted a street length mink fur coat on a hanger for $19.99.  It had a rip in the sleeve but I  picked it up anyway.  I had a coupon for $10.00 off on a purchase of at least $25.00  from a clothing donation I had given earlier this winter.
So I got that real mink fur coat for $9.99.

I had been looking for one a few years ago to make fur teddy bears but one woman saw it at the same time as me and she ran to it before me. The only one fur coat I could get was black mutton and I made one fully jointed teddy bear and gave it to a little girl who was visiting from California. Life got busy and I put my teddy bear supplies away.
Hopefully Spring is on it's way soon but in the mean time stay warm and safe.
Thanks for leaving a comment to let me know you were here. I really appreciate your visit.
Hugs,
Julia


Thursday, March 9, 2017

MY LITTLE TOWN

After my daughter Nicole passed away last fall, I felt out of sort. I still had to work at the farm but I needed something to keep my mind off my sorrow and my hands busy after work while the snow was flying.
I contacted Sunnie Andress who is a Folk Art Artist  who hooks beautiful folksy whimsical rugs.  I knew that rug hooking was therapeutic and asked her if she would start another rug challenge with our  Great Stash Deworming Marathon group on Rug Hooking Daily. She was busy settling in her new place but kindly agreed to start a new rug challenge for our group after Christmas.

She did and named it Inside, Outside, All Around the Town. This theme was free to be interpreted as per our creativity. It's amazing at how everyone interpret this theme.
I was anxious to start pulling worms so I quickly drew my design and started hooking that afternoon.
We were suppose to hook with as much left over worms as possible  and only cut wool if we absolutely needed to as some of us have been making a lot of rugs with left over worms and our stash is running low, especially mine.

Here is my challenge rug that still needs it's edges finished.  It measures 27  3/4'' x 18''.  I called it My Little Town. I only cut wool strips for the sky, clouds, 1/3 of the dark border and a bit of the glass for window and a bit of black for outline. The rest was entirely hooked with leftover.
I had named the buildings but it was impossible to hook the letters in such a small space so only the school got named. The challenge is over on March 31.  I'm anxious to see all the rugs members came up with. Some are already posted on our group forum.

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.
Julia


Saturday, February 18, 2017

MEET THE NEWEST MEMBER OF THE FAMILY

I was in the barn caring for my calves when I got the call early this morning that Willow had arrived... Here is my little great granddaughter Willow. Everything went well and fast. She is always hungry and is nursing well from the get go and dad had the honour of changing her first dirty diaper.  And not long after she was sucking her thumb and wanted to nurse again.

 Dad had the honour of changing her first dirty diaper.


 and  getting little sister  dressed in her pink sleeper


Fussing with the sleeve.


 All bundled up and sucking on her thumb..


After nursing again, Willow wanted a nap. 



Cypress is having a little cuddle with mom while little sister is sleeping in the basinet.

Thanks for stopping by for a little visit. It always make me happy to know that you cared enough to leave a comment. Have a great weekend.
Julia




Thursday, February 16, 2017

FRIENDS IN HIGH PLACES


I've been very lazy about blogging like so many.  It's all Google's fault with their annoying drop bar warning that Chrome will no longer support my computer.  I've been concerned  for a while  but I've been ignoring it and I think I'll keep ignoring their plea to upgrade. I'm certainly not upgrading to Window 10.
Anyone else are having this annoying drop bar warning on their computer?

Here are some pictures of our long time friends the eagles who live in our lane.  I took these pictures on January 26th  from my back deck with a zoom lens.










This is not to tease those who don't have snow, it's just to let you know that I had enough of the cold and belly high snow. This is a view from the back door. I can barely see my gazebo in the background. I'm longing for green grass and colorful and fragrant flowers, hummingbirds and butterflies. 
Our second storm didn't seemed as bad as they predicted so I'm happy about that.
Stay warm and safe.
 Julia