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I'm a mother of four grandmother of seven and great grandmother of three. I live with my husband in the house that we built with the help of my brothers and will have been married for 57 years this February.

Saturday, July 23, 2011


This summer seems to go by too fast. I feel like I should slow down and savor it's beauty more but in order to do that I'd have to go faster as there never seems to be enough time in my day to sit down and just savor. It's a paradox.  I savor it of course but on my knees pulling weeds.

I've taken the time to take photos of my flowers and garden but I never posted them. There were so many of them. With a digital you can click away and not worry about how much it will cost to get to see the picture. It's instant and I click to my heart's content, for at least 5 minutes, lol...

Leaving comments also seems to take all my spare time. I think that I need to go on a fast of blogging for a while, like mini vacations. I know that I'm not alone in thinking this way. So I'm going to stop complaining and JUST DO IT.  It's a difficult thing to do to not check up on friends everyday. It almost feel like seeing a friend at the door and not letting them in.

There's my silly husband trying to fool you as to how big is my peonies.

Now this is more like it... I admit that it's pretty healthy.  Update on my peonies. The blossoms have come and gone and the patio has been weeded and swept. 

This flower bed is hiding a secret. I have some day-lilies in the center and at the ends. The blooms have passed and today I cut back the foliage to let the sun get to my lilies. They are starting to bloom. And my Jackmanii  clematis on the shed is covered with purple blossoms.

My astilbes in the front are now starting to fade

I managed to weed around my big rock.

This is the other side. My hostas and day lilies are in full bloom now.

This was my vegetable garden before I weeded.  I had done part of a row when I realized that I hadn't taken a picture.

Now the weeding is done and the fence for my cucumbers has been put in place and I picked two large cucumbers today.

My peppers got bigger than in  this photo. Everything is growing so fast.

As I weeded around the base of my crab tree I discovered that there was a bird nest in it.

I just showed a few photos of my flowers as I have way too many.
Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment if you have the time. I'm taking a wee break from leaving comments this week as I'm running behind my chores. I'll check your blogs whenever I have a spare moment. I may leave a few comments here and there but please don't be offended if I don't leave a comment on your blog right away. I love you all and you all make my life brighter.  Have a safe week and stay cool.  JB

Wednesday, July 13, 2011


Since I didn't took time to blog lately, I thought that I would share a few latest photos of my grandson at the Ottawa Bluesfest with his mom and dad.

My cool little dude in his guitar shirt. The ear muff is to cut down the loud noise.

He seems to be very relaxed and is enjoying the time out at the festival.

Getting used to the ear muffs is a bit strange to him.

Flying like the seagulls

Trying to sing along

Just being fed by daddy is fun too.

I could almost fall asleep now.

I think that Daddy is having a lot of fun too but I'm getting a wee bit tired.

Can you believe that I attended the Bluesfest three times?  I always like to cuddle with Mama. I can see lots of people.

Thanks for visiting my bald headed little guy and leaving a comment.  JB

Wednesday, July 6, 2011


 I had one of those days... I had an appointment to the dentist for 2:20 this afternoon.  As I'm about to leave the house a friend of my husband arrives on the doorstep.  He wants to know where my husband is. He's also a very talkative man and I took the time to call my husband on my cell to find out where he was and let him talk with his friend on my cell. It only took a few minutes of my time so it didn't bother me. I had plenty of time.

I had to gas up the car as it was pretty empty,.... other people also uses my car.... So I make a detour to the Co-op where I usually fill up. Gasd is going up tonight so there are plenty of cars ahead of me. Then still I have plenty of time left so I keep on going on that road and made what I thought was a quick stop at the Value Village to pick up something that I've been needing to get .  It's not terribly busy so I think that I will be in and out of there. Wrong.... I took the shortest line up and when it gets to be my turn, the cashier starts to unroll the tape on the cash register by hand and she was looking for a transaction or something. She unrolled the tape completely and then starts to reroll it by hand as she looks some more. In the meantime I'm waiting as the other line is getting longer and I stay there because I know as soon as I leave she will be calling to help someone and I'll lose my spot, right?  Then she proceeds to change to a new tape...

Finally she excuse the delay and I go through.  By now I'm running a wee bit late and I left the dentist card with phone  number at home and I can't call to tell them that I'm on my way and running late.

I hit every red light on the way and traffic is a bit heavy going down the long hill to my destination. When I changed direction I managed to hit one green light.

I know I'm late but figure that I have some grace time as every time I'm at the dentist office I have to wait for them to take me in...  Apparently it doesn't work that way for them..  I apologize for being about 10 minutes late and she said that she had already called and left a message that she was rescheduling me.

I was furious and I said " Look, my time is as precious as anyone else's time. I'm not rescheduling and you can also cancel my other appointment for August and I walked out of there. I also told her that I had left the house in plenty of time and ........... it was not all my fault...

That burnt some calories I tell you. Getting furious will do it every time. Yeah....

Now to answer Patrice's neat questions of  Wednesday Words of Weight Loss:

1.)   How are you doing with your weight goals this summer?
       Terrific, I just lost one pound at the dentist office today.   My clothes fit me and I'm leaving it at that.

2.)   Has summer been relaxing or just as busy as ever?

       Just as busy as ever. No days off on the farm..... I work till dark.

3.)   How many times have you gone swimming this summer?


4.)   Have you been to any of your class reunions.
        I skipped graduation and went to work.  I've been to my husband's  High School reunions and had                
        a great time every time. So the answer is no... unfortunately.

5.)    If you could choose one of the following ways to spend the day, which would it be?
        -a picnic
        - a day on a boat
        -shopping at a mall
        -visiting an old friend.
        That's easy, I'd go visit and old friend and arrange a picnic on a boat.   I'm not much of a mall          

Thanks Patrice for the neat questions. It kind of took my mind off my frustrating dentist office encounter with the receptionist.

I hope that your day goes smoother than mine,  and that you stopped for a visit if you have the time. I'll wait for you for as long as it takes... and no rescheduling, guarantied.

I enjoy getting your comments. Now I'm off to feed my calves.

Sunday, July 3, 2011


I can't believe that James is growing so fast. It seems like yesterday when he was born. He has become a little bundle of joy and major blessings for his loving parents. He has mastered the art of rolling over and back again.  Now he  has discovered his shadow. It's just too cute.

Here are a few photos  of his trip to Lake Placid with his mom and dad. He loves his stroller ride.

Especially when Mama is pushing on those bumpy brick roads.

Same color eyes and big teethes too,

Look at those nice pudgy legs.

Oops, I guess it's easier to hold the baby like this.  The picture came out sideway but I still wanted to include it here.  Baby sleeping on daddy. All tuckered out from the trip.

Still sleeping while radiant mama is all smiles, just enjoying her little tiger.

He looks so comfy sleeping on mama.

James loves water. He's a happy little tiger swimming with daddy.

Just settling in bed ready to watch TV with his handsome Daddy.

Look how intently he watches what's going on on TV.

I hope that you have enjoyed a quick visit with my grandson and his loving parents. I'm looking forward to read your comments.   Thanks for dropping by.  JB