Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Bits & Bobs.....




Okay...here we go...another bunch of Bits & Bobs from the past few weeks...

We had taken Miss V for lunch, last time we visited the cottage. There is an old Diner in one of the towns close by...she really got a kick out of the stools and retro decor...

The Succulent platter I made for my son, is still going strong! I still have it here at home, as when he was last here...Christmas...we thought it too chilly to transport it that day...I am taking excellent care of her!

Off topic here...but...I think this Summer, I am really going to get into some serious Succulent plantings...They just make me smile...and... this...is ...a ....very... good thing!!



Don't you agree??










I don't know what I would do without Strawberries in my diet!! I think I go thru at least 3 containers a week!!

I always pair them with whatever Berry is on sale that week!! The Blueberries have been so plump and juicy the last few weeks...Love them for breakfast with some Greek Yogurt!!

Must make a Blueberry Breakfast Cake very soon!!

I also consume a LOT of other fresh fruits...nothing better!!

Except of course....my downfall in the evenings...chips...enough said!!
 





Our cottage drives, always encourage me to take lots of photos while in the car...there is something about barns and farms that really excite me!! Some of them are just so beautiful to look at...you just know that somebody takes great pride in their property...and it really stands out!

Oh yes...Miss V and I made a wee Snowman a few weeks back...isn't he adorable??

Unfortunately the next morning he was melted... 




Soup has been on the stove every week around here...this is my favorite. Skinny beef/veg/barley...I freeze half...and I usually eat the whole pot myself!! Great for lunches...The boyfriend devoured my ham/split pea...delish!!

 

More gorgeous farms...the bottom one almost looks like Summer...the grass is so green...beautiful!!

 


Another of my thrifty buys....for Miss V....this sweet Elephant...$1...just like brand new...well...actually, it still had the tags on it!!
I have left it at the cottage, and she will be so surprised to see him when we take her for a visit again!!

And just look at that green grass down at the cottage...

Such a mild Winter for us here in Southern Ontario...

This week has been rain...no snow at all!!

The Lake was more frozen last week...near the shore...but still wide open from there...very unusual for this time of year...

 







On the way home, we passed by this Handsome guy...

I actually got out of the car to take this picture...he came right up to the fence to meet me...

I must remember to take a few apples next trip!! 








And when we got home, my potted Hyacinth bulb had opened up in the afternoon sun.. 

Gorgeous!!






My Winter arrangement is still looking gorgeous on the front steps...

I will save all those pretty sticks and things for next year...

I usually make my own arrangements, but my daughter gifted me this one this year....

And...

It looks beautiful!


My post would not be complete, without my monthly Moon shot.

I took this the other night...it has been so cloudy since then,that I have not seen it again. Not even sure if it has gone yet. Love love love the Moon♥️


Hope that you are all well...and not recovering from any Ice Storms...we have been very lucky here...just rain.

Temps on the rise again for the rest of the week...

I have been doing my fitness thing...enjoying that a lot...gets me out of the house!! And the boyfriend and I are walking when weather permits. I am exceeding my 10,000 steps every day so far...YIPPEE for me...hahaha!

Dinner tonight  is beef stew, that has been simmering since this morning. We had Roast Beef last night, so I used the leftovers to make stew. I think we will have a Greek Salad too...and perhaps a toasted Parmesan cheese bun...
Oh my...I am getting hungry! I better get off this computer, and go and get things organized!!

Thanks for all your lovely comments...greatly appreciated...

Have a great week my friends...

                Cheers!  :o)

                     linda ♥️

 

Sunday, 15 January 2017

My Latest Finished Afghan...For Me! ♥️


I finally got this finished up earlier in the week...

It needed a border...and I added PomPoms this time, instead of the tassels... 

I am really pleased with the way it turned out...One continuous Granny Square, changing colours whenever I felt like it. It is a great size for the couch, and I have been snuggling under it nearly every night!! 

It would be really nice if the Sun would shine!!

I can't remember...Oh I guess it was Friday early afternoon...haven't seen it since!

We are expecting a lot of rain this week, as our temps are back on the rise.

 



I whipped up this little cutie the other afternoon!!

No pattern..just a square sewn together...with the cutest pompoms... 

It is similar to the pink one Miss V has been wearing, but it kept falling over her eyes, as I made it a bit too long. I made the body of this one shorter....I have not seen her in this, but her Mom tells me that she loves it!! I'll bet she looks like a doll in it! 
 

Hope you are all well, and having a wonderful weekend...

I have another blanket on the go...something different this time!!

           Enjoy the rest of your day...

                      Cheers!  :o)

                            linda ♥️

 

Friday, 13 January 2017

Last Week At The Icy Cottage.......



These pics are from last Friday,when we visited the cottage...

There was just a light dusting of snow...but the waves must have been wild, to coat the beach and seawalls in ice...

It was a bit sunny that day...with a West wind...chilly, but not too bad.

Normally, The Great Lakes would be frozen by now...but the weather has been so topsy turvy...

Bitter cold and then balmy temps...


The photo below, is from our Thrift shopping...I think I spent about $5 this day...Pretty extravagant,eh? hahaha!

The one thing that I looked up on the Internet, is the Football player planter there...It had the markings E.O.Brody Co on the bottom....with the original sticker and a #05074...I couldn't get anywhere with the #, but the wee Football player came up on Etsy...selling for $21...I paid 50 cents! I really think I have a good eye for things that are vintage...I thought he would look cute on the cottage sunporch, with a tiny plant in it!









This close-up gives you a better idea of what he looks like....

I know...kinda kooky, but that's the way I like it! hahaha!!!

On his back, is a place for a small plant....

Can't wait to see how he looks on the porch!! 



















I will leave you with a photo from the cottage...

Lush Hostas and Ferns...

Darling Screened Sun Porch...

Ahhhhhhhh....

I can hear the sweet wee Wrens singing right now...  




Hope that you are all well...

The sun is shining today...colder temps...off we go for our weekly drive!!!!

Have a lovely happy weekend... 

                          Cheers! :o)

                               linda ♥️

 

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

A Few Feathered Friends......








I have been doing some bird watching the last few days, thru my kitchen window...
I was so pleased to see the pair of Mourning Doves...have not seen them for a very long time...
The Sparrows are always plentiful...and adorable...
Mr and Mrs Cardinal are regulars!! 

The Chick-a-dee-dee-dees are also about, but they eluded my camera this past while...love to see them at the feeders...

The feather is at the beach at the cottage...wonder what kind of bird lost it???
Most probably a Seagull...so beautiful where it lands...

Pretty quiet around here lately...
We are getting snow and freezing rain today...😳
And...the big winds are returning overnite...
Tomorrow morning should be particularly nasty!  

I have a meatloaf ready for the oven...a Yam and some beets!
Time to get my crochet hook out!
I made a hat for Miss V yesterday...and I have started another afghan...  
Love crochet!!

Hope you are all well...and surviving the winter...
Some areas have had sooo much snow, and we were practically snowless until this morning...

Temps on the rise again...and then the big drop on the weekend...
Feels like a pattern!!

I went to fitness this am...and had coffee with the gals...  

I got a shot of the Moon on Sunday night... 
Don't think it will be visible tonight!!




  Enjoy your evening my friends...

             Cheers!  :o)

                 linda ♥️
 

Friday, 6 January 2017

Lovin' Our Winter Country Drives....




As I am sure you have guessed by now...we had our wee companion with us for this drive!!

See her there??? I put an arrow to make it easier to find her! hahaha!!

Always makes a bee line for the beach!!

Her Papa followed her down...didn't even have time to get his hat on!!!

It was pretty darn brisk I'll tell 'ya!!

While boyfriend opened up...grabbed a hat...I distracted her, by putting out some seed for the hungry birds....



She is not really standing on the icy shore...the beach is underneath that...this is frozen in mid air!! But very solid...we would never endanger her...


Check out that blue sky on the American Side of the Lake....





She got busy picking up any fallen twigs and branches...

She knows where to put them...so we will have kindling for a fire...

There is something so heartwarming about a wee child enjoying something sooo much!! She is always up for anything...loves to help with anything...she is the best thing that has happened to our family...truly....♥️



As per my last post...Miss V stayed with us for 2 days of the Christmas school break...we did everything under the sun...including quite a few rip-roaring games of Snakes & Ladders!! She won nearly all the games, too!!

I hope you are all well...and enjoying the New Year...

Our weather has turned chilly the last few days...but not as bad as some cities...we have had a very mild go of it so far!! Hardly any snow on the ground at all!! But...of course...a very harsh cold wind...💨💨💨

I have been very good about going to Fitness...made it to 2 classes this week...and I also got a few brisk walks in with the boyfriend...It really does give you the energy to do more during the day...I will continue my efforts until we leave for our vacation in the Sun...where we walk and walk and walk all day long...and relax of course!! I will take yarn with me...and I am going to try some more knitting...I did pretty well on my test  piece...who knows??? Perhaps I will knit more than I crochet!! Probably not...but I would like to refresh my skills in that area.

Today we are off for our country drive!!

Make sure the cottage is safe and sound...♥️

Planning on Chinese for lunch...some thrifting...and we have some stuff to donate too...what treasures await?? hahaha!!

Have a wonderful day and a great weekend...

           And....Thanks and Welcome to new followers...hope to see you often!!

             Cheers!  :o)

                  linda  ♥️