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Saturday, December 31, 2016

HAPPY NEW YEAR!





Happy New Year Friends!

We are still on vacation in Calgary with our daughter, son-in-law and grandkids and had the privilege of visiting the Festival of Lights the other night.  This was at a park in Calgary and the lights were amazing.  Everyone had a blast sliding on the hill while I walked around and enjoyed all the lights and Christmas music playing.  

Since Canada is celebrating it's 150th birthday on July 1 there will be lots of special events to mark the occasion throughout the year all across our beautiful country.  The maple leaf symbol in the photo was adopted in 1967 when Canada celebrated it's 100th birthday and each triangle represents a province or territory.  And of course the maple leaf is our flag symbol known around the world.

I wish each of you a very blessed year ahead full of good health, peace, hope and prosperity.  God bless you!

I'll be back in a while.  Take care.

Pam



Friday, December 16, 2016

it's almost Christmas




Only nine more sleeps until Christmas day.  How this month has flown by!  Are you ready?  I'm not.  But that's okay.  It will all come together by the 24th.  Right?

We are under the polar vortex today as is most of the continent and it's bitterly cold!  At least the sun is shining.  But, that wind!!  How it blows and roars from the north.  

I looked out the window one morning last week and there were 6 deer grazing on the trees right in our backyard.  I captured these two as they left.  So beautiful.  We have never had deer in our yard as much as this winter and in the daytime as well as night.  Their tracks are all over the yard.

A beautiful sunrise the other morning.  

The 'little brown shack' out back.  

We ran an errand downtown last Saturday afternoon just as the sun had gone down and the streetlights were coming on.  The almost full moon was shining above the trees.  Queen St. sure looks quiet compared to most cities!  

Fredericton's beautiful city hall decorated and lit up for the holidays.  It would be much prettier at night.

We've had a lot of snow this month and the deck didn't get cleared off after the first big storm then it froze so I guess it will be there for a while.  We didn't even get the bench chairs put away before the snow came.  

The kitchen windowsill looks as wintery as the view outside.




Snowflakes in the living room window with millions falling outside.

Did you catch the full moon the other night?  It was so beautiful as it shone across the snowy landscape making the snow sparkle like diamonds and, you can even see the stars in the sky.  Gorgeous!  We've had cold clear nights for viewing all week.

There was a beautiful hoar frost on the trees and branches yesterday morning before the cold front moved in.

The drive to town in the afternoon was spectacular but I couldn't take any pics.  This one is of the hill behind us.

And here is the reveal of the inside of the new mudroom/entry of our house.  It was finished last Friday when the painter came and painted it.  Murray still has to hook up the power to the outlets and I will paint the wood trim again after Christmas but it's done and we love it!


This is taken from the top of the down stairs looking toward the door.  The door leads to a deck across the front of the house to the garage.  


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I will be busy with finishing up preparing for Christmas, and spending time with family and friends for the next while so I won't be blogging again until January.  I hope to visit your blogs when I can though as I enjoy seeing all the decorations and preparations you are making.

I want to wish each of you the blessings of the season as you celebrate with family and friends.  Have a safe and wonderful holiday.

From our home to yours ~


MERRY CHRISTMAS!  🎄

Blessings,
Pam



Thursday, December 1, 2016

our first snowstorm leaves a winter wonderland overnight




It's December!  We went from fall to winter overnight on November 30 and it looks like winter is here to stay but you never know.  Last year started this way and we had very little 'winter' after Christmas.  

I woke yesterday morning to a bright light beside me and thought someone was shining a fluorescent light in the window.  When I squeezed my eyes open I could see it was the phone lit up and when I looked at the digital clock it was dark.  Aha!!  The power went out. Okay.  Up we get to see what was going on outside.  What a shock to see about a foot of heavy wet snow everywhere.  Our landscape was changed overnight and we had now power!  Welcome to winter!

As we got around, and we realized we couldn't brush our teeth, wash up, flush the toilet or have a hot cup of tea, reality hit.  

Murray decided to start the snowblower and clear the driveway as the snow was pretty well stopped.  But first he put the modem on the battery backup for me.  😊  He knows I need to be in touch with the world.  Haha.  The neighbours were outside doing clean up and their 2 year old was enjoying playing in all the snow.  After a while I went out and filled the bird feeders and then took lots of pictures. After that I did some shovelling but that snow was so heavy that I took it easy and only did the back deck steps and a path to the backdoor. I love the first snowfall when it coats everything it lands on.  It was a nice day and the temperature was at the freezing mark with no wind.  It was bearable.  We got about 25 cm. of snow!



This was on November 29 - the calm day before the snowstorm.






When I filled the bird feeders we had dozens of Goldfinches at them and on the ground.


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What did I do all day?  Well I sat here in our living room with this pretty view (minus the lights on) and read and kept in touch with the world spent time on social media - dressed in a tuque and puffy jacket with a blanket over my legs.  I was grateful when Murray said he had to go in to work for a few hours mid-afternoon.  The roads were plowed and bare and the mall was open.  😀  Perfect!



We got home around 7:00 and the power was still off but about 7:30 it came on again after over 12 hours being off. It didn't take long for the house to warm up.  I wonder how my ice cream fared in the freezers??  lol  BTW....there are still people without power for the second day in a row.  I feel fortunate we have power today.

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Guess what?  We woke up this morning to another snowstorm and another 15 cm. of snow being blown around by gusty northeast winds.  But, thankfully, we still have power...so far!  Schools are closed for a second day in a row and even the mall is closed.  The roads are terrible and it has started to rain now on top of all that wet snow.  What a mess.

I was saddened to see the news about all the terrible wildfires near Gatlinburg Tennessee and also in the hills of North Carolina.  What devastation!  The Gatlinburg one reminds me of the wildfires in Fort McMurray, Alberta in May.   I pray for rain for these states (and in Colorado) that will quench the dry earth and for safety for those affected.  

Thank you for visiting me and your kind comments on my post about our house renovations.  We are thrilled with the new look and space.  

Have a great day!  Take care!

Pam




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