Monday, November 30, 2009

Here are a couple of pictures of our cute little black-capped chickadees flitting and flying around the feeders on the front veranda... snacking on black oil sunflower seeds

First Snowfall's arrived !!
We had our first snowfall beginning yesterday afternoon into this morning - it is pretty but unfortunately we know it is just the beginning of a long season of snowfalls!!
For those of you who like snowmen's the perfect snow for building one - soft and sticky!

I don't know if you can see it in the pictures but there are a lot of deer footprints all through our back yard... along with some pine cone crumbs and cedar boughs pulled off the cedar on the left ...evidence that we had some nighttime visitors!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Birthday Wishes

Thanks to all who have extended Birthday Wishes, (including some who felt they had missed it)... but .... as anyone who knows me well is birthday celebration goes on for ...oh, I'd say ...usually a week!

The actual date is Sunday November 29th but I have been receiving cards, dinners , cake etc. since Wednesday November 25th.

The plans for this weekend are ...Red Hat Christmas dinner tonight( Friday); semi-formal Christmas party here in Bonfield, Saturday night; Brunch on Sunday with my honey; followed by dinner Monday night with our dear friends - Connie and Ian and Bonnie and Lou.Along with a tentative lunch date with Linda and Liz scheduled for next lucky can a girl get???

I am SO fortunate to have so many wonderful , kind and thoughtful friends.

Usually a person has less in the way of celebrations as they get older but it seems to be working the opposite for me.

Since losing my Mom and several close friends before their time, I am more aware than ever; how blessed I am to be able to celebrate these birthdays and cherish each and every one.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

My Version of the Hot Chocolate Wallet

Here is my first attempt at the Hot Chocolate Wallet idea posted by Karen on her "Go Scrapping" blog on Day 3 of the Crafty Christmas Blog Hop. It is way cuter in real life!
I also found some $2.00 "scratch tickets" at our corner store called " Candy Cane Cash". For my next ones, I am going to make the front pocket to hold the ticket: with 2 hot chocolate packets, 2 candy canes for stir sticks and the ticket - what a cute little gift!!
Thanks Karen - it wasn't too hard even for a newbie crafter like me and I LOVE how it turned out!!

Card Challenge...Blog Hop

This is my take on the card challenge posted by Simply Scrapping on Day Two of the Crafty Christmas Blog Hop....also my first try at posting a picture of a layout or card online!!
I had some scraps of SEI " Winter Song" left from making my cards this year so used those - I had lots of embellishments left and used the Quikutz Christmas sayings to make my greeting...leftover paper frills from eons ago - and Stickles of course!!
I do love my bling!! on to try the Hot Chocolate wallet!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Thanks For the Happy Birthday Wishes

Thanks to Shari and Hayley for a wonderful birthday supper and special cake!
The Pad Thai made me think Sassy must have a bit of Thai in was as yummy as any I have ever had at a Thai restaurant. The cake my sweet Hayley made for dessert was "to die for ".. a combo... between cheesecake and chocolate cake - how can you beat that! Yummy!!!!
The Coles head for Mexico tomorrow and we have the pleasure of dogsitting our favorite nephew-dog Rudy AKA The Horse. He really has matured and mellowed - he is a big scaredy cat here in the wild woods- he won't go down off the front porch unless Bill or I go with him. He really is kinda cute!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Thanks for the Positive Feedback

Thanks for all the positive feedback!

I am so happy to have my first follower...thanks Connie!

Shari had a good idea - this will be a good way to keep everyone apprised of what is happening in Florida this winter !!

A Beautiful November Day

Now I have the hang of this blogging thing is a picture from a beautiful November day here. It shows one of our spectacular Lake Nipissing sunsets.


We are so lucky to live in such a beautiful place!
Here too is a picture of me "hanging out" with my beautiful niece,Hayley that same day.

Halloween 2009

We had a wonderful Halloween this year.
We spent the day with our family and then went to a dinner party hosted my Heather and John's friends, the Rusks, before heading out to accompany the kids "Trick or Treating."
Ava ( SuperGirl) ,Sophia ( an Angel), Jack ( Super Boy), and Evan ( my little Monkey) were so cute!!
They all had a blast and got lots of treats , even Jack, who was " too scared" to go to the doors - the other kids made sure his pumpkin was filled with treats.

Something New

I decided I wanted to develop a blog so I could participate in a scrapbooking "blog hop"... since it is my favorite hobby ( addiction) I am always up for something new connected to it.
I have toyed with the idea of blogging before but never did... this blog hop was the impetus to get me going.
I anticipate I will have time this winter when we are in southern climes to blog a lot.

Now I just have to figure out what and how to put things like pictures etc. on my blog!