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Some Signs of Spring Along The Way

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The weather is starting to warm up a bit, time to get out there and walk. It even looks a bit like spring now, the pond is starting to thaw, the snow is melting and it’s muddy out there.































Happy New Year 2013

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A nice quiet peaceful morning to start the New Year.

New year pic for blog

I took the dogs out at 6:30am and then we all crawled back into bed for an extra little sleep. The dogs went back to sleep but as much as I usually have no trouble falling back to sleep, I was  still awake when my husband got out of bed around 8:00am….so much for the extra little sleep.  We got up and fed the dogs and then got busy. The carpets needed vacuumed….which they always do…… I had a raspberry cheesecake to make as well as the much requested gingerbread cookies that my husband wanted me to make for him.

Chubby little Gingerbread men.....created in their makers image. :)

Chubby little Gingerbread men…..created in their makers image. 🙂

Baking is not my favorite thing to do but I sometimes don’t mind it.

My husband and I decided to bake a ham and have potato scallop (scalloped potatoes for those of you who are reading this and going….what the heck is potato scallop?) for New Year’s dinner and invited his brother and sister-in-law to join us for dinner, along with my son Ryan and his girlfriend Whitney. This meal is one of our favorites and my husband is hard pressed to decide which he likes best, turkey dinner or this one…..I think I am more partial to the turkey but this is a great runner-up.

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Our dinner ham.

Once the baking was done and the ham was in the oven my mom decided it was only -5 degrees Celsius out so she wanted to go for a walk. I think she feels a bit like a shut-in since she has been here. We have had a little bit of snow lately which has made some of the sidewalks just a bit tricky to walk on in places, especially the spots where people haven’t bothered to shovel so I asked her to wait 5 minutes until I finished the dishes and I would go with her. I really didn’t want her to take a spill out there all by herself, and I could definitely use the exercise, plus I could take my camera with me and take a few pictures… first pictures of 2013.

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My mom walking along ahead of me while I’m snapping pictures

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Tonight’s dinner was great, and we had a really nice visit with family. A super way to start off the New Year.

Just Some Fall Pics.

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Here are a few pictures I took while out walking today.

My Summer Day

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Today is my summer day… is a summer day even though it feels a bit like Fall out there, but I like Fall so I don’t mind that at all.

This is Friday and I’m not working because it’s my Summer Day. My work has a plan in the summer to get extra work out of you. If we work an extra half hour each day Monday through Thursday all summer we can take a half day every second Friday or a full day every fourth Friday. It’s pretty clever on their part because we all put in that extra half hour of work for the company and they know they might as well give us the Friday off in return because none of are really working on Fridays in the summer anyway. See what I mean…..clever!

So today it is just the dogs and me at home….very peaceful, except for the odd bark at the front window when someone walks by. Since it’s not as hot and humid as it’s been all week we started our day off with a long walk. Cody, Emma and I walked through the trails to my husband’s work and had a little visit with him. I like to think we brightened his day just a little.

Of course I took my camera with me so I snapped some pictures along the way.

Another beautiful walk on a beautiful day!! 🙂

Get All Your Ducks In A Row

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I was out walking this morning with my dogs and took some pictures of ducks in the pond…..mostly. Now that we have had some rain the ducks seem much more plentiful. The only other thing I saw of interest was the ugly little grasshopper. That`s not totally true….I also saw a couple of deer but did not manage to get any good pictures of them.


Vacation……last day

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Oh no…..where did the time go, today is my last day of vacation…..for this time around. I still have another 2 weeks to take but since my husband doesn’t get as much time off as I do, I will most likely be taking vacation time alone, that’s not nearly as much fun. 😦

This morning I got up around 6:00am to let the poochies out for their morning pee break, threw a load of laundry in the washer and as soon as it was finished and in the dryer, the pooches and I went back to bed….ah how I love vacation and sleeping in. We got up again around 9:30am only because I had to take Erika to work for 9:45 or there’s no telling how long I might have slept in. We had a change in air yesterday so we turned off the air conditioning last night and slept with the windows open. There’s nothing better than sleeping all snuggled in under the blankies with the cool air blowing on you, makes me look forward to Fall since this has been such a hot summer.

I probably should have taken the dogs out for their walk earlier than I did…..noon was a bit hot for them but we did a short walk and I snapped a few pictures along the way.



Vacation……Day 9

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Today’s adventure …… St. Jacob’s Farmers Market. I have been living in Ontario for 12 years and until today I have never been to this Farmer’s Market and it’s only about an hour from home.

We took Erika to work for 10:00am (she was hoping we would go for breakfast first, but that wasn’t in the cards for this morning) and then headed out for the day.

First stop was…..of course…..Tim Horton’s……for my husband’s coffee fix (and a blueberry muffin for me).

On our way we took a little side track to the West Montrose Covered Bridge , the last remaining covered bridge in Ontario. A little taste of down home. Of course I took a couple of pictures.

West Montrose Covered Bridge

The entrance to the bridge

Side view

The pretty little house along the Grand River next to the bridge.

As we drove through St. Jacob’s the first thing that caught our eye, or our bellies, was the Stone Crock Restaurant. We were hoping for breakfast but just missed it so lunch it was. We both had the fish and chips which was really good but our server neglected to tell us that they had a lunch buffet which looked absolutely spectacular. Now we will have to go back again just for the buffet.

We had a great time at the market but have decided that we need to go again on a much cooler day, walking around in the crowds of people in 35 degree weather was a bit much for us.

Heading in to the Farmers Market.

Crowds of people.

Very colourful veggies.

We made a few purchases, some fresh tomatoes, potatoes, and peaches, a top for me and a snazzy bandana for Emma.

Emma sporting her snazzy new bandana from the Market.

Once we made our way out of the Market we stopped in at Conestoga Mall to look around for a bit before coming home. We bought a couple of items….just to say we were there, and then headed home to cool off in our cool air-conditioned house. Another great day spent together as vacation is winding down.