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Saturday, December 31, 2011


Yes I have recycled an old picture I found in my archives but the sentiment is still the same.
I will be bringing in the New Year over on Axe Lake - it is a pot luck party but the main course is ribs from Windsor that Davey brings up every so often - they are cooked over an open fire and they are delicious.  I will be bringing my deviled eggs of course - Linda is making her world famous rice krispie squares (they are perfectly gooey) and I am sure there will be a ton of other goodies.  There is always soooooo much food left over, we could continue celebrating for a good couple of days.  The forecast is for cloudy with clear breaks and -2 with a wind chill of -7 and light flurries overnite.  Right now it is sunny and -1 - beats one year where it was -25!!!!  There will be a big bonfire which is where I will be standing all evening with my beverage of choice in my new sippy cup.  I bought some glow-in-the-dark necklaces and pendants just so we can find people who have wandered off the property and into the bush.  Hopefully they won't have fallen face down ;o)
My 2012 is looking good so far.  There is Jodie and Dave's wedding in Canmore in January.  We will be finishing the main floor.  Another Florida trip is being planned of course.   And trips to Windsor with visits to people I missed over the holidays...

I wish you a Safe, Happy and Healthy New Year..

Youth is when you are allowed to stay up late on New Year's Eve - middle age is when you are forced to...CHEERS!!

Friday, December 30, 2011


Hard to believe but it is the 30th of December and Rejean hasn't blown any snow yet but we did get some yesterday and last nite so out came the tractor (and a few other things) and he got to try the tractor out.  The cab has heat and a stereo system so he is very comfortable.  He won't be doing this every time he does the snow but we couldn't resist the first time.  With the old tractor, he had to dress up in his snow suit, balaclava, goggles, scarf etc - he looked like the abominable snowman when he was finished.  He deserves to be comfortable - and by the look on his face, he is.
See Ya Bye

Thursday, December 29, 2011


Back home safe and sound from another whirlwind Christmas vacation down in Windsor and Gorrie.  There is never enough time to visit everyone we wanted to but we did get all the visiting in with the family.  Christmas Eve is always spent at Lise and Dan's - their house is made for the gathering and does accomodate the masses.  We had our Christmas dinner at Marilou's with Stacey and Andrew, Sadie and Rejean's mom.  It was delicious.  We did the Turkey in a Box - no stress, no mess.  Boxing day finished with a visit to Anne and Jame's place where we had Pizza - my favourite.  They are in the middle of remodelling their whole main floor and I can say it is beautiful.  I even picked up an idea for a wall of stone.  There has to be somewhere I can use it. 
On the 27th we headed to Gorrie to visit with my sister Susan and her family.  She has 2 dogs - Disney and Poop.  That is Susan laying on the floor trying to retrieve Disney's ball from under the fridge.  Disney smelled the ball under the fridge and would not budge until Susan (or whoever else felt like laying down to look under the fridge for it) retrieved it.  Poop (yes that is her real name) is Disney's daughter - Susan kept her when Disney had her puppies a few years ago.  AND the beagle is Kloe.  For those who know me, I want a beagle named Betty (but that day will never come).  Kloe is Troy (Susan's son) and Lindsay's dog who is always over at Susan's to play with Disney and Poop.  So this visit I got to get my fill of playing with a beagle and pretending that she was mine.  All 3 dogs are fun to be with but, like children, you play with them then return them to their rightful owners.
We got home today and it was a good ride home - a little chilly but no snow to speak of.  On Tuesday nite here it was -27 with a wind chill of -41!!!  Just a little nippy.  I got to see Boots this evening - first time in a long time.  Ron fed him while we were away and he said that Boots had his girl friend with him.  I think I christened her Ginger.  So I gave him some extra so maybe he left some for Ginger.
Now we have to get ready for New Year's Eve on Axe.  I am looking forward to that - it is always a good time.
See Ya Bye

Saturday, December 24, 2011


Just wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas.  This is the time of year that should be spent with the ones you love but sometimes it is not always the way things turn out.  Due to circumstances beyond our control, we miss the opportunities we planned or hoped would happen.  Those people are in our hearts and thoughts constantly.  I hope you spend the holidays with the ones you love.  I'll be spending Christmas with people I love and thinking about the ones that I can't be with.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011



Ok.  I have lately been afraid to watch this show - not really afraid but anxious - I know I will be on my feet, squirming on the couch, hiding and averting my eyes and yelling things at the tv screen, but I love this show.  Every episode leaves me wondering how he is going to get out of this one - and he always does.  But last nite's show really did it for me.  It was the finale of season 6 with the DDK finally meeting his maker.  I knew when he had Dexter's keys that he would make his way to Dexter's home and I knew that it would involve Harrison in some way.  You knew that Harrison was going to be taken when Dexter took a phone call and went just outside of the door, taking his eyes off of Harrison.  And, I had an incling that DDK was with Dexter at the church - but I never saw Debra seeing Dexter kill him!!  What is he going to do now???  You always knew that somehow Debra would find out about Dexter - she has been close a few times but now I think it will change the whole show.  They have also introduced a "I am in love with my brother" story line that I really don't like.  But we will have to wait and see how it plays out.
If you haven't seen Dexter, please give it a chance - I guarantee you will enjoy this show as much as I do.  I think you will have to watch a couple of episodes to get the real gist of the show but once you do, there is no going back.
See Ya Bye

Thursday, December 15, 2011


We finished the pine and mouldings today - a full 2 days ahead of what we had projected.  And it looks great, if I do say so myself.  Rejean put one full moulding on top (altho it has a rosette in the middle - we didn't have a piece of pine that long so we had to break it up.  The window mouldings come down from the one long one - kind of keeps the set of windows in a group and the small door also has the same design altho there is one 3 sets coming from it.  I do have a bit of input into the design but the majority is Rejean's amazing mind at work.  He liked the ledges under the windows and he designed the mouldings himself - he has a jointer and a planer and we had all the pine from a few years ago when he and a couple of friends cut some trees down and had the logs milled on site.  Lots of oak and lots of pine left.  My job is to finish the boards and moldings and fill in the nail holes with the putty.   And to hold boards in place while he measures, cuts, measures, nails, measures, hold to see how it looks.  And it does look fine.
Now we can concentrate on the holidays coming up...
See Ya Bye 

Tuesday, December 13, 2011


It has been mild around here for the past few days and our lake is in the process of thawing - which means that it could refreeze smooth enough to skate on - if we don't get snow on it.  It has been a very mild December with no snow to speak of. 
I put a picture of the big rock in the front yard.  We lost a tree next to it and it is quite amazing how much it opened up that area.  You can actually see the rock. 
I spent the day varathaning all the mouldings that Rejean finished yesterday while I was out shopping with Linda in the Sault.  He took off hunting and I stayed home to work.  4 1/2 hours later about 95% of it is complete - the other 5% need more coats of varathane on them.  Tomorrow we put them up and then we should be done by the end of the week - right on schedule.  I also am in the process of doing my Honey Crystal Almonds - I need some more canning jars to fill up so I'll have get them tomorrow in town.  I am a procrastinator and I am right on track to not be done before Christmas...
See Ya Bye


The Wharncliffe Citizen's Committee received a cheque for $1000 today from Scotiabank!!!!  It is in recognition of my volunteer activities and support of the worthy causes in my community.  It is the second time I have applied for the funding and the second time my application has been approved. 
I worked at Scotiabank for 30 years and to know that they will still support me in my efforts in my  community is very encouraging.  In today's economy, it is difficult to find the resources to support a cause other than your own.  Time is precious.  I feel that the Wharncliffe Community Hall and Fire Team are worthy of my efforts.  As I've said before, it is the hardest work I have ever done but the most satisfying. 

Volunteering is good for the soul...

Wednesday, December 7, 2011


It  has been pretty cold and we really haven't had a lot of snow - and our lake has frozen over 3 times.  Right now the whole lake is frozen and smooth as, well, ice!!  John and Linda were over yesterday and John tried to walk on it (he is our indicator that it is safe to go out on the ice - he is the first to try the ice).  It cracked as soon as he set foot on it - he held on to our dock.  But that was yesterday and it was really cold last nite so today  I tried it.  I got out to about 4 feet from shore hanging on to the dock and I chickened out to go any further.  Rejean was inside and I don't think he would have heard me YELL.  I wish it was safe because you would be able to skate all over the lake on the smooth ice.  That would be fun!!!  Once it snows, it is never the same.  It goes mush or bumpy - now would be the perfect time to really freeze deep.  I'll cross my fingers it lasts...
See Ya Bye


We are starting work on the main floor - finally.  We got all the pine up this week and our goal is to have all the windows and doors framed by the end of next week.  And by the way this week went, it is a real possibility we will get it done.  I have my dining table all picked out and we know what we want for the "entertainment" area.  I already have my beautiful leather chair from Stacey and Andrew and we are hopefully getting a couch from Jenn and Steve that will go perfect with the chair.  And I will either use my rocker or get a Club chair.  We have the floor and we know what the ceiling will look like.  The bar area is next.  We have the bar chairs, the laminate for the bar top, a gas stove, dish washer, double sink and the rest is easy to get.  Looks like this room could be done (except the actual bar) by spring!!!!  The bar will be next winter's project - then - my sauna!!!  And the list goes on and on and on...

Saturday, December 3, 2011


Saturday is dump day around here and it is my job to take our garbage to the dump.  I have mentioned before that we have a structure at the dump where people leave their things they no longer want but are too good to just dispose of.  I always poke around in there - you never know what you will find - there is even a joke that you know you are a red neck when you go home from the dump with more than you took.  Guilty!!!  Well today I picked this baby up for the hall.  It is a Black and Decker Food Processor.  I told Dave who mans the dump that if it didn't work, I would keep my receipt and return it ;o)  But it works like a charm - just like new.  I also picked up 2 big stacks of magazines to read - I have cancelled all my magazine subscriptions because I just don't have the time to read them so why waste my money (besides, I am cheap).   So today, I am a redneck.
AND it is snowing today.  We have been having trouble with the road conditions lately - the new company hired to take care of the highway is only doing the bare bones - we have had 2 snowfalls and 2 accidents!!!  Our MP is aware of the problem and is working on a solution.  the ride to the dump was a bit harrowing but the snow plow passed me going north so at least they are out.  But it is beginning to look a lot like winter...and Christmas...
See Ya Bye


Midnight Madness hits Thessalon and what a night it was.  I have never seen so many people in downtown Thessalon - almost every store was open and crowded.  The picture above is of the Lovely Ladies of ForestLand - my favourite store in Thessalon.  I never leave there without something - they have everything and last night was no exception.  I love their outfits.  The only thing missing was someone holding a helium filled balloon at the end of the line to indicate where it was because they were lined up with their purchasers.  Every store was like that.  The firemen had a big bonfire going and the Peppermill had hotdogs and fries and roasted chestnuts.  There were carolers.  We ate at the Sinton - they had their Friday nite fish fry but they had tons of other stuff as well.  Even Beggs Funeral Home hosted an art show - it is brand new and I have never been inside so it was a perfect opportunity to check it out - you never know when you will need something like that.  There was a hockey tournament going on at the arena and the curling club had their wing nite.  Tina's on Main had a surf and turf going on. 
It was fun to be downtown last nite...

Thursday, December 1, 2011


Just a snowy afternoon and I got to thinking about one of the best renditions of Let's Stay Together I have ever heard and seen - it is on UTube from the 2009 Grammy awards I think.  If you need an afternoon pick me up, check it out.  Keith Urban and Boyz II Men are backups.
Betcha you can't stay in your seat...


We do!!  We were watching Canada AM and they did a segment on great techy gifts for under $50 and one of the items was the MicroSoft LifeCam HD3000 for $34.99 so, when we were in the Sault the other day, we picked one up at Future Shop.  Jodie had been after Rejean to get one and Joanne and Mitch have one (as you can see above)and I know Stacey and Andrew have the technology, so after it was installed last nite, we called Jodie and Dave and had a great visit (I now know you should have a cocktail in hand during one of these chats - Dave had a Guinness and Jodie had a beer - we were beveregeless but I made sure we had a beer going for the next chat with Joanne and Mitch).  I also know that we need another chair in the computer room if we are going to both talk - I was squatting down and after 1/2 hour, it gets a bit tough.  AND you have to be wearing the correct clothes, have combed your hair, cleaned your house in the area in front of the screen that can be seen on Skype etc. etc.  Probably after a few more usages, I will let those rules slide a bit - except the clothing ones.
It was money well spent - we had a lot of fun for just a little bit of money...I recommend it.
See Ya Bye

Monday, November 28, 2011


Meet the new addition to the Wharncliffe Fire Team.  Standing with pride is our fire captain Brian.  The guys were at the hall today loading up all the equipment from the old van into the new vehicle.  We just have to get the proper town name put on the doors and we are all set to protect the community.


Phyllis called me this morning and asked me to pick her up because she couldn't get out of her roadway because of this accident.  It was an empty log hauler who  blew a tire on a curve and ended up in her driveway.  Good thing he was empty because the driver would have been killed.  He walked away.  He plowed into their driveway - fuel was spilled so it looks like it could be a winter project for the clean-up.
See Ya Bye

Saturday, November 26, 2011


I think it has a lot to do with his beautiful winter coat but Boots is looking very good lately.  I haven't seen his girl friend - I am hoping for little ones in the spring.  Boots looks stocky with his little short legs and his big bushy tail.  He got 2 gut piles from us plus others in the area.  Someone gutted a deer over at the gravel pit by Axe Lake and just left it in the pit - locals spotted some wolves feeding there - Rejean and I saw one crossing the highway the other day - again with the winter coats, the animals are spectacular.  But Boots still comes around when he isn't out hunting.
We found some black oil sunflower seeds at a decent price so we bought 3 50 pound bags (what we usually go thru in a winter) so the birds are slowly coming around.  The squirrel had no problems finding the seeds on the ground.  Gotta get the peanuts out...
See Ya Bye


We gathered the troops together after the Breakfast With Santa and got this picture. 
From the left back row...Ron, who did a marvelous job with the potatoes - Vickie, who mastered the sausages and held babies and hugged a lot of people - Phyllis, who makes the magic happen and keeps us in line - Mrs Clause (aka Debbie who provided the Ranger for Santa's arrival) - Mary who kept the pancakes flowing - Santa and yes the beard is real and me on Santa's lap where I told him I had been a very good girl this year.
We had a good turnout for the breakfast - a lot of little kids and even more big kids - you are never too old for Breakfast with Santa.
See you next year....

Thursday, November 24, 2011


The Ladies of Wharncliffe catered a luncheon at the credit union in town today.  We met yesterday to bake the deserts, cut the veggies and pickles and prepared the filling for the sandwiches.  This morning we made the sandwiches, packed up the cars and headed to the credit union.  They expected about 40 guests and they were ready when we set up.
This Saturday is the annual Breakfast with Santa - a full breakfast with Santa and Mrs Claus who arrive by "pimped up" ranger which we will decorate tomorrow in Denzel's garage.  It is a 7am start on Saturday so I better get my rest...


It has been cold overnite so our lake is freezing over.  Just a very thin layer but freezing none the less and with the light snow we had, you can really see it.  The other smaller lakes in the area are frozen just around the edges, not like ours.

Sunday, November 20, 2011


I had the opportunity this afternoon to meet Bubbles, a 10 month old English Bull dog belonging to Carson.  She was very shy at first but after a few minutes (and a dog treat that I gave her) she warmed up to me.  What a sweetheart.  She is about 40 pounds of dog, sturdy legs, short almost none existent tail, and a beautiful smile.  There was a bit of slobber - I washed my jacket when I got home - but what a small price to pay to make friends with Bubbles.
See Ya Bye

Thursday, November 17, 2011


I think I posted the same picture twice - but yes folks, it is that time of year where I am just amazed at all the beautiful scenery around here and this picture was taken at about 4:30 this afternoon after all the snow we had yesterday.  There is not a breeze and the lake was like glass.  I couldn't resist.
We all went out this morning across the lake - we only found one set of tracks but across on the mine side there were tons.  The trail cam indicated that they were all out after dark and before dawn - times when it is illegal to hunt.  How do they know???
A big spiral sliced glazed ham for dinner tonite that the guys brought up and tomorrow nite we will be deep frying a turkey.  Lots of leftovers...yum yum...
See ya Bye

Wednesday, November 16, 2011


We got off easy this year - November 16th and this is the first real snow we have received.  I must admit it is pretty and not that cold but then again, winter has not arrived yet up north.  When I walked to the road to get the mail, the roads look slick and we have a new company taking care of the plowing and rumor has it that the number of plows has been cut drastically.  Last year the road crews were out with even just a dusting of snow - this year will be different.  I will just have to be careful on the roads - I just hope everyone  else is.
The birds will be going hungry this year - we usually feed them the black oil sunflower seeds that used to be $20 for a 50 pound bag and I go thru about 3-4 bags per winter.  This year it is $48 per bag because they are now using the black oil in a bio fuel!!!  So much for the birds...if anyone out there knows where I can get it for the original price, please let me know.  I enjoy feeding the birds.
I have the fire going up stairs and downstairs, the guys have just come in from hunting - we have 2 deer this year so far.  Roger got one - a big doe - the first day and Ed got his doe (smaller than Roger's) on Sunday.  I can taste those pepperonis now.  I have been out in the blind for 2 days and have only seen a blue bird but I will be going out with the guys tomorrow pushing the mountain.  I still don't know what will happen if I see one - time will tell.
See Ya Bye

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


Talk about a great day for weddings.  There were 5 going on at the Don - the big pink palace down the beach and the Bon Aire had 2 going on.  These were the participants in the one I saw.  It was a beautiful nite for the events, and the sunset was beautiful - altho there weren't any clouds which does make them prettier.  The bride and groom and attendants were in their bare feet of course.  And the groomsmen had shorts on and casual shirts.  The bride's dress was a halter which showed off her beautiful tan and their little girl was precious in her yellow sundress.  Cute family.


They were everywhere this year - I have never seen so many of them.  They provided some entertainments for us while we were basking in the sun.  A big grey bird came walking into the area and caught and swallowed one!!  Just a little tidbit for him.
This guy posed for me on some weird looking plant that kinda resembled something - that's all I am saying...


We started our vacation by staying at the Marriott near the Detroit Airport on Friday nite.  You stay one nite and get 8 days free parking.  This was a different hotel than the one I had previously stayed at - the rooms were bigger her.  Our flight left at 8:30am and we got there in plenty of time.  You park in the lot across the street, a shuttle picks you up at your car and delivers you to your terminal.  When you return from your vacation, the shuttle takes you back to your vehicle and you are on your way home.  Easy Peasy.
I will book this for next year for sure.

Sunday, November 13, 2011


It is so easy to get people to take your picture on the beach in Florida - everyone is so friendly.  We had fabulous weather - the best so far.  Friday was the only off day and it was cooler but still sunny - we rented a car and went shopping!!
There is something about spending time with your sisters - there is a connection there you have with no one else.  We could never have done this when we were younger - we didn't appreciate each other the way we do now.  I cherish them and enjoy every moment with them - life is way too short to let little things get in the way of life.
See Ya Bye


You have to read the pictures from the bottom up to get the presentation of the salad that Susan and Joanne ordered from Sea Hag Restaurant - a new place that we visited last week in Florida.  I had the Cuban sandwich - I could only eat half so we split the other half for lunch the next day.  Tuesday nite when we went there was MoTown nite so the music was great.  We went back on Friday nite, our last nite in Florida and had drinks and appetizers.  Very Very Good!!!


We hit the Happy Hour at Sea Critters in Florida - they were delicious.
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Tuesday, November 1, 2011


Yesterday Linda and I got all Spa'd up. It was my birthday present to Linda and I am going to Florida so I needed my toes and fingers done. We went to the Serenity Spa in Bruce Mines. Arlene Labelle is the owner/operator and sole esthetician. She opened special for Linda and I. I think because she heard the sobs in my voice when she first told me she couldn't fit us in. So she met us at 11:30 am on Hallowe'en morning and finished us in 5 hours. Pedis and Manis for both of us. It was nice to be pampered for a change. I choose a dark chocolate brown for my digits and Linda liked my color so much she choose the same color for her nails. She had a nice deep cranberry for her toes. Arleen was a joy to be around - she survived the 5 hours with Linda and I which is saying a lot.
The next time we go - which should be around Christmas - I am going to bring some margharitas to sip on as we pass the time. Olay!!!
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A new face appeared this morning with Boots - please read post below.
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Boots brought along a new friend this morning. I couldn't tell if it was a female but I am going to assume it was. She was smaller than Boots and paler in color. She lay there until Boots was done, then came over and licked the bowl then ran off to be with Boots. She was timid when she saw me but never ran completely away. Boots had his ears down for a bit and kept his eyes on her. You can really tell how big Boots is when you compare him to the new fox. I guess it is all those leftovers from the Hall and the chicken hotdogs he loves so much.
I don't mind the extra mouth to feed - I have seen 4 foxes around our place at the same time but that was just for a small period of time.

OK readers, what should I call the new fox? You came thru with Boot's name so what do you think?
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Sunday, October 30, 2011


I follow other blogs as well as writing my own.  On the right hand side of my blog you will see "My Blog List" and 2 headings underneath it.  the first one is My Life By Buster - it is written by Buster, a dog who lives in Manhatten and visits a dog park.  It is very entertaining.  I recommend it highly especially today when he posts pictures of himself and his friends all dressed up in costumes.
The other one is Stacey's blog.  Jouney to an Ultramarathon...and beyond.  Right now Stacey and Andrew are on a year long trip thru the states in their Airstream.  They are posting pictures of their journey - very interesting pictures.  I am following their every move.
Pay them a visit - you will not be disappointed.


Boots usually makes a "deposit" near his feeding dish but this time, it was left on the veranda. I guess it is his way of marking his territory or just saying Thanks - I can think of better ways...
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's Diane!!  We went to the fish fry at the Legion on Friday nite and everyone was invited back to our place to continue the festivities. Diane was the last to arrive - dressed as a (friendly I hope) lion. A little early for trick or treat but we invited her in anyway. We make our own fun up here.
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