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Thursday, August 10, 2017


Our good friends Doug and Diane made us a bird house that looks exactly like our house last year.  And today, we finally put it up.  We placed it on the part of a tree that we had to take down because it wasn't doing so well.  It is up about 10 to 12 feet off the ground - up in the tree tops.  Steve was doing the dangerous work and Rick and Rejean were directing him.  The girls were sitting on chairs watching - and making suggestions.

It looks great and I can't wait to see who uses it next spring.  There is room for a lot of bird families.

Thanks Doug and Diane for the great gift.  It is appreciated.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

CHARLIE AND MONTY one of their rare displays of getting along.  Not really.  There was a lot of times they did get along and shared things with each other but usually they were acting just like normal siblings.

I wanted to accomplish two things during their visit.  I wanted to be able to tell them apart easily without looking for Charlie's birthmark and I wanted them to call me Grandma.  I succeeded in both of my endeavours.  The first time they called me Grandma I choked up.  The sweetest words in the world to me.  It touched my heart.  AND I can now tell them apart and now they look like totally different kids.  Altho I occasionally did mix them up, but then again, I blame it on having "baby brain" for the past six weeks.

Slowly getting back to normal...


Joanne and Mitch's daughter and grandsons have been up for the past two weeks and we had them over for dinner last nite.  Top photo is Raiden and middle photo is Bishop and the last photo is the result of a fall on the trap rock we have in front of our house.  Raider was a trouper tho, and didn't want a band aid on it.
We were treated to a display of "Judo" by Bishop who is enrolled in Judo classes at home and has a Yellow belt.  And Raiden is just getting started but you can tell he wants to be just like his brother when they both went thru some moves.

I am just getting back to normal after our six weeks of company.  The stories and pictures are coming - soon - a little bit at a time.

Friday, July 21, 2017


...busy with Charlie and Monty.  

I will try and post a few entries when I have some spare time - maybe in the middle of August...

Tuesday, June 27, 2017


Charlie and Monty and Jodie are here for 5 weeks.  What an amazing time to get to know the kids and for them to get to know us.
Day one and they were right back at the rocks in the lake that they learned last year.  We will have to get another load of Trap Rock when they are gone.  Rejean and MariLou with the death grips on the kids.  Sam was also helping.
PlayDoh snakes!!  I snuck to the Post today to get them some "real" plastic ones and they loved them.  I am searching for a real one to show them but so far I haven't been able to find one.
Rejean and MariLou snuggling with the kids watching a movie.
Today the sun finally showed up.  Rejean and the kids went for a walk on the road and Charlie picked some more flowers for Mommy.
And they love the saucer swing we picked up from Costco.  Every once in a while they will run over to it for a short swing.
And today, Monty had some pink veins in his eye that Charlie noticed and he was checking him out by placing his little hands around his neck and looking closer into his eyes.  This went on for a bit then they gave each other the biggest hug.  I must admit I had a little tear in my eye after watching that.
I wonder what adventures day 4 will bring...

Thursday, June 22, 2017


Saw this beauty on the side of the road by Appleby Lake this morning.  I had to turn around and come back for a picture of her.  She is dug in and laying her eggs in the gravel on the shoulder of the road.  She was a big one.  On my way back I looked but could not see the spot where she had been - she certainly smoothed it out well.
Hope those little ones are facing the right way when they hatch...


Rejean went to the Post the other day and came back with these.  Well, Jodie will be here on Saturday so we figured this would get her through her first day back in Canada - after her 15 1/2 hours in the air with Charlie and Monty.


Monday, June 19, 2017


AND we got the trailer all cleaned up and parked in our home away from home - Hinkler.  I think last year we got it up there late July because we thought some of our guests might need it but never did use it.  So we wanted to get it up there early this year and we did.  The bugs were waiting for us and there was a bit of maintenance to do.  The roof over our wood pile came loose on one side so Ron took care of it.  The next time we go up we will take our small wood splitter to take care of those logs.


It was work day at the Friesen's yesterday.  We went over just to check on their progress and ended up helping finish the railing and helping install the new screen door.  Not as easy as I thought it was going to be but we got it done and Joanne is very happy with the "bang" as it closes.
The railing looks great!!!  It doesn't obstruct the view at all.
It is a big deck - just big enough for a great party...just saying...


The kids are coming on Saturday so there is a lot of work to do before they arrive.  Main priority is to put the plexiglass barriers back up behind the couch.  Jodie said they love to climb on things and jump - well as you can see it would be a long way down if they jumped off the back of the couch.  And the BabyGate is installed again.
I have the last minute food shopping to do and I have to sort thru all the stuff I bought for the kids.  Clothes and toys and swimming pools and dinosaurs and fish and animal crackers (which I got into big time - I now have to replace the container).
Can't wait to see them!!!

Friday, June 16, 2017


Joanne and I had dinner in Bruce Mines after our trip to the Sault - there was a Show and Shine going on that day and the car in the first picture was still in the parking lot of the restaurant we went to.  There is another one later this summer so we will be sure to attend.

My "Testicle" plants are out right now.  They are actually Lady Slippers but I like to call them Testicle Plants because they sort of remind me of them.  None that I know personally tho...

And the Dragon Flies are out in full force.  Just when you think the bugs can't get any worse these saviours come out.  They eat those nasty black flies and mosquitoes for us.

And the last picture I got when we visited Ron and Mary.  The butterfly had just landed on the chive flower and I got the shot.  I kind of like it.

Friday, June 9, 2017


Joanne and I climbed Candy Mountain this morning - took us 1/2 hour to reach the top - seemed like a lot longer!!
I haven't done this in years and Joanne wants to go on hikes so this was first on our list.  There were a few muddy spots and Joanne got a bit of a muddy soaker but we finally reached the top.  The view is spectacular and even better in the fall with the colours.  We were hoping for a breeze at the top but there wasn't one so we didn't linger.  The bugs were hungry.
To reward ourselves we headed to the Post and had ourselves an ice cream cone - child's size of course.
It was fun but I know I am going to "feel" it in the morning!!!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017


After years of passing the beautiful Lupins in the ditches heading into town and saying that we will dig some up, we finally did it today.  Joanne wanted to plant some and so did I.  We got some beautiful purple ones and some pink ones.  I hope they take and come back next year.  They spread very well.
Then we wanted to head to Driftwood Bay and see what we could get.  We got on the quads and headed out with a quick stop at the old slate mine.  Nothing left there.  We got a couple of good pieces which we managed to get back on the quads.  Joanne brought a couple of beverages and we tried to relax and drink them but the bugs were too bad.  Next time I will wear my waders...

Wednesday, May 31, 2017


Got me a nice big bass tonite!!


I had to slow down to let these guys cross the road safely and get a picture of course.  The father on the right was letting me know to keep my distance from his family.  They can be dangerous and very, very protective of the little ones.  There are a lot of Canada Geese in Thessalon along the river banks and in the farmer fields.  Nice to watch but don't get too close.


I looked out of the back window this morning and noticed that our swamp was full of water which meant only one thing - the beaver was back!!  Sure enough when we hurried out over the bridge to the stream there was the dam - not a very big one in my opinion but enough to back everything up.  How he managed to get some of those logs in place amazes me.  All that work in one night.  I found out later that the real work was under the bridge which was packed solid with mud and grasses.  If you don't catch it in time it can back up over our septic bed and do a lot of damage.
There has been a lot of rain the past week or two so the stream has been running hard and it is the sound of the rushing water that triggers the beaver's damming instincts so as long as the water is rushing that beaver will be back every nite doing his thing and we will have to break it up each morning until he gives up (which he won't do) or we "gently persuade" him not to come back.  I am betting on the latter.

I will keep you in the loop.


It was Mexican night at our house the other nite.  I was inspired by my nephew's rehearsal dinner to make chicken enchiladas and Mexican rice for dinner and some Margaritas of course.
The food was delicious and very easy to make - I did forget to put out the chopped up tomatoes and green onions and the sour cream but I think I can blame the Margaritas on that.  I can blame the Margaritas for a lot of things that night - I think.  It was a case of deja vu from the Super Bowl Party a few years ago where extra tequila was added to a drink that already had tequila in it.  Hence the reaction.  I think I will stay away from Margaritas for a few months.  But I will make the enchiladas again - they were a hit!!