Saturday, May 13th, 2017


So…a week has passed since Kaia came to live with us. Noah is here helping his Opa to build a gate across the deck to keep Kaia in. Meanwhile, to the right, Kaia is relaxing on the lawn, looking out for cats.


Noah, Kaia and I went for a walk to the trail..


..and ran!


Once back, Kaia had a shower and Noah had a bath, as we had had an adventure during our walk, involving old railroad tracks and a stream.  Frank was glad he had stayed home, but he listened to the story.


Then the dance party before bedtime routine had to happen! Now, bedtime…

Last night Kaia slept on Noah’s bed with him, and again tonight she took herself right up to “her boy”. Noah’s parents aren’t here with him this weekend…not sure if they’d be impressed or not, but it’s so sweet. I think Kaia misses her three children who are far away in N.Z. still, but Noah is filling in for the weekend, and we’ve been doing alright by Kaia during this first week, and visa versa.

Saturday, May 6th, 2017


We brought Kaia home today,  away from where she’s been lovingly fostered for over 18 months.  Her companion, Sandy, eagerly jumped into the back of our car, but Kaia needed to be placed there…she knew something was up…and more so when Sandy was removed. It will take Kaia awhile to adjust to no canine companion, no sheep, no chickens, rarely a leash, and her sweet energetic foster “owners”.  Just us, and a leash, and being tied up in the backyard when we are out there. City living. The countrified Kaia will have to cope with that…and we need to adjust to walking a dog in good weather and bad, every day, many times a day. We are giving up part of our life of ease…but gaining that indescribable thing that petting a dog’s ears, as it lovingly looks up at you…gives you back.  We hope to see a happier look on Kaia’s face asap.


Thursday, May 4th, 2017


enjoying an evening g&t after a day of walking and painting…


..speaking of walking, this couple walked right by where we were seated…


..we had had earlier visitors..


Herons and loons…


..and then a lovely sunset! more painting tomorrow, then done. I’ll miss the scenery, and the discipline.

Thursday, May 4th, 2017


I started a little yoga challenge a few weeks ago, so it has to be done daily. This is the first time I’ve brought my mat while visiting…so this was yesterday’s view for my yoga routine…Marianne’s winter space for painting.  Later in the day we moved these things to her actual studio, a separate building and a wonderful space to paint in….but in the morning I had enjoyed my surroundings inside and the view outside, while I struggled on the floor on my mat. The rest of the day passed struggling with painting in the studio.

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017


I had a little lunch stop on the way to Port Medway…stopping in Mahone Bay. This tree spoke to me of the sea, the salt air…


..and this one of the Folk Artists who “colour” our province.


..and this one of the promise of a new season…


Thursday, April 27th, 2017


Frank was busy on this lovely day…


Putting together, and installing, a screen door. Just in time service, as it was a warm one today!


Enjoying the Wolfville warmth as well was the “Judy Tree”. This tree was planted by Judy’s sweet daughters, after her death, nearly 8 years ago now, in front of the lovely home where Judy had lived. The new owners, good friends of Judy’s, cared for the tree, babied it, moved it to a different location in the hope of helping it out in its suffering from the salt air and the wind. Finally, last fall, they asked if we would take the tree, care for it in our location which was more suited to its delicate constitution. We did, we have. The tree survived the winter, and is thriving, and we have a little piece of Judy, somehow, living with us. This was a win-win for all of us. It makes me smile to see this tree outside our kitchen window, or when I walk by on the road, look up and see it there. It is about Judy, and her daughters, and the past, and the present…and its growth is about the future too.

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017


Ryan and his beautiful bride Tori are expecting in July!! Their very first baby! our 9th grandchild! each one is so precious, unique, being lovingly raised. I know this new baby will be so loved, and a special “first” for parents and grandparents in Ontario. If only we could be living in all the places, at once, where our adult children, their wonderful spouses, and our fabulous grandchildren, live.  I’m not often the fawning grandmother, but once in awhile I can “let it out”…it’s a special privilege to be allowed into the circle of a young family, to share a little of that precious time with young children. Children make you “see” again…they notice things, ask questions, giggle. You can tickle them. You can hug them, you can love them.  Counting the weeks…


Monday, April 24th, 2017


so..I started to work on this scarf last summer…and, yeah!! I finally finished it. I’m actually really pleased with it. I did make a few other things in between, but this was always there, daunting me.  I had many wonderful helpers along the way, ready to give me encouragement and advice on pattern reading, and demos on various peculiar (to me) stitches. Believe me, I needed these kindnesses.


The scarf feels light and soft around my neck, and warm.  I can wear it in at least five different ways that I’ve discovered thus far, so I’ll deduct that from the time factor. What a lovely sense of accomplishment, though.  Now I need another hand held project to start on. Quilting, painting, they aren’t very portable.  I can even knit in the car…don’t try this if you’re the driver.

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017


We spent the day and night in Halifax for our anniversary. Our first stop was at Drea’s…where we saw this sweet work of art.


After some exploring of stores, and shopping, we read magazines on the top floor of the awesome library on Spring Garden road.


Lastly, we went to the Neptune Theatre to see the musical “ONCE”.  Get there if you can. We loved it. Half an hour before it starts, and at intermission, you can go onto the stage and order a drink from the bar! You get to feel how the actors look out to the audience, the small space they manage to do every scene in.  The musical was fabulous. Go! Wonderful day, reflecting on our past 47 years, our family, going forward. Our usual “5 Year Plan” on our anniversary, or the review of the current plan, was so gentle. Keep working on our house, visiting our children and grandchildren, enjoying friends, doing some travel. Easy Peasy. Now to see what plans life actually has in store for us! Hopefully all good. Living with optimism. How else to live?

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017


A brisk spring day yesterday, but nothing deters my friend B. from working on her vegetable garden. With this view, right by the dykes, the trail, who would not want to be outside, melding into the scenery?


Another view at B.’s home. Imagine living where it’s wonderful all year round? We wouldn’t get so excited by spring and flowers then! Mind you, we would be outside more, enjoying nature more often. Well, this is where I’m “planted”…and I’m really enjoying this season coming back to us.