Wednesday, July 31, 2019


Molly enjoying some leash time in the backyard.
It's hard to believe tomorrow is August 1st. July seems to have flown by. We spent the majority of our free time in the backyard, where most of the following photos were taken. I also attended a concert this month, and we got social one Saturday, and spent some time in someone else's backyard!

Always a joy to have the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds visit.
We had some hot, hot, HOT days in July. Hard to have any energy in the extreme heat. 
Monarch in the garden.
Black Swallowtail and a bee enjoying the "Bee Balm".
I interrupt this peaceful nature moment to attend a rock n roll concert.......

VIP Meet and Greet with Tesla July 20th.
When Brian and I decided to attend the Def Leppard concert in Hamilton this year we did the VIP package for opening act, Tesla, who I have been a fan of since 1986. This was only my 3rd time seeing them, the first time being in 1988 just days before my 19th birthday in Halifax, and then not again until 2015 in Toronto. I don't know if it was the drinks with dinner, but I was pretty calm unlike when I did the VIP Meet and Greet with Def Leppard in Vegas back in 2013. It was great to have a few minutes of music chat with the band, very down to earth, friendly guys, I hope to see/chat with them again.   

Now, back to the backyard.

Papa Cardinal feeding one of his young. 
A clearer shot of them both.
Rob and Merry having a cuddle. 
Rob and I also spent a lovely afternoon in a friends yard in Hockley Valley, where we were treated to some delicious eats and great company. We hear it's a yearly event, and we look forwarding to being yearly attendees.
Enjoying a lovely afternoon in someone else's backyard. 
July was pretty memorable, but I have a feeling August is going to be pretty good too!

Friday, July 19, 2019


A female deer keeps an eye  on us, probably a fawn hidden in the grass close by.
Rob likes to remind me how much I complained the first time we went for a walk at our "Sunday Spot" a couple years back. I do remember whining and bitching about how it was too hard for me with my arthritic knee. But now I can't imagine not going for this regular walk, and my knee feels fine. Turns out as long as I'm not over doing it, the walking is great for my knee, which is more motivation to go.

It's not about the birds when we go for this walk, though we always see some. It's for me to kick start my fitbit walking week, and enjoy whatever we may happen to see.

Please enjoy a few photos of some nature sightings we've had so far this month. Click on the photos to enlarge them.

A fledgling Warbling Vireo
So adorable, I watched him for a while, a parent was bringing him food.
A Monarch Caterpillar feeding on Milkweed leaves. 
A Monarch Butterfly on Milkweed.
Mamma Swallow keeping watch in one of Rob's boxes. It was a successful nest. 
I got pretty excited when I spotted this American Toad, we don't see them often.
Wonder what we'll see this Sunday?

Tuesday, June 25, 2019


Personalized drink coasters. 
Andi and I have been celebrating our birthdays together since 2013. This is only the second year that we've been celebrating since we found out we're actually related, you can read all about that discovery by clicking here.

Andi's birthday is June 7th, and mine the 10th. The celebration is pretty much the same year after year,  she cooks a fantastic lobster dinner, I normally take care of the cake, and we drink lots of wine and exchange gifts. We look forward to the annual gathering every June. This year was the second time her brother Paul and his lovely wife, Francoise, were able to join us.

This year was a milestone birthday for me, and Andi wanted to take care of everything. I knew something big was going on as soon as I walked up to the front door. I turned and looked at Rob, he said, "I know nothing", and then we went inside. She threw me a "Harry Potter" themed birthday party! Instead of me telling you all about it, why don't I show you.

I knew something was up, as these were on the front door.
Now, what's behind that curtain?
Honeydukes Candy Bar!
She made the Chocolate Frog boxes AND the Chocolate Frogs that were in them!
Touches of Harry Potter were everywhere!

These covered every light switch!
In the downstairs loo.
Also in the downstairs loo.
And in the upstairs loo....
Moaning Myrtle! Ha ha ha!!
The Kitchen became "The Leaky Cauldron"
Where we dined. 
Complete with floating candles!!!
The table settings were amazing!
And also personalized! We all sat in the appropriate House. 
Enjoying the feast!
The Harry Potter themed party was a surprise on it's own, but walking in and finding my bestie there with her husband just added another layer of surprise!

Surprise! Pat and Greg are here too!
Having a grand time!
A little back story before I get to the gifts. When Andi and I visited The Wizarding World of Harry Potter back in 2014, we had a very indulgent experience. Fate, luck, or Andi's wandering where she shouldn't be, landed us having a private Ollivander's Wand Shop experience. That's right, just Andi, me, and the wand master! I wish we had it on video. The wand master gave us each a few wands, she settled on two, and then she asked us a few questions. Then she said "switch wands". As soon as we did, just like in the movie, the music started, the lights went up and the flowers grew in their pots! It was incredible. The wands chose us! And what did we do? We left without purchasing our wands, and I really don't remember why......

So if you haven't figured it out yet, when Andi found out a friends Mom was heading to Orlando a few months ago, she had her pick up our wands, as she had kept the paper work from our visit to Ollivander's Wand Shop to make sure we got the right ones . To quote Andi when I opened the gift of my wand, "I righted a wrong."

Andi and I playing with our wands. "Die Voldermort, die!" LOL! 
The second part of my gift brought me to tears. A wand holder, made by Andi's father, Charlie, who lives in Nova Scotia. This had been in the works since December! It is made from Nova Scotia Cherry Wood. As it says on the back of the holder; Inspiration by Dave. Design and lettering by Andi. Wood selection and milling by Charlie. What a thoughtful gift!! Andi also has a personalized wand holder as well.

My wand and personalized holder!
Trying very hard not to go into the ugly cry when I opened it.
Our shared birthday cake.
It may not of been a Harry Potter cake, but it was delicious and was decorated with 50 tiny edible candy butterflies. My 50th was both memorable and magical!

"What a beautiful place to be with friends." ~Dobby 

Thursday, June 13, 2019


I had a very memorable 50th birthday weekend. 
My 50th birthday was Monday, June 10th, which I had off work. I had a fantastic birthday long weekend full of friends, family and fun.

It started when I got home from work Friday afternoon. Rob and I work different shifts and he wouldn't be home til later that evening. I came home to a very unlike Rob thing to do surprise!
He had put decorations up around the house!
I giggled like a fool when I saw what he had done.
What a lovely surprise to come home to!
The event that took place on Saturday, June 8th deserves a blog of it's own, but I will give you a little hint.
If you recognize this, you are going to LOVE my next blog post! 
Sunday, June 9th we had a lovely dinner with friends at Scaddabush. Amanda decked me out in a 50th birthday tiara and sash. It was decided at dinner that both items will be passed down to the next girlfriend in our little circle at their 50th birthday celebration.

Being treated like royalty! 
Rob had to work on my actual birthday, but we had a nice morning together and lunch. We had cake and I opened gifts.
My cute little birthday cake.
Molly wanted to help with the wish. Sorry Molly, it wasn't for cat food.
Rob surprised me again with the gift he gave me. It was a Swarovski figurine I fell in love with. He knew I wanted a memento gift this year. Something I could hold and remember my 50th, but I wasn't expecting this, it was a huge surprise. It is in a place where I will see it daily, and remind me to hang onto my childlike spirit and to appreciate the little things.
I've loved Winnie since I was a child, and still do.
 Thank you to everyone for all the wonderful birthday wishes, my 50th was truly fabulous!