Monday, December 28, 2009


Well, it's here - the day my husband, Neil, gets to carry the Olympic Torch, at 3:50 p.m. We drove to Camp Borden on Sunday, so we would be sure to know exactly where to go for the meeting and to see what the torch route was like. It's nice to feel sure that you are in control ;o) There have been some protests in Ontario and one torch carrier in Guelph was actually tripped. We are very happy that Neil's run will be in the Armed Forces base. There is supposed to be a way to view it live on the interactive Olympic site
but I haven't had a chance to figure it out.

The weather here has been quite mild, but tonight there was a huge drop as a cold front moved in and "surprise", tomorrow's weather will be between -17 and -25 degrees, and for those of you who don't know the Celsius scale, it's BLOODY COLD LOL!

So, we got things ready today, and we pretended we were still living in Deep River ( a small town up north that was always freezing!) We made sure we all have warm clothing to wear tomorrow.
- thermal underwear
- lots and lots of layers of clothing
- extra heavy socks, gloves, scarves,
- snow pants and ski doo gloves for our grandson
- snow boots for everyone

So, off we go on our adventure - we'll be sure to have a blast and take lots of pictures so check back in a few days.

Thursday, December 24, 2009


I would like to wish everyone a lovely holiday and I hope that your are all able to spend the season with your extended families (relatives OR friends). I know that having both our children with us, along with our six year old grandson, makes it perfect. Merry Christmas, everyone!

Thursday, December 17, 2009


I am so late with my Christmas decorating, this year. I guess it happens, when you haven't been feeling up to par. lately. However, I was determined to at least get the tree up, as my niece is coming with her two children, and we haven't seen them in 8 years. Thank goodness my hubby bought a pre-lit tree last year - I love it, although I need a step ladder to reach the top of this 7 1/2 foot baby. It has 1000 beautiful lights on it and I didn't have to string one :o)!!! I actually need a huge tree to hold our 200 plus ornaments. So, for the past two days, I have been arranging and re-arranging our tree, until finally it's just right. The best part - no more arguing about whether white lights or coloured lights are best. The tree comes with a remote and you can have either white lights OR coloured lights OR BOTH ~ YIPPEE!! (I just have to hide the remote LOL! I'd love to hear what your family likes - coloured or white lights!

PS: Guess who loooves the cozy new chenille tree skirt? :o)

Just coloured lights

Just white lights!

Coloured AND white lights

Friday, December 11, 2009


Yesterday, when I was coming home, I was startled to see something in my garden. It was a rose bud, of all things. Amid all the cold and snow, there is was - one single rose, trying it's best to bloom. I knew it wouldn't last long, so I carefully cut it and took it inside to put in a small bud vase. I don't kow it if will open or not, but I have my fingers crossed for this Christmas rose. It certainly deserves it's chance to shine, especially this time of year!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Cheryl at Bingle Bears gave me this lovely blog award - thank you so much.  It is always so special when another artist I admire, enjoys my work!  I treasure it!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009


My husband and I adopted one of our daughter's cats, two years ago. Tiger was just too afraid of our very young grandson, who delighted in chasing him. He still hides, when Corson comes to visit and he hears his voice, even though Corson has matured and would like nothing better than to cuddle him LOL!

We also buy a lot of throws, as Corson just loves to snuggle up with them when watching television. A few months ago, I found a perfect quilted throw for the loveseat, and guess who has claimed it - TIGER! He will wait for us to get up and he races and jumps in our place and he will paw at the throw until it is in a pile and then he sinks into it, all the while looking totally innocent! You have to physically remove him, to get your spot back. CATS, they certainly are a creature who loooooves comfort!

Sunday, December 6, 2009


Every one in a while, a teddy has difficulty finding his "forever" home. I thought this lovely boy was sold, but it was not to be. So, with a few small changes, I have listed Gabriel on Ebay for a few days, with no reserve. I hope you can find time to take a peek. 

Tuesday, December 1, 2009


Well, I can finally say it out loud - my hubby, Neil, is going to carry the Olympic torch, on December 29th, in Camp Borden, Ontario. He told me several weeks ago that he thought he was going to be asked, and it's not that I didn't believe him, it just seemed unreal. Well, he has now received his official confirmation and his outfit arrived by courier, a few days ago. A lovely jacket, pants, hat and red mittens, along with banners for us to wave, and the coolest coke bottle, that lights up and changes colour. Our grandson, Corson, is fascinated by it, so he will be the official coke bottle waver lol! Corson is so excited, and I'm sure the hardest part will be keeping him from running along with Papa!

We also get to keep the torch Neil will carry, which is a wonderful souvenier - we just have to get the stand to display it. The best part is that it's during the Christmas holidays, so school will be on holiday and we can all travel to Camp Borden on December 29th, to cheer him on and take tons of pictures. It's an incredible honour - CONGRATULATIONS, NEIL!

Saturday, November 21, 2009


It has become VERY apparent to me this fall, that children grow up far too fast. Our 5 year old grandson, Corson, has managed so many milestones these past 4 months, I'm lost track of them all! He learned to ride a two wheeled bike, he played soccer, his first stint at organized sports, he mastered reading and he is learning how to play hockey. Corson has gone from a small boy who has grown out of all his clothes, to a tall big boy, who is only a couple of inches below my shoulders, a fact he relishes. Yes, he's right, it won't be long until he is patting me on the head.

We go the the local rink each week, to watch his team at practice and games. It's fun to watch this large group of boys, who were unco-ordinated, just a few weeks ago, mastering stick handling skills, learning to stop, skating and then diving onto the ice and getting right back up. They have improved tremendously. Our son didn't like hockey, so we never had this chance with him, so it's all very new to me, but I think we are going to be spending a lot of time in a rink, over the next several years.

So, I'm posting a few pictures of Corson on the ice and with his new team jacket and pants. I should also say how much he loves posing for pictures - he chose all of his poses, to show off his new "cool" duds. Maybe we should add modeling to his activities :o)!!!

Thursday, November 19, 2009


I love white bears and when I got this piece of vintage mohair, I knew it would make a gorgeous Christmas bear. It's not a true white - it's a vintage cream/butter colour, just perfect for Christmas. The length was a bit longer than I'm used to so, I held my breath and cut out the pieces, hoping it would be just perfect and I was so happy with the result. Her name is Noella, and her face reminds me of a little Steiff bear. She has an antique look, so I teamed her with some vintage style Christmas accessories. I hope you like her.

Noella is 4 inches tall and is fully jointed. She is made from vintage mohair, and is stuffed with excelsior and gently weighted with stainless steel shot, like the old bears. Noella has German, amber glass eyes, wool felt paw pads and a gently waxed nose. I didn't distress her, as I wasn't sure of the strength of the mohair. She has a shaded face, ears and paw pads and wears a red,wool felt ruffle around her neck. It ties in the back with a vintage silk ribbon and is removeable.

I stumbled across this vintage style silver bottle brush tree and knew it was a perfect accessory for Noella. Noella's collectible Christmas box is paper mache, and she fits snugly inside. The bottom of the box is covered with an old printed text book page and the top is decorated with a picture of Thomas Nast's Santa, and lots of glitter.

Postage for Noella is $12.50 by expedited mail or $15.00 by UPS, within North America. For shipping overseas, please email me. I will leave Noella here for a day or so, before deciding to move her to Ebay or Etsy. If you are interested in Noella, or if you have any questions, please feel free to email me.