Monday, January 19, 2015

Winterizing your nest

While snowshoeing this weekend I came across this vacant nest. Funny how the snow piled up on it. It was only about 6" round, but somehow the well woven sticks and lichen nest managed to hold a great big pile of snow.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Snacktime inside and out

 Last weekend was perfect for snowshoeing. I noticed tons of bunny prints under the spruce trees. Last week we had an ice rain for a few days and it knocked lots of spruce tips off the trees. The snowshoe rabbits had a nice buffet waiting for them.

Meanwhile, inside it was time to try out the new glass teapot I got over the holidays. Time to inaugurate it with the lotus tea blossom I bought in Japantown, while we were in San Francisco a few years back. So much fun watching it bloom. Lovely and nice tea too!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Jack, Jack and more Jack!

 This sweet old boy's name is Jack and he visits me for about three weeks every winter when his parents go to Florida. He lives in Montreal but loves the country!

He's a big cuddle bug...and is pretty happy in his warm room with two beds and all amenities including a night snack and brushing.

I have a definite affinity to this boy...he showed up here years ago as a hungry kitten.

He was so cute and so tiny!

Happily, friends in Montreal adopted him and I'm lucky enough to get to see him on his yearly visits to the country.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

A Day at the Museum

 The National Gallery of Canada is a marvellous place that I should get to more often.

 This holiday season we made a point of heading there and seeing the Jack Bush show, the Escher show and the contemporary gallery too.

 I loved this selfie of a Michael Snow selfie.

 In the Contemporary Gallery, Richard pondered man's eternal quest for freedom...or was it just an exit sign?

 I loved seeing Richard from my point of view in another gallery, framed by a Sol LeWitt.

Another selfie, this time with Sol LeWitt.

 This amazing work by Geoffrey Farmer was mind boggling. Years of Life magazine cutouts. Very cool indeed.

We took a break in the cafe to rest and hydrate and admired the snow-less view outside and one of the silver sculptures reaching for the sky. Great day in Ottawa.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year my blog-reading friends. Here's hoping that 2015 is happy and healthy for all.

Monday, December 29, 2014


We headed over to Montebello, QC to ChocoMotive, a chocolaterie and cchocolatemuseum housed in a former train station.

 There's lots to see there including a few people making chocolate bunnies.

 There's also a huge selection of chocolate types...Richard picked hemp and acai berry (!!) and one with no sugar and almonds.

 The bee pollen chocolate caught my eye but I settled on a sea salt bar.

 We also tried their incredibly delicious hot chocolate. A teeny tiny cup was enough. This stuff was rich and delicious.

 It wasn't cold out or snowy, which is so odd for Dec. 28th, but the hot chocolate went down perfectly well, thanks very much.

Looking forward to a repeat visit to this place. Lots of fun and yummy too.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Cookie time!

 Polar bear gingerbread cookies with warm scarves...

...or funky blue snowflake gingerbreads. How does one decide?

Monday, December 22, 2014

Retirement cake

I made this cake for a co-worker who retired as a salesperson at our office. She was often on the road and returned with Post-It notes and clippings and all sorts of things in her folders. I thought it was a fun way to point out possible adventures to come and at the same time remind her of the chaos of working.

Happy retirement-- Bonne retraite Francine!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Visiting the menagerie

Meanwhile over at Knatolee's World, there are plenty of new critters. Here's Nat mucking out the barn where her new ponies spend the night.

She's flanked by Honey, one of three Greek cat she's saved. They flew over a few weeks ago and seem to be enjoying Canadian life. 

 This is her sister Daisy. Buttercup was off exploring somewhere and I'll get to meet her next time.

I did mange to get a quick snuggle with Honey.

I grabbed a snap of the ropes hanging in the barn. So colourful.

 Meanwhile indoors, there are more creatures wanting a hug. Naomi is always up for a quick snuggle.

And poor old Tristan is still going strong. He's an elderly boy who still likes a treat, head pat or belly rub. Sweet boy.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Happy Chanukah

 It's Chanukah and time for latkes. Richard's really got the hang of doing latkes!

 I was running around all day but tried making the brisket in the slow cooker. And it worked out great!

Richard lit my grandfather's menorah on the left and I lit a candle on my late parents' menorah. Lovely to have family mementos and great memories to make the holiday special.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Cats, cats, cats, cats

I just love my cats...but I rarely ever see them all at the same time. In fact, hours can go by where I don't see any of them...but yesterday it was cold enough that they all found the warmest spot in the house and hung out together for a while. Kind of nice to see...

Thursday, November 27, 2014

It's beginning to look a lot like...

 Last weekend a few of our gang at work decided to stat setting up our display at the park.

 Our sign will light up and hopefully everyone will see whose display it is.

 Giant plywood Christmas trees strung with lights.

 And a giant snow-family too.

 All those sandbags hold down the displays and make sure they don't blow away.

 From previous experience they found out that plastic added to the bottom of the displays makes it easier to remove when they are iced in...

And here's our sweet display. It's for the Festival of Lights in Alexandria, Ontario, which runs all December with tons of lights and trees and is really a fun experience, albeit usually freezing cold. Every year we've added to this display. This year, the deer and the lollipops are new. I'll take a photo of it at night and report back!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sweet kitties

 I have four lovely kitty cats and they love to sit with me when I watch TV. Nutmeg, the white calico whose face is obscured is now 15 years old and is moving a lot slower. Cookie, the other calico and her sister Oreo, on my legs are 13 and are still pretty active.

Somewhat new in the mix is Matzo Man who I found in my barn two summers ago. This will be his second winter inside. I think he's about three years old. He loves his time inside and never tries to go out. But he doesn't cuddle and in fact, I often find him curled up on the other side of the house, nowhere near the other cats or me. He's kind of like a roommate that I only see from time-to-time. It's fine with me. He's a perfect gentleman, never too demanding and very sweet. He definitely has his own personality...he's very fond of Cookie but keeps his distance from the other guys. Kinda funny how they all sort it out their way!

Thursday, November 20, 2014


 My friend from Toronto, Peter, came for a visit last weekend. First up? We made a cake together, honouring a English Lit. class we took at university many moons ago. We were big T.S. Eliot fans...

Then we headed over to Vankleek Hill to visit Beau's All Natural Brewing Co.

 Next up? Track down a good poutine!

 Richard was up for the search as well.

 Our search took us to Vert Forchette and we each tried a funky variety of poutine.

We also visited Natalie and her critters. The piggies are darn cute.

We lunched at the Quirky Carrot and had a wee visit with Julia who dreams up all that delicious food.

 And a quick boo at the amazing St. Raphael's ruins...

We also stopped at Glengarry Fine Cheese so that Peter could take their award winning cheese back to Toronto!

 Sadly, all good things must come to an end...

 It was a great weekend full of and merriment...and we missed the snow by one day!

Come back again soon Peter. It was so much fun! I have to rest now. I'm exhausted!!


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