Saturday, December 26, 2020

Christmas 2020

 And so that was Christmas ... 2020!

A Christmas to remember in so many ways:

*on-line church services
*zoom and facetime gatherings
*on-line shopping
*non-traditional Christmas day menu
*Covid restrictions and lock-downs
*totally relaxed schedule (no parties or concerts to attend)
*last Christmas at the farm
*outdoor and porch gatherings
*a lovely snow fall on Christmas day
*hearts prepared for the reason for the season

A week before Christmas,
we enjoyed a bonfire gathering around the firepit
complete with hot chili, hot chocolate, mulled cider, and all the trimmings.
It was cold and dreary but so wonderful to see our Siblings/In-laws face to face,
mostly social distanced of course!
Thank you everyone for coming and for bringing all the yummies!



Hot Chocolate "Bar" ready to take outside




Pictures for our church's Christmas Eve Candlelight Service on Youtube:



This was a good thing since we never seem to take any pictures of ourselves.
The on-line service was wonderful and brought tears as we viewed the sweet candle-lit faces
of our church family.
We miss them all so much!


Mom's Hoosier Cabinet in it's traditional Christmas Eve decor:


So happy this piece will stay here with the farm. I think Mom would love it being passed down to the next generation!


Final touches to the "new" mailbox sign.
The smell of paint and stain,
bringing back many memories of finishing up projects before Christmas in years gone by.
During my "Noah's Ark Studio" days the kitchen table was filled with such things!




Christmas Day 2020

Christmas day came and we are ever so thankful that our wee family was able to come,
since we are all in the same bubble!

They're here!!!


It was a lovely day, fresh white snow, excited children,
good food and fellowship.
Blessed beyond ... and thankful!









Pickle hunters,
High and Low!



















Final Advent candle lit.
I didn't have the proper candle colours 
this year but just used what I had.

Christ is born!








Boxing Day Text Message Pictures ... Love them so much!
First Day of our Province's 28 Day lock down - eek.





Be blessed my dear readers ...




Till next time ... here's to a healthy and happy New Year.


Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Changin' times

"For the times, they are a changin'..."

Bob Dylan's words are resonating with me these days.

So much has changed over these last 10 months
and yet, some things remain the same as always ...

We live in a different world now,
a restless world with an uncertain future.

Talk of a vaccine brings some light and hope.

The sunset view from our SW facing bay window is always a welcome sight
but I look at it differently these days.



Sunday mornings are not the same and we miss our church family.

Our comfy home remains much the same
but with no friends and neighbours to welcome in during these Covid days,
it seems somewhat empty.

We are thankful that
soon this home will be occupied by our grandchildren,
with their wonderful parents.
It won't be "Papa's house" anymore!?

This old farm has been our home and life for over 40 years
and there have been many needed changes made during that time.






The fields produced good crops as they usually do,
but an uneasy feeling comes over me about what the future holds
with climate change and economic hardships.

The offer to purchase our new home was written on 10.20.2020
It seems these special date numbers often have some extra special meaning for us?
Perhaps just to help us remember significant occasions.

This is the time for change, even though we don't seem quite ready for it.
Is there ever a "right" time?
There is excitement in the air,
but with the subdued feeling of SO much to be done.

Some corners are getting cleaned and packed - long, long overdue.
Trying to keep things normal, as much as possible, until after Christmas.
Decor has taken on a much more reserved approach this year.








Mom's China Cabinet - a treasured keepsake!



There have been many trips/donations to the Thrift Store and many
trips to the local dump - also, long overdue!


Christmas is just a few weeks away.
We will enjoy these last "Christmas at the Farm" days.







We pray that the young family will be successful in selling their home
and that the transition will be smooth.



We are more thankful than ever to know with certainty that God never changes!



Till next time - let us remember the real reason for the season and realize how incredibly blessed we are!











Sunday, November 22, 2020

November 2020

 November 2020

Has been filled with beautiful sunsets


and a few sciffs of snow!

As the second wave of Covid 19 rolls over the world,
we were blessed with some summer like days to enjoy.

Affording some weekend day trips to our surrounding favourite spots,
like Elora, Ontario - always quaint and beautiful


The streets were bustling but the shopping was exhausting as one waited
in socially distanced lines at each little shop which only accepted a limited number
of masked shoppers at a time.
Our hands were sanitized in and out at each stop.
Covid shopping just isn't the same!
However, we enjoyed the unchanged scenery and beautiful Elora gorge.



One last convertible ride for the season was enjoyed as well.



And, one last bike ride for the season on the beautiful
G to G (Goderich to Guelph) rail trail.
We ran into so many people we know who had the same idea on this glorious afternoon!



My attempt at a selfie while riding!



Now as we near the end of this second last month of the year,
we pause to count our blessings,
we pause to savour all the sunsets from our living room window,
we pause to cherish our days on this old farm,
(all 41 years of them),
we pause as we anticipate many "lasts" and "firsts" to come in the next few months,
we pause to be thankful for how things are unfolding.

Yes, a move to the "burbs" is in our future
and this old farm will have new life with a second generation.
It's all good!

Future Farmer?



Today, November 22, 2020 the snow fell hard and fast,
creating a Winter Wonderland ...
and then this happened - our amazing neighbours pulled into the yard
with their beautiful team of horses and wagon to give us a magical
ride in the snow.
Noa and Sully were spellbound as were their Papa and Nammie!




Today, also, is her birthday, our one and only, our limited edition
who gave us a wonderful son-in-law and two beautiful grandchildren.
We love you so much Becky (to the moon and back)!
You are a wonderful daughter, wife and most loved mommy!
So, so proud of all you've become and are yet to be.
You have blessed us beyond our imagination.





Until next time ... stay safe and healthy dear readers. 




Monday, November 2, 2020

October 2020

And - that was October 2020!

Indeed!


The embroidery hoop and thread came out to play ...
it's a BOM (aka Block Of the Month) quilt project by a beautiful designer,
Gail Pan Designs The project is called "I Wish You Well"
I'm trying to keep up with the monthly embroidered patches (approx. 3/month)
and then it all gets pieced into a quilt at the end.
Just one more month to go.
It's been many years since I've done any sewing of this type and am really enjoying it.
Thankfully, I can google tutorials on how to do certain stitches.
We used do this on tea towels and pillow cases and enter them as exhibits for the local fall fair.
Grateful that these pieces won't be judged - I really have had to relearn so much.


 Thanksgiving was very low key this year.
Just us and our sweet "bubble" family.

Our talented son-in-law bbq'd the brined and perfectly seasoned turkey
and we enjoyed it with all the trimmings.
What a treat!


She came early before the meal, while her little brother napped
to have a special alone playtime with Nammie's "Sunday Toy".
It seemed appropriate that she also was wearing her pretty rainbow sweater.



It was a great Thanksgiving Day!! 
Oh, we have SO much to be thankful for ...

And then, before we knew it, the end of October arrived
and Hallowe'en was here, with a clear Blue Moon night!

Daddy and Sully recreated Back To The Future costumes, complete with the DeLorean car
created by Patrick's mom!

"Marty" and "Doc"


Noa and Mommy reused some Back to the Past, 1980's Disney costumes and hats.
This costume was worn by Mommy when she was the same age - 5!





The farmer and I quickly grabbed some costumes too so we could 
be dressed for handing out the candy!

A Police Officer and Moira Rose - lol
It's handy having some silly things saved in the old trunk upstairs.

I used to have dark hair like that!


October had some other tricks up it's sleeve ... you'll have to stay tuned for it.
It will be a very exciting 2021 project.

In the meantime, I'll plug sew away at my embroidery patches
and maybe even re-do some of the earlier ones.




This morning - November 2 - eek!



Till next time ... "to remember is to work for peace"





Tuesday, September 29, 2020

September's End 2020

 The leaves are giving us a sure sign that Fall has arrived.


"Autumn is a Second Spring
When Every Leaf is a Flower"
                                        Albert Camus








My favourite Fall garden "flowers" right here!

Pumpkin Patch Raid


School has begun at long last and this little student couldn't be happier.
(whispering a prayer for safety and health)




Perfect weather for a quick get-away to a beautiful park
on Georgian Bay - Awenda Provincial Park



Trails for hiking and biking with dear friends ...

Photo credit - Stew


Forest Bathing!


Funky Fungi everywhere - so lovely!

Final garden clean up weekend ...






Seeds for next year's garden



And that was that! At least we saved the still growing Kale.


This hearty dragon kale has been showing up in omletts, smoothies, and delicious sides!

Kale omelette with herbs from the garden!


The herb garden still flourishes with parsley, sage, borage, chives, basil and rosemary




A bit of colour also remains in the flower beds

Late bloomers - "naked lady" crocus indicating 6 weeks till first snow?


Last year's elderberry crop being stewed into some immune boosting syrup!
We can use all the help we can get these days.



Elder "Beary" tincture ready to share

The corn fields are ripe and ready for the harvest ...


"Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for the harvest."
                                                                                                                               John 4:35


Till next time - enjoy the fleeting Summer days and stop to appreciate the crisp Autumn air - breath!
Pray for the healing of our world.
Stay well my friends!







Two Months

Two months ago we made a very big move ... from our beloved farm of 41 years to the lovely suburbs of beautiful Stratford, Ontario. A dream ...