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Monday, November 30, 2009

Christmas is Coming!

Our youngest granddaughter was only a year old when I excitedly said "Bethy, Christmas is coming!" Her little eyes brightened up and she said "Christmas is coming?" in a voice as excited as mine. For the rest of the day she kept repeating that little phrase.
I am listening to David Klinkenberg's CD "The Carol of Emmanuel". I love Violin music. What are you listening to?

For me this whole season is one full of joy and excitement.

This card is from the 1940's, I found it amongst my mom's things after she passed away. I try to use it, along with two other vintage cards, in my decorating every Christmas. This year it is on my mantle.

My wish for you today, is that you will find much joy as Christmas draws closer.

With love to you all,


Saturday, November 28, 2009

Kitchen Reno Week 6

Once a week I am going to show you what has been accomplished over the last week on our Kitchen Renovation. Only SIX weeks to go before the Visions Kitchens put the new cupboards and counter tops in. I am very excited and so I have been trying to do ahead everything that I can so once they have done their work and then the floor is laid everything is ready for the BIG REVEAL!!! You will come back for that, now, won't you?

First up, the stools have been repainted! They were a sage green, but now they are a lovely white. They were being used downstairs in my husbands "blue" man room. But they will be coming upstairs.

I am trying to keep it Christmasy, despite the mess we are slowly getting into. See my poor little KitchenAid hiding under the towel? It doesn't really want to come out until the room is finished, but I have to do my Christmas baking still, so I'm afraid it will have to come out before then.

Our old counters, a Home Depot flyer, our best friend at this point in time.

A false beam was up there where the hole is. And the receptacles for the breakfast bar pendants are in.

The new studs and the blue sheet show where the wall is being built and that is where my new kitchen range will go. What a mess under the counter, I am turning a blind eye to it right now, if I didn't I would go crazy!!!

These lovely pine boards, now gracing my eating area, will soon be on my CEILING!!! I am so excited about that! It will be painted white and be "oh so cottagey" looking!

This is our telephone/message center, it has received a brand new coat of white paint, as well as the letter holder.

We had the light fixture moved over to be above the table and a lovely hole is left, but that's okay, because the new pine board ceiling will cover it!
I hope I didn't bore you too badly. Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Outdoor Wednesday

City Love
Is it possible to love the sights of a city and feel like you can never get enough of it? That is how I feel about Winnipeg. There is so much old architecture to be seen in the down town area. I am in awe of a city that has grown and thrived on the Prairies in the middle of a huge country that sometimes seems to forget that it even exists.
But we do exist! In fact our Premier recently became Canada's ambassador to Washington, the honorable Gary Doer. He was considered to be a great Premier by many and is believed to be doing a good job in Washington.
This is an old Cathedral. We took these photos just two days ago and as you can see we do not have any snow yet! It has been unseasonably mild. But, we have been told that old man Winter is expected to rear his lovely head this weekend. I, for one, am looking forward to it.
This is a restaurant that sits on a bridge over the Red River. I love eating there and watching the activities on the river.
These ducks were not up to a photo shoot, as soon as we wanted to take a photo they immediately dunked their pretty little heads under the water.

Well that is it for Outdoor Wednesday. Take a look at what Susan has to offer over at A Southern Daydreamer.

Have a beautiful day.


Monday, November 23, 2009

Tuesdays Words of Wisdom

Ballard Stockings

View life through the windshield, not the rear view mirror.

Years ago, in another lifetime, almost, I missed so many happy family times because of the jealousies and pettiness of people around me. If I viewed life through the rear view mirror I would have reason to be depressed every day. But, by seeing life through the windshield, I anticipate every curve that life throws my way and I enjoy each blessing that comes my way, too. Our family has had it's share of curves, but the blessings have far outweighed them!

As someone so aptly put it..."I am too blessed to be depressed!".

With Christmas just a matter of a few weeks away I am so grateful for the chance to spend it with my son and his wife and children. This will be my second Christmas with them.

My eight year old grand daughter said to me on Friday, "Grandma, there really is a Santa Clause, isn't there, it's my family!" I readily agreed. I enjoy playing Santa, don't you?

Have a lovely day!


Friday, November 20, 2009

Ten Things About Me

I have received another award from dear Greet, from Belgian Pearls. Thank you, Greet!
I am supposed to tell you 10 things about myself. I am going to tell you about the 10 things that I love most in life. So here we go!
1. I love my God, Jesus Christ is first and foremost in my life.

2. I love my friends and family so very, very much. I belong to a large, quirky, hilarious, fun loving family. I am also blessed to have a few wonderful friends that I love dearly.

My BFF's sweet little daughter.

My niece and nephew, my oldest brother's boy and younger sister's girl.

One of my dearest friends and her tired looking little girl.

My niece, my youngest brother's daughter.

3. I love my morning cup of coffee, sitting at my old fashioned little kitchen table sipping away quietly, alone, just me and God.
4. I love to be surrounded by beauty, both in Nature and at Home.

We took these in June when we visited friends and family in British Columbia, Canada.

5. I love to spend my evenings curled up in this chair reading!

6. I LOVE Christmas and decorating my house for it.

7. I love to go ice skating, walking and jogging.

8. I love to sing and play the keyboard.

9. I love to read, mostly Christian fiction. Stories about home and families are my favorite, especially when they include a preacher and his wife!
10. I love this amazing country called Canada that I have been privileged to live in for 42 years.

Now you really know more about me than you ever thought you wanted to know!!! I also love to cook, eat, sleep and blog, but those are givens, I guess.:-D
Now I need to pass this award on. This is the hard part because I have so many favorites!!!
So I will pass it on to:
2. Lois from E W McCall
3. Chrissy from The Apothacary Shop
4. Beverly from The Three Clutters
5. Shari from My Cottage of Bliss
7. Ana from A Petite Cottage
I am looking forward to reading about these bloggers. Thank you again, Greet, for the award, you have become a dear blogger friend and I absolutely LOVE your blog. By the way, if you have not seen her blog, you really need to treat yourself and enjoy some gorgeous eye candy.
I'm off...

Show and Tell Friday!

Every year I like to add something new to my Christmas decor, this year it is the silver lighted swag that I got at Costco. I love it, it fits in well with the white poinsettias that I have used for many years and still love so much. I got them at a Jo Ann's Fabrics after Christmas sale for almost nothing.

It is so pretty all lit up.
I am joining Cindy over at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday. I invite you to go over and see what others are showing off today.

I won another award from The Belgian Pearl and I will be telling you 10 things about myself, whether you ever wanted to know them or not.

Our weather has been unseasonably warm, still around 10 degrees Celsius every day, the norm for this time of year is more like -10 degrees.

I hope you all enjoy a beautiful Friday,

Cindy S.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

'Tis the Season pour over the Christmas catalogues. My oldest daughter sent this to me last year at about this time. Her children were not quite five and two and they had found one of the toy catalogues that had been delivered to their home. They had been fighting over it for quite some time already, each of them wanting to look at their page. So she took the catalogue, tore it in half and gave each of them their own to look at. They were two very happy children after that, as the picture below shows. She is a wise mother.

This is a photo take not long after my nephew (my younger sister's son) and his wife delivered their precious little bundle. I had to show this, it is so sweet. I love the way Dan is looking at his new little baby boy, little Alexander. Congratulations Dan and Michelle.

Knowledge: Knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
Wisdom: Is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad.
Have a wonderful day,

Monday, November 16, 2009


My new kitchen cabinets don't go in for another two months, but there is a lot of work that has to be done before then. All of the wiring has to be redone for one thing. The old light fixtures were taken down today and it was apparent that no updating had been done on the wiring whatsoever, in fact there was knob and tube wiring that was still in use. Yikes, wires just stuck up in to the lathe and plaster ceiling without junction boxes! Pretty scary, I think! We found out today that these old houses love to surprise you, the job that should be the quickest and easiest can become the most time consuming and difficult.

Today I purchased the light fixtures. They will all be weathered bronze. The finish looks black with a bit of a bronzie-gold color on the rims, making it look weathered, I guess. Two of these fixtures, shone below, will go over my eating bar. This second one is not really what the main kitchen light looks like, it will be a school house light, on a 12 inch rod. This is the closest that I could find to resembling it.

Remember my Kitchen Inspiration post? Look at the fourth photo down and the light over the sink is what the School House light looks like, only mine won't be on a chain. It will be on a rod. We will reuse the light that was in the eating area, it is black and perhaps I will add a bit of the bronzie-gold color to the rims to make it look the same as the others.
The sink and flooring will come next. I have been looking at a grey Granite sink. I think it will look great with the Blue Storm by Formica Group laminate that I have chosen for the counter tops. We are trying to match the oak, to carry the wood floor on through. That would be best, I think.
I will show more photos as time goes by.
Thanks for coming by, have a beautiful Tuesday!
Cindy S.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Happy Birthday lil' Sis

Happy Birthday to my little sister, Sue. She turns 50 today!

There are three girls in our family and three boys. The girls were born first, then the boys. Neat and tidy, don't you think? Judy is four years older than me, I'm in the middle and Sue is the youngest, nearly two years younger than me.

We all enjoy staying active, so we all walk a lot, but Sue is probably the fastest of all three of us. She walks VERY fast. I get a real work out when I walk with her. I have started jogging, maybe I can stay up with her now!

She is on the left with her daughter, Kristin. The really fun thing is that her oldest son and his wife had their first baby, Alexander James, only hours before her 50th!

Happy Birthday and congratulations on your first grand baby, Sue, I love you tons!

Hugs to all,


Thursday, November 12, 2009

Thankful Thursday

"Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it" ~William Arthur Ward

Have a wonderful day,


Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Outdoor Wednesday & Remembrance Day

We were in Saskatchewan over the weekend, it's a ten hour trip from here, due to my husbands dear old grandfather passing away. George Cook was a Veteran and it seems so appropriate to mention him today on Remembrance Day here in Canada. Lest We Forget. George was loved by his small community of Choiceland and by his very large family. He had a great sense of humor and was a kind and considerate gentleman. Loved by all. I only met him a couple of times, but he accepted me like one of his own. He left behind his wife and four sons and one daughter and many grand-children, great grands and one great great grand.

My husband loves taking interesting photos. Thanks to him for these.

An old water tower in a small settlement makes such a lovely show in the morning sun on the Saskatchewan prairie.

A simple farm house.

More photos of the rising sun. So beautiful. We left our Hotel at about 7:30 am, just in time to enjoy Nature's show.

We stayed in Nipawin, a small farm town and ate in the cafe at the hotel. Farmers came meandering in and sat down visiting with everyone in the room, including us. They were so friendly, they all knew we were strangers in town, they watched us go in and out. I felt a little awkward, I'm used to feeling invisible, city people don't pay any mind to those they see in cafes.

I am joining Susan over at A Southern Daydreamer. This is always such a fun party to take part in. Thanks Susan, for hosting it every week.

Hope your Wednesday is grand and please remember the Canadian Veterans. I salute all of the Veterans and I thank them from the bottom of my heart for providing a free world for all of us to live in and enjoy. Thank you also to the soldiers who are even now fighting in Afghanistan. To date Canada has lost 133 soldiers in that conflict. These are brave men and women and I honor them.

Cindy S.