#TeamGroundhog

This is what we were feeling like last weekend when I even managed to get out for not one, but two outdoor runs…in Southern Ontario.

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So I was feeling pretty confident in the groundhog who informed us by not running away from his shadow a few weeks ago that spring was indeed coming.

Then this happened. Don’t let the happy heart shapes fool you, it’s cold and wet and miserable.

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Overall, I am absolutely not complaining about this winter. It has plain and simply rocked and after last year when it was just unbearably awful. Seriously, I think I wore a minimum of 3 layers every day for around 8 weeks straight (or more) and I still couldn’t get warm enough.

So, I thank Mother Nature for the warm ‘winter’ we’ve had this year…but that groundhog has 2 more weeks ’til I best be seeing green again. I’ll be cheering his prediction on let me tell you. #GoGroundhog #BringOnSpring

Until then, stay warm, and cheer along with me…it can’t hurt…and it may in fact keep up warm in the interim 😉

A Need for Change, ‘Tis the Season!

I freely admit the seasons affect me.

For the past several months I have definitely not been entirely myself, but as the calendar gets us further into the year my body and mind definitely go into different modes. For example, right now, despite the weather (again my deepest sympathies to all Maritimers on the storm this week), I am in spring-mode. Ok, not the outdoor kind, it’s still too flipping cold, but the indoor cleaning and tidying and realizing I need to get some serious work done kind.

My problem  is that there are so many things that ‘need’ to be done I don’t know where to start. This happens every spring and I end up getting very frustrated and miffy, just ask my poor patient hubby, he’ll attest.

So this year I decided I’d be proactive and started making lists. Lists calm me and focus me. I love marking stuff as ‘done’, it’s so satisfying. 🙂 I started my list of to-do’s and then that expanded into a sub-list of ‘pre-to-do-to-do’s’, aka things that need to be done before the to-do list can even really start. Basically a lot of stuff needs to vacate my overstuffed tiny home in order for the changes such as the living room painting that DESPERATELY needs to be done can be done.

I have been in my home 12 years now. I am BEYOND tired of the colour of my living room. This is my yearly quest and unfortunately it isn’t as straightforward as it should be as there is some ‘wrinkling’ of the ceiling/tape/drywall stuff that needs to be fixed before the job can be done correctly. This is a problem I inherited and truly bothers me to no end.

I am also sick of tripping on things everywhere I go. I need more space. Period. So on the ‘pre’ list I went through most of the rooms and realized what big stuff can indeed leave. There’s a lot to be honest, but when it all goes the house will be all that much closer to being all it has the potential for.

I even treated my powder room to two new hand towels. Purple ones. This made me happy.

I’ll keep you posted on my progress. Cross your fingers!

Have you started your spring plans?

Wordless Wednesday

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Those April Showers paid off right?

Is anybody else suffering the ‘when will it brighten up’ blues like I am? The past several days, heck, the past week (with small exceptions) have been torture. I need my vitamin D and rain and overcast weather that gives me migraines just doesn’t cut it.

I  managed to take a walkabout of my garden between downpours last week and saw that my seedum and the lilac tree out front are both budding! I am so excited! Last summer I spent a week while my hubby was away and sanded and stained the fence which hadn’t been done since I moved in in ’02 and I finally tackled the flagstone disaster that the original owners had left as a legacy of torture to me. I ripped it all up, yanked everything out, re gravelled it and then put down this amazing stuff that my neighbour told me about, polymeric sand. All I know is it’s a miracle and it looks like sand but feels like cement, take that weeds! Ha! Why go on about this? Because now I can actually look forward to spending time in my backyard without being surrounded by potential work staring at me.

So, to cheer all of us up, and since today the sun is actually out where I am (WOO HOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!), what are your favourite signs that the season has made that change and we are headed in a warmer direction?

Mine include the different birds appearing. I’ve never been what you would call a birdwatcher, but wow, this year there have been some beauties! See one of my previous posts for pictures of ‘Rusty’ the Cardinal that has been living near my home, but the Red Wing Blackbirds are another favourite and my neighbour and I are on the lookout for the stealthy Blue Jay that pops up near our places too.

I’m hoping that those April showers also put a nice solid water table base into my gardens as I’m making plans for lots of home grown veggies this year! My mom has a green thumb to be envied and while I don’t have a big garden like I grew up with, I am determined to plant lots of veggies so I can have lots of salad! I’m planning on lettuce, tomatoes, hopefully zuchinni, cucumber (hubby’s fave) and maybe some berries (in pots, I’m so not dealing with insane growth). I’d love to do beans too, oooh the ideas are flowing! Now to make space & find all my pots!

What are your favourites to grow? Do you plant a garden? I’d love to hear!

Now that the sun is out (and believe me I want it to stay out), I hope for more birds to sing to me, the brown to finish turning green and in general for everything to dry out.

Fun with the Camera

Recently I’ve been playing with my beloved camera again. I put it down for a few months, well, more than a few, but I picked it up again recently and oh my, am I ever having fun again! Which do I use? I’m a Canon girl, these are with my Rebel XT, but I also use my hubby’s Rebel XTi. He got his as I kept hogging mine, so I took his 300 mm lens that came with his LOL. The battle of the cameras continues. I have friends that shoot Nikon, I like them all, but I’ve used Canon for about 10 years now so I’m used to them.

So, before the Easter fun begins, and believe me, I’m ready, craft kit all set to take to use with my niece (I am soooooo excited!), I did some picture taking. There is this gorgeous Cardinal that is hanging around my home so I took some of him which has entailed leaving the camera on the kitchen table so I can run outside and get him at a moment’s notice (and I have, ask my hubby), and of course spring’s ambassador, the Robin Red Breast.

What are your favourite things to take pictures of? Landscapes? Kids (one of my faves!) Nature?

Enjoy!

Cardinal with Canon Rebel XT

'Rusty' posing again w/ Canon Rebel XT

Cardinal Canon Rebel XT

'Rusty' the Cardinal w/my Canon Rebel XT

Robin with Canon Rebel XT

Robin Red Breast in the nest

Not taken today but my Valentine's flowers, I LOVE this pic

Daisy with Canon Rebel XT

Another from previous but also another favourite