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When the days start to get cooler and the leaves start to turn color I’m in love with Fall.  I wear cable knits, brown boots and sweaters and wish I had it in me to wear one of the those newsboy hats that are so cool.  I’m in absolute fall loving mode from September until Halloween; once Halloween is over, it’s time to move onto Winter.  I anticipate the snow and love the clean crisp look when the snow covered fields go on and on until they reach the light blue sky.  I love spending time hibernating with my boys eating cozy dinners and watching movies, I look forward to our ice fishing trips and spending the holidays with family.  I’m a winter lover until we hit a warm spell in March… and that warm up happened!  About a week ago we hit temperatures 10 degrees above freezing.  I started thinking about Capris and Pedicures, Drinks and BBQ’s,  Flowers and grass in between my toes. I am officially craving Spring so you can imagine my disappointment when I woke up to a fresh blanket of snow yesterday morning.  Everything mother nature had worked so hard to uncover these past few weeks is now covered again.  This is a typical Canadian spring though….. The good thing is that the taste of whats to come has put a fire under my arse on the weight loss front.  I am desperate not to feel like a cow in my Capri’s this year so I’m workin’ hard!    This fresh snowfall may just work in my favor!

(These pictures were taken the night of the super moon down at the lake.  There is open water around the inlet and all the ice huts have been pulled off… A sure sign that Spring is coming right???)

(Speaking of said supermoon, here it is in all its glory)

The boy was in a funk yesterday and it appears to have carried over into today.  It’s really not like him to be so down so of course my Moma instincts are on high alert and I’m ready to beat up  have some carefully chosen words with the girl who is making my boy feel this way,  I remember when he was little he would come right to me when something happened, he’d tell me about the boy at the playground who had called him a name or about the kids that wouldn’t include him in their game.  He came to me for
comfort and I gave it to him.  I would distract him with something else or simply love on him until he was ready to carry on with his day.  I miss those days…. 15 going on 16 year old stuff is a lot more complicated then a hug or a couch fort can fix….. That said… I still want to just hug him until he gets through this.

(I’m linking up this picture to Beth’s blog and Youth photo challenge at I Should Be Folding Laundry.  This is as youthy as we get around here)

Well, we have no plans for this weekend so I’m thinking it’s a good time to start the Spring cleaning.  Out with the flannel and in with the crisp sheets.  I think it will also be a good opportunity to go out Deck furniture shopping…. Did I tell you all I was getting a deck?!?!?!  A long overdue deck is coming our way, just waiting for the permit.

Have a great weekend.


I really never thought these words would come out of my mouth.  I honestly L to the O to the V to the E Winter and all the whitestuff it brings… That is, until it started only snowing on weekends and in the middle of the night.  To a snow plower or his wife, these are not the ideal times for snow accumulation.  For the past 4 weekends in a row our evenings have been hampered by the “What If’s”  We don’t make plans with friends and we end up going to bed early so that he can get some sleep.  When I wake, he’s gone; called into the icy and snowy dark to plow schools that aren’t even open till Monday anyway.  I know it’s all coming to an end and before I know it he will be back to his real job working crazy hours but at least these hours are set and we can make weekend plans.  I’m looking forward to that.

Sabrina and Izzy were groomed this weekend.  We used a service called Robinson’s Mobile Pet Grooming.  Lindsay showed up in her truck towing a mobile dog grooming setup in a trailer behind her.  Grooming has always been a pain in the a$$ because the only time we can get appointments are when we book well in advance because weekend appointments are so hard to get.  Since I work from home, this mobile dog grooming service is PERFECT! She showed up, took the dogs out to the trailer and brought them back all trimmed up and smelling fantastic!  I have a feeling Lindsay will get to know Sabrina and Izzy very well!  It was also the perfect opportunity for me to take some overdue Dog pictures….

The letter L is this week’s You Capture topic.   I’m not sure if it’s because Valentines day just passed but whenever I think of something that starts with L; I always think of the word “Love” first.  The picture below represents the letter L in so many ways….

I LOVE that my husband bought me this tree for Valentines day instead of Roses….I’m just not a Rose girl.

The LIGHT in this picture is perfect!  I have been using my front room for a lot of pictures lately because the LIGHT hasn’t failed me once!

This picture makes me so excited for Spring and all the new LIFE spring brings with it.  I love the winter but come March, I’m over it and ready to move on to backyard BBQ’s and the smell of fresh-cut grass.

Check out some other picture representations for the letter L

This weekend we played baseball in the snow to raise money for Cancer research.  The games were on Saturday, today is Monday and my quads are still screaming!   I know I have to get in better shape but really, this was ridiculous!   On Sunday I could barely walk and now on Monday, although I made it through my workout, my Quads are still nagging at me.   So far I have been able to step away from the A535 but if this keeps up, I’ll be smelling like a Senior Citizen in no time.

The weather was cold but the sun was shining and once we got moving, it was enough to keep warm.   While we didn’t win a single game, there were tons of laughs and new friends made.   I love events like this, events where it doesn’t matter who you are or who you came with, everyone ends up talking together and having a good time, there is no judgment on your playing skills (that I know of)  and luckily, Kenny’s baseball abilities made up for my inabilities so together, we came across half decent.

All money raised from the tournament goes to The Ride to end cancer.  Our event fees sponsor Sylvie so she can take part in the bicycle ride from Toronto to Niagara to raise awareness and funds for cancer research.  So, that said, I feel honored to have contributed to such an amazing cause and I wish Sylvie all the best.  I can’t imagine how fulfilling and humbling  it must be to reach the finish line.

Looking forward to next year!

So, it’s my job to walk the dogs during my lunch hour break.  I call it a job but really it’s not.  It’s one of the few things that get me out of the house during the workday that I enjoy.   My dog’s are not trained, they pull me in all directions like a Saturday Wal-Mart shopper and often I wonder if my shoulder has been dislocated.   They are not well-mannered when they meet other dogs and although they look intimidating, they really just want to play.

Usually I walk them  in the forest at the end of our street.  There is a path that runs right through and when the snow covers the ground we walk off the path and explore.  I let them off the leash and they run around sniffing under trees and bushes for squirrels and Bunnies; I love watching them.   This is by far one fo the highlights of my day so with the fresh snowfall last night, how could I not take my camera.   (Again,  all manual mode :))

It’s so nice to see my boys just be boys.  As they grow up some things become “uncool”  Last night Cody decided he wanted to go out into the new snow and build a snow fort.  He has not “played” in the snow since he started high school.  Soon enough he was calling for Benjamin to come out and play with him.  The two of them were outside for about 2 hours making forts and having snowball fights … I predicted it was only a matter of time before the big one makes the little one cry but I enjoyed watching them while the gettin’ was good.

I called down to see if they were getting hungry yet,  Cody asked what was for dinner, I told him Soup and toasted tomato sandwiches… Benjamin looked up and asked me if I’m going to actually toast the tomato?

And yes,  there were tears in the end… whoa is me.

Today we spent the day ice fishing.  Not that we caught any fish but in all honesty, that’s not why I went anyway.

Spending time together… just the 4 of us in the middle of a frozen lake was perfect and after a particularity stressful week, well deserved.

We fished

We skated

We admired the scenery (Can you believe how many people do this?!?!)

Family outings are not what they used to be.   It used to be that when we went grocery shopping, we all went together.  While the grocery store is not really quality family time,  no matter where we go or what we are doing there are always plenty of bonding moments that occur.  I like having the boys with us… I like their company.

Now that they are in their teens, we find that they tend to prefer to stay home during day to day trips and unless we plan something special, hubby and I have a lot of alone time.  I’m not complaining about that either!

When the boys were around 10 or 11 I started realizing that it would only be a few years until we were going to be in this position… I saw this coming and I’m not thrilled the time has arrived.

I’m proud of the men they are becoming but I miss my little men already…

Where did the time go?

I live in the Beautiful province of Ontario.

Because of where we are, we get to experience the extreme sides to all 4 seasons.  I love each and every one of them.

Spring brings a fresh breeze through the house, a hint of warmth from the sun.
With spring we step out of hibernation and linger a little longer outside talking to neighbors.
The air is fresh and the sound of birds is a welcome change from the cold whipping of the wind.
Summer brings a beautiful green landscape, turning of the garden and a welcome back to all the animals that have been hibernating all winter.
Outdoor BBQ’s and casual drinks while we reconnect with friends
Beach weekends with hot sand, cool water and watching the kids just be kids in the waves.
Camping and carefree summer holidays with no alarm clocks and waking in anticipation of what the day will bring.

Fall brings not only amazing colors but incredible smells… The smell of burning leaves and a welcome cool breeze to carry it
Bringing out sweaters that make you feel cozy and warm.
Apple picking and the smell of baking goodies throughout the house.
Enjoying the last few weeks of outdoor social time… Cleaning out the garden.
The anticipation of the season to come!

Winter starts the day the furnace kicks on.  The day the windows have to stay closed.
The excitement of bringing out the Christmas decorations and transforming your house into a magical place.
Cozy nights in front of the fire while the wind whips and the snow falls.
Coffee and crocheting while looking out on the fresh fallen snow.
Walks in the woods watching the dogs dive into the snow and sniff for critters.
Standing in the middle of the frozen lake and looking down to what was once a summer playground.
Spending Saturdays ice fishing and skating with my husband, boys and dogs.

Go out and enjoy everything your region has to offer…. Oh, and take pictures too!  Have a great weekend.

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