Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Death of a Car

We bought our Toyota Paseo in May of 1993-- five months before we were married. We bought it brand new. Everything we have bought since then has been only new to us new (and really some have been already quite old). She was just going to go in for an oil change today, be the mechanic called to let the Engineer know that they were not going to allow her back on the road. She was literally an accident waiting to happen. It was truly God's care that she hadn't fallen completely apart on the road before that day.

I was an hour away in the Big City. It started snowing like crazy around noon. I made it home to leave a short time later to take him to the mechanics to sign the papers that released the car into the care of a charitable organization.

Fortunately, we don't get attached to our cars, so although a surprise, this wasn't a shock that sent us reeling for the love of our vehicle.

For fun, he pretended to cry at the loss of his faithful car.

Good bye old friend!

We think she's done very well for us over the years. Minimal costs in repairs and never had any problems with her. That first digit is a three, by the way -- not an eight. :o)

Monday, November 17, 2014

Snow for a PD Day!

What's more exciting than a PD Day. Why snow, on a PD Day of course!

The two youngest were the first ones out the door.

Followed by the Middles. Much to one teenager's disgust, they had school. Their PD Day wasn't until Friday, so she hoped in vain for a snow day.

The slide makes a great snow hill when there isn't quite enough for the sleds. I'm not sure what they were up to at this point though...

Here's to the first snow and plenty more to come!

Work Day

It's mid November already! I cannot get over how quickly the weeks fly by. We finally had our first killing frost this week, so between that and the fact that mid November can easily bring snow, it was time for a family work day. You know the saying, "many hands make light work", well it's certainly true for leaf raking -- provided of course the perfectionist mother (yes, that would be me) can overlook how well the leaves are raked.

The first several years we lived out here, all our trees were small enough that a good autumn gale was all we needed to get our yard clean. These days all are trees are HUGE. No amount of wind seems to send them very far, so rake we must.

 The job to be tackled -- and this is just the back yard. The side yard is about the same.

 Love that partially toothless grin. Daddy just threw her in the leaf pile.

 So fun!!!

 Hiding Leo's beloved ball in the pile.

 Where is it, Leo?

 Sniff, sniff, sniff!

 He found it!!

 Using Peanut as a weight to hold the leaves in the wheelbarrow. She had the best job of the day!

Part of the side yard. Love the golden carpet!

 While the Engineer and the girls worked on the yard, I swept the garage, put the remaining outdoor furniture away, and winter prepped several other things. 

All clean and ready for snow, salt, and sand covered winter driven vehicles.

At one point we came in to warm up with hot chocolate and fall sugar cookies. Then it was back to work!

As it turns out, we finished in the nick of time because this is what we woke up to this morning.

How about you? Have you seen snow yet -- if you live in a snowy part of the world?


Thursday, October 30, 2014

A Beautiful Autumn

I love autumn in our part of the country. Every few years the fall seems to last and last and we don't get a killer frost until late into the season. This year is one of those years. The trees drip with colour and in some places their bejewelled beauty literally takes your breath away. Two weeks ago while out and about, I was able to get a few shots of what autumn looks like around here. The photos still don't do it justice, but you get a taste of the depth of colour and the breathtaking beauty that has me exclaiming in praise to the marvellous Creator of this beautiful season, so how about I just let the photographs speak for themselves.

Autumn in Southwestern Ontario.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Can You See the Difference?

Can you tell what is different in the two following photos? I'm not talking hair length, clothes, location, or even facial angle. It's twenty excess ugly pounds!! Yeah Baby!! Twenty pounds gone bye bye! I met my first goal in June. I have yet to meet my second goal, but I'm still hopeful I will. The best part? I have only had one bad migraine since March -- and even it wasn't that bad!!

December 2013

October 2014

The only disadvantage to this change, is that I actually do have wrinkles. Who knew!? ;o)


Friday, October 24, 2014

A Cottage Week

My brother works for a wonderful couple who own cottages up in northern Ontario. He was able to rent three for our families during the second last week of August. It was nothing short of wonderful! What a beautiful spot! Our cottages were clean and cozy. There was water everywhere and still plenty to drink too. ;o) (It was purified.)

Our cottage was AMAZING in the morning! Two big windows on the east side allowed the sunlight to stream in! I couldn't resist getting up early most days and sitting on the dock with a book and a cup of coffee. I would often just gaze across the water and watch the mist lift.

The kids spent the brunt of the week boating and swimming or playing in the sand (the two youngest) along the man made beach. We all did some bridge jumping -- even Grampa! We ate when we were hungry, napped when we were tired. One day we hiked into town and bought fresh fruit at the farmer's market. Another day, we went geocaching. On the last day, we stopped at the bakery on our way out to buy some breakfast. Good thing we didn't know how good the stuff is at that bakery, or we would have lived on baked goods alone the entire week. Diviiiine!!

It was a wonderful week of relaxation!



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