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I love ๐Ÿ’œ snail mail…

I love ๐Ÿ’œ sending letters.

I love ๐Ÿ’œ receiving letters.

This year I almost didn’t send out cards for Yule/Christmas. It would have been the first time since I was 16. (But…I did. 30…and I am not done yet.)

I wrote on my personal fb page that I really wasn’t feeling that it was worth my time or saved money to send any cards out. What for? People don’t reciprocate anymore. I don’t ever require a card in return but…when I/we only get 4 cards it becomes a downer. Do I/we not cross my friends and relatives minds? I am sorry but e-cards and well wishes on fb or where ever just don’t cut it for me.

No one takes the time anymore. It isn’t that they don’t have time. They don’t make the time. Turn off the TV and pick up a pen. A simple note to some one you care about is really not that hard. You sit on transit there’s a moment. Instead of fb at your desk, take a five second moment to write a Hi! On a post it and stick it in a envelope. Be creative…

I have heard multiple excuses

  • No time
  • No cards or pretty paper
  • No money for a stamp
  • No time to stop at the Post Office. 

Bah! Who needs a pretty card or stationary? You have a pen, pencil, marker, crayon, dirt, paint…use it on a napkin, lined paper, scrap paper from the recycle bin, wrapping paper found under the couch, reciept…the limits are endless. You can whip up an envelope with easily. 

As for money for a stamp and time to stop at the post office…if you can buy a coffee every morning you can definitely afford a freaking stamp. You can buy booklets of stamps. Keep them in your purse or wallet(I do). That way they are handy and can be slapped on the corner of the envelope and thrown into a Mail Box on a corner or wherever they happen to appear. 

I have to drive 20minutes to town to buy stamps at the Post Office. Then go home write letters and then drive 5 minutes to my nearest Mail Box. OR I write a few letters and then mail them off when I’m in town once or twice a month. So, really there is no excuse.

Well……that turned into a rant that I wasn’t expecting. Hmm. I guess it has been bugging me more than I thought.

So…pick up that writing impliment and paper and surprise a friend.

๐Ÿ’œD

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Chickadee-dee

I put out suet/seed blocks for little Chickadees and have been blessed with numerous visits. โค

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The Tree

Today is the day to get the Yule/Christmas tree!! 

We doned our snowsuits, boots, toques, and gloves and headed out into the sunshine.

The quest begins…

High in the mountains there is magic in the air. The snow waist deep as we plow our way through to the tree we see…the perfect tree. The tree to help us welcome the coming back of the Sun and longer daylight hours. 

Magic is in the air.

“What about this one?”9

“What about this one?” I hear from the depths of the snow filled space in front of me.

“Where are you?”

A pink coat appears over a hill of snow “Over here…this one is nice.” Floats over the air as the pink coat disappears again. 

The tree was way way to tall. Onto the next one tree. We all agree It is The Tree! So the snow gets cleared away and the zip zip of the handsaw fills my ears. Then a crack…errrrrrrr…pofffff!  

Down goes The Tree…

Then we drag The Tree through knee deep snow on an old road to the ploughed main road. There the girls and I wait as Bill walks down the road to get the truck.

Milena enjoys sliding down a hill while waiting for the truck.

Off to get the truck.

Bill and I heave The Tree into the back of the truck and tie is down with a ratchet tie-down strap so The Tree doesn’t stay out in the cold. 

Loaded and ready to go

When we get home we measure and trim and set The Tree up in the living room. Thankfully the branches didn’t have much snow or ice. The Tree was able to come inside right away. 

Our new castiron tree stand๐ŸŽ„โค

We drilled a little hole in the bottom of the trunk so the little spike can help hold the tree steady, then clamping it tight we make sure The Tree is straight and then step back to admire our 2017 Yule Tree! 

The Tree๐ŸŽ„โค

I will fill the base numerous times with water everyday as it sucks up as much water as it can. We don’t want Our Tree to dry out untill into the New Year.

With that I welcome you all to our Family’s Holiday Season! Let the decorating, baking, drinking and feasting begin…

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Double Digits

Today at 9:45am Miss Milena turned 10! 

Who said she was allowed. I never gave her permission to grow up…๐Ÿ˜‰

When I asked her what kind of cake she wanted, as I always make a cake according to their likes. This year she asked for Northern Lights.

So off to books and Pinterest I went. This is the one picture that caught my attention(found on Pinterest) because it looks similar to the ones we get here.

It had to be double decker cake to match her double digit birthday and Chocolate. So, off to my kitchen to whip up some food magic. With a dash and splash and lots of blessings added I came up with this cake.

It didn’t turn out the way I saw it in my mind, but it was fun to paint with icing again. She loved it, which makes it just perfect. ๐Ÿ˜—๐Ÿ’–๐ŸŒŒ

Happy 10th Birthday Milena! May your tenth spin around our beautiful sun bring you joy, good times and new friends. 

๐Ÿ’–โ˜„D

November 15th….snow

In two days we got a foot and a half of snow. It took me 3hours every morning to shovel the driveway and parking area. 

….but the beauty once the sky clear and the sun came out yesterday made it worth the stiff and sore body.๐Ÿ˜๐ŸŒฒโ„

Snow! Winter is here to stay.

We have full fledge winter now. 

We decked out the outhouse with new white Christmas lights. 

This morning at 7am I headed out to start shovelling the snow. We got just about a foot of the white stuff…

To my left (toward the mountain)

The house

To my right(looking south toward the highway)

It took me 3.5 hours to shovel the driveway and the back yard. We pile most of the snow in our backyard, as our property slopes down toward the house. *eyeroll* The worst place to build…anyways. I make pathways to the little coop and garage and outhouse(our emergency bathroom). 

I went for a wander after shovelling

The girls made their tabogganing “hill” and spent the afternoon sliding on their crazy carpets. As you can see there was a cold wind…Milena put on her balaklava(which belonged to her dad at her age). 

After a cold day outside….-3ยฐc with a windchill of -5ยฐc. A nice filling hot soup was in order for supper. 

I made a Sausage/Pasta Soup…

Browned sausage, 2 celery stalks, 3 carrots diced, 2 onions, 3 garlic cloves chopped, a teaspoon of Rosemary/sage/basil, a can of kidney beans and turkey soup stock and water. Macaroni added 10 minutes before serving. 

Delicious! 

Chilly blessings to all,

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Wandering…

Photos of our environment….the land is hibernating. I feel the urge to do the same.