Easter Get-Togethers and Things That Happen

We always try to go “up north” to Mom’s for Easter.  There was no wearing of Easter bonnets and spring dresses, this year, that’s for sure!  Despite Easter being very late this year, there is still snow up in the Laurentians.

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Still snow…

Before the rest of the brood arrived (we got there a day early), Hubby decided to brush Zeke.  It had been such a long time, the mound of hair looked like a small furry animal!

The rest arrived in the afternoon on Sunday.  It was such a gorgeous day and we were able to sit outside with only light jackets.  It’s a chance for the sisters, in-laws and cousins to all get together in one place (we can be a large crowd, ya know… 14 covers just the three sisters, husbands and kids!)  add in parents, girl/boyfriends, adoptees and any other cousins who just “happen to be in the ‘hood and the numbers go up!  This time we were a mere 18…

The cousins horsed around, teasing each other, climbed trees and whatnot.  It’s always nice to see them all get along despite the varied ages (from 11 to 21).  Not sure what they were lined up for…. maybe best not to know!

All was great, beers were being consumed, as well as chips and salsa, just hanging around enjoying the sun when we had an incident.  My cousin was also in town with his Rottweiler, Jack.  A good-natured dog around people and usually OK with other dogs, as long as they are female or neutered males.  They got to know each other, sniff each other out and all was well.  There was some tension in the air so the cousin held onto Jack just in case.  Before we knew it, he snapped at Zeke and dinged him on the nose.  We didn’t even realise Zeke had been hurt as he didn’t say a word.  It’s only after all had calmed down that we noticed the blood.

No real harm was done, just a little lifting of the skin.  It’ll give him character!

Inside we went for our annual Easter Ham meal that ended with a “Pouding au Chômeur” (a Brown sugar cake).  Bellies full, half sat down to play cards, the other to watch the first period of the hockey playoffs…

GO! HABS! GO!  (They won, 3-2)

And The Winner Is…….

Dale:

For those of you who participated, I thank you! Your votes got me into second place!

Originally posted on Anarette:

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I hope you all enjoyed the White Feather Contest. The entries were lovely, and I knew we were in for an interesting day. For those who were not able to follow it closely, here is a recap of the 24-hour race:

The race started at 00:01 EST, on Saturday April 19th. Lady with Lilies had a terrific start and was in the lead for many hours, while there was a neck and neck race between Jim in IA, Lumar1298, Dale and Herbert Wellnut for hours on end.  Then all of a sudden, around the end of the afternoon, Jim in IA put in some extra effort. He was able to shake off Lumar1298, Dale and Herbert Wellnut and ended up in a close race with Lady with Lilies.  A tie between Jim in IA and Lady with Lilies seemed inevitable.  However at the last minute, Lady with…

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Time to Vote!

Dale:

I participated in a little contest, so please, take a few seconds to vote! And truly, vote with your heart, there are some lovely words to choose from!

Originally posted on Anarette:

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On April the 11th, I held aWriting Contest. It closed just before midnightApril 18th. Beloware the submissions in the order I received them. Now it is time for you to vote. There are no restrictions, anybody can vote, so bring family and friends in to vote for you! I will keep the poll open for 24 hours.

Readers this is also the time to check out the websites of these great writers. Just click on their name and you will go to their webpage. Have fun!

1.Jim in IA

Pick up the feather.
Write a story in the sand.
Wrap words among the flotsam of the past.
The letters are sharp and clear.

In time, wind and waves erase all.
Ready for a new tale of life.

2. Lady withLilies

~ The Flight of White ~

Thoughts awash with
Scattered debris -
Your smile,
Your touch,

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No Really, Spring IS Here!

All week I’ve been meaning to post.  I just didn’t seem to be able to get my thoughts in any order.  First about my official birthday and turning 50 on Monday and how I felt oh-so-blessed that the temperature reached a high of 22°C (72°F).  The sun never really showed its face but we didn’t care (OK, I didn’t care!)  Light jacket and running shoes!  Woot!

On Tuesday, the day started off rather cool-ish (though warm if we go by the previous week!) at 7°C (45°F) and got colder and windier as we walked!

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After seeing proof that yes, there are buds growing, we set off.  I worried a bit… there were definite signs of rain in the sky.  We’re not wimps so we set off!

As we went on, the sky got darker and darker and by the time we turned the corner to our home, the first drops fell.  Great timing!

Once home, I downloaded my pictures and the snow began!  Really?  Really?  Mother Nature, you really need to give us a break this year!  While downloading, I could hear this really weird spring-like sound. (Imagine a cartoon and you hear the “SPROING!”)  What the hay?  It was a bird!  Every time he (she?) sang, the whole body would puff up!  So cool to be able to capture that with my zoom (thanks again, Mick!)

Woke up on Wednesday to white stuff on the ground.  Sigh…. Only Zeke was happy!

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Well, no, that’s not true.  The birds were out in full force and I managed to capture these two lovers!

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By Thursday, the temperature was up again and I could once more wear my running shoes (as long as I was careful where I stepped).   We turned the corner to our street and a squirrel was making such a ruckus!

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It was a glorious day, the sun was shining, the birds singing, flowers are growing – not yet full blooms, but I did see colour - I was in no hurry at all.  Zeke and I walked around for two hours!  You’d think I’d have busted my 10K steps big time, no? No.  I did make it but we were definitely on a stroll and shoot pace.

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Have a lovely Easter / Passover / Whatever you celebrate week-end!

 

 

 

 

 

Monday Meeting — A Good Samaritan

Dale:

Sometimes, you just have to share. This is one of those cases! This man hopefully changed the boy’s thinking…

Originally posted on Soul Gatherings:

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Julio Diaz has a daily routine. Every night, the 31-year old social worker ends his hour-long subway commute to the Bronx one stop early, just so he can eat at his favorite diner.

But one night, as Diaz stepped off the No. 6 train and onto a nearly empty platform, his evening took an unexpected turn.

He was walking towards the stairs when a teen-aged boy approached him and pulled out a knife.

He wanted my money, so I just gave him my wallet and said, ‘Here you go,’” Diaz says.

As the teen began to walk away, Diaz yelled, “Hey, wait a minute. You forgot something. If you’re going to be robbing people for the rest of the night, you might as well take my coat to keep you warm.”

The would-be robber looked at Diaz, “like what’s going on here?” Diaz says. “

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Spring Has Sprung!

Yessiree, ladies and gentlemen, I can FINALLY say that Spring has Sprung in my neck of the woods!

On my OWN property, I see growth!

On our walk today, whilst attempting to not get my feet totally soaked (as everything is wet, wet, beyond we) we were surrounded by sunlight, birdsong, scents (read stink!) and smiling faces.  What a refreshing time it is.  After all these months of lamenting, we can finally feel a change in the air!

Took a few “Reflections” shots…

And some birds….

A day that has lifted my spirits indeed.

Now, let us hope that what they are calling for this coming Tuesday is just a joke… ‘coz I’ll cry for sure!