Sunny Days

I woke up this morning to the sound of the blind gently slapping against the window.

At 6:45.

On a Saturday.

Closed the window.  Though I love the sound of rain, I hate the click, click of the blind.  Went back to bed and just lay there.

After half an hour I gave up and made myself a cup of tea.  I would have pressed the button to get the coffee going but as I am such a wonderful wife, I did not.  The smell of coffee would be enough to wake Mick up and he’s allowed to sleep in occasionally.  Like I will tomorrow. Right?

So after reading all the wonderful blogs I’m subscribed to and leaving my two-cents’ worth in comments, and since I don’t want to wake the household, well, here I am.

Oh, it is now 8:30 and I hear the blind go up in the bedroom.  Mick comes up to me and says:  “Where’s the coffee?  I’ve been lying in bed for a bit and still can’t smell it!!!”


So, where was I?  Oh yes… Yesterday was an absolutely splendiferous day!  We knew they were calling for rain today so yesterday was time to take advantage of the clement weather.  I had promised Zeke a walk so as soon as the boys were gone and I had my breakfast, off we went!  There would be more work to do in the kitchen later so we had to get in our special time early.

I thought I’d share a few images taken…

Because, after play, comes work!  Mick trimming the cedar hedge (way overdue, as far as he’s concerned but with the painting, work, etc. it is what it is!)  and moi, more canning!!!  Did batches of tomatoes and two batches of pear jelly/honey

What does today hold?  Well… let’s see.  I still have a bag of apples just waiting to become jelly or sauce or crumble…

Tomorrow?  We are definitely having a pyjama day.  Delicious breakfast. Coffee.  Movies. Wine and cheese. Maybe a nice pasta for dinner… we’ll just have to see, now won’t we?

Gratitude Sunday – September 7, 2014

Was another very productive week, I must say! Salsas, apple jellies, painting the dining room… no rest for the wicked, they say!  Feeling satisfied, I say!

It’s frankly amazing how we can load so much into one week yet feel there is so much more we could have done.  Seriously, what is up with that?  How have we managed to guilt ourselves into believing there is no time for “down time”?

Pffft… I say!  I’m off to read my book!

Crab Apples

Crab Apples

Gratitude List

  1. I am so happy we have painted our dining room RED!  (Pictures will follow when we’ve finished putting up our prints and stuff….)

  2. I appreciate having a friend with an orchard who lets me know what’s ready for picking so I can fill bags to my heart’s content… more jellies coming!  Pears! Crab Apples, Apples! Oh my!

  3. Buying the ingredients necessary to make salsas and jams and jellies and actually doing them within a great timeframe.  It was go-go-go but so satisfying!

  4. Having followers of my blog who leave me interesting and thought-provoking comments makes me feel like I have a voice.  I love it!

  5. Choosing a paint colour from a swatch, applying it and saying YES!  Exactly what we wanted!  (This feels like a cheat and goes with no. 1…)

  6. Spending time with each of my sons on a one-to-one basis brings me much joy and allows us to get just that much closer (not easy when they are 14 and 16!)