Saturday, July 24, 2010

Lazy Summer Days

     I saw this picture and right away I fell in love with it. It is such a delicate picture. 
     I am sitting in the yard this morning. The cats have had their run and are sitting in various spots so they can keep an eye on the squirrels. We have three black squirrels; one mother and her two babies. I have found them annoying at times. They are veracious eaters and can reek havoc on any bird feeder that their little paws cannot get into. Our neighbour has a lot of feeders in his yard and he does not like the squirrels. They have provided a lot of fun for our cats as well as us. It is interesting to watch the game but you and I both know that the squirrels will always win. 
     The rain came again yesterday. The pond was swimming in the yard. When the sun finally came out it was very humid. We have had about six blue jays in our yard for the last week. They are so regal looking but they can be very noisy. The other day I heard the nuthatches again. We were blessed with seeing two woodpeckers in the pine trees. This morning I heard the chickadees. I have not put up the feeder yet. It is for the goldfinches and the small birds only. I will have to purchase some Niger seed. I love the little finches. They will make a nice addition to our pond.

Love Always Kim

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Glorious Summer

     It has been a while since I have posted. We have received unusual weather lately. We have had a lot of rain. It has made it difficult to do a lot of gardening. The pond was put on hold. I have managed to get rid of a lot of the ground cover that I have been struggling with. I have had to dig down into the earth and turn it over and take the plants out with my hands. It seems to be working. 
     I have celebrated my birthday. I invited two best friends to have a pink tea party with me in the backyard. Everything was so pretty. I purchased a pink lace cloth from the closest second hand store. I put it over my white damask cloth. I used my Grandmother's dishes which are decorated with roses. I have delicate glasses with pink, blue and green accents. My one friend brought me a pink lily from her garden in a pink fairy purse filled with rose petals. My other friend brought me a single pink rose and baby's breath. It was a wonderful afternoon. We sat under the shade of our maple tree. There was a lovely breeze. It was a very memorable afternoon.
     I have been waiting patiently to clean out our garage. I want to use it as a studio. I want to paint our dining room furniture and the furniture that we use in our breakfast room. The picture above is one I found. I cannot remember where I found it. I fell in love with the picture. This is something that is doable in our dining room. I have a suite that consists of a rectangular table with one armchair and five side chairs. I have a buffet and a china cabinet. I have always wanted a circular table because I think it promotes more conversation than a large table. I will take before and after pictures and share them later with you.
     The picture below shows how I would like to decorate my breakfast room. We do not have the small side window behind the table. We do have a large window the same as in the picture that looks out onto the garden. We will be having a fireplace installed in this room soon. At the moment we have a pellet stove. It came with the house. It does not work the way that it is supposed to. I would never recommend to anyone to invest in a pellet stove after our experience this past winter.
Love Always Kim

Friday, July 2, 2010

June to July

     It is hard to believe that June has come and gone already. We had warmer and nicer weather in April and May. June was the rainiest June on record. I have been to the beach but the lake is really not warm enough to swim in. We stood in the water at the shore and the water was so cold that it made our ankles ache.
     Our backyard is really looking wonderful. The cats are having a lot of fun chasing each other. The love to sit under the bushes and then run out when the other cat it near. They are not at all interested in going outside when the weather is wet and cold.
     We have just had our "Canada Day" celebration. It is always celebrated on July 1st no matter what day of the week it falls on. This year is was Thursday. There was a lot of cottage traffic going through town on Wednesday evening so I suspect a lot of people are having an extra long holiday weekend this year.
     They always have a fireworks display down by the lake but we decided not to go this year. We put our flag in the front window and we had a nice barbecue. We started our dinner with salad and homemade sun-dried tomato dressing. We cooked t-bone steaks and had baked potatoes. I am just hoping for some really nice weather. We need sunshine and warm temperatures.

Love Always Kim