Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Roof Problems.

Up on the lower roof twice yesterday.   Although I thought I'd been keeping most of the snow off an ice damn had built up on the edge of the roof once again and another one about two feet behind that.  After much pounding with the back end of an axe and chipping part of it away, then shoveling what I could off, I was beat.   I really only managed to make enough of a break in the built up ice to at least let some of the water work its way out.   Something will have to be done this spring to fix this situation.   I've heard of liquid rubber and liquid plastic that can be applied to low roofs to keep water from seeping through and coming into the house by way of the ceiling.   Fortunately I only have this problem in one room but that ceiling will have to be fixed as well.   My body is aching all over today.   The joys of home ownership!  I need a young fellow at my beck and call, lol.

Half way through March and winter hasn't been too bad at all.   No complaints from me.   Not long until April and hopefully the worse will be over.   The garden is still covered in snow.  Only about a foot of it over most of it.

Lots of birds at the feeders.  I have a feeling that we may get an early spring out of it.  The red you see in the feeder is something I had to put inside because one of the squirrels had chewed through the wire that holds the seeds in and they were falling out.   I don't know what to do about it as I have to keep raising the red thing higher and higher.   At this rate the feeder will soon be useless.

A bit of a fuss between a chick a dee and a finch.

After the trouble I had with Tommy last year when I put up the Ostara Tree, I had decided not to bother this year.   A friend convinced me to try again so I went and cut some branches and while the boy was asleep, I stuck them in a high container where I had some flowers.   Put tiny lights and lots of eggs on it and took a picture.    About an hour later I saw something move out of the corner of my eye.   There he was on one of the steps, banging the eggs about.   There was no way I could get him to stop so I took it all apart.   I was so disappointed as it did look pretty.

The tree that WAS!

That's about it for now.   Must get going again.

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

A Very Windy March 1st.

Here it is, March 1st. and I can't complain about this winter at all.   We had a few good snow falls but some lovely mild days as well.   Most of the snow has disappeared and I can't say I'm sad about it.   When we had the last heavy snow fall I found it was hard for me to clear the path and driveway.  This old body just can't seem to do as much heavy work as it use to.   So, being frustrated about it I ordered a small snow blower.   It arrived a couple of weeks later and I did get to use it one time, worked like a charm, and we haven't had any amount of snow since.   However, there's still time for lots more of the stuff.

My new helper.

Lots of birds around now.   I hear singing just at daybreak most mornings when I'm filling the feeders.   Makes me think that it will be an early spring.  Fingers crossed.

A couple of weeks ago for some reason I remembered a long light blue cotton fabric coat that my daughter had given me years ago.   She had painted some pictures on the back of it and only did so many on the left side of it.   I had shoved it to the back of the closet planning on some day when I would try my hand at finishing the painting.   I brought it out and had a look.   Then I bought some fabric paint and went to work.  I'm pleased with the result.   Laurie painted most of the left side and I finished the rest.

I'm off to Gander this morning to have blood work done at the hospital and then shopping.   We're to have some rain, glorious rain today.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Shoveling Again.

We had a pretty good snowfall overnight.   Around 5:00 am I was out shoveling the decks and stairs and pathway to the driveway.   Brought in wood and decided to take a break before doing the driveway.   I'm now finished the driveway but will be down there again once the plow goes by and fills part of it in again.  

The crows came early this morning.  I guess it's hard for them to find food when there's snow on the ground.  They filled up on dried dog food and cracked corn.   The smaller birds were into the mixed seed and sunflower seeds.   Lots of Juncos around.  I haven't seen many Blue Jays which is surprising.   Of course it hasn't been that cold and we've had quite a bit of sunshine so they've probably gone off to other places.

I took this photo of Tommy early the other morning and was amazed at how his eyes picked up colours in the room.

Another on of the boy:

After the last snow fall.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Winter storm.

6:15 am and I've just finished clearing the two decks, stairs and pathway to the driveway.   It's still too dark to do the driveway so will wait until daylight.   Although we had somewhat of blizzard conditions yesterday, the snowfall wasn't as bad as I thought it would be on getting up this morning.   Still, there was enough to bring out the shovels.   Actually January temperatures have been surprisingly good.  Hovering around minus 3, minus 5, most days.

Christmas was one of the best ones I've had in some time.  My granddaughter flew in from Ontario, unbeknownst to me and the Tuesday before Xmas her and my daughter drove out from St. John's and surprised me.   I was overjoyed to say the least.   Best present ever.   I figured I'd be sitting here alone once again.   So, we had people in on the afternoon of Xmas eve and had a grand time.   They had to go back after lunch on Xmas Day as Hilary had to fly back to Ontario the next day.   I'm still smiling when I think about it.  

Then a couple of days later I came down with the flu.   I can't remember when I last had a cold or flu and don't know where it came from.   I was feverish, terribly bad sore throat, bones aching, the whole scenario.   I think I spent most of the week sleeping off and on during the days.   However, I recouped pretty fast all things considered.  

Now of course it's time to dream of working in the garden as the seed catalogues have started to arrive.  I will be getting my note book out to start writing down plans and things that need to be done come spring.

A few pictures taken this past while.

Tommy in the wrapping paper.

Other stuff.

Monday, November 02, 2015

The Party

Was a great success.   Admittedly I had a bit of a hangover the next day but it was worth it.   Some pictures of the decorating.   Unfortunately I never thought to take pictures of the guests and no pictures of the food that was spread out on the table.  

Just in case you were wondering, The two dolls you see are two that I painted up to look like ghouls and made a knife for one of their hands so she looked a bit more demented.  haha.  

Friday, October 30, 2015

Party time tomorrow.   Been busy getting prepared.   Lots of food and wine and a few laughs with good company.   It's quite a warm day for this time of year, +14C.  Quite a wind though but a warm one.   The leaves are flying off the trees.  I walked over by the stream and saw that the ground was covered.   The sweet smell coming up from the earth and leaves was heavenly.

I talked about the new shed in the last post but didn't put a picture on so here it is....10 ft. X 10 ft, and 8 ft high.   Hoping it will survive the winter with the great amount of snow that we usually have.

Once this weekend is over I have work to do ie:  check around the outside of the house to make sure it's secured for the winter.  Split some wood if I get a day with temperatures above +5C.   The splitter  won't work if it's below that.   Also want to paint the living room.   I have everything at the ready I just have to be in the right mood.  

That's about it for now.  There's work to be done!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

New Shed.

So, I bought one of those sheds in a box!!    Because it was on sale and because I'd have a reasonably dry place to store the lawn mower, garden furniture, pots, ornamental stuff, saws, tools, shovels, etc. etc.   It's 10 feet X 10 feet, so a good size.   The only place I saw that was fairly level and sort of out of the way was a place that gets a wee bit wet in spring.   Had the fellow who was going to erect it come have a look and he said he could build a platform so it would be off the ground.   Good enough!!  He told me how much wood I'd need and nails too so I go to the hardware store.   It cost just over two hundred dollars for that lot!  It took him all day yesterday, with some cursing and swearing from time to time, to build the floor and erect the shed.   I have to smile because I could understand his frustration. .  

Four o'clock this morning I started taking a load of stuff out of the storage area in the house to get these aluminum shelves down and out to the new shed.   Well......four and a half hours later, back in pain and more than one expletive coming from me I start hauling the shelving out through one room, through the kitchen and out the back door.   I just get it down the steps with it when the rain starts coming down.  I'll tell you, I haven't sworn so much at one given time, ever.   So, I unzip the door to the shed and it's suppose to be rolled up then tied at the top.   One person can not do this....I am incensed at this point.   Calling the shed one nasty thing after another.   After many tries, I finally got some clothes pins and pinned it up.   I have two rooms full of stuff, tools, drills, saws and on and on that I have to wait til it stops raining to bring out and store in the shed.   I figure it will take me days to get it all done with what's in the garden to be put away as well.

Well, it finally stopped raining and I continued on with the job at hand.  I could see the light at the end of the tunnel.   Finally got it all done and that night I relaxed with a glass of wine.   The frustration is over with and I'm now pleased with the shed.   I try to do too much at one time, that's my problem.  lol

I don't know how long it's going to last especially because of our harsh winters and one must not forget the cats.....with claws........