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March 28, 2017

New Winter Toy.

When we lived in town, we had a sidewalk
in front of our house, our big driveway
and a small path from the driveway to our
front door. Lots of shovelling thru Winter.

With lots of kids and great neighbors who
took turns, shovelling always got done. But
out here, other than the road and our little
lane that is plowed, and now with less kids 
living at home, we've got quite a big job to 
take care of a long and snowy driveway. 

Last Winter, we had very little snow and
it wasn't a big issue. This year, we were
sure we were going to get a lot of snow
because of the predictions that were
circulating. So we saved and saved and
then found the best sale ever and finally
brought home our new Winter Toy. To
date, we've only used it twice but what a
treat to be able to blow the snow away
instead of shovelling. Well worth the wait.

Snowy Path.

Our snow is almost all gone but I
wanted to share these older shots.

Hardly any snow fell this Winter but
then Spring was almost here and bam!

Snow everywhere. We still got off lightly
compared to other regions. Very lucky.

We finally had to shovel to create our
little path from the front door to our
driveway for visitors. We come in the
garage door but our guests need a path.

Tiny Cottage.

We bought this tiny "cottage" for our
children in 1990. It's weathered many
birthdays, several deaths, play dates,
alone time and one move to the country.

Now it belongs to our little grandbabies.
Covered in snow for now but it's ready
for new life this Spring. The boulders
were placed by our builder and we hope
to use the to create a garden area around
this cottage. So much fun, so very tiny.

March 20, 2017

Spring Dreaming.

Welcome to the first day of Spring! I love this time of year when the days become longer, the sun brighter and our landscape comes alive with buds, birds and bees. Inside the house, I'm truly anxious to get outside and start our very first vegetable garden. However, here in Canada, it's going to take a while before we can start to "Spring" up our yard. For now, I'm content in decorating the inside of our home, brightening our space, while we wait for the green outside to hurry up. 

Building a new house is not a cheap venture, so we've been very careful and deliberate with our decorating. It takes time to decide where to place furniture, giving space for moving items around to try different configurations. Time to play with the decor we've accumulated over the years. And time to ensure we like what we have, as we have to live with our choices for a very long time. I'm a firm believer in not buying the cheapest piece of furniture or accessories but to invest in good solid items that will last through the years. That being said, it's always fun to add a new piece or two each season. I'm done my Spring cleaning and purging, so now I'm ready to figure out what I have for this bright season and what might be missing. In this month of bright and light, Wayfair asked bloggers to share their tips for Spring decorating and I've decided to join in by showing what I've found for our new home. Sometimes it's hard to determine what would look the best with our current stash so I'm very thankful for sites like Wayfair that not only have a million and one items (my guesstimate of course) to choose from, but they include wonderful articles on the site and a great spot to create your own Dream Board that will help you to find ways to brighten your home for Spring. 

For Spring, we're currently adding lace curtains to all our windows and that has really softened our home's look. Now I'm searching for some great area rugs to create a kinder landing for a feet. Our wood floors are lovely but having a carpet here and there is our next wish. In my board above, I found a wonderful patterned rug that comes in a variety of sizes, including a runner for our hall. The mix of brown and ivory fits so well with our color palette. I also found a light lilac rug that would be amazing in our guest bedroom. And some sweet accessories that are just so "Springy!" A rack with 3 terra cotta pots filled with lavender, a set of 3 bottles with whimsical touches and a vintage themed mirror for our back hall. Love them all! Finally, I chose a light sage colored coverlet set. Our current quilt set on our bed is my favorite of all time but because we have a Cali King, it doesn't hang down as low on the sides as we'd like. A coverlet set underneath would solve this problem and the one I chose above has a beautiful pattern. It would look so finished with the quilt on top, the coverlet in the middle and our lovely ruffled bed skirt down to the ground.

Wayfair always has great sales and now that I have my wish list set, I'll create our budget (frugal as it is) and then I'll be checking back often to see when the items I've chosen will be on sale. Until then, I can "Spring Dream" my wishes while I work with what we currently have. Hop over to Wayfair and put together your own Dream Board to create the light and bright Spring theme you'd like to see in your home. You won't be disappointed in your search. It's fun to look for items that complement your current decor and provide inspiration for your dreams.

March 19, 2017

Easy Apple Pie.

Chop apples.

Melt butter with sugar.

Mix in chopped apples.

Simmer until golden.

Cool in bowl.

Add to pie crust.

Bake, cook and enjoy. Such an easy
recipe from the chef Ricardo. Love it.

March 17, 2017

And the After ....

Without all the garland, it's a much
tidier and "quieter" look for the veranda.

Now we have to bring up the bins from
the storage room for the Spring items.

The Before ....

Our veranda, waiting for Spring,
still decorated for Winter ....

Sorry to see our festive items go, but
excited for Spring and colorful decor.

March 15, 2017

Crock Pot Dinners.

One of the gifts we received as newlyweds
was a Crock Pot. At the time, we were
both working full time and it was a great
gift to come home after a long day at
work to a fully cooked meal. Even after
we started having children and I was home
for decades, we still used it a lot. It was
great to have time with my little ones
and as they got older. To not be standing
all day long in the kitchen was such a
bonus. Dance classes, music lessons,
football practice and art sessions were
our priority but feeding our family was
also important. Having time and good
meals was and continues to be just what
we need to manage this busy life.

So here we are 32, almost 33 years later.
We chatted one day that with the amount
of use of our Crock Pot and the age, it
was probably time to replace it, even
though we've not had any issues. But we
wouldn't want to take a big risk. That
very weekend we were in the Big City.
And guess what was on sale? Yup.
Great price, free small dipper pot and
now we have a new toy. Our first meal
was a roasted chicken. So good. Second
meal was a big pot of chili, perfect on a
snowy Sunday afternoon. Trying to figure
out what our next meal will be. I feel safer
now with a new Crock Pot and am very
thankful for such a very frugal amount.