March 31, 2021
The online radio station we started this past Summer
provides a month of awareness and gathers funds
to give back to the charity in need. This past month,
we chose an organization that supports young moms
who have babies. I actually volunteered there years
ago as a baby cuddler. It felt so good this weekend
to gather some items to send along to young parents
who are doing their very best to raise their sweet
babies. It's a favorite charity of ours. We truly hope the
young parents who receive these items find them useful.
I find myself struggling with a dollhouse
dilemma. I bought this old dollhouse but a
few of the lovely doors and windows were
missing. The previous owner promised to
find them in her boxes from moving but
at this time, she has not come across them.
I've decided it's time to get this one going,
so I'm scouring the internet looking for
the same ones or something that will do
well as a replacement for all. Wish me luck!
Joining in on Wednesday's Hodgepodge today, created by "From this Side of the Pond." Here are my responses:
1. The Hodgepodge lands on the last day of March .... in ten words or lest bid the month adieu. "In like a lamb. Out like a lamb." So happy we've had a warm and sunny month.
2. March 31st is National Tater Day .... your favorite way to have a potatoe? I made this one shorter from the original as I am deathly allergic to potatoes, so I have no opinion. Next!
3. Last time someone or something "rained on your parade." Explain. My baby loss support program website suddenly seems to not be accessible. Not sure if Wordpress is down or if we've been hacked. Rained on my parade? Yup! I was so on top of things and now this ....
4. Put all your eggs in one basket, get cracking, nest egg, bad egg, good egg, egg on, have egg on your face, or walk on eggshells. Choose a phrase from the list that applies to something in your life currently and tell us how or why. Nest egg is my word of choice. I love saving money for things we need, things we dream about and for emergencies, like Covid! It wasn't easy when we had a young family and there was always something we needed. But we still managed to ensure we saved each month, even if it was just a bit. So happy we did. Made life a bit easier to always have a "nest egg" to fall back on if needed.
5. If I visited your home, would I find a lot of baskets there? Something you like to keep in a basket? We have a few baskets here and there. One for the mail. One for things like bills that have been paid but need to be filed. One basket for letters ~ received and to be written. One for books to be read. One for work that needs to be done or needs to go back in to the office. One for groceries. One for gardening tools. And about four for laundry (whites, darks, to be washed, to be put away). I love baskets for all these uses.
6. Insert your own random thought here. Enjoying our beautiful sunny days again after a very short Winter storm on Monday. It's helping to make my Spring Break a nicer experience. Lots to do but my task list is already shorter.
Hope you'll join in on Hodgepodge Wednesday.
March 30, 2021
After a night, a day and then another long night of
high winds, blowing snow and cold temperatures, we
have had a lovely, warm and very sunny day. The snow
has melted and the air is heating up. I took a few key
photos from around the cottage today to show the sun
in a couple of spots. Spent some time outside as well.
It was a brief reminder that Winter has ended but can
always show up anytime again. Welcome back, Spring!
March 29, 2021
My vintage cabinet is now ready for
items that will make it homey and filled.
A sweet banner of vintage fabrices,
a framed print of Angels and my teddy.
Between the two cozy chairs are framed
art and needlework to go up on the walls.
A close up of the top shelf. I did move the
banner up a bit after I took the photo so it
didn't hang down so very low. My teddy was
a gift from a child who came through the grief
program and she wanted me to have a soft,
tiny stuffy with a stitched heart with the idea
that I will always remember her, which I do
each time I look at it. Her heart warmed mine
greatly. She will and is doing well. I often
receive gifts and cards from kids. So loved!
That's it for the progress on creating my new
space at hospice for now. I'm not working
this week as it's Spring Break, then Easter,
and I am enjoying a week at home for now.
More updates once I'm back at work. I'm
almost done this space! Have a great week.
March 28, 2021
When we picked up some fresh food
yesterday for the weekend, we spotted
these very lovely Spring tulips and
brought them home for our table. I
love the light and dark greens, and the
pretty white blossoms. It's still a bit
grey outside but we've had some rain
and we can see bits of green starting
to push through the dirt. My little
perennials at the front are making an
appearance already ~ far earlier than
usual but we seem to be having a
very early Spring! I'm so looking
forward to a wonderful Summer ....
March 26, 2021
Mommy holding space.
Birthday cake and his teddies.
Mommy and daddy at our Walk to Remember.
Twenty five years ago yesterday, on March 25th, 1996, we said hello and then goodbye to our sweet, precious baby Bretton~Elijah Lucas. He was and is our 5th child, our 3rd son and we miss him to the moon and back. Bretton was to be born at home but when I went in to labor in the middle of the night, far too early, we headed to the hospital at our midwife's urging. We were lovingly cared for but he was too tiny and that began our baby loss journey. Many will say that "time heals" but we know from our own experience that "time helps" but does not heal. We are proud to be Bretton's family and know that our legacy projects to help other baby loss families with our Centre and our programs is worth the time and effort. But every day, more than ever now, we do wish for him to be back in our arms, a grown up young man with a world of possibilities ahead of him, like his siblings. Bretton~Elijah Lucas. Remembered with love and tears, cupcakes and gifts, candles and memories. Gone too soon, loved and held in our hearts forever, never forgotten.
With love and memory,
A short story about our first houses. As a long time book lover, I would jump at the chance to live on a street like this, though I can't ever imagine living anywhere but the country. We're coming up to 6 years in our little house in the big woods and now more than ever, it feels like home.
When we first started out, we lived in a new complex of condos. All young families and professionals, living on the edge of ravine (which now has houses) and enjoying being far from the centre of the Big City but with all the conveniences we needed to live comfortably. The two of us looked so young, like we were still in our early teens, so often we were asked what our rent was .... we were proud to say we were owners, with a mortgage! One of my first experiences of people making assumptions about us. We lived t here for 4 years and then moved to a home that was larger as we had started our family and dh really wanted a garage (I agreed!). However, when we bought that house, we knew we wouldn't live there long as it wasn't the best part of town. My dad, a realtor, convinced us that because it was a changing area, that the funds we put in to the house would double in a year. We stayed 18 months and they actually tripled, giving us enough money to move away from the Big City and to the little hamlet we resided in for 26 years. With the 6 years we've almost accumulated here, it will be 32 years this Summer since we moved away from the hustle and bustle of city life. No regrets! It's there if we need it, like today when we have to drive in to my Naturopath appointment. But far enough away we're separated from the noise and crime. We love it out here.
What was your first house like?
Do you still live there?
This week coming up is Spring Break in our region. When I was home with my kids, I loved this week to do fun activities with our family, to travel or to just be. A break before the end of the school year that was always a very busy time. Now that I'm back at work and the kids are older, I still take this week off. A chance to finish up Spring cleaning, ensure our taxes have been filed (due April 30th but I always do the early), start to work in the gardens and take some time to just be. This year, with Easter at the end, I have a few extra days and am really excited and so very ready for this break. I always feel so much better after.
Do you have a Spring Break where you live?
My sweet corner in our walk in closet.
Favorite things from family and friends.
I love reading "The English Home" and
the U.K. edition of "Country Living."
My current favorite snack is tart green
apples and sweet caramel dipping sauce.
The sun at the end of the day streaming
through the living room windows. This
does remind me that we need to get on
to the task of ordering an area rug for here.
Hope your Friday is amazing!