Monday, February 08, 2016

Shopping for Socks

Catchy title, right? This is going to be a short post. I read over at Tonia's All Thingz Sewn a very touching post about a special young lady Savannah who passed away from cancer a few years ago. This month would have been Savannah's 16th birthday, and her mother wants to do something special for her Sweet 16th. You can read the post here. An appeal has gone out by Savannah's mom for people to send to her colourful socks for children that she can deliver to the hospital where Savannah was treated. If you are interested in sending out a pair, the address is on the link provided. I thought that was a rather special thing to do for these kids who spend long days in stocking feet at the hospital. I picked up some for boys and for girls.

That's it for today!
Thanks for stopping by :)


Friday, February 05, 2016

Five on Friday ... Random

Good Morning!

I'm linking up at long last with Amy of Love Made My Home and her world famous Five on Friday!

I haven't joined up in a while. With all the decluttering I've been doing blog posts have been minimal as of late, although I'm trying hard to visit everyone who has stopped by. Which brings me to my first "five".

One: No-Reply Bloggers

I'm getting more and more comments from "no-reply bloggers" these days. I had been replying through my email to all of you, and there has been no error message in my email account that my messages have not been delivered. But do you no-reply bloggers receive my reply to your comments? It's been a question I've been meaning to ask for awhile. I assume you know if you are no-reply or not. But if I'm sending out all these replies to comments and they are not being received, I'd like to know if this is a complete waste of time for me. I have been trying to visit everyone who leaves a comment too, but some days I just get bogged down with other stuff. Anyway, since January I have not been replying to no-reply comments, but I don't want to offend anyone by ignoring the comments all the time. I don't reply to comments directly on my blog, I find it more convenient to reply through email.

Two: A Valentine Craft

Had my little peeps work away at this yesterday morning. An easy craft with minimal assistance that I always liked. We cut a heart shape from plastic canvas, tied a string (or yarn) onto a plastic needle, and they thread on pony beads, foam shapes and whatever you have that you can poke a hole into. I still have the one my son made many moons ago!

Three: Cody

Someone asked recently about Cody, and yes, he is still here ... underfoot ... which has actually become his new nickname. With my decluttering, there are always piles of stuff just outside the kitchen door where he likes to lie down and keep an eye on everything. Now he's taking up the last of the little space that you need to walk out of the kitchen, or down the hall, or out to the front door. It's a very central location, and he's constantly underfoot! He's got the boot more than once, and I think he's feeling a bit neglected and unappreciated. Last night I let him hop up on the bed while I sorted through more papers. He can settle into a cozy spot in a matter of seconds.

Four: Sunup

The sun hadn't quite risen yet when I came out to the kitchen this morning. Now it's blinding me as I sit at the kitchen table typing this! I love that the sun comes in through my kitchen all morning, and then into the living room on the front of my house in the afternoon.

Making time for tea ;)

Five: Decluttering

I've been making great progress with the decluttering. There have been two full van-loads of stuff gone to the thrift store.

First load ... full front to back!

Second load ... thumbs up from my husband ;)

There have been more garbage bags at our curb (I'm glad we still are allowed four bags of "residual" garbage ... friends of ours are allowed only one). The blue paper recycling box has been heaped the past two weeks as I work through the "important papers" category. And there's a lot of papers to be burned as well. I hate this papers category. It's very tedious. I worked through loose photographs from my parents' house last week too ... depressing and tedious! The photos need to be dealt with again, but at a later date ... like at the very end of this task! I've added more information to my page on my sidebar on decluttering if you're interested. Thanks again to all of you for your continued support and rallying me along on this. I'm slowly starting to feel a huge weight lift from my shoulders ,and my husband almost, but not quite, has a skip in his step at the amount of things leaving the house! These totes that I'm showing (how exciting!) are empty. All of them used to be chuck full! See? Progress! All the stuff that I had/have has always been very organized, and my husband used to call me the Tote Queen.

It's been very surprising to me too that a lot of people have told me that I have inspired them to also declutter their homes this year. Wow! I don't think I've inspired anyone to do anything before, so this was such a nice compliment. I wish everyone who has begun this job the best of luck. If you want any help in this, I would love to help out if I can ... just send me a note (email is on my sidebar).

big totes
little totes

And that's my five for this week!
Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend everyone!

Wendy :)

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Wandering Camera

This morning I'm joining up with Soma of Whims and Fancies and her new meme Wandering Camera. I'm not sure what to expect, or what I can contribute to the link party, but here's my first submission.

Back at the marsh. I know. Apologies for taking you down there yet again, but this time I'm going to show you all the melancholy shots I got on Sunday and saved for today. Fun right?! Like we all need melancholy on these grey February days.

I really love this marsh area. There are two marshes, Lynde Marsh is fairly large with lots of open water and masses of dried bull rushes. Cranberry Marsh is rather tiny, but that's the marsh I like best. How I wish I could have seen this marsh in its glory days ... long before our town allowed a sprawling housing development right beside it. Even before our town was really just a "town" (we are now over 100,000 and technically a city). 

How beautiful it would have been back when this area was a huge wetland alongside Lake Ontario, and farms were restricted to where the ground firmed up. It must have been a wild and eerie place. A perfect haven for a huge variety of birds and wildlife, all safe under the broken down willow branches and masses of brambly stuff alongside the water. I imagine it would have been difficult for people to walk through the boggy ground and scrubby brush. Pathways are now laid down, and people are urged to keep on the paths to prevent more destruction of this vulnerable area.

 My parents had a willow woods very similar to this alongside a tiny creek. It was neglected, but beautiful because it was left completely wild. It was a favourite place for me to crawl into and sit on a log and watch the birds and wildlife around me. I saw raccoons, muskrats and once a little ermine scampering along the willow branches. Willow trees are one of my favourite trees. They have real character with their old-world silhouettes, and the fact that they moan and groan in the wind makes them seem alive. This area does still draw the birds, and there are lots of water birds passing through on their migratory routes both north and south. I've seen arctic birds here, and wonder how far north they really do travel. It's nice that they stop for a rest where we are able to view them.

The darker waters of Lake Ontario in the background with the still frozen waters of the marsh in front.

As you pass the marsh you come to Lake Ontario, which didn't freeze at all this winter. The melancholy mood recedes as you are welcomed by the big water of the lake.

Aren't these woods wonderful? I played with these next photos a little bit because all those branches were begging for me to highlight them somehow. The next photo I brightened up considerably and saturated more colour into it. The following photo I took out all the colour for a different effect. Is it just me, or does this remind you of Fangorn Forest in Lord of the Rings? Love it :)

Thanks for stopping by today, and I hope you enjoyed the photos. I'll lighten the mood a little with the ever present chickadees ... played with their photos too (all on the computer).

Have a great day, and thanks Soma for creating this link party.
I hope you can pop over to the Wandering Camera and see what others have contributed.


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