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Baking, Cooking, Decorating, Tea Time, and taking Inspiration from those I love and the world around me...

A sharing of my heart and my home from a Christian perspective

...with a wee bit of whimsy added.

Tuesday, 21 September 2021

Summer Time Fun and Family

Give every day the chance 

to become the most 
beautiful day of your life. ~ Mark Twain

Hello my dear friends! I have had a long break with my family and I am going to update you a bit with a few pictures as well as my thoughts on the whole wonderful experience.

First of all, let me say, it has been a happy Summer compared to last year! With the exception of my youngest son and his family, everyone was home for a visit. Unfortunately, by the time they opened the US border for travellers to enter Canada, my American family was back in university and could not come. If they are able, they may try to come at Christmastime or next summer. This Christmas, will mark three years since we have had them home and come next summer, it will be almost four years. So, this mom is trying very hard to be patient and accept whatever comes which isn't easy because I miss them so much.

Love seems to be something that keeps filling up within us. The more we give away, the more we have to give. ~ Mr. Rogers

Since my west coast family has moved east to New Brunswick, we have been together several times since July. It has been such a treat; a dream come true, really! I had prayed for this move for twenty years and now they are back on the east coast, two hours from our home. If I was to elaborate on how this move all came about, you would have to admit that God was in it and orchestrated the whole thing. It truly was a miracle! Don't ever give up praying, ladies.

God is good!!

We actually spent last weekend with them at their new home. What a beautiful property they have!  We missed most of the gardens and flowers but there was still much to see and enjoy. The hydrangeas are gorgeous and there were still lots of coneflowers and dusty miller about.

You can't see it because of the corner garden, but the verandah wraps halfway around the house. In the back, they have  a gazebo and hot tub. Next year they plan to plant a vegetable garden in the back yard. 

One of the things I liked best is the fish pond. My son has twenty-seven goldfish in it. He sits out on the verandah with his coffee every morning and watches the goldfish. It relaxes him before his busy work day begins. There is a small fountain in the back pond which is very soothing to listen to when you are out there.

The side view facing the goldfish pond. 

It is a very large house with a lot of light flooding the rooms through the many windows and garden doors. Their back yard is all fenced in so their pup is free to go out whenever he wants to. 

 Our two grandsons who live in Ontario now, flew home and my, how they have grown! All the boys are taller than their dad now who is five' eleven". The youngest guy got down on his knees when he saw me, to give me a hug. That made for a lively conversation with oohs and aahs at his playfulness. He towers over his grandmother! There are pictures of that but I'm not about to share what a total shrimp I am! Let's just say, I'm delighted!

The oldest boys are twenty, seventeen, and sixteen. Two of them are still in high school.  The oldest, Cam, the one on the right who lives here on the Island, is studying to be an electrician at College. The young man on the left, Brent, plans to go into the mental health field after he graduates. These days he writes music and is in a band, therefore the long hair, which Nanny loves! The youngest boy, Jared, in the middle, is still all about football. He is the tallest of them all. He is the one who got down on his knees to give me a hug. Too cute!

I am so proud of them all! One evening we had a big family barbecue and our youngest grandson, Zach, who just turned thirteen, was feeling rather bored and left out around the older boys. So Brent borrowed his brother's car and took Zach and his little sister, Jenna-Lynn, to hunt for hermit crabs which they often did whenever they visited the Island. That trip to the beach to hunt hermit crabs, was the highlight of Zach's trip! What a sweet young man to take his little cousins to the beach! I have adorable grandchildren, don't you agree? I am exercising my Nanny bragging rights today. I hope I'm forgiven! 😍

My youngest grandchildren love their new home in NB and my one and only little granddaughter is still in All-Star cheer which is a different type of cheer that takes place outside of schools. She is quite the little athlete and has won several medals! Her older brother still takes jiu jitsu and is enjoying those competitions as well. 

My son is busy with his job and my DIL has left the nursing profession to pursue a career in teaching, which she is enjoying very much. 

This is my NB family posing in front of the Petitcodiac river.

I am a very proud mom and grandmother! I have waited quite a while for all my grandchildren to be home at the same time. What a treat!

This is my son's drum kit and guitar. 

We are a musical family and all my boys play instruments. Right now two of my grandsons also play.

My NB son is a big Philly's fan as you can see by his collection of hockey jerseys and caps. This is his shrine, so to speak.

Yes, I've had a wonderful summer. It has been beautiful for the most part. 

Autumn is upon us and the songbirds have flown, leaving the feeders free for chickadees and other birds that will be here for the winter. I wonder if our cardinal will make another appearance?

How was your summer, my friends? I'll be back soon. Happy September!

Love is not about
how many days, months, or years
you have been together. Love is
about how much 
you love each other
every single day. ~ unknown

Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi

Friday, 16 July 2021

Christmas in July

Celebrate love. It is the breath of your existence and the best of all reasons for living. ~ Author unknown 

Hello my dear friends! I hope you are all well. It has been a couple of weeks since I have posted anything and there is a reason for that which I will get into further down.

This time of year I always think of my Daddy because his birthday was on the 27th of July. He adored Christmas so this post is in memory of him. 

"Christmas isn't just an event - Love came Down and is among us! All year long, we can celebrate the Greatest Gift."DaySpring

As some of you know, my father loved the Old Country Roses pattern, so I am featuring this pretty china today.

It is summertime so I have a sparkly starfish on the table too just for the whimsy.

Most years in July, I always try to have something festive out to celebrate the season, but this year, I haven't done that. I do have my topiary lit up for the pictures though.
Tea always tastes better in a china teacup. Just a few touches makes the tea table a little more festive. Little silver birds and a pine cone nestled next to the cup, add that festive touch I'm going for.

Warm sticky date pudding is something I try to make twice a year. Most of my recipes you can find on my sidebar using "search this blog."

Do you celebrate Christmas in July? When the weather is hot, it's not easy to think about the holidays but when you snuggle into a cozy arm chair and watch the Hallmark Christmas in July movies, it is a treat just for a couple of hours.

My pictures today are borrowed from earlier posts. 

I mentioned before that I haven't posted much lately nor have I visited my blogger friends and I apologize for that. I have been ill with a nasty infection for about six weeks. Alas, I was scheduled to have my second vaccine shot in June and I had to cancel. Now I am waiting for another appointment. I have also gone back to physiotherapy twice a week. 
So, I don't have a lot of time on my hands these days. My son and his family are planning a trip over from NB in a couple of weeks and sometime soon, we hope to make a trip over there to see them and their new home. Therefore, I have decided it is best to take a blogging break until the end of the summer. We are all busy so I know you will understand.

Thank you so much for visiting. Enjoy your Summer and please stay safe out there! 
Much love to you all and I will be back soon!

Give every day the chance to become the most beautiful day of your life. ~ Mark Twain

Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi