Sunday Sevens – Week 84

Hello and welcome to Sunday Sevens on MonTuesday.

sunday-sevens-new-logoSunday Sevens, devised by the lovely Natalie over at Threads and Bobbins, is a great way to share your week (or a couple of weeks…) by posting photos that don’t necessarily call for a whole post of their own. Check it out to see how you can join in.

Spring is springing!

IMG_6760In spite of some still chilly evenings, I do believe spring is finally here! Tender beginnings on the first front yard tree to bloom.


This is the one I’ve been waiting for so anxiously. You may remember its scary dormant state, a far cry from this brilliant green becoming fuller each day.

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And what in the world are these things? They look like some sort of alien landscape, and will be about 2 feet high in a few days. Not a fan.

Walking around the neighborhood


Clearest, bluest skies imaginable!


Does anyone recognize these? Mom picked one up, waved it at me, and chanted “Obbly obbly onker….my first conker!” Had I reacted properly, we’d have had a little conker (sword) fight on the curb.


Our City likes to jazz up the mundane. Here is a traffic signal all decked out.

Are you talking to me?


Unless it’s a call to dinner, Ms Freida prefers to be uninterrupted.

Lake Ontario shoreside


We took mom for a ride/walk out in the sunshine. This old place has been around since over 70 years, and hubby went there as a kid for “hots”, which is the local way of saying hot dogs. We sat outdoors at old picnic table and enjoyed a hot, for old time’s sake.

Ready for 5K


Nazareth College hosted a 5k run/walk for charity. We were walking for Gigi’s Playhouse, which is a soon-to-be-built facility for people with Down Syndrome. A worthy cause, a lot of fleet-footed runners and not-so-fleet-footed walkers, a gorgeous campus, and a glorious day!

New digs


Believe it or not, my new (temporary) sewing room is seeing some action! My machine was relocated from the dining table to a corner of the laundry room upstairs. It sits on one utility table, and two raised utility tables are cinched together for a cutting/folding table. Happy stitching to me.

Getting out the vote


Our polling place for the presidential primary is at a neighborhood elementary school. Since school was in session, there was an official door-opener, and she didn’t appreciate me taking a photo, so this was hastily snapped.


That’s all for today, gang. Hope your week is most marvelous!







Photo Challenge – Reflection

This week’s Photo Challenge was REFLECTION, and it was surprisingly challenging. It took some searching to find the “perfect” reflection. As I delved back into my photo archives I found this photo of my husband. We were on our honeymoon in New York City, getting ready for take-off on a helicopter tour of Manhattan. Sitting across from my hubby, I took this photo (he was giving me a “thumbs up”) and there I am, REFLECTED in his sunglasses! That’s me in the white jacket in both lenses, the other passenger was taking video from his window. What a magnificent tour it was, albeit short, and a grand memory to REFLECT upon.

IMG_1011 (3)Another grand memory was our Atlantic crossing. The featured REFLECTION photo here is the view from our deck on the Queen Mary.

Thanks to the lovely creators of this challenge:

Cathy from Nanacathydotcom

Jane from Rainbowjunkiecorner

Melissa from The Aran Artisan

Sandra from Wild Daffodil



Photo Challenge – Path

This week’s photo challenge prompt is PATH. I’ve long fancied a path in my backyard leading to a garden, or perhaps a deck.

The home we bought two years ago has a path in the tiny backyard – quite possibly the most useless path ever built. It begins in the middle of the yard about 30 feet from the house, is about 4 feet long, and leads to a diamond, ending about 6 feet from the back fence. It looks rather like an arrow pointing to nowhere! Perhaps the former owner envisioned a shady secret garden effect…cropped IMG_6729

After letting the garden “be itself” last summer our plan is now to uproot the most of the unruly vegetation, carry the path to a new raised flower or vegetable bed at the fence, fill in the sparse lawn, and reuse the patio pavers to build a small deck at the back door.

A much nicer path is shown in the feature image, taken during a lovely stroll along the Brecon Canal.

Thanks to the lovely creators of this challenge:

Cathy from Nanacathydotcom

Jane from Rainbowjunkiecorner

Melissa from The Aran Artisan

Sandra from Wild Daffodil

Sunday Sevens – Week 82

Hello everyone and welcome to this installation of Sunday Sevens, created by the lovely Natalie over at Threads and Bobbins. For any who may not know, the Sevens are a means of posting bits from your week that may not warrant a whole post. Pop on in to Threads and Bobbins and check it out. You may want to join in!sunday-sevens-new-logoLast week seemed to just fly by, so here are a few photos to see what was happening in my little world.

Mama’s 90th birthday dinner No. 1


Dinner for the three of us at The Old Toad, classic British pub.


Steak and mushroom pie for hubby, fish and chips for mom, and curry chickpea burger, for me. (yes, there is a bite – nearly forgot to take photos!)

Birthday dinner No. 2


Brother and sister-in-law came over for a yummy dinner of tenderloin and roasted potatoes, with even yummier carrot cake for dessert (this time I totally forgot the photos). After dinner, this is all that remained. Oh my!

First knitting project for mama


We have a lovely “nearly” family member who plays for her high school soccer team. Won’t this be a pretty little jacket done up in school colors (when we find out what those colors are) for chilly soccer evenings?

Next project for me


A new “little project” to keep me going. (BTW, post coming up with recently completed little projects.)

When spring finally arrives…


…we are ready to get the flower beds all spruced up.

Special visitors

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I just love it when my cardinal couple graces my gardens; Mrs is such a delicate brown and pink, and Mr is a brilliant reddish-orange.

Reading material

IMG_6610Just starting Dying in the Wool, which I picked up at the library. My sister-in-law loaned me Fall of Giants, book 1 of 3. She said it took months for her to read the series!

Pure silliness



We recently watched Bride of Frankenstein, and followed that with Young Frankenstein. Mel Brooks was certainly a genius! Such funny stuff. We were inspired to update our face book profile photos. Yikes!

That’s all folks! Till next Sunday, here’s wishing you a most enjoyable week.

Photo Challenge – Secret

This week’s Photo Challenge topic is SECRET. How juicy! What shall I reveal? What can I reveal? Why, nothing, of course, or it’s no longer a secret. I do have a cute little SECRET story , though.

My parents divorced when I was just a baby. They each remarried and had new families. I was fortunate to have parents and step parents who were civil, treated each other well, and never spoke ill of any of the other extended family.

I remember the time when my stepmother, a tiny, beautiful, feisty Latin woman came to our home to share one of her favorite Mexican dishes with my tiny, beautiful, reserved Welsh mother. This was her SECRET recipe for Chile Rellenos. My mother typed the recipe and placed it not in her main recipe box, but in a SECRET location. More than once I inquired about the recipe, and was denied, even after both my dad and stepmom had passed away. Any SECRET is safe with my mother!

As mama prepared to move in with us, I copied some of her recipes for her and happened upon the SECRET Chile Rellenos recipe! I’ve yet to make it, but do plan to very soon.

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The old recipe card is rather the worse for wear, but I think Sally would be very pleased to know we are still enjoying her dish, and that her SECRET was never divulged.


Thanks to the lovely creators of this challenge:

Cathy from Nanacathydotcom

Jane from Rainbowjunkiecorner

Melissa from The Aran Artisan

Sandra from Wild Daffodil

Sunday Sevens – Week 81

Hi all, it’s that time again…Sunday Sevens, which is the invention of Natalie over at Threads and Bobbins, and keeps a few of us (well, me) blogging while sewing posts are slim. You might want to join us in the Sevens, it’s fun and easy; pop over to her blog and check out the rules (or lack thereof).

I’ve taken a few photos over the last couple of weeks, and here they are:

Over the Top Easter Goodies


We were overcome by the immense variety at our local chocolatiers (not to mention the mile-long line) and came home with a sampling. The little marzipan pig reminded mama of her childhood Easter baskets.



A recent blog discussion on the inferior quality of American chocolate (I tend to agree) included the mention of Cadbury Flake. I happened upon some of these bars at in import store and picked one up. Thoughtlessly I tossed the wrapper, so I don’t know if this an American version or truly an import from the UK, but I was sadly unimpressed.

On Baby Watch


At the bend of the gutter next to the brick post, you can see a nest. A little brown mama bird has been adding to it recently, so we should have a passel of wide open, tiny mouths very soon.



Daffodils! Or….are they Narcissus? They seem too small to be my hoped-for Daffodils, but they are all yellow, so maybe?

It’s Spring! Just kidding.


It’s April 3, and this is what I awoke to this morning. And just a couple of hours later…


…sunshine! But still oh, so cold! And every few minutes the clouds would obliterate the sunshine…mama was having quite the time reading the newspaper with the “lights” going on and off all day.

Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme


And bay leaves and carrots and celery and onion and turkey. Making soup from Easter dinner. I had to save the wishbone, just like in the old days.

Line Up

chairs_IMG_6562My hubby likes to arrange things. These old chairs, which have wintered indoors, are moving downstairs and out  to the front porch. Right now they look like a time-out spot for naughty little children, don’t they?

That’s it for now, wishing you all a most wonderful week!



Photo Challenge – Friends

IMG_5360The photo challenge topic of the week is FRIENDS.

We have two cats. They love each other – they hate each other. We had Frieda first and later obtained Jasmine for her because we thought she was lonely. Frieda was not impressed.

The pecking order is firmly established: Frieda rules the roost, and Jasmine often hides in the outskirts. They squabble over laps, stalk each other, Frieda attacks; but they eat together, lie in sunny spots together, and when it’s cold, they sleep together in a big furry clump.

In this picture from last fall, they share the window sill (as they often do), facing away from one another, but touching bottoms. So, although I can’t be certain, it seems this love-hate relationship equals a friendship of their own feline fashion.

Thanks to the lovely creators of this challenge:

Cathy from Nanacathydotcom

Jane from Rainbowjunkiecorner

Melissa from The Aran Artisan

Sandra from Wild Daffodil