Friday, November 28, 2008

Back Home

We have finally got back home after spending several days in Moncton, where we visited my MIL in the hospital. The doctors have surprised us by calling a family meeting to discuss what was going to happen next. She still continues to be assessed this week and next and then if all goes well, they will allow her to return to her apartment with assisted living. We are also going to get her a lifeline for when she will be alone. She was not happy about having strangers in her home but finally agreed that if that was what it took to get back home, she would agree. DH is going to call her almost every day especially for a while and my BIL and his wife will also be around there until January at least. Big load off our minds.

Moncton did get hit by a big snowstorm last Friday and where we had only got a couple of inches here, we were surprised to see the amount of snow they had gotten. On Saturday, when we got there, even the sidewalks were not clear so people were walking on the street. Dangerous.

When we got home, part of our cove was frozen over. Today, some of the ice receded a bit but we are still partly iced up. This is early for the ice.

Tomorrow we are heading to DD's to help out on her packing. Since her DH is away, we are on call for any help we can provide. Brie will be happy to see us anyway. DD cannot tell Brie that we are coming as she gets way too excited. Brie is such a sweet little dog, we just love her.

We just heard this week that we are going to be cat sitting for our friends. This is going to be in mid-January for 11 days. This cat is way overweight and is far too spoiled, even by us. It should be fun anyway.

Just put supper in the oven so best be going. Happy belated Thanksgiving to our US Friends and everyone have a great weekend.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Hello Snow!

Yes, we are getting snow here, not as much as Moncton or Nova Scotia but we are having snow and it is windy too. So, we have decided to postpone our trip to Moncton until tomorrow.

On the right is a picture of our hairy woodpecker that visits our feeders. He is a bit bigger than our downy woodpecker but is very similar in the colouring and shape. DH took this picture the other day. This bird is very bossy and will chase any other birds away.

Some of you have asked if we live on a lake. Yes, we do live on the second biggest lake in New Brunswick. We are located in one of the coves of the lake and that is the other side of the cove that is shown in the picture. DH and I winterized what used to be our cottage, sold our big house in the suburbs of Fredericton and retired here at the lake. The only downside is that we have to drive 2 miles or over 3 km on a gravel road through the woods to get to our home. However, once you get through 2 km of woods, there are 11 year round residents and over 20 cottages situated on our side of the lake. We get to see all kinds of wild life, e.g., bobcats, bears, deer, moose, raccoons, coyotes, foxes, skunks, beavers, squirrels, groundhogs, turtles, and of course, all kinds of different birds. So you see, we live in the closest place to heaven.

We heard yesterday that my MIL in scheduled for a pacemaker. DH had one put in 4 days before Christmas last year and it has improved his health - so we are hoping that this might improve her health too. She may rally around enough yet to get back to her apartment - time will tell.

Must go help DH with some of the renovations and have my morning tea! Have a great day everyone!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Some of our Birds

Here are some of our feathered friends that come to visit us. The first picture is of a chickadee, our New Brunswick bird, which is the most polite of all our birds. It will move over for the other birds that want to feed at the same time as they. The second picture is also of the chickadee. The third picture is of a group of ducks that landed in front of our place. They are coming in groups now as they are getting ready to migrate. The other day, we saw a group of them that included over 150. What a pretty site! These pictures were taken out of our front windows. Love country living.

After seeing pictures of the snow in Nova Scotia, our neighboring Province, I am so happy we did not get all that snow. It is much too early for that. We are going to Moncton on the weekend for a few days and since they are closer to Nova Scotia than us, I hope they don't have snow there. I hate the thoughts of bringing out the snow boots.

My MIL is still in the hospital and the family has been called in by the doctors for December 5th to discuss the next steps. We were speaking with my BIL last night and he seems to think she is getting more mobile now which is great news. Hopefully, the good news will continue to come.

DH went out today to help a friend with his new business so I have the house to myself today. However, I have to do housework and I did bake a pan of brownies to take to Moncton with us. I may get a few minutes to get back to my quilting job this afternoon - hopefully.

Greetings to everyone!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Busy Days

Well, yesterday, I finally got back to work for a little while on my quilt or I should say one of my quilts. While in Moncton last week, I picked up some more material that I will be using to frame my squares. I think this will do the trick. With blues, there are so many different shades and they don't all match. Today was a different story - no time to work on my quilt.

Today, I helped DH with the framing of our new windows and putting up vapor barrier on one outside wall. I'm not a carpenter but I can hold this and that for him and feel like I am needed around here. It won't be long now before I lose all of the present cupboards. Hopefully, the new cupboards won't be too far behind as it means while I am without cupboards, I will also be without my dishwasher being hooked up and without my kitchen sink. Maybe I will lose some weight as I will have to do my dishes by hand in my downstairs set tub in the laundry room. I will just have to tell myself that it is just like it used to be when we were camping in the tent trailer years ago.

I think we will be making another trip to Moncton to visit my MIL who is still in the hospital and we have been told today, will remain there for at least another month. We are trying to relieve my BIL and his DW on the hospital visits. They live in Moncton and they go every day to visit her. Hospital visits can be very tiring on a person. Two years ago, DH was in the hospital for a full month and I went in every day to visit with him. The only good part was that because he was in the cardiac unit, he had his own room and was not feeling that bad. He was kept there so he would be able to be transferred to Saint John Hospital sooner for having stents put in. Now, I guess the waiting period to get that procedure done is a lot less as they opened up another unit to accommodate more people.

This morning I filled our two bird feeders just outside our livingroom windows. By suppertime, about 1/3 of each feeder was gone. Today, we have had purple finches, gold finches, chickadees, nuthatches, hairy woodpeckers and downy woodpeckers feeding. It was so busy at the feeders that the birds were fighting, with the nuthatches winning most of the time. It was entertaining anyway.

Tomorrow is another trip to Fredericton. DH has a therapy session for his neck pain. I guess as we get older, there are more trips to the medical facilities. However, there is nothing we can do about such things.

Enough for today! Greetings until next time!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Back Home

We are back home from a 4 day trip to Moncton to visit with my sick MIL. She has been in the hospital for over two weeks and is now being assessed to see if she will ever be able to move back into her own apartment. It sure does not look good right now. She is now walking with a walker which is better than when she went in, but I really don't see where she is ever going to be well enough to look after herself, physically and mentally. Her short term memory has deteriorated to a point where I am afraid she will not be able to keep her medication straight. It is sad to see her like that as she was always so with it before. The fact that she does not want to go anywhere but back home is not going to be easy either.

Today is sunny but much colder than it has been. We have a small brook that crosses our road in to our residence, and just a few short weeks ago, you could have crossed it with shoes on and not get wet. Well, in the last week, we have gotten so much rain that it is now almost as high as the Spring melt time.

Today was spent trying to do housework, doing the wash and doing the ironing. A woman's work is never done. DH went outside and picked up the leaves from the one last tree to let go of its leaves. Tomorrow and Friday are days going into Town for doctor's appointments - at least, this time they are all DH's appointment.

I am going to try to get back to my quilting on the weekend. That is barring any other interruptions.

Have a great day everyone!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Another Leafy Day

WooHoo! DH and I are finally done raking leaves. What a pain that is and not only having to rake them but also the muscles used to rake. OUCH! We rake all day on Monday, and by evening, I did not know how to move - I was hurting. Yesterday, we had to go to Fredericton for one of my favorite (yah) doctor's visit -gynecologist, oh Lord! The only silver lining in this visit is that it is over for another year. LOL

Today, DH and I finished the raking of the leaves and surprisingly enough, I'm not sore yet. Hope I feel fine tomorrow. So, tomorrow it is back to Fredericton for my second favorite doctor's visit - the dentist. I don't know what is up this week with all these visits. Again, the only good thing about it - if all is well tomorrow, is we are good for 6 months.

Well, we are finally getting a break on television in regards to having no more political commercials. Yahoo! Having had worked with provincial politicians for 32 years before I retired, I don't care to hear them on television. Maybe, that is the reason I took early retirement. Don't get me wrong, I did work for some really fine politicians but some of them were not so nice.

As most of you know, DD and her husband are going to be moving away in the Spring. That is going to be a shock to old mother hen here but I know that her DH is pursuing his dreams and I wish them both nothing but the best. DH and I realize that DD and her husband are starting on a new life path and we hope it will lead to a very happy life, no matter where they end up.

Enough rambling for now. Everyone, have a great evening and a great day tomorrow!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

PIF Tag Results

The results of my PIF Tag are: Suzanne, Kathy, and Alberta. I will be sending each one an item by mail in the very near future. Hope they enjoy it.

DH, DD and I have gone visiting my MIL who is sick in the Moncton hospital. She is better than last weekend but it is hard to see her so weak and in so much pain. Hopefully, they can try to control her pain while there, and maybe build up her strength. If there is any silver lining to this trip, it was that DD and Brie were able to come with DH and I. It was great to spend some time with DD and Brie, seeing that in the Spring, they will be moving to Nova Scotia. However, that is life and I know that DD's DH is really looking forward to his new career. They deserve all the best!

We have not seen our fox around here again. We either are not looking when he is here or he moved on to someplace else.

Today is nice and sunny but a bit windy and cool. At least, it is not raining or snowing.

Have a wonderful day everyone!