Monday 31 December 2018

Frogpond Photos

What a month it has been for weather. The frogpond has been interesting to watch. Rain, snow, sleet, and hail! The water levels are really high. This is good, as it means the critters are protected. We lost all of our snow Dec. 28th, in a melt, then it snowed the 30th. It's perfect for skating!

Dec. 14 


Dec. 15 


 Dec. 21 


 Dec. 22 

This is the meadow!

After 6 cm of snow...


 Dec. 24 – a white Christmas

Dec. 30 – rain and hail on the 28th

Sunday 30 December 2018

Back home, safe and sound!

Dec. 25th we went into the city.Christmas Day in YOW It was fun. My Birthday Bash the 26th was amazeballs.
Our hotel room. Farewell. On the 27th we packed,

popped over to the house, and had a last visit. Jess and family were off to Montreal for a few days. They leave this morning to go back to Vancouver. Bryony will be crawling soon!

Dec. 27

For the third day in a row, Bryony and I were wearing the same colours!

Daisy was still in the cat hotel. Plan A was to take her in for 5 days, then, plan B was for a full week (their holiday minimum). Plan C is to leave her there for 2 weeks. We still haven't made progress, or a decision. We discussed picking Daisy up early (Thursday, Dec. 27th) on our way home. The cat hotel offered to open, even though they'd been closed for Christmas, due to the freezing rain we anticipated on Friday. We went to plan C.

Happily, she is taking her pills. Cassandra is a whiz. They post photos of the cats on their webpage. Good to know she is doing OK.


I'd picked up the SD cards on our way into the city, and processed them at the hotel. The coyote was startled by the light!

Bambi isn't so shy around the camera.

 A fox!

I like the sign. It's for a new development. "No trespassing" with coyote tracks in the snow!

At home, I filled the bird feeders, collected the SD cards from the trailcams, unpacked, did the litter boxes, cleaned the fish tanks, and I was all caught up!
The deer have been nibbling on my garden! It's been pretty cold.

All our snow is gone in the past few days.

Saturday 29 December 2018

A Birthday Bash

Christmas. The fun continued! We played and visited Christmas Day. Mightily entertained by Cluny.

December 26th

Breakfast in the hotel. (It is included!) Then, off to Caitlin's house.

We did lots of visiting. With six adults, and four children, we had much fun. Grampa went back to the hotel for a nap in the afternoon. The dads and the 2 middle cousins went out to play. Josephine grabbed my camera. She took the first three through the window.

The moms, Gramma, and youngest and oldest cousins stayed indoors. Jos took some fine photos. We had so much fun. Bryony can stand, and is about to crawl, but she'll almost walk, if you hold her hands.

Caitlin and three of the cousins disappeared into the kitchen, and the door was closed. Jos secretly took a photo with my camera. Cluny roared out, and proudly told her mom, "I put icing on the cake!" No surprises here! I knew something was up. Jos took a photo.

Much of the day was spent doing Lego. The kids, as well as Momma.


Also, we played with Izzy's new Boxer Robot. It is amazing! It comes with these cards, which it scans, and does what the card says to do. It has a soccer ball. It will hunt around for it and kick it. It chats to you, in robot language.

Papa printed off a track, which Boxer will follow.

Work continued on the crossword puzzle. By now, it was a group effort.

My family!

After dinner (my favourite: spaghetti carbonara), the cake. My dear daughter built me a cock-eyed cake. (Remember Peg Bracken's I Hate To Cook cookbook? No dairy, yeast or eggs!)

Me, with my granddaughters! All FOUR. In one room! Some were dressed, others, not!!! I had bought myself a new dress for $20 at a local 2nd hand shop. I paired it with black tights.

Here are the girls! Josee, Bryony, Caitlin, me, Stacie, Cluny and Isabelle!