Monday, November 30, 2020

November ~ a look back

As I write this post I am trying to recall the highlights of the month...
and it doesn't seem like there were too many.

But this I know...
we had a lot of rainbows this month.

Rainbows are a symbol of hope...
and we need that these days.

We were back under strict pandemic restrictions for most of the month...
so haven't strayed too far from home or spent much time with friends or family.
Three grandchildren celebrated birthdays this month.
Without us.
We dropped off gifts, goodies and good wishes.
Emme and Spencer are nineteen now...
two lovely young ladies that are best of friends.
Micah is eleven.

We took advantage of any fair-weather days to get outside and enjoy beauty close to home.

The trail along the river is always a favorite place to walk.

My mother and mother-in-law both passed away twenty years ago..
within a few months of each other.  
Both of them kept our family supplied with 'grandma slippers'.
That supply has long since run out and those slippers are still a favorite.
So I am crocheting slippers in the evening...
while 'watching' TV.
We'll see if they will do the trick! 

Simple pleasures are life's treasures.

There were many simple pleasures this month.
Like seeing new growth on my cactus cuttings.
 My dad had a cactus which was six feet tall and decades old...
and he really wanted us all to have a piece of it. 
He started some cuttings just weeks before he passed away...
and I started some more in hopes that we would each get a plant.
Now if I can only keep them growing!

Simple pleasures like...
watching this pair of doves that hang out in my back yard.

Or the woodpecker that feasts outside my kitchen window.

Simple pleasures like a cozy home decked out for Christmas in November...

...or listening to Christmas music by a talented young gal who is near and dear to me.

I took this photo yesterday...
the first Sunday of Advent.


May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 15:13

Sunday, November 8, 2020

October - Memories and Moments

‘My favorite colour is October.’

Especially when the sun is shining on the cranberry fields as they are being harvested down the road.

The corn harvest on our farm happened early in the month.
A representative for the seed company took some drone footage. 

Sunsets over the cornfield would soon be a distant memory.

My kitchen window ‘corn view’ disappeared by Thanksgiving. 

Sunday afternoons had us looking for a quiet places to visit.

Nearby Cheam Wetlands park always calls us back...
where all is calm. 

Our 'Covid-safe' church services have been in a barn this fall...
where we meet with our life group on Sunday mornings to watch the on-line church services together.
 It has been a treat to be together (while far apart) like this.
Who knew we would miss the connections with others so much?
We celebrated Heidi's birthday with a 'grown-ups-only' birthday dinner.
Indian food and Danish cream squares for a win.
Her choice.

The last Thursday of October was sunny and we made impromptu plans to do some exploring on our bikes in Langley.

Sendall Gardens, Nicomekl Park, Brydon Lagoon nature Trail...all new to us.

Maggie and Lucy came for a sleepover.  

We played games and baked peppernuts.  They perfected their ping pong skills.

We had so much fun!

Often we are away for Hallowe'en...but if we are home, I make up goody bags for the grands.

They came calling...dressed for the occasion.

And before the night was over...

we watched fireworks from the comfort of our car while the grands were right at 'ground zero' across the river.

Let me leave you with one parting shot of October...
the red oak tree just before the leaves set sail!

My computer has been out of commission for the last few weeks...
and now we are well into the month of November.
I'm sure there were a lot of other things that happened during the month of October.
I didn't even mention Thanksgiving...
which we celebrated 'carefully' with our family this year.
It has been a hard year...
and yet I have so much to be thankful for.
Things that I often took for granted in the past.
Feeling thankful. Grateful. Blessed!