Friday, June 24, 2022

June 24th, 2022 Friday again,....... Lunch came, and was delicious except for the green beans, - green beans and I don't hasve a fondness for each other!! The house is responding nicely to Jan's clean-up, - I am so lucky to have this service. Not that the house gets untidy like it once did when there were six children at home, and I guess that in the past, when the children were growing up, housekeeping took second place to their needs. I am not sure that my mother-in-law would not put housecleaning up a notch or two, but I remember Marnie Bomford's advice that I don't place it first - family is most important, - and I think probably her words touched my heart and meant I would never be awarded a shining star for clean corners!!! Oh well..... I don't have the excuse of six children at home now, so it is lovely to have Jan to clean every week or two..... Spring stays spring-like - we haven't hit the hot weather yet and it's a pleasure to be outside. Mainly sitting on the blue bench - I get scolded if I pull weeds, so have to do that unobtrusively...... Thanksful that the flowering plants are mostly perennial and make a nice showing without too much effort. The main thing is to keep the cutch grass from growing tall and towering above the other greenery. Steve brought a great contraption yesterday, - one that helps you get into bed istead of standing on tiptoe and swinging the legs up after the rest of your body!!! I don't know when the bed learned to communicate, but it definitely calls to me as the evenings wear on, and this makes it much easier to respond, and enjoy music and a bit of Candy Crush before the eyes close - thankfully.... I am having good thoughts about winding a new towel warp and using up all the bits and pieces of various colours, but so far it is only "thoughts' and I haven't attached the cotton to start winding. Being 97 makes it easy to procrastinate, but when you are 97 time is of the essence and procrastination should be a thing of the past..... Still, I think how lovely it would be to use up all those cones with only a bit on them and I think the reslt would be quite cheerful in the kitchen. Well, the afternoon stretches out before me, - I think the house will soon be empty and I will be able to wind to my heart's content = or my shoulders complain.

Thursday, June 09, 2022

June 9th, 2022 May went by without any acknowledgement from Daybyday, which is really too bad because it was such a lovely month...... The grass grew, the peonies started to bud and all the little red stubs in the side garden pushed their way up and opened into lovely new plants, all green and full of spring!!! I don't get out into the garden as much as I have in previous years, - too many watchful children around who think ladies in their nineties shouldn't be allowed to dig around in gardens and bend over into weed platches!!! Well, yes, - I understand all that, and I appreciate all the willing hands that take over these tasks, but oh, how I do miss those lovely early mornings when I was able to go out and see what the night had pushed through that wonderful dark rich soil!! But I am grateful for those years - my dear one and I were so lucky to have had a garden for almost all of the seventy seven years we were married, and both of us enthusiasts for green shoots..... Still, the rhubarb is growing tremendous over by the fence at the edge of the garden, and I don't dare make my waythrough all the greenery, even with a cane, and especially if there is no one else around....sigh - I guess it is inevitable to come to that for anyone who is lucky enough to explerience old age..... Anyway, I am so grateful for perennials that grow tall and shaggy and produce wonderful flowers no matter how neglectful one might be! At the moment the yellow Iris are putting on a wonderful show at the edge of the front fence, right in centre stage where I can see them at breakfast, or any other time of the day that I spend at the dining room table. And a few crocus lend colour to the flower bed.....in the hills the yellow bell rises to announce that spring is here.....
Out back the raspberries are starting to form little clusters and before long a handful will be delicious with a bowl of ice cream! In the meantime it makes my dreams, and I can gloat over the progress the berries make as they get rounder and fuller and pinker..... It is such as pleasure to sit out back where the meadow goes greener and taller and occasionally the deer come out of the grove of bushes that grow along the creek and I have such a good view of these lovely creatures..... This is an old picture, and I haven't seen this many together yet this year, but one or two are so great to watch........
I am looking forward to a drive in the hills where I might catch sight of spring flowers and hear a meadow lark sing!! When it rains, or the weather doesn't invite one to go outside, I spend time at the loom with the idea of creating a few thirsty kitchen towels out of the 8/2 cotton I have stashed away, - they will plrobably be rainbow hued as I have a great array of cones just about about one half or one quarter full. They make for a creative project......

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

April 27th, 2022 Wednesday This morning I thought I would wait (impatiently) until the sun warmed up the garden and then I would go and poke around a bit!! But the sun was traitorous, and hid behind one of the many clouds that came to cover the blue sky, - and it was so promising while I had my breakfast. Ah well, there is tomorrow, and I hear my loom clapping its treadles together as it anticipates an afternoon of weaving. I am anxious to put some seed in the ground. The sweetpeas, and some sunflower seed to cover the backfence and give some privacy while one lounges around with some iced tea, or a favourable substitutue|! What comes to mind is a cool gin for a five o'clock refresher! However, I need the pleasant offer of a ride to the garden shop before I can go and buy so many of the things that my heart desires!!!! The blue china tub that sits at the side of the front verandah, and all the pots on the backyard patio are waiting for me and my wallet to go to Don and Anna's garden shop!!!! Youngest son is a good prospect, - and willing........ Maybe tomorrow...... or the next day... (I'm sure that youngest son will read this....) In the meantime I think I will make a cup of tea and take it in to sit beside the loom while I weave a bit.....

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

April 26h, 2022 While having afternoon tea and listening to Leon Redbone and his rendition of old songs and new songs in his lovely languid way I reached behind me and took from the 'library' shelf a book of poems by Ogden Nash, - a book that was one of my contributions to our newly married library collection (it was rather sparse). However, knowing that the book came from my shelves before we were married in 1945 will give you some idea of how long I have cherished Ogden Nash ...how much this book represents pleasant times as well as olden times. And in the book I opened it to these words about the month of May, that is about to spring upon us... Do you hanker for April showers, Or a rarified day in June? Give me a grade A May day, And please deliver it soon. I am weary of branches naked, Creaking like lovelorn cats; The earth underfoot half baked, And the sun overhead ersatz Send me a balmy zephy To play me a rigadoon, And I'll gulp of my grade A May Day Till my hiccups hammer the moon. Leon Redbone and Ogden Nash - those two names will probably be enough to indicate my less than serious reading and listening habits....

Monday, April 25, 2022

April 25th, 2022 This is a special day for me - an anniversary. Seventy-nine years ago that I met my husband, - my beloved. It was an Easter Sunday, and after attending to my Sunday School class, my friend Norma and I had gathered together frying pans and pork chops and niblets to enhance a hike by the North Saskachewan river. Ah, little did I know that my whole life would be enhanced by the lovely airman we met that day! At the time Charles had been posted to the ITS training station, located on the University grounds. He had decided this Easter Sunday that he would stroll along the banks of the river, little knowing that a lifetime of commitment awaited him..... What a lovely day!!!! I was entranced, and looked forward to the date we made to 'go to the movies' the following Friday..... In a few weeks he moved on with his training as an RCAF pilot, being stationed in southern Alberta, - but it wasn't far enough away that he wasn't able to spend leaves in Edmonton and correspond on a daily basis. My letters to him bore the initials MAMRLH - which translated meant 'my airman's mail, rush like hell'. Shortly after Christmas that year he was posted overseas for training on heavy bombers and I have a box of blue airmails that bring back wonderful memories of a newly found and permanent love....we were married eleven days after he landed back in Canada in May of 1945. It is almost ten years since death parted us from this earthly life together. but I look around and find his pictures surrounding my desk in four different places, - his lovely, quirky smile. It fills my heart.....

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

April 12th - Tuesday Lovely day, - wonderful invitation from blue sky and sunshine - 'come and join us' I know that if I slip out the back door and around the corner of the house I will find a beautiful clutch of daffodils in bloom, - they were ready to pop a few days ago. Everything else is growing like mad and one never knows what might have pushed their little green stubs through the earth since the last time you looked. I feel erxtremely lucky that I have reached the age of ninety seven and still have a back garden and a shady spot where I can go out and enjoy the greenery - the leaves coming out on the trees along the creek bed and the occasional deer that pops out to enjoy the meadow. I don't do a lot of travelling these days so it is particularly lovely that I live in such a nice spot, and the occasional drive through the valley is something to be treasured.... I plan a morning outdoors. Bruce, the dog, will welcome that too - would love to take the cat with me as well, but she is too agile about climbing fences and jumping down the lane!!!! The leaves on the tree outside my window are getting larger and greener every day, and the bloom on the neighbour's apricot tree make me yearn for a trip down the valley soon, when the apples will be in bloom as well. Did I say that before? Well,. if I did I'm not surprised, - it is a thought that is often with me. I will let you know if this yearning materializes.....

Thursday, March 31, 2022

March 31st, 2022 Time to say 'goodbye' - thanks to March and the days that carry us forth into Spring -how delightful anticipation is!!! As I look back on my life what a great part "anticipation" has played Probably the greatest bit of anticipation that made such a difference in my life was the anticipation of the War being over, and my love returning to 'walk the aisle' with me! But then there is also the anticipation of children arriving - sweet babies to keep you up nights and later to add so much love to your family life.... Right now I look out my window where the teasels once hung and discover that in these last days of March they have fallen to the ground and left in their place those lovely leaf buds of spring. There is one lone daffodil outside the front fence - I haven't been out yet today to look for dandelions but I know that the peony buds have sent up ever growing swards of greenery and by the 24th of May the garden will be awash with those lovely adventuresome blossoms. The grass grows greener and longer and the lawn is dotted with violets. My daughter's lawn is not dotted with violets, but covered and perfumed with those lovely spring flowers. I trust that the lawn mower will grant them some time to bloom before it is time to trim the grass. I see out my window a small house-hunting sparrow inspecting the nest that nestles in the crook of the newly budded tree that is shedding all its tensils and preparing a safe and shaded spot to bring up the young.... Well, to get back to the business of 'anticipation' - right now I am anticipating a sunny afternoon and an hour or so with a book and a glass of coolness. Of course it is March, and one cannot rely on the weather staying the same, and it is quite likely that by the time I am ready to relax in the springtime sun all the clouds will have gathered and the sun will be having an after lunch nap.... Here's to April and all it's lovely delights....including the nice lunch youngest son fetched up in the kitchen!!!