Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Summer Stills

It is about time I fulfill that promise of an update. I had waited for some new photos from a visit with my daughter and granddaughter but they left a week ago tomorrow. Summer is moving right along and I'm trying to cram every bit into it.

Spring was cold and wet on Prince Edward Island this year and there was an extremely late start to the summer sunshine. We've had some beautiful days but none in very long of a stretch. One hardly has to water the deck flower pots and that is usually unheard of. I've had a hard time getting them dry enough so that I can add the required fertilizer.

There is always a silver lining. Vegetable gardens and farmer's fields are very lush, green and growing amazingly well. My garden has been magnificent and most I've seen are. Not having to water anything is a time saver even with the difficulty getting flowerpots fertilized. It is nice to not have dead plants from too much sunshine.

The landscape is so beautifully lush. With some exceptions, farmers don't have a lot to complain about this year. I think there will be a great harvest if we don't get a wet end of summer and autumn. Too much of a good thing is not advisable here.

Baby ducks hatched on the pond this year on the mother's first try. Usually nests are robbed a few times before a duck is successful but this year, nature was kind. The ducks are big already, which is nice for a change. You know they will be so much stronger at migration time.

My usual cre8ive/art self is on summer break. Groups, mine included, quite often disband for the summer. Some years I am inspired to stay busy but not so much this summer. I made some earrings or a necklace when I had to but have not felt particularly inspired. I am spending time in nature whenever I can and continue to walk. Walking beaches is not such a bad substitute for painting, do you not agree?. Last year at work I filled in for an injured co-worker and basically missed the summer so I am enjoying this one very much. Rain never bothers me so even rainy days I spend some time outside.

I had another reunion with the roommates from my college days - from 39 years ago. We had our first one in Moncton two years ago in August and had such a good time we had another, again in Moncton. Next time, the event is taking place here. We have a really wonderful time together and find that we haven't changed a bit as far as our old habits. I'm still the one that is early to bed and early to rise with the others staying awake late into the night. It's really fun to experience.

My daughter and newest granddaughter spent a fair amount of time on the island in the spring and one week so far this summer. I have been happily baby-sitting when I can and am really enjoying being with a six month old. This little pansy has a beautiful spirit and still smiles and laughs more often than not. My daughter was blessed with this one.

We are babysitting a cat this summer too. Alma has been here more than a month and will stay a month or two longer while my son's house is renovated. We've all gotten along very well and she has been a wonderful addition to the household. She is a lot like Clarke in her looks but she is very tiny, whereas Clarke was a regular sized male. She likes to play in the middle of the night but no one plays with her so I am hoping she will give up on us and let us sleep.

Life is grand, as it should be. I have no complaints. My children, grandchildren and I are healthy and happy. We continue to experience friends and relatives passing on, as is the way, but new babies are being born too. We welcomed a new boy into our family this week, the first that continues the family name for this generation. To be mindful of every moment and live the best I can is all I want to do. I'm having fun doing it too. What's going on with you?

Friday, June 17, 2011

Spring Update

I noticed that my last update was over three months ago. I promise to bring something soon. For now, know that I am very busy, but isn't everyone at this time of year.

I live in a really beautiful place in the world and am pleased that I enjoy every day, cold and windy as many have been. In 1976, the year I moved here, it rained every day in June. I thought I'd ruined my life by moving to some Godforsaken land but July came and we had the most beautiful summer!

Soon, I will return with the requisite doting grandmother photo and a more thorough update.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Miss Happyness

It's time to do my most important and vital job as a grandmother and show you some pictures of my granddaughter. I have not seen her in person since the week she was born but her mother regularly emails me pictures, video and makes Skype calls. Isn't she adorable? She smiled and smiled in the birthing room and has been smiling ever since. Quite unusual, I think.

These shots were taken this week. She will be two months old on Saturday. She had her check up yesterday and got immunizations. She is big, tall, still very strong, and still very smiley. Her mother is incredibly lucky to have recieved such a happy child. We will see each other in the spring but not until then unless one of wins a lottery.

Until then I listen to her nursing and chatting with her mother while my daughter and I talk on the phone every day. She gurgles, talks and tells stories, an early talker like two of my kids and my other grandchildren. Most of all I love all these smiling shots that my daughter sends every day.

Thank you, my Darling for sending the beautiful smiles that brighten each day. You are doing an awesome job with the sweet, wee one. This one's for you. Share some with my granddaughter too:

Thursday, January 27, 2011

A New Generation

I am a bit tardy with checking in as I said I would do, but I find the decision to end regular posting was the right one for the time being. I have a grueling work schedule and am okay with that but it does make a post here next to impossible.

You may have guessed by now that I have an announcement, which is as good a reason as any to get back here with an update. I have recently had the extreme pleasure at attending the birth of my third grandchild. Though I had attended births before, this was a more amazing experience as I watched my daughter become a mother.

I stayed with my daughter's new family for a week afterward to help but ended up falling in love. This new little girl has stolen my heart. Her middle name is mine and I am so honoured and proud. I find her the perfect start to a new human being.