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July 30, 2019
Elk in the Hay Field... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

Last evening the Elk herd

came down from the timber...

Their spring calves 

could not jump over the fence,

so are waiting for them in the top left 

of this photo above.

These images were taken through the

living room window, so aren't the best quality.

If you double click them, they will enlarge.

There is a Blue Heron sitting in a tree

along the river watching the elk graze...

There are 5 elk cows with their yearling calves

in the hay field...

and their new spring calves 

on the other side of the fence.

The sun was setting ...

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July 21, 2019
Healing Powers of Nature from Kim Hanson Quilts

Good morning everyone. It’s always so lovely when you drop by.

I’ve noticed that when I’m surrounded by nature, I feel better…instantly. The pine trees, large grassy areas and the lake always, always, always make me take a deep breath and let go of the stress. Lately, though, I’ve been wondering why that is.

I was watching an old TV series on Netflix the other day called Rectify. The main character, Daniel, is a guy who was wrongly accused and spent time in prison. When he gets out into the light of day, he struggles ...

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July 13, 2019
Cranky But Happy (!) from Canadian Needle Nana

Truth be told, I am feeling a little tired and cranky this morning.  Too hot as well which may be the source of my problem.  A couple of weeks of heat and humidity that has driven us to turn on the air conditioning later in the day might be the source...the ceiling fans in every room just can't keep up and I've rediscovered that unless you are directly under them, they don't cool you off. I have a wide range of tolerance for heat and cold so if I'm feeling it, then I know it ...

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May 29, 2019
Stitching Two Kind of Baskets from Canadian Needle Nana

Ontario's provincial flower is in bloom and it is lovely. The white trillium.  It is the state wildflower for Ohio. It is also called wood lily and snow lily.

 Though it blooms for several weeks, it doesn't hold up for an indoor bouquet sadly. But it is wonderful to see them dotting the forest floor.
The sky lately...our weatherman said this would be wonderful weather we are having...if it were November!
Today, Sunday, there is more warmth flowing between the sky and the ground it seems. The breezes are not making me shiver, so maybe we ...

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May 12, 2019
Tulips in Cloth for Spring from Canadian Needle Nana

Mother's Love

Happy Mother's Day to all celebrating! There is no doubt becoming a mother is one of the great enterprises of life.  And if all works out, a lifelong journey at that.
I really liked this little poster that a friend circulated on Facebook.

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Wearing his summer coat, here is the rabbit we think overwintered in the backyard. We see this fellow sometimes on the trail closest to the house.  I took this photo from a great distance and you can see he is lifting his nose and getting a smell-perhaps me. He immediately turned and hopped away.

And here ...

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May 5, 2019
Silent Sunday from The Inbox jaunt

The post Silent Sunday appeared first on Lori Kennedy Quilts.

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May 3, 2019
Sweets, Wet Spring, Scrap Busting from Canadian Needle Nana

Our colder weather warnings have turned to wetter ones.  Yesterday was horrid with threats of snow, snow pellets, freezing rain and then rain.  This greatly added to the burden of those suffering floods in parts of Ottawa. What is happening along the Ottawa River where waterfront mansions as well as the humble homes of earlier homeowners there being equally affected by the flooding reminded me of a line in a poem. Something about dwelling in cots and with the wonder that is the internet I found this...Whatever course of life great Jove allots, whether you sit on thrones or ...

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April 4, 2019
A Spring "Egg"stravaganza! from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

Signs of spring are everywhere here in Germany! When I (Kara) came home from the Academy of Appliqué, blooms of all kinds were just starting to peek through. Now, after a few weeks back, spring is here in full force. Daffodils and tulips are everywhere, primroses are emerging from the leaves in the forest, and the fruit trees are ready to burst forth with their glorious blossoms!

Spring and Easter are well celebrated in Germany. There is a Fruhlingsfest or Springfest, and there are even Easter markets similar to the beloved Christmas markets. While I have not been to an ...

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March 25, 2019
Reinventing the Basket from Canadian Needle Nana

This would be a good day for the Kitchen Drawer Police to visit me.  I spent my domestic pursuit time today cleaning out the four big drawers beside the sink.  How does it ever seem a good idea to keep take-out packets of soya sauce there?  Or pens, or rubber bands, old toothpicks, plastic spoons, or coasters. When I have perfectly good designated areas for all that stuff.  In a hurry, I guess.  But in retirement should I ever be in that big a hurry.

Another thing I did was make Hubby a cake.  Honestly we are still celebrating his ...

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March 23, 2019
Elk... from May Your Bobbin Always Be Full

The elk usually come down from the timber

in the evening...

then eat all night long in the hay fields...

today, they came down in the morning

and spent the entire day browsing...

This is the view out our living room window...

they are really something to see!

Their calves will be born late Spring.

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May Your Bobbin Always Be Full,

LuAnn Kessi

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March 22, 2019
Ugly Stitching, Pretty Purchases and Wool from Canadian Needle Nana

St.Patrick's Day is behind us and Easter lies just ahead.  The season is definitely shifting. The light is more luminous and the strengthening sun is working its magic on ice and snow.

One of the red squirrels who has kept us company all winter long..
 Melting is a good word usually...but this has been happening.  All the built up snow and ice on the roof is letting go and breaking the metal snow guards, sometimes completely off.  Sounds like we are being bombed when it happens. It is so bizarre; I don't know if this is ...

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March 17, 2019
Week 11 of 2019: Stitching and Destashing from Life In Pieces

Weekends at the end of rush around weeks are so nice.  My big work project for the year had things due this week, those got checked off the list on Friday.  My Guy spent his week overseeing the 5th grade science demos for 16 elementary schools (850 students).  I worked both the morning and afternoon sessions on Thursday, then helped with break down and clean up. The demos are a lot of fun, but it was a mental work out keeping the larger groups engaged and out of trouble during my demonstration. How the teachers handle a class of 26 ...

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March 13, 2019
Fox and Owl, Lilies and Milkman from Canadian Needle Nana

I wonder how the early pioneers did it for we are not long from those times here in Ontario. Their marks of old stones for fences zig zag through this property still.  Their triumph over nature in the true sense of the phrase puts our complaining about winter weather- a snow storm today, into perspective especially when I read detailed accounts of their agonizing experiences settling Lanark county.

As  you may know we are surrounded by woods here and this allows us to get up close to nature.  Here is an instance that was very close.
 I glanced out the ...

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January 1, 2019
Enrolled in Finishing school from Canadian Needle Nana

"Wisdom comes with winters," said Oscar Wilde.

Here I am another winter on my hands and hopeful the wisdom continues to mount, LOL.
Frozen over now, we walk across the wet land area and I think of the frogs that caused such a racket there all spring and summer. How deep in the mud have they had to sink to survive this, I wonder.

Taken at our pond at the height of last summer before Miss Heron sauntered through!
There is a lot of sharpness in the woods...all the trees deleafed and all their bits sticking out. Hubby leading ...

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November 4, 2018
Extraordinary Wildlife and Autumn Color from From My Carolina Home

Sometimes something extraordinary happens here, and very rarely do I get to photograph it, but this day was special.  Long time readers will know about the wild turkey we call Clarence, and how he comes by every few days for a handout.  His cluck-purr is wonderful to hear, and he preens a bit for us to get a few bites of whole grain bread.  On this day, I noticed him in the meadow through the kitchen window as I was cleaning up, and there was another visitor with him.

November Wildlife at FromMyCarolinaHome

I grabbed the camera to get some pictures, realizing with the ...

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October 19, 2018
October in the Garden with Wildlife from From My Carolina Home

In the garden, there is much to do this time of year.  There is ongoing clean up with falling leaves, and some plants need to be dug and stored.   The flower beds will get a covering of mulch, making sure to keep the rhizomes of the irises clear. If you compost plant materials, this is a great time to add to your bins.  October is also the ideal time for planting bulbs for color next spring.  If you plant by the moon cycles, this weekend (19th-21st) is the most favorable for planting above ground crops, which I assume would include ...

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October 16, 2018
New Sewing Room from Thread Head

I am still unpacking but I sewed my first seam in my new sewing room today! Fixing a pillow case, but so nice to sew.
The house is slowing all coming together, it is lovely here!

We have been seeing lots of wildlife - we have seen a duck, a heron and a pelican on the pond.


These three photos were taken on my son's trail camera set up at the pond -

This last one is a bit gruesome but a real surprise to see, it was taken last night.

All the best!♥︎

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September 30, 2018
September Wildlife from From My Carolina Home

Wildlife at our place has been prolific lately, with what seems to be autumn migrations in full swing.  I was very surprised one rainy morning to open the curtains and find 14 female turkeys in the front yard.  A large flock like this had two males with them last year, but this group was all girls.  I stepped outside with a slice of bread to see if they would like a bite.  Only two were brave enough to come up and see what I was offering.  They ate all the bites I gave them while the others just kept an ...

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September 24, 2018
weekend wanderings . . . from Count it *all* JOY!

Busy weekends and busier weeks (gearing up for our annual meeting at work) make for longer gaps between posts.  But I am pleased to note that I've surpassed last year's number of posts by five, with this post.  It's the little things, right??!

Todd and I did make time to take the boat out this past Friday. It was the first time I'd been out on our boat since prior to the surgery. I'd missed it ... but I was a little anxious about it, too.  Turns out I had nothing to worry about . . . except how ...

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August 17, 2018
Cute little Quokka from Romany Quilting

When is a rat not a rat?  When it is a quokka.  And what is a quokka, you may well ask?  A quokka is a marsupial the size of a hare or domestic cat, and as with other marsupials, such as the kangaroo and wallaby, the females suckle their young in a pouch. Rottnest Island, off the coast of Perth, Australia, has quokkas galore.  Rottnest Island was named by Dutch explorer William de Vlamingh in 1696, meaning rats nest, mistaking the quokkas for huge rats.   It wasn’t long before we saw our first quokka, there were plenty around the ...

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