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Just a short Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real this week (I’m supposed to be working, shhh).  My garden continues to suffer under the vetch invasion.  The mosquitoes are terrible this year so it’s hard to want to be outside pulling weeds.  Ella has even been inside much more this summer than usual.

For some reason I always seem to forget that this rose bush is hiding under all the vetch leaves.  It’s such a Pretty full red rose.

My day lilies are finally starting to flower and that makes me very Happy.  They seem to be late flowering this year, especially compared to the wild ones.  I don’t know why these ones are so dark.  They are supposed to be tiger lilies.

And of course, another picture of my Pretty, Happy, Funny girl all excited and ready to go at the water park.  Note the ‘lazy river’-type ride behind her?  I’ve decided that is more my speed these days  :)

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Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real this week.

Our new strawberry plants are producing a nice handful of berries every few days.  Everyone gets a couple.  They are so sweet and make us all very Happy.

Why can’t you see rain in pictures?  It’s really pouring in this picture.  Ella’s very Happy.  The Real part came when she came in soaked and muddy.

This makes Daddy Happy.  Our old barn is getting torn down.  It was in really bad shape and the last few years Colin had been hoping it would get hit by lightning.

The unhappy part is the company doing the job is taking forever.  It’s been a couple of months since they started tearing it down.  Now that they have some of the tin off we have a new Real:

Picking up large pieces of ‘tin’ that keep getting blown into the soybean field.  Luckily they are light.  Hopefully the guys will get the barn torn down, it’s quite an eyesore now.

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Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real this week is a lot of Happy.

I’m Happy to be home again.  Hanging out with my Ella and enjoying these cool, sunny days before the hot and humid weather arrives.

Ella’s very Happy too.  Can you guess why?

The new batch of kittens are out and about and wandering up to the house.  As you can see the colour choices remain, black, grey stripes, hairy black and hairy grey stripes.  Makes naming them hard because you can’t tell them apart at a distance.   Pepper’s grey stripey ones have very dark backs.  Princess’ kittens (top picture) are a much lighter grey/brown, like their mom.

I don’t have a picture for the Real.  My house is a mess and I have a mountain of laundry (Mom did a great job keeping everyone fed and the dishes and eggs washed).  And a child that missed me so and doesn’t want to let me go.

Oh yeah, speaking of the lonely child, she’s also very Happy because Momma bought her this to make the election time more livable:

Ella got the Calico Critter ‘Berry Grove School’ to help keep her smiley face smiling while I was gone.

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Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real -the Ella edition

Ella is very Happy because the pool is FINALLY warm enough for her to swim.  It’s only 80F so Ella will be the only one in the pool right now.  It’s hard to believe it’s the end of May and we are just getting in the pool.  Ella’s also very happy with her new bathing suit from Children’s Place -two piece so she won’t out grow it in 2 weeks ha ha!

Yesterday Ella was REALLY miserable.  Even a swim did nothing to cheer her up.  We had to go to Renfrew to pick up the new starter for the tractor and to do groceries for June.

Guess we know why she was so miserable??  And yes, those are her fingerless gloves being used as arm warmers because she ‘didn’t need to put on a shirt under her dress’.

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This Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real finds us home again after a busy weekend in Scarborough.  Great Grandma (my Grandma) had her other hip replaced on Monday.  So Grandma (my Mom) wanted to go down.  The family always have a BBQ for Mother’s day.  We stopped by for a short visit on Friday (I made a trip to Tina’s).  Good thing we did stop because Ella came down with a cold and we weren’t able to go see Great Grandma Sunday or Monday.

Stash augmentation from Tina’s shop.  The Fortissima is for Christmas socks for Grandma.  Otherwise, most of the others are for Ella’s afghan.

Saturday I was Happy to be able to go to Floradale and the St. Jacob’s Farmers’ Market.  We left Ella with Uncle Stefan and the 3 of us girls headed out for a day trip.  The bakery in Floradale is where all our Mennonite friends do their material shopping.  The entire second floor is material!  I try to pick up a year’s worth of fabric every chance I get (just have to remember to bring cash).

The top one is for nightgowns for Ella and I.  She likes when we match.  The bottom two are for dresses  (#420A) for my friend Michelle.  There is enough of the off-white for a dress for me too.

The butterflies are for Ella -probably a jumper.  And the other one is for a jumper for me (same as Michelle’s).  It’s 100″ wide so I only needed 3m.

These four are for dresses for me.

The St. Jacob’s market had a devastating fire last fall.  Their big beautiful wood building was lost.  This year they have a giant tarp building.

Aside from being hard to heat in the late fall/winter, I actually like the tarp building better.  So bright and sunny.  Bet it’ll get crazy hot this summer.  Belinda picked up some of the summer sausage the Mennonites make .  Grandma picked up some fresh meat and I bought maple sugar and maple butter.  We had perogies and cabbage rolls for lunch. Yum!

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Just a few pictures this week for Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real.

We are all very Happy that the weather has dried up and is much warmer (spring-like).  Especially Ella

I’m happy to find nice sundresses for only $8 at Walmart.

And this one makes Momma Happy because it’s her Pretty girl in the children’s procession on Easter Sunday (she’s looking at me in the picture).

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Thought I’d share a Chickie update for Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real this week.  They sure make Ella Happy.  She goes down and checks on them multiple times a day.

They are really starting to feather out.  I like the dark wings on this little one.

The front two in this picture are turkeys.  And that’s a bit of Real, we are down to 4 turkeys  :(

Here is the real Real.

My best friend Teresa is a disabled single mother.  She also has a special needs son (he has PKU).  She tries her best to get by on the pitiful amount that Ontario pays for disability insurance.  But recently her van has died.  They live in a little village in the middle of no where.  Even groceries/prescriptions are 20 minutes away, let alone the specialist appointments for her son at CHEO in Ottawa.   On top of it all, just after Christmas Teresa suffered a blood clot in her lungs!  She’s now on blood thinners and all sorts of other medications (many of which she’s found she’s allergic to).  Her situation is so dire, that the other day she had a bleeding episode but decided to risk staying home because she didn’t have the $40 for the taxi ride back home from the hospital.

I never ask for money on this blog, but if you could help Teresa you would be doing a great thing.  And if you can’t financially help, please remember them in your prayers.  We all know the miracles prayer can work!

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I’m a bad homeschooling mom!  There I said it!  I really hate when Ella decides to get into something that makes a giant mess.  I try to steer her to crafts with minimal mess.

My wonderful Mother-in-law (and Dad) got Ella a pottery wheel.  Ella has so much fun with the wheel.  If you’ve ever done pottery on a wheel you’ll have an idea of how much splatter is involved.  Ella is just getting started in this picture.

This is my table after it’s been ‘cleaned’.  I had to wash the table twice myself to get all the clay residue off the table.  Maybe it wouldn’t stress me so much if we had a bigger house and I could keep the mess to it’s own room  :)  The mess starts again today because her flower (on right) and vase (on left) are dry and ready for painting.

But it makes my Pretty, Funny girl Happy.

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Just a short Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real this week.


My Pretty, Happy, Funny girl camping with Olivia and Boulder.  Ella used her birthday money to buy the tent from Maplelea.  They are so much more reasonably priced (and better shipping) than the American Girl site.

Here’s a Momma Selfie for the Real:

Actually, I don’t have a picture of the real Real -we are stuck in the house on this first day of spring because the yard is an absolute skating rink!  Ella got her Girl Guide cookies last night so we’re waiting for the salt to kick in to go sell cookies to the neighbours.

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Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real this week is some pictures from our trip to Toronto.

Ella’s favourite place to visit in Toronto!  Not only does Ella love the dinosaur exhibit at the Royal Ontario Museum, but right now they have a very special display.  We were very lucky to see the special treasures from China’s Forbidden City.

 Unfortunately photography wasn’t allowed in that section of the museum.

The Museum is so beautiful, this is the ceiling of one of the staircases.  Just don’t look at the monstrosity they built on the front of the building.  Luckily the rest of the building retains its Victorian style splendor.


Momma and Auntie Belinda wanted to go see the Medieval/Europe floor but Ella wanted to see the dinosaurs again.  Luckily Uncle Stefan took Ella to the dinosaurs so Auntie B and I could enjoy the other exhibit.


Everything is behind glass.  I had a really hard time getting a decent picture.  The lights caused too much reflections.  Wow, I love medieval things.  I really love the big, heavy, dark furniture with the thick ‘rope’ legs.

Sunday Uncle Stefan had a surprise for Ella.  He took us to Laser Quest!  I’ve played before when I was at university in London, but we’ve never taken Ella before.  I wasn’t sure how she would like it, it’s darkish with flashing lights and loud music.  They opened the door to the game and woosh! Ella was off!  She had so much fun.  We played two games which exhausted Momma and Uncle Stefan.

We picked up Grandma and Auntie B and headed for supper.  There is a show on the Food Network called ‘You Gotta Eat Here‘ it’s like ‘Diners, Drive-ins and Dives‘ but the host goes to Canadian restaurants.  We went to one place called Dangerous Dan’s.  It’s almost downtown Toronto in one of the rougher neighbourhoods.  I’m not sure what I thought of the place.  The burger was OK, but was pink inside and I spent the whole time worrying that we would all get sick.  In Canada we usually eat our burgers cooked through.  I know what you are thinking ‘just ask for it more well done’ -not at Dan’s.  They pride themselves on their rude attitudes and I would be afraid to send anything back.  I don’t need to be sworn/yelled at.  Ella really loved the homemade deep-fried perogies.  She loved them so much that Uncle Stefan got her another order to take home (which she nibbled on the entire trip back to the farm).  And the way the cook/owner treated the staff -made for a very unpleasant meal.  I’d be tempted to try again (my sister and BIL like it there) if we ordered the burgers better cooked and got it as take-out.

Happy perogie face!

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