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You’d have to be living under a rock to not know about the flooding going on around here.  Though if you listen to the news you would think it’s mostly in Gatineau (Quebec).  There is flooding all over the Ottawa Valley.  Pembroke and Killaloe have actually had mudslides!

The town of Renfrew hasn’t had any actual flooding yet (their big river is in a deep valley).  The river is just amazing!  That’s they Hydro Electric generating station on the left.  It usually has about a 20-30 foot drop from the building to where the river usually runs.

The museum is on the right and used to be an old mill.  Luckily there is still a bit of wall from its mill days and that’s helping to break the water before it hits the museum’s retaining wall.  It was rather scary being on the swinging bridge (just a couple of feet above the wall) with all that water roaring underneath.

This is the little community of Deacon.  Not much is there any more but this campground and the general store (the store went under water the day after we took this picture).  It’s on Golden Lake.

This is our place.

We went for a birthday canoe.  It was really windy so we stayed off the river and just paddled in the fields.  There was about 4 feet of water under us.

Not exactly the way Colin likes to check his fields in May.  But we are certainly far better off than a lot of other folks in the Valley.  Though it really needs to start drying soon or we’ll be really cash-strapped next year.  That or Mother Nature has to promise to add an extra month of summer in the fall.

The weather doesn’t slow Ella down any.  She’s been out there working on her house and baking (though no sun makes that harder).  She’s very proud of her house.

Sunday and Monday we actually got SNOW!  It doesn’t feel so bad as all that rain, but it was melting and added to the water.  Today we have this weird glow in the sky coming through the clouds???  I seem to remember something like that in the past?  I think it was called ‘the sun’  🙂

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Oh look, two weeks in a row and I remembered to make my Crafting On post!


I finished Belinda’s sweater.  Though I think I’ll wait to sew in the ends until Belinda tries it on and is happy.  This still isn’t quite the right colour, but at it’s closer than the other pictures.

I also need to get buttons, but I will definitely wait until we’re back in the city and I can get to the better Fabricland.

I’m not sure what to start on next.

I know the Crafting On group don’t really talk about books, but look what I found at Coles/Indigo the other day:

Big, thick, hard cover, $30 a book, history books.  Not only were they marked down, but they were 30% off on top of that.  The Robinson Crusoe is for school next year, it was $5.99 and 30% too.  Now I need to find some reading time.

I forgot to share our birthday pictures from the last couple weeks.

Ella and Grandma.  Hard to believe Mom is 69 this year.  It was her birthday on April 27.

Las Thursday was my birthday.  It’s hard to believe I’m 46 either.  I really don’t feel that old.

Not sure why these pictures are so grainy looking.  Usually my phone does a better job than that.

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Look!  I’m getting my Keep Calm Craft On post done on time.

Belinda’s sweater is really coming along.  AND I learned a new way to cast off -tubular.  It was easy and it doesn’t seem to want to curl, which is a real bonus for a top-down sweater.

This is Ella’s favourite.

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I keep forgetting that my new ‘Yarn Along’ day is Tuesdays.  Not that I have anything to share for Crafting On this week.  Usually a weekend in Toronto provides lots of knitting, but somehow I hurt my arm before we left for the city.  I messed up the tendons in my right arm (knitting arm).  Luckily it’s feeling much better today.  I still have to be careful stretching, but at least I can pick up most things without fear of dropping them/stabbing pain.

So instead, here’s some pictures to share.

So little.

Ah, back in the bonnet-wearing days.

Ella’s first hair cut and her ‘cheese’ face.

Ella and Great-Grandma

My Sweeties.

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Candlemas 2017

I love calling today Candlemas instead of ‘Groundhog Day’.  I don’t know why we suddenly need a rodent to tell us the weather forecast.  The old poem does a good enough job:

If Candlemas be fair and bright,
Come winter, have another flight;
If Candlemas bring clouds and rain,
Go winter, and come not again.

I belong to a Facebook group that has a lot of British/European ladies.  They are all talking about their snowdrops and such.  I headed out this morning to look for my snowdrops:

Oh, right, they are still buried under a foot of snow and it was -21 C (6 F) this morning with snow in the forecast.  But I guess that means the worst of winter is behind us?

I’m disappointed we won’t be able to go to church on Sunday.  I love the Candlemas service in Ottawa.  Ella has a skating competition on Sunday and we can’t do both with all the driving.  Hopefully next year.

We were in Ottawa doing some errands and visiting with my friend Teresa.  Came home to a surprise.  Look what Daddy bought us!!!

Took a while to convince Daisy she couldn’t catch them.  So much fun ripping around the fields.

“I want to ride too, Momma”

One worn out and chilly Ella.  Warming up in her mermaid tail that Auntie B made for her and reading her Minecraft book bought with her Christmas Chapters’ cards.

I picked up a couple of cool books too.  Ella is very excited to start the LEGO Shakespeare (she bought herself the Brick Fairy Tales and Brick Dracula/Frankenstein).  I treated myself to a beautiful, illustrated copy of The Hobbit.  My old paperback copy has seen better days.  I want to read it with Ella and I will enjoy the larger print in the new copy too.

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For Today:  5 January 2017

Happy New Year everyone!!!  I didn’t expect to take the whole Christmas holiday off from blogging, but I guess when you add up the bronchitis (Ella), chest cold (me), Christmas, Christmas in Bowmanville, and Ella’s sleepover fun the blogging just fell to the bottom of the list.


Outside my window:  sunny, snowy, and cold

The scene from yesterday.  Colin has the snow all plowed in the yard now.  But it sure looked pretty.

I am thinking:  that the colds have decided to make a second run through the house.  Ella’s cough is back and Colin’s throat is scratchy.  Boo!

I am thankful: that Colin didn’t fall off any of the roofs he was shoveling yesterday.  Also very glad we have the tractor for blowing all the snow.  It would have been terrible if we had to shovel the snow on the ground too.

I am wearing:  my purple dress with the tiered skirt and bare feet because the house is nice and warm.

I am creating: Ella needs a new scarf.  She loves the moebius style (I’ve made it since she was a baby because it was nearly impossible for her to take off).  The yarn I’m using doesn’t work for knitting that direction, so this time I’ll make it an infinity scarf.

I am reading or watching: not too much right now.  Too tired.  I’m home alone so I am getting to enjoy Holiday Inn.

I’m hoping: that we can all fight off this cold.  We need to get back to school and everything else.  We missed a lot of time in December because the student and teacher were wiped out with the cold the first time through.  We don’t need to start the new year sick.

In the garden: snow over my knees!

In my kitchen:  I should make some cookies today, but I don’t know if I will.

A favourite quote for the day:  “The best thing to hold onto in life is each other” Audrey Hepburn

One of my favourite things: Ella enjoying her Christmas presents (ignore my messy knitting corner).  Fuzzy purple pillow, foxy gloves, and Robin Hood.


Daddy and I also got Ella all set up for her archery.  She really loved it this summer at the SCA event.  Daddy has her all set up in the yard already.

No bull’s eyes yet, but she’s good at hitting the target.

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Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas!  May you all be happy and surrounded by the people you love.

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