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Tuesday, May 31, 2011


***For any of our voters, a quick reminder that you can only vote for ONE photograph in the contests please. Every now and then someone votes for more than one, which just happened in the last contest. Someone voted for 4 photos and we had to throw their vote away as we didn't know which ONE photo to put their vote toward.*** :-(

Okay on to this contest! :-) This month's theme is "Kitchenware". If you'd like to participate in the voting please go on over to Stardom Awaits! and place your vote. The voting will be open for approximately 2 weeks, and the winner(s) announced then.

Thank you! And best of luck to our entrants!


Monday, May 23, 2011


Under the protection of our big May Day tree in the back yard, I gleefully took this shot this morning. Yes it's dark and gloomy looking. Yes the sun is hidden somewhere behind all of those rain clouds. So many people here would disagree with me on this, especially being the last day of a long weekend here in Canada, but I am LOVING the fact that we are finally getting an entire rainy day. We really need this.

Our rain barrels which hubby got set up a few weeks ago are finally getting some water in them today. This saves us beacoup bucks come lawn and flower watering time in the heat of the summer, not to mention our province is so dry right now and wildfires have been running amok. Dangerously so, if you've followed at all the loss of almost an entire town north of us, Slave Lake, due to wildfires.

Seeing the rain hitting my "just blooming" lilacs made me smile, literally. I love these flowers and without some sunshine AND rainfall our plants won't do well. And with the price of utilities (like water) these days, all the sun and rain Heaven can give us is a blessing.

Our weather this long weekend has actually been very nice. Too damn hot in the house, but not sweltering like it can get in summer. Still, it was nice outdoors (for those who weren't too sick to go anywhere, like moi) and I'm sure everyone got their share of fresh air activities over Saturday and Sunday, even if only around a barbeque or a fire pit.

I haven't been out of the house since last Wednesday after work, when I started getting sick with a very bad head cold. So getting out today even if it was just to go grocery shopping, was nice and refreshing with some rain falling. :-)

And seeing as I was too sick to go anywhere over the weekend (hubby was going to take me out somewhere nice for an Anniversary dinner), he also took me for lunch today.

Today is a great day to get out and give the lawns some fertilizer and let the rain soak it in, which is exactly what hubby did this morning. Even after all of that snow we had melting everywhere in Apirl, by now it's apparent how dry things became after some horrendously windy days. There are yellow patches everywhere, so this soaking is a good thing.

I just hope that this rain is also falling north of us where it's really needed too. Between Slave Lake Fire and Joplin, Missouri Tornado, I'm feeling very blessed to have what we do.

So say what you will, we here in Edmonton don't have it so bad, we're very lucky, rainy long weekend Monday holiday and all!

I hope all is well with you, wherever you are. Take good care of each other!

Love Jude

Friday, May 20, 2011


It's that time of year again, where our flowering trees and shrubs are starting to bud. This is our MayDay tree out back, and unfortunately due to being diseased quite badly we're probably going to have to chop it down in the next year or two. Sad, because it's so pretty, and the scent is delicious when in flower!

Also just starting to flower are our Flowering Plums, and Lilacs. Within the next week or two the Lilacs should be in full bloom and smelling lovely.

Here in Canada it is the Victoria Day long weekend for us. It is also the weekend that my hubby and I celebrate our wedding anniversary, this being our 14th. Also, today sister Pammie took off work, and she and I were supposed to go on a photo shoot somewhere outdoors. But somehow I managed to come down with a horrific head cold and I'm too sick to go anywhere. I was so mad! LOL Ah well, Pammie enjoyed her day off at home just relaxing, and hopefully we'll be able to get out somewhere soon.

This is our Cherry tree out front. This will get completely white with flowers pretty quick! Being so under the weather is why the only pictures I have to share with you today are taken from my windows. Too sick to get dressed and go outside. Besides, that sun would have roasted me.

It's only still May and already it's too hot in the house. When it gets to mid 70's in here I'm sweating and starting to feel like I'm wilting, LOL! When I get this posted I'm heading for my rocker and a little fan blowing on me. Aaaahhhhhh....

Have a good weekend everyone. I wish all my Canadian friends a great Victoria Day weekend! Stay safe!

Love Jude

Friday, May 13, 2011


Congratulations to Kadee and Fullmoondolphin for winning and runner up shots, great job!

We've had some positive feeback on the new way of doing things over there, and we greatly appreciate all the people who participate in the voting. Thank you!

Up next at the end of this month, "Kitchenware". Stay tuned!

Friday, May 06, 2011


After having gotten used to a 6 foot pile of snow on the front lawn (not to mention a 7 foot pile out back), seeing the lawn and gardens again is quite refreshing.

Hubby has been working a lot of overtime of late so it was all he could do to finally get outside the other night and at least rake the yards. The actual gardening will most likely have to wait until his vacation next month, but for now at least it looks tidy out there again.

Yesterday evening I saw a rabbit that was still pretty much still all white, but this morning I see a brown one (almost entirely) snoozing in our front garden. They sure love our house!

It has been nice to have a lot of sunshine and warm temperatures. With the exception of a little sprinkle the other day we haven't had any rain and we really could use some to clean and freshen things up.

For my birthday last week my sis Pammie bought me some roses, aren't they a pretty colour? If it wasn't for her I'd never get flowers, LOL!

I had a lovely family birthday party at my sis Brenda's last weekend. The company was fabulous as always, and so was the food. She made a chicken dish that was TO DIE FOR...... chicken breasts in an Apricot/Romano Cheese sauce, with coleslaw and home-made biscuits. And an assortment of cheesecake slices for dessert. Yum!

I got a book and 2 more gift cards to my favourite clothing store, and I'll be using them up for sure. Thanks family and hubby!! xoxoxox

Whenever my birthday comes around it's actually like a birthday "month", as I also have get-togethers with friends.

I've been out a couple of times for dinner and visits, and in 2 weeks I'll be taken out by my best friend Michele and another friend. Looking forward to that!

I hope the spring weather is lovely wherever you are. Take good care of each other!


If you haven't yet had a chance to do so, head on over to Stardom Awaits! to check out our new format and place your vote! Voting is anonymous! Thanks!


Love Jude