Sunday, August 16, 2015


This post is way overdue but I wanted to share it anyway
since it was so great and brought a huge smile to my face

In April I turned the big 5-0
we had a party and I was surrounded by family and friends
I am truly blessed to have so many wonderful people in my life

there are those of course that wished they could be here
but were too far away to come
namely my best girl ever ~ aka my cousin Gina.

About a month or so after my birthday I came home to a delivery
the box was huge and I was scratching my head wondering what was inside

So ripping open the big box I pull out this beautiful memory box
you know that I am a word girl so when I saw this I had tears in my eyes
but I sure wasn't prepared for what was inside

it was FULL of goodies under layers of tissue paper ~ all wrapped in paper and tied with ribbon
and this note:

these were right on top along with instructions

the time, thought and effort behind this gift blew me away
every time I pulled another thing from the box I wondered what the little tag would say

who knew I shared my birthday with the Pillsbury Dough Boy!

I did know this one

this one made me snort laugh ~ Green Acres debuted on tv!

Diet Pepsi, Nutrasweet, Cool Whip, Apple Jacks, Shake n Bake,
Gatorade, Cranapple Juice & Pop Tarts all debuted in 1965

I checked the box for a key to the Mustang in the box but it was not there
maybe she will drive it here?  no?  Oh well ~ can't blame a girl for trying!

of course she knows I am all about the music and along with a list of the top 100 songs
of 1965, there was a flash drive with some videos and a key chain

I opened the tweezers and went ???  couldn't wait to read the tag on that one!

I still watch ~ of course she knows this so seeing the hourglass made me smile

and chocolate ~ yum!

There were more items ~ all with their little tags and ribbons

I texted her this pic when I was all done just to prove I did read and follow 
the instructions!

When I was talking to her next we talked about the gift and I asked her 
where she came up with the idea...  Pinterest of course!

For the end of the school year they did "Orange you glad it's Summer" 
and had a buffet of everything orange

she was working on a "Box Full of Sunshine" for her besties birthday
which was coming up at that time.

I love this idea and will be using it in the future
and luckily I have 2 years to plan before she turns 50!

Happy Sunday.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Friday Potpourri

Hello lovelies
it's Friday ~ and I am ready for it!



 it's a long weekend here
so we are packing up and heading to the cottage
I just want to say ahhhhhhhh


the sandpipers are back and just waiting to put on a show
they truly are a sight to see

we took them for granted for so many years ~ they were always there
Grampy would tell us ~ the peeps are here

the coastline is now protected for them to ensure they come back
year after year
I could sit and watch them for hours



there will be a bonfire or two
maybe some beverages
thebestneighboursever are coming for a visit on Saturday 
and staying for supper


a walk on the beach to look for treasures
hammock time
camera in hand
some sweet treats
it's the end of the strawberries ~ makes me sad as they are so good
but since they were later this year I think they were around longer

my beach read ~ love this author

our anniversary is on Tuesday
14 years
he still makes my heart happy
I love my boy

Wishing you a wonderful weekend
and if you are one of the lucky ones that have Monday off
enjoy every moment


Friday, July 24, 2015

Friday Potpourri

Hello Friday!


you don't see me for a month
then here I am the 3rd time this week



it's been an emotional week
and I have learned that sometimes you just have to walk away

distance yourself from the drama

learn that you matter

you cannot help those that won't help themselves

cut people out of your life that don't respect you or your feelings

it's for your own health and well being

I will be ok


this is true ~ not really ~ really
let's just say we will be better friends if you do....


I made this cake a couple of weeks ago
it was delish ~ you need to do it
I think I would love it even more with lemon
love the lemon/blueberry combo



I think we are staying put this weekend
time to get some stuff done around the house
and we will make cottage plans for the long weekend
that is coming up

so read ~ work ~ read ~ putter
is on my to do list


love these ~ such a cute idea!


Happy weekend!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Summer So Far

So Sunday I posted about Canada Day 
and I thought I would share some more happenings around here

I forgot to share my picture of the "cheese ball" I took out to Sam's party
after trying to make a giant maple leaf ~ I turned to my trusting cookie cutters
and arranged mini ones around the plate
I forgot to get a picture once the crackers were added ~ but it was fun and festive!

Although we have been to the cottage for day trips
we had not been down overnight once so far this summer
until last weekend that it is

can you believe it?
there has been so much going on ~ good things too
that we don't like to miss out on ~ so we stay put

things like ribfest ~ oh my Lord ~ hubby loves them
and I must admit ~ I like the not cooking part
and do enjoy a rib myself

there were 5 vendors and we bought from 4 of the 5 and shared
so we could try them all ~ well almost them all
we went last year for the first time and marked it on our calendars this year
it is a can't miss event

then the following weekend was the Atlantic Nationals
Friday night downtown is always a blast
Trev goes for the cars and I go for the social aspect
we tend to go early as there is usually a good crowd of people come 7 o'clock
and this year was no different

one of the big draws this year was a fav Canadian band was playing
so it brought even more people to the event

I shared a couple of pics on Instagram of the night
but this was when I gave Trev my phone and he held it up at arms length
and took a shot of Main Street ~ it was wild ~ so many people

April Wine still sounds as good as when I was a teen
so glad we went.

Saturday morning we got up ~ packed up and headed to the cottage
the lawn needed mowed ~ I cleaned up a bit and put stuff away
took over and did the rest of the mowing then we sat on our butts
and enjoyed the quiet

I read and napped and took pics
we ate well ~ played crib and slept sound
when we got up on Sunday there was nowhere we had to be

we visited with my uncle and I wandered through the fields
with my camera so I could get some shots of this

a sea Devil's paintbrushes ~ so pretty ~ so much orange
I don't think I have ever seen that many there at one time

we enjoyed the rest of the day ~ had supper then packed up and headed for home.

This past weekend was Mama's birthday
so we scooped her up on Saturday and went down the the camp
Trev's Mom was down so we busted in on her ~ put her gazebo up
and had some quality deck time with family and good friends.

Hope your week is going well!