Take a walk in Blue Bell Woods listen to the sounds around you, of bird song and bees. Smell the flowers and the scent of Spring in the air. Every year is a new beginning and every day a blessing

"Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts." (Colossians 3:15a NIV)
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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Jason's Move.....................

My son Jason has moved to a new condo. It seemed to happen rather quickly. It has been a long time since we moved but it always seemed such a lengthy process. I suppose it was for him too but looking from a distance it seemed that he was concidering it and then he was moving. In any case we went down last weekend to help with the heavy stuff. He has spent time back and forth packing and moving bit by bit. Now he has to get the old place cleaned up, painted and ready to either sell or get renters in. I think it is a great investment opportunity as he already has his mortgage.
We took Bodi with us because we were unsure of her staying here at home without us. She has a growth on her leg and we were worried about her. Gabby stayed at the house to handle everyone and the garden. We went to the old place first and Gerry helped move the bigger stuff while I moved the smaller stuff.
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Tristen came too and was very good. Gerry and Jason moved everything Friday night. Saturday we started with the set up. Here is Tristen sleeping he had no problem.
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So the outside of the house (condo)
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The road it is on.Between the houses on the other side is a pond and seats so you can walk around there.
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A two car garage. They keep up the outside maintenance of lawns and hedges so that's less for him to do.
The back view. There is a horse barn and a field back there beyond the pines.
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And a neighbour
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The entrance. It is so bright and cheery, he was able to put his plant there. This thing grew from a pit when he was very young and I gave it to him when he got his first apartment. Its still thriving.
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The entrance leads to the living room, but on the right would be the laundry room and back door that goes into the garage.Then the basement stairs.
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On the right is the 2nd bedroom that he will use as a computer room. The guest bath is also there but not in the bedroom. Right now in this picture he has yet to sort and set up
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The guest bath before and after. Gerry was able to install all the curtain rods and towel bars etc
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You cant really see the subtle colours of sage and grey, we found some hand towels that were navy blue and with the white towels looks nice
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I put his cat quilt over the 1/2 wall that goes down stairs. The basement is unfinished at this point but has large windows and will some day be a lovely addition.
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The kitchen is nice, the cupboards and appliances modern. He has been busy gathering new bits and pieces for that.He had yet to put stuff away.
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Then the dining room leads off of the kitchen and living room.
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It has a fireplace
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He is using existing furniture.It was coming together even though we had a matress on the floor still.
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Cat alley behind the sofa
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The dining area leads to the back deck, that is nice and spacious
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Setting up, best we could
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Master bedroom and bath. Nice size room with a very large walk in closet and linen closet.Lovely bay window that looks out onto the street.
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That was not finished when we left he was still unpacking stuff and setting up
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He says Cole likes the seat in the walk in shower
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Well I think thats it for now. It will be interesting to see what he does with it as time goes on. There is a lot of decorating potential with the high shelves and places to put collections.
Cole finally came upstairs to see us, he and his brothers Dexter and Tinsel were hanging out in the basement. I didn't blame them.
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I am very proud that Jason is so self sufficient and can make his own way. He did most of the move with no help from anyone. We were glad to go down to help finish up. He has a good life there, I may wish he was closer to home but know he is well able to take care of himself.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

My Fish................

I have not talked about my fish in awhile. They are still alive. All four of them. The "baby" is still black. My cousin Robin said they start off as black, it seemed last year that he was starting to change colour but is basically still black.
The pond seems to be doing well at keeping itself now. I seldom top it up but when I do then we put the anti chloride stuff in it. Occassionally I will put some anti bacteria stuff for slime but it's seldom needed unless we disturb it when the pump needs cleaning.
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I never named the fish because I lost all my others after a couple of years, a Raccoon I think.
Boots and Bessie both check them out but they are smarter now and have plenty of hiding places.
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I know if I give them names I will doom them.
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I love how the ivy trails over the edge and the rocks give some shade too. They hide under the filter and in the plant roots. They like toys
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I have two glass balls on stems that float around. One was stuck and the orange fish was nudging it so I set it out. That fish kept leaping out of the water like a whale doing a back flip. Never seen it do that before. It does like to jump through the water jet. They push the glass balls around the pond and seem very playful.
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I thought that (above) was a good picture. I have not seen the black guy with them he is shy, besides its hard to get a good picture, he does not show up well.
Anyway, here they are, all happy and healthy for now. I think this is maybe their 4th year. Or is it five? I don't remember.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Poets and Poetry..................

I am by no means a poet but I do like to rhyme. I have a blog of poems I have written, not good but recorded in hope of getting them printed for myself to keep. I am not having any luck with that at the moment. I need to find someone who will print them as is rather than scrambled up.
I do not normally care for poetry but there have been some in my life that has just grabbed me. The first I recall was "The Ballad of Hiawatha" by Longfellow. I found I liked a lot of his work as time went on. I have a few favourite Poets, ones I seem to enjoy. William Blake, he writes less complicated poetry but in school we had to learn "The Tyger" and that got my imagination going. I loved his description so keen and so insightful and then "The Lamb" both learned in school. Then again I have said all that before.
I have a couple of books that were my mums, one was "Shelley" and one "Wordsworth" except the inside of that book is about Colleridge, not Wordsworth. I don't understand.
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My Mum had signed the inside of both books, and I tried to copy her. We learned cursive in school back then. I was practicing here, I could not even spell my address so could not have been very old when I wrote in the book.
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There were some nice pictures in Shelley's book.
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His life was certainly colourful as were his friends. His poetry was ok too. Well some of it is.
I prefer the poems about nature. I love the old fashioned ones of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow like "The Village Blacksmith" in many ways I am grateful for my English schooling. We learned or read a great variety of things from "The Illiad" to Shakespeare. The general knowledge comes in handy sometimes. We went to a farm that had demonstrations of things like broom making and Farrier work. In fact at the "Smithy" the man asked if anyone knew what the name of the tree was outside the Blacksmiths barn. Well his clue was what is it standing outside of? Well naturally "Under the spreading CHESTNUT tree, the village smithy stands" I knew that, no one else did.
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The above book is one I enjoy because it has a good selection of my favourites. Knowing a little about a lot of things makes a person able to talk with almost anyone and sound somewhat intelligent. At least to have an idea of what they are talking about. Another one I like is "The Wreck of the Hesperas" by Longfellow. Some poems just have such an atmosphere that you can not help but remember them. At least parts of them and naturally those are the parts everyone remembers.
My dad sort of like poetry, he kept clippings of some of his favourites and I have those now. He liked things like "The Rubayat of Omar Kayam", I think he was fascinated by India after he made a stop there during the war so the East was something he was curious about, he was in Malaya for a time as well. Naturally he grew up when India was still a part of the Empire, and children who were English were often born in India and came to England for schooling. Same thing with Africa. Back in his day Egypt, Aden and that part of the world was highly influenced by the British Empire. In fact when I was working for NAAFI we were still heavily involved out there. Friends who worked with me at NAAFI transfered to Aden and Libya. They saw some of the world while I went home to have a baby.
George Gordon, Lord Byron.......She walks in Beauty, like the night. Always makes me think of Alex. I love the beauty of his words. Some people have that knack. Some people love words. Know how to use them effectively how to get across an idea or feeling while most of us just gabble on. They can paint pictures with words, it is a gift. For Byron and Shelley and his group it was a way of life, they were crazy, they used drugs, anything to enhance the image they were trying to create.
My Uncle Harold wrote poems, like me he was not that great but because HE wrote them I have kept them safe. Mine are written in a blog called "My Poems" my words as (not) unique as the title.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Tristen's Good Day.....................

Yesterday we went grocery shopping at Sam's club. Tristen asked if he could look at toys. We did but there really wasn't anything there that was not expensive and so it was a no vote. Tristen not happy and so he was told that we don't buy things just to get them, that sometimes we say no and that he has to learn to deal with that without having a fit. His lip was jutting out but he sucked it up and I bought him a slushy. He was disappointed but dealt with it. So today (I had considered it yesterday but decided against) we took him to Toys R Us. I had wanted to get him some Pet Shop toys as he had regained an interest in them. He also got an army set. So then he was told that it was a reward for good behaviour the previous day and that sometimes rewards take a bit longer.
Yesterday he tried to put up his pool but it was no good so one thing I got was a sprinkler toy.
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He was rather excited upon getting home and didnt know what to do first. After hooking up the sprinkler he decided against it. Grrrrrr.
Well the second thing, we had told him we were taking him to the park to ride his bike. He has been inside for two days because of the heat and humidity. So it was time to stretch those legs. Off we went with Tristen telling us Toys R Us is his most favourite store.
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Well, first thing he noticed was that the fire engine was outside and so it was "Daaaadddd can we go see the fire engines"
A very nice young man showed him around and told him how he became a fire fighter and that his goals were to be a police man. Tristen was quiet, in awe, but shy. He is not usually shy but is usually around people he admires like that.
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He put on the whole gear. He learned how heavy the oxygen tanks are
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Checking things out
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We agreed he better start eating his meals so he is strong enough to weild the axe and the heavy stuff. Its very heavy said Tristen.
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We said goodbye after they had tested out the horns and lights and explained how texting and loud music in the car makes it difficult to see the fire engine coming and that may hinder them getting to their accident or fire.
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We continued to the play ground.
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It was too hot really and Tristen wanted to go in the woods. So Gerry went to bring the van over close to where we were from where we parked it on the trail. We went to the shade of the woods.
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I dare not let him go to far on the trail as it was quite hilly and he unused to that sort of trail. Come on Nanny come and look.
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Lots of pretties
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I will post about the pretties in another blog.
Tristen enjoyed the whole afternoon, the lecture on eating his food apparently fell on deaf ears. It's hard to get him to eat much of anything. Still as long as I get a variety of foods in him I feel it was a success. Sigh.
Hoping now he is tired enough to get to sleep early. he was still awake when I went to bed early for me, at 10pm last night.So he should sleep well tonight.