Isn't he just adorable???
I'll be helping out my lovely SIL with household things and with the new baby. This will be the first time Hubby and I will have been away from each other for more than a day! Catch you guys later! :)
I worked on progress reports and summaries from the math, communications technology and English teachers so I could inform our student's parents of how he is doing in school. I communicated with other potential students and then set off for a day outdoors. I spent some time with the pup and lugged buckets of sap from the maple trees back and forth. I strained the sap so Hubby could boil it into syrup.
In the afternoon, I spent the most part clearing the old raspberry canes so the new ones can grow this summer. That was a good two or three hours work and when our student returned from school, he helped clear the canes too. By the time we were done, it was time for me to cook supper. After supper, I tutored our student and worked on a Roald Dahl story with him. We did some reading comprehension and vocabulary acquisition. Now I'm ready for bed! LOL!
For years it had just been Hubby and Nala living in the house. Suddenly, I entered the picture. Nala didn't mind me. I gave her a lot of attention and love. I even spent my evenings pulling burrs out of her matted hair. She slept with me, followed me around the house, and just enjoyed the company. Then, the students arrived. I don't think Nala liked the presence of teenage boys. It became loud and the house was constantly busier all the time. There was always excitement. The introduction of the kittens into our household was probably the thing that pushed Nala off the edge. There were now teenagers in the house and two little kittens who wanted attention. One evening, in the middle of a rainstorm, Nala disappeared out the window. I saw her a few months ago, in the winter. I was driving up the laneway, and there she was! We exchanged a glance and a moment and then she sauntered off towards the barn. I haven't seen her since.
Now, Fred and George (our two female kittens) just love attention and they even sleep with us in our bed. They run to the kitchen every morning when Hubby makes the morning coffee. George has recently discovered the outside world, and has been missing for almost five days now. I went to the barn yesterday to see if I could find her. I saw a lot of little paw prints, but no cat. I know the saying goes, "If you love something, let it go- If it returns to you then it's yours forever..." (okay, I'm paraphrasing here). It still makes me feel sad that the kitten has left. I think the thing I worry about is that there are so many wild animals and large birds that could have eaten her. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that George returns safely.
Fred (George's litter mate) and Chance (our canine baby love) will never leave us. I'm sure of this. They're both too clingy and loving...plus, they know they've got a good life here!
You are a sweet baby, and I have fallen in love with those cute cheeks of yours! It's amazing how a little baby can change the lives of everyone around him/her. You coming into the world just makes me realize more and more how beautiful life is. I'm sad that you never got the chance to meet your great-grandfathers, as they were both wonderful, kind men. Whenever I think of them, I remember the good times when we were very young and they used to spoil us and play with us. I'm also sad you never had a chance to meet your Tita Zen before she died. You would have loved her!
As I get older, I see how short life is and how every generation has so much to pass onto the next. I just want to let you know that your Uncle J and I will always be here for you whenever you need us. We love you and your mom and dad so much. I can't wait to see you grow and change and develop a character of your own.
See you soon :)
Auntie C (but your dad wants you to call me Tita Tin-Tin...you don't have to call me that though. Seriously!)
1. The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown) READ IT
2. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen) READ IT
3. To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee) READ IT
4. Gone With The Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
5. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (Tolkien) READ IT
6. The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (Tolkien) READ IT
7. The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers (Tolkien) READ IT
8. Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery) READ IT (AGAIN AND AGAIN!)
9. Outlander (Diana Gabaldon)
10. A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry) READ IT
11. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Rowling) READ IT
12. Angels and Demons (Dan Brown)
13. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Rowling) READ IT
14. A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving)
15. Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden) READ IT
16. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Rowling) READ IT
17. Fall on Your Knees(Ann-Marie MacDonald)
18. The Stand (Stephen King) READ IT
19. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Rowling) READ IT
20. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte) READ IT
21. The Hobbit (Tolkien) READ IT
22. The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger) READ IT
23. Little Women (Louisa May Alcott) READ IT
24. The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)
25. Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
26. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams) TRIED TO READ IT
27. Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte) READ IT
28. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (C. S. Lewis) READ IT
29. East of Eden (John Steinbeck)
30. Tuesdays with Morrie (Mitch Albom)
31. Dune (Frank Herbert) READ IT
32. The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks)
33. Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)
34. 1984 (Orwell) READ IT
35. The Mists of Avalon (Marion Zimmer Bradley)
36. The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett) READ IT
37. The Power of One (Bryce Courtenay)
38. I Know This Much is True (Wally Lamb) READ IT
39. The Red Tent (Anita Diamant)
40. The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho) READ IT
41. The Clan of the Cave Bear (Jean M. Auel) READ IT
42. The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)
43. Confessions of a Shopaholic (Sophie Kinsella)
44. The Five People You Meet In Heaven (Mitch Albom)
45. The Bible READ IT (MOST OF IT)
46. Anna Karenina (Tolstoy)
47. The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas) READ IT
48. Angela’s Ashes (Frank McCourt)
49. The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck) READ IT
50. She’s Come Undone (Wally Lamb) READ IT
51. The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver) READ IT
52. A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens) READ IT
53. Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card)
54. Great Expectations (Dickens) READ IT
55. The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald) READ IT
56. The Stone Angel (Margaret Laurence)
57. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Rowling) READ IT
58. The Thorn Birds (Colleen McCullough) READ IT
59. The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood) READ IT
60. The Time Traveller’s Wife (Audrew Niffenegger)
61. Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
62. The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand)
63. War and Peace (Tolsoy)
64. Interview With The Vampire (Anne Rice)
65. Fifth Business (Robertson Davis)
66. One Hundred Years Of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez) READ IT
67. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (Ann Brashares)
68. Catch-22 (Joseph Heller) READ IT
69. Les Miserables (Hugo)
70. The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupery) READ IT
71. Bridget Jones’ Diary (Fielding) READ IT
72. Love in the Time of Cholera (Marquez) READ IT
73. Shogun (James Clavell)
74. The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje) READ IT
75. The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett) READ IT
76. Tigana (Guy Gavriel Kay)
77. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith)
78. The World According To Garp (John Irving)
79. The Diviners (Margaret Laurence) READ IT
80. Charlotte’s Web (E.B. White) READ IT
81. Not Wanted On The Voyage (Timothy Findley)
82. Of Mice And Men (Steinbeck) READ IT
83. Rebecca (Daphne DuMaurier)
84. Wizard’s First Rule (Terry Goodkind)
85. Emma (Jane Austen) READ IT
86. Watership Down (Richard Adams)
87. Brave New World (Aldous Huxley) READ IT
88. The Stone Diaries (Carol Shields)
89. Blindness (Jose Saramago)
90. Kane and Abel (Jeffrey Archer)
91. In The Skin Of A Lion (Ondaatje)
92. Lord of the Flies (Golding) READ IT
93. The Good Earth (Pearl S. Buck)
94. The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd)
95. The Bourne Identity (Robert Ludlum)
96. The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton) READ IT
97. White Oleander (Janet Fitch)
98. A Woman of Substance (Barbara Taylor Bradford)
99. The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield) READ IT
100. Ulysses (James Joyce) READ IT
These last photos were taken of little Kenny going home from the hospital. It's amazing how much he's changed already in just one day! What a cute little face!
Today, while Hubby's out working, the nieces and I have some chores of our own:
go out and collect all the sap from the maple trees that we've tapped (to make our own maple syrup)
play some hockey (the things my nieces get me to do with them! LOL)
re-arrange furniture in the games room
re-arrange furniture in the master bedroom
answer e-mail queries from ESL students
post office- mail parcel
think of something to cook for supper! LOL!
I'm curious to see how our maple syrup will turn out. It will be our first attempt at making our own!
Hubby: Uhh...by the way, it's You make me feel like a natural woman...
Me: Are you sure?
Me: So, it's not You make me feel like a man should a woman ???
Hubby: Uhh. No.
LOL! Twenty years of singing the song incorrectly. *sigh* Well, don't you think my way makes sense too? ;)
I was thinking about something Ms.Mamma posted the other day and how just the simple act of changing one's bedding and opening a few windows can really brighten up one's mood. Funny that she mentioned this, because that's exactly what I did too! I went and cleaned and changed the look of our master bedroom, living room, dining room, and the kitchen. I still have to work on the two spare bedrooms and the bathroom. Can you see the cookies baking in the oven? Oh, and Fred's sitting on the couch, looking cute :)
Remember that amazing video circulating around the net where a Japanese lady was folding a t-shirt? Well, Hubby took the challenge and (to my surprise) he was able to fold a t-shirt the same way that Japanese woman did! I still can't do it. Maybe I should get him to fold ALL our laundry from now on, eh? :)
It's funny how a person can get so attached to an animal. Honestly, when the time comes for Chance to have to enter doggy heaven, I don't think I'll ever be able to have another dog. Getting attached, caring for, and having that companionship...and then having to let it go. My heart is just too frail for that. I don't think I would be able to go through it more than once.
I know...I sound so melodramatic. LOL!
1. Yourself: emotional
2. Your family: wonderful
3. Your hair: straight
4. Your Mother: friendly
5. Your Father: funny
6. Your favorite item: our wedding album
7. Your dream last night: My sister-in-law having her baby (it's officially late!)
8. Your favorite drink: mango juice
9. Your dream home: comfortable
10. The room you are in: office
11. Your ex: dumb
12. Your fear: losing a loved one
13. Where you want to be in ten years: Happy
14. Who you hung out with last night: hubby
15. What you’re not: closed-minded
16. Your best friend: hubby
17. One of your wish list items: a baby (within this year or next)
18. Your gender: female
19. The last thing you did: sang at our singing practice
20. What you are wearing: black scoop neck top with quarter length sleeves and a black skirt (for singing practice- we had our promo photos for our concert taken today)
21. Your favorite weather: blue skies, wispy clouds, fresh Spring breeze- sweater and shorts weather.
22. Your favorite book: (at the moment) The Alchemist
23. Last thing you ate: kiwi,honeydew, cantaloupe, grapes, watermelon, orange (fruit salad)
24. Your life: amazing
25. Your mood: anxious (waiting for my niece/nephew to be born!)
26. The last person you talked to on the phone: Mom
27. Who you are thinking about right now: my list of things-to-do
28. Your best friend: the best!
29. Your car: Ford Explorer
30. What you’re doing at the moment: doing this meme and MSN messaging.
31. Your summer: BUSY!
32. Your relationship status: married
33. What’s on TV: don't know.
34. The weather: cool
35. The last time you laughed: tonight at something hubby said
We had dinner at my aunt and uncle's in Richmond Hill. My maid of honor and her husband joined us. It was great seeing them again, because the last time I saw them was in the summer.
The following morning, we had brunch with my gorgeous friend, Dina, her hubby and their little one. Little Elie is absolutely adorable...and he's growing so fast!! Though it was a very short visit, I'm really glad we got to at least spend a few hours together.
On the way home, we popped by Barrie to visit with Hubby's youngest sister and her best friend. Good times! It's really nice to get away sometimes...even if it's for a short time. Now we're back on the Island and back to life as we know it.
One exciting thing: the birth of my niece/nephew (my brother and his wife's first baby) should be any day now. The due date is actually today, so hopefully we'll get a phone call soon!!! Exciting!
Clouds in my coffee...
Photo of the Wiky Ruins in Wikwemikong, Manitoulin Island, Canada. Taken by yours truly ;)
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City girl moves to the country, falls in love, and marries a farmer. She tries to incorporate her city ways with her new country lifestyle and blogs to keep in touch with friends, family & students who live far, far away :) Can this city girl go country? Watch as she learns all sorts of exciting things about life on the farm and in a small rural community. *UPDATE* We are now parents! Our baby girl was born on Nov. 11, 2008 (at 28 weeks gestation- 12 weeks premature, but she's quite the trooper)!!!