Woods Country Cove

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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Soon To Be 2012

 

 

                    Happy New Year Everyone !

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                          Country Gal, Papa, Miggy & Harley

Friday, December 30, 2011

Back To Green & Brown For Now

 

Well, what little snow we got has now gone. It is all mucky and muddy out there, not good for us when Miggy loves to be outside during the day, she gets covered in it and the worst thing is she will roll in it  YUK!! she truly is a country scruff lol.

They say we will be getting a fare bit of snow on Monday. I hope we do , I prefer snow to mud lol

My Mum ,Dad  ,Harley and I are ringing in the New Year at home where it is nice and quiet away from the crazies on the roads  they say !

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                      Miggy asks  ??  What’s your plans for ringing in the New Year ?

                                                     Country Gal

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Wordless Wednesday Evening

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                                                                Country Gal

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

A Snowy Evening !

 

Remember how I said in my last post that we don't have any snow, well we do now ! It started at about 5pm . It was beautiful, such big soft snow flakes and the temperature was so mild and all was so quiet you could hear the snow falling.  This is my favourite type of snow fall . So Papa and I went out and took some night time snowy photos ! Its almost 10 pm and it’s still snowing !

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                                              Miggy loves the snow !

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                  I love how the street light gives off a orange glow in my photos !

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                                            Click on photos to enlarge if you please !

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                                           Papa taking Photos to !

I hope it keeps snowing all night, then I can go out tomorrow and get more snow photos ! It seems so magical when it is like this !

                           Until next time, hope you all have a wonderful day !

                                               Country Gal

Still No Snow !

 

We still have no snow here in the so called great white north, I think they better drop that idea  calling it that now  lol ! Mother Nature is a changing ! but we had a great Christmas. It comes and goes so fast doesn't it ? The kids are back to their neck of the woods now continuing with their daily lives. It was great to see them.  All was full of good food , laughter , memories and gifts !

                                          Hope you all had a great Christmas !

                      Now we are waiting to ring in the new year  of   2012 !

                                        

                                    Country Gal      

              

      

 

Saturday, December 24, 2011

THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS

 
Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;
And mamma in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled down for a long winter's nap,
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below,
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer,
With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;
"Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! on Cupid! on, Donder and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!"
As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky,
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too.
And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.
He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.
His eyes -- how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath;
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook, when he laughed like a bowlful of jelly.
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;
He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,
"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night."

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                                              From Our Country Cove to you and your family !

            Wishing you   All A Very Merry Christmas !

                                                             Country Gal

Friday, December 23, 2011

Christmas Break

 

Today is Papa’s last day of work , he gets all next week off    WOOHOO !!!!

Our daughter Leila made it down for a few days from University up north A long train and bus ride for her ! 

This year the kids wont be able to see each other  ,when  David and James  get here Leila will have gone as she  is traveling more to be with other family! David and James can only stay for a day as David has to work , At their ages they are busy with their own lives . They all will be down here again in the spring & summer. They chat via Facebook so they are always in touch with each other and call us on the phone from time to time or e-mail us.

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                        Left is David, Middle Leila and right is James ! Our goofy kids !

 

Papa brought this nice Christmas fruit basket from work, they give all their employees a choice of a ham, turkey or a fruit basket !

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                               Until next time , hope you all have a sweet fruity goofy day !

                                         Country Gal

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

My Childhood Christmas Memories

 

I was looking through some old photos and found photos of myself as a little girl at Christmas time and my family.

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            This is in our kitchen on Christmas day eve in our bungalow on our hobby farm ! My mum to the right left is my sister and beside her is my brother and me in the high chair ! Dad took the photo !

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                                                    Always loved the farm equipment !

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                                         And cashing in  hehe !!

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                                  My Mum & Dad , may the both ( R.I.P )

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           This is me in England one Christmas with my Nana .  Nana passed some 25 years ago !My mum always told me for every angel that leaves us there's another angel born ! I believe that to this day !

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    My dad always called me little miss muffit or Lainey . Here with me is my brother Peter I called Petey pooh lol  and my sister Ann I called Anny panny. I remember a lot of wonderful Christmas’s  from my childhood .

                 What  favourite Christmas memories do you have from your childhood ?

                                Until next time, have an awesome day !

                                                  Country Gal

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

My Child hood Christmas Memories

               part 1

I have a lot of  wonderful Christmas memories as a I was growing up but the one I love the most was back in 1972 I was 5 years old when my dad made tracks in the snow Christmas eve for me to wake up to and see Christmas morning !

We lived on a hobby farm in a county  called Caledon . It was all beautiful farm land, rolling hills and beautiful green grass in the summers. The winters were long very cold and the snow would be deep some times drifts up to 25 feet. I remember being able to walk up to the barns and just walk up the drifts onto the roof tops and opening our front door with a surprise of a wall of snow that we had to dig out of to get out the door ,even the fencing around our property was deep under snow .Those days were defiantly Canadian winters. It was those winters that gave our country the nick name of the great white north !

Christmas morning at 5 years old I a woke to my dad at my bedroom door waiting for me to get up, he was like a kid at Christmas, it was his favourite time of year. When I woke up I put my robe and slippers on then my dad took me to our front window to show me that Santa had been there ! I said daddy I know Santa was here cause he left presents for me under the tree ! Well my dad said yes  miss muffit  but he also left some tracks out in the snow ! I looked harder, then dad said put your boots and coat on and come with me. So dad and I went out to the front and what did I see was eight tiny rain dear prints  there was rain dear  poop, Santa's boot prints and  sleigh prints in the snow. I was soo happy and couldn't believe what I saw ! Well my face lite up and that made my dad so very happy to see.

Years later I found out that my dad had made all the prints in the snow ! See he used an old broken hockey stick for the sleigh prints, used sheep poop and a hoof for the dear prints and his big old winter boots for Santa's boot prints ! My dad loved Christmas and he loved  seeing our faces light up every year at the magic that Christmas brings !

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                                                   Our beagle Cookie & I !

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   Caledon in the winter ! Our dog Bessie & I she was a Hungarian Vizsla  a great bird dog and family dog ! !0045

                                         I was 10 years old in these photos

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These are some of my wonderful memories of  winter and Christmas in the country on our farm !

                                  Until next time , hope you all have a wonderful day !

                                                        Country Gal

Monday, December 19, 2011

All Done !!!

 

Saturday Papa worked in his work shop for a while finishing up a project , I did laundry , then Papa and I   put up the outside Christmas lights on the house . I decided to get some photos as it looked pretty with all the colours !

                                              Click on photos to enlarge if you please !

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          Then Saturday evening was the potluck supper it was fun and full of laughter and food Oh my there was enough food to feed an army !  Everything was home made MMM YUMMY !

Then Sunday was a day of Christmas shopping we were late shopping this year , but we got it all done on Sunday with in a few hours ! This year Papa and I are only giving each other a small gift each as we buy a lot of things we need or want through out the year ! Our kiddos maybe coming down for Christmas they live in different areas and sometimes its tuff to get them all here at the same time !

I don't think it looks to promising for us for a white Christmas as it is to rain again on and off this week and on the weekend. This time last year we were at a record snow fall and digging out for days but Christmas is still a few days away and here in Ontario Canada the weather can change in a snap !

                                                      Until next time , Have a wonderful day !

                                                                     Country Gal

Saturday, December 17, 2011

An Evening Of Baking

 

This  evening is the Vienna Village Christmas Pot Luck Supper and it will be held at Papa’s mom & dads !  This  Vienna is in  Ontario !

Each year around Christmas time one of  our neighbours holds this pot luck supper at their house. Every one brings so much home made foods and treats YUMMY ! We all eat , chat and have a good laugh.

last year we took home made chilli, this year we are bringing a desert !

                    Yesterday evening making cupcakes !

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  Papa grabbed my camera for me and took some photos of decorating cupcakes !

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              Papa put the icing on and then I did the sprinkles !

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                                                       Even Miggy got in on it all !

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                                        Miggy just loves the last bit of whipped icing !

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                                        And that was our evening , making cupcakes !

                                                              Papa, Miggy and I !

                                 Until next time hope you all have a sweet day !

                                              Country Gal

Friday, December 16, 2011

An Extra Christmas Decoration

 

          We seem to have an extra Christmas decoration every now and then.

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                              Harley always gives off the look as if to say “ REALLY “ ?!!

  She doesn't like the camera much ! Un like her sister Miggy who loves the camera as you all know !

                                                Until next time, Have a wonderful day !

                                                             Country Gal

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Feeling Under The Weather

 

I have been suffering from chronic aches, pain , sore , stiffness and throbbing  for about 6 months now in my legs and hips  more so in my right leg but it does periodically switch to the left then I have it in both at the same time ! Now it is all over even in my butt ! At first it was on and off, didn't think much of it  but the past month it has been getting worse  I feel very week  like I have been beaten up with feelings of bruises but there aren't any ! I do suffer from restless leg syndrome that I have had all my life, most of that is at night but now it hits during the day also !  Even have IBS  . It took me some time to go to the doctor as I am stubborn that way and really don't have much faith in the medical profession as I have had lots of problems with them in the past  and they seem to look at you like your NUTS !!  but when the pain brings someone like me who has a high tolerance to pain to tears its time to do something.I haven't slept through the night for months and am always fatigued and down right exhausted now. I hobble around like a penguin and cant sit or stand for long periods of time and am finding it hard to do my every day tasks my legs sometimes hurt to the touch as well . I try to take Miggy for  a walk every day weather permitting to keep things moving but it doesn't help, sometimes I worry that I wont make it back as my legs kind of seize up . I have been taking hot baths and using heating pads and a hand held massager to slow the aching and throbbing down   but it doesn't always work !   Now I went to the doctors and had x rays of my hips, lower back and leg bones after I had told him my symptoms. He wanted the x rays to rule out rheumatoid arthritis , arthritis and fibromyalgia , well I have none of that according to the tests .  But fibromyalgia can not be detected by x ray or blood work .So now what ? my legs and body are still throbbing and causing a lot of pain and discomfort for  me, my body is telling me something is wrong !

                                           I feel like a HOUSE  episode ! The TV show !

I go back to the doctors the 29th of this month if I can last that long and we will go over all the symptoms again !

I didn't want to write this post as I cant stand sounding like I want or am looking for sympathy and don't like to let others hear about my woes .   I just felt I needed to get it off my chest , and let all you wonderful blogger friends know this as I may drop off the blogger grid for a bit due to its hard for me to get around right now  and wont have much happy things  to post about or many photos!

Poor Papa having to hear and see me every day in pain and wobble around like a weeble lol I feel more sorry for him as he has been so wonderful ! Let me tell ya the jokes have been flying between us, makes it easier when ya can still laugh !

Trust me I hate feeling like this and or wining about it but hope they find something cause to me finding something is better then nothing  !

          Isn’t getting older fun !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NOT FOR SOME !!!! calling out ! Hey Papa get that chair thing with the wheels for me  , a walker , a cane, anything  !!!! Back the truck up if ya have to !!!!!

                                 Mum always said laughter is the best medicine !

                                                Country gal

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Miggy Playing

         final chapter !

 

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                                                    Getting ready for me to throw the ball !

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                               When she shakes her rope ball all ears and fur go crazy !

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                                                            Taking a break again !

Miggy runs fast and hard when she plays. It’s hard to believe after seeing these photos that just last February she had reconstruction knee surgery and we didn't know how well it would go or affect her future ! I posted her recovery the entire time , it was a tuff time for all of us as Miggy and I were house bound for 3 months whilst she recovered. Then she had a bad sore from the pressure of the bandages and had to spend another 2 months in side ! She didn't really get to be free and on her own off the leash till about June or July  of this past summer ! But ya know the entire time she remained the  happy tail wagin girl that she is ! Her knee is now 150 % you would never know she had major knee construction surgery not only on her knee but the muscle and tendons as well ! Papa and I are so glad she is back in full force and loving life !

                                   Until next time , hope you all have great day !

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

MIGGY PLAYING

part 1

Yesterday was a nice day the sun was out , not a cloud in the sky and the temp was +4 with no winds. We went for our walk as we do every morning weather permitting  . Then by the afternoon it was even more beautiful . Miggy had been outside for hours as she always is on nice days . I went out side to play with her and had my camera with me and decided to take photos of her chasing her rope ball and squeaky ball as I throw them for her. Kind of hard to play ball and take photos I tell ya but I got lots of surprisingly good shots !

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                                                   Miggy loves showing off for the camera !

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                                           A mass of fur as she is shaking her rope ball !

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    Taking a rest as we were out there for over and hour playing and I taking photos !

      It’s amazing how many shots you take when you have your camera on continuous mode. But we had fun playing fetch and me taking photos of her !

     I had taken well over 130 shots WOW! Miggy really is my best photo subject she does love the camera !                                    

                                                      Part 2 later of Miggy Playing !

                                        Until next time , Hope you all have a fun day !

                                                            Country Gal