Monday, May 1, 2017

April 2017

We were so hopeful for April to be sunny and now when I look at the pictures in a review, I am realizing that even though we still had a lot of rain, we also had sunshine and lots of spring! 

Our precipitation was 173.2 mm which was a big improvement over March! 

The upside to all the precipitation and ice/snow over winter was a very clean fence.
Normally, the north side of the fence is green and grungy but my clean loving guy did an inspection and declared it fit for spring!

The earliest bloomer on the farm is this white magnolia.  

 The rhubarb has been amazing as it usually is.
I've been baking and sharing and enjoying roasted rhubarb on yogurt every morning.  

The Star Magnolia is really a two-week wonder.
If it is windy like it was when it was reaching full bloom, the two-week wonder loses a few days.

Miss N was working on her speech that she needed for school.  
It was about Mennonite Girls Can Cook.  
How sweet is that?  

We spent one Sunday afternoon hiking in the forest with no trails. 
There was all manner of creatures lurking.  

It was fun to watch free exploration and I was glad at least one adult had a firm idea of where we were.

I'd love to be back there now.
There were thousands of Trillium buds about to open.  
We found two already fully blossomed. 

The trees still bare in early April are likely now fully green. 
Recording life by way of photos makes me realize how quickly things change. 

Back on the farm, the Sorrel and Chives were ready to harvest and we enjoyed a pot of Summer Borscht as a way of celebration.

In preparation for Easter, I prepared centerpieces and placeholders.  

The bunnies were ironed and folded into submission and left to wait for little children to tug their ears.

The official Paska taster gave me the okey-doke on this batch.

Next year I will try to take a tally of how many batches of Paska left the kitchen. 

We had my siblings over for dinner.  
It was a good time.
Wondering how to entertain at your next dinner party?...
take a selfie that includes yourself.  
It's trickier than it looks. 

Our family!

The kids are growing up!
They can be pretty independent at one end of the table.

They are not so grown up that they can't enjoy a good Easter Egg hunt.
With five acres, there is plenty of places to hide those foil eggs. 

Will they remember how they ran around the farm at Grammie and Grandpa's farm?

They will remember this old apple tree for Caramel Apples and foil covered eggs.

If they can climb it...
the Easter bunny also likely climbed it. 

After the hunt was over, they divided up their eggs and treats with Oma.

The bleeding heart is one of my favourite spring perennials. 

While I snipped off the old hydrangea blossoms, I found a snail family.  

The field and lawns have now been mowed several times.  

The cherry tree is blossoming.

I wondered if there were enough bees around. 

Less than an hour later, I met one and pulled this stinger out of the soft part behind my knee.

So, spring has come!

I walk around the property a few times each day and marvel at the creation that God made. 

I let my beloved know that the ladies were coming for high tea last Tuesday and within an hour I saw this view out the front window. 

The Mennonite Girls came.
We missed Charlotte and Betty.  

We are very blessed to share our lives together through emails.
Every now and then, it is an extra blessing to be able to sit together face to face and share in ways that emails can't. 

I called in the second seating after basketball practice was over. 

They drank a large pot of tea and did very well with the egg salad and cucumber and cream cheese sandwhiches.

Eating scones with devonshire cream and blackberry jam is not something that needs to be learned.
It is love at first bite!

Tea at Grammies.
Will they remember that?

One of the things I love the very most about spring is the bright blue sky and big puffy white and sometimes dark and ominous clouds. 

Yesterday we took Kobe to Vedder River for his first swim of the season.

If that water was chilly, he didn't seem to notice.
He would swim clear across if we didn't keep calling him back.

He flopped down on his bed when we got home!
He was dog tired!

This lilac blossom caught my eye as I came into the house.
Within a week, the lilac will be fully open and the house will be scented with that glorious flower.

God has indeed blessed us with beauty after the long months of winter!

Happy May!

with love...

Sunday, April 2, 2017

March 2017

We started out the month of March with our annual get away/egg producer meetings in Vancouver.

If we were feeling deprived of summertime, the best place to see color was at Granville Island Market. 

At one of the luncheon's we attended, there was a challenge to compete in an omelet making contest.  I of course volunteered.   Chef Lynn Crawford who is a very well-known chef and judge on Chopped Canada.... thought my omelet looked just fine!  

It's was a fun way to spend a few minutes that I wasn't expecting! 

In the evening, we attended the gala and it is always fun for us farmers to clean up now and then. 

We hunted for cherry blossoms and in all of the streets we walked, this was the only tree that was just beginning to open. 

The pots outside the hotel were so beautiful!  

On the 4th, we celebrated our anniversary and walked past the hotel that we stayed in for our wedding night.  Back in the day, it was a pretty classy joint. 

T and B were taking their family to Mexico on a family missions trip so we had B's parents and our family over for dinner to bless them and pray for them.  

The lenten rose started to bloom and so I regularly picked fresh blossoms to add to this centerpiece that we had at our tables at the egg producers gala. 

It rained so often during March.  
We had 295 mm of rain and 8.4 cm of snow.  

We didn't bother waiting for a nice day to go with Anneliese and her H to Vancouver and take a walk around the seawall.  We ended up at Cactus Club on English Bay and enjoyed dinner with a view of the ocean.  

Did I mention that it rained a lot?  

It seemed that everyone was heading south to escape the rain and winter weather.

I was going through a box of old photos one afternoon and was surprised to find this old slip of paper from a trip that we had taken back in 1989 with our two boys.  We took them to California twice during the years they were growing up.  Both of those times were saved for and planned carefully and then executed with a firm hand on the wallet.  As you can see... we came in under budget.  $90 for Gas?  Wow.. I wonder how much that trip would cost us now in fuel.  

This year we stayed home for spring break and others that matter most to us did as well.

We had the girls over for a few days while their parents worked. 

I can't win matching games with the littles so I thought I would try bingo.  Also... a bust. 

If all else fails... bake.

I love that all the grands have a good sense of how Paska is made. 

 My aim is that every one of them will know how to make their own Paska by the time they are in high school.

While the Paska cooled on the rack,  they went and watched cooking videos on my computer.  

Grandpa convinced them to run to the used building supply place with him.  
While they were there they found a section of barely used decor items that were made in Indonesia.
They each picked out something and came back to clean them up.

We painted.  Almost everytime the kids come over they ask to paint.
I'm even getting into painting!

Dessert that evening was ...

I've noticed that those first bites every year are extra special. 

It doesn't matter how old they get, they still think it tastes better with sprinkles. 

One Saturday we were amazed that the sun came out and we saw blue sky so Terry washed the car before we went out for the evening.

By the time we came back home that evening, we were caught in a shower. 

I woke up early enough one morning to see this beautiful sunrise. 

The kids all made it home safely from their missions trip and we loved hearing their stories of what they had seen, the friends they had made, the food they had eaten, the miseries they had survived and more. 

Since it was still spring break, all the littles came over for cousin camp. 

They played with playdough. 

They decorated sugar cookies for their freezers. 

I'm amazed at their patience and their attention to detail. 

These two little waitresses had their work cut out for them with the people they were serving.

I started to watch the rhubarb. 

The bees started to find a source of pollen. 

We went to a wedding.
It's always a blessing to be invited to share in the joy of friend's children who we have known for many years, being married.  

I found some cushions for our living room.  It just seemed to brighten up the space!

On the last day of March and which was Friday, we picked up all the littles from school. 

They played a game of Twister. 

We spent some time having tea. 

Taking tea together has become one of their favorite things to do when they come over. 
We went through two pots of Roobios tea.  

For dinner, we had chili and hot dogs and french fries.  The waitress did her best while I kept the orders coming. 

And that was our March!  
It's always such a joy for me to see how our month was spent.  Believe it or not, there are many moments and photos that don't even make the blog. 
My life is very wonderful and I know that I have so much to thank God for.

Have a most wonderful Easter!