Monday, March 2, 2015

February 2015


We had some really beautiful weather in February!  
The sun came up and glowed through the foggy mornings.




The eagles were often close by.  My good camera was inside and I was outside when this eagle perched on the tree at the edge of the property so I just used my phone.




The paperwhites from the extra bulbs that I planted in fall outside came up and started blooming.
There have been some chilly days and yet they seem hardy enough to open up.



This picture of the Rhubarb was taken early in February.  
By now...
you can imagine I'm getting hungry to Rhubarb Platz.



I really don't love decorating sugar cookies that much.


But... 
I love those that I decorate them for and the "love" easily outweighs the "don't love" part of that equation. 




I picked up some Valentine balloons and delivered my treats! 



This fellow enjoys tedious little things.
Even with his man handling of the felt pen...
he has an idea in mind and slowly works toward that goal.

I think that will be a good trait in his life.




He likes shopping with me.


Oh... and I turned 56 this February!

On my birthday... there is always a photo to document the event!  
That day the sun was shining and we drank our coffee outside.

I was treated to a week and then some of lunches out, dinners out...
flowers and gifts and many many sweet birthday wishes.




When the sun is shining on the day that sheets are washed...
they just have to hang outside.



I noticed that my sorrel is coming up.

Now I'm hungry for Summer Borscht!




Last weekend he mowed the lawn.
  


I noticed that little toys are often preferable to big toys.


Meanwhile...
on the farm we continue to work through the reality of avian flu in our region.

February is always a busy month with a flock change, barn cleaning, powerwashing, manure cleanout...
but with the additional paperwork of the avian flu...
we are happy to say goodbye to February 2015.




If you have to do a lot of paperwork...
it's good to have a buddy system in place!




That about sums up our February here!

all for now...
with love,

Monday, February 2, 2015

January 2015


January 1st is always Portzelky making day. 
Our kids, big and small came to spend the day and take part in the big fry.
The weather was lovely and so the kids played outside and came back in with healthy appetites.



Early January we had a short winter!
I had to be on the ball or else I would have nearly missed it.
School was even cancelled for the kids because of a power outage!


As soon as the inch of snow had fallen, the flakes turned to drizzle and I looked outside the window to see freezing rain icicles....
which melted a day later.


We enjoyed sometime reading bedtime stories.


I took down the Christmas decorations and reorganized with  a few winter decorations to brighten the dark winter nights.


With winter over...
we enjoyed some sunny skies.


 My beloved started to get the itch to dig around in the gardens and moved some plants around.



Half way during the month...
he decided it was time to shave off the winter growth and 
with that thought in mind...
kept going on the shrubbery outside.


I got all the last of the perennials cut down.


We enjoyed a few days outside sipping coffee and noting bees and flies buzzing around.


We spent one very early morning to wait in a line up to get a spot for our baby grand to go to preschool.

Big sigh...


We are watching our bulbs come up and now that it is February and I look ahead to the 14 day weather trend...
I feel fairly confident that they'll bloom without their little buds having to fight off anymore frost.

Today it is Groundhog day...
what does the groundhog say in your part of the world?

all for now...
with love,


Friday, January 2, 2015

2014 the year in review


Before we get too settled into 2015 I want to look back at where we were a year ago and remember God's goodness each and every day!



In January we had some beautiful weather to begin the new year.  
The kids all were happy to be outside.



Early in the new year...
we often felt like we wanted to keep all the blocks from toppling.

We wanted to protect and keep strong even when we knew our dear family was in God's hands.



We couldn't see what the next day would hold...
and we prayed more for our family this year than ever before.

Many wonderful people joined us in praying for the health concerns we had for two of our adult children.



February came and we took advantage of British Columbia's new Family Day by having the grands over for a sleepover.


We also had some snow in February....


and an ice storm.


It came unexpected to the bulbs that were tricked into believing spring was here during  our January sunshine.


In March we made an investment we will never regret.
We took the whole kit and kaboodle to Mexico to enjoy some time to relax and restore.


No sooner were we home and I started to get texts from the boys that made me smile.


In April we gathered the family together for Easter to remember what Jesus did on the cross for us....


and celebrated our risen Saviour together.


In early May we spent extra time loving and praying for this family.
The children stayed with us for a week.


During that time their Daddy worked and spent every spare minute of his week 
making a surprise for Mommy with a little help from his friends.



It is amazing what can happen in one week.
New lighting ... paint...
new cabinet fronts and new counter top were rushed to be completed.


When Mommy could come home...
everyone was so happy.

The prayers...love and support of friends and family ...
for my beloved and me and our family has been one of the the best parts of this year.



In May we also bought seeds and prepared our garden to plant.


In June my roses bloomed  with such beauty I remembered over and over again how God never tires of giving us beautiful gifts he has created.


Our garden came up quickly and we started to eat Butter lettuce and tiny potatoes.


We decided to take a rest and so we headed up to the Okanagan before all the kids got out of school for the summer.


In July we spent time as a family celebrating Canada day.


Every year the flag is switched and they are learning to fold it carefully.
I just love reasons to celebrate.


There was a few car shows in July as well! 
That was fun.


In August our neighbors needed to make more room in their yard and so all their antique farm implements came to live with us.


We took the grands on their annual cousin camping trip.

We went hiking... enjoyed the waterslides... 
and ate lots of yummy food that is not necessarily on the menu at home.


The two of us took our time at Manning Park to fish and read...
and eat lots of delicious food.


When I think of September I think about the local MCC relief sale.
Our family joins us every year.... for this tradition.

We eat a lot of Mennonite food together and happily pay for some good finds to help raise money for developing countries around the world.



Towards the end of September we harvested the rest of the vegetables out of our garden.
I won't be buying any jalapenos this year.


In October we went up to Larson Hill for our annual ATV trip.


These littles joined us for one night and we all piled into the trailer for the night.
It was lots of fun!


In October we shared in Thanksgiving for all God's goodness this year.

God is good...
all the time!

All the time...
God is good!


We also admired this guy's new top teeth!
After a lot of surgeries and procedures...
the teeth that were unceremoniously removed...
were replaced. 

We were so thankful for all this to be in his past!


In October we also enjoyed some time floating and reading down the lazy river with our first cousins' once removed and very dear friends ...  Elmer and Judy.  



In November I planted Paperwhites and watched as they popped up much quicker than they were supposed to.


My beloved gave my bathroom....



and our cozy bedroom a new coat of paint and  .... what not all.


In December...
we put nets on our hair and found out what it would be like to be a short order cook when went to go work at the Salvation Army kitchen for a day.
We met lots of amazing people...
dedicated to making nutritious food to many hungry folks. 



I spent some time making ready the home for Christmas.
I sewed nighties and marvelled how every year those nighties are longer than the year before.



We took in all the Christmas programs we were invited to.



We heard our school age children sing in a choir.

They sang O Come O come Emmanuel in a way that prepared my heart for the week of Christmas.



We were fourteen around the table for Christmas.
I love making things beautiful and homey for this family I love so much.
We shared the Christmas story around the table and enjoyed a day spent together.


2014 will be remembered for lost and restored teeth...
a diagnosis.. surgery.. treatments and restored health...
the best ever family vacation to Mexico...
and most of all...

for God's love demonstrated in so many ways we don't deserve but received daily by God's grace.



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I live in the beautiful province of British Columbia on a farm with my beloved. We have been married 36 years. Together we have been blessed to raise two sons who married wonderful girls and since then we have gained five darling grands. I am a follower of Jesus Christ. . may my life (and this blog) .. bring honour to His name. © 2006-2014