Caught between Spring and Summer

I’ve been so busy over the winter time here sowing seeds of all types. I wanted to get ahead of the short growing season we have here in the north. I thought I’d try my gardening hands with some different plants this coming season. Now that Spring has finally arrived here and melted all of the snow away I have daily chores of taking out the seedlings for their first breath of fresh outdoor air and the glorious sights of a real sun ~ instead of just grow lights. These little plants need a weeks worth of hardening off, 30 minutes each day not in direct sunlight so they will be able to handle being outside fully.

Today it has been raining, and they are calling for more of the same tomorrow off and on. This morning I awoke to fog which always signals warmer temps after a chilly overnight. So, with the pending rain I thought I’d drive to the lake here and see if the sun would come out for a picture or two.

As I sat in the car (bad knee day) I thought about what I was going to blog about or what video I was going to make for my YouTube channel ~ BirchtreeGuardianGardener

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I of course had to make little cards over the winter time so I could mail some to my gardening friends all over the world. You see we gardeners and other You Tubers love to exchange items of interest. I’ve found this to be quite enjoyable during a time of struggle this past winter. I’ve experienced some family losses that have taken their toll on me for a year now, but I’m strong and will survive one way or the other.

I tend to find things to keep me very busy, instead of sinking into that hole that so many other people know all about. The sowing of seeds this past winter has saved me in more ways than one. They needed my daily attention and care. I could not refuse to get out of bed each day, since these newly sprouted plants needed me to bring the sunshine to them and water them or just tickle them to stimulate the outside wind so their tender stems would grow strong and healthy.

Well, in doing so these tiny little plants over the wintertime have tended also to me. By, giving me a purpose and a goal.

One was to get the heck outta bed! Keep my mind and my thoughts on bringing these plants up so in the spring they could finally feel the warmth of the sunshine, the breeze of the winds and the love mother nature has to offer them.

The past few days I’ve been feeling low and couldn’t for the life of me figure out why….

The weather is brighter and the warmth is returning along with the longer daylight hours. How I love spending time outside working in my garden or just sitting out there watching my little pup enjoy running around or searching out critters. So, why the long face I asked myself.

I drove to the lake here in search of answers .. This is a place where there are no phones to ring, or door bells to blaze… No, distractions except for the calming feelings I get sitting by the lake. Spring has just begun and yet I’ve felt like someone poked a hole in my balloon, and I was sailing out of control without a True North in sight.

Two hours later I didn’t have my answer, so I fired up the old car and drove to another place that I love .. The video below shows you this special place, where many decades ago my late husband and I sat on the bench that you will see in the video.

This bench is the place where I told him what my doctor has said to me (back in 1993) I would one day become blind.. There were five eye operations that I could have, but after that nothing could be done. It was as black and white as that. Well, many things changed that day by the waters edge, but one thing that didn’t change was my conviction to never say never and no matter what the situation I would remain strong, blind or not!

I found my answer today while sitting on that bench, remembering the past and the memories I retained. I still have my eyesight after just One Operation so far on the left eye. I have 4 more operations to go, if they are needed. The doctor back in 1994 told me the first operation would only last for one year and I’d need another one. I told him, “We’ll see about that…” You see I’m not your normal patient and you’ll see for yourself.

I was the first person to have this special eye operation in Ontario all those years ago, and they brought in 5 other surgeons to watch the procedure as well. This has been written up in the Canadian Medical Journal as well. But, as far as I’m concerned they will not get another chance to do another surgery on my eyes. Sheer will of conviction I say has carried me through… I have faith it shall continue…

So enjoy this short video, witness the bench

where I regained my strength back in 1993

and again in 2017




A Turkey with only one leg…Beware of this tale….

I bought a turkey for this Thanksgiving dinner and the bird happily thawed in the refrigerator for days, until Thanksgiving morning.

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I joyfully dug out my special turkey pan to hold my glorious bird that would in 4  to 5 hours offer my family with a tasty meal for this Thanksgiving holiday.

I excitedly cut away at the plastic wrapping that tightly surrounded the thawed out turkey with a soulful grimace upon my face…Not looking forward to cramming my hand into the birds butt to remove the awful bag of giblets…


To my horror I witnessed a terrible sight!

I had bought a One Legged Turkey!


I sadly crammed my hand into the hollow of the turkey butt to pull out the awful bag containing the giblets for which to make a honorable gravy to lightly pour over the hand mashed potatoes…


My face began to frown even more after finding that the bag was missing!

Now the only thing left to do was to take three pieces of paper for my family including myself…

Because, we had to draw for the Thanksgiving Turkey Leg!


Since, there was only one Turkey Leg…




Oh My Goodness ~ 200 Followers Mark !

A great big smile and hugs go out to Anju ~

for helping me to make it to 200 followers… I think everyone should pay her a visit, because she has a very interesting blog. Lots of fun information and just an all around beautiful layout…This young lady is beautiful inside and out.. So, take a few moments to have a look see.. You’ll be glad you did, honestly…

Thanking you all kindly,



Until next time


~A Brand New Day That Can Never Be Repeated ~

What a glorious day October 1st 2016 was with its clouds overhead forecasting the rain that was coming our way. I was just a mere 30 minutes away from another sunrise announcing this to be a brand new month, followed by light rain for the evening and following day.



The panorama view of the city and the lake where I live was an interesting view for me this morning. While, at the far left of this picture, just atop one of the cities buildings I could see the pink in the sky just beginning to crest.


Looking up at the clouds as the sky began to lighten, it was like no other. I was by the lake where I’d often go trying to figure out how to be a widow in those early days. I’d buy a coffee at our favorite shop and drive by the lake just to ponder my life. I knew I needed time to figure out my newly given path that I must follow, no matter what my views on it were at the time.

They say disbelief is the first emotion you go through, but I was spared that as I was by his side the entire time from beginning to end. The next emotion was to be anger, but how could I be angry after being given 15 wonderful years as a wife and received the up most gift of two children from this union. The lake here in this picture is my compass, showing me that there are many directions one can choose to take.


I’ve had another loss 5 months ago, losing my older sister to suicide. This is so hard to even begin to put into words as there are so many jumbled up emotions inside of this aging body of mine. As I sit here today 30 minutes away from the next sunrise on this day, October 2nd ~ I hold on to my inner compass even if I never plan to actually travel anywhere.

I am content to work very hard at healing my heart from the many losses I’ve experienced, beginning with my grandfather back in nineteen-hundred-seventy-eight. He taught me something amazing, and yet it contained few words to explain…His actions, caused reactions, which caused thought, leading to understanding of how to just take time to ponder over any situation…

So, yesterday morning I sat sipping my coffee, smiling at the many joyous times spent with my late husband and the conversations I’d had with my older sister over the internet ~ via Face Book, messaging and Skype.  She lived in Los Angeles, California where I too was born many moons ago. But, even though we were separated by 2,711 miles from her place to mine, we were as close as if we were right next door to each other…

She often would say how she enjoyed reading about my antics here on Word Press, and for that simple fact I am very thank full to this blog for allowing me the escape to jot down on here my thoughts and pictures I love to take. She was amazed by my garden of hope as I call it and I’m sure she wished she too could have a little space where she could just clear away clutter of each of our days.

Sometimes, there is just too much noise around us, and we need moments just to sit, quietly and watch a sunrise or sunset in peace.



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Until next time




Whatever do you do when the power goes out?

Last evening just as dinner was finished and I was watching an episode of 24 starring Kiefer Sutherland and just when it was about over ~ You know right where it gets exciting just near the end ~ The Power Went OUT! gee-sh…..Really!


So, fight or flight kicks in as the sun is setting on this day.


The darkness felt as if it were rushing to blanket the house in complete darkness, before I could find the darn matches to light the oil lantern. Just in the nick of time (Just like Jack Bauer) I managed to locate the hiding matches and lit the lantern.

I sat near the golden glow of the lantern, wondering what the pioneer folks use to do as the sun disappeared below the horizon…They probably went to bed right? Since, they only had candles for light after dark ~ Not like our modern homes, where all the lights must have been on when the house fell dark…

The first hour passed by pretty quickly during twilight hour… I let my pup outside and I followed her with my camera, thinking I’d try to figure out in the dimmest of light from the day, how to make a movie of my pup looking for that mischievous squirrel who loves to taunt her daily.

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If, I can’t see those tiny buttons in the sunlight how on earth was I going to be able to figure this out? I ask ya…

Well, you do what anyone who hasn’t a clue does…. You press each of the buttons until you arrive at the one you want.. Eureka! That actually worked for me.. Note to self: It’s the tiny red button on the back.. I know I should have read the booklet that came with the digital camera, but… the print was so tiny I couldn’t read it.. Yes, I hear what you all are thinking right about now… Get New Glasses for goodness sake…


So, I manage to film 3 separate short movies with the camera, feeling pretty dog-gone happy with this feat as the twilight hour is almost complete. I hurry back inside and I think I cleaned the dinner dishes alright… ? Hum… Note to self: re-wash them tomorrow…

So, I fumble upstairs when I remembered I have a battery run emergency radio with a little light on the front inside my dresser.. Now, which drawer was that bloody thing in?


Eureka! Second one so far of the evening… I found it and hoped that the last power outage I remembered to remove the batteries from the back of the compartment or else they might leak and ruin the only radio and outlet to the outside world. I wanted to know why the power went out as they usually report on such things.


Why oh why was I so stubborn and not buy an I Phone? I thought while slowly walking back down the stairs with the radio to check inside if all was well with the world….If I had one of those fancy phones, it has a light so bright that it could light up the entire living room..


Also, I could check Face-book and read if anyone local was posting about the outage.


The second hour was spent listening to the radio for reports if any ~ Which there was NOT ! All I heard was music that sounded very bad on this tiny radio, until I found the antenna….Oh my technology these days sure has spoiled us almost to the point we don’t know what to do with ourselves when the power goes out just as it’s getting dark…

All I wanted to do this evening was prepare a nice little post for you here on Word Press, and perhaps work on another YouTube video. The next forty-five minutes was spent in my garage with the oil lantern looking for a piece of wood to make something tomorrow.

I had to sit down on the stairs in the garage and laugh my fool head off. Why couldn’t I just sit in my rocking chair, after all I did just get closer to sixty this past August. But, oh no I needed to go into a dark garage and look for wood.. No dirty thoughts here, Please….I’m too tired to backspace and correct the wording, and if you chuckle ~ All the better.

While, I was laughing so hard tears were rolling down my face the garage door opener light came on !

Eureka ! Number Three the power had been returned and all would go back to normal once again. I walked inside with the wood I needed and started to turn off all of the lights but one. Remember they were all on when the power went out..

This is why I just didn’t go to bed when the lights went out.. Hydro gets enough of my money as it is.. Can’t be having all of the downstairs lights on all night…



Until next time


Grab a Tea or Coffee and settle in for a spell ~ 18 minuets

Along with that coffee or tea you might need a small snack by your side to view this amazing video.. Alright, I can not lie ~ I got long winded with talking all about my Potato trials, but just wait until the Tomato trial comes around the bend.. Wink,

So, if you chose to accept this mission click the link below before it self destructs…

~yes, I love mission impossible~

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You can do it, I have faith in you…. wink….


Until next time