Animating my way through Winter…

I still have 5 feet of snow in my backyard where I do my Springtime gardening each year. This year I decided that I’d try my hand at learning a new trick. Not, pertaining to gardening, but rather teaching myself how to animate. You will see (thank heavens) a progression in my abilities with each new animation that I released to the public.

My love of gardening is followed by my love of creating, which is actually what gardening is all about. So, whether it’s Art or Gardening I am in my up most happy place creating. I hope you enjoy my baby steps into animating and if one day I become good I  hope to hear from Spielberg.  (Insert laugh track here…)

Toonie Tuesdays began on YouTube back on January 30th 2018

I’m pleased to introduce you to Wilson and Harley

(Click on Each Video to View)

With each new frame I created I grew excited daily to bring these two characters to life. I began drawing my heart out digitally using a digital Pen Tablet and SketchBook Pro.

Winter time in Northern Ontario, Canada can become challenging in more ways than one and to keep a feeling of ” Well Being” can be a tricky thing when the daylight hours are at a minimum and the dark skies of a snowy winter can alter how you feel each day. So, I battle my way through the winters here doing things that can offer me smiles and enjoyment. Last winter I had an indoor garden all winter long, but I also had those gnats flying around all last winter too, due to them hatching from the store bought potting soil.

Between shoveling off my deck and snow-blowing the driveway many times I began creating something fun for myself. I figured if I could make myself giggle I just might be able to bring a few smiles or two to other folks who are struggling to find their own Winter time smiles.

Now, I know these are not the best around and some folks may even say they are not very good, but this is the beginning of animation for me and I started out not knowing what on earth I was doing. Baby steps remember, and learning as I go.

When I hear something that I’ve drawn has made someone smile or just felt better then I know I am on the right track with this path I’ve taken. These are not merely for my own enjoyment they are for you my friends here.  The folks who are sitting here reading this typed out message and watching the birth of Wilson & Harley….


When I arrived at this point in time for creating the above animation I’d been pondering (I do this a lot) for many hours over just how I wanted to change up my skills and thought of something that just might work out.

Bam !  I was blown away by what I created here and I am very excited for you all to see….


So, I think I’ve kept you all here much too long and I’ll save the next ones for future blog posts. If, you’ve made it thus far I truly Thank you from the bottom of my heart and I hope that I’ve left a few smiles in my wake…. hugs



My Christmas Elf returns this year….

Just after being sick with a cold for over a month, my Christmas Elf returned this year to help me out in the kitchen to prepare Gluten Free Pie crusts for the mini Apple pies I’m making for my son. Due to terrible skin allergies he has had to give up all gluten.. Please enjoy this bit of whimsy for your post Christmas Day…..


And, if you have a few moments to spare, join my beautiful daughter and I in the kitchen to whip up some tasty treats..


Thanking you all kindly for spending some holiday time with my family, Hugs….


Vlog Of Sorts – Dec. 8th 2017

I’m still under the weather as far as the head cold goes, but Winter waits for no one when it comes to having to bring out the snowblower and snow shovels. Friday was a snow storm to prove Mother Nature is boss, no matter how much we as humans think we are. Enjoy these two short videos to see for yourself. Hugs from me to you

Part One…..


Part Two…



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