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….

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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

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Come Join Me In My 1950’s Kitchen

There are those times in ones life when you crave food from your childhood memories. You know what I mean, those dishes you ate when you were a child that you can now as an adult still smell deep in the recesses of your memory banks. Actually, you can also remember more than just the welcoming smells coming from your families kitchen.. You can relive days long gone with what I’m about to cook.. Enjoy

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~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.

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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.

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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.

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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

~Laura~

 

 

The Lake ~ Part 5 ~Sun-setting

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The light is changing on this evening and soon it will be twilight, that time that ends each day with just enough light to see and it’s when all of the streetlamps come alive, calling to all of the moths that will flutter around the glow all evening.

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I love how this flower danced in the wind and also its bloom before opening reminds me of something floating on the oceans currents back where I use to live in Florida…

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So, this day begins to end with a spectacular show of light, clouds, wind, and the glorious water of the lake with its waves clapping against the boulders with a splash here and there.. Almost, looked at times like a child blowing bubbles into the air…

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The sun that we see is at rest for the twilight that will soon arrive…

Take care to all of my dear friends and to all of my

newest of friends who have just recently began to follow me….

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Until next time…

~ Laura ~

Oh my Goodness I may faint

Most likes in one day

Alright, I know the numbers are not all that amazing to most if not all of you out there in the blogging world, but…..

And yes there is always a but as far as I’m concerned (I know insert giggle or smile)

I’ve been away for some time (Well…all winter) and I’ve suffered a loss in my family too. My older sister passed away over a month ago, so I’ve dealt with this tragic loss the best way that I can….

She loved reading my older blog and this new blog I’ve started. She would tell me it made her day ~ filled with giggles and smiles….We all need these simple things in life on a daily basis or perhaps on really bad days we might need it by the minute…

I didn’t know how I could ever return to Bluebird4Udaily offering giggles and smiles or trying my best to do so….But, after a time spent in my garden feeling thankful for the times I had talking with my sister I found courage to continue to blog here on WordPress.

So, you see the most likes in one day (12) made me smile at a time when I just needed a pure and simple emotion of joy.

I wasn’t going to share the loss of my beautiful sister in my blog, because that is not what my blog was suppose to be in the beginning, but as we grow I thought it best to expose my pain and my journey out of it to continue the circle of life as I know it. She would want me to keep posting and trying to make someones day just a little happier, or chuckle just a little louder than you’ve done before….

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Until we meet again, Sis…..

(I’m like Carol Burnett, when she pulled her earlobe at the end of every show )

You must be as old as I to know that reference ~ or Google it