Covid Puzzle

1000 piece puzzle, kept us busy over Christmas. On to the next one now.

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A Little Bit of Cheer

A little bit of cheer down our road.

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Don’t Go For A Walk, Go For A Wonder Wander


Don’t Go For A Walk –
head down,
arms pumping,
heart racing,
pedometer counting,
lungs stretching,
mind worrying
about yesterday,
tomorrow,
somewhere else.

Stop.
Start again.
Take your camera.

Go For A Wonder Wander –
head up,
look at the amazing colour
of the sky,
cloud formations;
eyes searching,
seeing,
lichen by the side
of the path,
tiny flowers still blooming
in the cold,
beautiful moss lining the ditch,
water cress and miners lettuce,
food you can nibble;
arms swinging, relaxed,
fingers pointing,
at that squirrel
with a whole walnut
in its mouth;
lungs pulling in crisp, clean air,
exhaling tension, impatience;
heart at rest,
full of gratitude
for these beautiful woods;
mind full of wonder
at the sound
of tiny birds
in the trees above you,
cheeping excitedly;
worry dissipating into a sense
of wonder
at all you’ve
missed
on all those walks.

©Sharron R. McMillan

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Mocha Loved Her Christmas Presents

Her favourite were the little sparkly mice, she threw then all over the house and ‘chased’ them.

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Covid Christmas Dinner

We each contributed something for our turkey dinner, set it up buffet style in eldest daughter’s tiny house, then we took turns going in, filling our plates and headed out onto the deck to eat safely.
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Eating Christmas Dinner Together safely – outdoors amidst rain and gale force winds. But we were together and it was fun and delicious. Thanks to son-in-law’s propane heaters. ūüėČ
Middle daughter and son-in-law joined us on zoom. ūüėČ
We survived Christmas 2020.

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Merry Covid Christmas

I wish you a safe, healthy, happy, blessed Christmas
there in your bubble.
Stay there until the danger has passed
when we will all be free at last
and all our joys will double. 

2020©Sharron R. McMillan

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Christmas Eve Covid Style

Stockings all hung in the workshop with care

We’ll have a covid Christmas Eve alone,
spending the day in our own home,
hanging the stockings out in the shop,
sharing the love that no virus can stop,
as we open our gifts in our own living room
watching you opening yours there on zoom.

~Sharron R. McMillan

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I’m All Alone In My Bubble (Covid Edition)

I’m all alone in my bubble,
Oh but I really don’t care,
mask less I walk through our pathways
Because no one else is out there.

Sometimes I bump into your bubble
And with our masked faces we share,
Six feet apart trying to read your eyes
Not sure if a smile is there.

Everyone should  just stay in their bubble.
stop the spread of this nasty old bug,
we are in this together and we will survive
and soon we will once again hug.

©Sharron R. McMillan

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The Future Can Be Beautiful

Lichen on Dead Alder

Stop being a prisoner of your past.
Become the architect of your future.

~Robin Sharma

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Our Covid Tree

2020 covid tree

We weren’t in the mood to go out and get a Christmas tree but I still wanted to decorate something.¬† I snipped the tips off the spruce my best friend brought us one year when she flew here from Saskatchewan.¬† It was safely tucked inside a milk carton.¬† Now it’s a huge tree marking the pathway to our orchard.

I stuck the branches into a sterling silver candle holder given to us by a dear friend who is gone now.  She would smile to see it holding our Christmas tree.

It seemed appropriate to have a tree of nostalgia, of friendship and good memories.  With presents from those who love us under it.

Other than the lights outdoors around the yard, this is Christmas in our house for this year.¬† A Christmas we’ll never forget, I’m sure.

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Feeding the Birds

oops. By the time I got my camera the flock of birds had flown off and the deer was licking up the seeds madly before they came back again.

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Aliens In The Pumphouse

Someone around here likes to make us laugh. It worked. Thanks. ūüėČ

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Missing Something?

Missing something?
Well don’t let that stop you
from enjoying everything else
~Author Unknown

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Save The World

 Acquire a peaceful spirit, and thousands around you will be saved.
~Seraphim of Sarov 

 

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Kiwi Harvest

Kiwi on the vine

Between rain showers today we picked our crop of kiwi.  Two large bowls full, about 24 pounds.  Some we put in the cold room to keep longer, shared some with our daughters and have some in the pantry to ripen.  They are so delicious and a good source of vitamin C. Perfect timing.

Kiwi (Hayward) Actinidia chinensi Deciduous Vine. A fruit tree and medicinal plant native to China. It lives up to 80 years and will bear for 30 years. Hardy to 10¬į F. Only one male is needed.¬† It is pollinated by bees.
Use: Paper is made from the bark.
         The plant is said to have insecticidal properties.
         Branches and leaves boiled in water, the liquid used for treating mange in dogs.
¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†In China, the fruit and the juice of the stalk are esteemed for expelling “gravel”.
         The scraped stems of the vine are used as rope.
         A tonic for growing children and for women after childbirth.
        Meat can be tenderized by rubbing with the flesh of the fruit. After 10 min. the fruit              must be scraped off, otherwise the enzymatic action will be excessive. The meat                      should be cooked immediately.

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