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Friday, October 17, 2014

Family Visits

Day 51 to 56

Here I go again with a several  days of not blogging. 

Sunday we had a good church service then we drove up to our daughter's for a thanksgiving dinner.  I have always lived around 6 hours from my family.  In 2009 Elizabeth and Rich moved about 2 hours from us.  Now I am able to visit for one day.  I am thankful that we are closer to at least one daughter.

Monday was a pottery day. I have one maple syrup pitcher to make by Christmas. If they were finished today they would be dry enough to fire in a couple of weeks, and finished by Christmas shows and for sure Christmas.  I was able to make 3 maple syrup sizes and four larger ones.  I am thankful these are finished.  I prepared clay for my tri-colour ones, last week. I will get to them next week.  My pottery is finished for the year, now I will be able to clean up the garden, weather permitting.

Tuesday we decided to visit our parents and siblings in the Niagara Peninsula.  I am thankful that we now live three hours from them instead of 6 which we did for 33 years.

About 40 years ago my brother and sister decided to sell the pumpkins my mother had grown at the end of the drive.  My brother has converted that wheel barrow of sales into an amusement fun time.  I haven't been able to visit the Howell Pumpkin Farm while open in about 20 years.  The games are open on Tuesday evening for cheep Tuesday so I was glad we were able to see it open. Pumpkins can be bought any time.  Jerry gave us some tickets to try his new cannon apple thrower.  We saw the canons when he brought them in.  It was quite fun shooting at targets on hay bales or the old combine. We also tried his new paint ball zombi, another show we've watched him make.  Here is his website.

Often we visit mid week when my sisters work. Both were on holiday. Wednesday afternoon and evening we had a very good visit in my younger sisters newly renovated family room.  Of course it is good to visit with my father who is almost 92 and Dave's stepmother who is 85.  Those visits will not last for ever. 

On the way home, today, we stopped at the RV show in Toronto. We are in the market for a travel trailer. Seeing many at once opens our options in a short time.

Of course I am thankful that God once again blessed us with good travel both ways. 

This has been a very good week which again I am thankful for.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Last Market Day For This Year

Day 50

Today, Thanksgiving Saturday was our last day for the 100 K Farm Fresh and Home Made Market.  I wanted to go as there could be lots of people there, but I wasn't thrilled about standing out in the cold fall weather.  This is the first time I have sold on this holiday weekend, I would go. One never knows how things will turn out until one tries. 

I have been told that less is more, meaning the if you put less out you will have more sales.  I never was that convinced of this. I didn't pack very much pottery, therefore I didn't have many pieces to put out.

I am thankful that I did go.  I had the most sales I have had of any Saturday this summer.  The weather was a
cool fall day. At times the sun even came out.  We had only a few sprinkles of rain too.  It was a very good day.

Next will be the Christmas shows, which are inside, out of the weather elements.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Never A Dull Moment

Day 48 and 49

These two days could have been blended into one as they were pretty much the same. 

We sat in the warm cottage and watched the rain come and go. Other than I'm tired of seeing rain I didn't sit and twiddle my fingers, I always have things occupy me.  I never have a dull moment.  I read a book, and made play food with polymer clay for the grandchildren.

The rain did stop long enough to get outside for some exercise, which was raking leaves and pine needles off the driveway and the stone steps. I will be raking more, many of the leaves haven't even turned colour.  They might get raked this year, or next spring. There is always something falling off the trees at the cottage.  When we took over the cottage no one had been keeping the stone paths cleaned and they were 3/4 covered with tree debrea.  It doesn't take long for nature to take over.

We are home and the truck in loaded with my pottery for the market tomorrow.

I am thankful I have my health and I can do the things I enjoy doing, yes that includes raking leaves.  The smell of the leaves and the russel sound they make gives me peace and time to talk and listen to God, while I rake.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Frogs, Fatique and Rain

Day 45, 46 & 47

For  three days I’ve not taken the time to blog my thankfulness.  I could say I didn’t have the time to blog, people spend their money and their time on what they feel is important.  If it is not important they will find all sorts of excuses why they don’t have the time or the money.  I found lots of excuses these past 3 days, but I don’t remember any of them.

This past month I have made several larger frog and mice platters.  I wanted to do at least 4 smaller ones before the frost ate my hosta leaves.  Thankfully I got the four platters finished today.  Now on to small pitchers for maple syrup and a few larger ones.  

I was hoping to get these started on Tuesday.  We had our drum lesson in the morning with our pastor then I went grocery shopping.  When I came home I felt exhausted.  I think the past week’s events have caught up with me.  The weather was also sunny,  a rarity this year, I wasn’t going to stay in the basement doing pottery on a day like this.  Initially I thought I’d remove some stones that  I’ve wanted move all summer.  Heavy loading in my fatigue state wasn't the best idea I've had. I had bought my fall fertilizer so why not spread that.  Walking behind the fertilizer spreader was much easier than hauling wheel barrows of stones. The rain came back washing the fertilizer in. This was a good decision.  I am thankful I made this choice.  

We were going to the cottage for a few days then coming home for me to do my last farmers market day, Thanksgiving Saturday.  I spent the  rest of the afternoon packing up my pottery for the market. I am always thankful when a job is done.
Today, Wednesday we came to the cottage.  On Sunday the weather was calling for Tuesday to be rainy and the rest of the week sunny.  I have no idea why waste my time watching the weather report.  The opposite happened.

Despite the rain the cottage is always a relaxing place to vedge out at.  The fire is stoked, the cottage is warm and the book I am reading is very interesting.  Dave and I did get out for a walk, a short one as the clouds were baring down on us. We got a bit wet on the way back, thankfully it wasn’t a down pour.

 Now if the internet would work I might be able to post this.  I’m thankful that we at least have some internet.  A few years ago there was none at the cottage.  Next year the internet will improve.  I didn't get to post this until Thursday morning. 

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Follow God and Write

Dpt ay 45

Last Sunday while visiting my daughter's church in Fredericton the sermon spoke to me, more than usual. 

It was about God appearing to Moses in the burning bush, Exodus 3. God wanted Moses to go back to Egypt and rescue the Israelite's, Pharaoh slaves.  Forty years ago he ran away from Egypt to save his life.  Going back terrified him.  He made several excuses why God shouldn't chose him.

The question asked us, 'what has God called us to do and what excuses have we made'.

 I know God has called me to make pottery and play the drums, which I am not making excuses to do.   I prayed what have you called me to do. My answer - write your story.

I began to write it a year ago, did the prologue then stopped.   My excuse is fear of persecution which leads to, ' I don't have time and numerous other reasons'.   A few Christians did not believed me and I became careful whom  I share it to.  I don't know where this will go.  That is not my concern, just follow and write for now. 
This afternoon was quiet.  I pulled out my computer and typed away.  My background is close to being finished, first draft naturally.  Perseverance wins the race.

I am thankful for this sermon and that I took time to write today.  I'm on my way.   

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Exercise For Health

Day 44

The past two days was suppose to be sunny. This morning was the sunny day and I chose to stay inside and do the motorcycle books.  The paperwork had been piling up. It doesn't take long to impute them into our quick books program.  In 2003 I switched from a spread sheet to Quickbooks and I was frustrated.  Our accountant came to the house to teach me the program.  I told him I wanted to quit as it seamed confusing.  He told me to press through. Am I ever glad I did.  Now it is easy, almost boring, inputting the books.

I am thankful didn't succumb to the sunny weather, but stayed inside a got my books done.

Day 45

During the summer our pastor decided to raise money for our church's free community breakfast through Ride for Refuge  He asked who would like to bike to raise money.

For the past two years I have wanted to get back into exercising, bicycling being one way.  This was my motivation. I was hoping to cycle at least 4 times a week, that didn't happen.  I must be in better shape than I thought . My practice run is hills, which I can bike between 10 to 8 km.  I did not know the road the ride was on, I opted for the 10 km course.  Twenty km and 50 were the other choices.  The route was quite flat.  I rode 17 km, but probably could have done the 20 km. 

I did accomplish my goal.  I am becoming more fit.  Exercise does more than help loose weight.  It releases chemicals that make me feel like I've lost 10 pounds and build my muscles, giving me strength.  Too bad it wasn't real pounds.  If I slack in my future exercise I'll have to remember how much better I feel when I exercise. 

I am very thankful I decided to Ride for Refuge. Our church almost raised our goal too.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Yard Work Done

Day 42 & 43

The weather for these two days was calling for a sunny sky.  A great day for yard work.

Two of my orange lilies were blocking other plants and needed to be moved.  When one plant is transplanted it becomes several plants. There were two places in other gardens that needed to be filled with something other than natural plants commonly called weeds.  Both areas were filled with the lily roots and I still had about 10 roots left.  I was thinking wouldn't it be nice if I knew some who'd want these plants.  I started to dig another hole on a bank full of grass and in the driveway comes a motorcycle friend whom  we have shared other plants.  He took the rest of the lilies.  I call this another God- cidence instead of coincidence.

On Tuesday when we got home from our daughters, our driveway had turned red with fallen leaves and the lawn was several inches high.  It is rare for me to rake the leaves before the grass stops growing.  Leaves don't normally fall this early in season, but some changed color in August. 

The leaves were rakes and  most of the lawn was cut.  I was getting tired and contemplated leaving the rest for tomorrow, but I didn't want to do it tomorrow and they are calling for rain.  I persevered and the lawn is cut and we can see our driveway which I am thankful I finished it. The raking has become much quicker since Dave gave me a great idea to haul the leaves away.  I used to load up the wheel barrow, now I lay a tarp on the ground and fill it with leaves.  Dave helps me haul the laves to my vegetable garden. What used to be abut 10 trips is now only one. So much time save, thanks to Dave's suggestion.

Of course there will be more leaves to rake as some are still green.

The sun did not show itself for these two days, but it didn't rain, which became the updated weather report.