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“After all this time? … Always” #HarryPotter20

The Harry Potter series was introduced to me after my Mom died. I found a place to heal and a place to let my imagination fly on a broom.

This week and always. I am grateful for the friends that I found in the characters of this series. I’m grateful for the spark of imagination. I’m grateful for the magical trips to another world.


Colline was grateful for butterfly kits. What are you grateful for this week?

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Grateful for summer plants

I’m a messy gardener. You’ll find weeds and wildflowers and grasses in my garden. Partly because they grow better than the plants I’ve put in my garden. Partly because they’re good for the local bees and butterflies.

I usually enjoy making a variety of container gardens but this year I decided to spend the money on a new cell phone. I wasn’t going to buy any plants for my front porch but…

They called to me. I just didn’t find my porch “done” without something growing. So I just happened to bring home some portulaca (very heat and drought resistant) and a couple huge coleus for the shady spot underneath. I’ll share some more photos when the portulaca blooms.P_20170609_124416_vHDR_Auto

 

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Digging in the dirt is so relaxing. Perfect for a warm June afternoon.

How do you unwind? What are you grateful for?

Colline is grateful for her health.

 

Posted in Grateful for, pondering, Tourist in my own Town / Province

Grateful for… Three Things Thursday

The purpose of Three Things Thursday is to celebrate the things that made us smile during the past week. I’m meshing that with my Grateful for … post this week as I’m always grateful for those moments that make me smile. (and I’m short on blogging time)

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1. The BIG apple just off the highway on the way to Belleville, Ontario
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2. The young turkey who has been visiting our neighbourhood
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3. This warning sign at OSSFA (Provincial High school Meet)

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What made you smile this week? What are you grateful for?

Colline was grateful for the team she works with.

 

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Grateful for a busy few weeks.

My blog posts have been lacking these last few weeks. Spring is always a very busy time for us. I’m very grateful for all the family time and events that have kept me so busy.

b90b9078c2dccda12abadfba9b93b1a2This year we’ve been busy with our son’s Track and Field meets. He’s been competing in the discus and shot put events. He did very well in our region and will be competing in the Provincial meet soon.

I am so proud of his dedication. He has been training daily for months (even in the rain!)

 

His training keeps me busy because he needs to employ Mom’s Taxi service daily, as our neighbours would be less than pleased with a discus sailing through their windows.

I’ve also been lucky enough to help some of the children at our school with EQAO (standardized provincial test) I scribe for those who need assistance putting their thoughts onto paper.

AND our yearly trip with my sisters family. I have to sort through the photos from our trip this year soon.

Next month should slow down. I’ll get back to regular posts then. But for now, I’m grateful for being kept busy. ❤

Posted in Canada, Grateful for, History, Scope for the Imagination, Tourist in my own Town / Province

Grateful for the tulips

Last week (oops I’m a bit late with this post) I was grateful for a break between rainstorms. I love wandering to enjoy nearby gardens.

During a break in the rain last week. I went for a walk around a nearby neighbourhood. I was delighted to find this beautiful garden full of tulips.


A tulip from my garden. @PatchworkPonderings

Did you know?

In 1945, the Dutch royal family sent 100,000 tulip bulbs to Ottawa in gratitude for Canadians having sheltered Princess Juliana and her daughters for the preceding three years during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands, in the Second World War.

The most noteworthy event during their time in Canada was the birth in 1943 of Princess Margriet to Princess Juliana at the Ottawa Civic Hospital. The maternity ward was declared to be officially a temporary part of international territory, so that she would be born in no country and would inherit only her Dutch citizenship from her mother. In 1946, Juliana sent another 20,500 bulbs requesting that a display be created for the hospital, and promised to send 10,000 more bulbs each year.

Ottawa became famous for its tulips and in 1953 the Ottawa Board of Trade and photographer Malak Karsh organized the first “Canadian Tulip Festival”  source: wikipedia.org
This year Canada will be celebrating the 65th year of the Tulip Festival in Ottawa. I’m sure it will be amazing as we’re also celebrating Canada’s 150th Birthday this year!