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Jen
Canada's North
Generally optimistic, sometimes overwhelmed, always thankful for the life I've been given.
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Joining in with Ginny at Small Things for Yarn Along I'm continuing on with Judah's hat. I really need to get it done for him soon as we are starting to get some spring weather. I'm certain we will have more freezing temperatures in April so it will get some... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2016 at Chickadee Manor
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~ {pretty, happy, funny, real} ~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~ Every Thursday, at Like Mother, Like Daughter! What is this {pretty, happy, funny, real} you speak of? ~ - ~ - ~ - ~ - ~ - ~ - ~ - ~ - ~ -... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2016 at Chickadee Manor
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These pictures are a wee bit dark and blurry but there was a flurry of excitement first thing Easter morning and these were all that got snapped! (Oh, and that is half of a foam brain on the couch. Not sure why it is there...or where it is now...ha!) Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2016 at Chickadee Manor
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On Saturday afternoon we went for a snowmobile ride across the river. The weather was gorgeous - sunny and a little above freezing. We took three full size snowmobiles, one of which was pulling a large sled, and our mini snowmobile. Our whole family went and we also brought along... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2016 at Chickadee Manor
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Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~ Every Thursday, at Like Mother, Like Daughter! ~ - ~ - ~ - ~ - ~ - ~ - ~ - ~ - ~ - ~ - ~ - ~ - ~ - ~ - ~ - ~ - ~ -... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2016 at Chickadee Manor
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Joining in with Ginny at Small Things ~ - ~ - ~ - ~ - ~ - ~ - ~ - ~ - ~ - ~ - ~ - ~ - ~ - ~ - ~ - ~ - ~ - ~ - ~ - ~ - ~ - ~... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2016 at Chickadee Manor
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We got a big box in the mail the other day from Ikea. The kids claimed it for their own and ever since someone or other has been occupying the box or its lid during daylight hours. Judah even asked to bring his "sub" to his room to nap in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2016 at Chickadee Manor
I will have to look up the yarn you mentioned, Lisa. Thanks for the suggestion!
Toggle Commented Mar 14, 2016 on {pretty, happy, funny, real} at Chickadee Manor
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I was helping the girls clean their room and their tiny bathroom the other day when I noticed this on the wall. In nail polish. I immediately called Emma who informed me that she had taught Judah how to write her name and so he must have written it on... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2016 at Chickadee Manor
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On our way from Cape Town to Stanford we stopped in at Betty's Bay which was the site of an old oiling station. We visited Stony Point Penguin Colony to view the black-footed penguins, cormorants, and fascinating little creatures called hyraxes who are also known locally as dassies. Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2016 at Chickadee Manor
Me, too, Jenny! I saw the yarn and loved it and so I found a pattern to work with it. It reminds me of summer and being a little kid.
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Joining in with Ginny over at Small Things for Yarn Along. This week I finally picked up my knitting needles after a long hiatus. I had been afraid to start a new project as I didn't have anyone to ask for help when I was attempting some new stitches and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2016 at Chickadee Manor
Hi Mary, I love sea urchins! I only found three intact ones along the beaches we walked as they seem to be easily broken in the surf. There is a really neat Etsy shop that sells jewelry made from sea urchins, shells, etc., called Star of the East. I bought a sea urchin ring from them years ago. I had not ever seen one in nature before January of this year. Here's a link to the shop if you're curious - https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/StaroftheEast?ref=l2-shopheader-name
Toggle Commented Mar 11, 2016 on {pretty, happy, funny, real} at Chickadee Manor
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Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~ Every Thursday, at Like Mother, Like Daughter! ~ - ~ - ~ - ~ - ~ - ~ - ~ - ~ - ~ - ~ - ~ - ~ - ~ - ~ - ~ - ~ - ~ -... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2016 at Chickadee Manor
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In January, Dwayne and I went on our first vacation alone (alone = the two of us, without the kids) since we started having kids almost 11 years ago! We decided to go somewhere completely different and to a country neither of us had been to before - South Africa.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2016 at Chickadee Manor
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We were locating Christmas decorations and lights over the weekend when I came across something unexpected but it was a very good thing - my camera battery charger! I have been looking for it for probably 8 months or more now. Dwayne brought in a reusable shopping bag full of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2015 at Chickadee Manor
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This morning I suddenly realized how overcast it has been for the last days (weeks?)! Looking out the kitchen window, the sky was a brilliant light blue and the snow on the trees was so white it was difficult to look at. The sun had returned! It only lasted about... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2015 at Chickadee Manor
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It looks like the dinosaurs got into the paint that got left out last night! For more info on the origins of Dinovember and its creators, click here . . Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2015 at Chickadee Manor
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When Abby came home from her trip with my parents she brought home a new family pet. Meet Smiley the beta fish! Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2015 at Chickadee Manor
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My wonderful parents brought us stroopwafels when they returned from their vacation (along with some really yummy gouda cheese and other treats!) and last night I thought it would be lovely to have one alongside my final cup of coffee of the day and our annual winter beeswax candle. Methinks... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2015 at Chickadee Manor
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And I think to myself, what a wonderful world. - Louis Armstrong Teach us delight in simple things, and mirth that has no bitter springs. - Rudyard Kipling Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2015 at Chickadee Manor
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While our middle daughter has been off on a vacation with my parents, our eldest and youngest daughters have been playing together a lot. They found all sorts of fun out in the woods last weekend and Riley even built a makeshift playground for her little siblings out of logs... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2015 at Chickadee Manor
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When we go to the hunting cabin, we bring along drinking water but all wash water has to come from the river. This means a little walk down the trail towards the river and then Dwayne scrambling down the bank with 5-gallon pails in hand. He fills them from the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2015 at Chickadee Manor
I was tucking Judah in the other night and he insisted that I get under his crib size quilt with him to snuggle. Once my shoulder was covered to his satisfaction he says, "You have your coffee, and I have my milk cup." Sounds about right! Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2015 at Chickadee Manor
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So, remember how yesterday I said today was going to be THE day to tackle the exterior side of the windows? Yeah, well, that didn't happen. Not even close. It seems I have been slammed with some sort of virus. I was feeling slightly iffy on Wednesday but thought it... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2015 at Chickadee Manor