Friday, June 20, 2014


Today is Clare's first birthday.
At 10:21 pm on Thursday, June 20th, 2013, my sweet girl was placed in my arms for the first time.  Immediately, I felt an overwhelming sense of contentedness and completeness.  I had never felt so whole as I did in those moments.
Clare has completed our family.  She brings light and joy into our days.  She makes us smile and laugh.  She amazes me everyday.  Each and every time I look into her eyes, I am taken by their brightness and her undeniable intelligence.
Clare bear, you will do amazing things in your life, and I can't wait to watch.


Tuesday, June 10, 2014

June Days

My husband, my daughter, and I were all born in June. 
It really is the loveliest month.  Fresh greens, soft blooms and butterflies abound.  The days are warm but not oppressive and the nights are cool.  The air is sweet, and all of the birds start to sing their summer time songs.
The mosquitoes are certainly terrible this year, and I am finding myself inside more often,  but when the wind is up and the sun is shining, it's simply perfect.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

From the Weather Book

It's been a long time since I've updated the weather book.  Truth be told, I've been avoiding it because the end of winter and beginning of spring this year have been so depressing.  Instead of going through each day and reporting on the glum, tedious and repetitive weather, I'm going to make it easy on everyone.


It snowed.  It was really cold.  It snowed some more.

It usually looked like this:


It snowed.  It was a little warmer.  The ice went out April 29.

It often looked like this:

And now we are all caught up!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Ice Out

As I mentioned in my last post, while it SEEMS we are quite far behind last year in terms of Spring getting started, we really aren't.  The ice is out, only 4 days behind last year.  Now, we do still have a small pile of snow in the front, and there is still some in the deep bush, that is only because of the vast amount we received this year.
I took a hike through the bush last week and was struck by how quickly everything changes once the snow is gone (or almost gone).  The air was permeated with the smell of wild leeks sprouting and the sound of ephemeral streams.

Onward Spring!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Not By Much

Everyone is talking about how late of a Spring we are having.  To be honest, it  FEELS different, but when I look back through the weather book I see it isn't much different.
April 23 and 24 of 2012 saw snow, as did April 20 - 25 of 2013.  Granted, 2012 was a weird year, and we already had trilliums blooming by now, but snow this late in the season is not uncommon.
The ice on the lake is still holding strong, but I imagine it will start to break up soon  It just started turning black today, but is open in the smaller bays.  Last year the ice was out April 25.
We are all looking forward to warmer days ahead.

Friday, March 28, 2014


At the moment it is pouring rain outside.  It' a dull and dreary day, and I don't mind it one bit.
Why?  Because it's something different.  We have had endless strings of gorgeous, sparkling days, but enough is enough.  This winter and early spring I have learned that, while beautiful, the same weather day after day gets monotonous.  Boring.  It seemed we were stuck in a rut of winter.
I crave the change in seasons.  It is so nice to see the great wheels of the seasons turning once again as we creep ever closer to warm weather.