Monday, January 31, 2011

Waves in Ice

We went to the beach yesterday, it was so cold, not at all pleasant on bare fingers taking photos. I loved the wave patterns in the ice on the sandy shore.

Suet Eater

I was lucky enough to get a shot of this woodpecker having lunch at the suet Mark put out for the birds. The birds are very hungry birds in this cold weather we have been having.

I am not sure if it is a downey or a hairy woodpecker.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Sunset on Lakeview

My trusty old camera died a couple of weeks ago, I ordered a new one, a Canon Powershot G12. It came last Friday, it will take me awhile to learn how to use it. My college photography studies have faded into my memory, I am hoping to revive some of that knowledge.

sunset down Lakeview Dr.

soft light at sunset

The Snow did Blow...

The weather this January has been in extremes,
either brutally cold, we registered -41° C on our
north side thermometer last week, or warm and
with the warmth comes snow. Lots of it!

clearing snow
is not one of Marks most favourite jobs.

Monday, January 17, 2011


I just looked back at my blog posts, I didn't blog much last year. It was a hard year for me, adjusting to this new body of mine. This body that seems to have betrayed me. I am not that old, only half way through my life. My knees seem to be older. I walk like my gram did.
I had two surgeries for injuries due to degeneration. They are both arthritic, and I have lost the ability to pick up and go walking. I hardly leave the house unless Mark drives me somewhere. I walk Miss Bean to the edge of the property and am fearful of falling on the ice and tearing the meniscus again.
I am sure I will adjust to this new me in time but truly it sucks a big one.
I know I am not dying, I do not have a terrible disease, but big changes like this out of the blue are challenging.
I have not wove a rug since before my first surgery in the summer. I have been working at finishing a memory rug for a friend since the spring. I am starting to desire textile, to start cutting and then weaving again, I know it will come.
The surgeon said I will have to wait 10 years for new knees, how depressing is that, ten years. To live this way so limited in my movement. I do understand my left knee is still healing. It will get better than this!
I will search for treatments other than surgery for arthritis... and will anxiously await spring and dry non slippery sidewalks.
I will be making jewelry, and will soon be weaving.
This is what has kept me from blogging, my mind has to adjust to this new life.
I have gained a pile of weight, hard to shed when you don't move about much. I have been researching recumbent exercise bikes, I think I have it narrowed down and will soon order one. I'll take a photo of it when it arrives!
Happy trails!

Lake Boats in the Winter

It has always been a thrill for us to catch glimpses of the freighters out on the Lake. We really do miss our old view, we have to be quick these days, our window of opportunity has been diminished.
The boats are miles away.. photo quality is not all that it should be.

this was last Tuesday, the day Thomas left
we really liked this one,
the lake was so clear, no mist

I think this was the last boat
the last boat we saw anyway
the locks in the Sault are now closed for the season

Happy New Year, a little late...

Happy New Year, I am a little behind in my wishes!
Our two children, well young adult children were home for Christmas. Neither of them had been home since last Christmas so it was a special treat to have them home.
I will admit to not doing much besides enjoying their company and cooking for them.
Megan left just after New Years, and Thomas left about a week ago. We are adjusting to our own lives again. I really miss them alot.
Here are a few photos from the holidays.

Megan with her Juicebox (milk box) camera at the beach
she took some fabulous photos with it!

beach shadows
look how long our legs are!!

Thomas Christmas morning
playing with a plastic bag

the whirly swirly Christmas tree
we bought a tree this Christmas,
we will never buy one again,
it was crispy hard..
must have been cut in the summer
it smelled fabulous,
but very strongly,
I do wonder if it had been sprayed
with a artificial tree scent.
Do they do that?