A Quick Review


I nervously pushed the publish button for the first time in May, wondering whether anyone
would give a hoot about reading about my not so exciting life here in the woods on Lake Superior
Surprisingly, someone did. And let me tell you I had no idea what a blessing being a part of this
blogging world turn out to be. 
 I so enjoyed sharing my visiting bear photos and videos with you.
You were patient with me while I cried about the videos I couldn’t get!
Then in August we drove to Wawa for our blueberry picking. We harvested
much more than blueberries-the photos were priceless. 
Fall brought with it such lovely colors!
Then the MIL camp was finally finished and Nanna settled in comfortably.

And I was forever bragging about my sunsets here. Sorry.
Now as the sun goes down on 2011, I don’t look back with regrets.
For 2012 I’m looking forward with anticipation and hope, knowing
that God has me in the palm of his hand, believing that as I strive to
hear his voice, he’ll direct my paths.
And this is my prayer for you too, My friends.
Thank you for coming to visit my home and also for allowing
me to pop in on yours.
Happy 2012!


One Year Ago Today

           One Year Ago in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
Last year my husband and I were living and working in the NWT. This is an area where
photographers go to get shots of the Aurora Borealis. It is also the jumping off point for
people traveling to the Arctic regions. So DH and I decided to celebrate our anniversary
by taking a dog sled ride way out to a remote cabin to get our own shots of the Northern
Lights. See all the dog houses behind us? It was after 10 PM before we even started and
somewhere between minus 25-30C. Notice there are no dogs outside their homes?
Even they weren’t dumb enough to be outside on a night like this one!!
I’m not real sure when it was that I lost the feelings in my toes, but I just kept thinking-‘not
to worry, we will be at the cabin soon and there will be a blazing fire there where I can thaw
my little piggies. But as we approached the cabin I did not see any smoke rising out of any
smoke stack! And that was because we were the 1st party to arrive, and therefore we would
get the fire going for the following parties. Well, as you can see, it didn’t take long for our
guide to get the fire blazing and my toes did thaw out-a bit.
My husband Tim, who relishes the cold and adverse temperatures, realizes he has a wimp
for a wife. So he got right to it with the hot chocolate making. A very good man I have there!
Our guide cooked and served us steak, potatoes, and vegetables. Yum! We made many trips out
for shots of the Northern Lights, but to no avail, they weren’t out. At midnight several folks
from Japan showed up to spend the night and it was time for us to head back.
We did see the Aurora Borealis as we were heading back once again on the dog sled, but
it wasn’t possible to get any shots then. The dogs were in full run and we were bundled and
wrapped up, making it impossible to dig out a camera. This is a photo I borrowed from the
web to give you an idea of what we saw. It was a wonderful experience & I can highly
recommend to all.
If I don’t post again before the new year, I wish all of my dear blogging friends a blessed
end to 2011 and may 2012 bring you contentment, good health, and may God bless you
with what you need to live a fulfilling life.

A Beautiful Gift from Alaska

  This is the lovely gift I received from my blogger friend, Paula.
Her husband, Charles, paints icons and liturgical art in Douglas,
Alaska. I sent Paula a pair of my mittens, and in turn, she blessed
me with a little icon prayer shrine and the beautiful card of Mary
with the baby Jesus. Thanks, Paula!

Red Velvet


When you think of red velvet, what comes to your mind?
If you’re a pipe smokin’ lady you’d think of this!
If you’re a woman who appreciates the feel  of this lustrious fabric,
this is the first thing that comes to mind.
If you’re me, you think of these! My beautiful red velvet shoes,
a gift to me on Christmas day 38 years ago, from my boyfriend.
Or, I should say, my soon to be husband!
That’s right, thirty eight years ago, on December 28th, 1973,
my fiance became my husband. My father in-law was a pastor,
so he officiated our wedding. He has since passed and we miss
his gentle spirit. I’m sure he must have been wondering how it
would all work out with two eighteen year old ‘kids’  who had
only dated for a year getting married. With the Lords help, we’ve
made it this far!
Many thanks to you, God, for being there for us. Amen.
And to my blogging friends-I hope you’re continuing to enjoy
this holiday season!

A Merry Christmas Day


From the time my g’children arrived all they talked about was a fire on the beach.
So after the gifts were open, the skies opened up with snow, right on cue. And out
they went with their Papa for a fire.
Starlet has always loved the outdoors. Even when she was wee, she wanted to be outside finding
bugs, chasing butterflies, communing with nature. This year she really struck gold
with all kinds of camping gear. Naturally, she was on cloud nine!
Anything dinosaur was a winner with Lambert. He already has more dinosaurs in his
collection than I can count. And definitely more than I can pronounce, but there’s
always room for one more.
This is my lazy, dazy Christmas tree. Just whip out those special cards, attach with
clothespins, and then if your lucky enough, you’ll have a Starlet who will make you a
special angel to hang in the center!

I have noticed in some of the other Christmas post just how tidy their houses are. Could
it be we are just a impatient lot here, all unwrapping and tossing paper about at once?
Or maybe I should have insisted we all get dressed, hair combed, and cleaned up the
paper after each present opening so it wouldn’t look so darn messy for my photo ops!
But I have a tendency just to go with the flow, so it is what it is.
I hope all of you have had the merriest of Christmases and are looking forward
to this new year as much as I am! It’s a wonderful time for new beginnings, new
projects, and wonderful anticipation of what the Lord has for us in the up-coming

I’m Still Puttering


I don’t know about you, but I find myself still puttering around decorating when I should be cleaning instead! But I do have the excuse that I don’t want the second batch of TV mix to burn like my husband said the first batch did. I didn’t think it tasted burnt. And I did notive that DH was able to help me eat the botched batch. But he’s a real trooper like that!
This is really the last thing I’m decorating today. Well, other than the tree. I guess I didn’t tell you
it’s been in the house since Sunday, but I’ve been waiting on DH to help hang the lights. Tonight,
he says. I’m good with that.
I have a roast cooking on the wood stove for vegetable soup. I’m cooking as much as I can ahead
today. I’m trying cranberry/orange muffins for the first time. Has anyone ever made these? Have you got a favorite recipe to share?
                        Remember this handsome fellow? Well, if he comes knocking at your door,
                        don’t slam it in his face! He works for UPS and is only delivering goodies
                        to your home.
                                                      Pitter Patter-I’d better get at er’!
                                                         Have a great day-Kimberly

Eating My Words

  I bet you all remember back in November when I laughed and laughed when they put the channel on TV with the 24 hour fireplace. I just couldn’t imagine sitting and looking at this never changing fire. I heard back from many of you that your channel had music along with the fire.
Well you’ll never guess what I found today while looking for a Christmas DVD to watch. Yes,

I found a Celine Dion Christmas DVD that my DH had bought last year. I popped it in and low and behold up comes a crackling fire. I wasn’t able to sit and watch it, since I was sewing in the other room. But I’m kind of coming around to thinking it’s not so bad (with the music) after all!

Today I hope to get my baking done. I am baking:
                                                                                  1) tarts
                                                                                   2) Russian snowballs
                                                                                   3)  dream bars
                                                                                   4) peppermint bark
                                                                                   5) TV mix
Thank you all for your sweet birthday wishes for our daughter. I just found out today that they are
going to get to stay over for Christmas too. We thought they would have to leave the day before.
This is the first time in two and a half years she and her brother, along with his family, have seen
each other. We are so excited.
How are you coming along with your Christmas preparations? Is anyone actually done already.
I envy you if you are.
Seasons Greetings Friends!

Happy Birthday Daughter!


            Thirty one years ago the Lord blessed your Dad and I with you, our beautiful daughter.

You, Emily, were always so full of vim and full of life. After all you weren’t going to let those two older brother think you couldn’t keep up with them! Remember when I took this picture? You had just
gotten your cast off and had to have crutches. All at the ripe age of four years old!
Oh my, I even loved terriers back then. I think this might have been the last year I was able to chose your wardrobe for the Christmas program. For some reason you developed a dislike of my choice of cutesy sweaters!
Then came your first school dance. I know I hated that you wanted to cut your lovely long hair and straighten it. But you looked just beautiful with it your way. I was beginning to learn.
Then before I knew it seven years had passed and you had become the mother of a precious     daughter of your own.
I know this photo is two years old, but it’s the last family picture I have.
Hint, hint.
Now your Dad and I join you in praying that you can return to your roots.
That your children can learn to drive on the roads you drove on.
That your children can play on the beaches you played on.
That you and your family can visit the falls where you and your friends had so much fun playing.
And hike the trails with them that we all hiked together.
Oh my, I think I’m going to get teary here….
Well, Em we love you and your sweet family
and we too praying that you will see the
realization of your dreams.
Happy 31st Birthday!

Decorating the Tree

    Before I share a short video of us decorating the tree, I thought I’d show one more little space
    I added a wee bit of Christmas cheer to. You remember my wine rack-turned spice rack, right?
       And these are the cute and simple reindeer cookies I’m going to make asa our g’daughter
       arrives. We went shopping today for what I hope is the last trip to town before Christmas.
       I “think” that I have all the ingredient, all the gifts, and all the materials I need to prepare
       for the holidays. If not, I think I’ll just make do!
       Please take a minute to watch the video we did of decorating the tree. We tried to show you
       right from the beginning, where we dragged the tree in. And then the decorating of the tree.
       You will really be so surprised at what great shape my MIL is in at the age of 78. She is just
       amazing! I’ve always said she can keep up with the best of us. And I don’t think I’ve ever
       mentioned that we are all can play instruments. I’m just not one to brag. Anyway, we are all a
       little rusty, but I think you’ll enjoy it anyway. It was all in good fun. So please here’s the link:
                                                       Our Christmas Tree Trimming

Christmas Porch Idea

Christmas Porch Ideas

Hello friends, I want to share with you my 2011 Christmas Porch Idea.
Now in all honesty I really loved creating this outdoor arrangement. I will admit some of the elements were the same as Itsy Bits and Pieces Nov. 17th porch vignette. I had everything laying around and Tim was sweet enough to go out and dig up a little evergreen tree for me to use.

Christmas Porch

When I planned my Christmas Porch Idea I had not expected that we would have so little snow. There is a wee bit left in a shaded place in the yard. So I shoveled it and then tried to simulate falling snow so it would catch on the limbs of the tree and look natural. It didn’t turn out too bad. We are, supposedly, getting snow in the next two days.  It has been unseasonably mild here this year. Living on Lake Superior I never fret for snow. Soon enough we will be getting plenty of lake effect snow!

This Christmas photo is one of my interior door arrangements. This is our converted bathroom door. It was a sauna when we moved in, but it now has a full bath and shower.


    And the most important display of all-The Nativity. I’ve had this set for over 25 years. It was given to me by a friend who has since passed away. I think of her every time I look at it. She was a great prayer partner of mine when my children were young. She loved to pray and worship God.
    She died a very unusual accidental death, which always makes me pause to consider that none of us are infallible. We need the assurance and the peace that  when we  leave this world we too will meet our Saviour. Campus Crusades  has a wonderfully simple explanation of how we can do this. Please visit the site if your heart is telling you to. It is such a simple step, but what a huge impact it has made on my life. Well, I hadn’t  meant to preach when I began this story. I guess one thing just leads to another and another, and then here I am just talking from heart.
    That’s all I have for today my friends. Have a great Wednesday!