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Happy 2009….

Well….we made it.  It is 2009 and so far its been a lovely year!  The sky is blue, the ground is white and there is a still, crispness in the air.   Angelica Pickles is looking so pretty newyears2008-026this morning wearing a huge bow Kirsti newyears2008-022tied on her.   

I hope 2008 left with grace and no matter what you were doing the transition was happy.  Often times we have trouble staying up to midnight but we did so well last night.

Our friends came packed with unexpected goodies as well as their pajamas.  The Love Bunny and I were so pleased with the way dinner turned out.  I will  share the ClamChowder recipe we put together and served as one of our courses.   After dinner we watched part of ABBA’s DVD which had their song “Happy New Year”…and with the countdown at TimesSquare we greeted the new year with some champagne and Peter set his camera on tripod and timer to take a picture of all of us.   I’ll look forward to receiving the picture from him.

They brought a delicious New Year’s/Birthday cake we had at some point before our 2:00 a.m. bedtime rolled along. newyears2008-018  newyears2008-021I obviously took a HUGE breath to make sure I blew alllllll the candles out. 




We were up at 7:30 and the Love Bunny and I prepared brekky for us and we tried a new breakfast casserole recipe that was ready in only 15 minutes.  It was great because we didn’t have to prepare it the night before.  I’ll share the recipe tomorrow as well.  We served it with fried potatoes and toast and I can’t even imagine we were hungry again….ever after our grazing evening.  But today is a new day…a new year…a good day to start a diet…once again.  *g*.

Perhaps this will be a day you’ll visit with friends, or family…perhaps this will be a day to take down Christmas..or perhaps you’ll  relax and rejuvenate.  I’ll finish packing my Christmas decorations away and otherwise we’ll take it easy.  newyears2008-013Even my “buddies” will set aside their newly acquired New Year’s hats and slip away for another year.

Have a lovely day….*hugs*.  Judi



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July 4th Weekend Celebrations

Today is the last day of this week of vacation and I’m going home tomorrow.  But it was a fun day.  I spray painted a wheel barrow I picked up for $5.00 a couple of weeks ago and planted flowers into it.   I’m going to brush paint the bottom red probably next weekend.  The flowers will look better once they settle in there and start spreading.

Wheelbarrow of Flowers



We made a spaghetti dinner tonight and our friends came over to share food and company.  Marc and Molly did this wine over dinner toast.

Sharing of Wine

 After dinner they drove back home in their golf cart..Molly drove..   You can see my new “Miss Daisy” car in the background and Marc’s new “Mocha” too!

Leaving in their golf cart  then drove across the lawn…

picking up passenger  they picked up a couple of passengers along the way….

  neighbours along the beach had a bonfire with their friends

  neighbours strolled by the cottage….

 sun setting    we watched the lovely sunset


 now we’re hearing the fireworks from 2 cottages down … it was a nice day.  I hope yours was nice too! 

Marc & I

Marc & I

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Memorial Day in the USA


It turned out to be a beautiful weekend in Waterport, NY for Memorial Day. Last weekend was Victoria Day here in Canada and this weekend Memorial Day. Our arrangement, Marc’s and mine gives us extra celebrations each year. Marc is from Waterport, NY and I am in Aurora, Ontario. The weekends always find us either here or there and we have the opportunity to celebrate some holidays double.

For instance we celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving in October, American Thanksgiving in November, July 1st Canada Day and 4th of July in the States and as I mentioned above we have two celebrations in May.

This weekend we shared a picnic with friends for Memorial Day. Everyone brought something yummy to pass. We like to try something new and what better way to share something new?…. with guinea pigs….people who are willing to sample something that everyone is sampling for the first time. This could be risky but generally either everyone is polite or we have been lucky with our choices. We made…..

Vadelia Onion and Cheese Dip… Very yummy and very easy to prepare. Ingredients:

3 large vadelia onions chopped coarsely, 1 cup mayo, 2 cups grated cheddar cheese, 1/2 tsp. minced garlic, 1 tbsp tabasco sauce (or to taste) – we added more, a few red pepper flakes. Thats it!

All you do is saute the onions until they are nicely soft and have that nice yellow/brown glow. Mix the other ingredients in a bowl and add the onions. Place in a 1-1/2 quart greased casserole and bake 30 minutes uncovered at 375F. We served them with those neat square Triskets or you could also use scoopables or nacho chips. We had requests for the recipe. :o)

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