I started and finished my Christmas shopping this weekend! I only had to buy three gifts, the rest is being made, so it wasn't that hard. I do have to pick up a few stocking stuffers, but that will wait a few more weeks. When I got home from shopping, I spent time outside decorating the outside of our home. Greenery was put together in boughs, ribbon was added, and they are now hanging on the front fence, and the front porch, covered with a magical dusting of snow. Later in the afternoon, while Justin and Reece played, I headed out for a before dinner run. It was chilly, but the falling snowflakes made up for that, creating a lovely setting for my run. We enjoyed dinner, and then all of us fell into bed early.
Sunday was a planned power outage in our area so hydro could do some maintenance work, we had an early breakfast, I wrote a few letters by candlelight, and then we hit the woods for a hike. Our favourite spot kept us busy for a while, feeding the birds, tying to coax a squirrel to eat from our hands, visiting with the geese and wild turkeys, and experiencing the joy of having a large male hairy woodpecker swoop down to eat from my hand. It is pure magic in action every time we visit this spot. We went out for a late lunch in Port Perry, a quaint little town, walked around a little bit and headed home, with fingers crossed the power would be back on. It wasn't, but it did come back on shortly after arriving home. We had a delicious butternut squash soup for dinner, and once the little man was tucked in both Justin and I sat in front of the fire reading.
And now, here we are at the beginning of another week. Wishing you the most wonderful week my friends.
How was your weekend?
У вас уже снег? Мы очень любим снег и зиму! Любим бывать на природе и наблюдать за птицами))) Спасибо за прекрасные фото--смотрели с наслаждением!ReplyDelete
Yes, snow already, and quite a bit. This is the time of year when I love it, it is so magical and adds a certain sense of excitement to our days. I feel a little differently about the snow in February :)Delete
Thank you, glad you enjoyed the photos. Have a lovely day.
Sounds like a lovely weekend. That bird eating from your hand is gorgeous - what a precious moment! A mostly restful weekend here, one I needed xxReplyDelete
It was, thanks Elisa. Your weekend, also sounds lovely. Wishing you a lovely week. xoDelete
It sounds like an absolutely divine weekend! One day I hope we can manage to get birds to eat out of our hands too! That must just be so neat to have happen! Enjoy this week, dear friend! xoReplyDelete
It was pretty awesome. You will just have to come for a visit Shel, this spot will be on the top of the list to take you guys too :)Delete
Thanks Shel, you too! xo
Your week-end walk looked wonderful. All those wild turkeys. My daughter would have flipped! She has a love affair with turkeys (and chickens). LOL! Your house must look lovely. Our Christmas shopping will look a bit like yours. We are doing all of the "bought" stuff in one stop next week at IKEA. Everything else is made (or one thing ordered online). The malls and stores really scare me around this time. I get claustrophobic.ReplyDelete
We finally got snow as well. It was so nice to walk around with it falling all around us. Just lovely.
Have a wonderful week my friend. xo
It was just about perfect.Delete
Haha, I get a little scared at the mall anytime of the year, shopping is not on my list of things that I love to do. I was happy to get out early on Saturday, and get it done before the crowds.
Yay for snow. We are in a winter wonderland this morning, looks so pretty.
Wishing you a lovely week too. xo
Sounds like a wonderful weekend! I love all the beautiful photos you took, especially the ones with the bird perching on your hand.ReplyDelete
It was Anke, thank you.Delete
Sounds like a perfect weekend really- all spending time together and getting outdoors! I can't believe you have you Christmas shopping finished- oh how I dream of being so out together!ReplyDelete
Thank you, it was really lovely. Well the shopping is done, but the making is not :) Still working on that :)Delete
I tell you the area where you live is just beautiful!! I would want to hike everyday if I had all that to see:)) Have a great week!ReplyDelete
Thank you Beth, we feel very blessed to live where we do, so much beauty not far from home. Wishing you a lovely week too!Delete
Sounds lovely. Gorgeous pictures of the snow. And no matter how many pictures I see of your family with birds perched on you, I am still amazed every time!ReplyDelete
That is exactly how I feel every time a bird lands on my hand...it is truly amazing, and feels like the first time every time :)Delete
sounds so lovely Kim !!! I'm jealous that you already have christmas shopping crossed off your list... have a wonderful weekReplyDelete
Haha, the shopping is crossed off, but not the making :)Delete
Except for baking supplies I have plans to stay out of the stores this season. I need to order the hammocks I am giving to each of the married boys and a watch for Alex and I'm done too. Hooray!ReplyDelete
Just look at all your turkeys! We Finally have wild turkeys back on our land and I am thrilled, there are a group of about eight that I see every once in awhile.
What a wonderful gift. My parents got us a hammock years ago and we loved it. It has since been replaced, and I can't imagine life without one.Delete
We have a ton of wild turkeys, this spot always has some roaming around, but we also have lots in the forest around our home. I love seeing them.
I am trying to finish my instore purchases, and do some online shopping for the kids after the thanksgiving. I've been furiously making a lot of my gifts and I'm on track. I think. We saw a gaggle (is it a gaggle???) of vultures on the side of the road. We thought they were turkeys but I spied a curved menacing beak. Eep!ReplyDelete
I have made a few online purchases, a few stocking stuffers for Reece, but that is it. It is so lovely not have to fight the holiday crowds.Delete
I really love how slowness is truly the norm for you and your family ~ it's inspiring. I'm glad you had a good weekend!ReplyDelete
Thank you, that is so lovely for you to say. We certainly do try to live slow and simple, and I am glad to know that comes across on the blog. The rush of our society today really leaves an uneasy feeling in my gut, and so we make a conscious effort to live this way.Delete
Love the last images...and I am amazed at how you feed the birds- that is really a beautiful thing.ReplyDelete
Have a great week neighbor
Thank you! It is beautiful, and feels me with so much gratitude when it happens. You too, my friend. xoDelete
That little bird is so precious - and so was your weekend!ReplyDelete
Lovely looking and sounding weekend Kim - all those birds and animals seem so tame, they must be used to seeing you!! You live in a beautiful spot.ReplyDelete
We finally got our computer back on saturday evening - full repaired so now I'm catching up and hopefully going to do a spot of bloging myself in the next few days.
Your recent post on your school room house was so interesting - do you know any more of it's history?
we've had a dusting of snow too!
Thank you Emma. Yes, this is a spot where the animals are use to humans, and actually enjoy having us around :) We feel very blessed to be able to visit this spot often. In fact we will be back there on Wednesday for our weekly nature adventure with friends.Delete
I was wondering where you were, glad you got it fixed and will be in your space again.
Thank you. Yes, we do have quite a bit more of it's history, it is all really amazing!
Love the turkeys. We don't see a lot of turkey's around here. Sounds like you had another great weekend.ReplyDelete
We had a bit of snow here, enough that my snow-crazed little boy had to shovel the entire backyard to get a 5 gallon bucket full...before breakfast. I forgot how much he loves the white stuff.
Really, that surprises me, you are not that far from us. Did you get snow today? We have a ton, maybe it will be your way soon.Delete
I am picturing your little guy out there collecting snow, too funny!
Mother Nature is so amazing and I love see ing your photos Kim. Thank you for sharing.ReplyDelete
Are you taking photos of your handmade Christmas gifts? I would love to see what you have made, after Christmas, for some inspiration.
Kim, you are such an inspiration with the life you lead! Thank you for taking the time to blog about your life!
Much love, Julie xxoo
She certainly is Julie, and connecting with her is so good for the soul.Delete
I have already posted a few things...solstice hats, and Miss Maggie Rabbit :) I guess I could do a little round up after the holidays. We are lucky in that we don't exchange gifts with too many people, only a handful, so there isn't even that much to make :)
Thank you Julie, you just made me smile. Coming from you those words mean a lot my friend. xo
Your family truly is one with nature :)ReplyDelete
We certainly try :)Delete
Sounds absolutely lovely Kim! Beautiful pictures too! :) We put up our Christmas tree this Saturday and spent a relaxing weekend at home together, reading and taking some walks in the snow.ReplyDelete
Thank you. How wonderful! We have decorations out, but the tree will wait until the first day of Advent, although the "tree fairy" might come to Reece a little earlier than that :)Delete
Your weekend sounds lovely my friend. xo
Sounds like a wonderful day! I am so impressed you are already doing Christmas stuff. I haven't even started planning yet. Have a wonderful weekReplyDelete
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Thanks, it was! Well, you know, it is only 5 weeks away :) I like to get everything done before the rush, it allows me to really sink into the holidays and enjoy them.Delete
Thanks, you too!
What a beautiful weekend you had! We also just had a dusting of snow, the girls and I are waiting excitedly though for the first big snow fall.ReplyDelete
What amazing pictures of so many woodland creatures! We often see wild turkeys here this time of the year, two years ago one even got stuck at an intersection in town and caused a traffic jam (only in a small mountain town eh!)
mmm that soup sounds yummy. Our butternut squash didn't turn out this year but I've been making soup with the 'sweet meat' variety. Way to go on the gift buying already done. I'm heading out this coming weekend and still trying to find the time to finish making the needle felted woodland tree ornaments as well as an advent (what do I have? a couple of weeks! oh too busy).
Have a great rest of your week. :D
Thanks Isis! We had the first big dump Sunday into Monday, and had a blast yesterday!Delete
We are lucky to be able to visit this spot in the woods, the animals are use to humans and allow us to get up close and personal with them.
It was delicious, not our squash though, like you, our butternut squash didn't produce this year. First year that has ever happened. We picked some up from a local farm :)
Enjoy your shopping and creating, I love this time of year!
You have done with all the Christmas shopping??I'm so impressed and jealous. I love Christmas, and I really love making presents..but sometimes it is so stressfull to find and buy things that the pleasure to give almost disappear!ReplyDelete
I love your pictures of snow..since I will have to wait almost until january to see it here, I'm happy to look at your pictures!
I am, but there is still making to be done :) I can understand that, it is one reason over the last 6 or 7 years we have really cut back on gift exchange. Now we really only have a handful of people we give gifts too. We all have enough, and really, we much prefer spending time with people, a nice meal, good conversation, watching our kiddos play...that is really all the gifts we need.Delete
A lovely weekend. Some of the best memories can come on power outage days (planned or otherwise). When you said it was a planned outrage I though that just meant you didn't use lights or screens and I thought. "What a lovely idea". Silly me. Have a great week.ReplyDelete
Haha, no hydro planned this one for us. They had some work to do on the lines. We have never done a day without hydro on our own, but we have talked about it. And we have done a day without time. We covered all the clocks in the house, and just went with the flow...it was wonderful. I wrote a blog post about it, it is somewhere on the blog :)Delete
Oh you have a sprinkling of snow, magical. And wow at the Christmas shopping. I have about 75% done. Or made.ReplyDelete
Those birds in the woods, so amazing to hand feed them. How wonderful
We have more than a sprinkling now, as you already saw in today's post :) I still have making to do, but the buying is done.Delete
It is amazing, and never gets old.
What a wonderful walk, those birds are just amazing.Delete