Monday, April 13, 2015

A Gift









Mother Nature gave us a gift yesterday, and we accepted it with every part of our being. It began with the most glorious sunrise, and finished with a beautiful sun setting slowly behind the trees. And in between, the sun hung high in the sky, warming our faces and our souls....18 degrees Celsius, my friends, 18 degrees!

We shared a lovely brunch with friends around our table....homemade granola with coconut milk yogurt, gluten free pancakes with our maple syrup and fresh fruit. We then made our way to the backyard where the adults drank tea in the sunshine and the kids ran free, slowly shedding layers of clothing as the morning passed by.

By mid afternoon, we said good bye to our friends, and my bare feet connected with the earth. Gosh it felt so good to feel the earth beneath my feet. I worked in the garden, planting a second sowing of seeds....a variety of lettuces, spinach, and kale, and the first peas, while my little man soaked up the freedom of the first "real" spring day, running around and playing in the yard, in short sleeves. Justin busied himself with tidying the back deck, cleaning our outdoor table, and bringing the cushions out from storage, all so we could enjoy dinner on the back deck. Yes, dinner outside! We lingered over our meal, still in awe over the day we experienced. It was truly a gift, one I didn't want to end. I know, though, that this is just the beginning of so many more beautiful days to come.

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  1. How wonderful... We had a similar day, not quite as warm, but 13'C. We are suppose to get up to 19'C today and dinner on the porch would be amazing. You are planting a seed here for sure. :-)

    Have a wonderful week dear Kim. xo

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    1. It really was, and today, even better...we are sitting at 20 degrees right now!!!! Hope you are able to enjoy dinner outside :)

      You too my friend. xo

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  2. Wonderful gift, Mother nature sure knows how to give the best ones. Yay for starting the garden Kim.
    WE are putting up the fence and making boxes...I painted the garden gate...while snowing yesterday.
    Have a sunny week
    xo

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    1. She certainly does. Oh, sounds like you have been busy, can't wait to see all the progress :)
      You too Camilla. xo

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  3. Oh what a beautiful gift indeed!

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  4. 18 degrees? While I am happy you are so excited about a beautiful of sun and being outside, just how cold have you been? My thin southern blood would need a coat. :)

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    1. Haha, well I guess it is all perspective right. Remember not too long ago we had some -40 degree days. The winter was long and harsh, and these temperatures are so very welcome. I guess only Canadians get excited about 18 degrees :)

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  5. isn't it nice to get that first day of warmth? no jacket no double wearing of socks. Lovely. Glad you gathered with friends and enjoyed the sunny day, more will come!!

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    1. It was wonderful Karen, and today we have another beautiful day. I have to admit to being a little joy-filled about these beautiful days :)

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  6. What a perfectly lovely day!

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  7. Oh, it sounds wonderful! I'm so glad you had a beautiful day with friends and family, and a chance to do things you love.

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  8. Oh how wonderful you and yours!!!... glad to see you barefeeting...we got the chilly weather back here in the west coast (high of 9 C). Have a great week

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    1. You have idea how good it felt to let my bare feet connect with the earth Erica, so, so good. Stay warm my friend. xo

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  9. Thank goodness, so glad to hear it!!!

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    1. It is so very welcome Carlin, and we are enjoying it!

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  10. Oh it sounds delightful! I'm looking forward to more days like these :)

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    1. It was Sian, here's hoping these kind of days find you soon :)

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  11. Yesterday and today were just gorgeous! We've barely been inside thanks to this glorious weather from Mother Nature! Hours upon hours spent barefoot outside. It doesn't get any better than that! xo

    http://ouronesweetfamily.blogspot.com/2015/04/morning-noon-and-night.html

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    1. Same here Shel, we even managed to eat two meals on the deck today. Enjoy my friend. xo

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  12. It is so nice to have the sun back. Sounds like you had a great day.

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    1. It certainly is, and we are enjoying it :) We did, thanks!

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  13. It sounds beautiful Kim. I'm pleased you enjoyed it. xo

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  14. Oh it's that time of year again isn't it! How exciting! Looking forward to watching it grow :)

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  15. We spent the whole day outside today too. The weather was so beautiful we couldn't help but be outside. The girls going between the swing, sandbox and the kiddie pool. While I puttered around in the garden and cleaning up lots of dead tree matter all over the yard. A perfect day. I'm glad you had such a beautiful day! :)

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    1. Thanks KC! We have had string of lovely days, and it looks like they are going to continue.

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  16. Looks and sounds like the perfect day!! Good company, good food and good weather, what more could one need? I'm looking forward to seeing more of your garden this summer. :-)

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    1. Couldn't ask for more, really, it was wonderful in so many ways.

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  17. Sounds like a PERFECT day! I know you have been waiting for this!

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    1. I have, and it is wonderful that it is finally here!

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  18. Sounds like a beautiful day ! Spring is such a beautiful season... ♥

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    1. Thank you, it was. And I agree, I love every season, but there is something about spring that just makes me smile.

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  19. sounds so lovely! we are supposed to have warm and sunny at the end of this week and I can't wait to spend some time in my garden!! hope you get some more sun this week too!

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    1. We have had the most beautiful string of days Taryn, and been outside from morning till night...it has been wonderful! Some rain coming later tomorrow afternoon, but that's okay, we need a little of that every once in awhile :) Hope the sun and warmth return so you can spend some time in your garden.

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  20. I know you were enjoying that warmth and sunshine! Looking forward to seeing and reading about your garden this year.
    We had a few warm and sunny days but it started raining last night and is supposed to continue for the next 7days!

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    1. Oh we are! I can't wait to share the garden with you again this year, always fun to track the progress and share photos.

      Oh no, I hope the weather report is wrong, around here that is often the case :)

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  21. We've been having weather like that this last week and it's just beautiful, it is just a pleasure to be outside. I'm hoping your gift has stuck around a little longer for you.

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    1. It has stuck around Sally, and we have been soaking it up. Enjoy your beautiful spring weather too.

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  22. It's been that kind of weather here with us these last few days and it's been AMAZING - and we just get rain and grey skies for the winter, it must be even better after all that snow!

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    1. It is so awesome after all the snow and very cold weather this past winter. These are the days we were dreaming about back in February when it was -40 :)

      Enjoy your sunshiny days too.

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  23. Sounds perfect, Kim! Thanks for sharing some photos of your little corner - I do love your place :)

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  24. How wondeful to have some warmth after the long cold. You sound like you are going to race ahead of us in temperatures soon!

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    1. Oh yes, we do deserve these beautiful days after the winter we had :) We just might, although next week we are suppose to return to more normal temperatures.

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  25. That all sounds so wonderful! Wish we lived closer so that we could enjoy a brunch together outside. :)

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    1. It was Tiffany, in so many ways. I wish that too, maybe one day you will visit and we can enjoy some time together :)

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  26. Oh how I am living vicariously through you right now! Haha! Still waiting for all of the snow to melt here! Nonetheless, there is more green than white now. ;)

    Sounds like just a fabulous spring day to have. There is nothing like shedding those layers and feeling the earth!

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    1. Well, this week has been less than stellar, let me tell you. Every day we have had cycles of rain, hail, snow and repeat. It has been pretty crazy. Sunshine and warmer temperatures slowly on their way back this weekend though.

      Hope you guys get rid of that snow soon. xo

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