A Post-Storm Update

February 17, 2015

Hello friends!

It’s been a long while since I’ve said much of anything here on the blog. Life has continued on in typical Island winter fashion. I am up to my ears in snow, patiently enduring this season and eagerly awaiting the next. I’ve never been much for cold or snow, but I do relish the opportunity to curl up on the sofa with a good book or some handwork to pass the winter months.

Speaking of handwork, I took a mini-hiatus from the Shop over the Christmas holiday in order to build up some stock again. Since the Etsy show in September, I had been working almost exclusively on customer orders and unable to get ahead with some ready-made product. Happily, I have been able to build up a good stock over the last month, although truthfully January was quite a dry month (not just for me, but in general for shopping!) In January, I introduced headbands and infinity scarves to my line up. Something “bear-y” special will be making its way to market this week, for a fun February introduction.

Since late November, our lives have been in an adjustment stage. I left my full-time job for a part-time position that allows me to stay home more often. It has been a blessing to be home so we can eat dinner at a decent hour. I feel rested and on top of my housework. It has freed us up to spend time together in the evenings, rather than the schedule we had been keeping, which involved eating late dinners and heading to bed shortly after from exhaustion.

PEI is in the middle of clean up from Winter Storm Neptune. What started out on Sunday as a storm with a predicted 30 cm snow fall turned into a two-day blizzard resulting in 86.8 cm of snow! The Confederation Bridge was closed completely since Sunday, which rarely happens, and only opened this morning again. Not that anyone could get to the Bridge anyway—plows were also pulled off the roads on Sunday. They were allowed back on the roads last night and have been working very hard to clear all that snow so we can all get back to our regularly scheduled programing. Shayne parked his truck at the end of the driveway (wise man!) so this morning when he went to work there was only a little bit to shovel out. However, our road was the only one plowed between here and his work, so he had to turn back. He’s gone again, having heard that a couple of coworkers made it in. I imagine he’ll spend the bulk of his day in a tractor, blowing snow from the farm and surrounding homes. Schools were cancelled in advance to allow time for clean up. Who knows if they will be operational tomorrow yet! There’s another storm predicted for Thursday; this time they say we should expect 10-15 cm of snow. Our little Island has received more than 8.5 feet of snow in the last three weeks! It’s a little crazy! However, we didn’t have any real winter weather before this so we’re just getting it all at once.

So, in recap: I live in Canada and it’s winter. During the winter, I hibernate, try to stay warm, and make pretty things.

Spring will come again, as it always does, with all the busyness of fieldwork taking my husband away from me for another crop of potatoes. I’ll enjoy this winter season as long as it lasts, because it keeps my best friend close by!

Hope you are all cozy and warm!

Weekend Reading & a Few Short Sentences

November 21, 2014

Cavendish, Summer 2012.

For your weekend reading: (Be prepared. They both hit me straight in the heart.)

// on hospitality, by creating space in your life for others.
// on over-committing because you don't want to become irrelevant.

It's been an emotionally charged month. We said good-bye to a beloved grandmother. We spent a lot of time with family. I'm starting a new job on Monday. All the emotions, all over the place.

Busy, full life. I am thankful for this season but also look forward to quieter times. Perhaps they are ahead? I'm digging my heels in for time to slow down.

I may crave adventure but I dislike change. Can you relate?

These busy days

October 28, 2014

Just checking in with a brief paragraph. Things have been crazy busy in the last month but a good crazy, not a bad one. I think. Shayne says I'm only as busy as I make myself and he's right...I just make myself really busy!! It's been a lot of fun to see my little shop taking off for the season. We've also been working on making our house a home, especially now that harvest season has come to an end. All those little projects are getting done, one at a time!

So. Things are good, things are busy. We are grateful for this life we've been given!

More later. I walked around the house taking "as is" pictures the other day and I want to share them with you soon!

My Gratitude List V.1

September 29, 2014

{I'll re-cap Saturday's Etsy Pop Up Market soon, but first...}

In follow up to last week's challenge...here I go!

1) Catching up with old friends & the healing of time

2) Potato harvesting on my road so I can visit my husband

3) Answer to prayer. The three year old daughter of friends from church was diagnosed with leukemia just after our wedding this summer. They've had to relocate to Halifax - they are blessed to be able to relocate the whole family - so Elyse can receive treatment at the children's hospital there. Great news last week!! After the first round of chemo, there is no sign of cancer! Her leukemia is in remission! There are many more complicated parts to the story including the possibility of a bone marrow transplant necessitating a move to Toronto's Sick Kids Hospital, but for now we rejoice in the Lord's goodness in answering our prayers to wipe out the cancer!!!

4) New opportunities

5) Twenty-five years of this messy, beautiful life (see how I slipped that in there. it's today.)

What about you? If you decide to share publicly...link up in the comments!

That Time We Got Married

September 26, 2014

It's been a little more than two months since we started our married life. They've been two roller coaster months, but I can honestly say I wouldn't trade it. Adjusting to this new life - this merged life - with my Shayne has been a blessing! 

Here's a smattering of my favourite wedding pictures. You can see the whole 287 of them here. Our talented photographer is Simon Reid. Enjoy!