Monday, December 15, 2014

I'm missing being able to go down the yard to sit with my friends there .. pretty little hungry birds, silly and sweet squirrels, deer of course, a cat or two .. there is always something going on especially when everyone seems to be so hungry.  But I don't dare venture out onto the ice with my crutches.

Sat up for a long time early this morning watching the hostage situation back home in Sydney, Australia. Such a sad outcome for those two hostages who lost their lives ... but I guess it could have been very much worse.

Stay safe ... a pretty christmas desktop wallpaper for you computer..


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Still healing from my bad fall on the ice. Can't walk and can't sit at the computer but I did want to wish everyone who visits my blog .. a very happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year.  Stay safe ...
Best wishes from Jana



Monday, December 1, 2014

I had a bad fall on the ice last week.... now I'm on crutches.  Not sure what is broken .. had x-rays on Friday now just have to wait for the results.  Worst of all .. my dear old hubby wasn't here to help me so it was a trying time ... can't do much ... just waiting to recover ...

Friday, November 21, 2014





Snow and ice on the trees just like in this image.  Lots of birds zooming in and around me as I put out their seeds.  gosh I love seeing them all.. they are so busy and sweet and still sing me their songs as they fly back and forth with a peanut......
Airline cancellations, freezing rain, hits the ground and immediately turns to ice .... hubby tried to fly out of town for three days to visit sick relatives and had to stay put ... darkness coming so very early now ...  it definitely isn't good weather we're having up here in the woods of northern British Columbia.  I'm feeling a bit like I'm marooned ... no vehicle to use and can't get out and about so I'm stuck inside till he returns.  At least it will give me some time to get creative for my Etsy shoppe and make some new things. Missing my darling husband...  

Friday, November 14, 2014


Please don't upload this image to any other places.  

I guess winter is here .. although not quite yet as it seems we've about 4 weeks to go before it officially starts but frozen water pipes are no fun and that's what we woke up to this morning. Yikes.. thank goodness we have a good supply of bottled water ... so some of that went into the kettle so I could have my cup of tea and some toast.  More water went for hand washing and cleaning teeth. Something we all take for granted and its not until you have none coming from the taps that you really appreciate how much of it you use and how important it is in your life.   It took all day for the water to come back on .. toilet was working again, I was able to wash my hands .. (didn't realise how often I go to the taps to do that during the day) ...   and today I have washing going in the machine, dishwasher working, bath time, (yeah! I can wash my hair) ...  I'm happy that I wasn't in the process of colouring my hair and then having found out there was no water to rinse it out.  

I'd have been howling like these beautiful guys had I not had water pretty soon to use for so many purposes.

Did I tell you here on my blog about my beautiful old Dozer dog who was nearly a wolf .. big white one ... and we were walking together a couple of years ago, when he heard the ambulance coming along the road.  He stopped in his tracks, raised his head and looked to the sky and howled like a wolf.

He obviously didn't like the screeching of the siren ... I laughed and hugged him .. he sure was a character and I miss him every single day. I visit his grave every day and I told him this morning that there were four deer right there next to him... and the gorgeous stellar jay blue bird was so cold out there that he plopped himself down on the wooden fence post and bent his legs so his feathers would cover them like a magnificent blue evening skirt.

The chickadees were flying around impatiently waiting for me to put out their seeds and the peanuts they like so much ...  the deer had ice on their heads and backs and they too must have been cold.   Sun was shining though and it made the ice sparkle on the grass and trees ....  so pretty living here in Canada with the wildlife and all the stunning trees.   Rivers, canyons, mountains covered with snow,  so very different from my life in Australia where I'd be out on the deck now sipping something cool and wondering if I should go to the beach for a while.

Monday, November 10, 2014


A beautiful little humming bird I received in my mail today. Hubby emailed me ... he knows I love birds and all animals.  This little cutie is spectacular with his wonderful, wonderful, tail feathers. Wow ... 
My squirrel was chasing the woodpecker today instead of the stellar jay so as usual its a circus out there with him jumping from branch to branch ... he nearly falls sometimes ... and of course the deer were oblivious to all the mayhem and kept eating the leaves which had fallen from the tree.   The hummingbirds are always gorgeous when they visit in the spring and summer ...  colours are like jewels encrusted on a beautiful evening gown. 



Sunday, November 2, 2014



A couple of my cute little critters I feed each day.  The squirrel has been around for a few years now and the beautiful blue Stellar Jay is gorgeous .. he's stashing the peanuts away in the yard ... It's quite a nature trip just going down to the back fence ... lots to see and enjoy.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Halloween over for another year.  Not many kids about this time ... so we have left overs which is okay by me.  One little girl .. just like last year... came to the door and said to me Twick or Tweet .. so funny.. they all looked cute and had a good stash of candy in their sacks.   I was glad when it was all over actually and the fireworks had stopped. It seems everyone had pooled their fireworks into one big stash and the noise went on forever.  I always used to hate it when my darling doggies were terrified of the noises.  Some of those screeching rockets frightened me too.  I can only imagine what the animals in the woods thought of it all.    Now its onto Christmas I guess. Decorations will be out in the stores on Monday ........  looking forward to the snow on the trees .. they always look glorious. I love Christmas in the snow.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Beautiful deer in our backyard this morning. It's cold, drizzly and foggy and they were there eating the bird seed tossed out by the birds.   There is snow up on the hills and of course on the mountains but not on our ground yet ... sometime today I think it will arrive.  It makes me think of Christmas and I adore it.  

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Halloween is this coming week. Where on earth did October go to so quickly.  Hubby's birthday tomorrow so we might go for a walk in the woods.  The trees are absolutely gorgeous and I love finding the really big leaves that fall .. in all colours and sizes.  I am quite looking forward to winter so I can sit in my new leather recliner chair with my white faux fur rug on me and watch some of my favourite English murder mysteries, or Downton Abbey..etc.   Nothing nicer than a comfy chair and a hot cup of tea.. scones too of course or perhaps some banana bread. If large fluffy snow flakes start coming down I usually run outside and stand on the deck with my arms out so they will land on my black sweater.  I know, I'm weird ...  :-)

 
Beautiful morning today .. misty and quiet, serene and chilly ... looking out over the field I saw the deer coming to visit the bird feeders.  There were 7 in their little group and it was wonderful to see them as we  usually do when winter is nearly upon us.  Sadly I could hear gun shots going off because hunting season is in full mode. Luckily the deer were close to our town and they are not allowed to be shot so close to the populated area.  I wish all the deer in British Columbia would come to the field and stay safe.  Breaks my heart to know many of them will die this season.  

 I also had a visit from an absolutely gorgeous bird called a Stellar Jay and he's about half the size of a crow and has the most magnificent coloured feathers of black and gradually going into the brightest blue ... I'd never seen one before and he's full of energy and interest for me to give him peanuts in their shells which he diligently takes and positions into the soft lawn which is covered with leaves. He pushes the peanut into the soft earth with his beak and pecks at it like a wood pecker, driving it as deep as it will go then he covers it with some of the leaves and flies back to the tree for me to give him more nuts.    I guess by his activities he'll be around all winter now to claim his food stash once the snow gets deep and the weather is really cold.   I love him... he's very special and clever.  I'm glad I'll be seeing him during the long winter months.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

I have found out why the geese "honk" as they fly above me going south for the winter. I love hearing them and they make such a noise its incredible.  Seems they are talking to their other family members ... giving them guidance I guess or telling them which way they are meant to be flying.  Also found out (after wondering about it) ... how or why they fly at night as well as daylight.  With the thousands of miles they need to fly they get overheated flapping their beautiful big wings ... so the night air keeps them much cooler so they can fly further and faster.   Nature sure is marvellous.

Christmas isn't far away .... Halloween first though .... time goes so quickly I just can't keep up.  The little birds are stashing away the seeds and so is the squirrel for the long, long cold winter.  
I feel a bit like an old bear too .... getting ready to more or less "hibernate" for the snowy months because it gets too cold to go anywhere and our little country town doesn't have many places to go... A visit to the supermarket or the doctor or drugstore will just about be it ... 

   

Saturday, October 4, 2014



I love these pretty vintage images. I might have to use this one and create something for my Etsy Shoppe...   

Tuesday, September 30, 2014


Saturday, September 27, 2014

  It certainly is Fall around here... our lawn is covered in pretty yellow and caramel coloured leaves and my little squirrel is working so hard to put away the stash of peanuts and sunflower seeds I've given out.  Birds are flocking to the feeders and the beautiful, gorgeous geese have been flying over in their thousands heading south for the winter.  They have such long journeys to make and I always wish them safe travelling, looking skywards and enjoying their honking and chatter as they go.    So I guess snow won't be too far away ... it already feels like it should be here.

Aussie football grand final was exciting ..... watching it live was great. Made me think I was there with all my Australian mates enjoying the drinks, parties and barracking for a great team.   Now today I've had to catch up on some sleep.


Thursday, September 11, 2014

It looks like winter is on its way. Our next door province (Alberta) had snow yesterday and it feels like it won't be far away for us here in British Columbia ..... up in the beautiful woods with the bears and the wolves as I always say.   The trees are losing their leaves and the fields and grasses are looking very scruffy.  And of course my little squirrel is working like mad to stash away as much as she can.   It's very early for winter to be starting ... one year I remember there was no snow right up until the week before Christmas. September is very early.  The geese have gone so I guess they knew before we did ..... that soon we'll need coats, scarves, gloves and boots.   I love the snow ......

Sunday, September 7, 2014

I NEED TO WRITE THIS....
PLEASE DO NOT UPLOAD ANY OF THESE IMAGES TO OTHER WEBSITES .... I HAVE FOUND JUST ABOUT ALL OF THEM IN ALL SORTS OF PLACES TODAY AND I'VE SPECIFICALLY ASKED THAT YOU DON'T DO THAT.
It's okay if you want to use them for your personal computer use .. wallpapers for your own screen ...or to make things to share with family and friends ... BUT DO NOT SELL ANYTHING that I've made unless I say its okay to do so.  AND PLEASE DO NOT PILE THEM INTO SHARING PLACES .... gosh they are everywhere.  :-(
If it continues I will be deleting my blog.
Arh!!!
the dreaded bronchitis.... not sure why I have it but I've nearly lost my voice and feeling miserable. Haven't been on the computer much .. resting up and watching the Tour de France.  Love the cycling.  A couple of images for you to do with as you wish.. but please don't upload them to any place.



Thursday, August 28, 2014

I have a new Iphone. It was a freebie and I'm liking it a bit more today than I did yesterday when I got it from the store.  So much to learn and figure out.  But today I logged into the Overdrive Media program and borrowed an audio book from our local library.   I've been doing that on my tablet for some years now but not on any phone so it will be nice to sit outside and keep an eye on the cats trying to catch the birds coming to the bird feeder .. and I can listen to my book whilst I'm on guard duty.     I always tell hubby that I'm going on "cat patrol" ... I hate it if they catch the birds and I certainly don't want them to catch my sweet little girl squirrel who sits on my hand and loves the peanuts I give her.   Life is good.....  :-)




Wednesday, August 20, 2014



Enjoy ....use as you wish but please don't upload the image to anywhere else.

Thursday, August 7, 2014


No other word for this one than LOVE.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014


Gotta love hats if you are into anything vintage. They were an important and imperative addition to wardrobes ...  frankly as much as I love hats I love the hat boxes they came in even more.   I have a nice collection of pretty boxes ... and they are filled with all sorts of things ...  great ways to keep your pretties neat and tidy.