Saturday 6 March 2021

Celebrating the good times

 Guess who turned four this week?  It sure wasn't me! Yes, my darling grandson Eli celebrated his big boy birthday.

I drove out the day of his birthday and surprised him when his mom and I went to the school to pick him up.  He had a really big food day: French toast for breakfast, lunch from Dairy Queen, and later pasta and vegetables for supper followed by his birthday cake.

The cake is special, not only because he helped mix it up, but because it is a recipe of my mother's.  She called it a 1-2-3-4 cake, thus very fitting for this birthday.  Of course, I halved it because the recipe was too much...but he doesn't know that!

I spent the night and had company, as both cats Sheldon and Stanley decided the single bed was the place to be.  I didn't sleep particularly well, it wasn't the cats though, it was the sound of the trains from the nearby train yard.  Even so, neither Eli nor I were awake until nearly 6 a.m. After a few more cuddles and reading the book I gave him one more time, I headed home as I had an appointment later in the morning.

It was time for annual mammogram...and that's all I'll say about that. After my visit to the clinic I treated myself to a trip to the nearby dollar store.  I did come home with a couple of items, nothing exciting.  

I did finish a couple of crafts this past weekend.  First up this little bird house.  It was from a run to a dollar store a few weeks ago, and meant for a child to paint...since my abilities in this realm are child-like I figured it would work for me.  Rather than paint it, I used acrylic paint as a stain.  The roof is corrugated cardboard that I painted using three colors to try to make it look a bit like a metal roof.  (Though it's difficult to see in this photo I even found a wee bird that fits on the little roost.)

The other finish is the knitted blanket that I worked on during the Scotties last week.  I finished sewing in the ends and got it washed up. I like the look of it as it almost looks like corduroy.

I now have four baby blankets listed on our local Buy and Sell Varage sale.  I'm hopeful that someone will take an interest and noted this morning I have a watcher on each of them.  If they don't see in a couple of weeks, I'll probably try Facebook Marketplace.  At least for now, craft sales won't be happening for a while longer yet.  We did get good news this week, with the AstraZeneca vaccine now approved in Canada, but not for those 65 and over, our province is planning to provide them to those age 60-64 beginning March 22.  Fingers crossed that I'll get an appointment in April.

On Friday, I did my grocery shopping, going early in the morning to avoid crowds.  The Co-op had a good sale on meat - I got a small beef roast, stewing beef, ground pork and two packages of sausages.  Prices have really creeped up here over the last year!  I guess it is simple economics, more people are staying home and cooking meals so demand is likely increasing more quickly than the supply pushing prices higher.

On Friday evening, the men's Brier curling even started.  Like the women's, there are 18 teams in the event, including three wild cards.  Unlike the women's the three wild card teams are from three different provinces. I have absolutely no prediction as to who might win the event, the caliber of the teams is that good.  Well, most of them anyway - for the northern teams their winning percentage is generally lower as there are fewer teams and fewer events to play in.  Of course, I'll be cheering for our Saskatchewan team, who placed third last year.  I do know it will be a good week of curling!

Finally, a recent visitor to the birdfeeder.  The birds are still showing up each day but with warmer weather they aren't eating as much.  I don't know if you can see in this photo but the trees have wee buds on them. Spring is only a few weeks least on the calendar. :)

Take care everyone and stay well!


  1. First, Happy Belated Birthday to Eli. How wonderful that you were able to share it with him.
    I love the corduroy look of the blanket. And how wonderful that spring is just around the corner. I actually need to mow the back yard.

  2. Happy Birthday a bit late to Eli. Sounds like Grandma helped to make it special.
    Hope you have no problem getting an appointment for your shot. Can't tell you how good it feels to get one.
    Wow, budding in Canada. There is hope for us here in the south.

  3. Ahh, that four year old "big kid now" is just adorable!

  4. Happy Birthday Eli. My goodness, how time flies. One of our sons and grandson came over yesterday. We sat on the deck and gave him his birthday present-17 years old!! I agree about the price of groceries, they are definitely creeping up. Every one here is so happy that the weather is so nice and the snow is melting. The tv weather person had to give us a reminder this morning that March is our snowiest month and April is the second snowiest!! Great-NOT. Enjoy the curling!

  5. Belated happy birthday to Eli! Four already? I was thinking three! :-D

    Good luck selling the blankets, and have fun watching the curling. Oh, and I hope you do get your vaccine next month. I think I will be waiting until the summertime, unless Ontario gets its act together and moves faster. Mind you, our city is one of several that is piloting the online booking system, but that's for much older people right now. Take care! :-)

  6. Happy Birthday a little late Eli! Those sweet little Eli cheekies, oh, all of the grandma in me wants to smooch those cheeks.
    LOVE the blanket and wish I could bid on stuffs. I didn't know you are on FB! Maybe I can find you I hope. And you know, Kea thought he was three, and I thought he was going on five! Now we are on the same path with his age. :-) Mine is five, almost six. And he doesn't eat cat kibble or bathe in her water dish any longer. As you read, my vaccine day is March 16 now. I got all mad and puffy over that other place's mistake not saying what was required. Told everyone how mad I was, blog ad FB. :-) (I dreaded the shot's possible effects, & was shored up, ready to face it, and the rug got pulled out from under me! My answer seems to have been, get mad!

  7. Happy Birthday, Eli!! Four years old, you probably wonder how that happened. Time flies. Love the cake idea 1,2,3,4. :)
    Gosh I miss the birds here. For some reason they talk about how much they love the birds but never put out feeders in the winter. :( Soon, I'll be 'home' and we'll get that joy back, seeing and hearing them chirp.

  8. What a lovely birdhouse and blanket. SO pretty.
    Happy birthday to Eli - time sure does fly.
    I saw my first bright yellow goldfinch of the year this week at the feeder. Spring - SOON!

  9. Happy Belated Birthday Eli.

    I am also hopeful of getting my first dose of the vaccine sometime next month. Now we have four approved for use (Johnson & Johnson now as well). As long as we keep getting doses I will be happy. I keep looking on the dashboard for the appointment maker, but it isn't up as of yet. Hopefully soon.

    I have noticed more birds around also.

    God bless.

  10. Happy 4th birthday to Eli! How wonderful that you could spend part of the day with him!! :)

  11. Four already? He was just two a few months ago! Well happy birthday to Eli. What a world of wonder for him... I like the bird-house. The roof does look like metal, though since it's cardboard, I imagine it won't be going outside. And hey, if the trees are producing buds, then spring must be headed your way!

  12. Happy Birthday to Eli! It must have been fun to have a family recipe for birthday cake!


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