Thursday, September 25, 2014

{p,h,f,r} on September 25

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Only one photo at the end of a busy day, hopefully an omen of more to come! (Yes, it's been six months since my last {p,h,f,r} post.)

The onion harvest

Stay tuned...


Tuesday, May 20, 2014


No, we'll never be them, but we did see them . . .

Last night Mom and I headed to Charlottetown to welcome The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall to the island for Victoria Day. We got a lucky tip and landed under the right lamp post, so when Charles and Camilla walked by, I had the pleasure of shaking both their hands!

Royal umbrellas and their staff.

Waiting in the rain

Mom and fellow monarchy enthusiast

The Prince and Camilla's Umbrella approaching

At this point we abandoned the camera for the real thing. I believe I said, "Welcome, Your Royal Highness," as Charles shook my hand smilingly and made a remark about surviving the rainy weather. Camilla was next for a brief handshake, and I hope I may be forgiven that I failed to curtsey in the rush of the moment.

Larger than life

The royal getaway car

Capping the night off with a blast

Fireworks at nightfall

Good night, Sir!

Today Mom and I took the kids on a Royal Expedition to see what we could see as part of "the public." First, to Charlottetown and Province House.

Province House

Waiting to see a "real prince."

Look closely and you'll see them coming out of the doors

A royal wave

Walking right past us!

The cars with the cool license plates

This was the celebrity Arden was most excited to see!

The Prince was alright, but, "Mom, can we go see Anne now?" 

Then on to Cornwall! Lots of waiting at our little corner of the ropes, but the kids did really well.

Excited for flags!

Jack was practicing saying, "Hello Prince Charles!"

Jack had a little more trouble pronouncing "Camilla." 

Cornwall crowd waiting for the royal couple to depart and walk about

Getting tired. . . 

A dandelion bouquet

We didn't get a chance to pass these on to The Duchess.

One last glimpse

A grand time was had by all!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

{pretty, happy, funny, real} Cabin Fever!

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Cabin fever has spiked. The winter roars outside. The bears have broken in, and they are my children. Wild things, stomping and raging and growling, upending the furniture and scattering the morning’s broken pieces all over the floor. Snow days and sick days have kept us inside for far too long, and the walls are pushing in. These shaggy-haired creatures are chasing me with whining, irrational demands for kids’ shows!  and softer toast!  and smaller pirates! If their evil plan is to turn mama into a grizzly, it’s working.

I want to roar. I want to toss them out into a snowbank. Or perhaps stuff and mount silent over the mantle?

But then, the littlest cub wanders over, blankie and teddy in hand. He is wearing flannel bear jammies.
“I need uppie.”
“I need a bear hug,” I tell him, scooping him up.
“Bear hug?”

Somehow in the embrace, we feel human again.  Sticky paws turn to patting hands, the gnash of terrible teeth to a smile. This grizzly mama begins to melt. The fever breaks. Maybe, just maybe, I can see the end of winter after all.

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

{pretty, happy, funny, real} Epic Winter Compendium!

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I will admit upfront that I think this has been one of the loveliest winters we've had on PEI! Mind you, I haven't been the primary snow shoveler. However, we've had steady snow since December, and in my opinion, that's the best way to spend a season that is going to be cold anyway.


Arden and I made a winter ice wreath together last week.  It disappeared in a spell of rain, but it was pretty while it lasted. (We got the idea from The Rhythm of Family, by Amanda Blake Soule.) The process was as fun as the end result.


The kids and I went to one of Micah's Saturday night hockey games - their first time watching him play!

If Arden knows she is being photographed, she must make some kind of silly face!

Cheering for our winning team


Look closely. . . that's not Mr. Cinders' reflection! It's our neighbours' cat, come to pay a call.


Arden's photography at work

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