Thursday, March 29, 2012

What's been going on?

Let's say I haven't been twirling in my PINK tutu.
But a whole lot of this is going on at the cottage,

 and this,
and this,
 and more of this.
Well, hello P.J., did you have a good nap? 
It's been cold again here in Ontario. Only in the 30's.
What's up with that? From 80 to 25 in a matter of days.
 And what is THIS?
Why it's fat cat hiding under the blankets. 
Sneaky kitty.
Still celebrating my birthday. I do that. My birthday lasts all month.
My sister and cousins and I were in Montréal on the weekend.

 We were at the Woman's Show. 
Also broke out in dance at this 
cool FRENCH bar in Old Montréal.
No wonder I woke up with a broken back on Sunday morning. Ah, but it was worth it.
 Thank you for all my wonderful cards and gifts.
 Every card, every trinket means the world to me.
 Who would have known that blogging would bring such happiness to this girl?
PRICELESS card, hand made by the one and only Juliet.
I must say this birthday was a good one. Even though most you are many
miles away, I felt like you were all here. I have you all over my house and right
here at the touch of a key, or just a phone call away. I like that.
 I came across Jo's blog today "A pretty life in the Suburbs". She made this
incredible Peanut Butter bread, and said it's a MUST, 'so I thought I'd give it a try.
 As you can see mine doesn't look AT ALL like hers. It calls for a cup of Peanut Butter.
I've ALWAYS got P.B. on hand. I haven't run out of P.B. in 25 yrs.
Guess what? I only had 1/2 cup. WTW? So...
I used 1/2 cup of Nutella. It was NOTHING to write home about. 
Needed to wash it down with a 
glass of milk if you know what I mean ; (
Hey, at least I got out of bed and did it, lol.
Started a little lamb collection for Easter. 
Since the Cadbury Cream Eggs are out, I thought I'd better start.
 I hear you saying awwww she's sweet.
I think they are all sweet. 
 But you know I have a favourite don't you?
  Kind of like our kids. We're not suppose to have 
a favourite... but we do.
 Some of you might remember what I made last year for my sister's Easter get together.
 Not the same this year since mom is gone. We sure had fun.
Chocolate covered marshmallows. Easy peasy.
All the goodies disappeared in a flash. 
And so did my MOM.
But, it's getting better and better every day. 

Here's looking at ya.
Have a wonderful weekend girls. 
Tomorrow I meet with my French gf Isabelle for some more
birthday fun. Wish you could all come with me.


Marydon said...

Awww, Claudie ... you look marvelous! Glad you are having such a beautiful month of celebrations. Good thing I'm not there ... yowzers! you'd be in trouble.

So love Montreal ... wonderful city.

Your 'pet-lings' know how to enjoy a cool spring day ... love those peeking paws.

Honey, Mother is with you for Easter in each of your hearts to help you celebrate, enjoy your memories & create new ones. Mother is luckier than us, as she sits with Jesus to enjoy His glorious rise. Can you imagine the beauty of the sun rising & His standing there with His arms spread open blessing all of His angels, what a privilege.

Have a beautiful weekend, Claudie. Know you are very loved.


Julie Harward said...

You are a very wise woman, celebrating your birthday all month long! I love all the babies scattered around your house. Love all the pinks and blues too...a lovely lady you are Claudie! ;D

Loretta said...

How cute is this...Mine was on the 12th 63...when was your's? Happy Belated! Good to hear from you! Luv

Leslie's Garden said...

Now THAT'S the way to celebrate a after day after day:) Glad it's been a fun time with lots of well wishes. I'm sending mine your way too! Happy Birthday!!

Kimberly said...

I like that your birthday goes on and on and on. You look great. Love all the sleeping pups - Tucker sleeps alot too. I love to nap with him. :)

Heading on Spring Break Saturday! I will be in touch for I can't be without my computer.


Sherry @ A Happy Valentine said...

Looks like you're having a wonderful birthday month. It's birthday month in our family too. My daughter turned 26 today, my youngest son turned 20 on the 17th and I won't tell you how old my sister turned on the 27th. :)

gabrielle messina said...

Hey sweetpea! It looks like those puppies lead the life of luxury! You sure know how to celebrate! Happy birthday month!! xoxo

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I love to celebrate my birthday and a whole month works for me! I'm so glad you have had such a lovely one this year! I hope for warmer weather and a Spring to remember! Hugs, Linda

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

I am glad there is a entire month to celebrate the wonderful you!!!

Have a ball, and I know your missing your Mom.. I am sorry.

De tout, de rien said...

I'm definitely for celebrating my birthday an entire month! Cake and gifts everyday! I'm glad you're having fun.

That little lamb with the pink bow is my favourite too! So quaint!

Even though it's back to being cold, it won't be long now for the warm weather to return and stay for good. Bonne soirée, Claudie!

Pinkim Kimberly Wright said...

Hi Claudie, What a beautiful post...and I Just love the music as well...just beautiful! you have a lovely way of telling a story with pictures and a few words that is very poignant...
PS. We are good nappers around here too:) I so hope you have enjoyed your month:) Love,Kim
I hate to sign off because the music will end:(

claudia b said...

Your blog always leaves me with a smile. Love all the dogs and the kitty!!! Happy birthday month, you are a fabulous lady and deserve all the love you get!

She'sSewPretty said...

A month!! I usually get to stretch mine out a week. I wouldn't know what to do with a month of birthday treats!! Good for you.
I know you are missing your mom but she will always be with you. I'll bet if you go look in the mirror right now you just might see her in your smile and your pretty blue eyes. Love ya Claudie!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

YOU ARE JUST THE BEST. I admire and love someone who never stops celebrating. AND I AM SICK to know that I DID NOT KNOW IT WAS YOUR BIRTHDAY!!!!!! And life is so darn busy here I can't even manage a birthday card.....HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY LIFE my dearest Claudie!!! BISOUS, Anita

"Create Beauty" said...

I love a girl who knows how to CELEBRATE!!!

In my heart I have sent you a lovely handmade card and gifts of pinkness with glitter... as life has been so time-consuming it must only be in our imaginations ... sorry about that!

Happy Birthday to You!!!!!
with Love,

Anonymous said...

Hello Claudie! First of all, I love your new header!! Very pretty!
What fun to still be celebrating your birthday! Loved the cards and goodies from your girl friends around the world! And all of the lunches, get-togethers and such with them, too. And Randy's great gift of a Spa Day, followed by dinner out!! You are much loved!!
Your doggies remind me of my two..
they sleep a lot, too, and have their own little beds...but prefer to get on mine! LOL
Your lamb collection is darling!!
I like them all...and the photos of Easter last year...delicious looking, especially the marshmellow
sticks! Yummy!!!
I know what you mean about nothing is the same without your sweet mother. I always feel a bit depressed on holidays because she was always with me and there is such a void without her...time may help the pain, but the void is always there.
How are you today? I hope you are feeling good. I am having one of my BAD's going to rain..
that NEVER helps, does it?
Anyway, I hope you have a great time with your friend today and that the weekend is wonderful for you and Randy.....
Big hugs, Francy

Red Rose Alley said...

You've made me want to decorate for spring. I'm a little late in that area. So many cute spring colors. You know my son's favorite is Cadbury Easter Eggs? I have to get him some every year. The peanut butter bread looks so good, and I wish I had a piece to go with my coffee right now. I'm a peanut butter lover too!! Always have it around the house.
The picture of you was great, and it reminded me of me at the store yesterday buying myself some flowers hehe. A happy spring weekend to you, dear friend.
~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

Grace said...

Of course you should be celebrating the whole month! lol They laugh at me at work that I do the same. Sometimes it goes into 2 months and obviously it is not everyday. lol You are loved you are a dear person. Have a wonderful time! Hugs and Kisses Grace xoox

wendy said...

I love it when you do a new post, because it is always pretty, and fun, and makes me smile. All the pretty colors and your spring-ish feel on this feels goooood.
I remember all those neat easter things you put together last year. It was incredible I thought.
So you are collecting lambs are you. Such cute things. I'll have to keep my eyes open for some, and if I find a cute one, I'll get it for you.
The picture of all your dogs napping makes me think of he is napping right now as I am typing this. I could post 100's of photos of him and the dog napping.
I can't nap in the afternoon. I'd never sleep at night.
It was nice to see that photo of your mom and daughter. That has to make you happy!! It is important to take lots of photos as you never know if you'll get another chance.
I know you had a fun time in Montreal. I love the photo of you in the flower shop. I LOVE fresh flowers. I wish they lasted longer.
Love ya pretty lady.

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

Hello sweet friend! Glad to hear you are still celebrating! I wish so much I could celebrate with you!
I just love the little lamb planters!!! I love little lambs, and have several decorations. Now, I have to keep my eye out for some cute litle lambs too!

Love you!
Debbie xxoo

Jeanne said...

Darn Claudie, It will be two weeks soon and you haven't rec'd my gift? I'm bummed. I pray it doesn't get lost. I made your card and it turned out so cuuuuuete. Sigh. Making cards is not my usual thing to do. Marilyn had some stuff but I am gathering a stash for crafting. Mostly because of the journals we are doing. I'm enjoying it so much.

I love the pups and the cats paws. How cute is that? You get the best photos. I love the one of you in that great coat. I don't see an extra pound on you girl. HA!

Your cards are so pretty and Julie's note is a hoot. She is so full HA!

I hope you have a wonderful time with your friend. I'm so glad you are still celebrating your birthday. That way when you finally get my gift you will still be in the B-Day mood.

Brittany and your mom are so sweet in the photo. I will always miss my mom too Claudie. Time makes it better but it doesn't go away. Our memories keep them alive in our hearts. That is a good thing.

Love, love, love you,
Jeanne xoxoxo

Holly Loves Art said...

You look adorable holding the posies Claudie. Loved seeing all your sleepy babies. Aren't they precious when they sleep? Hope you're having a good weekend!
Take care,

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Ma belle,

Your words of sincere love and friendship are so much received into my BOSOM..whatever I HAVE IN THERE!! teeheeee......

Well, this is it. It is now time to draw, make more cards, more ideas, and get things into my Etsy shop. Then, time to redesign myself and take months to connect with the artist world so I can make a living from this choice I have made. It is just a matter of time until ANYONE OF US finds our niche, perfects it and shares it.



NanaDiana said...

Well, I just found you! I followed a link that led to a link that led to you! I have been reading your posts and I am smitten...totally smitten. What a beautiful lady you are- your "inside" matches your interior. I am your newest follower and I will be here haunting I mean following you...from now on! Blessings- Diana

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

You are so cute Claudie in your red boots and chic plaid jacket!
What a lovely post that nearly had me in tears!
I can feel your pain with the passing of your Mom. And I look ahead to not having mine, and I don't like it at all.
I will be the big 56 in Mom is 76. She may be around for quite awhile yet but who knows.
You also have me so curious about visiting Montreal! I've always heard its a wonderful city!
Maybe hubby would agree! hehe.
Years ago I was in Halifax and Nova Scotia. I loved it and I think I would also love Montreal!
Well ok, I have rambled enough. Here's to some warmer days for both of us filled with sunshine and love!
Big Hugs,

Melissa@onethingblog said...

WOW WHAT FUN! Happiest of birthdays! And THANK you so much for your breathtakingly beautiful comment on my blog! Look forward to getting to know you!

Melissa@onethingblog said...

WOW WHAT FUN! Happiest of birthdays! And THANK you so much for your breathtakingly beautiful comment on my blog! Look forward to getting to know you!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

What a fun post!! Good for you for celebrating your BD all month!! I am such an animal lover, Oh I loved all of their pictures...Oh, the cat! Easter goodies last year was literally eye candy. My Moms getting up in age and you gave me pause, we have to make every day special!


Sandy Michelle said...

I collect lamb planters too :) I'm sorry the loaf didn't turn out so good. I am going to try the lemon one soon and will taste test it for! Rest that back and have a great week!

Sandy xox

jeanne said...

Hi Claudie, I'm getting ready to bowl in a few minutes. Last day for the season. I wonder if I can bowl a 200??? HA! I can dream.

Garden club was great and everyone clapped for the decorations. Big smile here. I will share them on PS.

All is well and I finally got rested up yesterday afternoon.
I knew you would like the photos. I did too. My cousin Pat sent them to me from the net.

I loved seeing your post again. You are the best for posting fun and the best family photos. (including the dogs)

Off to the alley.

I love you bunches. Jeanne, xoxoxo

racheld said...


I'm so glad you had such a LENGTHY Birthday!! Can't have too much celebratin' for such a cause.

Coming here just BRIGHTS me every time.


PS---I looked all over GOOGLE for a picture of one of those poodle coats to use in a post on my blog, and don't know what words to put in. All I get is fabric that's kinda close, but absolutely regular---not in the exact high-low loopy pile of your wonderful coat.

If I can't find one, could I beg the borrow of a picture of yours?

love from the Heartland,

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

I'm baaaaaack ! Looks like you've been having a great time too. Love your lambs, I have a few myself they are so cute!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Bonjour ma belle,

Oh dear one, THANK YOU FOR COMING TO VISIT. I hope you are well; I tried leaving a comment on Wendy's blog but it looks as if it is for members only. Give her a virtual hug for me and to our beloved CC. I never am able to get to her! LOVE! And take that little lamb!!! HAPPY EASTER/LIFE! Anita

Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

Oh Claudie, missing mommies is a hard thing. Still miss my mother. Looks like you had a nice Birthday and I love all the yummy goodies! Wishing you a Happy Easter! xox

Kim @ Bluebirds and Butterflies said...

Happy Belated Birthday, Claudie! Hope your birthday was wonderful! I can so relate to your feelings about your dear Mom. It will be 4 years since my Mom passed on June lst, and I still miss her every single day. I cannot believe it will be 4 years soon. I keep her close in my heart as I know you do your own mom. Your little dogs are all so adorable. I know they bring you much joy. Thank you for visiting my blog today. I hope you have a fabulous anniversary on May 1st no matter where you go. Miami would be is nice weather there right now. Not too hot yet. Just being together with your dear hubby will be very special. We are so blessed to have our soulmates with us in our lives. I know he feels the same way about you. Congrats on your upcoming anniversary! xoxo Kim