Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Flora: A

Deborah started another abecedarium and I decided to join her. She discovered that June 28 through July 4 is designated as American Flowers Week, so she is blogging about flowers. I love flowers too and in Canada every single province and territory has an official floral emblem.

Let's start with Alberta. 

 
Since 1930 Alberta adopted Wild Rose as it's emblem. I guess because in Alberta it can be found almost everywhere! Starts blooming in late May and lasts until early August.  The fragrant flowers are bright pink with petals 3-5 cm in size and can be used for the manufacture of perfume. The plant grows up to 1.5 m (5 feet) tall and has "bristle like" branches.  The larger stems are densely covered with small prickles with the occasional thicker thorn.

I absolutely love rose hip tea and rose hip jams. Wild roses are very abundant in the Yukon also. While I was living there June was my favorite time to take long walks and smell the roses.

Some are saying that smell of roses can be use for protection from ghosts and evil spirits.


And this is for my stitchy friends: Canadian Hearts by Victoria Sampler

 So long my friends,
Evalina

Friday, June 23, 2017

Still here...

Oh man, it has been a long time since my last post. You see, I decided to get a 10 to 5 job and that stole eight hours of my day. Thank goodness my contract is over, now I have a lot (and I mean it!) to catch up. The house is a mess, the garden is a mess, I'm behind with my stitching and there is a ton of work in my office. It's overwhelming but one step at the time... hopefully by the and of the  month I will breath easier and sleep better.

The weather is awesome, I managed to go for a few hikes with Frosty:


Maybe tonight I will find a little time to curl up with the book. I have 'The Coldest Girl in Coldtown' by Holly Black on my list.

So long my friends,
Evalina

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Saturday morning in Port Alberni

Snow, snow, snow everywhere... about a foot thick blanket of snow had cover Port Alberni over night. It was snowing yesterday but just a little, this morning I woke up to real winter-land. This is on my deck:


I tried to go for a walk with Frosty but I was sinking in the snow - maybe later I will drive with her to a place where she can have a good run without the leash.

In February we usually have crocuses and camellias in bloom (that's from February a year ago)


Thank goodness there is a rain in forecast.

So long my friends,
Evalina

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Goodbye 2016

Six more hours and 2016 will be gone forever. As always there were some ups and downs and, for some unknown reason, I'm looking into 2017 with real excitement.

Last January I started the year with minimalism challenge. The idea was to remove what wasn't adding value in to my life and to make room for stuff that is. And let me tell you -I have so much room now that I must to start 2017 with maximalism challenge (if such thing exists).

Definitely I have a lot of room for more love, more compassion, more friends, more money, more finishes, more fun, practically more of everything. I read very few books this year (just 33) and I made very few blog posts (56). Can you agree that I have plenty of room for more?

I'm not setting any goals and I'm not making any resolutions. Instead I'm making an action plan!

As for the stitchy part... I DID IT!!! I finished sixth page of my Guardian Angel and I'm ready to start another one. Here is the finished page:


So long my friends,
Evalina