Saturday, October 18
Friday, October 17
Last Monday, which was Thanksgiving in Canada, the boys came over to help me finish decorating the yard. We had started it about two weeks ago and hadn't had a chance to finish it.
Then we put up the ghost that I got last year. It has such a pleasant face and welcomes trick or treaters to the yard. We couldn't get it into the hard ground, so Grandpa put it in for us. Mmm! My fairy is lying on the ground. Looks like Meeko has been in the flower bed again. Grrr!
See that smile. And Anni, that witch hanging on the porch railing was given to me about five years ago by the boys. She has watched over the yard every Halloween since.
Thursday, October 16
As always, I have much to be thankful for this week. Though I've been feeling a bit tired from my bout with the flu or whatever it was, I'm thankful that it wasn't worse. I am also very thankful for the following:
1. Great online friends who visit and comment.
2. To live in a province where we have a good health care system.
3. To live in a country where voting is a right and not a priviledge.
4. The freedom to vote for whom we chose.
5. For grandsons who love to come over and help decorate for the holidays.
6. For a lovely mini vacation with my grandson and mother. Many memories were made.
7. The completion (almost) of the upstairs apartment. It's been a long haul but it's looking great.
8. Birthday greetings and gifts from family and friends. I'm truly spoiled.
9. For phone calls from good friends at unexpected times. Enjoyed talking to you, Pea.
10. For the sights, sounds and fragrances of autumn. It is one of my favorite times of the year and the colors are just coming into their peak here.
I hope you have a great day. Remember to count your blessings and if you have a hard day, turn lemons into lemonade. ~Blessings, Mary~
Wednesday, October 15
Above you can see the package that hubby handed me. I was ecstatic. My dear friend Anni from Hootin' Anni's had told me that she'd sent a little something to me for my birthday and she teased me a bit about it like I did her when I sent her a little Halloween parcel.
I could hardly wait to open it. It was packaged well and I had to get the scissors and be very careful about snipping it as the tape was hard to get off. Anni had wrapped it well in bubble wrap.
When I removed the bubble wrap, this is what I found. A scarecrow couple. I was ecstatic! Now many of you will know that I love scarecrows and these are just delightful. I have never seen anything like them in the stores here. I LOVE them.
And they go perfect on the entertainment center with my pumpkins and other autumn decor. Thank you so much, Anni. I will treasure these always. They are a token of our friendship and each time I pass through the living room, I see them and think of you.
Tuesday, October 14
Granny Ross, as she was eventually known by fellow Nova Scotians, served as a midwife and healer for over sixty years. Her name has been passed down through generations. Though information on this woman is very difficult to find, I did find out that she gave birth to eleven children. This would have made each day a challenge, just keeping their clothes clean, preparing meals and other household duties. However, Marie always found time to help her fellow man.
Marie LeJeune was born in 1762 in Rochefort, France. Her parents, Joseph LeJeune and Martine LeRoy were Acadians who had been deported to France from what is now known as Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. In 1771, they returned to Acadia. In 1778, they were once again deported to France. It was here, at the tender age of seventeen, that Marie married Joseph Comeau. He was thirty-seven years older than Marie. Marie returned to Acadia with her husband in 1784. Later that year, Joseph drowned. At age twenty-two, Marie was a widow.
Shortly after Joseph's death, Marie followed her family to Little Bras d' Or, Nova Scotia. She married her first cousin, Bernard LeJeune dit Briard. Bernard drowned shortly after the wedding, leaving Marie a widow once more.
At the age of twenty-six, Marie met Protestant Scottish soldier, James Ross. The couple married and first settled in Little Bras d' Or. Later, they followed James' family to East Margaree River.
While living in Bras d' Or, Marie realized that she'd been blessed with the gifts of healing and midwifery. The legend of her life began there. During a small pox epidemic, she cared for friends and neighbours, both French and English. She was always ready to attend anyone in the community who needed her services. Since she had already had small pox, she was immune to the deadly disease. Marie saved many lives during the epidemic. The people she helped never forgot the dedication of this woman.
Over the years, Marie studied plants for their medicinal purposes. She spent many hours in the forest and became a knowledgeable herbalist. She traveled miles from her home to nurse the sick. She delivered hundreds of babies in her lifetime.
Marie's forest adventures and her knowledge of herbs became known far and wide. This is when the Granny Ross legend began to take shape. She dedicated her life to the study of plants, in the hope that her findings would save lives. As she advanced in age, she became blind. Still, her healing and midwifery services were much in demand.
Marie's life was one of inspiration and dedication. She thought only of others and never of herself. Her goal in life was to help mankind. Her dream was certainly realized. She died in 1860, at the age of ninety-eight.
Marie left behind a great legacy. This midwife, herbalist and healer devoted her entire life to the study of plants and the healing of those in her community of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Her name holds a place in the history of that province.
Canadian Heritage Alliance
National Archives of Canada
I wish everyone a wonderful week. ~Blessings, Mary~
Monday, October 13
And my boa, as instructed. hehe. I'm so glad you invited me to attend your lovely tea party.
And I brought along a vintage tea pot and some cups just in case you needed extras, Pea.
Autism Society of America
Sunday, October 12
Lots of bubble wrap to keep this beautiful leaf dish perfectly safe on the long trip from her home to mine.
Included in the package was a fragrant pumpkin candle. It is delightful and I will be burning it throughout the autumn season. Above are all the goodies that were inside the box.
After opening the beautiful gifts from Pea, I made a nice arrangement in the entertainment unit. It will remain there until mid November when I exchange my autumn decor for Christmas decorations.
Thank you, dearest Pea. You couldn't have chosen better. I love everything and each time I pass through the living room, I see it and think of you.
Now, another surprise. Tomorrow is Pea's birthday. If you would like to see what I sent her, click on the link and visit her blog. And Pea, a very Happy early Birthday to you, my friend and Happy Thanksgiving also. Here's a little something extra for you, my friend.
I wish you a wonderful day filled with love, laughter and lots of fun. ~Blessings, Mary~