Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Summer Begins

It was a hot day yesterday and Liam and I had made important plans for after school when I picked him up.

First thing was to head to Dairy Queen as he and Pappa had run out of ice cream cake in he freezer. Liam suggested that also have a small cone while there, his disappeared almost instantly and then he suggested that he finish mine…which he did.

Our special start to summer cake

As soon as we got to the house he raced in to get his swim suit on…he likes to be first one into the pool each year.

Such a happy day!

Followed with bison burgers for supper

And of course cake…

And more swimming!

He has 3 more days of school and then summer break.

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Summer Solstice and Robbins and Bunnies

It is officially summer! The days will gradually get shorter again daylight wise. Sunrise was 5:55am and Sunset today 10:03…summer days here are long. Of course we pay for that in December.

We were under a heat warning yesterday and it was extremely hot. At one point it was 33C and with the humidity much higher. The black flies and mosquitoes have been abundant so other that my gardening tasks I hid out in my studio quilting my day away.

The robins nest is looking very full

Last week while cutting the grass Erik discovered a bunny nest. It was such a treat to see especially because Liam was with us and was able to see it.

Unfortunately two mornings later the nest was empty, we found one lone bunny not far from the nest.

Bunnies are so well camouflaged!

Knowing that it’s best to leave them we let it be, however it didn’t move and after a huge thunderstorm it was soaked and still so we brought it in.

One of Eriks daughters is a true animal lover and encouraged us to rescue this bunny and she found someone to take over for us. We got word yesterday that the bunny is thriving.

The night before discovering the nest, there was a bunny looking in my Long-arm room window, when I brought Liam into the room to see, it hopped onto the window sill and stood up looking right at him. Later I noticed it was hopping erratically all over the yard. I wonder now if it was the mom and was aware of the predictor that took her baby’s.

The pool is almost set up again and yesterday when I went to check the water temperature there was a bunny resting beside the pool. They often hang out around the house.

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

The Begining of Summer

It is so nice to wake up to blue sky and sunshine and green grass…well maybe not all green right now.

We welcome the bees back and living in the country the dandelions do their thing.

Liam loves soccer and has been teaching me some new techniques. I have many memories of my Grandmothers but none involved playing with me, I want that for my Grandchildren.

He won’t have memories of me dirt biking, those will be with Pappa!

Pool season is almost here and Erik was called into helping replace his Daughter and Son-in-laws liner as he has done it before on our pool.

I was treated to a day of playing with grandchildren and being fed! Later there was a birthday celebration for Erik. We arrived home just before 9 and both had a little nap in order to have the energy to wrap up the day.

Today is a professional development day here which means no school for Liam. He and I will work on planting the garden and some flowers along with some soccer and our war on the ants.

Wendy's Longarm Quilting, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Grandma and Liam vrs the Ants

Let me begin this story by clarifying as Liam put it that we want to get rid of Ants not Aunts!

Liam reminded me about our ant study last year and asked to rewatch some of the YouTube’s that we watched before. He especially liked the one that involved a flame thrower! That won’t be happening here.

Every year it seems that the ants are winning as they seem to take over the yard and every year we try something new. This year friends brought us a new to us product to try. It seems to have worked on the first hill. So time will tell.

The bottom of the rock was full of ants trying to move the rock. As other areas they had moved the smaller rocks off of the house!

There are several remedies that I haven’t tried yet. This one involves a gel bait that goes into the little houses and the ants flock to it and bring it into the nest to feed the queen and babies.

Anyone have other successful remedies?