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decorating for Christmas #2

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Early in December, I wasn’t certain I’d have the energy to decorate for Christmas in a big way. I asked my husband, “If you only had one decoration this Christmas (besides the tree), what would it be?” He answered, without any hesitation, “The singing mice.” I have since rallied and put up lots of decorations, but the singing mice were the first to be pulled from their box!

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We bought the singing mice in the 1990s when animatronics hit the stores in a big way. Each mouse is about 9 inches tall. When you press his paw, each mouse sings, in a rather high pitch, “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”. As he sings, the mouse’s cheeks glow red and he wiggles his book of carols. If you are able to press three paws at once, the mice sing in cute harmony.  Their singing always brings a smile!

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Merry Christmas to you all from our singing mice!

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Copyright Jane Tims 2017  

Written by jane tims

December 18, 2017 at 3:47 pm

decorating for Christmas #1

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Mid-December and the countdown to Christmas has begun. I love to decorate for the holiday. At one time, the entire house was decked out … one year I decorated seven Christmas trees!

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As I get older, I keep the decorating to a few well-loved vignettes and I always try to include some natural greenery.

Last week we went to our cabin and I snipped a bouquet of cedar boughs …

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The crock is one of my collection of crocks, this one special since it was made at MEDALTA Potteries Ltd., not far from where I lived in Medicine Hat in Alberta.

Hope your seasonal decorating is going well!

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Best regards,

Jane

 

 

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December 15, 2017 at 7:31 am

painting of a covered bridge

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When I was preparing the basics of my new book, ‘in the shelter of the covered bridge’, I did a couple of paintings as a possible cover image.

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One of the paintings I prepared was ‘choke cherries at Ellis Bridge’ (24″ wide by 20″ high, acrylic, gallery edges, painted June 2016) a study of late summer at the covered bridge over the North Becaguimec River in Carleton County. Since another painting was chosen as the cover art for my book, ‘choke cherries at Ellis Bridge’ is my new submission to Isaacs’s Way Restaurant for their art auction. My painting ‘Farmyard in Winter’ sold before the Autumn Art Auction #31 was over and most artists submit a painting to fill their ‘space’.

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‘choke cherries at Ellis Bridge’ by Jane Tims (24″ wide by 20″ high, acrylic, gallery edges)

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The Ellis Bridge is a charming covered bridge, situated on a little-used road near Carlisle, Carleton County, New Brunswick. Built in 1909, it is one of 59 covered bridges remaining in New Brunswick and a lovely spot to pass a summer day. Two poems in my book are based on our visit to the Ellis Bridge. One, ‘bunches of bitter’, features some of the initials carved inside the bridge.

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bunches of bitter

Ellis Bridge

North Becaguimec River #4

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beside the Ellis Bridge

choke-cherries hang in mist

and berries blacken

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R.S., E L O

who were they?

Braxton, KAMRYN

S M, G M P

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did they wade the shallow water?

fish for trout?

shout and listen for echo?

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did they strip berries from branches?

pucker lips and cheeks?

does Eric still love Linda?

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I love showing my work at Isaac’s Way. The art is viewed by everyone enjoying a meal at the restaurant and 50% of the proceeds from my sales are donated to ART lessons for kids-in-need. If you love covered bridges and would like some original art for your home, drop by and have a look at my work.

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Copyright Jane Tims 2017

Written by jane tims

December 13, 2017 at 7:15 am

snow duties

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Our first big snow arrived Saturday night. Twenty centimeters of fluff. Time to begin snow removal duties.

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This year my husband has about 30 clients for snow removal and he has been getting ready for a couple of weeks — staking driveways, buying diesel, replacing lights in the tractor array, removing stressed bolts and moving things around the yard to make moving the snow as simple as possible.

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My duties are simple and few. I set the alarm for 3 AM, print off the client list from the computer and run the checklist — water, raisins, earplugs, client list, flashlight, cell phone, “go bag”. The “go-bag” has about sixty pounds of chain, a roll of tow strapping, assorted connection devices and anything you would ever want to pull yourself from a ditch.

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I also supply diesel when needed and lunch. No set times for anything. Just a hearty meal, packed to eat on the road, when my husband gets hungry.

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lunch packed into a cooler (or in this case, a heater) … lots of protein and calories …

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Otherwise, I answer the phone, work away at various editing projects and worry. Things can go wrong out there in snow-land and they often do. A stray two-by-four goes through the blower. The tractor slips off the side of a driveway into a deep ditch. The plow for the main roads is late. There are three cars in the driveway and no one at home to move them!

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My husband is the only one I know who talks about snow and winter longingly in the middle of summer. Everyone should love their work as much as he does!

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Enjoy your snow-day where-ever you are.

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Copyright Jane Tims 2017 

Written by jane tims

December 11, 2017 at 7:00 am

a day getting ready for Christmas

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I have been so busy lately, all duties associated with my new book. But occasionally I need a day to just catch up, and to pay attention to the season. So last week we drove out on a Christmas adventure. We did four things:

1. Bought a balsam fir wreath for the front of our house. These wreaths are hanging outside most of our local quick-stop stores, so our wreath was easy to find.

2. Bought a Christmas turkey. I am not much for preparing meat for the stove, so we bought a ready-stuffed Butterball turkey. I will still have to cope with the ‘gizzard’ bag but mostly I can just peel off the plastic, put the bird into the pan and shove it in the oven. What a wimp I am!

3. Visited the Atlantic Super Store and got a sampling of their fancy hors-d’oeuvres. Coconut shrimp! A treat for a cold winter evening.

4. Drove to our camp and gathered cedar boughs to make a Christmas garland. We sat in the camp, ate Clementine oranges and talked for an hour or so. We even heard the loons on the lake call three times.  A very pleasant way to prepare for Christmas.

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our Christmas wreath

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What small things do you do to get ready for the Christmas season?

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Copyright Jane Tims 2017

announcing the winner of a copy of ‘in the shelter of the covered bridge’

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I have a winner in the 500th follower contest! (Anyone who entered a comment on my blog between October 15, 2017 and November 20, 2017 inclusive was entered in the draw to win a signed copy of my new book ‘in the shelter of the covered bridge’).

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We drew for the winner at my reading at the Authors Coffee House on November 23, 2017.

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signing books at the Authors Coffee House where we drew for the winner of the book …

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I am happy to say the winner is ‘Rebecca’, writer of the blog ‘walking on a country road’. I will be sending Rebecca her copy of my book in the next couple of days. Rebecca is an avid bird watcher and naturalist and I know she will enjoy the book. If you love bird photography and would like to know more about the natural history of Tennessee, visit her blog at https://walkingonacountryroad.com/

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Thank you to everyone who entered. I will be having another contest soon, so keep reading!

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Copyright Jane Tims 2017

book launch for my covered bridge book!

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I hope you can join me for the launch of my new poetry book ‘in the shelter of the covered bridge’ (Chapel Street Editions, 2017). The launch will be at Westminster Books in Fredericton on December 2, 2017 at 2:00 in the afternoon.

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Anyone who buys one of my books will be entered in a draw to win one of my paintings. This painting (11″ x 14″, ‘apple orchard green’, acrylic, gallery edges) is a companion to the painting on the cover of my book.

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Hope to see you there. For those of you so far away, perhaps there is a book reading in your own area to attend.

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All my best!

Jane

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