24 March 2014

On the Day I Discovered My Hubby Was Right --- Again

A lot has happened lately.
I completed a goal I set for last week
(yes, you may say 'yippee'!).
I bought the Frozen DVD and have watched it twice since Tuesday--
once with my dad
(who really liked it by the way);
once with Small One and my hubby
(who both like it too, one much more than the other).
I now find myself singing not one, but two, of the songs from the movie and
 I keep finding things I relate to in the film...
 I feel I have a lot in common with Elsa
(although her hair is a lot nicer than mine--LOL),
some things in common with Anna
(I used to be quite gullible when I was younger).
I adore rosemaling and have lots of it
AND I have had the pleasure of riding a Norwegian Fjord horse before just like Hans does
(hopefully that is the only thing I have in common with him)!
I also totally believe that Olaf the Snowman was right and there are people in my life
 "worth melting for"
(this may not mean anything to you who have yet to see the film).
Ok--enough talk about Frozen and Nordic things -- till Våffeldagen later this week that is..
On a totally unrelated subject,
this past week
we found evidence that we've been visited by either a cougar or coyotes...
Small One took it a lot better than her poor grandma (me) who has a very weak stomach
(I'll spare you the yucky details and will only say a fawn was 
in the wrong place at the wrong time).
We know for sure we have had coyotes in this area because our neighbor,
when I visited to let him know the situation, told me they had
apparently seen a pack nearby earlier this past week...
(note to self...no more nightly trips to dump garbage)
we just don't know if they were the ones responsible. 
To add to the delight of living in the country,
we also apparently have another skunk
(not under our house this time though--yea!)
and ants--lots and lots of smelly, yucky ants.
HELLO spring!
(Don't misunderstand me,
I am still very thankful to be living in the country
AND for beautiful, wonderful spring).
A lot is blooming outside
(I braved imaginary 'visions' of wild animals watching my every move (not),
to take photos and check out the blooms Sunday)...
yellow, white, purple and pink.
I LOVE it!!!
Since we last 'visited', we took Small One to the beach--yet again--under cloudy, misty skies.
And today, under sunnier ones we visited one of my favorite lakes...
I find lakes particularly relaxing, don't you?
There were quite a few people there at sunset--walking, fishing, relaxing.
Maybe we should turn our entire yard into a lake...
nah, I wouldn't have fruit to eat during the summer if we did that.
Of course, my DH did want to add yet another pond...
We opened the door to our little 'dream come true' for the first time this season
and all looks good--
I can hardly wait to use it to go camping in!
Just need to pick up a pool noodle,
 and maybe a ladder for getting into the top bed.
We also removed the remaining kiwi we stored in there during winter--
still looking pretty good considering they were picked in autumn!

I am finally in a savings mode again
(it has really hit me how little time we have left before retirement
and some major expenses coming up).
I am SO thankful our home and all of our vehicles are paid off and
that we have contributed to IRAs for quite awhile now...
but still --
time is passing all too quickly and neither of us feel totally prepared for the date soon to come.  
And now it's time to go to sleep as I have a very long list of 'to do's' this week...
and, since it's Spring Break, I might have some more time with Small One.
Yea---more Frozen viewings:)

And about the title?
It's mainly to remind ME,
 that not only was my hubby right this time,
but he was REALLY right --
like totally, completely, overwhelmingly right.
Of course, that would make me
really, totally, completely, overwhelmingly
Have a great Monday!
For, lo! the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; the flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land.
The Song of Solomon 2:11, 12 KJV
Vernonia Lake at sunset
and our early spring garden.
Frozen of course refers to the latest Walt Disney animated movie.
Yep, it's another early morning blog--
so please ignore any grammatical and other errors:)


Emma Pearce said...

I LOVE Frozen! Me and the boys have been singing it constantly lately. It is so, so sad though and I know what you mean about relating to the characters.
I also share your fears for retirement(I am 31) but over here pensions are a sore subject public and private ones and lets not get started on savings based pensions!

Sam said...

Hi Aimee, nice post. We feel better. Today will be the only dry day until the weekend. Hope that your weather will be better.

Lorrie said...

Such beautiful photos of your little corner of the earth, Aimee. The calm surface of the lake is so wonderfully lighted. Spring gardens are such hopeful things. I find myself prowling around just looking to see what's emerging.
Frozen is a movie I've heard about but not yet watched. I've heard both good and bad about it - guess I'll have to watch it myself and make up my own mind.
Have a wonderful week.

Betsy said...

Good Morning Aimee! We were able to enjoy some of your Portland weather over the weekend and it was lovely. We also watched Frozen with Mandy and Brad on Saturday for the first time. It was a great movie and I also have the song bouncing around in my head. Poor little fawn. I have such a sweet image of country living and I know that there are also gruesome aspects of it. Thanks for the great post this morning. I always enjoy my visits with you.

Linda W. said...

Beautiful shots of all the spring blossoms! I'm happy to see all the trees in full bloom.

aimee said...

I agree, Frozen definitely does have its sad aspects, but I absolutely LOVE the emphasis on true, sacrificial love and how Elsa was able to 'let go' of her fears and share her gift with others:)
Thanks for sharing about the UK pension system (love learning about other countries--esp. one of my 'motherlands')...it is hard to save when you have little ones and a mortgage. We are able to save more now that ours are grown--still I strive for a balance between my passion for travel (and good food) and the future! I wish you MUCH success in saving for your future Emma:)

Hi Sam! Thanks:) I am glad you are feeling better--all of you! Unfortunately we are expecting rainy/showery weather for the next week or so too. Sigh. I just have to remind myself this is early spring still:)

Thank you! I agree-it was beautiful there! I felt blessed:) Totally agree -- spring is so different from the winter; so much new life! LOVED your prowling comment:)
There are some aspects you might not enjoy about Frozen--but overall I liked it (partly because I am crazy about Nordic things and music as you can tell). I hope you will blog about it should you choose to see it--I would love to hear your take on it! Wishing you a great week also!
Blessings, Aimee

Hey Betsy! I am SO glad you were able to enjoy some of our nicer early spring weather (especially since 'we' snowed on you last time)! Awesome about getting to see Frozen---it definitely has some very catchy tunes (LOL).
Yep--I am not so happy about the fawn too as I LOVE deer. I definitely could have gone a lifetime without 'that' memory.
Thanks--that is very, very kind of you to say:)

Thanks! Me too--I can hardly wait till we see more of our native plants blooming:)
Blessings, Aimee

Gracie Saylor said...

Well I have not seen frozen yet, but it sounds like something I should check out. I loved seeing your photos of the flowers.! I hope to post a shot of blossoms backed by a blue sky that I took yesterday. Hope you are having a happy week, Aimee xx

aimee said...

Let me know what you think about Frozen if you see it :)
Thanks for your kind comment! Happy you enjoyed them. Isn't it great to have flowers everywhere again? Now if we can just get more sunshine to go with them! I look forward to seeing your flower post!
PS: This week has been rather trying, but looks to be getting better soon.

Noelle the dreamer said...

Hello and may I say, your photos are beautiful!
Glad I stumbled on your blog!
Sending a warm hello from the Pacific NW coast,

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

I just bought the kids Frozen for their Easter Present! They are going to be so excited. We saw it in the theater and then when my sis came up we watched their copy. Love the song, "Let It Go". And Olaf, oh my is he too cute or what? Beautiful pics! Love seeing all the color.

aimee said...

So sorry with the late posting of your comment--we have been super crazy here with some things that couldn't wait.
Re: Frozen. I think (I know) your kids will love it and, I think, you will be happy you bought it! The theme of sacrificial true love is amazing and fits right in with the Easter season:)
Re: my new theme song--yep love it and Olaf is really cute...I think everyone needs an Olaf.
Glad you enjoyed the photos. Thanks!

aimee said...

Another PNW blogger--love it:) I just got done with a quick stop on your blog and LOVED your Mark Twain quote (and tall ship photo)!
Thanks so very much for your sweet comment! I am glad you stumbled across me and that the photos were a blessing to you! Looking forward to seeing more of your blog when I catch up on my list of 'can't wait any longer stuff" :):)
Have a great day! (and very sorry about the long delay in posting your comment)

Cathy at Wives with Knives said...

Lovely post, Aimee. It is so wonderful to see the landscape come back to life in the spring. My grandchildren were just telling me how much they liked Frozen.

Willow said...

You are just so cute !
I can't wait to see Frozen.
You have ridden a Fjord Pony ~ oh I am so jealous !!
Beautiful photos Aimee.
And "YIPPIE" on achieving your goal.
Beautiful blessings,

aimee said...

TY! Oh I SO agree--am enjoying every bud and bloom I see...
LOL--my granddaughter and I watched it again today. She knows so many of the lines now and has decided she is Elsa:)

HeeHee! Thanks! YOU have to go see it...it's such a great movie! I LOVED the fjord and was thrilled that my daughter (who lived in the area then) and I got to ride him! I would dearly love to have either a fjord or Icelandic pony...TY on the congrats---now I am working on some new goals:)

Chris said...

Lovely post Aimee, quite spectacular photos.
Chris x

aimee said...

Thank you! Wishing you a great (and hopefully sunny) day:)

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