Ellie Mae has a suitor hanging around the property. I've named him 'Romeo'. Sometimes he sings love songs to her and regularly squirts his cologne around the back steps. Since Ellie was spayed more than six years ago, he's wasting courting time here. He most likely comes from one of the nearby farms.
|Scruffy and love-sick, Romeo waits in vain for the lovely Ellie Mae.|
|Untouched by PhotoShop, this really is Ellie Mae's eye-liner colouration.|
|Captured mid-yawn, she looks like she's laughing at Romeo's intentions.|
|Viewed from my couch, this bit of snow quite resembled a cat woman's face.|
|Alert to possible danger, a pair of crows dig through snow for food.|
|Half again the size of a crow, a raven gathers up discarded phyllo pastry.|
|Atop my large-bird excluder contraption, McNutty asks that I replenish his peanuts.|
|I love Reddy's cute little hooked nose profile as he nibbles down a peanut.|
A trick I picked up is 'apple pie without the pie': Slice and core an apple. Microwave for two minutes, then sprinkle on a little cinnamon. So flavourful and satisfying!!
|Micro-waved apple slices with cinnamon and walnuts. Yummy!|
The Findlay Oval stove is a bit of a time capsule. With a fire going, it's sounds transport me back to childhood. When the fire is young, it crackles and snaps. When it gets quieter, it might need another stick of wood or two. Sometimes, perhaps owing to draft or humidity, it groans. I love the simmering sound a kettle makes on the stove top. Just like an electric stove, the wood burning one has different temperature settings. The two lids on the left (over the fire box) have the highest heat. The two lids in the middle produce a medium heat and the far right lids are perfect for keeping food warm. Up top, there is a warming closet. There is even a hot water reservoir on the right hand side. Mom used to bake in the stove's oven. And of course, in the event of a power outage, I can still have a warm room, perk coffee, cook food and even make pop popcorn!
|Almost a century old, our Findlay Oval cook stove still works perfectly.|