January 2018

January has been a mixture of weather so far … mild, rain, ice rain, snow, frigid temperatures, a thaw and there is still half a month to go.

We arrived home from British Columbia on a mild day, which got even milder the next day with temperatures of 11 Celsius.  There was snow everywhere and we got the paths dug out around the garden to the various bird feeders.

January 10, 2018 - garden paths at craftygardener.ca

But on Thursday night and Friday morning the temperatures rose more and just about all of the snow melted away.  It was a really foggy day and as the day went on the temperatures dropped and by late afternoon we were getting ice rain that turned to snow and soon everything was white once again.

the January thaw at craftygardener.ca

We still don’t have lots of birds at the feeders as they must of thought we had abandoned them after 5 weeks away.  But slowly they are returning.

bluejays at the peanut feeder at craftygardener.ca

The bluejays have been squawking the message that the peanuts have returned.bluejays at the peanut feeder at craftygardener.ca

The doves, chickadees, juncos, cardinals, goldfinches, finches and woodpeckers are slowly making their way back to the feeders.

at the feeders ar craftygardener.ca

I’ve been sorting through all the sea glass I collected.  The small pieces have been organized by colour into little jars for the window ledge.  Some of the bigger pieces were made into a candle for the dark evenings.  When the candle is lit the sea glass glows and is so pretty.  Here is how I made it.

a sea glass candle at craftygardener.ca

I’ve got a couple of patterns organized, which are requests for the grandkids out west,  just need to get out and purchase the yarn.  There are fingerless mitts like Granny, leg warmers, hats, and a poncho.  In the meantime to keep my hands busy while catching up on Coronation Street I’ve been knitting some dishcloths.  I must say I’m not enjoying the latest episodes of Coronation Street … too many murders and it is getting ‘too dark’ and not enough of every day life.  I’m hoping the latest villain gets exposed soon and he is gone for good.

knitting dishcloths at craftygardener.ca

The sunset on January 13 was gorgeous.  The weather had changed back to very cold, in fact there was an extreme cold warning for overnight.  But January 14 was bright and sunny, but cold

January 13, 2018 sunset at craftygardener.ca

Today we are celebrating Christmas with our Ontario family … tree, turkey and trimmings, and gifts.  The kitchen smelled delicious yesterday while cooking the turkey.   Christmas doesn’t have to be on December 25, it is whenever family gets together to celebrate.

January is half over and I hope the last half goes by as quickly as the first half has.

Travelling is wonderful but to quote Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz, “There’s no place like home.”

Have a great weekend.  I appreciate your visits and comments.

It’s time to share with Our World Tuesday and  Mosaic Monday.

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18 Responses

  1. Elaine

    Good to have you back , Glad you enjoyed your trip . Lovely photos . Our yard is like that now to and it makes me long for spring even more now ,I cant wait , counting the days I like that the sun sets later each day now to . Have a great week .

  2. Maggie

    Fabulous bird captures, they make wonderful mosaics. Your weather sounds very changeable, like ous but with snow rather than rain.
    Looking forward to seeing how you used the sea glass, wish we could find some on our beaches here.
    Can’t believe that you’re a fan of Corrie, it’s been years since I watched that programme.
    Happy MM.

    • Linda aka Crafty Gardener

      Hi Maggie, I’m was born in London, England, and have lived both sides of the ocean. I’ve been a fan of Coronation Street since it was produced in black and white. Here in Canada we are about 2 weeks behind the UK shows. I just shared one quick project with sea glass, more to come. Have a good week.

      • Maggie

        I didn’t know that you were a Londoner, wouldn’t that make you a fan of EastEnders?? I haven’t watched Corrie for at least 35 years even though I’m a Lancashire lass!

        • Linda aka Crafty Gardener

          Eastenders didn’t start till long after I lived in Canada and then it wasn’t shown on Canadian tv. I did watch some of it when it was finally shown over here but then it switched to a midnight timeslot and I lost interest, even with recording it. It also moved away from the everyday life and had a lot of murders. I’ve remainded a Corrie fan.

  3. Snap

    Welcome home! I still have my Christmas tree up. On this still dark days, it is nice to have the twinkle. One of my blogging friends said she keeps hers up for Candlemass. The weather has been nuts everywhere. The birds never forget where the handouts are! Your sea glass is so pretty with the candle. Happy Monday! Enjoy more pretty sunsets.

  4. Sylvia D.

    Linda, I`m sure the birds were advertising the food available. Amazing how quickly that snow disappeared. Thanks for sharing. Sylvia D.

  5. Myrtle

    As always I love your bird photos. Great idea putting some sea glass in the jar then a candle, I’m sure it is very pretty. I was just given a towel pattern to knit a towel to hang on the stove, ill try that when I get some more cotton yarn. Love the sunset, I also get to see beautiful sunset & sunrise from my living room window.

  6. Lorrie

    You are right about Christmas being whenever you get to celebrate it. Glad you had a good time on the west coast. Hope you are warm and cozy during the remainder of winter.

  7. Margie

    I’m in agreement that Christmas should be celebrated whenever people can get together. It’s much more enjoyable than trying to squeeze everything on the 25th!

  8. Karen Wirth

    I’m a Corrie knitter too. I’m not liking how these stories have been playing out the past while. My knitting reflects the mood!

  9. Angie

    Such a sweet variety of photos – it is obvious the birds are glad you’re back! Don’t you wonder how they know the bird feeders are full again?

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