Tuesday, December 20, 2016

"Fire And Ice"

Not a pleasant weekend this past weekend. We received a couple hours of freezing rain overnight Saturday. Just enough to coat everything and make travelling hazardous.
Luckily it stayed warm for a few hours so we quickly cleaned the driveway and car before it turned cooler and froze up solid. The freezing rain made everything look very pretty though.
One of our neighbour's house that evening looking very festive.
The male and female Junco in the Bittersweet Vine.
The sunset the next day.
Do you remember the Sad Stone House? I blogged about it here. It has finally been demolished. The court case was settled and the owners acted quickly taking it down.
So sad. Beautiful old house gone.
I hope some of the old beams were saved.

On another sad note one of my aunts, Aunt Mimi, passed away on the weekend. She was 86 and had recently been diagnosed with leukaemia. Mimi was a great lady. My Uncle John, her husband, was a minister and he married Chuck and I thirty-three years ago. A few months before we were married we went to their home to discuss the ceremony. I mentioned I did not want the word "obey" in our marriage vows. My Uncle couldn't understand why but my Aunt pipped up and said "Good for you!" I seem to remember some very good cake being served too.
Rest In Peace Aunt Mimi.

Have a wonderful week!
Robin

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  1. Lovely shots, Robin, especially the holly berries (so festive and pretty).

    Too bad about the house. It would have been nice to see someone restore it, but obviously that wasn't to be.

    I'm so sorry about your Aunt Mimi. I hope she and her husband are together now. It was very progressive of her (and you) to be on board with taking out the word "obey"!

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    1. Thanks Kim!
      It is sad about the stone house. It was done so quickly. The house was probably 100 years old and to end that way.
      I know my aunt is with my uncle now. Her last year was not the best so I am glad she is out of her pain.
      Have a good day!

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  2. Hi Robin, I'm sorry for your loss.
    I always think demolitions of old homes are sad, too.
    Merry, merry Christmas!

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    1. Thanks Pom Pom, I appreciate it.
      Have a wonderful Christmas too!

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  3. oh that is just sad about the house. Probably would have cost far more to try to fix it than to pull it down and rebuild, but still..

    And I'm sorry about your Aunt. it is never easy to lose a loved one (and I wouldn't say obey either)

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    1. It was going to be very costly to bring the house back to code but it had to be safe as it was going to be a doctor's office.
      Thanks for your kind words. I wonder if any bride says "obey" now?

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  4. Very festive pictures, though I suppose not as practical in reality. How sad about the house, I hope as you said what could be saved, was.
    Sorry to hear about the loss of your aunt, it's good to have memories though xx

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    1. Hi Cheryl, I am going to try and find out if anything was saved from the stone house. My friend Janice keeps up on everything and only lives a few blocks away from the house.
      I do have so many good memories of my aunt.
      Thanks!

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  5. Sorry about your dear aunt Mimi. She must have been quite the lady!
    Sorry about the sad stone house too. It still looked so good and could surely have been fixed up.

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    1. Thanks G.M, that is so kind of you. She was quite a lady. Old fashioned but very hip!
      It is so sad about the stone house. Just five years ago a family lived there. But it is going to be a doctor's office so had to be safe.

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  6. I'm very sorry for your loss.

    I love the ice, when I don't have to go out in it.

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    1. Thank you very much, that is so kind.
      The ice is nice to look at but heck to drive or walk in.
      Take care.

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  7. Sorry about the loss of your Aunt Mimi.
    Ice makes for some beautiful pictures but can be so destructive.
    Too bad about the old house. Guess it would have cost a small fortune to bring it back.

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    1. Thanks Karen, you are so kind.
      The ice did make for lovely photos but caused a number of accidents.
      It is sad about the house but the city has grown up all around it and it is surrounded by stores and a gas station. I remember when it was all farmland there.

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  8. I've sorry to hear about your Aunt Mimi. You take the most beautiful pictures! It's a shame that house was torn down. There are several homes in this area that have sat empty for years...even until the roofs caved in and the homes are no longer livable. I've never understood that. You would think someone in the family would keep them up and at least rent them out. Such a waste, and sad.

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    1. Thanks Henny for your kind words. We have a few more abandoned houses here too. I often wonder what their story is. What makes people just walk away and leave a house.
      Have a good day!

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  9. Condolences on the loss of your Aunt Mimi. That sleet and freezy rain and ice is so bad and so dangerous.......stay safe okay? Yes, I immediately recognized the stone house!!--I thought it was such a neat old place and would love to know the history......such a shame they took it down.

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    1. Thank you for your kindness. It is a shame the stone house could not be saved.
      We received a bit more snow this morning so off I go to shovel the driveway!

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  10. I'm sorry about your aunt's passing. Though she had lived many years, it seems that people should stay a little longer.

    That house looks like it was well-made, and deserved a better fate. I hope it isn't replaced with anything shoddy.

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    1. Thanks very much for your condolences. She was a lovely lady.
      The rumour about what is replacing the stone house is a doctor's office. It is very sad it couldn't be saved.

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