We had the great pleasure today of spending time with my niece Ana and her Mom and Gramma today. We hadn't seen her for quite awhile and she has really grown and we were so happy to find she is such a sweet little angel girl, so well behaved and so nice. Truly a joy to spend time with. My Mom, below was also just thrilled to be able to spend time with Ana. It was a lovely way to spend the afternoon! And the "I love You" Ana said as she was bundled up to leave was such a sweet way to end a precious afternoon! We love you too, princess!
This is actually pretty funny but I think spring finally arrived on the West coast! We have been having some nice stretches of awesome weather lately and today I was sure spring was here as it was actually warm outside! We are using these last bits of nice weather to hurry and get things done outside. Our new stairs in front now have 3 coats of stain on them, the side of our house that tends to be a mud pit all winter as the grass won't grow there is now a concrete jungle and I love it. And now I have spent two days painting outside...I can't believe I am painting outdoors in November and the paint is actually drying within a couple of hours and set by sunset. I would be truly happy if our weather stayed like this forever but I hear we are going to normal November weather at midnight Thursday so my outdoor fun is coming to an end. My rhododendron is blooming too but I can't find the pictures right now. Have a nice week and thanks for visiting my blog.
Well, it has been brought to my attention that I am not blogging lately....not sure what excuse to use...didn't feel like it maybe? So, to rectify and catch up, I will post a few pictures of a summer that just seem to have zipped by. I can't believe it is almost Halloween! Above is Myself, Leona and Loretta at our summer bbq.
If you come to our house, expect to work!! Just kidding...Loretta and Leona had professed a desire to use power tools so Pepa showed them how and let them learn how to work with power tools. Loretta loves that saw!
Leona under the palm tree..almost looks like she is having a holiday somewhere exotic instead of the back yard of my home on the west coast...
Helping to put the rails on the stair railing....our deck is finally complete! Yeahhhhh.....
The tables for dinner....and in the background, my Mother's Day Clock gift which I adore.
Pepa showing Leona how to use the tools.
The chef is cooking! Num...
Meanwhile at a table of their own some little Bleuette Scouts are anxiously awaiting dinner for themselves, Yvette Marie and Zoe brought their table and picnic basket to share with Madeline.
Madeline received a new sister from Hong Kong, She was very excited until she found out she has to share all her stuff with her....just kidding, she is a good sister.
August was a fun month as our little Bleuettes went to Admiral Scout camp that was organized by Admiral Claire and Tante Gael. A fun time was had by all and I will do a special post of this event one day soon...the month flew by doing camp stuff...what fun! Here Madeline shows off her uniform and badges...we now have badges the right size and need to get them cut out and put on properly!
Signaling the end to summer is always the Fair at the PNE...it means summer is nearly gone and back to school is around the corner. This year the Fair was turning 100 years old...WOW! The Province newspaper asked for submissions of your memories of the fair and I submitted two stories and was surprised when they published them both! I forgot and didn't buy the paper for the supplement however I was able to view them online on their website.
Got mini donuts??? This little llama at the local fair reacted every time anyone wiggled a mini donut bag...she had obviously sampled them at some point before..... She was very entertaining
my friend the cow at the fair.
Pepa found a new friend too...
We made a couple of trips to one of our favorite places, The Harrison Hot Springs resort. It was lovely!
The view across the lake. The weather wasn't great but the hot spring pools were awesome!
Lying in this pool at night is really relaxing. The sky is so dark you can see all the stars and constellations in the sky.
Some of the flowers around Harrison!
two of the three white dogs...one is busy checking out something else.
I took my mom out to Swiss Chalet...dinner was very good but she lives for dessert! Hence the smile on her face!
So tired she fell asleep in her dish...getting old is the pits, isn't it? I can relate...although so far I haven't fallen asleep on my dishes...
some of the flowers in my garden. They are still thriving!
My fuchsia tree did so well this year....it is a beautiful sight to behold.
My rhododendron thinks it is spring...it is blooming now in October.
My son has been doing a lot of crabbing this summer. He brought this home for his Dad the other day. I am allergic to seafood but both of them enjoy it
And that is all for now...thanks for stopping by and I will try to post more often....
It seems like yesterday but then it also seems like a lifetime ago and I guess in reality it was a lifetime ago that my sweet baby James was born. He had such a lovely disposition and he was my "sunny" child. He could always make anyone smile and had a way of making you laugh even when he had just done something he should be punished for. He carried this sunny personality into school and his friends thought he was a very funny guy. He was always a ray of sunshine when he was a child. Happy Birthday James, I hope it is wonderful and the year ahead brings you happiness and laughter.
Despite the spin the local spin doctors put on the state of the economy, those of us trying to live day to day realize most of it is just that...spin. The economy is in tough shape, prices keep going up, taxes keep going up, the next one hitting us is on Canada Day July 1st, the dreaded HST which has to be the most hurtful one yet. It isn't even clear what this tax will be charged on but it sounds like pretty much everything. Oh, and I would suggest you fill up your car's gas tank as apparently that is going up also but on my travels today, the gas companies seem to have put it up already ahead of the holiday.....(I believe this hike has something to do with a carbon tax)
Lately one of my most favorite word's in the English language has become "free". I have always been a couponer and more and more people are joining this trend as it become more difficult to get by. For many years it was possible to get coupons for free things in the USA and rebates from manufacturers making things free or almost free but in Canada free was a rare thing and the value on coupons was usually very low. In the last little while there has been a new trend towards Canadian manufacturers handing out coupons for free things. some of the great websites to find these deals are save.ca, Life Made Delicious and my favorite haunt Smart Canucks where you can find a ton of offers that are out there all in one visit to one site. Another great tool for finding "free" stuff is Facebook. Now in picture one you can see the great stuff I have redeemed on in the last week. My Mom also gets the coupons and passes on the ones she doesn't use so that is why there are two of some things. In this group there are free potato's from the "Little Potato Company", shaving razors from Proglide, Proctor and Gamble and this weeks exchange program at London Drugs. The Cheerios and React 5 gum (delicious by the way) are from Facebook, the first aid kit is a freebie coupon from Johnson and Johnson and included the tax...sweet...Kashi sent out little boxes of cereal to try, and Pillsbury has a coupon for a free product that has been available for awhile now.My mom gave me hers which will make my son very happy! Veet sent me a sample of their product in the mail to try. And the 5.00 Subway gift cards came from Lay's Chip trip program. Not shown because if hasn't yet arrived is a 20.00 gift card from Sport Chek which I bought with points collected on icoke. It takes a bit of work gathering all this stuff but the redemption and savings to our family grocery budget makes it very worthwhile. The Melitta coffee came from a promo that company is running where if you refer a friend, they will send you a coupon for a free bag of their World Harvest Fair Trade certified coffee, but hurry, that one expires June 30th! Oh, and another added bonus was that the free Cheerios have a code on them to order free magazines, so Canadian Living and Style at Home, 3 issues of each, will soon be heading my way!
Now below the Airwick Freshener were not quite free but very close at 97 cents a package. This was another awesome freebie I received in the form of coupons. Had I tired a little harder and payed a bit more attention, I could probably have found it on sale somewhere and gotten it totally free but for .97, I am not complaining! I saw it retail at a couple of locations for 12.99 and 19.99 so 97 cents was a great deal IMHO! Now everyone go out and find those offers!! You can spend the money you save on something fun to do!
Last year at this time, we were heading off to the happiest place on earth to celebrate my friend Loretta's last year in the fourth decade of her life. This year she turns the BIG 50....and we are all celebrating but not at such an exotic location. Here are a few photos of last years celebrations.... can you guess where we were? Pay attention to her birthday apron...it is the big hint!
The first stop on the whirlwind day was American Girl Place in The Grove in LA where we browsed dolly heaven and then ate at the cafe...Loretta's desert was served with a birthday candle and you can see she and her little companion are enthralled with it!
Next stop was the park as it was Celebration year and the Park gave Loretta a gift card equivalent to a one day admission in the park to shop...she had a lot of fun buying presents for herself! We had dinner at the Plaza Restaurant in the park. We had tried to book the Blue Bayou for dinner but alas, reservations are hard to get there and we had to put that excursion off for a day until they could fit us in. (it was worth the wait, though!!) The pin on her top is one proclaiming she is celebrating her birthday at Disneyland! They just think of all the little things that make events and occasions special!
And here are the signs and decorations up around the park proclaiming it the celebration year! I don't think we can top this day this year but we will try and have fun anyhow...after all how many times do you turn the golden age of 50? Once in a lifetime if you are lucky and fortunate to have made it this far! Happy Birthday my friend, may the next 50 years treat you as well as the first half a century!
28 years ago right now I was a basket case about to go under anaesthetic for a c-section to deliver my first child. The years have gone so quickly and Ben is now a man whom we are very proud of. Happy Birthday Ben! And here is a few photos of his arrival into the world at Kaiser Hospital in Honolulu.
this one was in the operating room once he had been checked by the pediatricians.
This one was as we were being released from the hospital...they don't waste any time getting the bed ready for the next patient, the bed had already been stripped here and they were standing by ready to make it up...lolThis one should be up a bit further as it was shortly after he was born, I had to lay flat for 12 hours to avoid a spinal headache from the anaesthetic and this is when they finally brought him to me.
Day 4, we were released, he is drinking glucose water as that is what they gave them in those days.
To believe is to know that every day is a new beginning. It is to trust that miracles happen, and dreams really do come true. To believe is to see angels dancing among the clouds,To know the wonder of a stardust sky and the wisdom of the man in the moon. To believe is to know the value of a nurturing heart,The innocence of a child's eyes and the beauty of an aging hand,for it is through their teachings we learn to love. To believe is to find the strength and courage that lies within us, When it is time to pick up the pieces and begin again. To believe is to know we are not alone, That life is a gift and this is our time to cherish it. To believe is to know that wonderful surprises are just waiting to happen, And all our hopes and dreams are within reach. If only we believe.
I am a mother of two grown sons and gramma to 4 darling little grandchildren. When I can find the time I enjoy reading, gardening, sewing, walking, visitng friends on my computer and my doll hobby. I also enjoy travelling. I lived in Hawaii for many years and miss being there a great deal. In recent years our destination of choice has been Southern California where we always have a wonderful time and the weather is fantastic. Computers are not my strong suit, nor is technology so I am just stumbling my way through and learning as I go along. Thank you for visiting my blog!