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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Goodbye April


This is totally NUTS!! It's a driving wet snowy morning. It seems like April is reluctant to let go and is sending ugly weather. Does Mother Nature have it in for us Northerners??
Well, my winter clothes are packed away and I refuse to bring them back out....although I don't think I'll wear my sandals today :P

Orange Day - A Dutch Celebration

It's an Orange thing: Koninginnedag

The prevalent color, symbolizing national and royal pride, stems from the royal family name - The Family Nassau, House of Orange. This inheritance dates back to the 16th century and it is this title that allowed Stadhouder Willam I - Prince of Orange to declare war on Spain, making the Dutch 80 year war of Independence an official war rather than just a rebel uprising. During and after that war The Netherlands was lead by three generations of Willam's descendants, not as Kings but rather as Stadhouders (State Keepers) in the world's first democracy.
After a brief occupation by France with Louis Napoleon serving as King of The Netherlands, the Dutch decided a Monarchy was not such a bad idea after all. Serving more as a watch-dog over the Parliament rather than a divine sovereign, King Willam I became Holland's first King in 1815, and the House of Orange has ruled ever since.

In the spirit of the day, you'll find most people wear something orange, while others are decked head to foot in orange.


So, you see the Dutch can really party it up, throwing oranges, having a parade and generally celebrating Royalty.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Dutch Weather

The temps are mild and the sun was shining oh so bright...that's when the Dutch came out in me. Yup, I grabbed Hubby and we got right into cleaning and organizing. We got a lot done! The biggest satisfaction came when Hubby finally sorted thru a huge jumble of old cords. Who knows what they belong to, so most went into the trash. We both stood amazed when at last we were done in the two spare bedrooms and hallway. It was all swept, vacuumed and mopped, the trash loaded into the back of the truck and taken to a huge trash bin parked in a central area specifically for the spring clean-up. Whew! BUT it is not over yet....tomorrow we tackle the yard and washing the outside of the windows. I have to take advantage of Hubby's help...*grins wickedly*

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Being Gramma is the Best!

In church this morning we sat behind a friend, her daughter and her little grand-daughters.I hadn't actually seen them for a couple of weeks, but as soon as the oldest one (2) saw me she called out, "Hi Gramma Faye".....too cute. Hubby said as we left, aren't you glad NOT to be raising little kids anymore.....but isn't it neat to be grandparents to more than just our biological ones?? Yes, it is!! Grandkids are just the BEST!!

Everyday Celebrations


No, I'm not having a party or any such thing. I just bought a box of Cheerios and discovered after getting home that I can get either a free book or free magazine subscription. I went for the book, since the subscriptions only include 3 magazines.....although IF I buy another box of cereal, I'll go for that. I don't know about you, but I like simple rewards like that. This coming just after fueling my Hubby's truck up for $20 more than it used to cost for a fill....sheesh!! Diesel used to be a cheap fuel but now it's MORE than the regular fuel I use for my car.....what's up with that?? If we lived in a big city, we'd definitely use the transit system, but in Northern BC that is not an option.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Photo Contest


I read about this 5 Minutes for Mom Contest (just click the link to enter for $1,000.00 prize)on my sisters Blog and thought it would be a fun Contest to enter. Here I am with my three grandkids on Easter morning....they all got Little Cheepers.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Spring Fever



I have a definite spring itch to scratch. Note that I have the itch and not Hubby. I have this big brain wave how I want to decorate our bedroom. We never have made our bedroom a priority, so I'm thinking it's time to be selfish.
I stumbled on this magazine website while browsing, which had exactly the paint color I want...warm grey.
Now picture this headboard in black, with the bedding set in gold/light grey/darker grey. Personally, I think it'll make it masculine enough for Hubby, but the gold making it feminine as well.
Now all I need to do is hire a painter??

Thursday, April 24, 2008

A Thought

If God had a fridge, your picture would be on it.

If He had a wallet, your photo would be in it.

He sends you flowers every spring.

He sends you a sunrise every morning.

Face it, friend - HE is crazy about you! :)

Summerhouse


I've started a new book. It's by an Author I have never read before but when I read what the book is about, it intrigued me. Three friends reunite after 19 years. "Madame Zoya" allows them to relive three weeks of "what-might-have-beens".
I guess deep down, I for one, have wondered that very thing....would the road not taken prove a better path?
Reality is that we'll never know....but it's fun to lose myself in a novel where fantasies are real. Have you ever wanted to rewrite your past?

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Safe

A group of 9 women and 3 men assembled in a quiet room at the back of a church....all strangers, all sharing one common emotion.....fear!! I could smell it in the room as I entered...oh, it was SO quiet. As we entered the room, we signed an attendance log, picked up our Workbooks and took a seat at a table. Rustling pages could be heard as we all buried our heads in the Workbook and avoided eye contact. As the evening progressed and we'd watched a 1/2 hour introductory video, we moved along to the group share and discussion time. Every single one of us sat in clenched silence, hoping to God someone would break the ice and share....and NOT wanting it to be us for fear we'd totally lose the control we kept only with iron will. Why so afraid?? A collective sigh went around when finally one of the gals started talking, and then horror of horrors....she started crying...no, no, NO...oh God, we all quickly grab for the kleenex box. But then a huge collective sigh...it's safe.
Next week we'll not be the strangers we were last night. Next week, maybe I'll be the brave one to tell my story. Maybe...

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Farm, Field, Forest


Ok....moment of truth here....I do not recycle everything. Now, before you gasp in horror, I do use reusable bags, I recycle paper and cardboard and water bottles.I replaced incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs and turn off lights where I don't need them. I gladly buy local food and organic if at all possible.
Now, I am not going to go without eating meat. I live in the frigid North, so I have no choice but to idle my car if there is no outlet to plug in. The other thing I have not being doing is composting...not a fan. Next, parking my car is not an option for most of the year, since it's far too frigid to walk....and have you ever tried standing at a bus stop for a bus that only runs past the nearest stop every half hour, in the winter where the wind chill can freeze any exposed skin in about 2 minutes flat?

So, Mr. Al Gore.....I do my part to the best of my comfort level...so,I recognize Earth Day because I DO want this Earth to stay as gorgeous and awe inspiring for my Sons and their families.

New Learning Experiences

I'm sure you agree that life is a constant, changing path to travel. As a matter of fact, we crave changes. It's true. Think of the times you feel you're in a rut....you may decide to look up new recipes in order to change the boredom of the same meals, or go shopping for new spring clothes. Two of my sisters have been brave enough to enter the world of learning in order to re-enter the work force. Yes, change is scary and requires a great deal of bravery but we were created to challenge ourselves. If we think we can just stay put and shield ourselves from change we soon discover that our whole entire life starts to shut down and close in on itself.....that's called Depression. I have learned in the past year and a half that Depression exacts a high price and has a worse affect on us than stress. Is it easy to push thru the Depression???....are you kidding?? NO!But if we do not, then slowly we shrivel into very unhealthy human beings.
Tonight I begin a 12 week GriefShare course, with a group of people I've never met before. I want to run away in panic, I want to throw up an iron curtain to protect my heart from further hurt.....but I will never be whole again if I follow that path. It's time to heal....it's time to walk in joy again....it's time.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

A Touching Gift


When my girlfriend was here visiting, she handed me this book she had purchased for me. I'm an avid reader and she enjoyed this life changing book and wanted me to read it. I just finished it. I can't remember a time that I've been so profoundly touched by a novel. It's a book the Author has said

has the potential to be the Pilgrim's Progress of our generation
I am not going to even try to write a "book report" about it, but just add an excerpt from the back cover:
"In a world where religion seems to grow increasingly irrelevant The Shack wrestles with the timeless question, "where is God in a world so filled with unspeakable pain?" The answers Mack gets will astound you and perhaps transform you as much as it did him. You'll want everyone you know to read this book!

Friday, April 18, 2008

Myth?

I hate to bore you with more of the same pics as yesterday morning, so I won't, but yes, we got more of the white stuff. The difference today is that it's -10c, with wind chill of -16c....this is what we get even with Global Warming?? Sheesh, I hate to think of how cold it would be then!! Or is that a myth?? Something to think about anyhow :P

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Tea Party

 
 
 
 
We hosted this Tea Party for the Seniors at the Luthern Church Manor. It was a lot of fun and a great Social time for these Ladies.

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What season is this??

 
 
This is what I woke up to....can you believe it? Note the dark sky in one pic and sunny sky in the other.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Just a Mom?

If at any time you Moms feel like your position as a Mom is less than any other Profession, I hope that this little article helps change your view and value in your position in our world!
JUST A MOM?

A woman, renewing her driver's license at the County Clerk 's office,
was asked by the woman recorder to state her occupation.

She hesitated, uncertain how to classify herself.

'What I mean is, ' explained the recorder,'do you have a job or are you just a ...?'

'Of course I have a job,' snapped the woman. 'I'm a Mom.'

'We don't list 'Mom' as an occupation, 'housewife' covers it,'
Said the recorder emphatically.


I forgot all about her story until one day I found myself in the same situation, this time at our own Town Hall.
The Clerk was obviously a career woman, poised,
efficient, and possessed of a high sounding title like,
'Official Interrogator' or 'Town Registrar.'

'What is your occupation?' she probed.

What made me say it? I do not know.
The words simply popped out.
'I'm a Research Associate in the field of
Child Development and Human Relations.'

The clerk paused, ball -point pen frozen in m midair and
looked up as though she had not heard right.

I repeated the title slowly emphasizing the most significant words.
Then I stared with wonder as my pronouncement was written,
in bold, black ink on the official questionnaire.

'Might I ask,' said the clerk with new interest,'just what you do in your field?'

Coolly, without any trace of fluster in my voice,
I heard myself reply,
'I have a continuing program of research, (what mother doesn't)
In the laboratory and in the field, (normally I would have said indoors and out.)
I'm working for my Masters, (first the Lord and then the whole family)
and already have four credits (all daughters).
Of course, the job is one of the most demanding in the humanities, (any mother care to disagree?)
and I often work 14 hours a day, (24 is more like it).
But the job is more challenging than most run-of-the-mill careers
and the rewards are more of a satisfaction rather than just money.'

There was an increasing note of respect in the clerk's voice as she
completed the form, stood up, and personally ushered me to the door.

As I drove into our driveway, buoyed up by my glamorous new career,
I was greeted by my lab assistants -- ages 13, 7, and 3.
Upstairs I could hear our new experimental model,
(a 6 month old baby) in the child development program,
testing out a new vocal pattern.
I felt I had scored a beat on bureaucracy!
And I had gone on the official records as someone more
distinguished and indispensable to mankind than 'just another Mom.'

Motherhood!

What a glorious career!
Especially when there's a title on the door.


Does this make grandmothers
'Senior Research associates in the field of Child Development and Human Relations'
And great grandmothers
'Executive Senior Research Associates?'
I think so!!!
I also think it makes Aunts Associate Research Assistants.'

Job Opening

This is humorous, and I think if this is what we were given as a Job description before we had our kids, humanity may very well be extinct.

POSITION :
Mom, Mommy, Mama, Ma
Dad, Daddy, Dada, Pa, Pop

JOB DESCRIPTION :

Long term, team players needed, for challenging
permanent work in an
often chaotic environment.
Candidates must possess excellent communication
and organizational skills and be willing to work
variable hours, which will include evenings and weekends
and frequent 24 hour shifts on call.
Some overnight travel required, including trips to
primitive camping sites on rainy weekends and endless sports tournaments in far away cities !
Travel expenses not reimbursed.
Extensive courier duties also required.

RESPONSIBILITIES :

The rest of your life.
Must be willing to be hated, at least temporarily,
until someone needs $5.
Must be willing to bite tongue repeatedly.
Also, must possess the physical stamina of a
pack mule
and be able to go from zero to 60 mph in three seconds flat
in case, this time, the screams from
the backyard are not someone just crying wolf.
Must be willing to face stimulating technical challenges,
such as small gadget repair, mysteriously sluggish toilets
and stuck zippers.
Must screen phone calls, maintain calendars and
coordinate production of multiple homework projects.
Must have ability to plan and organize social gatherings
for clients of all ages and mental outlooks.
Must be willing to be indispensable one minute,
an embarrassment the next.
Must handle assembly and product safety testing of a
half million cheap, plastic toys, and battery operated devices.
Must always hope for the best but be prepared for the worst.
Must assume final, complete accountability for
the quality of the end product.
Responsibilities also include floor maintenance and
janitorial work throughout the facility.

POSSIBILITY FOR ADVANCEMENT & PROMOTION :

None.
Your job is to remain in the same position for years, without complaining, constantly retraining and updating your skills,
so that those in your charge can ultimately surpass you

PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE :

None required unfortunately.
On- the -job training offered on a continually exhausting basis.

WAGES AND COMPENSATION :

Get this! You pay them!
Offering frequent raises and bonuses.
A balloon payment is due when they turn 18 because
of the assumption that college will help them
become financially independent.
When you die, you give them whatever is left.
The oddest thing about this reverse-salary scheme is that
you actually enjoy it and wish you could only do more.

BENEFITS :

While no health or dental insurance, no pension,
no tuition reimbursement, no paid holidays and
no stock options are offered;
this job supplies limitless opportunities for personal growth, unconditional love,
and free hugs and kisses for life if you play your cards right.

THERE IS NO RETIREMENT – EVER!!! **
If you are fortunate enough you will become grandparents!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

MeMe

This I found on Lael's Blog and thought it would be fun to do.

If I were a month I would be: October

If I were a day of the week I would be: Sunday

If I were a time of day I would be: 8:00pm

If I were a planet I would be: Pluto

If I were a animal I would be: A Jaguar

If I were a direction I would be: North-East

If I were a liquid I would be: hot, creamy coffee

If I were a flower/plant I would be: Lilacs

If I were a kind of weather I would be: A lightening storm

If I were a musical instrument I would be: a saxaphone

If I were an emotion I would be: calm

If I were a color I would be: chili red

If I were a sound I would be: children's laughter

If I were a car I would be: A black Jaguar

If I were a song I would be: a love song

If I were a food I would be: Baked Alaska

If I were a taste I would be: sweet & salty

If I were a scent I would be: crushed rose petals blended with bergamot

If I were a word I would be: silk

If I were a facial expression I would be: laughing

If I were a cartoon character I would be: Cinderella

If I were a number I would be: 51

Play along in my comments or your own
blog,if you please! I'd love to see your answers!

Monday, April 14, 2008

Happy Birthday Dear Hubby....


My man was born on April 13th, so this is a day late, but I wanted to honor his Birthday all the same. Here he stands with his work truck. Even though he is down south arranging for his parents to get the help they need, I'm glad he could spend his Birthday with our son and his family and with his parents.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Popcorn and Bean......


Mr Bean that is. I decided we needed another good dose of laughter to survive today. I think my littles are missing Mommy and Daddy and that's what's making them restless and moody. Well, that's a good theory and I'm stickin' to it..ha!
Add a huge bowl of popcorn and the troops are happy and quiet. It's turned out to be dreary and chilly and my sister that lives in Washington just e-mailed me to gloat about their lovely 27c weather!! What a stinker, hey?

Friday, April 11, 2008

A Day In the Life of Gramma...

Yup, a whole day of the two of them around, since it's a Pro-D day. I will sum it all up in just these few words..."Late nights mixed with a touch of Boredom equals a late aft of grouchy kids"....I can also sum it up in these words...:Gramma is tired and has lost her patience somewhere between a good comedy movie (Rat Race) and a trip to Sobey's for icecream"
I love them both dearly, but I've had enough of a good thing.
I'm also feeling sad for Hubby. My man is tired and emotional and has SO much more to deal with.
But, I move on to perogies/sausage/onions and a salad for supper and an evening of playing a game and then settling the kids into bed at an earlier hour.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Fresh Spring Blooms

I was in the mood for a pick-me-up, so decided pink flowers were in order. I guess I've just spent far too much time with my Grand-daughter...she declared today that her fav color is pink, so that inspired me to go with this cheerful template :)

Aging Sucks!!!


I have been telling you about the joys of Grandkids and now I want to flip to the end of the spectrum.....aging parents. It's been an ordeal for my parents the past couple of years, health wise.I've Blogged about the recent encounter Dad has had in the hospital. My Hubby's parents are quite a bit older that mine because they were older when they finally got pregnant. Hubby's Dad is 93 and Mom is 83. They have faired so much better than my parents, since Diabetes has really played it's toll on my parent's bodies. We have seen Hubby's parents declining in the past 4 years or so, but they lived in a Senior's Manor, where help was readily available. But they now need to be moved to Assisted Living and have dug in their heels and don't want to go. As heart wrenching as it is to see them leave the little apartment where they've lived independently for 18 years, we've gotten a call from the manager that Dad is wandering the halls and outdoors and recently been banging on doors at 2:30am, trying to get help...he has a strange woman in his bed...oh my, he should be so lucky :P I know, it's not a laughing matter but one has to keep a sense of humor or I'd want to die now, before my body fails me.
So, hubby, being their only child, has made a trip down to take care of matters. We're pretty certain they won't be going home after entering the hospital for an assessment and then moving over to the Care Home, so he may have to make arrangements to have all their stuff packed up and get the apartment cleaned. When I was there last Fri. it was filthy....I mean absolutely filthy, with stacks of old newspapers and mags and evidence of Mom not being able to clean anymore.
I truly hope that this all goes smoothly for their sake and for hubby's sake.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Dancing


We're well into the new season of DWTS. I was sad to see Julianne leave with Adam, but I wasn't really voting for them to stay. I love watching the skill with which these Stars learn in just a week....amazing!! I personally found those kids dancing on the result show....well, just too mature for their age.....we're talking 8/9 year-olds. Some of the moves seems almost too sensual for kids that age....and what did they expect the Judges to say anyway???!!!..."You totally messed that up, come back in 10 years"???? Can you imagine the mobbing they'd have gotten?! All I can say is that I'm glad they didn't wear some of Edyta's skimpy outfits, which look great on her trim, fit bod....but on a little girl...not so much.

Something old, Something new



Just thought I'd share one of the classic, ornate antiques my son & daughter-in-law have collected. This buffet/hutch has SO much detail and is still in awesome condition.
The Family statue was a wedding gift and represents their little family they became when they got married. I love it!!

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

A Good Time was had.....



I enjoyed my little trip down to Merritt and then on to Abbotsford. The highlight always is to see my grandson, Jackson. He's really growing and getting so tall! He reminds me of my 3 sons, who all had a very big appetite :P He sleeps in a loft bed, with a desk and bookshelf underneath. He was peeking thru the sideboards to say goodnight.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Is that Green I'm finally seeing???

I know that spring has been on my mind lately and I apologize for going on about it but I'm quite fed up with all the snow we've been getting. I left home on Sat. around noon and was pleased to see that the snow was quite minimal thru the Pine Pass and roads were for the most part dry. Snow started falling again in Prince George, where we spent the night. We saw evidence of snow up until hitting close to Cache Creek and then nothing going into Merritt. Yesterday once again the snow came down. At first I thought, "Oh good, not heavy so it may just be a flurry and stop"...nope!! It snowed heavier and thicker and stuck around until late aft.But today, going over the mountains into the Lower mainland it was fine, the sun was shining and I'm seeing green, Folks...yup, green as in grass, brand new leaves just popping thru and the most gorgeous cherry blossoms....I'm in Heaven

On a different note...spending time with friends and family is priceless and not even weather can hamper that! Hearing my little grandson, Jackson come running up calling, "Grammaaaa" and give big hugs is what makes life precious :) I'm taking lots of pics, so I'll be sharing them after I get home.