Saturday, August 30, 2008

It's a Blog Party!!

I'm attending a 40th Birthday Blog Party for Cheryl.
It's to be a formal Masquerade Ball, with an informal dance afterwards, taking us into the wee hours of the morning.

I'll bring this decadent Chocolate dream.Every woman needs a taste of chocolate to make the party complete.

Dancing high in the sky :) Oh what a Masquerade Ball!!

Friday, August 29, 2008

While browsing thru my list of Blogs, I came across this at The Gypsy Corner and thought it was a great way to turn an otherwise mundane day into an interesting one.

The Simple Woman's Daybook

For Today... August 29, 2008

Outside my Window... I see the birds swoop in to perch on the bird-feeder.

I am thinking
...about the lovely fall place settings and flowers I saw while shopping and how I can use some of them to decorate my home for Thanksgiving.

I am thankful for...each day I wake up to and can be around family and friends.

From the kitchen...I plan to clean and tidy up after having my sis and her family over last evening for supper and then my brother and sis-in-law for coffee and dessert...I processed one dishwasher load and need to run another.

I am wearing... capri's, a T-shirt and sandals.

I am reading..."A Tendering in the Storm" a historical novel based on a true story.

I am hoping...that this weekend will be a bit warmer for all those spending the final few days camping or out having fun before School begins.

I am hearing...someone running a chain saw.

I am creating...this post for my Blog.

Around the house...I have accomplished some cleaning and getting chores done.

One of my favorite playing some tunes and hitting the couch to snuggle in and read.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The spend time out at the campground with family.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you

Thursday, August 28, 2008


I have made it to my 400th!I'm not going to give anything away or celebrate with balloons or confetti or cake but I am tickled that I am part of a unique group of fellow Bloggers :)

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Low-Fat Diet

In the effort of making healthy adjustments to my life-style, diet in particular....well, Maxine once again voices my thoughts entirely :)
*this is for you, Sheila ;)

A Bright Idea

So, here's the story of the light fixture.
Once upon a time, we bought this lovely Modular home, choosing carefully all the decor, the colors, carpet, fireplace, etc. I didn't like any of the dining room fixtures available at the time, so we just had a small fixture installed, planning to go looking for one to replace it. Looking at the dining room one day, DH decides we should get that new light fixture.
I go shopping and find one at an incredible deal. Now starts the fun part....DH is just not a handyman, but how hard can it be to install the light? Uh...ya. Needless to say, it really turned into a nightmare....DH gets the wiring done but didn't have those chandelier bulbs. I run out to get them, only they were the wrong size (who knew that when it says B-Style on the box, there were several B-Style) back to exchange them for the correct ones. Everything is set, the breaker flipped back on and...what??!!...only 2 of the 4 sockets work????....what the ****???
Big huff....down comes the fixture and dropped into the box with all the bubble wrap, little bags, Styrofoam,instructions....into the car to return the faulty fixture and off to go find another one we both liked.
Yay....Canadian Tire has a sale...*jumps for joy*
We come home all pleased with ourselves for remembering to buy the right size bulbs right away. No more guess work. This time it doesn't take as long to install...and wow, after screwing in the light bulbs, flipping the breaker and wait for it...yup, it works...wahoo!!
DH goes out feeling like he just conquered the world and all that testosterone high had him mow the lawn, just to wrap up the day on a positive note. He had just sank into a hot bath when I decided to switch on the TV...exhausted and ready to veg.
Oh, oh...the discovery of none of the living room electronics working, I run into the bathroom almost in tears what??!!
I will end this tale quickly by telling you that after consulting with one of my brothers, DH fixed the problem and all is merry and bright in our dining room (and I informed DH that I will just hire someone next time to do any handiwork around here and just surprise him with the finished project)
Ah....all is well in Who-ville :)

And a Good Time was had.....

We landed up at a Campground to sit by a fire and roast our wieners.

Dad & Mom

My lovely sis :)

The guys trading hunting and fishing tales

Kaiya...what a dollie!My Great-Niece sweet as can be. Another Great-Niece

Tuesday, August 26, 2008


I think I've mentioned how close the four of us sisters are. There is a major age difference between us: I am 10 years older than M, 17 years older than R, and 19 years older than K.There was a time I thought that this kind of closeness, the incredible bond we share, the supportive shoulders we lend each other and the sheer giddiness of being together, would never be. Actually, until we all became adults, I didn't really know what I was missing.
My sis R is here visiting with her family and although I have to share them with my parents and four of my brothers and their families, I am just tickled to be together!! The two of us have this uncanny bond, where we love just about every single thing the same as the the point of her going out to buy the same dishes and throw pillows without knowing I had also picked the identical ones. So, we swap books and movies and ideas knowing the other will love it just as much as we did. And that my friends is the rare treasure of a sister.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Life is too short...

to miss one single moment of!! Yesterday was my wake-up Angina attack from the blue. I had no idea this would happen since all my blood work had just come back fine. I am a Diabetic as well as have heart disease in my family, so it's one of the flaws I inherited.I will find out next week what the next steps are to get back to optimum health. Yes, I promise that I will stop to smell the flowers, I will drink in God`s creation and I will continue to paint.

Fishing gifts

Here he is...Kevin, our oldest son. He turned 31 on Thursday and since he loves to fish we gave him the Fishing Vest and the binoculars were Kevin's Grandpa's, who passed away in June. I knew Kevin would treasure them. They are from Germany before the wall came down and are Navy issue, so therefore waterproof.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Now you see her, now you don't!

I just found this an interesting read and who better to tell the story but dear old Maxine :)

"Scientists have created a material that can make people and objects invisible. Folks, this might be the one thing that could get me to take up sewing.
Of course, the big drawback of invisible clothing is that it makes your closet look empty. Wait, maybe that isn't a drawback."

I just hope this gets to market before my relatives start showing up for the holidays.

If Maxine whets your curious side here is the news article in greater detail.

Happy Birthday Son!

It's hard to believe you are 31 years-old today!! Have a special day! We love you son.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Colored Glasses

These silly quizzes are about a accurate as a fortune cookie, but every now and then we just need to be a bit silly :)So, since this is the season to wear sunglasses....well, it's interesting to see what color of shades you are.

You See the World Through Blue Colored Glasses

You live your life with tranquility. You have faith that things will work themselves out with time.

You judge all your interactions through the lens of hope. You try to get all the facts before forming your opinion.

You face challenges with wisdom. You know that all bad things pass, and you have the confidence to see problems through.

You see love as the utmost expression of trust. Your relationships tend to be peaceful and stable.

At your worst, you can be cool, melancholy, and detached. You sometimes have to step back from emotionally charged situations.

You are at your happiest when you are able to reflect and relax.

Lackadaisical days

I have been totally slacking off lately. I have been home but just haven't felt overly inspired lately. I have been meeting up with lots of friends and enjoying informal visits and a lackadaisical schedule. Afternoon Tea Party, evening card/dessert time with friends, keeping the lawn mowed, plants watered...surviving the sizzling heat and now a day of pouring rain...running thru the sprinkler to swimming in a lake....boating, fishing and golfing. Yes, it's delightful to have the long, hot, sunny days of summer :)

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Mooning you


I saw this big, bright moon and decided to play with my camera a little. Unfortunately, this was the only pic that turned out. I knew that night shots tend to be blurry if the camera is not held stable, but I'm just happy this one turned out enough to see how beautiful the moon was....I'm just "over-the-moon" with it :)

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Friday, August 15, 2008

What Better thing to do on a Sizzling Day??

Come on,take a moment to be frivolous on such a hot day. What better way than to let your Flip-Flops do a little work for you :)

What Your Flip Flops Say About You

You are a very sweet and sensitive person.

You connect with other people easily.

You're the type of person who feels bad about killing bugs.

You hate to see anyone - or anything - in pain.

Your ideal warm weather place: Thailand

Thursday, August 14, 2008

An Afternoon of Friendship

I had a delightful afternoon yesterday. I love summer for many reasons, but I think one of my favorite things is the fresh produce and fruit available. Not many fruits grow this far north, so there is a truck that comes up from the Okanagan(central BC) to sell fruit ripened on the vine or trees. One fruit that grows very well here though is the Saskatoon Berry. So, that brings me to yesterday....a group of us gals meet together once a week throughout the fall and winter, but in the summer everyone does their own thing. We got together yesterday for a pot-luck lunch. Oh the delight to our tastebuds. Salads made with garden or greenhouse(we need to grow our tomatoes in a greenhouse because you just never know when a frosty night might hit) produce and then the most yummy Saskatoon/blueberry pie for dessert...oh my, we were in heaven. The gal's home we met at lives on an acreage out of town and she has bushes and bushes of Saskatoon berries. Needless to say, it was a culinary feast as well as a social feast.

To the soul, there is hardly anything more healing than friendship
Thomas Moore
Irish poet (1779 - 1852)

Monday, August 11, 2008

Happy Birthday David!

This is a small Tribute to our dear son, David, who would have turned 27 August 13th. He lived life to the fullest and it's those memories that we cherish forever.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

One Year Later....

Happy 1st Anniversary Colin & Jenny!!

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Jumping right onto the Green Wagon

I just read this news article. Now, I'm kind of a little reluctant to go to extreme lengths to change my little world to include everything suggested in order to go "Green". This would be one of them.

Dog Days


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We're smack dab in the heat wave of the dog days of August that I remember from years ago. You know the kind??...drenched in sweat the moment you step from a cooling running at high speed and you have to actually stand right in front of it to feel any difference at all..absolutely NO energy to get any extra things done around the house..sitting on the porch steps sucking on Popsicles..sitting in the cool of the late evening and watching a lightening show as a thunder storm rolls in..reading a good book..running with abandon thru a sprinkler and the freezing water doesn't faze
the wood drenched smell of campfires mingling with BBQed meat..the smell of fresh cut hay when the rain causes the scent to burst from it. I could go on and on...the wonder of summers past and present. Here is my more recent awe inspiring moment: