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Thursday, April 30, 2009

I Apologize....

...for the past couple of posts being about food and causing excessive drooling. What can I say??? We did much more than eat, really :P
Today is a absolutly gorgeous, warm Spring day. We have yet to see much green but the plans for this coming weekend is to spend time outside and stain both porches and the windmill on our front porch. Hubby is planning to seal the paved driveway....it's going to look so black and clean.....for about an hour until we repark the car with dusty, dirty tires...but it'll keep the pavement better than without. Personally I think that'll be enough sun time for me....don't want to burn, tee-hee!
I just got home from a huge grocery shop. It was so needed since I hadn't bought any since going south and we were pretty much out of everything. That's always such a chore. I use Environmental recycled bags and love them for all sorts of things, however if they are not packed properly, they can be very heavy. Thankfully Hubby is home and could haul them in for me.
Hope all of you are enjoying this Spring weather to some extent.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Wordless Wednesday



Monday, April 27, 2009

P.S....


After getting up, loading our stuff back into the car and leaving by 3:00am....driving for 15 hours back home left me, well...yawning! Today I did manage to get our laundry done and everything put away before going to the Ladies Bible study this afternoon. Um-hummmm, I'm tired and sleepy.

Vera's Burger Shack

 

We asked the Concierge where to go for a really good burger. He suggested Vera's Burger Shack. Off we walked in search of the best Burger in town :)
 

What we found was an eclectic, small, sport-themed Burger joint.
 

With the NHL being in the play-offs right now, Hockey was the big topic. After ordering your burger (we ordered the special...Drunk Chicken Burger with a side of onion rings...the really yummy Beer batter ones) and sat to wait for our order for 10 minutes while the burger is freshly grilled. The atmosphere is upbeat, loud and fun. What you can't see in these pics are the pics on the wall of guys braving the challenge of who can eat the largest Burger....the winner is a guy who downed a nine patty Burger...OMG!!
 

And there we are....not for those afraid of a bit of fat, nor for the Vegans out there. But these burgers and onion rings were to die for and we will be hitting that Burger Shack again....Mmmmmm!!


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Friday, April 24, 2009

Enjoying Spring


Hubby & I are enjoying Spring down in Southern BC. We left on Wed. at 3:15am and drove the 15 hours to the Hotel I had booked for us in Vancouver. Look at how pretty these tulips are. The day we left Fort St. John, we were just ahead of a Spring Snow storm...I'm enjoying the tulips more :)

Yesterday Hubby had to do a bunch of running around, taking care of some things for his aged Mom, who depends on help so she can remain in her apartment in the Manor. I decided to stay in the city and go across False Creek to the Public Market.

Today we started with a coffee and then a stroll along a tree lined sidewalk to Robson Street where shopping is prime.

Can you see the new little leaves budding??



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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Don't Judge by Outward Appearance

I received this story in a Devotional for today. It's just too good not to pass along.

A lady in a faded gingham dress and her husband, dressed in homespun, thread bare clothes, stepped off the train in Boston, and walked timidly into the Harvard University President's outer office where they had no appointment. The secretary could tell with one glance that such backwoods, country hicks had no business at Harvard and probably didn't even deserve to be in Cambridge. She frowned. "We want to see the president," the man said softly. "He'll be busy all day," the secretary snapped. "We'll wait," the lady replied.

For hours, the secretary ignored them, hoping that the couple would finally become discouraged and go away. They didn't and the secretary grew more angry and frustrated by the moment. Finally, with great hesitation, she decided to disturb the president. "Maybe if they just see you for a few minutes, they'll leave," she told him. He sighed in exasperation and nodded. Someone of his importance obviously didn't have the time to spend with them, but he detested gingham dresses and homespun suits cluttering up his outer office. The president, stern faced and with dignity, strutted toward the couple.

The lady told him, "We had a son who attended Harvard for one year. He loved Harvard and was happy here. But about a year ago, he was accidentally killed so my husband and I would like to erect a memorial to him, somewhere on campus." The president wasn't touched. In fact, he was shocked. "Madam," he said, gruffly, "we can't put up a statue for every person who has attended Harvard and died. If we did, this place would look like a cemetery." "Oh, no," the lady explained quickly. "We don't want to erect a statue. We thought we would like to give a building to Harvard." The president rolled his eyes. He glanced at the gingham dress and homespun suit and then exclaimed, "A building! Do you have any earthly idea how much a building costs? We have over seven-and-a-half million dollars in the physical plant at Harvard." For a moment, the lady was silent. The president was pleased. Maybe he could get rid of them now.

The lady turned to her husband and said quietly, "Is that all it costs to start a university? Why don't we just start our own?" Her husband nodded. The president's face wilted in confusion and bewilderment. Mr. and Mrs. Leland Stanford got up and walked away, traveling to Palo Alto, California where they established the university that bears their name, a memorial to a son that Harvard no longer cared about.

I wonder how many blessings we miss because we are quick to judge and slow to love. It may surprise you to know that God does not love us because we are so lovable. God loves us because He is love!

Monday, April 20, 2009

My house is back in shape and quiet again. We had a very lovely weekend and enjoyed our grandkids immensely. I've noticed that both kids need "Grandpa" time and will tease and bug him until he grabs them and wrestles a bit or he sits and plays with them....it's very endearing to watch. At the drop of a hat the kids will go scrambling to hide and love it when Grandpa can't seem to find them...LOL!

A fav thing for them is us getting into the car and going thru the Drive-Thru for coffees for us and Iced Tea and doughnuts for them. Then we go wait in line at the car wash. We pull in to the car wash and the kids just love the tri-color foam wash and the high pressure wash/rinse....and the grand finale of the commercial blow-dryers. Yes, it's an adventure for the kids and cheap entertainment for us :)
We got home and attacked the inside of the car, pulling dirty mats out tom be washed down, washing the inside of the windows and hubby vacuuming front and back floors. I love leather seats for the ease of cleaning them.

In the meantime the kids played soccer out on the lawn....oh the joy of the mountains of snow melted away.
Anyway, it was fun, but now I savour the quiet evening.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Warm Sunshine

Spring has arrived in Northern British Columbia. It's gloriously sunny and warm and promises to be that way for the upcoming weekend. We have our grandchildren over tomorrow afternoon, Saturday, Sunday and Monday before/after school and we plan on doing some yard clean-up while they kick around a ball or ride their bikes.
Dad & Mom came for tea this afternoon. Mom had just come from a Doctor's appointment, where he had to fill in a form, stating that Mom is still able to keep her Driver's license. Mom is an insulin dependant Diabetic, so she needs to have Doctor's sonsent to continue driving. Being an insulin dependant Diabetic myself I can appreciate the reasoning behind this, although I can't imagine having to give up my license. I would feel more than grounded!!
Yesterday I went through my closet and pulled out all our summer clothes packed away for the winter and washed and put away witer clothing. I was brutal in getting rid of worn clothing as well as the ones that don't fit properly anymore. I was ruthless....and discovered that Hubby for sure has a very small wardrobe left and I'm not that far behind....ugh!! Of course going shopping is a dream, but right now we weren't wanting to spend money on clothes....but one does need them...lol
Enjoy this season of new growth and shedding heavy clothes and wiggling our toes in sandals :)

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Wordless Wednesday

These Parrot Tulips I painted are so Spring-like :)

Monday, April 13, 2009

Happy Birthday Hunny-Bunny :)


Well, it's been a wonderful weekend, ending with Hubby's Birthday today.And now I have a confession....I can hardly believe this myself....I forgot to take pics all weekend!! What??!!! That is just crazy, crazy.
So, without visual help, let me give you the Reader's Digest version of our weekend:
Saturday: We visited with friends of many, many years and landed up joining their family here in town, for a lovely turkey dinner, topped off with coffee and homemade pumpkin pie (my fav!!)

Sunday:Easter Sunday service and then my Brother and Sis-in-Law came for a lovely visit.
Today: April 13th - George's Birthday. I made his fav lunch...Hot Chicken Caesar Salad, Foccacia Bread with olive oil & Balsamic vinegar dip and Watergate salad (pistachio pudding, crushed pineapple, whipped cream, miniature marshmellos)
Birthday cake: Carrot cake with whipped cream-cheese frosting


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Saturday, April 11, 2009

Second Chance

As we celebrate this special weekend, set aside every year to remember the Death and Resurrection of our Christ, remember that God is a God of Second Chance.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Good Friday


"He (Pilot) ordered Jesus flogged with a lead-tipped whip, then turned him over to the Roman soldiers to crucify him"

"This is how much God loved the world: He gave us His Son, His one and only Son.
And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; but believing in Him, anyone a full and lasting life.
God did not go to all the trouble of sending His Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts Him is aquitted; anyone who refuses Him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person's failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to Him."
John 3:16-18~The Message

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Remember??


It takes high concentration to place the Animal Match Memory card game just so...and Kaylie is a very clever little girl and won half of the games we played....she makes me "work" for the win :)


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*Laws of Parenthood*

There is the Law of Gravity - And then, there is the Law of Parenthood

A child's behavior will improve in proportion to the distance she is away from the parent.

Two is equal to two, except when referring to time. Two minutes of tantrum lasts 20 times as long as two minutes of quiet time.

The choice of a preschooler's best friend corresponds directly to the distance the friend lives from your house.

A child's enjoyment of a popular entertainment will be inversely proportionate to the parent's enjoyment.

The chance of a surprise visit by your parents-in-law is directly proportional to the size of the mess in your home.

A child will always eat exactly what she has loved for the past year unless it is the only food in the fridge.

The ease with which a toddler acquires the ability to say a word increases with its likelihood to embarrass a sailor.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

 

 

 

 

We have our grandkids here today and Kaylie & I finished the Canvas we were making for her Mommy's Birthday later this month.....while Tyson and his Grandpa played xBox 360 :)


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Thursday, April 2, 2009

Kitty

Dad & Mom got a Kitty from a gal who had to get rid of him. He is the sweetest, most friendly Kitty around. He is also very playful and keep them both very entertained. Dad just loves him!! Look how handsome this little man is :)






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Ode to April

"For lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone;
the flowers appear on the earth;
the time of the singing of birds is come,
and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land."
- Song of Solomon

"Look around you: Winter is over, gone!
Spring flowers are in blossom all over.
The whole world's a choir-and singing!
Spring Warblers are filling the forest
with sweet arpeggios.
Lilacs are exuberantly purple and perfumed,
and cherry trees fragrant with blossoms.
How delicious they smell-yes Spring is here."
Song of Songs


"I have seen the Lady April bringing
the daffodils,
Bringing the springing grass and the
soft warm April rain."
- John Masefield


"April hath put a spirit of youth in everything."
- William Shakespeare


"You can always tell it's April
By the sound of falling rain
That mystic, mournful music
As it trickles down the drain.

We're told we should be thankful
For the kiss of April showers
As it washes all the grass clean
And prepares the soil for flowers.

There's another side to April
Which doesn't bode us good,
When that mini, manic maelstrom
Turns the lawn to liquid mud."
- Thomas Vaughan Jones, O' To Be in April