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Friday, July 31, 2009

Hot Morning on the Green


These three friends & I went golfing this morning. Well, they golfed and I caddied :P I did putt a few holes, but for the most prt I drove the cart around and cheered the girls on. Afterwards we went in for drinks and lunch. It was a great excuse to spend time with these friends, whom I haven't seen since the end of June. We made it an earlier time in order to get out of the worst heat of the day. Fore!!


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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Oh How they Grow....

Above, as my Blog header, I have posted a Collage of two of my Grandchildren. I cannot believe how much they are growing and changing. I love who they are and the different personalities they each have. They spent the July 1st weekend at their Great-Gramma's place, riding horses and having a very fun time. One thing that totally floors me is that their Great-Gramma still heaves bales of hay and rides her horses. She keeps a huge garden and lives off of the veggies all winter. She is still so active it puts me to shame :P
Anyhow, I just wantd to brag about my wonderful, smart grandkids :) My son just dropped off the memory stick with these pics, so I can develop some ad update my frames.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

A/C on a Hot Summer Drive


Gwillim Lake Provincial Park
"Winds whispering through the pine forests, waves lapping at the shoreline, Gwillim Lake Provincial Park provides a peaceful outdoor experience. Set in the picturesque Rocky Mountain Foothills on Highway 29, a half-hour's drive from Chetwynd and Tumbler Ridge and the massive Northeast Coal development, visitors can enjoy canoeing, kayaking, swimming, hiking, fishing and a viewpoint that provides a panoramic vista of the superb Rocky Mountain scenery."

Yesterday Hubby & I joined Dad & Mom in their lovely Jeep Campass and drove out to Tumbler Ridge, BC and then on to Gwillim Lake Provincial Park. My brother, Sis-in-law and two kids are camping at the park and that was a good enough excuse for us to drive out on such a lovely hot summer day to go see them. I had never been to Gwillim lake before and would have happily joined my Nephew and Niece in n the water had I known it would be so nice for swimming :)

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Tips on Cooling off....

Not a cloud in the sky....thermometer is pointing to over 30c....shade is the only comfortable place to be....or in the car with the A/C on :)There seems to be many ways to cool off on a hot summer day....

....is this even legal?? And wouldn't it be hard on the butt??(never mind other unmentionables)....just asking :P


....ahhh, the sprinkler....always a good way to cool off...lol


....and of course, swimming in the ocean...just be careful "who" you swim with :)

Friday, July 24, 2009

Dog Days of Summer


It's a matter of perspective, based upon our geographical location, at what point on the thermometer we call "hot". If I were to say to my friend living in the Thompson/Okanagan region of BC that it's 29c, she would snort and say that it's 38c there, so what am I calling hot?? Now, I live in North-Eastern BC, and she lives Central-Southern BC....and in this province, that can make a huge difference!! So, for us here today, it's crept up to 29c and it's hot ot there, baby!! :P

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Hump Day!


Quaint building...love the flowering vine that crawls up the side of the building :)

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Up in Smoke 3


Finally some good news...one of the three fires burning is 60% contained allowing 6,000 people to return to their homes. With the collective efforts of firefighters, water-bombers and helicopters significant headway is made on the biggest blaze threatening homes.
"We have no reason to believe they were deliberately set. Given the weather conditions and the fire weather indices, the dryness of the fuels, the ease of ignition there's a number of human-related fire causes," says Wayne Schnitzler of West Kelowna Fire Rescue
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The weather here remains sunny and quite pleasantly warm. We don't get the temperatures of the Interior of BC, but it's up to 28c, which is good enough for me :)
I have completed my domestic chores and plan to sit outside for a bit to read and enjoy the breezy sunshine and sip my cup of coffee....ahhh, the joys of a summer day :)

Dancing With God



When I meditated on the word Guidance,

I kept seeing 'dance' at the end of the word

And I remember reading that doing God's will is a lot like dancing.

When two people try to lead, nothing feels right.

The movement doesn't flow with the music,

And everything is quite uncomfortable and jerky.

When one person realizes that, and lets the other lead,

Both bodies begin to flow with the music.

One gives gentle cues, perhaps with a nudge to the back

Or by pressing Lightly in one direction or another.

It's as if two become one body, moving beautifully.

The dance takes surrender, willingness,

And attentiveness from one person

And gentle guidance and skill from the other.

My eyes drew back to the word Guidance.

When I saw 'G': I thought of God, followed by 'u' and 'i'.

'God, 'u' and 'i' dance.' God, you, and I dance.

As I lowered my head, I became willing to trust that I would get guidance about my life and once again, I became willing to let God lead.

My prayer for you today is that God's blessings

And mercies are upon you on this day and everyday.

May you abide in God, as God abides in you.

Dance together with God,

Trusting God to lead and to guide you through each season of your life.

This prayer is powerful and there is nothing attached.

If God has done anything for you in your life,

Please share this message with someone else.

There is no cost but a lot of rewards; so let's continue to pray for one another.


And I Hope You Dance !

~ sent by a friend

Monday, July 20, 2009

Up in Smoke 2



Curtesy of castanet.net


"B.C. officials in the West Kelowna area say they have one wildfire about 40 per cent contained, but admit they have been unable to get a handle on two others burning in the region." CTV News
"So far, 11,000 people have been told to leave their homes, while another 6,000 are on evacuation alert. Some are staying at a local community centre or in hotels, while others are bunking with friends and family." CTV News
Sad to say, this fire keeps growing...it's creating a lot of unrest, fear and lack of sleep among those on Evacuation Alert. I must admit I cannot even imagine being in a situation like this. It just saddens me to think of all the loss and damage of so many families.
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On the home front, it's gorgeous, sunny weather and after several days of torrential thunder storms rolling in, this entire week is supposed to be sunny, dry and hot...finally! What a great start to this week!!

Yesterday our City had an Airshow and I caught a bit of it with planes flying, screeching and booming across the sky overhead. Most impressive was the tight formation of the famous Canadian Airforces Snow Birds


Wishing all my Blogger friends a wonderful Summer week :)

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Up in Smoke


Sis years after the last big forest fire in West Kelowna, another fire broke out yesterday forcing 10,000 people to evacuate, BC Hydro shut down power to 4,000 homes, as of last evening 9 houses burned to the ground,the key highway through Kelowna to the Okananagan and the Connector highway to Merritt was closed,and so far, it appears the fire is spreading. CTV News reports "At least 45 firefighters, six helicopters, and eight airtanks were engaged in fighting the lastest fire on Saturday. Another 40 firefighters were reported to be on their way to the area." I pray that this wildfire is contained speedily so, unlike the wildfire of 2003, 239 homes are not destroyed again.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Heart

One group I couldn't get enough of was Heart, who started up in the 70's and have been around up until recently. One big highlight of recent years is that Ann sang with Carrie Underwood on American Idol. One thing I so admire Ann Wilson for is, that after years of battling her weight, she went in for a Lap-band and has taken steps to a healthier woman. Typical of the Hay-days of bands is that there are so many drugs, parties and late nights, making it almost impossible to exist without an addiction of one or more vices.


Friday, July 17, 2009

TGIF

Another hot summer day...fans blowing...ice-cold water... coconutty sun block...great 60's & 70's tunes to listen to...perfume breezes blowing in thru open windows...ahh, summer :)
As the work week winds down, take some time to take in deep breaths of summer's fragrant oxygen.

"Listen to the Exhortation of the Dawn!
Look to this Day!
For it is Life, the very Life of Life.
In its brief course lie all the
Verities and Realities of your Existence.
The Bliss of Growth,
The Glory of Action,
The Splendor of Beauty;
For Yesterday is but a Dream,
And To-morrow is only a Vision;
But To-day well lived makes
Every Yesterday a Dream of Happiness,
And every Tomorrow a Vision of Hope.
Look well therefore to this Day!
Such is the Salutation of the Dawn!"
Kalidasa

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Flip-Flops and Lunch

Food is an important part of a balanced diet.
Fran Lebowitz


We drove out to have lunch with my parents today. Thursday has become our usual day to visit with them and we enjoy it. Hubby brings the lawn-trimmer and tidies up the yard and also does whatever small thing that Mom needs a hand with.
Today I brought along a fresh-from-the-garden lettuce salad and added cheese, hard-boiled eggs and some fragrant herbs. Mom served up some leftover Stroganoff, so lunch was delish :)
In case you hadn't noticed....I've changed the look of my Blog to a more summery feel. I love flip-flops!...they're the best invention ever!! I remember wearing them all summer long growing up and still do today....although the ones now seem to be far cushier on the feet. And remember those jelly shoes?? I saw they are out again...go figure!! Oh....and guess what I saw as well, the other day....a gal wearing shoulder pads and had her hair up in a banana-clip...you know what??...somethings should just stay out of fashion when they go out of fashion!!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Wordless Wednesday


The Perfect Summer Day :)

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Perfect Day for a Lemonade Stand


A phone call from my daughter-in-law, offering us fresh lettuce and herbs from her garden took us out to their place this aft. Lo and behold, there on the road curb side were our grandkids, 11 year-old Tyson and 7 year-old Kaylie, selling lemonade and a few other little items, such as ankle bracelets, simple kid's bracelets and such that their Mom makes to sell at the Farmer's Market. Well, even though we had not brought our camera (shucks, because it certainly was a Kodak moment) didn't mean we didn't support our local economy :) Hey, it's a sunny, hot day and I had spent a lot of time in the sun this morning, so ice cold lemonade was a refreshing drink and then Grandpa opened his wallet and contributed a nice hefty tip, for which I picked out several ankle bracelets for gifts.
What better use of time for kids on summer break and bored with life....and it's a fun way to sneak in some math practice ;)

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Family

Isaac Rosenfeld:
In every dispute between parent and child, both cannot be right, but they may be, and usually are, both wrong. It is this situation which gives family life its peculiar hysterical charm.


In talking with a friend last evening, I have come to the conclusion that most families have that "peculiar hysterical charm". I think the word "dysfunctional" could apply to every family on earth, because, don't we all have someone in our family we call a little odd or a poop-disturber or doesn't get along with another sibling?? It is in having those members in a family unit that makes each family unique....or maybe more common than we care to admit. But one thing is certain;
Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family:
Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.
Jane Howard


Saturday, July 11, 2009

My Son's Warped Sense of Humor....

As my Hubby was going thru his e-mail archive and found some e-mails that our son David had sent him. This is what he posted in his Blog:
I was going through my email archives and stumbled across some old email my son David, now deceased sent me. In the message his humor shone through, and once again I had a good laugh. This is SO David...HOW TO TICK PEOPLE OFF...

1. Leave the copy machine set to reduce 200%, extra dark, 17 inch paper, 99 copies.
2. In the memo field of all your checks, write "for sexual favors."
3. Specify that your drive-through order is "TO-GO."
4. If you have a glass eye, tap on it occasionally with your pen while talking to others.
5. Stomp on little plastic ketchup packets.
6. Insist on keeping your car windshield wipers running in all weather conditions "to keep them tuned up."
7. Reply to everything someone says with "that's what you think."
8. Practice making fax and modem noises.
9. Highlight irrelevant information in scientific papers and "cc" them to your boss.
10. Make beeping noises when a large person backs up.
11. Finish all your sentences with the words "in accordance with prophesy."
12. Signal that a conversation is over by clamping your hands over your ears and grimacing.
13. Disassemble your pen and "accidentally" flip the ink cartridge across the room.
14. Holler random numbers while someone is counting.
15. Adjust the tint on your TV so that all the people are green, and insist to others that you "like it that way."
16. Staple pages in the middle of the page.
17. Publicly investigate just how slowly you can make a croaking noise.
18. Honk and wave to strangers.
19. Decline to be seated at a restaurant, and simply eat their complimentary mints at the cash register.
20. TYPE IN UPPERCASE.
21. type only in lowercase.
22. dont use any punctuation either
23. Buy a large quantity of orange traffic cones and reroute whole streets.
24. Repeat the following conversation a dozen times.
"DO YOU HEAR THAT?"
"What?"
"Never mind, it's gone now."
25. As much as possible, skip rather than walk.
26. Try playing the William Tell Overture by tapping on the bottom of your chin. When nearly done, announce "No, wait, I messed it up," and repeat.
27. Ask people what gender they are.
28. While making presentations, occasionally bob your head like a parakeet.
29. Sit in your front yard pointing a hair dryer at passing cars to see if they slow down.
30. Sing along at the opera.
31. Go to a poetry recital and ask why each poem doesn't rhyme.
32. Ask your co-workers mysterious questions and then scribble their answers in a notebook. Mutter something about "psychological profiles."

Friday, July 10, 2009

TGIF

I'm listening to a 60s radio station and have lights on in the house because it's very dark and rainy out my door. I have windows open even though some rain is blowing in simply because it's so warm and humid. The thunder is gently rolling and there are thunderstorm warnings for tonight and tomorrow. The day started out sunny and lovely but the really dark clouds rolled in.....now I'm glad we're not camping.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Randomness!

I found these questions over at Cheryl's Blog and thought I'd answer them too:

Two things that have made me laugh out loud since last I posted:
1. Hubby acting all silly.
2. Some goofy vacation pics.

Two favorite fast food restaurants:
1. Burger King.
2. Pizza Hut

Two snacks that are really good that you might not know about:
1. Cheryl mentioned Nutella on croissants....I like it on toast :)
2. Movie theatre popcorn(I rarely go to the Theatre, but did so a week ago and loved every kernal)

Two favorite Summer t.v. shows:
1. The Bachlorette
2. "The Closer"

Two things I'm looking forward to in the next week:
1. Visiting my parents and showing them all our Ontario vacation pics
2. being outside in my yard

Two lessons I've recently learned:
1. People are not looking for you to judge their behavior or decisions, but just offer support, whether we agree or not. We all need someone to talk to.
2. Forgiveness frees us more than the person who has offended.

Two goals I have for the coming days:
1.Getting some serious scrapbooking done
2. To enjoy each summer day, as summer is so short here.

Two "fun" things I've spent my money on recently:
1. Vacation to Ontario
2. A few new tank tops I so desperately needed.

Two things I'm dissapointed about:
1. that my one son has to struggle thru a divorce right now....it's brutal!
2. I'll miss going to a friend's wedding.

Two sounds I hear right now:
1. Hubby listening to a podcast in the other room.
2. The garbage truck stopping by to pick up the garbage.

Now join in if you'd like. Answer all of them, answer the ones you like, ignore them completely, comment on my answers. But whatever you do, have a wonderful Wednesday! And oh yeah...

Two things I will say to you in closing:
1. Have a great Day!!
2. Remember to Laugh....it's as good as medicine to your heart!

Monday, July 6, 2009

A Few Neat Things


A few sights we saw in various areas, along with the hotel rooms we stayed in. You'll see that giant Moose...that is mosse Jaw's mascot standing tall at the Tourist Info.


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BBQ Fun Day


Some fun moments at the End of School Awards & BBQ functions for the kids. I threw in one of Hubby having a little snooze....it was so hot, that we got worn out :)


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Sunday, July 5, 2009

Ontario Trip - Part 2

Foster Daughter, Nephew (10), Hubby
Little Niece with Uncle
Sisters, 19 years apart
Princess :)


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Saturday, July 4, 2009

Ontario Trip - Part 1

Crossing from the Manitoba border into Ontario

My Brother-in-Law - Ontario Police Officer
My "Baby" Sister
My Nephew turns 14


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