Friday, December 23, 2011

Has it really come to this????........

I wanted to send some sort of holiday greeting to my friends and family, but it is difficult in today's world to know exactly what to say without offending someone. So I met with my lawyer yesterday, and on his advice I wish to say the following:.............

Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, generic, low stress, non addictive, gender neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday practiced with the most enjoyable traditions of religious persuasion or secular practices of your choice with respect for the religious/secular persuasions and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all.

I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2012, but not without due respect for the calendar of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make our country great and without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wishee.

By accepting this greeting, you are accepting these terms: This greeting is subject to clarification or withdrawal. It is freely transferable with no alteration to the original greeting. It implies no promise by the wisher to actually implement any of the wishes for her/him or others and is void where prohibited by law, and is revocable at the sole discretion of the wisher. The wish is warranted to perform as expected within the usual application of good tidings for a period of one year or until the issuance of a new wish at the sole discretion of the wisher.

Best Regards ( without prejudice )

Name withheld ( Privacy Act ).

Christmas Prep!

Dutch Butter cake..check, various homemade chocolates...check, Watergate salad...check, Cherry loaf...check, Sugar cookies...check, Pumpkin pies...check....feels good to have this all ready for Christmas Day desserts (snacks)!! Just last minute salad to make yet :) Now to kick back and sip a fresh cup of coffee. We are spending Christmas with my Brother, his three girls, Son-in-law and 14 month-old grand-daughter. They are making the turkey Dinner with me just adding salads and desserts (except for the cheesecake, which one of the girls is making). It is a quiet Christmas this year since most of the family, including our oldest son, are spending it with their in-laws. Since Mom passed away 10 months ago, it just feels incomplete not having her to shop and plan I suppose this is a good year for most of my sibs to spend with the in-laws.

Whatever your plans are for this Christmas, may it be a time of Peace and Joy, with God's Blessings for 2012!!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

December has Arrived!

We have arrived officially to Christmas month....can you believe that?? The fall has passed by SO quickly and we are on the countdown to Christmas Day! Now, I still have to go gift shopping and even set up our tree, but those things start this weekend :)

Wednesday, November 23, 2011


  Welcome to November! All passengers please keep your hats,coats & mittens on until we come to a complete stop in March! Thank you for riding the Winter Express!

November is the month leading up to my favourite Holiday Season.....Christmas!! Tomorrow our American neighbours celebrate Thanksgiving and since my Sister lives in our neighbouring country,along with my Blogger and Facebook friends, I'm more aware of the later celebration of Thanksgiving.
This afternoon my Niece and great-Niece came over for tea. I had some things to give my Niece, so that was a great excuse for a visit :)
Here is my adorable great-Niece:

Such a Silly girlie :)
Look at her adorable little boots! Such a Fashionista!!
Nothing entertains more than empty plastic containers.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Christmas 2011 -- Birth of a New Tradition

As the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods -- merchandise that has been produced at the expense of American labor. This year will be different. This year Americans will give the gift of genuine concern for other Americans. There is no longer an excuse that, at gift giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by American hands. Yes there is!
It's time to think outside the box, people. Who says a gift needs to fit in a shirt box, wrapped in Chinese produced wrapping paper?
Everyone -- yes EVERYONE gets their hair cut. How about gift certificates from your local American hair salon or barber?
Gym membership? It's appropriate for all ages who are thinking about some health improvement.
Who wouldn't appreciate getting their car detailed? Small, American owned detail shops and car washes would love to sell you a gift certificate or a book of gift certificates.
Are you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of plonking down the dollars on a Chinese made flat-screen? Perhaps that grateful gift receiver would like his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or driveway plowed all winter, or games at the local golf course.
There are a bazillion owner-run restaurants -- all offering gift certificates. And, if your intended isn't the fancy eatery sort, what about a half dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast joint. Remember, folks this isn't about big National chains -- this is about supporting your home town Americans with their financial lives on the line to keep their doors open.
How many people couldn't use an oil change for their car, truck or motorcycle, done at a shop run by the American working guy?

Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? Mom would LOVE the services of a local cleaning lady for a day.
My computer could use a tune-up, and I KNOW I can find some young guy who is struggling to get his repair business up and running.
OK, you were looking for something more personal. Local crafts people spin their own wool and knit them into scarves. They make jewelry, and pottery and beautiful wooden boxes.
Plan your holiday outings at local, owner operated restaurants and leave your server a nice tip. And, how about going out to see a play or ballet at your hometown theatre.
Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing local bands.
Honestly, people, do you REALLY need to buy another ten thousand Chinese lights for the house? When you buy a five dollar string of light, about fifty cents stays in the community. If you have those kinds of bucks to burn, leave the mailman, trash guy or babysitter a nice BIG tip.
You see, Christmas is no longer about draining American pockets so that China can build another glittering city. Christmas is now about caring about US, encouraging American small businesses to keep plugging away to follow their dreams. And, when we care about other Americans, we care about our communities, and the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn't imagine. THIS is the new American Christmas tradition.

Precious Words

Someone has written these beautiful words. Please read - there is a great understanding and deep meaning to each one.

They are like the ten commandments to follow in life all the time.

1] Prayer is not a "spare wheel" that you pull out when in trouble,
but it is a "steering wheel" that directs the right path throughout.

2] Why is a car's WINDSHIELD so large & the rear view mirror so
small? Because our PAST is not as important as our FUTURE. So, look
ahead and move on.

3] Friendship is like a BOOK. It takes a few seconds to burn, but it
takes years to write.

4] All things in life are temporary. If going well, enjoy it, they
will not last forever. If going wrong, don't worry, they can't last
long either.

5] Old friends are Gold! New friends are diamonds! If you get a
diamond, don't forget the gold! Because to hold a diamond, you always
need a base of gold!

6] Often when we lose hope and think this is the end, GOD smiles from
above and says, "Relax, my friend, it's just a bend, not the end!

7] When GOD solves your problems, you have faith in HIS abilities;
when GOD doesn't solve your problems HE has faith in your abilities.

8] A blind person asked St. Anthony: "Can there be anything worse than
losing eye sight?" He replied: "Yes, losing your vision!"

9] When you pray for others, God listens to you and blesses them, and
sometimes, when you are safe and happy, remember that someone has
prayed for you.

10] WORRYING does not take away tomorrow's TROUBLES, it takes away today's PEACE.


We went trick or treating with my sisters, brother in law and four of the five kids(the oldst being 16 now and too old to go door-to-door). It was alot of fun! They ended with alot of loot, which ended up being about half candy/half chips.

Visiting the Pumpkin Farm

We took a day out of the hectic pace of settling Rachel into her new home, after the movers finally arrived from transporting her boxes and beds from Naniamo, B.C. to Kenora, Ontario to go with the kids to the Pumpkin Farm. It was a fun couple hours out in the fresh air, doing a stamp maze, wagon ride, pumpkin pick, apple roast, pony ride and a little snack.
Great photo op too! :)

Happy Birthday Rachel and Linayah!

My Sister Rachel shares her Birthday with our Niece and so we had TWO Birthdays in one day!! How lucky were we??
Rachel made this adorable Barbie cake for our Niece's party.

Along with the cutest cake we had a Tea Party. It was us Sisters, our Nieces and Nephew and Linayah's foster Sisters.
Here the Birthday girl is getting ready to blow out her candles :)

Happy Birthday to ME!

After arriving in Ontario, my two youngest Sisters and their families helped me celebrate my Birthday. We celebrated a belated Thanksgiving as well so lucky me got to have another turkey Dinner....yummy! I felt SO honoured to celebrate my special day with my Sisters :)
We broke out a bottle of Champagne for the occasion :)

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

I'll Fly Away....

Today I am packing to leave tomorrow for Northern Ontario. I will be spending three weeks with my youngest Sister. My second to youngest Sister is moving to the same town and flying out with her two little girls tomorrow as well. We are flying into Winnipeg, where we will all spend the night and then head for Kenora. I'm SOOO excited!! I am so in need of Sister time :)
The only thing I'm not looking forward to is that we have to leave our home at 2:30am. and drive 2 1/2 hours to the Airport. If I could have gotten a more reasonable flight time, trust me I would have!! I am not an early morning person anymore.

Monday, October 10, 2011

35 years together

35 years ago, on a Thanksgiving weekend, we got married. It was a lovely Fall day, with crisp, cool Autumn air, the ground scattered with golden leaves, our hearts filled with love. Little did we know that day that 35 years later we would have traveled the path we did. As we reminisced, we do not regret any of our life together, although we both agree there are some things that made it better and some things we'd rather forget. We also both agree that becoming parents was the best decision we ever made!! We also agree that our love has grown richer through the years we have shared!

Maxine's Solution

Friday, October 7, 2011

Thanksgiving Weekend

In Canada we are celebrating our Thanksgiving this weekend. I know quite a few of my friends are traveling this weekend and although it's not as busy on the roads as during the summer months, there is still a lot of traffic. In BC our Insurance company has issued warnings to pay attention and drive carefully!!

Here are the top excuses that police heard from drivers who were caught using a hand-held device while driving:

--1: "This is a bogus law." This is the attitude that needs to change. Distracted driving can have serious and often tragic consequences.

--2: "It was my boss on the phone – I had to answer it." In BC, crashes are the number-one cause of traumatic work-related deaths, according to WorkSafeBC statistics. On average, approximately 30 workers in BC are killed each year while driving.

--3: "I wasn’t using it – I just like to hold it." Some even use the excuse that they were holding their garage door opener or hairbrush. The reality is that driving is a complex task that requires our full attention.

--4: "Sorry officer, I didn’t see you trying to pull me over because I was on my phone." If you don’t notice a police car trying to pull you over, how would you notice nearby pedestrians and cyclists? Studies show that drivers who are talking on a cellphone lose about 50 per cent of what is going on around them, visually, while driving and are four times more likely to get in a crash.

--5: "But it was an emergency call to my wedding planner!" A real emergency would be if your vehicle flipped over in a ditch because you were distracted at the wheel by your phone.

--6: "My Bluetooth died." If your Bluetooth dies, pull over, change your voicemail to let callers know you’re on the road and you’ll return their call when it’s safe to do so.

--7: Driver: "I’m using my speakerphone." Police officer: "No, you’re holding your phone in one hand and steering with the other." Hands-free doesn’t equal speakerphone. If you must take a call, use a hands-free electronic device and keep the conversation brief.

--8: "I’m not driving; I was stopped at a red light." This misconception needs to end right now: the law applies even when you’re stopped at a light or in bumper-to-bumper traffic.

--9: "I wasn’t talking, I was checking my messages." Under the law, drivers can’t use hand-held electronics while driving – that includes checking voice mail, making music selections or looking up phone numbers.

--10: "I was just checking the time." There are no excuses for preventable tragedies. Imagine saying this to the emergency personnel and loved ones of someone seriously injured because of your carelessness.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Fall's Dreary Rain

The sun is back to brightly shining after a couple of days of rain. I know rain is par for the course in the Fall, helping weigh those colored leaves enough so they fall to the ground. Unlike summer showers, Fall rain is damp and with a chill that goes all the way to the bone. But the shiny reward is having the sun come back out and bring lovely warmth again. I notice more bare branches around town now though.

Sunday, October 2, 2011


Like my Sister, who posted a top 20 list of why she likes October, I thought that was such a great idea!! As sad as I am to say goodbye to summer, I do love Fall too, but in particular October. For us up here in the Canadian North, we rarely go past Halloween before snow blows in and our winter starts, well before the Calendar says so. As a matter of fact, my brother posted a pic of snow falling up the Alaska Highway...gah!!!

Here is my Top 20!
1) Thanksgiving
2) Our Anniversary
3) My Birthday
4)Crisp cool, sunny days
5)colored leaves, shrubs and grass
6)Pumpkin pie
7)pumpkin spice latte
10)new fall line-up of TV shows
11)apple crisp
12)cinnamon spice tea
13)earth tone colors
15)fall routine
16)new clothes
17)the smell of a leaves burning
18)coffee with friends who are back from Summer vacation
20)country drive

Friday, September 30, 2011

Five Years

Five years ago today,our precious son was so tragically taken from us. We still miss him SOOOO very much!! He was such a typical "youngest" kid, with a sunny, goofy,fun-loving personality that brought so much laughter into our family. You could always count on David to tell you long dramatic stories about his day in school or a movie he'd watched. He loved his family, life, music, photography and above all God!!
When he was a young boy we went to a Petra Concert and he just loved this song and asked that it be played at his Memorial Service when he passed away. We honored that request and here it is: "This is my Prayer" by Petra

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Monday, September 26, 2011

I have posted this before, however I just got this again and thought it was too special to not bear repeating. Life goes by too fast, but it's nice when you get stopped in your busy tracks and get a gentle reminder of just how special and NEEDED you really are. Let the week begin with a smile on your face. A little gift from me to you.

One Flaw In Women

Women have strengths that amaze men....

They bear hardships and they carry burdens,

but they hold happiness, love and joy.

They smile when they want to scream.

They sing when they want to cry.

They cry when they are happy

and laugh when they are nervous.

They fight for what they believe in..

They stand up to injustice.

They don't take "no" for an answer

when they believe there is a better solution.

They go without so their family can have.

They go to the doctor with a frightened friend.

They love unconditionally.

They cry when their children excel

and cheer when their friends get awards.

They are happy when they hear about

a birth or a wedding.

Their hearts break when a friend dies.

They grieve at the loss of a family member,

yet they are strong when they

think there is no strength left.

They know that a hug and a kiss

can heal a broken heart.

Women come in all shapes, sizes and colors.

They'll drive, fly, walk, run or e-mail you

to show how much they care about you.

The heart of a woman is what

makes the world keep turning.

They bring joy, hope and love.

They have compassion and ideas.

They give moral support to their

family and friends.

Women have vital things to say

and everything to give..



Friday, September 23, 2011

Autumn Dance

"Come said the wind to
the leaves one day,
Come o're the meadows
and we will play.
Put on your dresses
scarlet and gold,
For summer is gone
and the days grow cold."
- A Children's Song of the 1880's

Thursday, September 22, 2011


Dad, today is Alzheimer's Awareness Day and we remember you....our wonderful Dad. It breaks my heart that you had to live with this horrible disease that took over your mind and body, but it did NOT destroy your love for us....we are "your people" forever :)

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Yesterday was a very important day for our Son. Canada has joined other Countries in the "Got Talent" TV shows. This was an opportunity for our Son to go into Vancouver and Audition. The grand prize of money is nothing compared to the career defining exposure a show like this can give anyone with the talent to win. My Son said,"So, I am thrilled because I went for it. Did it! Nailed the vocal parts!If I get a call back I will be so so so thrilled, but if not I won't lose a beat pursuing music and hope CGT comes back next year!" And this was the feelings of most of the hundreds of people there for the chance of their life.

Sunday, September 18, 2011


Yesterday was our grandson, Tyson's Birthday. He turned 14!! Wow!! He had his party on Friday night and so yesterday was just us two with his parents and sister for Birthday cake and gifts. My hubby and he find xbox fascinating and can sit for hours, controllers in hand, leaning slightly forward in their chairs with eyes intensely glued to the TV screen and the occasional yelp of frustration or victory!! So, guess what his gift was??? Yup, a new game.

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Friday, September 16, 2011

Stand Alone

I saw this pic in the Paint Store my Hubby works in and thought it would be a nice one to paint.


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