Tuesday, June 20, 2017


Can it be the first day of summer already? Seriously, where does the time go so fast??!! But I love summer....I love the sunshine, the warmth, swimming, flip-flops, not having to wear heavy layers of clothing. It's a season of being outdoors and enjoying nature.

Last week we had a surprise visit from Colin. He's such a turkey and didn't let us know he was coming. I got a message from him with pics of our building and so I ran out on the balcony and there he was!! We had a few very nice days with him.
Also Jo-Ann stopped by to visit. She had gone with Melissa and her girls to the Children's hospital in Vancouver. It was nice to have a visit with them and catch up on our lives.

Thursday, June 1, 2017


Busy little bees,
You flutter to and fro,
Visiting the flowers,
 To help the garden grow.

When you're busy working,
I know that summer's here,
Because your buzz-buzz-buzzing sound
Is all that I can hear.
                                                                     Marie E. Cecchini


Saying time flies would be an understatement and something that's be said countless times! So, we enter a new month.....heading straight for Summer. That means that by Month's end, we'll have lived here for a half year already!! Wow!!

 "So sweet, so sweet the roses in their blowing,
So sweet the daffodils, so fair to see;
So blithe and gay the humming-bird a going
From flower to flower, a-hunting with the bee."
-  Nora Perry, In June

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Rainy Day

After the heat of 31c an overcast, rainy day feels almost chilly, but at the same time refreshing. The sun will be out again tomorrow.
This evening is the final Life Group get together until the Fall, so instead if a study we're having a pot luck supper. There is 13 of us, so not a huge group (on purpose) and I'm looking forward to it. I'm bringing a large Taco salad and watermelon.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Smoothy and Lilacs

It's another hot day and after doing the shopping at Walmart and Costco, we enjoyed sitting out on the balcony for a while to catch the breeze. It's always quite a big chore to put everything away after the job of shopping. We ate a later afternoon snack so I just made a nice, thick smoothy for supper. It's cold and goes down lovely!

                     I love Lilacs! At Costco the bushes are in bloom and the perfume is heavenly!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017


Yesterday I had my Endocrinologist appointment in Vancouver. Good news!! My A1C came back as 8.4, down from 9.3. about making me feel better about things. I really like Dr. Paty, he's a thorough, nice Doc.
After my appointment we stopped in at Walmart, Ikea and Home Depot looking for beaded curtains.....but no such luck! It was fun to do a bit of shopping, although we came out empty handed. I suppose i'll order them online if I decide I still want to get that. It was a hot, sunny day so it was nice just to be out with Hubby!

Monday, May 22, 2017


It climbed to 29c today!! Wow!! It's like a summer day with sunshine and that smell that comes from new flowers and leaves and grass and hot pavement! It's nice to say that even tho the temps were high, it remained comfortable in this apartment. I caught the breeze thru the open balcony door and living room window and the fan on low.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

May Long Weekend

 It is a gorgeous, sunny day, the temps at 27c! A great day to drive out and explore a park in our community. I made a picnic lunch of Taco Salad, chips and Potato Salad. We stopped in at Walmart to buy new folding chairs and pick up a coffee from McDs.
 Derby Park is located along the Fraser River, making it a great park for camping, fishing, boating, picnicking and playing.
I caught this little girl playing in this unique old tree. It was delightful to watch the kids playing and having so much fun being in the great outdoors.
There were numerous boats and sea-doos racing around on the water. We had our binoculars with us so we were able to follow and enjoy them. There were even a couple kayaks paddling around. 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017


Annually we take a day to honour our Moms. Both our sons live away from us now, so I got phone calls from them. So, after going to church in the morning, Hubby took me out for lunch and then mid-afternoon we went to watch the movie Going in Style.....a comedy with Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine. A clean, funny movie. It was so nice walking home in the sunshine so we sat out on the balcony until the sun hid behind a cloud.

I find Mother's Dad to be rather sad though. First I miss our son David on a Day when I am reminded that he would have called me too, but is no longer with us. Secondly I miss my own Mom on a day that honours Moms.

Saturday, May 6, 2017


With Mothers Day just a few days away, there are some cute e-mails and posts going around. This one is one of my faves :)
Answers given by 2nd grade school children to the following questions:

Why did God make mothers?
1. She's the only one who knows where the scotch tape is.
2. Mostly to clean the house.
3. To help us out of there when we were getting born.

How did God make mothers?
1. He used dirt, just like for the rest of us.
2. Magic plus super powers and a lot of stirring.
3. God made my mom just the same like he made me. He just used bigger parts.

What ingredients are mothers made of?
1. God makes mothers out of clouds and angel hair and everything nice in the world and one dab of mean.
2. They had to get their start from men's bones. Then they mostly use string, I think.

Why did God give you your mother and not some other mom?
1. We're related.
2. God knew she likes me a lot more than other people's mom like me.

What kind of a little girl was your mom?
1. My mom has always been my mom and none of that other stuff.
2. I don't know because I wasn't there, but my guess would be pretty bossy.
3. They say she used to be nice.

What did mom need to know about dad before she married him?
1. His last name.
2. She had to know his background. Like is he a crook? Does he get drunk on beer?
3. Does he make at least $800 a year? Did he say NO to drugs and YES to chores?

Why did your mom marry your dad?
1. My dad makes the best spaghetti in the world. And my mom eats a lot.
2. She got too old to do anything else with him.
3. My grandma says that mom didn't have her thinking cap on.

Who's the boss at your house?
1. Mom doesn't want to be boss, but she has to because dad's such a goof ball.
2. Mom. You can tell by room inspection. She sees the stuff under the bed.
3. I guess mom is, but only because she has a lot more to do than dad.

What's the difference between moms and dads?
1. Moms work at work and work at home and dads just go to work at work.
2. Moms know how to talk to teachers without scaring them.
3. Dads are taller and stronger, but moms have all the real power 'cause that's who you got to ask if you want to sleep over at your friends.
4. Moms have magic, they make you feel better without medicine.

What does your mom do in her spare time?
1. Mothers don't do spare time.
2. To hear her tell it, she pays bills all day long.

What would it take to make your mom perfect?
1. On the inside she's already perfect. Outside, I think some kind of plastic surgery.
2. Diet. You know, her hair. I'd diet, maybe blue.

If you could change one thing about your mom, what would it be?
1. She has this weird thing about me keeping my room clean. I'd get rid of that.
2. I'd make my mom smarter. Then she would know it was my sister who did it not me.
3. I would like for her to get rid of those invisible eyes on the back of her head.

Friday, May 5, 2017


It got really hot unseasonable 32c out on my balcony. Since we're going into our first year here we haven't experienced Spring so I don't really know what the expect for heat in this place. I see that we are sheltered enough to get some serious heat when the sun shines on the balcony.

With the flow of heat streaming from the ocean to the Valley, we got some thunder, along with some rain in the early evening. That really cooled it down nicely and I enjoyed just sitting outside in the dark for a while. How often do I ever do that?


Tuesday, May 2, 2017


       God is working for you tonight.  
Heaven is hold conversations about you
Angels have been assigned to you.
Be at Peace.
God is at work.
He does not slumber.
Christ intercedes. He does not fail.
The Spirit comforts. 
He does not forsake.
Be at rest.
Be at peace.
Your name at the end of the day is Beloved.


Can it be that it's already May??!! Time has a way of quickly passing by. It feels like the week just begins and suddenly it's the weekend again!
The first day of May was a very wet, rainy day. And actually pretty chilly!
Today is far warmer and the sun is shining. I have a roast beef on the oven and I am just enjoying the weather.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Out and About


Today was the first day for Advance Voting for our B.C. Premier so we went out to vote and took in the gorgeous flowers and blossoms on the way to and at the Walnut Grove Community Center.

After voting we stopped in at Staples for a few things and then at Wired Monk to have a Latter and share a scone. It always feels like a treat to indulge in a delicious Caramel Latte. And then the rain started, so it's been a dreary afternoon.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

good things come in big packages..... Costco at least! We did a fairly substantial shop at Costco this afternoon. I love that store! But I usually land up spending more money than I'd like to and did so again today but on the positive side.....I have enough laundry detergent to last a year....haha! There are some things I can't get at Costco and have to buy elsewhere, however I don't mind that.

I buy the huge packages of meat, so as well as putting everything away, I also package the meat in smaller portions and freeze them. It's a good feeling to have a fuller freezer again.

For a change of pace, I picked up a pizza to bake for supper. Ok, those are massive and literally one and a half slices filled me to the brim! That makes for a cheap supper for us because the leftover pizza will make a great lunch tomorrow.

Monday, April 24, 2017


It was a lovely sunny day. There are so many rainy days here, I like to sit outside and enjoy a sunny Spring day. I love just seeing all the fresh green leaves on the trees and shrubs, along with all the mix of delicate colours interspersed in between.

I've pulled out the coconut, citrus and fruity smelling lotions. I love to switch up the fragrances for the seasons and also use a lighter daily lotion, except for after-sun exposure when I use one with oils and aloe.

Sunday, April 23, 2017


Well, unlike the name of this weekday, it wasn't a sunny day. It started out with a wicked rain storm last night and just remained overcast all day today. It started raining again later this afternoon, but was actually quite nice earlier. It wasn't chilly until the rain started.

I like Sundays. It's Hubby's designated day off and nothing gets in the way of that. It's not that he works six days per week all the time, but Sunday we can count on having off and can plan to go to church and then out for lunch. In the summer we can go to the earlier service and take off to the lake or do some outdoorsy activity. I love it!! This is the first time in years Hubby has booked a regular day off!!!

Friday, April 21, 2017

......and more cleaning

It was a perfect Spring day...19c! I still hadn't really cleaned the vinyl floor of the balcony, which included rust spots. With us going in and out of that space I wanted to make sure we weren't dragging a lot of dust and dirt indoors. I bought some CRL and gave the floor a good clean with that and managed to get pretty much all the the rust up. I had to rinse the floor a few times to lift all the residue. Now we can go out there in bare feet knowing it's as clean as I'll get it.

The only step to get a better clean would be to use a power washer and I think our downstairs neighbours would not appreciate the "waterfalls" they'd get.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Spring Clean!

No, I am not Spring cleaning the apartment we've only lived in the 3 1/2 months. What i am going to clean is the balcony. Since we plan on spending a lot of time out there I need to clean the floor so we're not tracking the dust and such indoors. Also, Hubby has Kettle bells he exercises with and the rain has caused them to leak rust and stain the floor. i bought a jug of CLR and a squeezable mop and hope I can get the rust cleaned up.

Tomorrow is supposed to be a sunny day in the middle of rainy ones, so I plan to be out cleaning tomorrow.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Together Time

Hubby had the Easter long weekend off and we enjoyed doing activities together as well as down time. We  went to Red Robin's for Hubby's Birthday last Thursday and did some various shopping. Saturday was so beautiful and sunny so we went to home Depot Garden Center and bought another planter of flowers. Our balcony looks so pretty now, with a few planters! I certainly enjoy sitting out in the sunshine and "people-watch"!

Yesterday we drove out to Abbotsford and checked out a Meat store. We also stopped in to have a visit with our Son, at the cemetery. It's so peaceful there as well as so green, with new grass, sprouting leaves on the trees and blossoms bursting.

So, today I needed to catch up with the laundry and cleaning. It doesn't take long but it needs to be done regularly.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

I'm a little obsessed!!

Yes, I am! I a little obsessed with Spring!. I walked into the home Depot Garden Center and was immediately overwhelmed with the smell of perfume that wafted over me! The beauty of all the different blooms and the greenery of the shrubs and vines! The warmth of the sun just intensified the colours and aromas.

I have made my selections....chosen the few planters I want for the balcony. I also picked up a few solar lights and arranged them outside. Now I have all Spring/Summer to enjoy their cheerful presence when I sit out in the sunshine.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Yesterday I had two Specialist appointments , one downtown and one at the hospital and my Hubby had the vehicle for the day. I was challenged to take Transit, since both appointments were too far to walk to. Now, I've always been hesitant about taking Transit for some odd reason. Not sure what's up with that, but anyhow. Hubby helped me research and go through the route, time and connections the day before. It was a gorgeous sunny day out and I discovered that I actually enjoyed myself and it went more smoothly than I imagined it would. I know for sure that I will be using the Transit system far more now. What an Adventure!!

Monday, April 10, 2017

April Showers

So, the saying is: "April showers bring May flowers". Today this is very true here. Actually, it's done more than poured "cats and dogs"!! But, it's stopped and there is just a sliver of blue peeking through the clouds.

While I am glad not to have been out in that pouring rain, I did step out onto the balcony to watch it rain. There is always something so beautiful in Nature and even when the weather is frightening, it can strike us to the core with it's beauty. It can capture us. We watch video's of tornadoes, hurricanes or lightening with fascination.

For today, enjoy whatever weather you are having.
~ Faye

Sunday, April 9, 2017

We live in an apartment, but there is this nice green area with a little creek behind our place. This is where you can see that Spring has arrived and Nature brought the trees and shrubs and vines to life and is busy sprouting greenery.

There is anticipation leading up to Easter. In the stores I see all the pastels of Easter. The retail industry entices us with chicks, rabbits, eggs and chocolate. To those of us who are church goers, we celebrate the Resurrection of Christ. It's a time of year that's fresh and new and time to spend outdoors with family and friends.

Wishing you a great week.
~ Faye  

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Re-Introducing Myself

As we've entered the Spring season I have decided that I'm in a place to start writing in my Blog again. I've wondered why I ever stopped, but life has a way of changing and somehow the inspiration just wasn't there.

We have moved to a different city in B.C. just after Christmas. It was a big move, not only location wise but emotionally. There was a huge down turn in the Oil & Gas industry which affected my Hubby's job and we were left scrambling with what to do. Hubby took on a "temporary" job down south driving Tour bus, but doors opened up for him to continue being an Instructor for St. John's Ambulance as well as expand out into the Safety courses he had been teaching up North.  What that meant was relocating down to the Lower Mainland and moving away from family and friends.

I love living here. The climate is more moderate and it we found a small, cozy apartment that is so close to everything that I can get out to walk to. Of course, there are the negative aspects too, like traffic, parking and rain...haha!

We have found a church to attend and I have jumped right into the Ladies program to develop new friendships and Hubby & I also meet with a group one evening a week to socialize as a couple. There is no shortage of entertainment and things to do.

So, I find myself inspired to write again.
~ Faye