Tuesday, July 5, 2016

June...long gone but not forgotten.

We were away over the weekend...celebrating Canada Day at a family reunion. Now it's high time to page back to the beginning of June and see what has all happened since I last posted!

We watched the corn shoot up...and it is now my height.  We always hope it will be 'knee-high by the first of July'...but this year it was a month ahead of schedule. This photo was taken at the beginning of June...with the corn in the field behind the horses just 'knee high'.  (Our corn field...not our horses!)

We have a wonderful local park that hosts a garden sale every June...and I try to sneak out there for a bit.  Over the years I have collected many great plants and garden decor at reasonable prices..such as the concrete succulent planter pictured here.

Early on in the month...cousin Ron and wife Meron flew out from Ontario to visit family.  That called for a gathering of the local 'Isaak' cousins...and it was so good to connect with them all.  Ron grew up in Ontario and, as far as I remember, we have only met twice previously. We had a wonderful time 'reconnecting'...at several extended gatherings and again in our home.  We hope to meet again!

One warm evening, we walked along the Vedder River trail...and noticed people with long camera lenses set up along the shore.  They were photographing the blue herons...that make their home in the area.  My Iphone camera didn't quite do the trick...but if you look closely, you can make out the heron on the riverbank. :)

He tired of posing!

Father's Day.  We went camping  on Father's Day weekend...but stopped in to have coffee with dad on our way out of town.  That visit gave us a lot to smile about...as a 'neighbour' joined us at our table, regaled us with tales and helped herself to the cherries we had brought for dad to enjoy. We had supper with Dad and Marge several times in June...once we had a 'picnic' on the patio at their place.  So thankful that dad is still doing great at age 93!  He is pictured above with his latest woodworking project...'valets' for some lucky guys.   He is also having major dental work done...and was trying out his new teeth for the first time when we were there last week.  They should be good for the next twenty years!

We used the motorhome for the first time this year...and spent the weekend at a campsite just past Whistler. 

The scenery along the 'sea-to-sky' highway is always amazing.  We love that drive!

Seeing the Olympic rings in the plaza of Whistler Village always reminds me of that time not long ago when Whistler played host to the world.  Good memories!

The campsite is a mile or two from the village...but Whistler has the best biking trails.  We rode along this river...

...and past this lagoon.  Yes, we had rain one day...but not enough to dampen our spirits.

We stopped at Alice Lake Park in Squamish on the way home...had a picnic lunch on the beach and chatted with tourists from England. 

Let me throw in one 'butterfly photo'...since they seemed to be gathering in Whistler at the time we were there. 

I actually completed a few projects around the house this month.  For twelve years our window seat cushions were 'body pillows' covered with rag quilts.  The intention was always to make proper window seat cushions.  It finally happened!  I bought 3" foam at Home Depot...and cut it to size.  I had hubby cut 1/4" plywood the exact size of the window seat, placed the foam on top and covered it with upholstery fabric (actually used curtain panels) which I stapled tightly onto the plywood.  They turned out great! I have one more window seat upstairs to do.

June was the month of  'end of year' programs and recitals.   Ranen and Micah had a violin concert; Ranen danced her final Irish dance of the year; Lucy graduated from pre-school; Ryder played in a drum recital; Emme and Spencer graduated from middle school and will be in high school come fall.  Oh my goodness.  Where does the time go? 

Kris invited us all over for a 'end-of-the-school-year' pool party.  The cousins had such a fun time together.

Maggie baked a cake to share with us all that night.  She had reason to celebrate...and wanted us to be part of it.  The previous night she had an 'anaphylactic episode', that required several epi-pens, a trip to the hospital in an ambulance and the attention of medical staff for several hours.  We are thankful for medication and for all those around her who are always vigilant.  Living with severe allergies is not easy!  So glad we could celebrate with you, Maggie!

June was raspberry month over here this year!  Normally we start picking raspberries in July...but everything is early here this year.  Here's a recipe for a fresh raspberry cream cheese pie we enjoyed this year.

The grass fields have been cut for the third time this year...mostly as silage, some as round bales and some in the rectangular small bales (which are a lot of hard work to haul in).  The grass is still green and growing...and the weatherman calls for more rain this week.  I'm looking forward to the return of the sunshine!

Have a wonderful summer...whatever you have planned!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

the month of may...

Let me see if I can possibly sum up the month of May in my corner of the world with just a few photos and a few words.

The first day of May was sunny and hot...a 'barefoot at the lake' kind of day.  We chose to visit Hicks Lake that afternoon...with books, snacks and some friends to keep us company.

We shared the shoreline with a few families of Canadian geese!

For some forty-five years hubby has been planting corn every spring.  At one time he planted for others; more recently he planted our own fields. 

On May 2, 2016 he planted corn for the last time!  The corn planter is sold.  Someone else will be planting our corn next year.  The end of an era!

Let me share a few 'birds and blooms' pic's from our back yard.

The Miss Kim Lilac never disappointments...loaded with blooms and SO fragrant!

The peonies have come and gone.  Until next May!

I've had a fine time watching the hummingbirds from my kitchen window this past month.  Some prefer blooms...

...others like the feeder.

May 3rd always calls for a birthday celebration...Ranen and Auntie Broni.  It was a little chilly that night (for some of us)...so we moved our party into the garage!

These two had been wondering when they could go for a ride in the old car...so one Saturday evening we made it happen.  They find it quite a novelty to ride around without 'buckling up'!  Their cousins are working at DQ this summer and we thought we would stop by and let them serve us.

As it happened, our favorite DQ girls were working the drive-through that evening...but came out to say 'hi'.

This will be a night Maggie will not forget anytime soon. She has never previously had a DQ cone...since they could never vouch that it was 'peanut free'.  The present staff assured us that a simple, un-dipped cone was safe and so she had her first DQ cone ever!  Does she look pleased?

Earlier this month...a fine time around Lovella's table with some of my MGCC friends.  Ellen's always game to drive up from Seattle!

Though we never had much rain this month...we had a few storms roll through.

  And some beautiful rainbows!

May is also a perfect time to visit Cheam Wetlands Park...close by and yet 'a world away'!

Maggie and Lucy joined us and had fun collecting rocks until their pockets were more than full!

My sister Bev, who has lived in south Texas for almost four decades, retired from nursing recently...and is on an extended road trip.  She spent almost a week with us...and while she soaked in the sunshine on the back patio...Ricky (her son/my nephew) walked in circles.  Always clockwise. Constant motion.  Though he is mostly non-verbal...his favorite new word was 'Canada'.  He practiced that one a lot!

Today turned out to be a beautiful, warm day...just perfect to have a 'party in the park' with good friends.  And how fun to meet Rosella face-to-face!  She lives in Ontario and has been a good blogging friend and encouragement to all of us...and she just happened to be passing through Chilliwack today.  We met up at the beautiful little Gwynne Vaughn Park in the downtown area...enjoyed a morning tea party and a stroll through the gardens. It was a special time!

Let me end with one of my favorite May scenes...that of the dogwood that always delights!  

And so ends the month of May...and tomorrow we turn the page!  Wishing you all a delightful June.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Toronto ~ a quickie tour

Though our trip to Israel seems a distant memory by now...this post is a bit of a postscript to my Holy Land' travelogue.  Our route home took us through Toronto...where we found ourselves with a good part of a day to spare before leaving on the last leg of our trip home.  Since we had never seen the city (other than the inside of the airport) we took the opportunity to do a quick sightseeing tour while we were there.

By now I have forgotten much of what I learned that day but let me share a few Toronto pic's 'just for the record'.

And that was the view of Lake Ontario and the Toronto harbourfront on a beautiful, clear spring day...as seen from the viewing deck of the CN Tower.

The CN Tower was the world's tallest tower when it was completed in 1976.  It was constructed on former Canadian National Railway lands...hence the name 'CN Tower".

And on the other side...the view of downtown Toronto.

Taking in a Toronto Blue Jays game would have been nice...but we settled for seeing where they played!

The hop-on/hop-off tour took us down Yonge Street and Queen Street...past the art museum and the shoe museum...past churches schools and castles.  I'll leave it that!

High up above the street...we saw someone who found another way to get a fabulous view of the city!

I'm not convinced that our tour guide had the full story behind this photo....about the crane that has been on top of the new high rise condo for months.  His version states that the builders had not thought of a way to get the crane down once the building was complete...and so it continues to sit up there...causing quite the controversy.  I'd like to hear 'the real story'!

How was that for a quick tour of Toronto?  It was a lovely way to spend our day...have lunch in the city...and then take the express train back to the airport the same way we came. 

From there we 'winged our way' west...over those beautiful Rocky mountains and back home.  And that really is the finale of our trip to the Holy Land.