Sunday, September 30, 2007
Saturday, September 29, 2007
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Today I coffee'd with one of those special friends. Last week we were in contact as we learned that one of our mutual high-school friends was dying of cancer. We discussed how life can be full of surprises and that we never know what is in store for us tomorrow...and that we really should hold relationships dear, because that is what matters most. With that, we agreed to meet for coffee...well, we actually had notions of climbing a mountain or at least hiking a trail, but we never got beyond the coffee. We laughed, we talked, and we picked up where we left off two years ago. It may be decades since we were inseparable in high school, but some friends just never change!
We won't wait two years to meet again. Marg, are you busy next Thursday? Let's do another hike.
It’s birthday number fifty-_____.
She's creative & crafty; she's a gardener and loves to travel
A birthday is just the first day of another 365-day journey around the sun. Enjoy the trip. ~Author Unknown
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
The hydrangea leaves are a beautiful copper colour.
These aren't actually supposed to be on the lawn...but there's lots of them, so I guess they are part of the fall decor.
Throw in a few rudbeckias (and lots of spiders!)...add a pot or two of mums, and
...it looks a little more like autumn!
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
We soon figured out that it was all about knowing the answers to the clues we were given & since we were a little 'clueless' we decided that if we just followed the path most travelled we would eventually find our way out. And we would have...
... except that the darkness came so much sooner than we expected! I think John (the owner) actually thought we might still be there on October 31st when they cut the corn, so he came to our rescue with his flashlight!
It was such a beautiful night & the corn field was a great place to enjoy it!
Monday, September 24, 2007
The halls are empty...they really are late! Oh well, the teacher will understand that a new puppy took priority today. Ryder likes the puppy well enough...he just doesn't like Mommy to pay too much attention to it. And Chief thought it was best just to ignore the whole thing...he walked across the fields today & paid me a visit.
He is a thirteen year old Malamute and isn't doing a whole lot of running these days. Jeremy & Broni had actually ordered a Bernese Mountain Dog pup, but changed their mind because they don't bark. They thought it might be nice to have a 'watchdog' on the farm with all the break-and-enters that have been happening in our neighbourhood recently. So hopefully Nora grows up to be both a wonderful pet and a watchdog...and a friend to Chief.
This afternoon Ranen came to visit Grammy. She is all grown up at sixteen months...she had lots of new words for me today.
There won't be too many more barefoot days this year, so she was enjoying this one.
Mmmm...there's not a fruit she doesn't like!
Sunday, September 23, 2007
And yes, she started nicely after church...so we never had to call the kids for a ride!
The pastor had a wonderful message this morning...as usual. He talked about 'the heart of worship'. To quote Pastor Ron, "We don't see the glory of God because we're so blinded by our own brilliance."
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Emme & Ryder were my helpers when I baked this cake last week, and Emme loves to add all the ingredients. Since she doesn't like 'mayo', she wasn't all that excited about this cake once she knew what was in it. Ryder got to lick the beaters...Emme said she would pass. However, she loved the cake in the end (even had two pieces) and promised not to tell Uncle Kris it had mayo in it! I'm pretty sure it's the frosting that redeems this cake...it would make any cake taste good.
Spencer and Emme are coming to help Grammy bake today (no chocolate this time though). We are making cinnamon twists and...who knows what else?
Friday, September 21, 2007
Thursday, September 20, 2007
I met Hildegard during my junior high years at MEI in Abbotsford so many years ago. We were good friends during those years and spent time in each others homes. We each went our separate ways, and lost touch after high school. The last time I met Hildegard was several years ago at Costco...she was buying flowers for her husband because they were celebrating their love (it was a special anniversary).
This summer I met Hildegard's daughter, Lara, who was engaged to a friend of my nephew's. We exchanged notes about her mom (she wanted to know 'what was she like when she was a teen'?). Lara was so excited about her upcoming wedding! Several weeks ago we heard that Hildegard was losing her battle with cancer and had been hospitalized. The wedding which was to take place last weekend was postponed. Today Hildegard has gone to meet her Maker.
Our hearts go out to the family...I can only imagine what they are going through at this time. No words will take away their sorrow, but may they feel the love and prayers of their friends.
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthern you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Let's enjoy our time with our family and friends and keep our relationships alive and healthy...our days are all numbered!
* * * * *
The clock of life is wound but once,
And no one has the power
To tell just when the hands will stop,
At late or early hour.
Now is the only time you own,
So live, love, toil with a will.
Do not wait until tomorrow
For the hands might then be still.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Heidi got me started on their soaps...they smell so good!
.... I also have the wall flower deodorizers in the coconut/lime/verbena scent.
I gather they won't be opening shops in Canada anytime soon, so I guess we'll just have to keep visiting the States to stock up!
Last Christmas I gave the girls (Heidi, Broni & Lisa) gift certificates to Bath & Bodyworks, so we went to Bellis Fair together and went on a shopping spree. What fun! It's sort of a grainy pic...so you know for sure it's not a promo for Bath & Bodyworks (or Target, for that matter!)
Anyhow, I am happy that my favorite bath products will be soooo much more affordable.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
I actually took those pic's through our patio windows. They are very skittish & don't like being photographed. We have a 'blue heron reserve' in Chilliwack where people can observe the heron in it's natural habitat...they have over 200 blue heron nests. However, we have lots of them right on our farm. Since I had my camera with me, I caught this one beside the road this morning. He gave up his fishing spot when he saw me coming, so that's as close as I could get.
Monday, September 17, 2007
"So who put a girl on the back of my tractor?"
Oh yes, and the reason we were picnicking was...
"Happy Birthday, Grandpa!"
It was a good way to end the season. In a few weeks we will be celebrating Thanksgiving and we will be enjoying the beauty of fall.