Thursday, January 31, 2008
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
And what was that coming across the fields? An unfamiliar tractor was making it's way to my back door...
The girls seemed to be having a hoot...and came running to give Grammy the lowdown!
They just popped by to share a little happiness...and then they were off to finish their test drive!
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Once the table was cleared, we moved right into a rousing game of Rook. How fun to revive the old card game on a snowy winter night! Rook was invented by Parker Bros. over 100 years ago, and has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity these past few years. The game was apparently created as an alternative to playing cards and was sometimes called 'missionary poker'. At any rate...it's a fun game. The evening ended a little too soon though, since the guys came out on top...had we had a few more rounds, things would have turned out quite differently, I'm sure!
Monday, January 28, 2008
We joined our kids for a gourmet lunch at McDonald's following the morning church service...a good time was had by all (it's the company that makes or breaks a party...not the food!).
We had a most enjoyable afternoon...a circle drive around our valley on a beautiful winter Sunday. The plan was to cross the river and check out the eagles at the salmon spawning grounds.
Once across the bridge, we stopped and took in the view of the valley floor from the other side. It's only a few miles from where we live, yet looks so different from this perspective.
The air was crisp and the snow crunched under our feet as we walked about. It was just wonderful to be outdoors, enjoying God's creation on such a beautiful day.
We weren't quite prepared to have us a picnic...
We walked through the forest for a spell...and couldn't believe the moss which hung from every trunk and twig!
We continued west along the other side of the Fraser River...the Canadian Pacific railway tracks seemed to be going the same route as we were!
...and eventually we arrived at the Albion Ferry crossing. I have only been on this ferry once before in my life, so I was thinking it might be an adventure. The sun was sinking as we drove aboard...and our trip across the river took all of about five minutes (so my adventure was rather short-lived!). This ferry is being replaced by a new bridge (Golden Ears Bridge) which is to be completed next year. It is the only remaining ferry crossing on the Fraser River, so it was likely the last time I would cross the mighty Fraser River on a ferry!
As we were about to dock on the far shore, I took a parting shot of Golden Ears Peaks in the distance.
The rest of the drive was under the cover of darkness...not much for views, but the company was still good! And so ended a most pleasant Sunday afternoon.
Sunday, January 27, 2008
God wants us to call on Him anytime...He won't be confused no matter what the clock says.
Whatever the weather (we're back to snow on the west coast)...whatever the problem...talk to God. Great things come in answer to prayer...things become clear when we talk to Him!
Saturday, January 26, 2008
They come in every delicious fragrance you can imagine...and I have one in apple cinnamon and another in the coconut/ lime/verbena scent. But neither will do me much good for long...since they are pretty much empty. And they are not available in Canada...so until my next trip across the border, I will have to find something else to use!
Someone suggested setting out bowls of vinegar to 'eat' the smoke odor...but I'm thinking the vinegar itself doesn't smell too great! And I'm so afraid of fire at the moment...I'm almost scared to light candles. So if you have any great ideas...I'm open to suggestions.
In the meanwhile, I am baking a few things that smell good. I baked cinnamon loaf the 'morning after', but it got tossed along with all other unsealed food items in my pantry. So I just finished another batch...and have a pie in the oven. I am aiming for 'my grandma's kitchen on Saturday smell' (it smelled of cleanliness and fresh buns). Is it not strange how memories of smells can be so vivid?
So here is the recipe for cinnamon loaf. It's a quick bread...makes two loaves and fills every corner of your house the the smell of cinnamon!
and 2 teaspoons cinnamon.
Friday, January 25, 2008
But we're working hard at washing away all those winter blues. After a day of dealing with my 'spring cleaning' issues...we had a most fun and relaxing time soaking away our temporary problems at the hot pools of Harrison Hot Springs Resort.
If you saw a promo that read...
"Relaxation awaits at Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa. Set against the spectacular snow-capped mountains of Southwestern British Columbia, you'll find the source of all that relaxes you. From our soothing hot spring pools that delight visitors of all ages to our tranquil Healing Springs Spa, everything you need to surround yourself in comfort is found here....let relaxation wash over you."
...would you not be inclined to gather your loved ones and head right over?
It is a most wonderful spot right on our doorstep. Here's the catch though...the pools are for hotel guests only. Unless of course you happen to know that in the third week of January the austere public pool is closed for maintenance, and the public may instead use the resort pools.
Wahoo! At the end of the day, our kids and grandkids joined us for a grand time at this wonderful resort located at the southern tip of beautiful Harrison Lake.
A jogger was enjoying an early evening run on the beach (which reminded me that it has been several days since I've even thought about walking!)...
...but across the road the resort pools were calling! We announced our intentions at the reservation counter, only to be told that the public was not allowed in after 4:30 pm (that was an hour ago). Excuse me? We had driven all this way, with the whole gang and now were being turned away? We then tried booking a day room...that would make us hotel guests and permit us to use the pools. Sorry...the hotel has no vacancies tonight. By this time the staff took pity on us, and made an exception to the rules which are normally written in stone...and allowed us in to use their wonderful pools. People are nice!
We had such a good time in the outdoor pools! Emme & Spencer are practising their swimming skills...they were thrilled that they could touch bottom everywhere this year.
Here's all my girls in the 'tepid water' pool....while the guys are scalding themselves in the HOT pool. We all had a great evening...washed away all our cares for a few hours!
As we were ready to leave the resort, Ryder noticed his boots were like Uncle Tim's...how cool is that? Oh...oh. He'd had just a little too much fun and excitement today (or maybe swallowed a little too much water), and suddenly his 'stomach flu' returned with a vengeance.
When all else fails, Emme's bathrobe does the trick. Ryder was quite happy with the arrangement...Emme, not so much. Daddy called him Ryder Hefner!?! And since we were all starving, we stopped for a bite to eat...pink bathrobe and all!
So if you are having the 'third week of January blues'...gather your family and have some fun!