Friday, February 28, 2014

February...come and gone

February 2014 began like spring...
and then brought a dose of winter mid-month...
and a big dump of snow several days ago. 
And just to round things off...
we are ending the month with a bit of summer.
In our favorite oasis...

...Palm Springs.

A few of the month's highlights included...

...a violin recital by our granddaughter, Ranen.
We also spent some time together working on 'sharpie plates'...
Valentine's projects.

Mennonite Girls Can Cook have helped raise funds for the kitchen at Matthew's House...
and were invited to come for a tour.

Matthew's House is a respite home given to caring for children
who live with serious healthcare issues.
  Here they can be left in a safe place,
while parents can get some much needed rest.
What a privilege for us to have even a little part in this project.

Prior to our tour of the new facilites...
we met together at Lovella's for a wonderful time around her table...
and fabulous food.
Of course!

And then there was Valentine's Day.

The grands all came for a party...
and we had a chocolate fondue this year.
Ryder had a whole plate of bacon to go with it...
just because it was Valentine's Day.
And apparently bacon is his favorite food!

And of course we spent a fair bit of time in Sochi this month...
figuratively speaking!

Among my favorite moments...
seeing the Dufour-Lapointe sisters take gold and silver medals for Canada in mogul skiing.


...the Canadian women's hockey team defeating team USA in overtime to take gold.
And for the grand finale...
we awoke at 4 am on Sunday morning to watch the final men's hockey game...
and see the Canadian guys take the gold medal there.

Our athletes represented us well...
at the winter games of 2014 in Sochi!

And that was February in a glance...
and update sent from another 'front porch'.

Thank-you all for your continued visits and comments.
Enjoy the month of March, my friends!



  1. Good for you to seek out some much needed warmth and sunshine!! That Cousin's Valentine Party looks like so much fun - you make the best parties for those dear little ones. Yes, now that Sochi is over we are trying to get some other things done around the house! Enjoy your time in PS - hugs to you!

  2. What a great re cap on your month of February! and how lucky for you to be in such a beautiful oasis!! We were part of the crazy Canuck club that got up at 5:00 to watch the hockey game in Sochi as well. Even drove into our friends house to watch the game and have breakie with them! It was fun and so glad to see both our hockey teams bring home the GOLD! Enjoy the day and thanks for the update on whats been happening at your Front Porch.

  3. Yes, the Olympics were great and I really miss them! The Valentine party looks are blessed to have all your grands so close! Glad you had a fun month and that you are now enjoying a beautiful change of scenery! Thanks for the update! We are going to try to reschedule our Alaska trip today. We will probably be coming to Vancouver in Sept. I may ask for some hotel suggestions if I can talk Hubby into coming a couple of days early to see the sights!

  4. Great to hear from you, Judy! Looks like February was a terrific month. I look forward to hearing from you in March.

  5. I sure do like your view! What a great recap of the month that was!

  6. Ah, Palm Springs looks so nice and warm. Enjoyed your post. : )

  7. You wrapped up February very well. That Valentine party sure was nice and full of pink and red and hearts and grands! Love it.

  8. So nice to visit a bit on your front porch at the end of this month and see what a great month it was. Love the valentines parties you have hosted over the years! Enjoy the warmth. It's very windy here today!

  9. Enjoyed the February dairy! Always so nice to hear from you .....


  10. You have had a fun and busy February, Judy, and what a nice way to end it in a warm southern clime. Have a wonderful March. I hope it brings more sunshine and warmth at home for you. Blessings to you. Pam

  11. Didn't Canada do well in the Games!

  12. Will you be tubing down the lazy river? That's what I remember most from previous posts about your visits to Palm Springs. It sounds like so much fun. Enjoy your stay there. You've had a busy February! Canada did such a great job in the Olympics.

  13. If you're not floating down the Lazy River right now, I'll be very surprised. Are you getting any of this rain we're hearing about? Loved seeing the grands and the projects, especially those plates. I'm wondering how they'd work for Mother's Day... Have fun on your vacation!

  14. What a great post with highlights of your month!! I'd say it was a very good month indeed!!!

  15. I like your monthly updates, Judy. That personal oasis looks wonderful!

  16. In Chilliwack March is coming in as a lion! Snow in the forecast. Enjoy your time in Palm Springs. Looks very inviting.

  17. Thanks for sharing your February highlights - so glad you are relaxing in PS right now - and hope your Hubby is recovering from his cold in that warm weather.

  18. Yes, Canada continued it's gold medal achievements from the last winter Olympics!

    Your grandchildren always have the best times at your house! Tell Ryder I am also a fan of bacon :)

    Enjoy Palm Springs! That looks like a fabulous resort!

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  20. A few days into March, but enjoyed reading your February post. Glad I could be a part of one of your February days. A holiday in Palm Springs.....ahhhhh! A perfect winter retreat.

  21. Hey Judy! Yes we are booked for Alaska! We arrive in Vancouver on the evening of Aug 28.We board the ship on the 30th. Trip ends in Anchorage on Sept 11...mine and your hubby's bday! I'd like some advice on what to see during our one day in Vancouver and some suggestions on reasonable hotels, preferably with shuttles from airport and to ship. Here' s my email address. When you get home from your vacation and have time, I would love to hear your Of course, we have plenty of time, but I want to be well prepared this time...hopefully no mishaps! :-)

  22. I enjoyed this visit with you so much. I am happy to see that you two had time to relax together in the warm Palm Springs. Just seeing the pictures, helps me know that beauty reigns there.

    Seeing all of your grandchildren again was so good. They are growing up so quickly, and I can't help but think about all the love and kindness they experience from you. The Valentine pictures are adorable! So festive and so many smiles.

    I think about you often and was happy to see a post from you.
    Happy Tuesday!

  23. It's always fun to see how your month unfolds. Never a dull moment at your 'front porch' I noticed you did not share about your tennis match. We will leave that for another post. Have a wonderful time in the sun.

  24. What a beautiful way to greet each visitor, with your new banner picture!

  25. this was a truly lovely post...we were pulling for your Skaters, they were great...have been deep in the throes of RA with the snow and ice and just doggone cold...playing catchup while my fingers work!


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