Wednesday, March 31, 2021

March ~ Memories and Moments


March. Let Spring Begin!

March is the month of expectation. 
~Emily Dickinson.


And there were days when it certainly felt like spring had arrived!


We waited for the sun to show up and then took our bikes to the city to explore.


How fun to ride the seawall from one end to the other.


We had no idea that the seawall had been closed to cyclists since the start of the pandemic...
and just recently re-opened.

Perfect timing.


Nor did we realize how easy it was to cycle along the city streets with bike lanes everywhere.


It really is a lovely city. 

When the March sun is shining...
and the flowers are blooming again!

But as we know...
March weather is most unpredictable!


We discovered that we should not make any outdoor plans for Sunday,
since it rained every single Sunday in March.


Sundays were a good day to go for a drive...
along one river or another.


That moss is evidence that we have a lot of rain!

After many months of not being able to meet in person with our family...
restrictions were lifted earlier this month to allow for outdoor gatherings.
We were more than  ready!


For the past 15 years...
we have had a wiener roast with our family during spring break in March.
Some years it is warm.
Mostly not!

It was a rather chilly gathering this time...
but the rain held off and the fellowship was warm!
How good to be together again!


My Uncle Jake and Aunt Maggie celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary this month.
I still recall their wedding day...
since I had the honour of being their flower girl.

Their family arranged a surprise drive-by parade for them.
Even the pouring rain couldn't dampen their spirits!
They had no idea why they were waiting outside under their umbrellas...
until the motorcade came by...
with horns blaring...
bubbles blowing...
and flower throwing.

How fun to have the Chilliwack Fire Department participate with a fire engine...
and a lot of noise!

They are a special uncle and aunt...
always encouraging and blessing others.
I wish them many more years of happiness as they journey on...together.

I'm sure they felt the love that night!


It seemed like we were always making plans around the weather forecast.
How about a bike ride along the dyke by the Fraser River with the family before spring break was over?


We all brought our bikes...
and a few brought scooters.


And Jeremy built us a campfire at the river.


The grands skipped rocks and explored.

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We sat around the fire and enjoyed a  lovely evening together.


Today...on this last day of March...
we made the most of the sunshine and went for a hike with Maggie and Lucy just before dinner.
And Daisy too, as you can see!


We discovered a lovely viewpoint at Hillkeep Park on Chilliwack Mountain.
It won't be our last visit!



And now Easter is just a few days away.
How that will look we don't really know just yet.
The weatherman says it may be a wet weekend...
and indoor dining is not allowed.

Churches were granted special permission to host indoor services for Easter...
after being closed to in-person services for the better part of this last year.

Plans were made and we were registered and looking forward to attending church on Easter Sunday.

That all changed yesterday...
as our province imposed further restrictions and reversed their decision regarding indoor church services.

We will now be attending a drive-in church service on Easter Sunday...
at our local fairgrounds.

We look forward to celebrating the resurrection of our Lord and Saviour this Sunday...
together with believers everywhere.

Christ is risen.
He is risen indeed!

Wishing you a happy and blessed Easter!



Sunday, February 28, 2021

February Moments

February is the border between winter and spring.


We definitely experienced both seasons this month!


The ice piled up on the banks of the mighty Fraser River...
and the winds howled through the valley.


We chose that very cold week to have the inside of our house painted.
After 17 years, it was time.
It is now lighter and brighter.


So we spent some quality time with the painters that week.



It has been a long time since they played hockey on the ponds in our neighbourhood!


Once it warmed up to a balmy 8C...
Lucy thought it was spring and plenty warm enough to go for a swim.
So she did!

And this happened...


...we sold our trusty pick-up truck.
Bought new in 1993.
It served us well!


Earlier this month...
we 'attended' the virtual memorial service for Beth Nickel...
a young mom and talented musician (also Ranen's violin teacher) who passed away suddenly.
Ranen played at the memorial...
the last piece that they had worked on together.
Beth chose joy in life...
always inspiring and encouraging others.
She will be missed!


Tulips on the table...
a gift from my neighbour.
A touch of spring!


The Lenten rose and the crocuses were blooming in the garden...
and then the snow returned briefly earlier this week.


It seemed like the sun came out about once a week...
and I tried to make the most of it...
walking along the Fraser River dyke or cycling the country roads.


Yesterday just happened to be one of those beautiful, sunny days...
so we loaded the bikes and rode the rail trail at Hayward Lake.
We rode as far as we could...with down trees, muddy trails and detours up mountain slopes!
It was a lovely spot (new to us) and a great way to spend a sunny afternoon in February.


Today is Sunday...the last day of the month.
We attended our church online...
as we have become accustomed to.
We look forward to in-person gatherings again one day!

Then we walked the trail along the river...
as we do most every Sunday.

On the way home home...
we picked up Wendy's salads for lunch.
As we do most Sundays.
Did I mention that we always order fries to go with the salad? 
 Lest the lunch is too healthy!

Tonight we will have homemade pizza...
as we do most Sundays.

Can you tell that we like routine?

And now...
on to March.

Spring is in the the air!



Sunday, January 31, 2021

January ~ moments to remember

Memories of January 2021 revolve around balmy temperatures...
long walks and coffee on the patio table.


Just to prove that we had snow this winter...
let me start with a winter wonderland photo taken earlier this week.  

Though there wasn't much snow in the valley...
our friends up on the hills of Ryder Lake were giving sleigh rides.

Next time I'll join the party! 


On New Year's Day...
we visited Flood Falls at Hope for the first time.

A short hike through the rainforest...
had us at the falls.
We'll go again!


The following weekend...
we hiked along the Chilliwack River at Tamihi Creek.
It was also a new-to-us adventure...
following the Trans Canada Trail.


Most every Sunday, we walked the Rotary Trail along the Vedder River...
along with a good portion of Chilliwack's population.

It was nice to stop and chat with friends for a bit...
an impromptu social gathering.

Remember the song...
'Shall we gather at the river?'


Emme, our firstborn granddaughter came to say goodbye...
before leaving the country for a six month YWAM program.
She will be missed!
She IS missed!
We are happy that she was able to go, despite all that is happening in the world...
and pray it will be a life-changing experience for her.


My birthday is in January...
and no pandemic could stop that!

Flowers from friends and family...
a Zoom birthday party with friends...
a cake (complete with candles) delivered to my door...
phone calls and porch visits...
and so many expressions of love.

I 'had my cake, and ate it too'!


We lit the fire on the patio table and had a warm birthday visit with Heidi, Lucy and Maggie on a cold January night.


This pillow was delivered by the mailman...
a gift from my sis-in-law in Kelowna. 
I will treasure it!

And just like that...
I am another year older and inching towards the next milestone.

I am reminded often that 'every day is a gift'...
and I am thankful!


I walked the dyke along the Fraser River with a friend earlier month...
while eagles kept watch overhead.


Everything may not be OK in this world...
but it's easy to forget that when one is enjoying the beauty of creation.


And then there was the reward at the end of the trail!
Who knew she had a portable coffee shop in her trunk?
Hazelnut roll never tasted so good!



Also this month...
we watched a lot of bad news, read some good books, did a few more jigsaw puzzles...
played card games and crokinole...
enjoyed good food and each other's company.

And so the month comes to an end.
The grass is still green.
The snow is mostly up on the peaks.
But the weatherman is telling us not to pack up our winter gear yet.
We'll see!

Though chaos and Covid may make all the headlines...
I am thankful for all the blessings of January 2021.

Thanks for stopping by...