Tuesday, February 28, 2023

February ~ short and sweet

And that's a wrap.
As this month comes to an end...

...we are wrapped in snow.
We had over 14 inches on Sunday...
much of which disappeared yesterday.  
Then we had snow again today.

Since I was gone at the beginning of the month...
and because February is missing a few days...
the end came rather quickly.

We managed to pack a lot in!

The Bouquet Farm held a Galentine's workshop...

and 'my girls' joined me there.

After a fun evening of playing with flowers...
we each went home with our arrangement.

On Valentine's Day...
I went for a hike with Marg.

Mostly we hiked.
I also did a little sliding.

And I came home to flowers on the table.
He knows I prefer flowers to chocolate.

Last week we had a 'girlfriends' outing across the line.
Crossing the border to the USA seems a bit of a novelty now...
after a few years of mostly staying at home.

We shopped Hobby Lobby...
and had lunch at The Olive Garden.
We celebrated...
birthdays and friendship.

 ‘The better part of one's life consists of his friendships’.  
~Abraham Lincoln

And then there were all the basketball games that we hadn't planned on.

Maggie played basketball for the first time this year...
joining the grade nine team at her school.

They could only muster up a team of six,
but what they lacked in height and numbers...
they made up for in enthusiasm and speed.

We had watched several of their games...
and they did amazingly well but never qualified for the provincial championships.

But wait...they did!
They got in on as a wildcard entry...
at the bottom of the pack in the standings.

We dove to Port Moody to cheer them on...
as they defeated one good team after another.
Who could have ever expected them to make it to the final game?

Never lose that determination...
or that smile, Maggie!

And then it was on to the ice rink in Aldergrove...

...where Ryder was playing on a Fraser Valley scholarship team in a tournament. 

He scored the first goal...

...and he had a little 'time out' as well.

Ryder is a gentleman on and off the ice...
so this was an unusual occurrence for him.

It was his last game of the season...
so we were thankful we could be in the stands.

On Saturday night we switched gears from basketball to music..
taking in the winter concert of the Abbotsford Youth Orchestra. 
It was an excellent performance...

(phone photography from a distance in low lighting leaves much to be desired!)

And that brings us to the end of the month.

It may not be Easter yet...
but did I mention that I was at Hobby Lobby last week?
Easter is coming. :)

It's not too early to prepare our hearts and our homes.
Especially our hearts!


  1. Oh I love comeback stories! Congrats to Maggie and her team. All the grands are active and busy in their various pursuits. I do wonder what Ryder did to wind up in the box for a time out. 😏 Happy hiking and sliding and whatever you folks are up to. It is wonderful how you stay connected to your friends. It takes effort and commitment. Well done, you!

  2. What a beautiful life you have! Full of love, family, friends, and adventures! Thank you for these monthly posts!!

  3. What a great way to end their season. I'm smiling seeing Ryder in that box. That workshop space is so welcoming from the outside. Beautiful bouquets you created. You had a very busy short month!!

  4. It may have been a short month but definitely not short on excitement! Love the story of the team that did not make the provincials but did! Glad you were able to make it to the gym, the rink and the concert. It was a highlight to fit in a girls’ shopping and lunch date.

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  6. Oh what a fun and busy month indeed! You sure made the best of it and shared it with your beautiful pictures and words. Way to go Maggie's team! Some very talented and loved grandchildren. That Bouquet Farm shop is so precious! Best part of all is that Easter is coming and hopefully Spring is too ...

  7. How fun to watch your grands in their various activities. Congratulations to Maggie and her team! Your time with friends sounds lovely - we don't take those things for granted now, do we?


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