Tuesday, August 1, 2017

July 2017


July was a month of celebrations.

For the sweet taste of berries and the times spent with family and friends and  the joyful birthday celebrations,
I thank the Lord. 


We started out celebrating Canada's 150th birthday with friends from our small group at the local fireworks.


The berry machines at the raspberry farm across the street became busy shaking the tender berries off the plants.


Our cherry tree surprised us with a bumper crop!


We celebrated Mom's birthday with our family!


 I cut a few hydrangea bouquets to enjoy.
I learned that putting the fresh cut ends in boiling water keeps them for a few days but Judy's method of dipping the wet fresh cut stems in a bit of alum still works best! 
 We went with my brother and sister in law Gerry and Heidi to Vancouver one day and cycled around False Creek.  


We like to park ourselves at least at one or two car shows during the summer months and have a visit with folks that stop to chat.


I discovered that I love this color combination of blue and green.  


On warm days we supplemented our need of fluids with watermelon.



These two darlings have their birthdays a few days apart.
This year they turned seven and eight. 


The most anticipated event of July was the invitation we received to celebrated milestone birthdays of Anneliese and her H.  


They are still sweethearts after all these years.

I couldn't get the songs of the 70's out of my head for a few days and I didn't particularly want to either! 


These two are born on the same day 53 years apart. 
I won't say how old the older one is but the younger one turned six this year.  ;)


When an opportunity to do something fun comes up we are usually game.
Tickets to go see Neil Diamond?  Sure!
He sure belts out those songs and I was excited to hear a few that I remembered well from way back when. 


We had another "24hourholiday" at our house and this time it was his turn. 


Grandpa made fidget spinners with him.
I wonder if they will remember the short lived hype of fidget spinners and the time they worked in the shop to make their own. 


His fascination was crushing things.
He created his own masterpieces by crushing and bending and pressing metals together.


I came and checked on them from time to time and the little fellow who usually chats non-stop was too busy to talk! 


I brought him a bag to put his collection of precious things to take home from his"24hourholiday". 



And that concludes the highlights of July on the farm!

Wishing you a wonderful August.

all for now.. 

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

June 2017


June started with beauty here on the farm.  The little girls pulled out the dresses I wore when I was their age and modeled them for me.

This yellow dress was already made over once from my aunt's bridesmaid dress. 


This little dress was a candle lighter dress that I wore for my cousin's wedding. 


Even during dress up there is work to do.  
I asked them to go out and set the table and get drink orders. 


This dress I wore for my parents 25th wedding anniversary.  



I think that the combination of flowers early in June are the best. 
I love when the roses, peonies, and early hydrangeas are all ready to put into bouquets at the same time. 


If you ever think of having us over for dinner... 
my advice would be to book us for June. 
It's your best chance of getting a pretty bouquet, hand delivered. 

Meanwhile,  he was busy cutting rings for a project with the grandkids. 


We went to visit friends and had a very nice time and enjoyed some pretty spectacular food. 


The garden started to give me some promise of a harvest come fall. 


This guy, cracked me up, again. 


We went camping with our care group.


I cooked up a batch of Rollkuchen for them.


He cooked up a batch of farmer sausage for them. 


Together, we all had a great time!
We missed those that couldn't join us.


We stayed a good part of a week and these sweet flowers enjoyed their time off the farm as well. 


Speaking of sweet, here is my darling little highlander dancer. 


Sorry to make you squint.  I was also squinting from my view, seated on the wrong side of the stage.
I wish I could be a highland dancer.  
When I do my farewell dance for the littles when they leave the farm, I think I'll treat them to some highland dancing in the future.   There must be youtube videos of instruction.  Right? 


Some people take mulching garden waste way too seriously.  


We took in some athletic events that had me cheering excessively across the track.  


The project began. 


They worked hard in grandpa's shop. 


In between, this one earned a bit of cash mowing lawn. 


I made him his favorite food. 


They worked together and laughed and talked even while Grandpa finished the lawn. 


You can buy fidget spinners in the store, or you can make them in Grandpa's shop. 


On Father's Day,  we packed up the trailer and I took the father of my sons and the grandpa to our littles camping. 

Envelopes were opened at the campground.  


I made him a pizza and I am pretty sure he had a very good day. 

 When you find a perfect spot in the Okanagan, it is even better when friends come to share it with you.  



We picked a lot of cherries off of our three-year-old cherry tree.  
I should have weighed them as we picked them or maybe I should have weighed me before and after consuming them. 


We were given a very fun opportunity to go for dinner with friends in their plane! 


We flew over the cuckoo's nest  the homestead.
I've said it before and I'll say it now, you don't buy a farm for the house.  
I keep looking at that field.  
Why didn't the farmer that built this farm put the house there?  
Right at the back.  
Can we all agree on that? 


Oh, these little napkins were my pride and joy as Canada Day 2017 approached. 
I had found them about 5 years ago at a flea market for a song and a dance.  
After I paid my pocket change to the nice man, I let it slip that Canada's 150th birthday would be celebrated in 2017 and I was so happy that I found the napkins.
He looks dejected when he realized he let a little treasure slip out of his grasp. 


Being that it was a big one for Canada this year,  celebrations began early and on June 30th we went to our local stadium to enjoy a family picnic and a free concert. 


Who doesn't love a good picnic? 


Just because you are not smiling all the time doesn't mean it is not the best time ever.  ;)


This is a real shot at our family (or 10/11 of them) as they are hanging out.   



You don't need a chair when you have a grandpa.  


And this is your bonus shot for today.  

Smiling eyes!
Someday, this little guy will have lines around his eyes when he smiles like I do. 
Keep smiling baby boy! 

Have a wonderful July dear friends!  

all for now.