Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Monday, October 30, 2006

Monday afternoon

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As you can see Terry can't let the leaves lie. If I don't crunch leaves within 10 minutes of the drop I don't get to crunch. He almost has the little dogwood tree under control. He'll have his work cut out for him with that oak tree.

Sunday afternoon

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windy, rainy, snowy and then sunny

Saturday night was one of those all too common nights where I just could not sleep. Too much coffee, too late in the evening was probably the culprit and you would think I would figure that out but I don't. It's really hard to go to sleep when its windy outside because we sleep with our window open a good 4 inches and our bed is right under our window. I was flipping channels between the weather channel watching how the wind gusts were coming along and amusing myself with watching the time zones change to Standard time. I saw them all . . . all the way from the East right to the Pacific. Pretty exciting late night television, let me tell you. The wind gusts didn't seem to make it past 37km per hour which was a bit dissapointing but the anticipation of a big one coming kept me from going to sleep.
Then Sunday morning it was raining and hailing and sort of snowing and Terrence called to tell me it was snowing where they were. The sun would peek out in between the clouds and it was just so weatherish. I loved it.
Later in the afternoon we headed out to our friends, to go "hiking". By now the sun was shining beautifully. On the way there I couldn't believe how gorgeous the scenery was and even I had to admit that I transforming into my mom. Years ago when our parents went to the Okangagan for their yearly pilgrimage to get apples from Keremos they would come home with a camera full of fall pictures taken out the car window. We just could never get excited about them. Who takes scenery pictures with no people in them? Well, I heard myself say "oh, look at that, do you think it would turn out if I take it through your window?" It would be ludicrous to suggest that Terry pull over. (he is not like my dad) He did however put his window down to give me the best chance at a proper picture.
Well, when we got to our friends Scot and Kathy, Scot was big time into "Wyatt Earp" and the call to crunch in leaves just wasn't there for him, so Kathy and I headed out and it was perfect. Unfortunately I left my camera in their house so I have nothing to show. We walked through winding country roads until my ears started to ache (another family thing) and we headed back to their house to start dinner.
I can't seem to write a post without talking about food so I will tell you that they made a scrumptious dinner. Scot had recently caught a beautiful salmon and so he BBQ'd that. We started with Hot artichoke dip and tortilla chips. She had made a crisp Romaine salad with Mango and Dried Cranberries and Poppyseed dressing, Lemon Pepper Fettucini, Fresh Steamed Broccoli and Garlic toast. This was all finished with Chocolate Marble Cheesecake with Chocolate Ganache, Fresh Raspberries with Pinot Noir Chocolate Drizzle. It was simply fabulous.
The food was delicious but more important than that is how blesssed we are to have friends who love us for who we are and can share our hearts with.
On the way home the moon was sitting on the horizon looking like a huge La'te cup just beginning to tip. I tried to take a picture of that as well. Terry just laughed. Nice reflection of the window. Oh well, that's OK, sometimes God paints pictures just for me.

Monday, October 23, 2006

roasting of the wiener

Last night it was one of the perfect fall evenings where you just want to take advantage of the crisp cool air. Terrence and Bea were picking up their niece Camryn for a sleep over and so they picked up some wieners and buns while they were out and then came back to our place. I grew up with the idea that wiener roasts were as special a treat as a Turkey dinner. In fact as a child we often would gather the family together, hike up the closest mountain and have our wiener roast on Thanksgiving monday. It never ceases to amaze me that a wiener roasted over an open fire can taste so delicious. The toasted marshmallows sandwiched in between graham crackers and chocolate chunks just ended our impromtu picnic perfectly.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

napping in the october sunshine

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family brunch

Sundays are often one of my favorite days. Since Terrence and Stuart have left home and married I have made an effort to come up with new "regular" family events.
Since we attend church on Saturday night we typically have coffee with three other couples on Sunday morning. At 8:00 in the morning we arrive at Bread Garden to debrief on our busy weeks. We refuel with coffee and conversation and by 9:30 we head back home; some of us empty nesters and the others back to their families.
Back at home Terry heads to the barn to do chores and I begin the brunch process. At one point we had bacon, eggs, and hashbrowns. Those were the necessary important breakfast commodoties but since Bea and Karlee have been added to the family they have brought with them their favorites into our home. Added to bacon, eggs and hashbrowns we now have Waffles with fruit sauce, custard and whipped cream and sometimes a crustless quiche.
I used to put the whipped cream into a whipped cream dispenser but amazingly the boys would get a bit carried away and either get it into someones hair or just use an unnaturally unhealthy amount.
This brunch not only fills our tummys it also feeds our souls. . . especially mine.
After brunch we usually kick back and take it pretty easy. In the above photo you can see Bea having a nap in the sun.
When they leave to go back to their own homes I feel deeply satisfied. I know that they will be back. They love their brunch.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

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wee pink socks

Last night I attended a baby shower for my new great niece. It is simply fascinating watching grown women swoon over such a little girl. As she was passed around the room and each woman had her chance to cuddle the little dear you could feel the warmth and love.
The pile of gifts that was bestowed on baby Shaye was amazing. She was nearly lost in the pile of clothes and toys and books etc. when it was all done.
Someday as she looks back upon her baby memorabalia she'll be amazed at how much work went into her welcoming party. Her aunts fussed to make sure the party was nothing short of "Martha Stewart" perfect. Her Auntie worked for hours and hours on the most amazing quilt. Such a labor of love.
The new mommy was amazingly calm and the look of pride on her face was well deserved. This little girl is so blessed to grow up in a loving home with a mommy and a daddy who cherish her. She has two sets of grandparents who adore her and will look forward to each and every visit.
Welcome to the family.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Baking at the B&B

I can't really say that I have a job per se. What it really boils down to is that I go to my friends B&B and play for the day. It is not unlike being a young girl again spending the afternoon at my friends house down the road. Back then the script was the same every single day. I was always pregnant and married. I'm still a young girl in a grown up body loving the opportunity to run down the road for a day. Its the perfect balance between responsibility and commaraderie.

Today she had a seniors group come through for a conference and we spent the day together baking and making lunch and chatting up a storm. On occasion other friends also come to help with different events. There is something special about women working together. When my mom was young it was common for women to work together putting up their produce or making quilts, just generally sharing the load. We seem to have lost the need for each other. We are so independent and capable of handling things on our own. What a blessing it is to be needed and appreciated.

Well its time to put dinner in the oven for my real flesh and blood husband. Tonight its chicken breasts stuffed with Brie and cranberries.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Sunday Afternoons

It seems like it has been months since we’ve had a Sunday afternoon where the weather indicates the activity of the day. Its a bit drizzly and dark and you would think that this would instill a desire for a nap. Well it doesn’t. I become quite domestic. We’ll be having Turkey soup and fresh multigrain rolls for our supper. Ordinarily I would have baked these rolls from scratch but today they came out of a pillsbury can, which brings me to the other favorite drizzly day activity. Shopping. Bea and I spent a few relaxing hours in Home Sense, oh such enjoyment.
Lately it seems that I have realized that my life really is in process and I spend a considerable amount of time pondering what really matters in the end. This is not a dismal thought at all. I want to become a nicer person. I have realized time and time again that I am a work not fully developed and on some days I’m not even on page two. It is my hope that writing down my thoughts will help me to be accountable to those that love me most and mostly to my Heavenly Father who never gives up on my little life.
Well I must run and sift icing sugar on my fresh lemon bars. My family is waiting.