- lil' farm hand came to play .. .nap and give the toddler pool it's first splash. .
- baked up a rhubarb platz. . .because it sounded yummy!
- (when the sitters arrived. . .aka "the parents"). . . ran inside to get showered and changed. ..kissed the lil' farmhand goodbye before he knew what was happening. . .
- driving off the yard .. . picked up by Richard and Dorothy.
- stopped by Todd and Nancy's to pick them up . . . and sent them to the way back of the van. . .since they are the newest wed.
- headed west . ..to Vancouver. . .
- parked in the Sutton Place parking garage.
- went to the hot dog stand that we were all craving. .
- walked Robson. . .the shopping district
- stopped at Mac. . .all us girls shopped for a new lipstick
- went and browsed through H&M
- went to Gap .. .Nancy had a return. .. I came out with a bag. . .Terry found this amazing.
- at precisely 8:30. . .arrived back at Sutton Place for their Chocolate Buffet.
- enjoyed an hour and a half. . .of relaxing .. and delicious. . . celebration of Dorothy's Birthday .. .(thinking to myself. . .we are so blessed to have friends)
- went down to the parking garage. . .laughing all the way. .
- Terry continued with his jokes .. .on the way home. . .more laughing. .
- Dropped Todd and Nancy off first. . .since they are the newest wed. . .
- and then us. .
- Happy Birthday Dorothy my friend. . .you have the best parties .. .and you deserve them!
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
I yelled at him through the plastic .. . ."fumigating . . .are you?"
Thursday, May 28, 2009
You also know you are sick when no one kisses you goodnight.
I'm a bit weary of being offered a handshake.
Yesterday .. .my optimism was short lived. .
and the powder room and I had lots of time to rethink repainting.
But. . .as I type this. . .I once again am optimistic. ..
and am certain that it is all but over.
I can't complain one speck.
I've sat in the back yard. . .
calling out to the farmer. . .
offering him cold drinks while he works on my latest project idea. .
and I offer him a bit of company in return. .
So far so good. . .
he's not succumbed to flu .. .
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Here is the test how you know when you are sick. . .
Groaning on the couch . . .
watching the Today show. . .
but pressing mute and turning face to the back of the couch. .
to avoid the food segment.
That was Monday.
Tuesday morning. . .
I opened up my notebook computer. . .
from the couch. .
a good sign. . .
I still feel some degree of responsibility to you my loyal readers.
By Tuesday afternoon. .
I noted that I was a bit thirsty . . .
for an iced coffee. . .
my beloved . . .
arranged for that.. . .
and I slowly . . .and tentatively sipped it. .
while looking through my new favorite foodie magazine.
The food did not look disgusting. . .
I didn't want to cook it mind you. .
but . . .it looked like something I might want to try another day.
Then. . .
around dinner time. . .
Terrence called and told me not to be offended. . .
but the lil' farm hand and his entourage. .
were staying clear until .. .
enough time had passed to deem us clear of flu. . .
Perhaps. . . if I begin to cook again. .
they'll come by.
We'll see who can last the longest. . .
In the meantime. . .I have my disinfectant wipes. . .
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
I admit it. . .
it looked like such a fun bottle to sip a cool beverage from. . .
and all the while . .
I was planning how I would funnel my own cool sippers back into the bottle. ..
planning my guest lists ..
The labels are all soaked off ..
I kept the caps .. .
Friday, May 22, 2009
When my mom suggested that I begin collecting china in grade eight I willing complied.
I went to Bartsch Jewelers the local jewellery shop that sold china. . (we had no malls in our town back then). . and selected Sweet Violets from the Royal Albert line.
In 1973 purple was very popular and I had a deep purple bedspread and matching curtain in my room.. . .
So ..purple flowers on the white china seemed to make perfect sense.
I got boring china gifts all through high school ..
and by the time I was married. .
I had enough to serve dinner on.
In the meantime. . .
purple went out of style.
If I wasn't sentimental . .I might have sold it and started again. .
but I am sentimental. .
and today. .and many other days. .
I'm glad I have white china with little purple flowers.
Every year .. .I appreciate lilac season. .
for it is the one time of year. .
that my china agrees with my garden.
Since you couldn't all come for lilac season. .
I have you sitting at the end of the table. . .
where you can see the whole width of the bungalow. .
OH and about color .. .I'm off to have my roots looked at once more. .
for the life of me. . I can't make them behave. .
Thursday, May 21, 2009
. . .and another thing I love about blogging. .
is the reason it creates to look through my pictures. .
and again ..
Yesterday's reason was today's birth date of our second son .. .
It struck me again. . .
how most of our pictures are with our two sons. .
full of vim and vigor ..
always up to one thing or another ..
and always having fun.
Terrence being 19 months older ..
has a small repertoire of pictures of him by himself. .
but Stuart. . always had the buddy shots.
Always. . .taking risks. .
and always wearing your bruises with pride.
It's been twenty eight years since I first laid eyes on you. .
you are not my little boy anymore. .
but when I look through all the pictures. .
I thought. . .
he's always been such a good kid. . .
I'm glad we had two sons.
Happy Birthday Son. .
I'm off to make your cake. . just the way you ordered it.
all for now. .
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
This is not from the yesterdays Grammie Day Photo ops...
but from last week when the lil' farm hand visited.
Apparently. . .the forts are a hit. .
and now. .
every space about 2 feet by 2 feet. . .
is commandeered for private fort space.
This one made me laugh. .
because the rule is. . .
moosey and soosey stay in bed.
The only way moosey and soosey (which is attached to moosey) can be visited with. .
is to go to bed. .
but eighteen month arms are reaching much further . . .
and when I found this little fellow ..
hiding in his fort. .
he was not alone.
He was smiling when I found him. .
and together we carried moosey and soosey back to bed. .
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
When I was a little girl ..
my mom would make her bed every Sunday with her special Chenille spread.
I was not to sit on it. . .
no babies bottoms were changed directly on it. .
and though we lived on a farm. .
with four boys. .
and one. .
little girl ..
the spread remained clean and free of tears and missing chenille.
Now the spring has sprung. . .
I had a longing to see it once more. ..
and so the double bed spread ..
is spread on the queen sized bed. .
stretching as far as it can. .
and meeting the white bed skirt that sweeps the floor.
I read the instructions. . .
all over again. .
I may not use flake soap. ..
but Chenille does enjoy a good windy day.
Speaking of babies bottoms. . .
guess what today is?
I'm off and running.
Monday, May 18, 2009
My very considerate American friend Jill. . .
knowing of course. .
that I would want to honour Queen Victoria. .
since Canada . . .. a Commonwealth country ..
observes her birthday.
Appreciating Jill's efforts for us to celebrate with proper decorum ..
I ran straight to town to buy more butter. . .
and I whipped this tender moist cake ..
and invited just the perfect amount of . .
Queen Victoria's Birthday party .. .
I would have posted it today on the Mennonite Girls Cook ..
but. . .I won't butt in . . .
we're scheduled ten days in advance.
How are you observing Queen Victoria's birthday?
After a three day entertainment marathon . .. .
I'm resting. .
All for now. .
Friday, May 15, 2009
I love a long weekend. . .
Gone are the days....
when we waited with baited breath to find out what whether or not my beloved would be working at Safeway that day. . .
More often than not. .
he'd be working.
For the first twenty five years of our marriage. . .
we'd watch the freeway flow out to the sunny spots in the province. .
and we'd have our little holiday after work ..
in our backyard.
Now we know what our schedule is. . .
and we are content with it all.
Perhaps. . .
when you know you can have something. . .
it loses its appeal a bit.
Besides enjoying some time with friends tonight. . .
we'll do our chores. .
and do some gardening. . .
and sit in our backyard.
having our own party.
Today roads will be busy with the trailers and campers and motorbikes. .
all heading east.
We'll watch the traffic flow out to the sunny spots of the province. . .
and on Monday we'll watch the traffic flow back in from the sunny spots.
May you have safe travels on Victoria Weekend. . .
all for now. .
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Since hanging my Mother's Day baskets up in their summer spots.. .
I've been a bit leery of the big clouds flying by at great speed. . .
and dropping enormous sheets of rain.
What bothers me more. .
is what happens at night. ..
while I sleep.
When I would appreciate a bit of cloud cover for them. .
the skies clear and the moon shines . .
and the temperatures drop.
After leaving them to figure it out on their own the first night. . .
I came up with what seems to be a bit of a blanket for them at night.
I took five garbage bags for each basket. . .
and made them green
So far. . .so good.
I planted a few of my pots yesterday too. .
and have them on my back porch. .
where I easily bid them . .
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Oh. . .I wanted to show you what my little grandgirlie had tied to her wrist. . .
upon arriving for brunch on Mother's Day.
I couldn't help but think. .
it was such a suitable gift from a little girl.
Darling. . .and the balloon was adorable too.
I love this time of year.
It seems that Mother's Day. .
marks the end of having to buy fresh flowers in the market. .
and I can collect a fresh bouquet for my table everyday.
My new hanging baskets had a bit of a surprise on Monday evening.
When they say that planting before the middle of May (in Canada). .
is a tad risky..
they speak the truth.
I'm going to wait until the weekend to plant the rest of my bedding plants. .
surely. . then it will be safe.
I watched out the window as a thunder storm passed through yesterday.
Yesterday . . .we took the lil' farm hand out to vote for our Provincial election.
I marked the spot. .
and I folded it up. .
and he slipped it in the secret box.
Leaving with a sticker proclaiming him to have voted . .
we went out for lunch to celebrate.
Great fun. . .