Wednesday, June 30, 2010

drive through eateries

The grands have lately been setting up imaginary drive through eateries.
Anything might be a good venue for their quality food establishments.  Treadmill arms have proven perfect with their convenient loop supports to provide a window for their drive through eatery.

The cost is always the same. . .two bucks. . whether I want a coffee, a cheeseburger or an egg sandwich. 

Yesterday I was out trespassing over the lawn mowing territory with my photo op in hand. . .
and was notified .. .of the cost.
One bun please.
He's so easy to buy off.

All throughout the day. . .
little memories make me smile.
I could go for another cup of coffee. .
I'll have to go find that drive through.

All for now . .

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

trip to endodontist

Can you believe that no had ever asked the dental assistant to take a picture of the patient before?

Sure . . .
I was afraid of the dentist back when I was a young thing and the old school dentist wanted to get the syringe in and out before I had a chance to run away but the last thirty-five years of my dentist visits have proved to be relatively pain free.
Dentistry has taken on a bit of a spa like atmosphere.
When I entered in the Endodontist's waiting room ..
my eye was drawn to the beverage counter. ..
and the lap top computer set up for the patients that have need to check on their "business back home".
Packaged cookies and current magazines were arranged perfectly on the coffee table. . .
but alas  ..they were far too punctual for me to enjoy the freebies.

I was led slowly into the "special" room (much like the spa girls do)  ..
 and my handbag was carefully tucked away.
I was offered  an ibuprofen for a preop . .post op bit of free of pain insurance. . .
and then I was given a brand new tube of lip balm to keep my lips moist during the procedure.
The endodontist then came in and greeted me with such enthusiasm I could only conclude that I was in for some good times.
My head was lowered and my feet were raised .. .
and what I suspect was a syringe was oh so gently inserted into my gum.
Then. .
he left. .
and she stayed.
She put the raincoat on my tooth.while she chit chatted easily about her three year old and by the time her Walmart story had found it's end. .
he was back and quickly onto the task at hand.
As I told my beloved upon my return to the farm. .
he could unscrew those bad nerves and  and carve out the disagreeable pulp with his eyes closed.
A little clove aromatherapy was wafting through the air and I turned my thoughts to baking.
Within an hour she was left to "close up".
Just before being escorted to the pay up chair. .
I was handed my treat bag with post procedure necessities.

I hope I never have to go back ..
but if I do . .
I`ll look forward to my new tube of lip balm . .
and my bit of chocolate as soon as the syringe full of numb juice wears off.
Sure. ..those treats were the most expensive ones I've had in awhile ..
but are we not a fortuante lot to live in a land where endodontists live too?

Updated at 10:02 AM
Guess who called?
Dr. Bittner. . .asking after my well being.

All for now. .

Monday, June 28, 2010

edible arrangements

I did an experiment on the weekend with our dinner guests.
I tried twice .. .
put out an arrangement to see if they would take a bite.
Evening # 1. . .no bite.
Evening #2  .. .no bite.
Our cherries are ripening. . .
and I think I'll experiment with them next.

I'm off for my 8:10 am root canal. . .
(mentioning it for documentation purposes of course)
ah. . . good times ..

all for now .. .

Friday, June 25, 2010

Strawberry Picking and Making Jam

Yesterday it was my turn to plan date day.
So. . .
I treated him to breakfast .. .
and then told him where to drive ..
and we picked a few pails of berries. . . .

 . .and then I let him go to the shop.
I washed them and laid them out to dry on paper towels.
I sliced up enough for six bags . .
and then I pulled out the packet of Refrigerator Jam mix that my friend Hilda told me about.

It suggests 4 cups of finely chopped fruit.
I used a potato masher and mashed about 4 1/2 cups because we like our jam soft.
Then I added the 1 1/2 cups of white sugar and let it sit 15 mintues.
Then . .I slowly stirred in the packet mix and stirred for a few minutes. .
and voila. .
we have jam.

I've never been a big fan of freezer jam.
This jam however is a winner.
I bet you would never know it is freezer jam.
Since I expect you'll ask where I bought my packet. .
it was the same place that Hilda told me she bought hers. .
at the super store.

Happy Picking.
All for now...

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Pretty rosy

It certainly has not been warm so far  .. .
and yet we haven't had much rain to speak of either.
It has been perfect for the roses.
They appreciate moist soil and moderate temperatures.

Abraham Darby my favorite David Austin rose is blooming and offering it's slightly citrus Rosy scent in the garden.

We've just  had our dinner out in the tent  . ..
turned up the heat . ..
and enjoyed the first warm evening we've had in ages.

 I'd love to be able to linger here and chat. . .
but as I post this to schedule for tomorrow . . .
the tent has one remaining occupant.

Three minutes to load my pictures . . .
Three minutes to fill the spaces in between with a thought or two . .
One minute to let spell check work it's magic .. .

All for now . ..

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

wood reveal

Ever since he's been back. . .
he's been going out to the shop at regular intervals to do another coat of finish on his boards.
Yesterday he casually invited me out for a look.
Naturally. .
I brought my camera.
What this truck needs is some fuel in her tank. . .and a nice sunny day to take her around the block or two.

All for now. . .

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

first day of summer 2010

Yesterday .. .
on the first day of summer I wore a long sleeved T shirt and it wasn't to keep the sun off of my arms.
I looked across at our neighbor,  Ravi's berry fields and decided to have a closer inspection to check for quality control.
It won't be long now .. .
the berry machines will be making their way slowly down our country road.
Did you know that the Fraser Valley harvests of 12 million kilograms of raspberries every summer?
Did you know that our Pacific Coastal climate is ideal to growing raspberries and we grow 80% of the worlds raspberries right here?

Did you know that raspberries are full of Vitamins like. .
Manganese topping the list at nearly 69% followed by Vitamin C some B's and  not to mention that they have 34 % of daily dietary fibre.

While I wrote this post .. .
I ate that handful of raspberries.

Next time you pick up a carton of quick frozen raspberries. . .check to see where they came from.
It just might have been from the field next door.

Have a wonderful and blessed summer my friends.
All for now . .

Monday, June 21, 2010

home alone

It always amazed me when I was newly married that some girls could stay alone at night and sleep when their husbands were away.
I was not one of those girls.
My beloved did days, months and years of night shifts and while he did that . .
I stayed awake at night ..
waiting for morning to come.
I prayed for courage . . .
but while the little boys and I remained safe I was still fearful.

Almost seven years ago the night shifts abrubtly ended when my beloved hung up his Safeway smock for the last time and we became full time farmers.
The boys married and the two of us have slept peacefully ever since.

Last week . . .
my beloved was called away to the land of flatness and large steaks on a business trip.
I considered showing up at the grands house bag in hand . . .
but I needed to prove to myself that my fears from my youth were gone.

I prayed I'd be brave . .
and he prayed I'd be brave.

I asked others to pray that I would sleep peacefully . . .
even though it seemed humbling to admit this to my friends.

He called often to say that hotel rooms were not the same alone . . .
and I called to say that my snoring at night seemed to be fixed since no one complained.
He called to tell me about the food . . .
and I called to tell him about my dinner guests.
He called me to tell me about the weather . . .
I called to tell him about his forecast.
On the last day before he was due to arrive home .. .
I called to say there were storms brewing in his region.
He called to tell me they were grounded overnight because of tornados.
On Friday afternoon .. .
after one extra day delay . .
he was dropped off with his backpack slung over his shoulder.
He spent the next three hours on the mower breathing in the air of freshly mowed grass . .
and I happily set about fixing him some dinner.

It ended up being a very good week.
I don't need to do it again for a very long time.
Knowing that finally having just "barely" passed my year of jubilee .. .
 and now realizing that I have a bit .. .
just a bit of courage. . .
 I am very thankful.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

making laundry soap

Yesterday I was doing my hair and looked at the calendar wondering when my next appointment was to get my roots addressed.
I remembered then that I had never posted the laundry soap recipe that my hairdresser gave me.
I've been using it now for over a month and feel I can now give an endorsement to the concoction that costs pennies per load and leaves the laundry clean and fresh.
The only thing I find is that I do need to give my whites a bit of a boost now and then, but other than that. .
dirty farm clothes come out clean.

  • 4 cups hot tap water
  • 1 sunlight soap bar
  • 1 cup washing soda
  • 1/2 cup borax
(I bought all these ingredients at W*lmart)

  1. Grate the bar of soap and add to the hot water in a medium sized pot.
  2. Stir over medium heat until it is melted.
  3. Fill a five gallon pail with hot water.  Add the melted soap as well as the washing soda and the borax.
  4. Stir well.
  5. Fill the bucket with additional hot water, almost to the top,  Stir,  cover and let sit overnight.

  • Open the bucket and give it a good stir as it will have become a concentrated jelly.
  • (the above picture was overkill. . .I only asked him to stir)

  • Like I said. ..serious overkill.
  • Fill your empty laundry soap containers and use. 
  • I find that for the front loader I use 1/4 cup to a 1/3 cup and top load machines you would use closer to 5/8 cup.
  • There is almost no scent at all. . .just a very light lemon fragrance from the Sunlight bar.
  • The mixture will be a bit lumpy and goopy and I give my container a light shake before using.
Since my laundry is done. . .I'm going to take a short sabbatical...
Enjoy your weekend and I'll see you Monday.

All for now .. .

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

going for a spin

OH .. .about the other day.. .
it was them. .
would I use trickery on you like that?

It always pays to look back at pictures one more time before moving on to new material.
The kidlets are back home with their mommy and daddy ..
the holiday is over .. .
but the memories remain.

He is wondering if she is ready. .
and she is wondering if they are ever going to leave.
This scenario will repeat itself through out their lifetime.

She is suggesting if he doesn't snap it up ..
she'll do the driving.

All for now. . .

Tuesday, June 15, 2010


This is the last of them.
 I cut one more country style bouquet and brought it inside to re-scent the bungalow one more time.

I was happy that even though my white peony found itself tempted to take on the blush of 
it's pink girlfriends . .
in the end it realized that being snow white would far more striking against it's crimson cousin.

When I look at my girlfriends . .
I am struck with how each one has a unique personality.
I love them all for being different than me. .
and find it so humbling to think that  I have never in my whole life been without a friend.

As I sit here late at night writing my post ..
I think of each one and how very  much they mean to me.

I realize I  am one person with limited knowledge of what my friends need .. 
and know I so easily get it wrong.
Through out the different phases of my life there has always been at least one girlfriend who is sensitive enough to understand where I am at and  offers just the right words of encouragement.
I have been taught by example what grace looks like.
 Often I feel limited in my humaness to misread needs in others.
 God who always  listens when I talk to him. . 
knows those he himself gave life and will meet each need and will ultimately never leave someone without a friend.

I will never be able to be for others what only God can be.
Dear Lord Jesus... 
you know my friends. . .
thank you for them. ..
and please bless them today.

Monday, June 14, 2010

a little bit of insight

Have you received your June issue of Insight for Living Canada?
I just couldn't get over how much the two on the cover resembled my own beloved and his lil' farm hand.
It reminded me of those booths at the fair where you can have your photo inserted onto famous magazine covers.

The two on the cover of this issue would not care one speck if their faces ever made it on a magazine cover .. .
or on a blog post either for that matter .. .
but they go with the flow ..
such flexible guys they are.

So. .
enjoy browsing through the magazine and while you are there. . .click on the highighted part and  . .
be sure to read the article called "A Life Poured Out" written by my very own brother Gerry.

With fathers day less than a week away ..
I'm thinking of my own dad and how he poured his life out for his family.
We all have "today"  to  let our life count for something of value.
Every day we make a decision to either live for selfishly for ourselves . . .
 or we decide to make a difference to those that God brings into our paths.

"It doesn't matter if it's only a little thing, just don't sit on the fence and wait for someone else to do it."
my brother Gerry

Off I go to teach a two year how to sign his name on the magazine cover that strangely resembles his backside.

Don't you just love life? 

All for now . .

Saturday, June 12, 2010

saturday extra holiday post

Yesterday the afternoon warmed enough for some fun outside time after naps.
The funny thing about this picture is that you can't hear the sound effects.
She was in some serious concentration.
He on the other hand was all about lots of laughing. . .
and some good old fashioned  . .

Time sure does fly when you are having fun.
All for now . .