Wednesday, July 30, 2008

1am Wed. morning...wonder what woke me up...probably a firetruck or ambulance...have the bedroom sliding door open and the bedroom is cold/crisp/fresh/wonderful! but....street noise is part of living on a busy street. Won't take me long to get back to sleep once I'm finished my blog.

Tuesday was extra special...I got my first email from my 8yr old granddaughter how special is THAT!!! Let the good times begin...(picture from last year)

I will be babysitting Jackson for two days next week while Karyn and Janis go to Edmonton for Carol's funeral. Charlotte will be at camp all week and Christopher will stay at his buddies place next door to where they live...everyone taken care of.

Back to bed for more sleep now...zzzzzzzzzzzz ..wonder what Wednesday holds in store for's never boring in my life!

Saturday, July 26, 2008

luncheon food

Sad time in our family. My ex's partner Carol 65yrs old (in Edmonton) is hours away from dying.. my daughters were told to 'come now if you want to see her' they flew out of Victoria last night (taking along Carol's oldest dearest friend Yvette..85 years old). They phoned to say she can't talk..that hopefully she can hear them talk to her...ALOT of ALOT of pain.

Today I helped set up a luncheon for 100 people for a funeral for Steve's Mom.(67yrs.old) (I worked with him at Ford Canada). My daughter Karyn was going to do this but due to unexpected Edmonton flight..she asked me to take her place. WOW..that was alot of work but so rewarding. We worked our buns off and it looked so nice. YES, I wore a dress...holy's been awhile. (pictures above)...
Tonight is the Lantern Festival in Beacon Hill Park... going to go if it doesn't rain...

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Froggy went a courtin' and he did go...right to Charlotte's party!!!

Today is Charlotte's 8th birthday...the
party was a huge success...12 girlfriends came and joined in the swimming and painting and hiphop dancing (with an instructor!!)...these
little girls acted so mature for their young ages...
I was very well mannered etc.
Christopher and his friend Aiden joined in a few things but were more interested in looking for frogs!! Jackson had a great time with all the people around. It was a perfect party.
Way to go, are THE BEST Mom ever.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Jackson lining up his cars on the ledge...

Jackson's can full of 'his cars' .

"Here Grammer..YOU line this one up for me"
"no problem, sweetheart!"

Monday I babysat all three grandkids for a few hours...
we had a very good time..Charlotte and Christopher
helped me so much.. Jackson loves playing with his was alot of fun in the pool too.
Did I ever mention how much I love these kids!! LOL.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Three Thursday evenings in July, at Government House, are live concerts...The first was Ruckus (the best R&R Band..great guys!), last Thursday was Valdy (in photo with me) and next week is Belvedere Broadcasters 20's 30's Jazz.. We are so fortunate to have all this amazing free music bestowed upon us. Remember that Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are free concerts in Beacon Hill Park. Yesterday was a Hawaian group (in full costume!).. you can always find me with my knitting at these concerts and Tuesday evenings at the Fernwood Market....
Last night at Folk Music at the Norway House on Hillside Ave...THE BEST ...a fellow names Morgan Davis..take time to google his music... beautiful blues music...I am overflowing with music from these past few days... a perfect weekend for me.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

I finished my socks today at knitting!!!
We are at Renata K.'s home. WOW WOW WOW

Knitting at Renata's today..
Her backyard is absolutely beautiful

the pond
plant that had huge poppylike flowers..WOW
Marilyn and I knitting in a quiet space..
Barb B and Karen S....perfect picture.
Those that didn't make it sure missed an
amazing home/garden/hospitality++...
Renata was a gracious hostess.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Easy Deviled Eggs

Put cooked egg yolks in a zip lock bag.

Seal, mash till they are all broken up.

Add remainder of ingredients, reseal, keep mashing it up mixing thoroughly,

NOW cut the tip of the baggy, squeeze mixture into egg. Just throw bag away when done - easy clean up.

Monday, July 14, 2008

hours spent at the fountain!
Jackson's new water car!

Great Aunt Esther teaching Arden how to knit with special knitter!

Esther, Kathy, Janis, Heather and Karyn
Colin with Jackson at the front of their home.
Yesterday at Duncan at Janis'....two nieces were there with
their families... It was a PERFECT day...the kids loved the pool!

Friday, July 11, 2008

this is the entrance to my daughter's home..the house located
a fair distance down this road...
the following picture is what they have done to the land directly
to the right of this picture...AMAZING....
We had a picnic by their new lake and it was heavenly.....

A natural spring is oozing out this beautiful turquoise water.
the pond is now 10' deep and will fill to the 20' level before
running thru a culvert to a ditch...AMAZING isn't it!
The kids swim in this pond now..the water is nice and warm in
this hot weather.
I spend all day Tuesday up there..had a picnic by the pond.

OUCH!! OUCH!! Yesterday morning..while going out on my balcony..stepping over the 10" door ledge..I hit my foot/toe on the metal door runner....I actually heard a crack sound and thought/felt/knew "I broke my toe".... the colour changes are amazing! wonder if I will lose the toe nail....a continueing saga.......

A broken toe is something you do not go to the Doctor for....having broken one many many years ago inside my crosscountry ski shoe!!! I had phoned the Dr. and he said "do NOT take off your shoe for a few days..until the swelling goes down"...and that was sound advise...the toe heals itself.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Captain Esther on today's Knitting Cruise!! notice calm waters!
we went to Albert

Trip home on rough right window is a cruise ship..that's how fast the fog was coming was a good experience for me just to let me know that we do NOT have control of our waters!! The entire day was absolutely fantastic...good company, great food, good conversations..lots of knitting...also spinning!! One lady brought her spinning wheel!!

when the waters got rough, things started flying...sad to see that delicious dessert 'hit the floor'!!!!
Thanks to Marilyn and Michael for an absolutely amazing day....your hospitality was amazing.
So generous of you to share your home with us for one day...looking forward to next year.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

An excellent time at Shelley's for our Knitter's Guild Meeting....I WILL master to properly knit socks if it is the last thing I do!! Patience is a virtue..for sure!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Enter Marilyn's contest on her June 27th blog...good luck...but I'm winning it!