Friday, December 30, 2011 sweet

May this video bring you an ahhhhhhhhh to your day!
Today is a quiet day for me...knitting with a friend this morning ..
then tidying up my place for a visit tomorrow from Janet (Kelowna)!!
First we go for lunch then come back here to visit while Larry goes to the Art Galleries etc.
ALWAYS have a good time with them.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

two good days with my granddaughter

Am enjoying my granddaughter's visit  so very much.  She is such a sweet young woman.
We baked cookies...made a pizza from scratch...vacuumed...dusted...made the bed...went swimming...
finished knitting and felting my second pair of clog slippers...what a full wonderful day we had.

Today my daughters and  my granddaughter went with me to Jack Tang funeral.  He was 'one of a kind' type person.  A special person in our lives.  He and his wife Bessie owned Tang's Pagoda on Government St....we sat at the front of their store to watch MANY May Day Parades....
Saw many old friends at the funeral...brought back good memories.

This is 1982 ...Janis watching me sitting on the clown's lap...  love those parades....

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

December 27 Cinderella Ballet

Charlotte is having a two day holiday with Grammer!! Tonight we went to the Royal Theatre to see the Cinderella Ballet.  It was a nice evening with my granddaughter.
Tomorrow we plan to swim, make a pizza from scratch, do some needlework,  maybe sew, maybe go to Michaels Craft Store, definitely swim again, use the exercise room in our building...all this is on her 'to do' list.  She's just gone to bed so I don't expect to see her before 9am...

It was a great day.  Looking forward to tomorrow.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Boxing Day

Being a non-shopper is a day of rest and quiet time.... couldn't imagine torturing myself to go into a Mall to try and find something!!  But I know alot of people that wait for Boxing Day sales.

Looking forward to my granddaughter's sleepover tomorrow and us going to the Cinderella Ballet tomorrow night...such a nice Christmas present for me.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

December 25th ...home safe and sound

It was a busy Christmas Eve/morning  with my immediate family...lots of good food and many super gifts.. have two videos to watch...chocolates!!...cozy slipper socks...bean bag to heat in for Charlotte and I to go to ballet this week (sleepover at Grammers!)...just got have more to was a good Christmas.
13 people for a sitdown turkey supper....amazing feast with family and friends....


Saturday, December 24, 2011


Yesterday Anita and I went for breakfast to JJMorgans and "Santa" came in to have some I asked him if I could have my picture taken with him...even though he was NOT working at the time.
He was very happy to oblige. 

Anita found another we took another picture.  It was such a nice visit with Anita.
Wishing EVERYONE a very very MERRY CHRISTMAS...I leave for Duncan at noon today and won't be back until late Sunday night....soooooo am going to do Sunday's blog next....

Friday, December 23, 2011

2 more sleeps

Tomorrow the little ones will be squirming out of their skin anticipating the arrival of the big fat man in his red suit!!!  I can remember that feeling so well.  As children we went to church on the 24th in the evening..sang the real Christmas Carols...and while we were at church, Santa would have visited our homes ...we opened presents when we got home from was magical!  But things were different 'way back then'...we got ONE present from Santa and small gifts from our siblings that were hand made.  It was wonderful.

The strata meeting last night went well...definitely unexpected...the person that thought he was going to win...did NOT win....the owners showed up in full force and he withdrew his proposal and went along with what we wanted.  He should know better than to screw around with old Grammas at Christmas time!!!!!  Now we can rest until the next meeting January 12.  NEVER buy anything that has the word STRATA on it. 

Need more sleep...Will blog once more before heading upisland for Christmas....

Thursday, December 22, 2011

3 more sleeps

...It's going to be a great Christmas.

Everyone...please do not drink and drive...stay safe! 
The amount of people that are still driving while talking on their cellphones is unbelievable...
don't they get it?

Was in Colwood/Langford most of yesterday...such nice friendly people...
with a bit of the 'small town' felt good.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

4 more sleeps......

Isn't this the cutest picture!!!....can't remember where I found it but it makes me smile....
Busy finishing up a few knitting orders... doing some felting...going  to Colwood for lunch today..then to Langford to deliver an order...return an item etc. then come home and crash.

Look very closely to notice Feebee (their cat) under Charlotte's right cheek...thought of this picture when I picked the one above!!!!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

5 more sleeps

                               Santa is very busy checking all his mail... keeping addresses in order....
                                               His busiest night of the year is soooo close....


Remember the mouse I thought I had in my place.... hmmmmm
   ...there never was one...just a minute...I will check the 4 traps I set up....  NOPE...NONE!!!
I even used crunchy peanut butter for bait...

It was a perfect 'cruise' to Salt Spring yesterday....

Monday, December 19, 2011

6 more sleeps


                                Once upon a time when Santa was a baby......

Hickory Dickory Dock I think a mouse ran across my line of vision at 2pm while I was doing a bit of last minute knitting to get an order done for today!!.. NOT positive about this but did set up two traps...5am check on traps...NOTHING!! whew.  Probably just one of my many black floaters on my eyeball!! (black flecks) ...I like that idea better than having a mouse!!   The woman in the condo on the floor below me had a mouse awhile back... peanut butter and cheese caught that little guy in 4 hours.... MUST get some peanut butter today...and yellow cheese...  something tells me that Monterey Jack cheese just will not cut it with a mouse!  Should have put on some of my Blue Cheese!!! that would scare the mouse away if nothing else.
Hmmmm....would a mouse come down a fireplace chimney?  I was told they can sneak in thru the crack under doorways... Good Grief....
Well, back to bed for more sleep...yes.... I have the bottom of this door plugged with towels...can't entertain the idea of a mouse running across my bedspread while I'm sleeping!!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

7 more sleeps

SEVEN more sleeps...unbelievable!!  Santa will be here ONE WEEK from midnight tonight....does life get any better than spending Xmas eve with your grandchildren?  I think not!  Jackson (4) will be wiggling out of his skin with excitement and anticipation....wonder who wakes up first Christmas morning....probably the two older grandkids!!!
Amazed at all the neat Santa pictures I am finding...this Santa is a keeper!!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

8 more sleeps

This is an adorable picture to me!!  they are so little and innocent.  It's the same Santa/same day that Jackson screamed at him!! 
Yesterday  was a very quiet day for me...slept alot...did some knitting...made homemade soup...
Today is 50% off coupon for Michael's!!!   Need some felting yarn so that's a good deal!
Can't believe that Christmas is so near. 
Nothing to write about for Friday...maybe today will be more exciting.  Wonder how Marilyn's party went!!!

Thursday at Fulford wrinkles if you sit in this position!!!  it works!!  BUT none of us have wrinkles so what the heck!!!...  I should get some feedback on that comment.

Friday, December 16, 2011

9 more sleeps

Jackson(2007) giving Santa the once over and THEN HE SCREAMED!!!  ....he was not having anything to do with this beautiful Santa in Tillicum Mall.  This Santa was one of the nicest ones I have ever seen...

Had a great afternoon yesterday...went to Salt Spring with Bev.  We're getting to be seasoned travellers to that Island!  Marilyn and Michael are busy preparing for the decorated boat parade this evening...wish you well on this endeavor.  Take lots of pictures!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

10 more sleeps

Well, I got my turn to sit on Santa's knee...what fun that was.  In the small town like we lived in, everyone knows everyone...which made this a special treat! (1979)...

Had a wonderful supper/evening over at Dorothy's last evening with 4 other friends... DELICIOUS chicken/mango supper and many many laughs...

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

11 more sleeps

Before we retired to Victoria, we lived in Watrous, Saskatchewan.  I think it was the Kinettes (NOT certain about the group) that needed a Santa Claus for their Christmas Party....this is way back in 1979 ...
....somehow I was their Santa one guessed it was me...women were sitting on my lap and snuggling in and I'd whisper to them "I'm a woman" and they'd laugh and jump off!!!
It was a fun evening for sure..
.. this is a great Santa Claus picture for my Dec. blogging....

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

12 more sleeps

Santa is looking to see who is naughty or nice..

Had a great afternoon with the Fulford Knitting Group...a good turnout ...very nice women...

It was so cold around the ferry terminal/Sidney area... won't be surprised to hear they got snow last night. You know I won't be driving anywhere in the snow should that happen! 

Wonder how old this picture of Santa is? 

Monday, December 12, 2011

13 more sleeps

ah ha....I see a Santa in this picture!   
Was busy all day knitting a new will be 'blogged' as soon as it is done.

Another full day today....hope we get the same nice weather that we had yesterday...

Not much to write about when one sits and knits all is sooo good!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

14 more sleeps

In two weeks the jolly fat man will have arrived and the kids will be ripping open their presents...such excitement.....lucky to have little ones around to 'make' Christmas fun.

My visit to the dentist yesterday went well..the freezing lasted 5 hours!!   Strong meds to get the infection removed (NO alcohol for 10 days..that includes vanilla, listerine etc...the druggist verbally pointed this out to me!)....hmmm...does icecream have vanilla in it...naw!!!...

Saturday, December 10, 2011

15 more sleeps

This video shows you how to wrap odd shaped gifts...and there is a Santa on the wrapping paper too!!
click on the dark blue line that shows up after you click on this first light blue  http:// line...
Never saw a feline sit still for so long...

Bon appetite Bev & Lynn.

Friday, December 9, 2011

16 more sleeps

School Pictures Have Arrived...PreSchool, Gr. 4 and Gr. 6.  It's always an exciting time at their home
Still 'on a high' over Charlotte's Band Concert from last was done so well.  And she made us proud with her entire performance confident and poised... so grown up!! AND Charlotte's report card with an A in Math!! 
Have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

17 more sleeps

whew...just made the deadline!!!!

Thursday NIGHT!

JUST home from Duncan...was there for Charlotte’s Grade 6 Band  Concert...amazing how my granddaughter is growing up...such a nice young lady. She played her trombone with such 'I know what I'm doing!!"...can't find the right word...I'm tired...a very full day.

Their school pictures are out now... will scan some and blog them soon.

Christopher had a very high fever Wed. morning so he couldn’t make it to his Christmas Concert...that is why I hitched a ride with my son-in-law who works in Victoria...

Karyn drove me home spoiled, aren’t I!! Love it.

The kids are getting excited about Christmas now...the countdown is in full swing in their home...not sure when their tree will go up as the drywalling and flooring etc. is being done now..
but life is easy happens when it happens!!!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

19 more sleeps...

I am positive you all remember how exciting it was the weeks before Christmas...especially after the Christmas tree was decorated and some of the presents were put under the tree with strict orders NOT to touch them!! oh sure.
Have no idea who this child is..but she is so 'into' Santa Claus... and he is definitely listening to every word she is saying.
Tonight is supper at Oaklands...always a nice way to start the Christmas feasts with close friends/family.

My last three projects completed

Monday, December 5, 2011

20 more sleeps...

Yesterday was tree decorating at Aunty Karyn's!! and then we baked ginger cookies and a ginger cake.
When that was done Janis,grandkids and I went to Costco.  Sooooo MANY MANY people there.
We had a good time going throughout the entire store and filling THREE grocery carts.
It was a perfect Sunday. 
9am Dr's appt. for me.
Wish you all a great Monday.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

21 more sleeps...

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Friday, December 2, 2011

23 more sleeps

Will try and have each of  my December blogs include a picture of Santa Claus. The Saturday Evening Post was definitely THE magazine that had the best drawings of Santa. Norman Rockwell captured everything we dreamed of about Santa.
 How I wish I had pictures of Christmases from my childhood...such innocence...such excitement... We always had our Sunday School church programme on Dec. 24th in the evening at the church...we always got a new dress and had to learn a special verse to recite that evening. We'd receive a small paper bag of goodies..usually candies and a Christmas orange.  When we got home from church, Santa would have been to our house and what excitement to see what he brought for us. ONE gift! and how we treasured it. Then Christmas morning we all went to church again....

Yesterday was such a relaxing day. Bev and I went over to Saltspring to see Marilyn.

Met her friend Carol ..who does AMAZING bead work.. purchased this tiny beaded Canadian flag..attached it to the zipper on my purse..Thanks Carol. 

Today is THE day to make the final decision as to what flooring I will put in my kitchen. Not an easy call to make.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

shhhhhhhhhhh 24 more sleeps!

The grandkids are into the 'count down' mode now!!
Advent calendars are up, Christmas cookies are being baked...
     Christmas at my youngest daughter Janis' is THE BEST!! Colin/Janis & the 3 grandkids are there. 
      My oldest daughter Karyn does the "driving us up to Duncan" is good!!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The Last Day of November

I did it...I blogged every day in the month of November!!
and now we're  going into the last month of the year 2011..WOW!!
Looking forward to the grandkid's Christmas concerts at their schools next week!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The Perfect Wife

This is how some of you are probably feeling about all my videos for my November blogging!!! Oh well...One more blog to do for November 2011...
Wish more of you would post comments....this one just might push you into doing so!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Not all surprises work out...

Not all surprises work out....I went over to Fulford Harbour to surprise Marilyn for her birthday but she did NOT get back there in time for the knitting group!!!  She was very surprised when  she saw me standing in line to get the 3:30 ferry  back to Victoria! We did have a short/sweet visit at the ferry gate...anyhow...HAPPY BIRTHDAY tomorrow Marilyn. the way,Marilyn...Bev and I were going to come over on Thursday but the wind warnings cancelled our plans! darn....

Now let me look for a video for today's blog....

Sunday, November 27, 2011

The Lord's Prayer

This singing of The Lord's Prayer by this little angel is enough to melt even a heart made of stone!!

As we now have entered the Christian Christmas Season..let us all be truly aware of all the good things we have in our lives.  We pray for those who are dealing with sadness and pray for those who are terminally ill.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Drawing of a woman from the inside out....  the artist that  did this spent some time doing so..... it is totally amazing!!!

Take time to watch this work to the very end.
Have a great weekend.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Old typewriters...those were the days.

TGIF..our last Friday of November 2011.. unbelievable.

most of you won't remember the old typewriters where we 'threw' the carriage bar to get to the next line....ha!! this video cracks me up!! I know why I can't go back to I know why I can't go back to work....

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Cro-Knitting Lesson


 I do NOT know how to crochet anything more than putting two squares together ..Lord knows I've the class tonight was more than interesting and a real challenge for me...BUT I think I got it!! amazing but true...
The end result will NEVER be a blanket...NOT a's a preview of how far I got tonight...
Here is my first attempt at a Me-Tube...definitely not a U-Tube.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Hugs from a horse

The video below was sent to me yesterday. PLEASE take time to watch it...have a kleenex handy.
I did not know that horses had feelings like that...especially the last bit on the video...the horse WANTED more hugs...unbelievable....
This Youtube video is taken from a regular CBC Sunday AM show Country Canada. It's well worth watching and reinforces all the good stuff between pets and owners.

Please add your feedback to this video!  Have a great Wednesday! Back to my knitting...2 orders to fill!

Monday, November 21, 2011

New Baby Hat

I had made a hat/bootie set for Sally's friend... thinking it was for a brand new infant!!  I have now
finished a larger hat for the little sweetheart who must be 4-6 months old. This hat turned out great.
I must buy myself a 1year old size doll so I can fit hats on it!  Wonder if Charlotte has an extra doll for Grammer to borrow!
PublicTelevision had a weekend of  50's music and Ed Sullivan shows(B&W) from 'the good old days'...I thoroughly enjoyed reliving the past with these shows.

Wishing everyone a happy healthy week!  Can you find the baby in the picture below?  Let me know!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

How To Fold A Shirt

Sunday's Lesson in Life....

Hopefully you will find this video interesting and take time to learn it really does work.

Am working on more hats for charity..the deadline for the big Xmas dinner for those less fortunate than ourselves is drawing nigh and they need alot of items to fill the gifts bags.  Please help out!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Strip Tease

Am starting to hear of the preparations for the Christmas Season beginning. 
One friend has her tree up and decorated already to avoid the overwhelming pressure of scheduling in the month of December.  The school concerts, the shopping.... the invitations to celebrate the Christmas Season are starting and she wants to be relaxed to enjoy them all... a smart woman indeed.
 Yesterday was busy..Met up with a friend to help her with a knitting job...then off to Colwood where I met with a group of friends for lunch... went to Michael's in Langford to pick up a
sale item! then back home for a quick snooze and out again by 5:30 to a 'Celebration Of Life" for Sally.  It was a fine fine evening for a fine fine lady.
Came home and 'crashed'...lots of things to think about before
calling it a very good day.
am attaching a video of a job done well.  Enjoy. (the icon of a finger pointing downwards won't copy for me...oh well....

Friday, November 18, 2011

turn on the sunshine

We have the need to complain about wind, snow, sleet and rain... Take a look at this video and imagine having to deal with a huge sand storm like this one that hit Arizona last month...makes me choke thinking of not getting any air just watching it.
I think I will take rain any day of the week...
We had a wonderful birthday luncheon today...always nice to be with 'the old gang' and Gillian!!!
Looking forward to seeing another group of old friends this afternoon for lunch..
Don't forget Northern Reflection Stores have 40% off all day today...

Thursday, November 17, 2011

hoot hoot ...up in smoke

I certainly am glad I saved alot of short videos to make these "every day in November' entries that much easier.  I'm sure you'll get at least a smile out of this one...

Today is 'our cruise' day to Vancouver...but we're waiting to see what the weather holds in store for us. If the wind is still 'giving 'er hell' we've got alternative plans to meet for lunch in the city. 

A friend phoned me this morning..yelling "There is a mouse in my me"...ha! ya right..I'll get right on that one!!  I'm more afraid of mice than she is...BUT I did go and buy a few mouse traps and helped her set them up using peanut butter and cheese as the bait... Tomorrow will tell if this worked.  Just how the heck can a mouse get to the 2nd floor of a building? must be able to crawl up the outside stucco walls? or take the elevator!!!!!  anyhow...buying a mouse catcher was quite the we buy a snap type one(the old kind) OR the latest "glue trap"...  it's a 6x8" pad of VERY VERY sticky glue...just set it out and when the mouse hits it , it's stuck for life..>BUT it is NOT dead when you find it what does one do with a captured LIVE mouse ... decided we didn't want to find out and went for the old fashioned snap kind...  up date to follow!!

hope the wind dies down a bit...but it's blowing hard at the moment...
time to call it a day...but this is my Thursday blog entry....

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

the proof is in the pudding...or is it?

A Mother is "everything"... i.e. nurse,cook,teacher,chauffeur,counsellor .....the list is endless but when she's busy, Dad tries to step in and help out...

this video proves that "the proof is in the pudding" or is it in the diaper?

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Life is Good...

Sunshine and good friends...does it get any better than this!  Oh how I need my sunshine and lots of laughs. Laughter/happiness is life's best medicine.
The computer guy came online via his home and fixed all my 'today' problems...yes!!  Now I can
find all MY sites without getting thoroughly frustrated.

This is my dose of laughter to all of you.  Enjoy.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Monday Morning awwwwwwwww

Rain Rain Go Away
Come again another day
We want to go play

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Happy Birthday Judy

Sometimes one just can not think of the right words to express one's feelings about a certain situation...well, Judy...  this just about does it!   Love from your MUCH younger friend!!! 

Saturday, November 12, 2011

keep thinking today is Monday...

So much to absorb/comprehend/accept this Remembrance Day.
The Remembrance Day Ceremonies across Canada were especially 'close to home' with Patty being honoured at Silver Cross Medal Mother...
Her position is as copied down from the t.v. news:
The national role of Silver Cross Mother is second only to the Royal representative to the Queen.
She comes ahead of the Government of Canada

That's our Patty!!
I must say I spent MANY hours watching t.v. yesterday (got lots of knitting done!!.. if you sit you have to knit!).. so many personal interviews with surviving families of those that 'gave their lives to protect us'...

Have no idea why I keep thinking today is Monday... Wonder if Marilyn has her blog done yet!..
I'm trying to enter one every day of November too.. time to go thru albums for story matter.

Today is 'get serious' about picking out flooring for my kitchen (after my dishwasher leaked into the condo below me)...then finish removing wallpaper in the kitchen..WHY did I even start that job (I was told I could have painted over the wallpaper!! NOW THEY TELL ME!!)

Enjoy YOUR weekend.

Friday, November 11, 2011

11-11-11-11-11-11 REMEMBRANCE DAY

Video is of Patty laying the wreath this morning in Ottawa....

These numbers will not happen again for another 100 years...

TODAY... November 11, 2011 at 11 minutes and 11 seconds after 11am the clock will look like this:

The 2011th year

The eleventh month

The eleventh day

The eleventh hour

The eleventh minute

The eleventh second
My friend Patty Braun was chosen National Silver Cross  Mother and will be placing the wreath at the Memorial  Site this morning in Ottawa.  CBC televison will be covering this ceremony. Her son David was killed in Afghanistan in 2006.