Friday, 22 May 2015

Explorations close to home

A bit late but hope everyone had a great long weekend. We sure did! We finally started our explorations of our little community of White Rock that calls itself the "City by the Sea", as you saw on the last blog installment.

First up was a great little breakfast spot about a 5 minute saunter (it couldn't even be classed as a walk, it's that close) up to the Five Corners Café. It has been around for 50 years or so and still, somehow, retains that old charm of a true lunch counter style restaurant. We loved it. Jerry and Paula Gale, you have to come out here for this one!!

We'll see how many of our Mexico travelling buddies notice this sign.
The drink of choice with tequila in Mexico!! 
After a great breakfast at the counter, it was off to wander up the street. We love living here. It feels just like a small, oceanside town....hold it, that's what it is!!
We loved this little produce/grocery store. TV was on up in the corner,
just like so many of the little stores in Mexico. Nice feeling.....
...always need flowers in your life.
...isn't this the truth!!

 Penguin Meats. What an amazing store this is.
It will definitely get a return visit from me! 
After this it was off to North Vancouver to pick up my Mom. We were having her stay overnight on Saturday night. My drive was rather interesting though. Someone flagged me down part way to North Vancouver to tell me my rear tire was very low and it was!! Good old BCAA came and changed it out (that's why I pay the big bucks each year) and I was soon enough on my way. 
Wouldn't know it from this picture, but that tire is ruined.
However, $210 will get you a brand new one at
the local Kal Tire store......ouch!! 
Still, we had a great visit with Mom. Some good wine drinking with her, Don & Diana out on the patio and then dinner. The kids were supposed to come down as well but they were sick with a flu bug....darn it!!
Sunday found us out for a walk on the pier and a nice sunny appetizer at Jimmy Flynn's, right across from the water. Gotta love that sunshine!!
Mom doesn't drink as fast as me.....
The weekend seemed to fly by. How about for everyone else?? Sorry for the delay in getting back to everyone. Seems not only the weekends fly by but the weeks do as well! But we are enjoying our new routines!
Thought for the day: Like the sign from Hillcrest Bakery says..."Life is uncertain, eat dessert first!! 

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Happy Birthday and some musings.......

Just musing along this fine day!!!

First on the list is a very Happy Birthday wish for our great sis-in-law, Diana. We hope you have had a great and fine day. Hoping it was filled with all your favourite things!! We love you!!

Take a deep breath so you can blow out ALL those candles!!

We hope your day was great!!
Had a great morning looking after the boys while Kathy ran some errands, Love my Thursday mornings!!

Isn't Jasper growing fast??

Making my own snack!!!
Gus measuring himself!!

Over it goes!!!

...and just a wee bit of "sight-seeing" today,
(Notice the photographer in the reflection??)
Cool house on Marine Drive. The owners must work with a
theatre company as there are always cool props up on the deck.
This year it is a pinkish theme.....
Even the bus stop makes you want to go somewhere....anywhere!! 
White Rock Pier pictures.....

Well, that's it for us today. Let's see what we can get into over the long weekend. Hope you all have fun, no matter what you do!!


Thought for the Day: Life is better when you are laughing....

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Happy Mother's Day Ladies!!

A bit late, but a chance to wish two very important women in our lives a very Happy Mother's Day....our moms, Nadyne Tamas and Helen Beglaw. It never escapes Doug or I how very lucky we are to have such amazing women in our lives. We are thankful for all their unconditional love, everything they have done and continue to do for us. You are both an inspiration and we hope you know how special you are in our lives and how much we love you!

Being a Mom and Grandma is and will always be one of my very favourite things.

We had a wonderful day out here on the West Coast. We started with a great brunch in North Vancouver with Doug, my Mom, Josh, Kathy, Gus & Jasper. Lots of great family time!! We were sad to not be able to have Teagan & Shawn, who live up in Nelson, spend the day with us too. Finished off the day with a great walk at the beach with my best friend!!

Life is good......

Josh & Grandma Nadyne

Grandpa Doug & Gus....

Great Grandma & Jasper...

Hey, who's that ham??

Thanks everyone for the great brunch!!
(Notice how relaxed Jasper looks on his Mommy's lap?)
Even though this was taken in September, I love it....
Great Grandma Helen and a younger Gus.
Back at the homestead, the walkway deck/garden is filling in quite nicely. Seems, for now, all the plants are happy with the ocean breeze and the sun.

"Welcome to my garden"
Work is going well for both of us. Mine is three days per week and Doug is still working harder than I, at 4 days per week. Now, no doubt, we both much preferred full-on retirement better with no alarm clocks but we are loving being back on the lower mainland with family and friends so the small sacrifice is well worth it!!
Travelling is still high on our priority list and, as always, thanks for hanging in with us. We enjoy knowing you are all checking in still. We WILL get back to travel time!!!
Thought for the Day:  Always remember to fall asleep with a dream and wake up with a purpose....