Wednesday, 30 December 2020

Being grateful

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Buon Natale, Joyeux Noel, Feliz Navidad! 

Let's see what has been going on. Well, Covid (does it really deserve a capital "C"??) has changed SO much for everyone. There are so many disappointments for so many this year. I'll pause here just to try and think of so many that were struck down by this terrible virus...

Still there were beautiful things. Babies were born, people were married (albeit a bit differently). We all learned new ways to do things. Zoom, Skype, Face Time, What's App. Hours spent with those we love via cameras. Doug and I enjoyed some short and some long (2.5 hour) Skype "Happy Hour" calls with friends. Nothing like just sitting on your own couch to laugh and share stories! Perhaps we will all learn more patience and kindness to others. We have learned to "stay apart while staying together". 

It has been quite a ride and I believe not too much will change immediately going into 2021 and we are prepared for that. No point in having unreal expectations. We need to continue to be vigilant and careful. Wash your hands, wear your masks!! We will wait, anxiously, for our turn to be vaccinated. Roll up your sleeves.

So, onto our slight re-cap of our year: As some of you may remember we bought "Filmore", our new to us motorhome last year. Ha, little did we know we couldn't really go anywhere! Still, we worked through the year upgrading and adding our touches inside to make it seem more like "us". Our first trip out was July. Local camping and to the Kootenay area for 7 days. September we went to Golden Ears Provincial Park, just one hour from home. Loved it. Thanksgiving found us out at another close by provincial park for a few days with our kids (in our bubble). So, all in all, not bad for a pandemic year.

Our three beautiful boys are just that, beautiful. We couldn't love them more. Our hearts are really full. Really thankful.

Plans for us? Let's see. Well, I retired on Christmas Eve (queue the trumpets.....). Doug has opted to work until the end of April. After that our loosely knit plan is to camp here in the area on the May long weekend then leave for the Kootenays for a week, over to Medicine Hat for a week and then head north with our final destination of Tuktoyaktuk which is as far north as you can drive in Canada. My bucket list is to be there on the longest day of the year, also my birthday, June 20th (it may be the 21st for that longest day of the year but who's counting a day or two!). We are planning on a run into the Arctic Ocean. It should be an interesting time. Doug will have the furnace cranked up in Filmore. Don't worry, we will film it (live stream-if we can figure out how!) Fingers crossed.

After that in the fall, who knows. I guess if things continue to go decently on the vaccination/Covid front we will continue to camp here on the west coast. Almost gingerly I will say that IF IF IF things are okay, we will head to Mexico about January 2nd, 2022. Again, fingers crossed. 

So, in a nutshell here are a snippet of pictures. As you can see, we were very grateful and thankful for our year.....

January - Doug's birthday

The ever popular Grandma T....my mom, Nadyne!
 
February - Rudy came to town (with his parents too!)


May - Filmore got unwrapped!

June - some jobs were done. Mostly by Doug!



July - got to camp with our bubble family




Still in July - got to see our Kootenay family & camp


August - My mom's 87th birthday! She's amazing!

September - local camping trip


October - Thanksgiving camping

My always popular and famous foot shot!


Halloween crazies, first dragons

Butterfly with his kittie friend....

November - Never forget


December - already?



Mostly this year, we give our thanks to our front-line workers
We are all eternally grateful!!

Peace out friends.....

Thought for the Day - In the words of our illustrious BC Provincial Health leader, Dr Bonnie Henry - "Be kind, be calm and be safe"

Saturday, 12 December 2020

Where did 8 Years go??



There is nothing like having a grandchild to watch time march forward!

Gus turns 8 years old today. We really can remember, like it was yesterday, when we got that glorious phone call that he had arrived, safe and sound.

He continues to amaze us. He is probably the best big brother there ever was. His zest for life is contagious. He embodies love for family (especially little bro and best friend, Jasper). They are fast friends. Last year I spoke about how he is becoming a dinosaur expert. He still continues with this interest. I am not sure how it is that a little dude can pronounce the names of these dinos, let alone know all the small and big nuances of each one.

He has developed a love for trail riding on bikes. It's something he is becoming really good at!

Anyway, we love him so dearly and totally and are so proud of the person he is becoming. His kind sweet heart, the kid that will share anything with you, will run to help you and yes, will still hold my hand.......

Summer time fun.....



Best buddies.....

Pre-birthday dinner....



Mom really outdid herself with this birthday cake masterpiece!!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY OUR BEAUTIFUL BOY!!!


Peace out friends.....

Thought for the day:  "How do you spell L-O-V-E Piglet asked Pooh. You don't spell it Piglet, you F-E-E-L it....... 

Monday, 22 June 2020

Four Years Old & Fabulous

I'm not sure how this happened, so soon. Too soon.

Our beautiful Rudy turned four years old this month. He is an extremely articulate and exacting little dude. Nothing really escapes him as far as details go. He loves to lay on the floor with his cars, Lego and stuffies and make entire stories and adventures. Rudy loves to paint and draw. Creating and story telling abound. I could sit on the floor and watch him all day.

It is always so hard to be so far away from Rudy. He is growing so fast and if I have a fear it is that he doesn't yet really know us as well as we would like yet. Eight hours away seems a long way when we are all working and when you just want to sit and hold his little hand. Go for walks, sing and be silly. I am slowly teaching him to love dandelions, save worms, etc. He will always have his big cousins, Gus & Jasper to fact check on those things with too. 

Life changes so fast so we hope the changes we are planning bring us more time with him. Unencumbered with schedules.....We love him so much and we are really looking forward to retiring at the end of this year so we are free to visit with Rudy, Teagan & Shawn any time we want. 

For now, here is our little beautiful Rudy (photo credit to Momma Teagan):

Always the ham for sure.


One of my fav pictures, of course with a
dandelion....


HAPPY 4th BIRTHDAY OUR BEAUTIFUL BOY!!
WE LOVE YOU SO MUCH!!!!

So we continue on with the "waiting" that  is happening all the world over. Waiting for this time to pass, waiting to reunite with our families from afar. We are grateful that our families and friends are all well....(insert "thank you Universe" here). To you all, I sincerely hope you are all staying well. 

We wish you beautiful times ahead! I will end this with the same quote that I have used for Gus and Jasper as I believe it sums up how I feel about the times to come.with our grandsons...

Peace out.

Thought for the Day: "What if I fall? Oh, but my love, what if you fly?"

Monday, 20 April 2020

Spring

I am trying (since I seem to have an abundance of time on my hands) to keep up a little with this pathetic little blog. Oh, it was much more interesting at one time with all types of adventures but right now it is in a holding pattern (and of the worst kind). Oh well.....

So, just a little walk around the neighbourhood. It may be COVID-19 but the flowers don't care. I particularly love my dandelions so that is always my motivating factor in flower taking pics.

See for yourself, the beauty that surrounds us.....

No need to ask this little guy to grow. Right in the middle of a construction site. 
Everything else plowed down and out he pops.




Lots of people have asked me over the years why dandelions are my favourite flower. This is why (and what I tell my grandsons). Dandelions are tough. They have a mind of their own. They will grow where ever and whenever they want. From the tiniest crack, to be edge of a building where there seems to be no soil, to the most lovely manicured golf course. They are often the first flower out for the bees thus providing much needed nectar. Plus, much to the utter dismay of precision gardeners, no matter what they do, they keep reappearing every year. It's their little way of thumbing their petals at us all!!

However, just to give props to the other lovely flowers around our 'hood:




 


 
Couldn't resist this lovely Monkey Puzzle tree.

Laugh for the day.....
New building going up around the corner. Guess they have to get the 
bathroom up there somehow. Just hope no one was/is in it! (Can you imagine???)

COVID be damned. There is still a lot of beauty in the world. I hope you are all well and trying to enjoy and relish in the "down-time" we have been handed. I also understand that this is a very stressful time for many people. Please, remember to reach out for help. Sometimes just a phone call to a friend or loved one can help.There are also a lot of government sponsored programs to help with anxiety, depression, loneliness. Please take care of yourself. 

Hang in there world - it will get better.

Peace out.

Thought for the DayGreat things are done by a series of small things, brought together....Vincent Van Gogh