Friday, July 31, 2009

My Best Friends Enjoying Dinner




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Still Basking in Memories

Hello my friends, what a beautiful hot, sunny day we are having today. Can you believe its the last day of July......where is our summer and time going?

Well today I was going to rest, but as Diane says there is no rest for the wicked but I think she really meant weary.....and today was full and busy with no rest. Honestly I hit a brick wall this morning and had to force myself to get up and get going as I had many things to do.

First I had an appointment with the insurance adjuster as he had to approve the estimate I had from the body shop. He arrived at my home at 8:30 and I was just barely awake but went out to the car so he could take pictures and approve my appraisal. Thank heavens he did come as I had to take my car in for repairs at 1 o'clock. I then had my shower, breakfast and dressed for the day. I took my car in and met up with the lad from the car rental agency. I am now driving a 2010 Fusion and what a lovely car, I think its called love at first sight! It drives like a dream and I am going to enjoy my week driving in style. I had to drive him back into St. Albert which I hadn't planned on but away we went. It turned out great as I stopped at Chapters on my way home to pick up a book, The Shack, to send to my niece. While there I ran into our friend Terri and I was so pleased to see her. She was shopping with her daughter and she looks wonderful. She has lost weight since I last seen her and though she was tired from working at Wal Mart yesterday she looks so happy, it did my heart good to see for myself how well she is doing. I am hoping we get to have lunch together soon.

I then came back to Morinville and stopped at Tim's for lunch, coffee and a bagel.

When I arrived home yesterday I was devastated when I saw my flowers. My hanging baskets were so bad that I had to put them in the garbage bin. I spent an hour this afternoon trying to salvage my tomato plants, herbs, flowers and other potted plants. I had already spent an hour yesterday working on them and they did look healthier this morning. I think I have managed to save most of them. I have learned a valuable lesson....all people don't do what they say they will. Even at my age I find it hard to believe as I only agree to things I can and know I will do. This has always been important to me, I was taught early to keep my word. The young woman who agreed to water them for me either forgot or just didn't bother. Now I let her park in my extra parking spot and let her plug her car in all winter and never charged her as I thought being young she needed some help. This was the only time I have asked her to help me with anything and thought she would appreciate being able to return a favor to me. Now I didn't give her my extra parking space nor allowed her to use my electricity to receive something in return. I did this because I wanted to help her out but I honestly didn't think she would mind watering my flowers and if she did I would of understood if only she had told me....I would of made other arrangements. Anyway perhaps we both have learned a lesson from this, she will realize that she should help others and not take people for granted. Now my rental car is parked in the middle of both my parking spots, I am not planning on giving my extra spot up again. It will be better this way anyway as I always have to ask her to move her vehicle when I have friends staying over.

I have just finished making a potato salad for supper as I am treating myself to a lobster tonight. I haven't managed to kick the habit of having seafood since my vacation. It's one of my best memories. I will eat around 8 o'clock as I had a late lunch and I will enjoy my meal as I watch the football game.

Also I arrived home with a horrible tooth ache and unpacked, did laundry and put everything away....just kept busy trying to deal with the pain until my dentist office opened. I was at his office at 9 o'clock and my tooth was abscessed. He put me on a antibiotic and pain killers, he is going to do a root canel on Tuesday afternoon. I am sure my delayed flight home and the 3 hour time difference has a lot to do with my being so tired today but I also think the antibiotics and pain killers have something to do with my hitting the brick wall today. My face is still swollen but I know its much better as I have little pain and am able to eat on the left side of my mouth. Yesterday I was only able to drink through a once again I am on the road to recovery.

As I putted around today doing what had to be done I realized how happy I was as I reflected on the past two weeks. I kept smiling as I thought of all the fun I had with family and friends. Every day we were busy enjoying each others company and doing fun things. I love swimming, biking, walking and dancing. I enjoyed wonderful meals and for someone who doesn't drink very much....I enjoyed a drink every day and my sister in law makes wonderful wine which we enjoyed every night with supper. I was like a sponge soaking in the sun and the wonderful salty beach air. Honestly I am so blessed, so thankful for my life. I am not sure why my life is so full of love and happiness but every day I thank the good Lord for every blessing I have. I have been given so much and never take anything for granted, I appreciate each moment of every day and enjoy my life so much, the good, the bad and even the ugly. I don't understand nor do I need to but I am able to see the good in every situation. I am not a creative person, nor do I excel at anything but the one gift I appreciate the most in my life is I am able to accept and appreciate the gift of love...for others and for myself. I am able to easily see the gifts others have, but realize I am not very good at very much and that's okay. I love seeing how others can bake, sew, knit, garden.....they are so gifted and I enjoy seeing the results of their gifts. I know I am limited when it comes to many things but I am limitless when it comes to enjoying how others accomplish so much. I am so happy for them and take pride in their wonderful talents for them. I think this is my be able to love and appreciate others.

I am going to post a few pictures each night and hope I don't bore all of you. I just want to share my friends and family with you.....they are my life and my way of sharing my life with my blogger friends.

Until tomorrow, God Bless....xoxo

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Hello Friends

Hello my friends, I missed you all more than I realized, you all have become such an important part of my life.

It has been a long time since I had such a wonderful two weeks. Every morning after our showers and breakfast we would go out on the deck and enjoy the warm sunshine, hot coffee and great conversations with people I love. We just enjoyed ....... the saultry air, the robins chirping as they visited us, friends and neighbours waving as they walked by our little piece of heaven....we made plans for the day ahead of us and laughed so much at everything including ourselves. Laughter was part of every day when I was home.

We were outside 99% of the time, only once did we eat dinner inside and only once did we leave the beach to visit my brother's and his wife's home for dinner and a visit. They have a beautiful home and you all would of enjoyed their lawns and flowers. My sister in law, Karen is very creative and an amazing gardener although my brother does help her a bit.

This is my sister in law, Ann Marie in my brother's back yard. You can click to enlarge.

My niece Kelley and her husband Ralph (who I met for the first time) from New York City. So good to see them both.

My sister Sylvia, my brother Jack who is also one of my best friends and me. We look more alike now that we are older than we ever have.

Me and my sister Sylvia before we went out to dinner with friends.

My brother who I love dearly at his place just before dinner. I always say God made him then broke the mold. We all should be blessed with a brother like Frank. He is such a soft and gentle soul.

Every day was full, we swam in the ocean, took long bicycle rides on the bike trails, walked on the soft warm sand on the beach as well as took long walks throughout the cottage and camp grounds. We stopped and said hello to complete strangers who went on to become friends. For two weeks I shared my life with the most wonderful people. On Saturday nights we danced until 2 in the morning only to wake up by 8 o'clock to meet up with friends and neighbours for breakfast. We then all would head over to the farmer's market, then shopped in the quaint shops in town and stop and have the best Walnut ice cream ever!!!!! My sister in law, who is also one of my best friends and I headed for the sun and surf during the afternoon and I have a nice tan for the first time in years. My brother, Jack BBQ'd for suppers most nights and as the sun went down we all sat out around the fire and chatted and laughed about the dance the night before. Each night I fell into bed happy and exhausted from the fresh air and full day looking forward to the next day filled with more fun. I will share more pictures and stories with you tomorrow.

I arrived home at 6:30 am this morning after a plane delay (due to fog) of over 7 hours exhausted. The full days and the 3 hour time difference has finally caught up with me. I am looking forward to catching up with all your post over the next few days.

I think you can click on my pictures to enlarge, I will check to make sure. So happy to be back with all of you.....Good Night and God Bless my friends, so good to be back with you.

Just checked and wasn't able to enlarge my photo's, sorry, I will post larger pictures tomorrow okay. Luv ya all, xoxo

Monday, July 13, 2009

Am Off to New Brunswick

Hello everyone, wasn't it great to hear from MIA Marcy. I have to tell you, it made my day to know she is happy and healthy.

I had a really busy day today, I had a dentist appointment at 8:30 and from there went to Curves. I then met a friend for lunch before I came home to finish up getting ready for going home. It was sunny and warm today and again another windy day.

This afternoon I cleaned my jewelry. I have a little machine I plug in, add a little solution and set my rings etc. in a little basket and close it, 3 minutes later everything is sparkling. I love it, I should do it more often really but seem to only pull it out when I am planning on going someplace special.

I have everything packed, my clothes laid out and will only need to put my toilet items in the suitcase and I'm on my way.

Here is the plan, my plane leaves early Wednesday morning and I live over 2 hours from the airport, so I am staying at the Airport Hotel tomorrow night. I am leaving here early afternoon tomorrow so that I miss the heavy traffic going through Edmonton. My girlfriend is meeting me at the Dining Room at the hotel for supper, and she is bringing my camera. It will be nice to see her again. I am able to leave my car at the hotel parkade while I am gone. They have a shuttle to and from the airport. I have to be at the airport by 6 am, so it is easier for me to stay at the hotel. I just can't see me getting up at 3 am, rush around to get ready then make that long somehow I don't think I would make it on time.

I want you all to have a wonderful two weeks, stay happy and healthy and I will check in when I get home.....will miss you all my friends......and as always I wish you a Good Night and God Bless.....:-) Hugs

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Up And Running

Hello everyone, I think my blog is fixed as I have been able to post comments the past here is hoping the gremlins have left the building.

Hope you all had a good day. I had a wonderful day today, it was sunny, hot and we had a breeze. I was up early and went to Mass then started on my packing. WOW, I had purchased "space bags" and I only wish I had known about them earlier. The amount I have packed in my big suitcase is more than enough with these bags. You just place everything in them, then they seal like a zip lock, after that you use your vacuum cleaner to suck all the air out of them and that's it, your finished. My big suitcase is packed and sitting downstairs....I only have to pack my overnight case with my creams and make up and what I will need at the hotel and I am done. I have never been ready for a trip this early in my life.....I don't leave here until Tuesday.

I then changed my bedding and made up my bed fresh and tidied the house, I like to come home to a clean house.

This afternoon I played with my flowers, and Wanda you are right. I was worried the cages I bought for my tomato plants were too big but they are almost to the top already and I can see tiny tomatoes....I was so excited. I only hope the girl I have asked to water everything when I am gone will keep everything moist. I have let her use my extra parking space all winter (all year actually) so think she will do this for me. She parks her car right beside my plants and flowers anyway so she won't have far to walk. I am putting everything up on the deck and the hose is there so it won't cause her to much work. The only reason I am a bit concerned is that it is suppose to be really hot weather when I am away.

I used my glider today for 30 minutes, I find if I don't do an exercise daily I am sluggish, I love how I feel after I work out. Energy creates energy and I believe it.

Has anyone heard from Marcy, its not like her to be away from her blog this long. I am saying a prayer that all is well with her and we hear from her real soon.

Until tomorrow my friends, Good Night and God Bless........:-) Hugs

Blog Problems

Sorry guys, my blog is acting crazy on me, some comments are posting twice and some comments not posting at all.....anyone else having this problem? I am going to try and fix it.

Hope you all have a wonderful Sunday..........:-) Hugs

Saturday, July 11, 2009

A Lovely Day

Yesterday I received the Warm Hearts Award from Eileen of Umma's World and Jackie of Teacher's Pet. This award was created by Sandy of Beachgirl 77 in memory of her son Jonny. This award is passed on to those who are bolstering, uplifting, reassuring, soothing, calming, cheering, consoling and encouraging. Thank you Eileen and Jackie for passing this on to me, it is very special, especially as it was given to me on my son's birthday.

I would like to pass this on to all of you as you have been all this award represents to me. Please accept it with the gratitude I have for having all of you in my life.

I had a wonderful day today, I had moved my spa day from yesterday to today so this morning I was up early and then off to have my facial, manicure and pedicure. My fingers and toes look pretty and ready for the beach. My face, not so much....only so much that poor girl could do.

I have a friend who I only see a few times a year, anyway he called and invited me to dinner. It was nice to go out, the meal was lovely....I had salmon stuffed with crab dressing, wild rice and steamed asparagus, with a nice glass of white wine. Too full for desert but a cup of tea suited me just fine. We chatted for an hour or so before I came home. All in all it was a lovely evening.

Thank you all for your kind thoughts and prayers yesterday, it means so much too me. I always think I am prepared for those emotional days but sometimes the emotions just sneak up on me and take over.....As much as I try I never get use to it. With support from family and friends and tons of prayers I always make it through. Sometimes its good to let the tears flow, it lifts the heaviness from my chest and even the spirit feels refreshed.

Am off to read my favorite blogs.....Good Night and God Bless....:-) Hugs

Friday, July 10, 2009

Mixed Emotions Today

Hello my friends, my heart is with Diana today at the loss of her pet. So sad really and heartfelt by those who loved Spooky and those who love Diana. A big hug to you Diana and know that all your blogger friends are thinking of you today with much love.

On a personal note, today would of been Scotty's, my son's, 40th birthday. This is always an emotional day for me. I always have a plan for these kind of days so I won't sit around and cry or feel sad as I know he wouldn't want me too. It doesn't make it any easier for me but it does keep the tears at bay for a little while. I am sure you all must notice how I don't speak very often of my children or grandchildren. It is out of respect for my daughter that I don't. She is sensitive to all of the pain that has happened in our lives and wouldn't want me to share our story on my blog. So for Scotty, I love and miss you so very, very much. I hope you are with your dad enjoying peaceful days with your dog, Muffy and know how much mum misses you. In my heart I know that in time we will all be united as a family once again. Memories and love never leave our hearts and I wouldn't want them too. Until we meet again my darling son, be safe, be happy, be mine. May your kind and sweet gentle spirit rest in peace, and as always I love you to the moon and back.

Thank you Eileen and Jackie for the Warm Heart Award....a perfect day to receive it. I accept with a heart full of compassion and love. You know its because I have been so blessed by much love in my life that allows me to carry on with love in my heart to share with all those I know. What better way to honor those we love and care for than to share it all with others.

Am off to read my favorite blogs and comments......Good Night and God Bless

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Five More Sleeps

Hello my friends, how was your day? I had such a busy and full day today just doing what needed to be done.

It was really cool here today, we had rain and high winds which was really cold. The weather man is calling for frost in my area tonight. Can you believe it? July 9th and they are calling for frost....unbelievable!

My brother called me this morning from home, thank heavens they are having beautiful weather. I kept telling myself all day as I was shivering, that next week this time I will be swimming in the Ocean and my feet will be walking on warm sand. Oh yeah, only 5 more sleeps.....

I started my day at Curves....I wonder if they have a Curves near the beach? I will miss my work outs if they don't. From there I was off for a damage assessment on my car. Would you believe its $450. in parts and $2200. for Labour. Honestly, we all should of been body shop workers. How much an hour do these men get paid? Not only that, I was there almost 3 hours as they worked everything out and called around for parts and matching paint colors. I thought I was in the Twilight would think they would have quicker contacts and phone numbers being the business they are in. These kind of things make me so thankful the Good Lord blessed me with patience.

Leaving there I headed for my blood test, I had to fast before I could have them so I was really hungry. Again there were many people ahead of me at the Lab so I had another wait. After 45 minutes, lab work completed I headed across the street to Tim Horton's and had a bowl of soup, biscuit and coffee. It tasted as good to me as a freshly cooked turkey dinner with all the trimmings. Food taste so much better when you are really hungry.

I then went to the Bank, filled the car with gas and did some shopping. I needed a couple of outfits to wear home that fit me. My clothes are getting too big and I felt sloppy in them. So I have a couple of cute outfits and couple of more tops that match everything from my jeans to skirts. When I left my favorite store, The Bay, I stopped at Chapters to pick up a couple of novels to read on the plane.

I returned home to a sparkling clean house and was so thankful. After putting everything away I settled down to watch the football game. I had a plate of fruit for supper. Green grapes, strawberries, blueberries and half a banana. So good as the fruit was fresh off the truck from BC. I bought it from a little stand in town. I also picked up a pineapple and some cherries but haven't tasted them yet.

Now tomorrow should be more relaxing as I am having a facial, manicure and pedicure. These "me" days are fun and I think we all should have these kind of days at least twice a year but I try and go every 3 to 4 months especially if I am going away and will be wearing sandals and my jewelry every day.

Well that's my day, not exciting but productive and taking me one step closer to going home......I get this happy feeling every year before I go home. Family to me is everything, they have their own lives but you know they love you, you trust them and they always give us a soft place to land should we ever fall. My family have always been there for me as I always try to be there for them.

Until tomorrow my friends.....Good Night and God Bless......:-) Hugs

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

It's Wednesday...You Know What That Means

Hello my friends, hope your day was full of sunshine, family and love. Our weather is a bit cool and very wet, in fact I now hear thunder through my open window. Here goes my Wednesday poem..ah, how much longer are we doing this Marcy????

Write a poem, make it rhyme
It's okay, just take your time.....

Blogging is happy, blogging is fun
It can be done by anyone
Tell a story, share your day
Don't let a poem get in the way.....

I just want to say to you
I enjoy all you say and do
It makes my day, brings me light
To hear from you brings such delight....

This is it, its my best try
Before I leave and say goodbye!

You know I was actually going to try and work on a poem for you all today but life got in the way and as I began to blog tonight I remembered so I apologize for my feeble attempt....but you all mean enough to me to try anyway.

I went to Curves this morning, then had to go and have the police take pictures of my car and write up a report. Tomorrow I have to take it in for an assessment. Hopefully it will be fixed the first week in August....I also picked up some fresh fruit and went into sign some papers and picked up my Will. Then I had to go to the bank and put one copy in in Safety Deposit Box, mailed a parcel to a friend in the States and finally arrived home around supper time. My days are full this week but when I leave on Tuesday I should be well organized and able to enjoy my vacation. I still haven't figured out a way to get my camera but my girlfriend lives towards the airport, she is calling me Saturday to make plans.

Tomorrow is my quiet day, the cleaning lady comes in for two hours then I am taking my car in for assessment, picking my bracelet and ring up at the jewellers and also going to the drugstore for my insulin and needles I will need when I'm away and I want to pick up a couple of magazines to read on the plane.

My great niece, Fallon called today. She wanted to come over for a few days so we made plans for her to visit in August. We always have fun together. She has saved her money for a digital camera as I had told her if she saved half, I would give her the other half. She is now anxious to go shopping. It will be fun to take her as she is so much like me when I was little its scary. I think that is why we are so close and have been ever since she was born.

Have a wonderful day tomorrow everyone....Good Night and God Bless...:-) Hugs

Oops I Did It Again

Hello my friends, I do hope everyone is having a great day. Sorry I missed posting last night but I fell asleep watching a Barbara Walters special....with my laptop on my lap.....only me eh!

I had a great day yesterday, went to hairdresser's, Curves and did a bit of shopping. I am beginning to get excited about going home next week. I hope the weather will be nice. Speaking of weather we had tons of rain yesterday with much thunder and lightening last night. It was a horrid storm. The sky lit up like the Fourth of July all over again.

My arm is much better, only a bit sore, but the damp weather is playing havoc with my RA. Oh well, it could be much worse.

I have 2 more appointments today plus Curves so have to get moving. Will try and post a poem later....but breathe normally until I do..LOL

Have a wonderful day and God Bless..........:-) Hugs

Monday, July 6, 2009

The Prodigal Camera Has Returned

Hello everyone, hope you all had day full of love and productivity. Our weather was warm and windy today but we also had lots of rain.....the farmers are happy.

The good news is my girlfriend called me this morning and she has found my camera. She said she took her lawn chair out of her car trunk last night and when she opened it, there was my great is that. I always felt if was close by and I would find it, I had thought it may be in her trunk just not inside her lawn chair. Anyway we have to figure out a way for me to get it before I go on vacation, she lives about 50 miles from me but I'm sure we will work something out. Great news and saves me a bunch of money....Yeah!

I had a busy day today, I had to go and redo my will, I do this every 5 years. I wanted to be able to take it home to my brother who is my executor. So that is finished for the next five years.

I then had a doctor's appointment and he removed 3 moles. He had been bugging me for two months now to do it so today was the day. Two of them are fine, can't feel a thing but there is one where he had cut quite deep and it is sore tonight. The freezing is out now and he told me I would be a bit sore and also bruised for a week. Yuk, I knew there was a reason I didn't want this procedure. My b/p was fantastic, and my cholesterol numbers were great and my sugar is so good we are going from two injections a day to only one (at night) until the end of July, he will then have me retested to see how the sugar numbers are. He is really pleased with my weight and doesn't think it necessary for me to loose anymore when I said I wanted to loose 5 more pounds. This will be hard to do when I am on vacation anyway. See, this loss of weight and exercise is really working for me. I am so thankful.

When I left the doctor's office I went to my insurance company and they were really nice and encouraging. I didn't know but Alberta has a special fund (we pay for when we renew our licenses) that covers hit and runs. This will not be going through my insurance policy and I don't have to pay any deductible.....all good news today my friends. It will be a while before my little car is fixed as I am going on vacation next week, it probably won't be until September as I have to wait until an insurance adjuster looks at it. I feel very confident that all will work out well. It always does thankfully.

I then left there and went to Curves, I felt so much better after my work out, my arm didn't hurt at all, I think it still must of been frozen. When I got home, I made my bed up fresh and did laundry, ironed, folded and put clothes away, tidied my house, put dishwasher through and dishes away. Only spent about 10 minutes outside today on my flowers, just picked dead heads and weeds, nothing needed water because of the rain.

I am in bed, using my laptop and its only 9 o'clock. I am tired though I don't really know why but I have another busy day tomorrow so want to go to sleep early tonight. 8 o'clock in the morning comes early especially for me. I am just getting my hair cut, going to Curves then into Edmonton for an Cat scan. Its just another day I have to dress up and go out to tie up some loose ends. (I'd prefer a day in my sweats lazing right now) So happy my feet and legs are so well though and that I can keep all my commitments. Life is good!

I want to thank Silver for the Bella Sinclair Award she presented me today. As you know I love this award and am very proud that I received it from Annette, and now Silver. Thank you Silver, it is lovely to be recognized twice for an award I truly admire and respect so very much.

Am off to read my favorite blogs and comments....Good Night my friends and God Bless......:-) Hugs

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Things That Go Bump In The Night

Hello my friends, I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and that my neighbours to the South had the best Fourth of July ever! We had a "just right" kind of day today, sunny, not to hot, just enjoyable.

This is how I found my car when I picked it up last night after our get together. Someone had hit it and left. There were no notes, nor was there a message left at the restaurant where I had parked it. It broke my heart as I love my little car.

Another view of the damage, I know it doesn't look like much but I am afraid it is going to be very expensive to repair. Thank the Good Lord I have insurance. I know no one would of hit it on purpose but I can't imagine not contacting me. All they would have to do would be to notify police with my License Plate number and they would of notified me. Now if it were me that was responsible I probably would of sat there all night until the owner returned so that I could do the right thing. Oh well, no one was hurt (as far as I know) and that is the main thing. One can always repair or replace a car but a person.....never. Hopefully the insurance company will advise me tomorrow and I will be able to make arrangements to have it repaired when I get back from holidays.

I had a wonderful time last night. It was so good to see everyone, some I hadn't seen in 2 years. I am happy to say they all noticed I had lost weight.....YES! We had so much food, the BBQ was full and was turned on most of the night. Oh the salads and finger foods were absolutely delicious. I didn't pig out as I didn't want a food hangover. You know its true, that is what I get if I eat too much now.... a good reason to keep it light.

Sharron, who hosted the get together, has just moved into a new home and it is lovely. Her and her husband has been married for 2 years now and are beginning to think about starting a family. They both have good jobs, are really happy and very much in love....oh a baby is going to be so loved in that home. What a wonderful host and hostess they were too!

Karen, is moving back to Saskatchewan today so it was a get together to say good bye and wish her well. I don't like good byes and even though I know she is doing what is right for her and her family I still felt sad when we left.

I parked at a restaurant in Edmonton where my friend Linda and her husband picked me up. It was her husband who noticed my car had been hit. He took the pictures and they e-mailed them to me today. When I notified police I was told it was okay to drive it home and to call the insurance company. All I got when I called there was a message machine so I left my name, number and account number. They said my call would be returned on Monday.

I have a doctor's appointment tomorrow morning and a lawyer's appointment during the afternoon. As a matter of fact I have appointments every day this week except for Thursday and that is the day my cleaning lady comes in.

I am off to read my favorite blogs and comments....Good Night everyone and God Bless

This is Special...The Bella Sinclair Award

Most of you know I am not into awards as I blog because I love to share my day with my blogger friends. This award is special as it came from Annette, whose blog A Wisp of Creativity is lovely. She speaks from her heart with honesty and kindness. Annette and her mother Wanda have been with me since I first began blogging. Annette has been encouraging and loyal and it is such an honor to receive this award from her. I encourage you all to visit her at her blog, please tell her I said hello.

The Bella Sinclair was created by Ces in honor of her dear friend Bella to celebrate art, inspiration, friendship, sisterhood, sharing and caring". Thank you Annette this award is an inspiration to celebrate and honor our friendship as well as the friendships of those I truly value.

This for me is the most difficult as I am to choose those of you who represent best what this award represents. Each of the following have a special place in my heart for showing how much you care for others as well as me. Your words of inspiration and the extra time you take to help others as well as myself and of course I find your sense of humor and creativity beyond compare. I choose:

Stillness, Eileen, Marcy, Rebecca

I hope each of you accept this award with the love it is given.

Good Night everyone and God Bless.........:-) Hugs

Friday, July 3, 2009

Okay So I'm Boring.....Or Just Tired

Hello my blogging friends, I know most of you are preparing for your July Fourth weekend. I wish you all a wonderful time with your friends and families, and may you all have the best weather ever!

I had a very quiet day today, did my 30 minute work out at Curves and watched Wimbledon Tennis on TV. I did manage to water my plants and flowers, didn't have many weeds but pulled the ones that were there as well as picked the dead heads from my hanging baskets. Now I am not boasting but I think I have the most gorgeous hanging baskets I have ever seen....well maybe I am boasting but I am getting so much pleasure watching them grow and the fragrance is lovely.

I have been busy these past 2 weeks, and I am going out with friends to a house party tomorrow night. It's similar to what I held here on July 1st, only on a larger scale. There were only 5 of us at my place, tomorrow there will be 20 of us. We will bring our own meat to BBQ and whatever we want to drink. The party is in the City and I know I will never find the house so I am meeting a friend and her husband at a place I know and drive with them from there. I was really tired today and could of slept very easily, and if one of my old friends were not moving away on Sunday I think I would pass on going out again tomorrow. I know I would regret not saying good bye to her so I'll bite the bullet, and catch up with sleep on Sunday.

Still no word on my camera, looks like I will have to purchase one when I go home in a couple of weeks. Like Wanda says perhaps someone who needs a camera more than I do has it and if they do I hope they enjoy it. It has been good to me for more than 5 years now.

My favorite patients wife called me today, I wasn't able to meet her but I gave her names and phone numbers of two really wonderful grief counsellors. We are going to meet for coffee after I get back from NB. Next week is totally booked with appointments for me in fact my calendar is full. Just a couple of appointments are personal like getting my hair cut and a facial/pedicure the others are with doctors and lawyers.....sounds like a Waylon Jennings song I know but its true.

Oh Eileen, I thought of you today when I watched Sarah Palin on TV, did you see her?
She is really attractive and I think she in her own way means well.

I am off to read blogs and comments everyone.....Good Night and God Bless
...:-) Double Hugs to You All

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Keeping Up With Wanda

Hello my friends, I do hope you all had a great day. It is raining here at the moment and quite cool but we did have sunshine most of the day.

Okay, I am not a poet but rather than feel guilty, I am going to give it a go.

My friend Wanda, has shown me the way
Feeling guilty, I decided to play.

Love to blog, its time well spent
No matter the issue, we all can vent.

Knowing that you all do care
Makes it easy and fun to share.

Now I will list 7 things about me:

1) I have been retired for 2 years
2) Since my husband has passed I have been engaged several times but have never had
courage to jump the broom
3) I was Miss New Brunswick for the 1970 Winter Carnival
4) I won a Creative Writing Contest......over 20 years ago
5) My passion is reading, I love spiritual books
6) I once worked for a funeral home holding grief classes
7) I collect watches and have over 40 of them

I am unable to post my favorites tomorrow.....I don't have a camera. Nobody has seen it. I even checked with the RCMP here in Morinville in case some one turned it in but not yet anyway, they have my name and phone number if it shows up. I do hope it shows up as I have a get together with 20 people Saturday night. One of our friends is moving away on Sunday and I so want a picture of her before she goes. Also I am leaving on the 14th of July for 2 weeks, home with my family, gotta have pictures there. I have decided to keep looking and if I don't find it I will buy a new one when I go home. My brother helped me buy this one several years ago so I know he will get me started with a new one. There is no point in getting upset about it, that will not produce a camera!

Am off to read favorite blogs and comments....Good Night and God Bless :-) Hugs

It Was A Great Birthday

Hello everyone, did you all have a good day? It was sunny, windy but warm. Still not real hot here, just pleasant and great weather for a BBQ.

What a day I had today. I am totally exhausted but very happy. My friends arrived around 2 this afternoon. There were five of us and everyone brought their own meat, whatever they were drinking and another dish. The food was delicious, I enjoy eating what other people make. Between us there were 8 salads, cabbage rolls and baked potatoes....rolls, pickles and coleslaw. It was delicious. One of the girls brought rhubarb/strawberry pie and it looked wonderful but I was too full to have a piece. It was so much fun as we laughed and chatted the afternoon away.

After supper, 2 of my neighbours stopped in and joined us for tea/coffee. It was still warm enough to enjoy the deck and we all commented on the absence of mosquitoes and midgets this year. I'm sure they are coming yet, but usually by this time of year the advanced party is here. None of us were complaining though.

Around 8 o'clock we put lawn chairs in one of the girls car (trunk) and went to the Town Center where the Fireworks were starting at 10. We just left the chairs in the trunk and took a walk around town. Morinville is small, one street light, one Main Street and approximately 12,000 people. We toured Main Street and then walked through neighborhoods admiring and taking pictures of plants, flowers and gardens. Some of them were so beautiful and we are late this year so many trees and shrubs are just coming into full bloom. We stopped at this little stand for ice cream and sat on town benches to enjoy them. (Mine was Maple Walnut and what a treat it was)

Just before 10 we got our chairs and placed them in a lovely spot where we could view the Fireworks. The town outdid themselves this year as for half an hour we as well as others oohed and awed throughout the show. The colors and patterns were almost breathtaking, and just like the children we loved it. We all took pictures of the sunset as well as the Fireworks.

We came back home and the girls came in to get their dishes and sweaters before saying Good Night, we all knew we had shared a wonderful day. After they left I cleaned up the deck and put the dishwasher through. I dragged my feet up to bed, it must of been the fresh air but I was so very tired. When I climbed into bed with my laptop I realized I left my camera downstairs and went down to get it but couldn't find it. I have looked everywhere, it must be in Linda's car. It was after midnight so I didn't want to call her but I will in the morning.

I don't know why but as I started answering my e-mails I woke up....I wasn't tired at all. So I did my e-mails, paid my bills and caught up on Face Book before I headed to my blog. I then dozed off with the TV on, night table light on and the computer on my lap....only me eh! I am now wide awake writing my blog. Oh well I will sleep in, in the morning as my appointment isn't until 1 o'clock, I will leave here around noon as I want to go to Curves first. I did 20 minutes on my glider this morning as Curves was closed today.

Will post pictures soon, I promise Marcy. I took some of my tomato plants and I'll show you all how my glads are coming through. It will be a while before they blossom for sure but it's okay as we saw some tonight and they weren't as far out of the ground as mine are. As I said earlier our growing season is quite late this year.

I am off to read blogs and comments, as always my friends..... Good Night and God Bless...:-) Hugs