Sunday, 29 July 2018

sideways, moonrise, a plan

1 Sometimes things just seem to go in directions we don't expect but in the end things turns out even better than we could ever have imagined.

2. Moonrise. I really want to learn more about night photography. Here was my attempt last night. The little dots are spot fires that have flared up in the heat and wind. Amazing how many were reignited in just a bit of wind.

3 I'm creating a new design for our back yard. Where do we put the gravel walks and flower beds, and researching water features. Wouldn't it be nice to have the sound of water instead of traffic or neighbours?

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

fire on the mountains

Our summer is once again hot and dry, filled with lightning storms, little rain, water bombers, & smoke. These are photos from across and lake and #4 is the fire farther south down the lake but on our side.

1 The first strike.

2 They let it burn.

3 It's moved over the ridge and headed south. Praying it is out soon.


5 Our mountain is ashes and burned out.

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

life, the littles, & healing

1 Sometimes I still sit & marvel at the beauty that surrounds me.  My family, husband, the home we share and the lives I am a part of. I am so thankful for this life.

2 The grandkidlets have been with us on and off for a  fewweek now. Pick ups after school and time at our house, sleep over on the weekend & more after school fun. Mommy is on bed rest waiting for the newest little to arrive. ETA July 9.

3 We have been spending a lot of time working on my brother's house to get it ready for rental. Each time we go it is a time of reflection in doing the work. I cry, grieve, live the moments, share my  memories & heal.

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

creating something new from sadness, shining star, & birdland

It has been a long and rather dark few months since my brother passed and along with other personal issues, I haven't written in this blog. Mostly because even though I wanted to, whining just wasn't what I wanted to do. But I am still standing and the fog is lifting, light is shining through. I am so grateful for this blog. Grateful that I can sit at my laptop and write again, and you'll still be here.

1 We have been spending our time working on my brother's house, cleaning, painting and turning it into a lovely, we hope, rental. The days are short and we put in long hours. But surprisingly or perhaps not, it's been a way to work through the sadness and grief and find a way to see the light.

2 Our grandson Kesler, is non-verbal autistic. He's been working with an amazing BI worker who he just adores and it's paying off. (along with all the mommy/daddy work of course). Monday he was recognized at school as the "Shining Star "for compassion and for his stuffies. We couldn't be happier or prouder for all he's accomplished and all that is coming. #asdkid #nonverval #labelsdontmatter

3 The hummingbirds are busy tonight. The air is cool and breezy and they frantically are filling their bellies so they can make it through the night. I hope their nests are cozy and protected. A storm is coming.

Saturday, 31 March 2018

surprise, planting time, & leftovers

1 It's the Easter long weekend and we are having a quiet time of it so far. The littles are back on Sunday night so Monday we will do the egg hunt, some decorating, and a family dinner. Here's the surprise that I did for them at their house. Eggs are plastic and not filled with candy given the rainy weather!

2 Time to get a few spring plants. I'm thinking some purple pansies, my fave, but everything else is just a bit too early. Perhaps I'll start some plants myself? hmm It's been a long time since I've done that for sure.

3 The new Instant Pot is exactly what we thought it might be. 7 in 1 and cooks super fast! A cut up chicken was 16 minutes to tender, juicy, and delicious. Tonight I'll use the rest of the chicken and make some Chicken Tacos. Creativity at its finest? I'll let you know

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

road trip again, hearts, dear friends, road conditions & NIck

1 We took a trip to the Kootenays and worked on the house. The plan was to clean and paint but the reality of what we actually needed to do was not quite in sync with my expectations. Cleaning continues. Painting to come. The house really has morphed from our efforts so far. 

2 My sister and I share a beautiful heart to heart. I'm so proud of her for being open to sharing and for being real. It's never easy starting over.

3 Our dear friends host us again while we are working on this project. They comfort and support us, fill our bellies with delicious foods and coffees and we even find chocolate bunnies and a beautiful mug as gifts on our bed. 

4 The road conditions for the drive over to the house was a winter weather combo, snow, hail, fog, rain, bits of sun. But the drive back was sunny and blue skies all the way. Funny what a difference a day makes. 

5 Nick sends me a text that says, "Dinner tomorrow? Your kitchen, my ingredients." Of course I said yes! He brings ingredients and wok and teaches me how to make Pad Thai! Oh sweet love. Delicious, and a great visit. I'm so happy he's home in Canada, close by and eager for family time. 

sideways, moonrise, a plan

1 Sometimes things just seem to go in directions we don't expect but in the end things turns out even better than we could ever have ima...