Sunday, December 10, 2017

The gateway

I love Vancouver! And I've been there twice in the past week. When we were at the makeit show on Thursday evening it was too dark to even see this great big gateway to the PNE grounds.....although it was lit up. It was too dark to realize it was right around the corner from the main doorways to get into the show. So when I went back yesterday to get something that I already bought but decided I needed two of....this lovely gateway welcomed me. There is a Chinese lantern festival happening and I think that this is so lovely!

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Beautiful day, beautiful evening

It was a glorious day. We arrived at the gotcraft market at 8:30 and it's the first time that we didn't get the swag bag. Sam was more disappointed than I was......I think that the time that we spend together is way more valuable than a bag full of stuff. The good news is that we met the same people who we were standing in line with in May and they live a couple of blocks away. They told us that they were going to come back tomorrow and they would get two and give us one. She's already contacted me via text and they are serious. Just a matter of figuring out how to get the bag from Vancouver to Maple Ridge and we are good to go!  She suggested snail mail and it's not really such a bad idea. 

We walked over to Lonsdale Quay from the Pipe Shop and it was so beautiful. The fog was just starting to dissipate and it was still quite cool....about 5 degrees.....but it was sure nice to look at. The sun felt so nice!

I love this sweet girl. I know she is 24 but she will always be young in my eyes. We ended up getting stuck in a big traffic jam that was waiting for an accident to clear on the 2nd Narrows bridge. It made us take a detour over the Lions Gate Bridge, where four lanes of traffic merge into one lane to go across. We were already later than we had planned to be as we stopped to eat at the Tacofino food truck that was outside fallforlocal.  It took us just over two hours to get home and we drove just over a hundred kilometers.  

I was only home an hour and it was time to head out to Chilliwack for Grandson's lacrosse game for 6 o'clock. I requested my Christmas present early if it had arrived and it turns out that it had. Hubby didn't know that I knew that he had ordered it but we share a Visa and it's kind of hard to hide a charge that was over a hundred dollars. I love it!

Sweetheart was pretty impressed as well.

She kept nice and warm while she played with her toys and coloured. 

Beauty was in it for a little while but I don't think she liked it very much. 

It was about 5 degrees so it wasn't as cold as it could have been. 

Grandson's team beat Chilliwack 10-6 and he got a goal and two assists. He told us that he wasn't cold at all.....but he did lots of running. Fun game to watch and the G family went out to The White Spot with the team after it was over. Hubby and I went to The Old Spaghetti Factory on the way home and it did not disappoint. We didn't get back to Maple Ridge until after 9 and I am exhausted. Hubby drove another hundred kilometers to and from Chilliwack, so I've travelled just over 200 kilometers today. It was a very busy Saturday and I need to go to bed!


It's going to be a very fun day today. Sam and I are spending the morning together and Hubby and I have a list of places to be and things to do this afternoon. Grandson has lacrosse tonight in Chilliwack so it reminds me of a day in 1997 when Hubby and I put hundreds of kilometers on our vehicle in one day. Sam is driving this morning but I think I may clock our mileage out of curiosity. The fog is supposed to be gone (which it appears to be already) and the weather report is forecasting 7 degrees by mid afternoon. The original forecast was 12 but the fog has hindered the beautiful warm sunshine all week. Everyone tells me that it's better than rain, but these people aren't hypo-thyroid. I'm freaking freezing and have been for a couple of weeks now. Thank God for polar fleece and down jackets! And hats and gloves and scarves!

Friday, December 8, 2017

Busy day!

My friend Violet came over with coffee at 7:30 this morning and we had a wonderful visit and then she had to go to work for 9 o'clock. It was a nice way to start a freezing foggy Friday.

These two were best friends today. It was really cute to watch them interact and communicate. She was a really big helper and loved it. I think she is growing up, and her new cheesy three year old smile is hilarious. 

Two little blondes with blue eyes.....having lots of fun together in the garden center. Both of them have colds right now.....aren't they sweet that they know how to share!?!

After work I planned to take Sweet Pea and Pretty Girl out for dinner and to see The Star. It's one of those kinds of movies that I could see again and again and again. They enjoyed it immensely and so did Auntie Vi and Uncle B. It's a great movie for any age group....from one to a hundred and one. 

Can't forget the popcorn and drinks! And the mini-candy!

Make it!

Sam and I headed in to Vancouver last night and we had way too much fun! We are headed out on Saturday to do it all again, (we are going to go to gotcraft and fall for local) but because we went to this particular market last year, we knew that the weekend would be very busy. Like so busy that you barely have room to walk busy. And it was really good to go on a week night.....there were lots of people there but it wasn't unbearable. This is a bit more high end than the ones that we are used to going to, but she always gets free parking because she knows one of the parking attendants.  And the groupon to get in half-price helps as well.  We really like certain vendors.....she has her favourites and we both like certain food vendors.....we actually are getting really good at knowing who we want to see and what we want to buy. More importantly, the fact that my 24 year old "niece" wants to hang out with me is so priceless. I would go with her just because she asks me to go.....time spent together is what is important. 

Thursday, December 7, 2017

So pretty!

We live in a beautiful world. And I live in a beautiful city. #4 was showing me some of his photos today and I asked him to send me this one of the Golden Ears. 

He took it when he was on a bike ride in the Summer. Because it was freezing fog all day, it just made me feel happy......I miss Summer. And we haven't even made it to the first day of Winter yet. Sigh...

This is the pic that he uses as his home screen on his phone.  I love it!

My friend Cynde posted this on Facebook on Monday. (I hope it's okay that I post this on my blog...I actually didn't ask....reminds me of the old saying that it's easier to ask for forgiveness than to seek permission) The Golden Ears look very different these days because it's soooo cold out right now. The forecast says it's going to be warmer than 1 degree like it's been all day.....I hope it's right!

This is funny!

This is accurate. Pardon the swear word, but I really think this is one of the main reasons that I haven't sent out a letter in five or so years. That, and I don't have a desktop with a printer. It made me laugh!