Sunday, December 31, 2017

Happy New Year's Eve!

Chasing the sun

I went for a wonderful walk this afternoon and chased the sunshine. I headed north on my street and the shadows of the houses were moving faster than I was. So even though it felt like 2 degrees in the sun, I'm going to say it felt like -2 in the shade. 

And no matter how quickly I walked, the sun stayed ahead of me and I never did go across the street to actually stand in it. 

Because by the time I actually got to it, I had worked up a healthy sweat and I just stood to marvel at God's majesty. 

I live very close to the farmland. It's always so hard to believe how close we really are until I walk for ten minutes and it's right before me.

I even found the ducks swimming in the creek today. It was cold and I'm thinking that they were very chilly as well. 

I stood and watched them for a few minutes in hopes that they would come closer, but they didn't. The blessings and I were out all Summer looking for them and it seems funny that I finally found them.  In the Winter. On NewYear's Eve day.  Who would have thought that?

Another house picture. I've been looking at pictures on Facebook all day at snow, ice and freezing cold temperatures. It's not that cold here, and I live in one of the best parts of the world. Praise be to God...I am truly blessed. 


It's the last day of the year and we just got back from Costco and Superstore. There sure are lots of good deals out there that we left in the stores. The deal shopper in me really wanted to buy but the practical realist in me said enough is enough. It's a beautiful day outside and I'm going to go for a's 2 degrees and sunny and I need to get out in it before it gets too cold!

Class photo

I subbed at church today and taught the last class of 2017. We put together a time capsule to be opened next December and our instructions were to take a class photo. My little helper and I both had trouble with the camera we were left so I took a couple with my phone. I think they turned out pretty good.....and they make my heart smile. 

It's not really easy to take group photos of pre-schoolers and I just love that I now have a memory of some of the children who I teach every six weeks. 

This one turned out the best as far as most people looking and not blinking. I've been teaching Sunday School for over thirty years and this is the first class photo I have ever had. 

Your coming year

Saturday, December 30, 2017


Beautiful Whitehorse

My cousin went to Whitehorse from December 23 to the 28th. She posted some gorgeous pictures on Facebook today. It was sunny and -34 degrees and she went for a walk to the river with her son.  Brrrr.

I would shop here

Friday, December 29, 2017

Crazy weather

Remember how I always say that I am grateful to live where I live. It's still true.

Mission is 25 minutes east of Maple Ridge. It snowed here on Wednesday but it wasn't very much.  And it has rained since yesterday morning. No freezing rain, just rain. It just stopped a couple of hours ago and the original forecast was for it to stop yesterday around noon. But by 8 o'clock yesterday morning, that forecast changed and the torrential rain in Maple Ridge was snow and freezing rain from Mission and Abbotsford and east. It's a mess. The green on this map means rain and the pink means freezing rain. And it's been so miserable that a lot of people have no power either. 

The freezing rain makes for very pretty pictures but a lot of people are without power. That sucks. Let's hope and pray that BC Hydro works their magic and all the people east of here get their electricity back soon. It's cold out there!


Happy busy children

We had a few visitors today.....and we all had too much fun!

The blessings haven't been over since before Christmas so we had toys to put together. Sweetheart liked the box. 

Beauty was in awe of the present that Santa Claus delivered. 

And she could hardly wait to get it ready to play with.  

It took a long time to get it out of the box. 

Hubby and #3 spent close to an hour getting it out of the box and ready to play with. It didn't help that there weren't any instructions. Hubby called it the 'By gosh and by golly' method. 

Grandson thought that he should see if he fit into the empty box as well. He fit. And all three blessings had lots of fun with the empty box. 

We found gingerbread house making kits at Wal-Mart this morning and they cost a dollar each. I bought five....and made some blessings very happy.

Grandson and Sweetheart were very independent.
And as independent as Beauty is, she was more than happy to let her Grandpa finish decorating hers. It was a win-win....we all had a very fun afternoon. 


I received my Christmas present from the G family today. Miracle #3 told me on Christmas Day that I would have to wait until it was when I dropped by this morning with some mail that had been delivered to our house, she and the blessings gave this to me. It was worth waiting for....isn't it precious?

At the end of the day


I only had one true pajama day this week but there were days that I didn't get dressed until noon. Or 5 o'clock. Today is looking like I will probably get dressed by 9 or 10, just because it is the only day that I can get into see my licensing officer to get the last of my paperwork done for 2017. I know that I procrastinated, but that is because I hate paperwork. Strong word, I know but I have to do it today so I will do it today. 

Christmas break

It's been a really nice week. I can't believe how quickly it's gone by and we haven't really done much. I know there are still four more days before Hubby has to go back to work, but they are slowly filling up. We were supposed to meet my cousin at the airport last night but Air Canada suggested that she didn't leave the secure zone as she might not get back in on time.  As it turns out, there was a bomb scare at the post office beside the airport yesterday and I'm guessing that YVR was a crazy place. Just as well.  I was disappointed but we had a wonderful phone visit instead, and she's on her way back to Whitehorse in May for her granddaughter's grad. Hopefully we can get together then.

We've watched lots of Christmas movies and ate too much. We met friends from Chilliwack yesterday and had a three hour lunch across the river at The White Spot. I've lost 20 pounds since September and it doesn't seem to matter how much I eat right now as I still seem to lose a pound a week. I keep saying that Disneyland was good to me as that's where I lost my appetite and my first 10 pounds, as it was sooooo hot and I was recovering from a root canal so my jaw was sore. As the dentist told me, I am special. I had four roots instead of three and I apparently I had very extensive work done. It's the first time that the dentist's office called the next day to see how I was feeling so I knew it must have been a lot.  Nothing that antibiotics and Tylenol-3's couldn't help with, but I still have a bit of jaw pain and it's been three months. Such is life.

We have been on the go since September and this past few days has been a very welcome break from routine. I feel lazy but I think that's a good thing. Hubby's back felt really good in California because it was so hot, but we have reached the age where we now understand why people go south for the Winter. His arthritic back needs heat and I gave him ten sauna visits for Christmas. He was able to go to one last week and said it helped, so it was definitely cheaper than a tropical holiday. It hasn't made me stop looking at tropical holiday plans. Just saying.  I have spent way too much time on the internet this week.

Thursday, December 28, 2017


Did you know this?  I didn't. I actually cook with barley quite a bit whenever I make soup. And I love soup so I tend to make it once or twice a week, especially in the Wintertime.  I finally made turkey soup tonight because I finally went to the grocery store to buy some vegetables. The fridge was looking a little bare so it was good to restock it this morning.

Happy Anniversary!

We were in Las Vegas two years ago celebrating the wedding of these two special people. Two years ago.  Really....that doesn't seem possible. It sure was fun, and we all had the most splendid time. 

Treasure Simplicity

I found a new website. I think I read too much, but then again....could we ever read too much?  I spend a lot of time reading and learning. I guess that's a good thing....

My hope for you...

I'm actually pretty good at all of this. I'm drinking tea instead of hot chocolate, but I think I have it right. We are having a very mellow Christmas break.  Christmas is magical....especially for the little ones, but I'm soaking in as much relaxation and magic as I can before it's 2018. And if truth be known, relaxation is really hard for me.....I just know how important it is.  I like the's my preference, but I know I'm supposed to find a balance. 


This makes me so happy to live where I live. The snow has stopped and it says it's supposed to snow/rain until noon, but it looks like it's going to be nice. That's good, because we actually have plans today and I'm looking very forward to getting out and about.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

The snow stopped

It's no secret that I don't like the you can only imagine how hard it is for me to go outside when it's snowing and cold. But I know that Hubby's back will not allow him to probably ever shovel snow again, so I know that I have to suck it up and go outside to shovel snow. I only had to scrape it off the driveway a few shovelling required, so it was actually easy. And it's not as cold as I thought it was going to be.  

So when this meme came across my Facebook feed today, I found it rather humorous. I love being inside. Even when it's not snowing, I would rather be indoors. I like being warm and dry and cozy. And today I didn't even get dressed......I stayed in my pj's all day long. 
Round 2 was just after 4 o'clock. I went outside to give the driveway another scrape while Hubby started dinner. It was just another centimetre but I knew if I kept on top of it then it would be easy. 

It stopped snowing by 8 o'clock and this was the easiest of all to finish up. I think that our house looks very festive in the dark. Nothing special, but it keeps all of the little children happy.

I was thinking about taking down the tree today but decided not to.