My blog

A little bit about me and a lot about the things we do.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Family & Friends - Ontario Style

We are back home and back to work  but we had a whirlwind trip to Ontario.  Everyday was packed full of family and friends.  We flew to Ontario two weeks ago today.  We were excited that our son was able to fly home too.  He just got off of working nights but he kept right up to the schedule.

Thursday - We went and met our newest little grandson and I got to hold him for awhile and then we packed the oldest 4 up in the van and headed to the beach.

Abby was a little uncertain of these strange grandparents from the west but since the other three seemed fine with us she decided she would tag along.

After the beach we headed to a "play park."

Friday - Was Ron's birthday and it seemed like it was all about him. 
Okay...maybe not.

We headed to Belleville where he left me with my besties to have his birthday lunch without him.  We met up later to meet some wonderful friends in Frankford and then we stopped at the hospital to see one of our son's friends who just became a dad.
These girls mean the world to me!
Saturday was family day.  First a Frizzell family reunion.

And then finally a birthday dinner for Ron with the Clark family.

Sarah and Emma stayed with us overnight.

Sunday - We headed to Gananoque for the day.  First we went to a church where we assisted right after Ron completed bible college and we had a nice visit with so many old friends.  We visited over lunch and then Jenn and the rest of the kids joined us for a Thousand Island Cruise.

It was a perfect day and very restful even with a whole whack of kids.

Monday - Ron and I went to Kingston and spent a little time at a nice lake front park.
Enjoying a tea by the water is the best.  We then met my mom and dad and sister and brother-in-law to celebrate my dad's 80th birthday!
Right after the candle was blown out we headed to pick up the kids again for a night at a hotel.

Abby was starting to relax with us and we had a lot of fun....swimming, shopping and sleeping in the hotel.

Tuesday - Jenn came in the morning and we did some shopping before she had to go to work.
We are so happy that Jenn found a job that she is enjoying so much.

We kept the kids for the rest of the afternoon and took them home tired.  We might have been a little tired too!

On our way back to Napanee we stopped to see my cousin who had a serious bike injury.  It was good to see her.  She has already been a special cousin to me.

Wednesday - There is a must when we come to Ontario....first we need to see family and friends and then we have to head to Sharbot Lake.  It's a little bit of heaven on earth for us.
We met up with the Irwins for lunch and to catch up on the news of the area.  We stopped to see special friends that owned a cottage where we spent many holidays after leaving the area.

Thursday - Was our day for mother's.  Ron took his mom shopping, out for lunch and a drive.  I took my mom and sister to jail.  I guess that doesn't sound too good but that is what we did.  We did the tour of the Kingston Penitentiary.  It was interesting and it was nice to have a girls' day.

The tour was quite interesting.  We had a guide that took our group to each area where a guard that had worked in the pen told us about the area.
It took a little negotiation but we got my sister released.  After the tour we went across to the museum and saw just how creative the inmates can be.
Hollowed food trays help inmate escape maximum security.
Thursday night we went to spend the evening with Jenn and do a little bit of shopping.

Friday - Another kiddie day.  By this time Abby was excited to hop in the van and see what adventure was awaiting.
We headed to Lake Ontario Park to the splash park.
After a good play in the water and the park and a little walk in the hot sun everyone was feeling a little tired.  Even poor Uncle was exhausted.
It was another good day.  We said our goodbyes to the kids and to Jenn and drove away in a quiet van.  We stopped to see my cousin again.

Saturday - We left for Toronto right after lunch.  We had a little wait at the airport due to a delay but all was smooth for our trip back to Alberta.

We had one day to rest up before we were all back to work.  Wow, I'm tired just looking at our schedule.  Good thing we are back to work to rest up.

Saturday, 6 August 2016

Where Did That Week Go?

This past week flew by and I'm feeling it today.  Monday was the last day of a long weekend and Ron was just recovering from nights but we kept busy with biking, walking and enjoying the time around home.

On Tuesday we left home bright and early to meet up with our son to do an errand for him which didn't quite work out but we did deliver some meals for his freezer and then went on a hunt for a new purse.  After walking in every store at the Crossiron Mall that even looking liked like they might have purses we finally found the right one.  Success!
When we got home we went to Andrew and Brianne's for Catan and Ron won both games. Enough said!  We just got to bed and one storm after another rolled through Three Hills keeping me awake until 2:00 a.m.

On Wednesday it was off to work for both Ron and I.  It was a full day of talking, meeting people, tours and cleaning out and setting up my new office.  By the time I got home I had a hard time keeping my eyes open.

On Thursday, we were both back to work.  After work the grass needed to be cut but we still had the energy for Catan.  This time things went a little better.  Andrew finally won and I took the second game.

Friday morning I left in the morning to help our boy with painting.  We worked hard and got things closer to where he needs his renovations to be.  I got home at 10:00 p.m. with sore muscles and awful looking hands.

On Saturday, Brianne picked me up and we headed to Airdrie for a bit of pampering.  We sat in massage chairs beside each other chatting while we were given pedicures.  We moved across the salon to have our manicures done and my finger nails improved!
I'm still amazed that those are my real nails!  With fancy toes and fingernails we headed out for a sushi lunch...yum!  A stop at Walmart and Tim's and we headed for home.  Relaxing day and fun company!

I finished my day up by sending Ron off to work and then calling our oldest granddaughter who was turning 7 today.  The last two birthdays she had spent with us.  She was having a great time ....having her cake and eating it too!
 Happy Birthday Sarah!
We ended our phone call with the regular "love you's" but this time I got to add, "See you on Wednesday!" 

So this week might have been busy but I have a feeling the next two will be even busier!

Monday, 25 July 2016

The Almost Perfect Weekend

The ingredients for a perfect weekend must include two things: 
  • Ron must be off
  • it has to start on a Thursday!  

So this is how it happened that our weekend was almost perfect.

On Thursday, Ron started his regular days off.  The weather was wonderful and so we got our exercise and lawn work done in the morning.  Normally we would be on the road on such a perfect weekend but I had an afternoon interview.  I went there with fear and trembling because I'm a bit of recluse these days.  I had a massive headache due to nerves but somehow pulled off a decent interview.  The evening was spent unwinding from the tension.  So an almost perfect day.

On Friday, we left early in the morning on the motorcycle for an oil change.  We enjoyed a nice tea/coffee break while we waited.  We then drove to Olds and had a delicious lunch at Tasty Thai.  After lunch we had a financial retirement planning meeting at the bank.  It's almost a perfect plan to retire at age 60 if we can find some more money each month to tuck away.  Ron then had physio while I walked the town and found out that I got the job.  It was almost a perfect day but the clouds moved in just before we got home and we got a little wet.  Brianne and her friend from Ontario came over in the evening for Catan and I won both games...pretty perfect.  Not so perfect that Andrew couldn't play because he was out keeping the citizens safe.

On Saturday we enjoyed a restful day and then rode the motorcycle to Drumheller to see the Passion Play.  It rained a little on us before we got there but the sun came out while we were watching the play and it almost dried my shoes and socks for the ride home.  The play was quite spectacular in the outdoor theater with the badlands making the perfect backdrop to the stage.  On our way home, it poured.  So another almost perfect day...rain, rain go away!

On Sunday, Ron washed the bike and truck before church.  It was a good service and then I went for a long walk while Ron washed windows.  Perfect!  In the evening Andrew, Brianne and Kaitlyn came over for dessert and Catan.  Another almost perfect day but Kaitlyn won both games.

So another almost perfect job.   Well actually it's pretty perfect.  If you look at what I bring to the table : experience as a pastor's wife, school secretary and an executive assistant....then a perfect job job might be an administrative assistant in a Christian school.  Yup!

To add to it being perfect...they are flexible in letting me have days off with Ron! 

So I'm going to enjoy my perfect week before I come out of retirement, work a couple of days and then go on holidays.  Sounds pretty perfect to me!

Saturday, 16 July 2016

Our Rachael

One of my biggest pleasures in life is being a mom.  From the time I was young and playing with dolls I could only imagine the joy of having children of my own.  I was thrilled when I had two bundles to love and care for.  As my children grew, so did our family.  The kids' friends became like our kids and we are close to some of them still today.

When we were in Deschambault Lake and so far away from our family the young members became like our boys.  We are still in contact with them and are excited to hear their news (like a recent engagement) and see their pictures.  We formed a special bond. 

Moving to Alberta meant that we could be closer to our son and it has made me so happy to be able to see him every couple of weeks. 

I have also been blessed with two amazing Alberta "daughters" who are very special to me.  One of those girls is Rachael and this week she let me share with her on a special day.  It meant so much to me especially knowing that she would have loved to have had her mom be with her.  Rachael lost her mom last summer and this was the first time that I have seen a real smile as she was planning for her first home.

Rachael began looking for a house a number of months ago.  Recently she decided that she would build one and so she set the motion in action.
She chose the layout for the house after viewing the show homes that were located close to where her new build will be.

 The above photos aren't great but it gives an idea of how nicely designed these homes are.  Jayman Homes then invite the home owner to an all day event to design their homes.  Rachael asked me to join her for the day and I was more than thrilled to share this adventure with her.  We really had no idea what to expect and the day was packed full.  We arrived around 8:30 a.m. and this is where I saw that smile as we waited for the designer to greet us.
We were escorted to a work table where the questions began.  We were offered tea, coffee, water and snacks...and warm cookies at 10:30 a.m.  They know how to treat their customers.

We started with the kitchen.  There is so much into planning a kitchen.  Cupboards, counter top, flooring, the edging for the cupboards, the hardware for the cupboards, the appliances, the sink (shape, colour, size), taps....
Granite Counter Top/Cupboard Below/Sink Colour to the right

Cupboards with counter top to the right with back splash
Once the decisions were made for the kitchen (and it took us quite awhile) we moved to the flooring department.
The kitchen floor was chosen....a  bit of a rustic barn look.  Something that looks quite stylish but should be good for Tuishi (Rachael's HUGE dog).

We chose some tiles for the front entrance.
It is still up in the air whether carpet will come to the front entrance or if the kitchen floor will go through the whole main floor. 

Moving to the upstairs we chose the look for the guest bathroom.
Cupboard at bottom of picture/Counter top on left/Flooring top right
Rachael's ensuite is big and is going to be beautiful.
Counter top
Bathroom Flooring running into Bedroom Carpet
Once the floors, cupboards and counter tops have been chosen we went to the walls.  Oh, and it doesn't stop there...baseboards, doors, railings with all different colours, styles and shapes. 

Paint, baseboard and flooring
It's going to look pretty good!  She even had to decide on what colour of register covers she wanted.  They really do think of everything.
After a full morning, we were taken to a room where our lunch was waiting.  We had lots to discuss over our pizza.
The afternoon began with a look at the exterior of her home.  It is a semi-detached home and since she bought the one side before anyone else has spoken for the other side she gets to pick the colours....well kind of.  With such strict builder regulations the choices were rather limited due to the agreement that your house cannot be the same colours as so many of the houses that you are connected to. 

Her house is this design:
And the colours that she chose will make her house look quite spectacular.
The main colour will be the Windswept with it being complimented by the Pebble Kaki colour.  The house will be trimmed in white and to add that splash of colour ....her door will be the red shade.  She even designed her garage door to have the two main colours incorporated into it.

At that point our minds were a little overwhelmed and we had to sit through a bit of a long session about hookups for this and that and a security system video.  Rachael said that she might have nodded off for that.

We then went to discuss window coverings....different styles, colours, textures and kinds.  At the end of this session it was 4:00 p.m.

It had been a full day and still there is so much for her to decide.  It was a wonderful experience for me and I was so happy to be with Rachael and see her so excited about her first home.  It will be fun to watch the process and see the completed project.

Thanks Rachael for letting me be a part of this experience with you.  You are a special girl and I hope that you will find many years of happiness as you turn this house into your home!