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Oct 1, 2014

GET THOSE MAMMIES GRAMMED

Do yourself a favor. Go get a mammogram.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month so get out there and be aware.

Please share this picture on your blogs, your Facebook pages, on Twitter and any other social media that you use. You could save a life. Maybe even your own!!!MAMMIES GRAMMED

Go with a friend or a family member. Make it a date. Go out for lunch after and celebrate that you did it. Support the many awareness and research campaigns that take place in your area.

But most importantly…

GO GET THOSE MAMMIES GRAMMED

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Sep 14, 2014

AGASSIZ FALL FAIR

Friday night we heard some loud booms coming from the night air. We went out on the deck and in the distance we could see beautiful fireworks going off in an area about 10 minutes away from us called Agassiz.

We decided Saturday morning to head over there and see what was going on with their Fall Fair.

There was a parade which we missed because we were having breakfast but we followed the tail end of it to the fairgrounds.

I haven’t been to one of these kinds of fairs in a very long time.

There were so many wonderful things set up and the aroma of barbecued chicken and frying onions filled the air. You have to have a good time when you smell that!!!

There were amusement park rides set up and the kids were lined up to get on them. I don’t have any photos of those as I don’t take pictures of other people’s kids. For those wanting something a little less wild they had the old fashioned pony rides where someone leads you around the ring on a cute little pony. I am too big for that ride sadly but clearly remember doing this once as young child. I loved it.

In the big hall there were the baking competitions, Lego building competitions, kids art, produce, flowers and quilting competitions too. Again I didn’t photograph the kids stuff for privacy reasons as they all had their names on their creations.

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Look at the size of those beets. BB Guy put his phone down next to them to show how big they are.

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I entered to win this quilt and another one as well. Wish me luck.

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The colors in this photo don’t do it justice. It was just beautiful. Perfect for fall.

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This stubborn goat kept turning around so I couldn’t see his face. Little did he know I am even more stubborn. photo 3This is the end he kept giving me to photograph.photo 2photo 5

I suggest you attend the small town fairs in your area and enjoy all they have to offer. It was wonderful to see the smiling faces with their prize bunnies lined up on the judging table. The moment of victory for some of them as the judges placed a ribbon in front of their little hairy friends.

The 4-H groups brushing their beautiful sheep.

The excitement of the kids showing their visiting family members and neighbours their artwork and Lego creations.

The more senior community members laughing and talking with their old friends. The proud faces next to their pies and their jars of pickles.

It was a great way to spend a couple hours on a sunny Saturday.

Sep 7, 2014

WELL… THEY TRIED

My BB Guy and I went to Harrison Hot Springs for dinner tonight. Since we moved we are only about 10 minutes away from this world class destination lake.

The streets are filled with tourists. Some from nearby but many more from faraway places. The town has really been stepping up their game and trying to build up their reputation.

This place is home to a huge sand castle competition every year. They have camping, hotels, restaurants, water rentals that look like slides and other fun stuff.

The last time we went for dinner we ended up at an Italian place that was really terrible. We noticed on our way home tonight that the restaurant in now gone, a new one in its place.

We went to the Black Forest restaurant tonight. Your basic schnitzel house. We were in the mood for something basic. Something we didn’t have to think about.

Since it was still quite warm out and we were enjoying the patio on the main strip we decided on a white wine. A pinot grigio from BC.

One of the staff offered to take our drink order. A litre of pinot grigio. Then our server came by and asked for our drink order. We said someone already took it. She left to go get the wine.

She comes back with a carafe of red wine…. most definitely not a white pinot…back she goes to the bar.

She comes back with a very small half litre carafe of a white wine…. sorry… we ordered a full litre…winos that we are…

Back she goes for a second time. She came back with a generous amount of the correct wine in the correct size. It was tasty and cool and most enjoyable on the restaurant patio. naked grape

After dinner we walked down the strip and went to the gelato stand for a lovely espresso gelato in a waffle cone.

We went for a walk along the beach boardwalk and sat at a bench to finish off our gelatos and to pet the nearest black lab fresh out of the lake and looking for some gelato. We have such a warm spot in our hearts for those black labs. This is the view from the bench. harrison1

The drive home, at just past 8:00 was a little surprising as the sun has gone down and it is actually dark out. This is after months of me going to bed when it is still light out. Fall is most definitely coming.

I guess what I am thinking here is you can see the humour in a situation or you can make a big deal out of a series of silly little mistakes and let it ruin your evening and their reputation. By the time we left we had other staff assuring us that next time they will make sure we get our wine… just like we ordered it.

Aug 16, 2014

OH GOOGLE YOU BE SO SILLY

The other day at work I need to update a document and needed to add in a horizontal line that could be typed on like for a signature.

It needed to look like this.

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Everything I tried wasn’t working. The line kept disappearing when I typed letters in that space replacing the underline. The person signing would not have the option to use underline so it had to be part of the actual document.

Naturally I took to Google to get the best advice on how to do this. I did a couple searches about adding in the signature line into a Word document. I tried a couple of sites but the information wasn’t what I was looking for.

I tried phrasing my question differently hoping to get better results and these are the search drop down choices Google started popping up with. It remembered I had previously been searching for info on using a Word document so naturally it started pulling up more from Word. And then…..

I was laughing so hard I almost fell out of my chair.

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Aug 7, 2014

SEEMS LIKE A GOOD IDEA

OR WHAT AM I GETTING MYSELF INTO?

I regularly would have people from work over for get togethers after hours. Our job is often very stressful and we need to let off steam regularly.

We would eat and yack and sip and yack and laugh and yack…. always a nice evening. I lived very close to our office.

Since I have moved about an hour away from work those get togethers are not happening any more….. unless of course we do it on the weekend and it becomes a sleepover…… What? Quick shaking your heads!!! It will be fine. Really.

Oh my. Maybe you are right.

Am I ready for the giddiness of a sleepover? The pyjama party pranks. The silliness that comes with late nights and beverages.

I think we need to check all phones at the door so no cameras are documenting the silliness.

Do I want these nice people to see me in the morning before my cup of coffee?

Well maybe if I keep them all fed and watered it will be okay. We will be having this for breakfast along with some other things. Recipe from Mennonite Girls Can Cook. blueberry baked pancake

Aug 6, 2014

A SHIP REVEALED

Four years ago, while excavation was taking place at the World Trade Center site, a curved piece of wood was noticed sticking out of the ground.

There were archaeologists on site during the excavation to monitor the grounds for any potential finds. I don’t think they expected to find anything quite like this however.

Click on the photo to see the rest of the pictures at CNN

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The ship was found about 22 feet below ground south of where the World Trade Center once stood.

The land was river bottom and the ship is believed to be a Hudson River Sloop of Dutch design used to carry people and cargo over the shallow, rocky water.

For whatever reason it was sunk and eventually covered over with trash and fill materials that were used to extend the Manhattan shoreline.

They were even to identify the wood that was used to make this ship as being from colonial-era Philadelphia.

Seriously. There is a Tree Ring Research lab at Columbia University and they can tell where and when the wood was taken. In this case it is an old growth forest in the Philadelphia area cut down about 1773. Seriously…..again….

Imagine what we are covering up today that may be found hundreds of years from now. Sadly I don’t think it is anything good.

 

Jul 21, 2014

BEEP, BEEP, I’M COMING THROUGH

Since we have moved my commute to work is almost an hour long. It is all highway driving and I don’t mind it….much.

I have to say though many people have no clue what the rules of the road are. They have no road etiquette.

The speed limit for most of the way is 110 km or for those of you south of the border that is 68.3508 mph. We are moving at a fair clip. 205825_10150352513520469_7045817_n

For most of the way there are 2 lanes of traffic but in a few places there are 3 lanes.

I need to confess something here….. I speed. The roads are dry and the traffic is not heavy for the most part. Don’t judge!!!! I know, I know. When it is wet I will slow down.

I am usually in the fast lane. Passing the cars in the slow lane along with many others. We zip along until we have passed the slower cars and trucks then when we have done so we shift lanes back to the slow lane until once again we are coming up behind someone going the speed limit or slower.

A quick shoulder check and then back into the passing lane to go with the flow of traffic.

Sometimes this does not go as planned though. Sometimes a large truck will change lanes to go around a slower going motorhome and they don’t move their big, heavy butts back into the slow lane. This is annoying for two reasons. 1. they don’t go as fast as the rest of the lane and 2. you can’t see around them when traffic is slamming to a halt for some reason.

Some people get into the fast lane and pass one car and then stay there in the fast lane. A huge gap forms between them and the next car in front of them. They are blocking the fast lane. Cars are lining up behind them yet they don’t move over. Cars follow closer and closer (not me… I never tailgate) until  suddenly for whatever reason the traffic must slow down in a hurry…Next thing you know cars are slamming on their brakes in order to not crash into each other. Leave some space people. Think about it.

But then what happens is you leave a space for a safe stopping distance and people from the slow lane cut right in as if you left it just for them. Most times they do this then slam on their brakes because they now realize they are waaaayyyy too close to the car the just separated me from. Where does that leave me? Mashing down on my brakes.

You best not be tailgating me because I will make it very clear I don’t like you that up close and personal. Back off or I will continue to slow down to leave enough room for my car to move out of your way if the traffic is coming to an abrupt stop.

I haven’t succumbed to road rage as of yet but I have shaken my head at many of them.

So what about you? Do you hug the slow lane and never venture out of it unless the lane is closed down?

Do you nudge people out of your way?

Do you let someone else do the driving an just close your eyes?

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