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Nov 29, 2014

IT IS ENOUGH

I am re-posting this because I think it is so very important to remember. What you do is ENOUGH.
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I go all out at Christmas. I have a ton of decorations up. I bake and cook up a storm for Christmas dinner, Boxing Day get together and then a New Years Eve dinner too. We can lose sight of the magic of Christmas and feel overwhelmed with what we have to do. (See my previous post about not having an oven right now.)1748707_8af7e98dbe_oI have put on too many dinners and parties through the years to count and if there is one thing I have learned when trying to make everything perfect it is this:
WHATEVER I GET DONE IS ENOUGH.
I will not always get done what I think I should or what I want to but it doesn't matter. What matters is that my family and friends come by and put their feet up and have a visit. And believe me our guests always put their feet up.  photo
So take some time to enjoy the season. We are not Martha Stewart with a team of staff to pull of all the fabulous ideas we have in our heads. What will make Christmas enjoyable is that you can be with your family and friends and smile a true smile and not a tight faced grin while you are thinking about what you should have done. Coalmont Jan 14th 2012 016
Believe me your guests will notice if you are not relaxed and having a good time and they will feel like a burden and not a guest.
Delegate what you need to delegate. There is no rule that says you need to be the sole provider of Christmas joy. It is a shared joy and those who are not brought in to help don’t get to experience the feeling of warmth in their hearts when everyone is together.
Many years ago when my BB Guy and our neighbour complained about Christmas being a commercial grab and nothing special I snapped back that the reason it wasn’t special to them is that they are doing nothing special for anyone else. I admonished advised them to step up to the plate and do something to change this and to do for others. I think it worked. A lot more thought went into Christmas around here after that.
So remember this word.
ENOUGH
And have a Merry Christmas Season.

Nov 17, 2014

RAT PACKS OR PACK RATS

So, like, you know that moment when the guy at the oil change place opens the hood of your car and says "ya there's a rat in there" and he really means there is a Dead Rat under the hood of your car along with a blue, kid's glove and some plant material .... ya well I had that moment today.

It was a pack rat, not to be confused with the Rat Pack. Rat_Pack

They bring stuff with them. I wonder whose little blue glove he stole? Somebody on Facebook pointed out that it would have been nice if he had brought a gold watch with him instead. I agree.

We think he must have gone in there back in early October when I was up at the cabin for Canadian Thanksgiving. It would have been a wild ride home that is for sure.

I did notice a smell in the garage and in my car. I was looking around under my seats for an errant bit of food maybe from my grocery shopping. I never thought to look under the hood. Gack.

It was quite the sight watching my BB Guy peel the carcass off my valve cover using the rat’s own, stolen blue glove. The guys in the oil shop were pretty grossed out especially the guy who got to take the valve cover and wash it clean. We gave them a hefty tip.

Pack rats are apparently quite a problem and will destroy all kinds of things around your home and car. So far I think my car is okay and he would have been dead for sure by the time I got home from the cabin as it is a 2 1/2 hour drive.

Have you ever had a rodent hitchhiker?

Nov 3, 2014

DEAR DR. RUTH

Here is a repeat post I thought you would enjoy...


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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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